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How many properties do you view before choosing a home?

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off

How many properties do you view before choosing a home?

Developer Strata has published the results of a new survey which suggests that the average house hunter in the UK views between four and eight houses before putting in an offer.  Some estate agents are writing that this is a sign that house hunters are taking longer than ever before to choose their next property…but we’re not so sure! The property market has certainly started to speed up in the last 6 months, and we’re seeing properties moving through our listings much quicker than in recent times, so we don’t think that people are taking...

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How often do we move house in the UK?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off

How often do we move house in the UK?

Homebuyers are waiting more than two decades on average between house moves, according to Zoopla’s latest figures.  Evidence of the property market slowdown has been highlighted with the snapshot showing that Britons currently move home every 23 years on average. However, the snapshot does show wide variations across the UK, with the country’s most frequent movers in Midlothian, where properties change hands every 14.9 years. Even with speedier movers in Scotland, the statistics are a far cry from the same research in 1988, when a more...

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Are you one of the 25% constantly decorating?

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off

Are you one of the 25% constantly decorating?

According to a survey of 1,000 homeowners by Furniture123.co.uk, one in four of us never stop decorating!  Even when we’ve found the perfect home, we work our way round and round the rooms giving everything a regular refresh.  Does that sound familiar to you? Living rooms are the most frequently spruced up, with an average of 25 months between redecoration projects.  Bedrooms are not far behind, being made-over every 29 months, while the dining room gets a new look every 33 months.  At the bottom of the list are bathrooms (every 37 months)...

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The End of Summer Gardens

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off

The End of Summer Gardens

Everyone loves a bright, vibrant summer garden, and many people wait until the summer to put their homes on the market because it’s when the outside of their property looks the best.  But there is no reason to delay!  If you want to sell your home this Autumn, here are our top tips to get your garden photo ready with minimum hassle and expense. Bring in the Colour! Just because we’re coming to the end of Summer’s colourful bedding plants and vibrant green lawns, there is no reason to accept a dull, brown garden!  The ground might be too harsh...

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The ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ one of the UK’s biggest lenders

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off

The ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ one of the UK’s biggest lenders

Industry experts are expecting the number of parents providing their children with home deposits to rise again in 2017.  A joint study predicts that in the UK, nearly 300,000 mortgages will be made possible due to the generous help of the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’, making it the UK’s ninth biggest lender! According to a study by Legal & General and economics consultancy Cebr, parents will advance £6.5 billion this year to help their children buy a home.  This is significantly more than the £5 billion in 2016, when approximately one third of...

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Small Deposit Mortgages Increasing

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off

Small Deposit Mortgages Increasing

Wherever you are in the UK, whatever age you are, the main obstacle for first time buyers has always been the size of deposit needed to buy a property.  The good news for sellers and first time buyers alike is that in 2017, the number of people purchasing properties with small deposits has been increasing. According to research from residential chartered surveyors’ firm, e.surv, buyers with a small deposit accounted for over a fifth of the mortgage market in March this year.  The proportion of buyers with small deposits has risen steadily...

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What is the ‘Help to Save’ scheme?

Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off

What is the ‘Help to Save’ scheme?

In January 2016 the UK Government announced the ‘Help to Save’ scheme. The new initiative, which is aimed at those on low income, has been created to reward those who save sensibly with bonuses of up to 50%. It is hoped that this will encourage people to save for a “rainy day fund”. This is also great news for first-time buyers as the scheme could help you get a deposit together quicker or perhaps give you more of a deposit available when you go to apply for your mortgage. If you’re looking to take advantage of this Government scheme then...

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How to prepare your home for photography

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off

How to prepare your home for photography

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and when you are preparing to sell your house this saying certainly rings true. The pictures on your listing are the first thing that people will swipe through, so the first impression that they create is really important to ensure you get viewings and ultimately sell your home. But how do you prepare your home for photography that will maximise its appeal and make potential buyers want to see more? To help you out we’ve created a list of the top tips to prepare each room in your home for...

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Record numbers of Landlords paying cash for buy-to-let properties

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off

Record numbers of Landlords paying cash for buy-to-let properties

The number of landlords buying properties without a mortgage increased to 61% in January this year, which is the highest level since records began in 2007. The all-cash deals have been increasing steadily from 41% in 2007 to the 61% high we’re seeing now and have been become even more popular ever since the 3% stamp duty surcharge was introduced last April. This is due to the large amount of equity that landlords of investment property have built up due to the rising house prices which they are choosing to re-invest directly in property. It’s...

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Which Local Amenities are most important to buyers?

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off

Which Local Amenities are most important to buyers?

Local amenities in your area can be an important part of any potential buyer’s decision on whether to purchase your home, so it’s a good idea to ensure that you know what’s located around your property and understand the key amenities that you should let viewers know about. To give you some insight, let’s take a look at a survey that property market place TheHouseShop.com recently conducted. They surveyed 2,088 people on this topic and asked respondents “When looking for a new home, which, if any, of the following would you need to be within...

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