Top tips for selling your home this spring

April 20, 2016

Spring time is traditionally a busy time for house sales. With plenty of homes on the market at this time of year, you want to make sure your home stands out from the crowd. Here are some top tips for selling your home this spring: Kerb appeal matters Many buyers know within a few minutes […] View article >

Be prepared for all costs when buying a property

April 15, 2016

Given that property prices rose by 6.4% in the United Kingdom in 2015, it is no surprise that many people may wince when they read about the cost of buying a property. According to Land Registry Data, the average price of property in England and Wales rose to £188,270. In addition to the price of […] View article >

Landlords turn to agents as legislation becomes more onerous

April 13, 2016

Legislation for landlords to provide safe and compliant homes is constantly up-dating, but many landlords feel it is becoming more onerous and harder to keep up with. In a recent survey by Direct Line for Business, it was found that 10% of landlords have no formal tenancy agreement in place at all with their tenants. […] View article >

Bank of England introduce new measures to curb BTL lending

April 1, 2016

Earlier this week, the Bank of England introduced a consultation on new measures to toughen up underwriting of Buy To Let mortgages. In its consultation paper, Underwriting standards for buy-to-let mortgage contracts, the Bank’s “Prudential Regulation Authority” said it intends to establish a guardrail on underwriting standards in the buy-to-let sector to prevent these from slipping […] View article >

The positives and negatives of the Budget 2016 for landlords and property

March 21, 2016

Many landlords and property professionals were dreading the March 2016 budget, and it was again made clear that George Osborne has private sector landlords in his sights! We look at the Budget to find the positives and the negatives when looking from a property and landlord perspective: Negatives Stamp Duty Surcharge: The Stamp Duty 3% […] View article >

Evicting a tenant? Get your paperwork right

March 15, 2016

New figures produced by the Minstry of Justice show that there has been a significant shift in the number of landlords choosing to take the Section 21 accelerated possession route instead of using the Section 8 Notice – even where there are arrears outstanding. In the last quarter  of 2015 nearly 28,500 orders for possession […] View article >

Landlords – the download on the new smoke and carbon monoxide regulations

March 11, 2016

As a landlord it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with the ever-increasing responsibilities for staying compliant, particularly if you manage the property yourself. New legislation  regarding smoke and carbon monoxide detectors which came in to force in October last year means that it’s more important than ever to be aware of your legal […] View article >

New Stamp duty for Buy to Let – what’s the cost?

March 9, 2016

With the additional 3% stamp duty tax coming into effect shortly for Buy to Let properties, there has been a flurry of property sales being processed prior to the 1st April 2016 deadline. The Government’s rationale for introducing the additional stamp duty charge is to increase the number of opportunities for first time buyers and […] View article >

Using your USP to sell your property for the best price

March 3, 2016

When it comes to selling your property for the best possible price, one thing to consider is to make the most of any unique selling points (USP) your property has. A USP is something about your property that makes it stand out from the crowd and should be thought of as the very essence of what […] View article >