Comment: Another year in property is over – and what a relief that is
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It’s the last property section of the year, and what a miserable year it’s been.
The dark cloud of Brexit uncertainty has lingered throughout, with the added bonus of the General Election giving homeowners another reason to stress about whether they should stay put or sell up.
Locally, it's looked like many have opted to wait and see, which hasn't been great for those of us desperate to buy.
Indeed, from a personal property perspective - as has been well-documented here - it's been a deeply depressing 12-months.
We've done the best we can with our rental house, but we'd really, really love to find somewhere to buy.
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This being December, and with all the aforementioned political shenanigans, there seems no chance of that happening this side of Christmas.
There have been some upbeat property moments this year, mind - and a look back at our most-read property stories of 2019 suggests those with a local celeb or general TV focus are what we're most interested in reading about.
Two of our top 10 stories were about BBC2's The Best House in Town, with it's entertaining look around some of St Albans' loveliest homes, while Gino D'Acampo's feuding with his Hoddesdon neighbours also scored high.
St Albans being named as both one of the UK's best places to live and the most expensive commuter town in Britain were also popular reads, as was the news that a couple of Hertfordshire towns had made Zoopla's property rich list.
- 1 Five Guys coming to St Albans
- 2 St Albans named among best UK places to raise a baby
- 3 GP to retire after 52 years in the NHS
- 4 Property Spotlight: A huge family home on a sought-after St Albans street
- 5 Why have police failed to prosecute over destruction of Smallford Pits wildlife site?
- 6 Council elections: who are St Albans Conservative candidates?
- 7 Hertfordshire estate agency chain acquires local rival
- 8 Housing boom sees St Albans homes earning more than their owners
- 9 Youth engagement event marks Stephen Lawrence Day in St Albans
- 10 Council elections: who are St Albans Labour candidates?
Posh places and Herts-based telly stuff - what's not to like about any of that?
More stories about a huge spike in decent family homes coming to market is what I'd like to read about next year, however.
New year, new start? Here's hoping. Roll on 2020!