What do you love most about living in Reading?
Being a central Southern town, it has really strong transport links into London and most coastal cities such as Southampton and Bournemouth. Reading is in the UK’s top ten retail destinations including the highly popular ‘Oracle’ situated on the river Kennet which is always lively, featuring some great restaurants and bars. The River Thames runs through the northern part of the town and when the weather is fine it’s time to mess about on the river, with many people hiring boats. If you are looking for an up and coming area with a mix of cultures and a real buzz to satisfy all interests, then Reading is the place for you.
What would be your top tips for increasing the value of your home?
I always recommend clean, tidy and uncluttered! If there are any repairs required such as leaking gutters, rotten wood or water marks on the ceiling caused by an historic leak then get them repaired. These issues can create an impression to prospective buyers and they will be looking for ways to negotiate due to poor maintenance.
How would you describe the property market in Reading at the moment?
Vibrant! The area is growing constantly with new developments popping up in all areas and demand outstripping supply for good quality housing. According to the Guardian, Reading recorded the biggest increase in house prices in England and Wales of an average of 17.1% in 2015 and still continues to climb. Amongst the many draws to Reading, the Crossrail project (which is due to open in 2019) may attribute to the increasing popularity, which will more than half the journey into the centre of London, making it ideal for commuters.
What advice would you give to first-time buyers?
If you are buying in Reading or the surrounding area then do your homework first and get a mortgage agreed in principle. When you find your dream first home then you will need to act quickly because most 1, 2 & 3 bedroom properties are selling in the first week and at the full asking price.
For people looking to move to Reading for the first time, what are some great things to see and do?
Many people are attracted to Reading for the Madejski Stadium which hosts some really major Football and Rugby matches. We have the hugely popular Reading rock festival every August which is a full weekend of some amazing bands and has grown to become one of the best music festivals in the country. For entertainment, Reading has 2 large multiple cinema complexes, the Hexagon theatre and plenty of exclusive bars and nightclubs.
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