of £, or more, estate agents have never been busier. According to the
latest Halifax House Price Index, house prices in August were .% higher
year on year.
The other driving factor behind the housing market, is a desire for more
space. With many large fi rms showing no real inclination to force people back
into the offi ce, remote working has gone from being a novelty under lockdown
to a genuine long term prospect. As a result, town folk and city dwellers
are cashing in, waving goodbye to the daily commute and moving into the
Will this mean even more work for the window and door industry as vast
swathes of country property is upgraded to Grand Design style makeovers in
the coming months? We would certainly like to think so.
And while I’m on the topic of installations, we want to see yours. The entry
deadline for the GGP Installer Awards has now been extended to October,
so if you have a project that you are particularly proud of, then enter now for a
chance to win. The title of GGP Magazine Installer of the Year could be yours
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The GGP Installer Awards are scheduled to take place on Thursday, 8
March at the Albert Hall in Manchester. For more details on categories and how
to enter, visit: www.ggpinstallerawards.com
For anyone who was wondering how long the current boom in demand
will last, this month’s Business Pilot Barometer report on page 6 makes
for some interesting reading.
Leads in August, for example, are down on July and June, and
sales also took a bit of a dip in August compared to the two previous months.
In isolation, that could suggest that the surge of activity in the retail sector
experienced over the summer months – fuelled by all those cancelled holidays
and extra spending money accrued by staying at home – has started to subside.
Under normal circumstances, it might even be cause for concern, especially
considering the gloomy economic outlook for the rest of the year. Thanks to
Covid- however, we are not operating under normal circumstances, and it is
worth noting that August’s fi gures are still good. It’s just that June and July were
It’s also worth noting that while leads and sales have dipped, order value has
increased August on July, up % from £, to £,86. This, according to
Business Pilot’s lead analyst, Neil Cooper-Smith, ‘could indicate a shift away
from single purchases’ to ‘wider replacement packages’ linked to movement in
the property market.
And, for anyone who has been keeping an eye on the news recently, the
property market has enjoyed one of the most exceptional periods of growth on
record. In part, it has been boosted by the Stamp Duty holiday, which came into
force at the start of July and which is due to expire at the end of March .
With the potential to save buyers as much as £, – or a house full of
new windows and doors, depending which way you look at it – on a property
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