DaftDrop UK is a new UK-targeted branch of DaftDrop, the non-profit commercial property price tracker, bringing you an unbiased and impartial view of the England, Scotland & Wales property market, with the easiest & fastest price search engine online.
What does DaftDrop UK do?
DaftDrop UK is tracking over 1 million residential and commercial properties that were, or still are, for sale across the UK. DaftDrop UK provides an easy way to determine the market history of a property or area, and to gain insights into the overall property market throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Why use this?
As a buyer, one of the main things you're interested in are price changes, right? Right. Knowing a property's history gives you, the buyer, a much better idea of the mindset of a seller, which is very valuable knowledge before entering negotiations.
For example, if a seller has dropped their prices several times in the last few months, you can be sure they're eager to sell. On the other hand, if a house has been on the market for years without much activity, it's less likely that the seller is clued in to the current market and their expectations may be unrealistic.
DaftDrop UK can:
- Show price drops/increases, that are otherwise forgotton
- Allows lightning fast and flexible sorting and searching
- Show the real time on market
- Show similar properties
- Detect previous listings of the same property
- Show unbiased, up-to-date trends via graphing
- Automatically notify you of price changes in property you're interested in
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Estate Agents often:
- Modify the ad's 'entered' date to make a property seem like it's fresh on the market
- Or, re-create a whole knew ad, having the same effect
- Increase price above actual expectation, just so an initial offer will be high
- Change a price to Price On Application, because of lack of interest in an overpriced property
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Life on the (cliff) edge – in picturesJuly 26, 2017 7:00
Properties with vertiginous vistas to make your palms sweat, from Wales to Greece Continue reading...
Leasehold in England and Wales is last redoubt of a colonial relicJuly 26, 2017 6:00
Property system was spread throughout British empire but has since been almost completely scrapped in the former colonies
The British empire spread leasehold to every corner of the globe – but now England and Wales remain the last redoubt of a system regarded as a feudal relic everywhere else.
In Ireland, much-hated ground rents extracted by the Anglo-Irish aristocracy, and dating back to the Cromwellian era, were partly behind the rise of the Land League in the late 19th century, and the country’s fight for independence. Continue reading...
Ground rents: aristocrats and shell firms among those making millionsJuly 26, 2017 6:00
Shadowy world of freehold speculators includes landowners with links to David Cameron and companies paying no tax
Aristocratic landowners with connections to the family of former prime minister David Cameron, mysterious Dublin-based shell companies that pay no tax, and groups based in the Channel Islands are among the freehold owners that appear to have made millions from spiralling ground rents.
When Guardian Money attempted to trace the ultimate ownership of the five-bed detached home bought by Jo Darbyshire in Bolton, we uncovered the pass-the-parcel world of freehold speculation. Continue reading...
The Guardian view on leasehold reform: well overdue | EditorialJuly 25, 2017 19:56
The big homebuilders have been riding roughshod over planning authorities and housebuyers for decades. They need to brought under control, now
The leasehold exploitation that the Guardian has been campaigning against for several years is to be stopped within weeks. This is welcome news indeed for the future, though not for the hundreds of people who bought new flats and houses, mainly in the north-west of England, without knowing the risk of exploitation from buying only a leasehold rather than a more expensive freehold. Some householders have been left with a home that is all but worthless because the freehold has been sold on to a finance company that is levying huge charges from leaseholders for alterations and improvements, while quoting an absurd price to buy the freehold outright.
Not before time, the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, has announced proposals to make leasehold fairer. Selling houses leasehold will be banned altogether, and the ground rent for new flats sold leasehold will be set at a peppercorn level. These are practical proposals, first put forward by Labour last year. But they do nothing for more than a million people, many of them first-time buyers, who are already trapped in the leasehold nightmare. Continue reading...
'You feel ripped off': homeowners' frustration over ground rent trapJuly 25, 2017 19:04
People on Bolton estate say they were not told ground rent would double every 10 years, and they cannot sell their homes
Taking the weight off her feet for the first time in hours, Clair Scott falls back into a neighbour’s sofa and lets out a deep sigh. “It’s by far the worst year of my life, by a country mile,” she says. And her problems may not be over yet.
Ten months ago she discovered that the mid-terrace home in Bolton she had bought six years previously was now virtually unsellable. Continue reading...
Victims of ground rent scandal demand action on existing abusesJuly 25, 2017 18:13
As government plans to ban leaseholds on new-build houses, there are claims up to 100,000 people own ‘unsellable’ properties
Victims of the ground rents scandal are demanding ministers go further in tackling unfair abuses of the leasehold system, amid claims that as many as 100,000 existing homeowners remain trapped in properties that are “unsellable”.
The communities secretary, Sajid Javid, on Tuesday outlined plans to ban developers from selling new-build houses in England as leasehold, and restrict ground rents on new flats to as low as zero, following widespread outrage over exploitative contracts. Continue reading...
Leasehold houses and the ground rent scandal: all you need to knowJuly 25, 2017 16:05
Campaigners say 100,000 homebuyers in England are trapped in developer contracts with spiralling costs – how did this happen?
Britain has had leasehold homes for hundreds of years, but only in the past few months has the ground rent scandal exploded. Now the government is proposing a complete ban on new houses sold as leasehold, and reducing ground rents to zero. Continue reading...
Corbyn joins calls to reclaim UK pseudo-public space from corporate ownersJuly 25, 2017 14:14
Labour leader among those voicing concern after Guardian revealed secretive world of privately owned public spaces in London
Jeremy Corbyn has called for Britain’s pseudo-public spaces to be reclaimed from corporate interests, after a Guardian Cities investigation revealed the extent to which private ownership and secretive rule-making now dominate many of London’s most prominent squares and parks.
The Labour leader added his voice to a growing chorus of concern from across the political spectrum after the Guardian found that the vast majority of landowners of pseudo-public space in the capital – open areas which look and feel like public space but are actually privately owned and subject to private restrictions – refused to divulge information about what citizens were allowed to do on their sites. Continue reading...
Leaseholds on new-build houses in England to be bannedJuly 25, 2017 9:24
Ground rents on flats could also be cut to zero under proposals to be outlined by the communities secretary, Sajid Javid
Builders are to be banned by the government from selling houses as leasehold in England and ground rents on flats could be cut to zero following widespread outrage over exploitative contracts.
In a blow for major housebuilders such as Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon, the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, will set out plans on Tuesday to “ban new-build houses being sold as leasehold as well as restricting ground rents to as low as zero”. Continue reading...