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Buying an investment property outside of your local area

August 14, 2017

With higher prices and lower yields, it stands to reason that many seasoned landlords and new landlords are looking beyond London and the south east to buy investment property. Prices are generally lower, yields tend to be higher, and, with lower prices, the 3% stamp duty surcharge has far less impact. Buying a less expensive […] View article >

Moving to a New Town? How to overcome homesickness

August 11, 2017

Relocating to a new home in a new town can be exciting and empowering for some. Even so it can quickly turn into a time of huge stress and leave you feeling homesick. Not only are you moving to an area where you don’t know anyone, if this is the first time away from friends […] View article >

Soft Furnishing Ideas

August 9, 2017

When decorating a home or designing the look for a room, the wallpaper, paint and flooring are important but they only tell part of the story. If you want to add your own personal style and panache to any space, the finishing touches are generally provided by your choice of soft furnishings. Anything from elegant […] View article >

5 Plants for Gardening Beginners

August 4, 2017

On the surface, gardening looks like a great pastime to get involved in. You’re out in the fresh air, doing something natural and helping the environment for a start. But it can be difficult getting started if you are a novice. Choosing the right plants is key, for a start, particularly if you want to […] View article >

Wonderful Wall Hanging Ideas

August 2, 2017

Back in the old days, we used to adorn our walls with the odd photograph, a few ducks and the odd poster we took a liking to. Thankfully, the range of wall art has increased dramatically. Now you can get unusual artworks, wall hangings and tapestries, and stunning large print stencils and images, as well […] View article >

Stricter lending criteria coming into play for landlords

July 28, 2017

The financial landscape for landlords is changing due to new measures introduced by the Prudential Regulation Authority. The first roll-out was in January this year and the second tranche will be embedded by 1st October 2017. In essence, the changes will require lenders to ensure they have a fuller picture of the borrower, and a […] View article >

3 Organic Ways of Keeping Your Home Summer Fresh

July 27, 2017

For those who live in a busy home, you’ll be only too aware how quickly a place can fill with the kinds of pongs and odours we could all do without. Whether you need to contend with a bunch of kids, multiple pets, or even a spouse who doesn’t seem to notice the smell of […] View article >

Top 10 Packing Hacks for Moving House

July 25, 2017

If there is one time when we want things to go as simply as possible – it’s when we move to a new house. It’s possibly one of the top stressful experiences most of us will face and can leave even hardened optimists feeling that the world is conspiring against them. To help, here are […] View article >

7 Tips for Harmonious House Sharing

July 21, 2017

It’s not just the traditional province of students any more. Many of us are now sharing a house, either with friends or people we have never met before. Whether it’s buying a property together or renting, the benefits of lower rents and shared costs are a fantastic way to afford a place of your own […] View article >

Landlords gain heavyweight support from Iain Duncan Smith

July 18, 2017

As we have been reporting over the past couple of years, landlords have been on Government’s radar with a number of new legislative changes that could impact future profitability. The most notorious of these has been the new tax regime Section 24, affecting sole trader landlords with mortgages, and the introduction of the 3% stamp […] View article >