July 29th 2014

What is the Open Market?

Guernsey has just under 1,700 properties on its Housing Control register which are available for residents with UK or EU passports to occupy. This is known as the Open Market.

This runs alongside Guernsey’s Local Market which is reserved for the locally-qualified or ‘essential’ workers who have been granted a right to work in Guernsey.

Swoffers has been Open Market leader for the past three decades and consistently sells more properties, of greater value on the Open Market than any other Guernsey agency. With three dedicated Open Market directors, two negotiators and support staff, we have the island’s largest Open Market team and pride ourselves on our customer service – we appreciate how complicated buying a house in Guernsey can be and will offer help and advice throughout the buying process, from the initial viewing until completion of the deal.

Open market facts and figures;

  • Prices of an Open Market property start at around £550,000 for 1 bedroom apartments and extend to over £10m
  • The average price of an Open Market property is £1.6m.
  • The current record for an Open & Local Market property sale in Guernsey is held by Swoffers.

Without doubt Swoffers has the island’s largest portfolio of luxury homes, including a wide selection of confidential instructions, not all of which are shown on our website so, for further information on the properties currently available, on buying or living in Guernsey, or to organise a viewing, please call one of our negotiators on 01481 711766.