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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Top tips for moving with kids

They say moving home is one of the most stressful times of your life and if you are moving with children then there will be an added level of complexity. From arranging the move to feeling settled in your new home here are a few tips to make your move stress free. Get your Children involved in planning for the move Children...

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What to ask when viewing a property

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...

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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....

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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...

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