About Simon Hughes

Originally a wealth manager by trade, when Simon was given the opportunity to take over an ailing Conran Estates he jumped at it and turned it into the thriving business it is today. Look out for his monthly blog in Greenwichmums where he talks about all things residential.

Why foodbanks are so necessary

Sometimes all it takes is a can of beans to literally change someone's life. Our friends over at Conran Estates, have taken on a very admirable challenge this winter. Please read on and let Simon Hughes MD of Conran, explain how our lovely Greenwich … [Read more...]

Sing when you’re winning!

It has been a very exciting time working for Conran Estates this month. It is no secret that many of the public deem estate agency as an industry full of Charlatans. Whilst there are some of these Charlatan types operating in the agency world, it is the … [Read more...]

Go on, what is yours worth? We’ve made valuing your home easy!

Having been in the business for nearing 18 years (our coming of age!), one thing remains true - everyone loves to know what his or her home is worth. After all, as the saying goes - an English man or woman’s' home, is their castle. Now, here at … [Read more...]

Easy Finance

We all know that when finance is freely available the housing market booms and when it is taken away, it suffers badly (i.e. The credit Crunch in 2008)! The mortgage arm of the business is presently experiencing record volumes of business, mainly due … [Read more...]

It’s maintenance Jim, but not as you know it!

One of the biggest complaints in my industry is over the maintenance administration and handling of someone's investment property. Recently there have been numerous cases in the national press whereby some estate agents have dealt with an issue and … [Read more...]

Six ways to get the best mortgage rates

As I have mentioned previously, pre-2007 anyone could get a mortgage in some shape or form. You could get Self-Certification mortgages where you didn’t have to prove income and Sub-Prime where you could have had a bad credit history and still secure a … [Read more...]

12 Things You Must Know as a Landlord!

As Managing Director of Conran Estates I see lots of interesting things happen in the property market. I find landlords especially interesting. We are trusted to manage hundreds of property on behalf of landlords, some of which have one property and … [Read more...]

Stamp Duty – What it Really Means to You

Stamp Duty........ aka another dreaded tax which has absolutely no benefit to you and after all the tax you pay on income and the various other stealth taxes it is ultimately considered a ‘hurt’ tax to most! But it has all changed - from midnight on … [Read more...]

Think you can get a mortgage?

Since the financial crisis mortgages have become a lot tougher to get through, but in the last six months they have become much easier to secure but on 26th April there is a big change as the mortgage market review (MMR for short) comes into … [Read more...]

Facts: Help to Buy Scheme

Following the recent Conservative Conference the Help-to-Buy scheme has been brought forward from January to immediate effect.   The principle idea is that it would help first-time buyers (especially those who are not fortunate enough to have the … [Read more...]

What it takes to work at Conran Estates

In this edition of Home Front, Simon Hughes explains what it takes to work at Conran Estates. Debunking many a myth of what-your-typical estate agent is all about, this is definitely worth a read!   There is a widely held public conception that … [Read more...]

The Value of “For Sale” and “Sold”

Understanding the value of your home is very difficult. More so at this point in time as we are experiencing some serious price increases.   On a very recent open day, on a nice property in Greenwich, we received many offers and had to go to … [Read more...]