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Swindon housing market remains buoyant in face of economic uncertainty

by Richard Mathews



Published on 12th January 2019

Fears that the housing market is bottoming out due to economic uncertainty, fuelled by Brexit, are likely to be unfounded in Swindon.Serena Robson + Iain Mason

That’s the view of the conveyancing team here at professional services company Optimum. We’ve been taking the temperature of the local housing market and see only a bright future ahead.

Indeed, a new member of the team has been welcomed – Serena Robson – who will be handling residential conveyancing.

Iain Mason, our Head of Legal Property Services, said there was no sign of any imminent slowdown  in the housing market in the Swindon area, despite reports to the contrary.

“You just have to look at all the housebuilding that is going on in and around Swindon, for example, at Badbury Park and Wichelstowe, and slightly further afield at Filands in Malmesbury,” he said. “The local picture looks healthy. “There will always be naysayers and doom-mongers who predict a crash, but at the end of the day, we are a small island nation with an increasing population, and people need places to live, so the housing market in the long-term should prosper.

“There are also some commentators who believe Government schemes, like Help to Buy, may have artificially inflated house prices, but we don’t see much evidence of that. These types of schemes are a great way of helping people get onto and to progress up the housing ladder.”

Serena, our team after working for more than ten years at law firm Clark Holt, where she worked within the real estate department, and was also assistant practice manager. Prior to that she was a legal secretary. She had an earlier career in London working for camera manufacturer Olympus as a divisional coordinator, but switched to law when she relocated from London to Swindon.

“I’ve joined Optimum because here I will have the opportunity to concentrate solely on residential conveyancing, as I really enjoy the client interaction,” said Serena. “I also plan to complete my licensed conveyancer qualifications, which I am partway through.”

Iain added: “It’s great to have Serena on board. She’s very experienced and will be a real asset to the team, as our client base for residential and commercial conveyancing is growing all the time.”

Optimum Professional Services brings accountancy and legal services together under one roof, to provide a convenient and expert service for people and businesses.

The accountancy team, headed by account directors Jon Lacey and Michael Blaken, offer business development, accountancy, payroll and bookkeeping. The legal team, headed by Iain, deal in all areas of property law, wills and probate.

Also joining the Optimum team recently are Rebecca Little, who takes charge of the bookkeeping department and Anne Bluh, who heads up payroll.

To chat to the team about any accountancy, conveyancing, wills or probate matters, please get in touch.

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