Estate agency William H Brown is delighted to report the local housing market in and around Ilkley is going strong in 2013.

According to the branch team, greater availability of mortgages and the Government’s Help to Buy initiative have boosted buyer confidence which is great news for anyone looking to sell their home.

The housing market received an extra boost with the early launch of the second stage of the Help to Buy scheme, making it now available to buyers of secondhand properties as well as new homes.

The team at William H Brown, which comprises branch manager Daniel Elven, senior negotiator Stephanie Halliday and negotiators Christopher Marsden and Karen Howlett, have helped many buyers secure their dream property, and are urging homeowners thinking of selling to get in touch and see what their options are.

“The national housing market has been extremely busy since the start of the year and Ilkley is no exception, there is a lot of momentum in the local market place at the moment and the signs are, that it will continue in 2014,” says manager Daniel.

“We have had a great deal more interest from the family bracket buyers, and first-time buyers, and this is translating to more sales. Interestingly, because of the shortage of properties available and the huge demand for homes, we are seeing more decisive buying activity with purchasers making quick decisions on their chosen property.

“The appeal of Ilkley will come as no surprise to current residents,” Daniel continues. “We have a lot to offer buyers, whether you are getting on the property ladder for the first time or are a seasoned home mover, Ilkley is a fantastic place to live and offers its residents so much.”

The New Homes market has seen a massive increase in activity on the back of the first phase of Help to Buy which was originally only available for new-build properties. William H Brown’s specialist land and new homes team is based in Ilkley and consists of Northern regional director Neil Dickens, land manger Charles Calvert and area new homes manager Kate Draper. The location of this team in the town means that William H Brown in Ilkley have access to a wide range of new homes developments in the area to offer buyers. Also, the team have many years of experience and can offer professional advice to builders considering starting a new development as well as assisting in the identification of potential sites.

If you have a property to sell and would like to book a free market appraisal with William H Brown, please contact the branch on (01943) 600456 or e-mail ilkley@