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The property market does not like this

January 20, 2017

There is one thing that can be guaranteed to impact on the property market in the U.K. and that is uncertainty. Earlier this week, the Prime Minister Teresa May, delivered her landmark speech setting out how the U.K. would be preparing to leave the European Union. During the transition there will be a lot of […] View article >

10 ways to stay warm in your home and save money

January 17, 2017

With the second mildest Christmas day ever behind us but rapidly followed by freezing temperatures, ice and even ‘thunder snow’, it’s a winter that so far has been full of surprises. To help cope with any ‘artic turns’ we’ve put together some helpful tips for keeping your property warm and your costs low: Closing your […] View article >

Delays in reporting repairs are costing landlords thousands

January 16, 2017

Delays by tenants in reporting maintenance and repairs issues is costing landlords thousands, recent research by LV= shows. Of those asked, 37% of renters admitted to thinking that it was okay to wait before reporting non-emergency repairs to their landlords. This means that by the time the landlord has a chance to carry out the […] View article >

Tenant insurance, are you covered?

January 12, 2017

Your landlord has insurance so you are sorted right? Well, not always. In most cases, a landlord’s insurance policy will only cover structural damage to the building itself. If your flat were to go up in flames, your landlord’s policy would not cover you for your lost or damaged personal possessions. So what can you […] View article >

Step five in selling your property. Exchange of contracts

January 11, 2017

The final steps of selling your home is exchanging contracts leading to completion, though it is possible to do these on the same day with a bit of planning. Usually, there are between 7 and 28 days between exchanging contracts and completion. Before contracts can be exchanged, the buyer must have received their mortgage offer […] View article >

Step four in selling your property. The offer

January 11, 2017

By taking a little time to make sure you get the right agent to sell your property and pricing it correctly, it should be no time at all until you receive an offer. Exciting though this is, there are still a few steps to go through before the property is officially sold. You are under […] View article >

Step three in selling your property. Marketing

January 3, 2017

When it comes to the marketing of your property for sale, there are various tools that a good agent will be utilising. Featuring your property in their branch window and on their own website should be a given as should having a database of buyers ready to be contacted if your property matches their criteria. […] View article >

3 challenges facing landlords in 2017 and how to solve them

December 29, 2016

2017 is already shaping up as a landmark year for landlords, as many changes in the private rented sector start to be implemented.   In this blog, we look at three of the main issues that may affect landlords in the new year: 1.  Taxation: Section 24 Section 24 of the Finance (No.2) Act 2015, […] View article >

Be a good neighbour this New Year

December 28, 2016

Now that the Christmas Day festivities have passed, attention turns to New Year celebrations. Whether you plan to have family and friends over for a low key evening, or you’re having a full-on party, don’t forget to spare a thought for your neighbours. According to recent research by Co-op Insurance, loud music tops the list […] View article >

Step two in selling your property. Getting a valuation

December 21, 2016

Once you have considered and confirmed your priorities when selling your property, have decluttered and decorated, it’s time to get an accurate valuation and choose an agent.   We recommend inviting in at least two different agents. When creating a shortlist of agents do some research first.  Do they have lots of for sale / […] View article >