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What to ask when viewing a property

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

When you’re buying a new home, especially if it’s your first, it’s really easy to get caught up in the excitement of imagining yourself living there and how you’d position your sofa, but when you’re investing a large amount of money it’s important to be sure you’re purchasing something that meets all of your criteria and won’t come with any unwelcome surprises, such as renovation costs, further down the line. To help, we’ve highlighted the key areas that you should be asking questions about. This list isn’t exhaustive and there might be other...

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What could happen to house prices in 2017?

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

What could happen to house prices in 2017?

Not everyone was a fan of 2016. It wasn’t a good year for a lot of people. So is 2017 set to be any better? Well, when it comes to house prices, the jury is still out! The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), who projected a massive 6% rise in house prices last year, has predicted a more modest rise of 3% in 2017. Nationwide has stayed similarly cautious, predicting a rise of 2%. Nationwide’s Chief Economist, Robert Gardner, has added a caveat that the prices will be heavily dependent on how the rest of the economy fares and the...

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Top 10 property searches in 2016

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off

Top 10 property searches in 2016

Did you know that 45 million people visit Zoopla every year? Which is one of the reasons why we list all of our properties on their site! It also gives us access to some of the amazing industry data that a site with so many users can provide. One interesting little set of statistics showed us what the top keyword searches were on the site last year – in other words, what are the top features buyers looked for last year across the whole of the UK? Take a look: 1. Garden 2. Garage 3. Detached 4. Parking 5. Bungalow 6. Furnished 7. Annexe 8....

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Changing your address – things to remember

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off

Changing your address – things to remember

There are so many things to organise when you’re moving home.  Whether you’re renting, or buying and selling; paperwork and the bureaucratic side of changing property can feel like one great big to do list!  But what about the personal side of changing address?  With a little help from Rightmove’s experts we’ve pulled together a short list to help make the process easier: Post: Over a few weeks (or a month if you have the time) write down the name of every company who you receive a piece of mail from.  Then contact each and notify them of...

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Selling your home at Christmas – Less is More!

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off

Selling your home at Christmas – Less is More!

Whether your home is already on the market or you’re thinking about selling, having a property for sale over the festive period can be stressful.  You’ve got plenty of things to do at work and at home, which can make scheduling and hosting viewings a daunting prospect – but there are many pros to having your home for sale at Christmas. Your property will be looking at its best; full of colourful decorations with a homely feel that buyers will love.  The people who view your home will also be more likely to be serious, committed property...

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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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