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Proposals to increase capital gains tax in UK could make Guernsey an even more attractive relocation proposition

Proposed changes to rates of capital gains tax in the UK could well provide another reason to consider relocating to Guernsey. UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak recently commissioned a report which recommends a major overhaul of capital gains tax or CGT. The report highlights measures that could raise up to £14bn in additional taxes and plug a hole in the UK…


Busiest quarter for property sales since 2006

Official figures published today confirm that the third quarter of 2020 was the busiest in terms of property sales since 2006. There were 277 local market transactions during Q3, 136 more than the previous quarter and 28 more than the same quarter of 2019. The average purchase price of a local market property of £465,664 was 9.2% higher than the…


Primary school children tackle new sport, thanks to Swoffers’ sponsorship

Year 6 pupils from Forest and St Martin’s Primary Schools have been showing off their new-found hockey skills at the end of their six-week introduction to the game. Swoffers is proud to sponsor Junior Hockey’s outreach programme and help introduce a new crop of young players to the sport. Primary age pupils receive training from Guernsey Hockey coaches at their…


Swoffers responsible for two thirds of all Open Market sales this year to date

Guernsey’s property market is continuing to ride a wave of positivity and Swoffers remains at the crest of that wave. As we head into the last quarter of a roller-coaster year, both Open Market and Local Market sales remain buoyant, the rentals market continues to be busy and the island is successfully promoting itself as an ideal place to relocate…


Own a piece of Guernsey history

Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Guernsey history? Well now’s your chance. Les Jouppes is a stylish detached bungalow on the south west corner of the island. But there’s so much more to this property then meets the eye. What can’t be seen is the World War II Flak Command Bunker that sits beneath the surface. The…


Holiday winners announced

Congratulations to Jen and Rob Chalker – the winners of this year’s ‘List it to Win a Holiday’ prize draw. The couple win a £3,000 voucher from World Travel to spend on a holiday of their choice. And they’ve got plenty of time to decide where they want to go as World Travel has kindly extended the voucher to be…


Lets get pet friendly

Swoffers is pleased to support a new initiative aimed at encouraging landlords to consider allowing tenants to accommodate pets in rented properties. The Pancake Project, named after pet rabbit Pancake, has been launched by Bea Smith, who wants to create more pet friendly rental homes but also educate tenants in pet-proofing properties to reassure landlords that their rental is safe…


Swoffers welcomes business tunnel for property viewings

Swoffers is delighted that people from outside of the island can now view properties in Guernsey without the need to quarantine, under the States of Guernsey’s business tunnel arrangement. From next Tuesday (28 July) people will be able to come to the island on a day trip from Southampton, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, on board planes operated by Aurigny. Swoffers’…


Should we worry about gazumping in Guernsey?

The team at Swoffers is aware there have been some concerns expressed about gazumping in Guernsey. Gazumping is when a vendor accepts a higher offer on the house you are purchasing before you have exchanged contracts. As Guernsey’s leading estate agency, we are not aware of gazumping happening here but we thought it would be useful to explain a bit…


Swoffers welcomes Olivia to the team

Swoffers is delighted to welcome experienced negotiator Olivia Phillips to the local market sales team. Olivia will be helping out over the busy summer period. ‘With local market sales booming we were looking to boost our experienced team and were lucky to discover that Olivia was available,’ said Andre Austin, Swoffers director. ‘She knows Guernsey and her experience of working…