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What puts off buyers looking at a property?

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off

What puts off buyers looking at a property?

Interiors’ brand Inspired Wallpaper surveyed 1500 people in the UK to find out what was most likely to turn them off when they were viewing a property.  They’ve published the top 10 list and it’s not very surprising! Unpleasant smells Bad layout Botched DIY jobs Poor quality fixtures and fittings Clutter Garish décor Mould Lack of character Disappointing garden Lack of natural light More than a third of those questioned in the survey said that ‘bad smells’ would be their biggest reason for cutting a viewing short.  It seems like the age old...

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Help to Buy Mortgage Scheme to Close

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off

Help to Buy Mortgage Scheme to Close

The government has announced that The Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme is set to close at the end of this year. The mortgage guarantee scheme, launched by Osborne in 2013, allowed buyers to get 95% mortgages, a thing unheard of since before the recession.  The chancellor says that the scheme is no longer needed because “more private lenders are offering 90% to 95% mortgages”. The scheme has not been without its critics, but the figures show that it has certainly helped some people get on the property ladder.  According to figures...

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It’s all good news for sellers!

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off

It’s all good news for sellers!

Fall through rates dropping, first time buyers boosting the market and a growing number of ‘last time’ home buyers can only mean good things for sellers in the 2016/17 housing market. The annual Homeowner survey by YouGov found that 19% of homeowners aged 55 and over have considered moving in the past two years, but have not found the right home to make the move. The main concerns of this demographic are different to those in the younger age groups.  Property prices, for instance are less likely to be a barrier to moving (22% of over-55...

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How long did it take you to unpack?

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off

How long did it take you to unpack?

Last time you moved house, how long did it take you to unpack the last box?  Were you all done in the first week or are you still looking at boxes years later? A recent survey by Hillarys.co.uk revealed that the average person takes over two years to unpack all of their belongings after moving house!  In fact, 10% of the 2,000 people surveyed said they never unpack all of their possessions after moving home! Knick-knacks are the most common things to hide away in boxes with vases and ornaments coming out top in the survey for most time spent...

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How to Move House with Pets

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off

How to Move House with Pets

Moving house is stressful for pets – whether it’s a cat, dog, rabbit or something smaller, it isn’t an easy transition.  Cats are famous for hating change!  However, a well-loved pet really just wants to be with you, so they will adjust if you plan carefully and take care of them before, during and after the house move. There are lots of things to consider, especially if you’re moving country, or even county!  You need to look into the legislation for their transport and for their new home.  For instance, in Northern Ireland, Ireland and the...

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Moving house doesn’t have to be stressful!

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off

Moving house doesn’t have to be stressful!

Whether you are buying or selling, moving home is rarely a stress free event.  You’re packing up everything you own and moving it into a property you’ve only been in a handful of times…if you don’t find that stressful then you are definitely in the minority! We’ve pulled together lots of articles so far to help you through the craziness of moving house – but here are a few ‘hacks’ that should hopefully make everything run smoothly: Invest in some boxes While rooting around the side of a supermarket recycling bin for a pile of ‘free’ boxes...

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Young, first time buyers give housing market a boost

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off

Young, first time buyers give housing market a boost

So far this year, the UK housing market has seen pretty healthy growth.  Research has shown that this has largely been driven by the surge in first-time buyer activity. The influx of interest from the first-time buyer market helped to combat the reduced buy-to-let activity that 2016 has seen.  After the additional 3% stamp duty surcharge on second homes came into force in April, this market is unlikely to recover quickly. The increased activity for first time buyers is being attributed to the Government initiatives to help younger first-time...

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How can I improve my home’s EPC Energy Rating?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off

How can I improve my home’s EPC Energy Rating?

Last time we explained the EPC ratings on your home report.  Many homeowners worry about this score as often there is very little you can do to improve it.  For instance, if your house is a mid-terrace it will get a higher score than a detached house for heat loss – but that’s not something you’ll be able to change! To help you understand what affects your EPC rating, here are the factors generally considered to be the most important influencers on your score: The age of the property Obviously, not something you can change! But generally, the...

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What do the energy ratings on a home report mean?

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off

What do the energy ratings on a home report mean?

Ever wondered what all that blurb about Energy means on a home report?  Well, an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) shows the potential and current energy ratings of a property – known as SAP Ratings. A SAP rating means Standard Assessment Procedure. SAP charts are divided in to seven bands that range from A to G and there are a set number of SAP points in each range. There is a current, as well as potential rating in each chart, and the maximum points in each chart are 100. How to get an EPC: If the property was let or has been sold...

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What is important to home buyers in 2016?

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off

What is important to home buyers in 2016?

When you are showing a potential buyer around your home, your job is to highlight your home’s strengths.  You can’t always guess what’s important to that particular person or family, so we’ve pulled together a list of trends that we have seen buyers asking about this year so far.  Your home may not have all of these features – but that’s no reason to panic!  These are just some topics that we think are worth remembering when you are talking to buyers: Energy-Efficiency Energy-efficiency is becoming increasingly important.  We all know we need...

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