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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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Getting Personal Through Technology

Posted on: 28 March 2014

Getting Personal Through Technology

The opportunities opened up by technology in the lettings field have been enormous, yet many letting agents simply use their website as a glorified shop window. Like any agency window, the properties displayed need to be regularly updates and presented in a way that inspires tenants to take things further.

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What Do We Have To Do To Sell?

Posted on: 20 March 2014

What Do We Have To Do To Sell?

In an increasingly competitive market place, we know that as long as your property is priced attractively, it will sell. However, many people spend a fortune on improving their homes expecting at least the cost of the improvements to be returned to them via an increased sale price. This can be a mistake, as 90% of a property's value can usually be attributed to its location and size - the two things you can't change!

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Smarter Ways of Getting Your Price

Posted on: 13 March 2014

Smarter Ways of Getting Your Price

One of estate agency's fundamental tasks is to secure the highest price that an able purchaser will pay for your property in a given market. In an ideal world, we would have a hot-line to Camelot who would feed us with a regular supply of lottery winner prepared to pay ridiculous prices for modest properties. Unlikely, but we're working on it!

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Enter the Spring

Posted on: 06 March 2014

Enter the Spring

Spring is traditionally a time of change. Brighter and longer daylight hours make house-hunting easier for working people, and sellers naturally want their property to look its best. Job-hunters, who wanted to secure their Christmas bonus before seeking employment elsewhere, have by now settled into their new positions and feel confident about upgrading their home.

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Removal Planning

Posted on: 27 February 2014

Removal Planning

Despite the effort that goes into preparing a property for sale, many people overlook the impact of good removal planning, and often leave the packing to the last moment. Here are a few suggestions that we hope will help you avoid some of the anxieties many people experience during this exciting but sometimes stressful time:

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