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Are you thinking of downsizing?

Did you know that homeowners aged 55 or over who want to downsize now own an incredible £938billion of UK housing stock, according to the latest figures from Legal & General?  It’s not surprising – when children grow up and leave home and you don’t need all of the rooms you once did, downsizing is…

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First-time Buyers’ Mortgage Market is Thriving

In March 2018, £5.1bn was loaned to UK first time buyers, an increase of 2% on March 2017, while lending to other market sectors has fallen, according to UK Finance.  In fact, loans to buy-to-let landlords buying property is dropping by 20% year-on-year!  So why is the market looking so good for first time buyers?…

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Get your Garden Ready for a Summer House Sale

Each year the big property sites including Rightmove and Zoopla release a list of the keywords that are searched for most on their websites, and each year ‘garden’ tops the charts.  Now, gardens are not for everyone!  Some of our customers are desperate to downsize to a beautiful property with no outdoor space to care…

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Mortgages more affordable, and more people buying

Three news stories in the last couple of weeks have painted a very favourable picture for the UK housing market.  Research has shown that: mortgage affordability is at its highest since 2007; more people are moving than in the last 10 years; and buying is overtaking renting in popularity.  But why the big improvements and…

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How to have a successful Spring Clean

It seems to have taken forever to arrive, but Spring has finally sprung!  So what better excuse for a declutter, than having a traditional Spring Clean over the Easter break?  Whether you are planning to move or your home is just in need of a clear out, here are some top tips for a successful…

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Scottish Cities top the list for house price growth

According to property analysis firm, Hometrack (part of Zoopla), Glasgow is currently the top performing UK city for house price rises.  Property values in the Scottish city have risen by 7.9% year-on-year, taking the average cost of a home to £122,800.  So while the value of property is rising, this average cost still makes Glasgow…

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Selling your property in 2018

New Year is a time for change.  Maybe you’re changing your diet, your exercise regime or just trying to drop some bad habits in 2018; or maybe you’re looking to change your home.  We thought it would be a good time to check in and see if anything has changed from last year, and look at what you should be considering when selling your home this year.

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How to choose an estate agent

So you’ve decided to sell your home, and you’ve come to the very reasonable conclusion that it would be a good idea to get the professionals in rather than try to do it yourself – but how do you choose the best estate agent for your sale?  Here are a few questions that we think…

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Online Estate Agent or High Street Estate Agent?

Online Estate Agent or High Street Estate Agent? You can get the best of both with Joyce Heeps Homes! There has been a lot of press this year about online estate agents, with the BBC’s Watchdog program tackling one in particular over the transparency of their fees and accuracy of their claims. There are now…

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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…

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