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The Hidden Costs Of Selling A Property

Tue 06 Aug 2019

A few weeks ago, we published a piece all about the hidden costs of buying a new property. In that, we looked at all the little things you might not think about when going through with a sale, along with all the places little costs can be hidden away during the process. Today, we want to look at the other side of the coin – at the costs of selling your property. You see, there are plenty of things you might not have considered about selling your property as well, which could eat into the total price you end up getting. This could impact the price you decide to sell your house for, so it’s important to bear them in mind.

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Northwood’s Top Tips For A Stress Free Move

Wed 24 Jul 2019

Whichever way you slice it, moving is rarely a relaxing experience. In fact, many people have ranked it as one of the most stressful experiences of life, right up there with weddings, divorce and death in the family. It doesn’t matter if you’re a single person who has only their own things to pack up, or you’re trying to rally a partner and children to please pack, and not just dump things in a box, there are plenty of things that can stress you out during the entire process. But they don’t always have to. To try and make the process of moving as simple and stress-free as possible, we have a few tips for you.

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Choosing The Right Estate Agent To Sell Your Home

Wed 10 Jul 2019

Selling your home can be a long, stressful process. There are a lot of things to remember, things that have to be done in a certain order, and things that can go wrong, all of which could leave you out of pocket and still with an unsold property. And while some of these things can’t be helped, no matter how well you plan, many of them can be avoided simply by working with the right estate agent. But with so many options out there to sell your property, how do you choose the right estate agent for you? That’s what we wanted to talk about in today’s blog.

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10 Landlord Health And Safety Obligations You Need To Know

Thu 27 Jun 2019

If you’re a landlord, then you should already know that you have a duty of care to your tenants. They are living in your property, and you are legally obligated to provide safe accommodation and do everything you can to reduce any risk to them while they are living there. This is the main obligation of a landlord, and you can find more detail about it in the Housing Health and Safety Rating System. While there are a lot of things you need to be aware of as a landlord, there are 10 main health and safety obligations you need to know about and take action on. To help you out, they are listed in this blog.

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How Are You Adjusting To The Tenant Fee Ban?

Wed 12 Jun 2019

It’s happened! After months of waiting and a long build-up, the tenant fee ban came into effect on the 1st of June. It’s over 2 months now, and if you’re a landlord you might have noticed a few changes in the way your property is being handled. So now that the big day has come and gone, we wanted to check in and find out – what’s changed? And more importantly, what can you do about it?

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What Is an ‘Accidental Landlord’?

Mon 20 May 2019

Did you know that 29% of landlords never actually planned to become a landlord? Instead, they end up becoming a landlord unexpectedly, falling into the role without much direction. Unlike professional landlords, who make a living out of renting property, an accidental landlord rents out their property due to circumstance, rather the choice. That might sound a bit odd, but it’s far more common than you think. It can be a daunting process becoming a landlord, especially if it’s not what you had planned to do. But don’t worry, with the right help, you can still be a successful landlord, regardless of how you got there. But how do you become an accidental landlord, and what do you need to know now?

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6 Signs That Mean You’re Ready To Move

Wed 08 May 2019

Moving house can seem like a daunting task at times – but it can also be an incredibly exciting opportunity. Before you get to that stage though, you’ve got to make the decision that it’s time to move on from your current property. The problem is, you might not always associate those little niggles with the need to move house. That’s why we’ve put together this little guide, with the most common symptoms you might feel when there’s a house move in your future.

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Jargon Buster: Home Buyer Edition Part 2

Sat 27 Apr 2019

Welcome back to the second instalment of our jargon buster for home buyers. This series is all about helping home buyers understand all of the jargon that comes up around buying or selling a property. From what the deeds are and why they matter, through to what the word vendor means (since you’ll see it pop up a lot). If you didn’t read our first one, just click here to see what the first instalment covered. Once you’re all caught up, let’s get cracking on part 2!

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What Does Peace of Mind Look Like?

Tue 16 Apr 2019

At Northwood, we talk about giving landlords ‘peace of mind’ a lot. But it occurred to us – how do you know what peace of mind actually looks like? Doesn’t it look different to everybody? And how do you measure peace of mind, to know if one agent will give you more of it than another. It’s all very confusing. So today, we wanted to share with you some common worries landlords have, and how our services address each one and provide that peace of mind, every time.

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Jargon Buster: Home Buyer Edition

Fri 15 Mar 2019

When it comes to buying your first property, it’s really easy to get confused. There is a lot to understand, a lot of big processes going on and a lot of excitement at every stage. But there’s also an awful lot of terms to learn when you’re buying or selling a house. Whether that’s what a conveyancer does to what type of mortgage you’re going for, buyers are expected to understand a lot of language that they won’t need at any other time in their lives. So today, we wanted to give all of our lovely buyers (and sellers) a hand and do some jargon-busting in the world of house-buying.

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