Election time!

Market Report for May 2017: Where are we – up, sideways or down? Elections tend to add confusion to the property market; this time, however, less so. Indeed, the level of sales agreed nationally is actually up 2% on that recorded prior to the last election in 2015. • Asking prices...

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Beware of Long Contracts!

Most estate agents make similar claims about their ability to secure the highest possible price, in the shortest possible time, with the least possible inconvenience.  These things are easy to say, although in reality many agents do not always find them easy to deliver. Indeed, such claims set a level...

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Happy Landlords

A survey of over 500 residential landlords by Endsleigh Insurance reports that landlords are overwhelmingly satisfied with the service they receive from their letting agent and find them an invaluable resource.  Some 92% of landlords reported a positive experience with their letting agent. The market for lettings is of course...

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Maximising Your Sale Prospects

The vast array of property-related TV programmes proliferating our screens is certainly an indication of our appetite for home improvement. Presumably this has something to do with pride of ownership and making the most out of “an Englishman’s home is his castle”.      However, once you come to sell,...

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The Power of Pre Marketing Your Property

There is a strong argument for creating maximum exposure for a property during its time on the market, and much of our effort and resources are spent achieving the right exposure in the right places. However, one of the most powerful ways of securing a fast sale at a high...

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Guide to Stamp Duty

Stamp duty originated in the 17th century when duty stamps could be purchased and attached to a transactional document to prove that any tax due on the transaction had been paid. Today, tax relating to the purchase of land is known as “Stamp Duty”, or, more correctly Stamp Duty Land...

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The Market’s Picking Up

Market Report for April 2017: How the UK property market is holding it’s own despite many external factors Analysing and understanding the UK property market is notoriously difficult. Conflicting reports and biased perspectives often confuse people who simply want a degree of reassurance that their purchase or sale is well-timed. Many people...

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How to Avoid Being Gazumped

You’ve made an offer on a property. You might have had to negotiate a bit, but that’s OK because this is your perfect home and you can’t wait to move in. You then get a rather awkward call from the estate agent to say that unfortunately the seller, (whom you...

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Why Use An Estate Agent At All?

On the surface it might seem reasonable to consider selling your house yourself, yet only the smallest minority of people attempt to do so, even in the face of so-called “online” estate agents, usually with disappointing results. Yes, you could put a home-made board up in your front garden or...

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