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On The Market

Posted on: 26 November 2014

On The Market

OnTheMarket.com will be a new place to view hundreds of thousands of properties to buy or rent all over the UK.

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A Word About Rebecca

Posted on: 20 November 2014

A Word About Rebecca

Sometimes it’s worth reflecting on the value of star performers in our business. One of these is Rebecca Boyd.

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The Case for Letting your Home

Posted on: 13 November 2014

The Case for Letting your Home

The continued difficulties in the mortgage market have created opportunities for vendors who are understandably tempted to consider letting as a lucrative alternative to a sale.

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Parents help first time buyers

Posted on: 06 November 2014

Parents help first time buyers

First-time buyers are increasingly relying on their parents to help them purchase their first home. Around 20% have either borrowed or were given money by family towards the initial deposit, with an average contribution of around £13,000 (source Scottish Widows). According to Santander Bank, some 80% of under 30 year-olds cannot afford to buy without some form of parental or other assistance.

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November Property Checklist

Posted on: 30 August 2014

November Property Checklist

Household emergencies generally occur during the depths of winter, but we recommend that homeowners undertake pre-winter checklists now to prevent unforeseen property headaches in the months to come, specially remembering 2010 and 2011's winter weather!

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Posted on: 08 August 2014

2014 Summer Market Report

Statistic, statistics! It's so easy to be drawn in by newspaper-selling headlines that compare one house price index with another or one region with another, which can be very confusing! The key is in the realistic interpretation of these differences without agenda! There is not enough space here to explain the market comprehensively but here are some key observations.

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Better Value Out of Catchment?

Posted on: 12 July 2014

Better Value Out of Catchment?

As schools vie for league table position, parents are increasingly selective as to which school their children attend, to the extent that many families move house specifically to live within the catchment area of their preferred school.

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First Impressions

Posted on: 26 June 2014

First Impressions

You only get one chance to make a first impression! When it comes to letting your home, attention to detail could be pivotal in securing an early let at the best possible rent. Most Tenants have a good idea of their preferred location, minimum accommodation needs and ideal style of property. Yet it is often presentation that makes the greatest difference. A well-presented property not only looks more attractive, but also suggests that the landlord cares for it. This in itself can attract a more careful tenant.

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The Key Issue

Posted on: 19 June 2014

The Key Issue

One of our distinctions and indeed our passion is the fact that we are as involved in our clients' move as we are in the sale itself. Certainly, for most people the property into which they are moving is a lot more exciting than the property they are about to leave.

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The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

Posted on: 12 June 2014

The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

Our home satisfies our basic human needs such as sleeping, relaxing, washing, recreation, as well as family time, reading, watching TV, Leisure etc.. But it is possibly eating which is the focus of home life. This basic need that punctuates our day provides a social focus for families and couples the world over.

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A Quiet Word About Pets

Posted on: 05 June 2014

A Quiet Word About Pets

Some homeowners spend thousands of pounds improving their property before going to market, yet they can be oblivious to issues that prospective purchases could regards as glaringly off-putting. Sometimes we have to point our some home truths if we are to enhance our client's chances of selling quickly, and for an excellent price!

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Alarming News!

Posted on: 29 May 2014

Alarming News!

Moving into a new home is a good time to consider the simple but important aspect of smoke alarms. Have you got at least one in your home? If so, are you sure it works? They are not expensive and can be purchased for under £10 each.

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How to Interpret a Survey

Posted on: 21 May 2014

How to Interpret a Survey

Buyers clearly need to make informed choices when it comes to deciding which property to buy and at what price, although only about one in five people in England and Wales commissions a survey (source: RICS).

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Touching Up

Posted on: 15 May 2014

Touching Up

When letting your property, you naturally want your property to look its best, but how far should you go in terms of presentation?

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Selling an Unmodernised Property

Posted on: 08 May 2014

Selling an Unmodernised Property

Last week's article focussed on issues to think about when buying an unmodernised property. However, sellers should also be careful when considering the sale of a property in need of renovation.

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Buying an Unmodernised Property

Posted on: 06 May 2014

Buying an Unmodernised Property

There are about a dozen property-related programmes on TV every week. Some of these track the progress of a wreck to a finished home, or at least highlight a property's potential.

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Will the Internet Replace Estate Agents?

Posted on: 25 April 2014

Will the Internet Replace Estate Agents?

There can be nothing better suited to the internet than property, and hits to property websites far outnumber those of any other industry. The ability to be able to search in the comfort of your own home, usually without having to provide any personal details, is certainly attractive and has transformed the way the public begins to look for their new home.

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Location, Location

Posted on: 17 April 2014

Location, Location

Location is clearly the most fundamental aspect of property. But what is it about location that attracts? This is a complex question which means different things to different people, and is usually driven by the motivation for the move, yet it hold the key to why people buy, and where.

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Now We Have a Baby

Posted on: 10 April 2014

Now We Have a Baby

Becoming a family is probably the greatest motivator for a move there is, and the choice of home is usually a fairly accurate reflection of the significant social change that people experience at this time.

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Quick Tips to Maximise your Sale

Posted on: 03 April 2014

Quick Tips to Maximise your Sale

First impressions are not only important when selling your home, they are absolute critical. When people come to view a property for the first time, they are unlikely to be scrutinising the unseen. They are simply trying to get a feel for the property. They will be bombarded with mostly visual impressions, many of which you can manage.

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