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On-line Estate Agents; will they succeed?

August 11, 2014

Does the rise of the internet estate agents really threaten traditional high street firms? The simple answer is NO, it just changes the way we do things. I have heard the foretelling of the demise the High Street agent for years and whilst the business has changed to meet this challenge, many agents are expanding […] View article >

Due diligence on Guaranteed Rent – 6 things to check

July 29, 2014

If you’re a landlord researching a Guaranteed Rent service, you’ll probably come across many different schemes. There are new companies and individuals springing up daily who claim to offer a “Guaranteed Rent” service – some promising to take over your property for up to five years  – but they are not all equal! Here at Northwood, […] View article >

Regulation of Letting Agents – the true story

July 28, 2014

For years, we have heard calls to regulate the lettings industry, but never more so than now. MP’s have rounded on the Industry supported by organisations such as Shelter and more recently the voracious Generation Rent. BBC Panorama ‘exposed’ many of the issues face by tenants with a focus on the emotive subject of evictions. […] View article >

Investors – Buy To Let properties

July 28, 2014

We were increasingly conscious of the fact that the biggest fear landlords face is the dreaded void period with over 80% citing this as their main concern. For tenants, their biggest worry is security of tenure and not having to keep moving because the landlord wants to sell up. During recession, we experienced a new […] View article >

The Definitive guide to Guaranteed Rent vs. Guaranteed Rent

July 21, 2014

For landlords looking for a fixed but reliable rental income from their property, the options and differences between the services on offer can be overwhelming.   This simple Guaranteed Rent vs Guaranteed Rent guide is designed to help landlords better understand the range of different services which are available when a landlord is looking for […] View article >

Guaranteed Rent? Help! Im confused. . .

July 17, 2014

With up to 1.2m landlords in England[i], there are as many different types of landlords as there are tenants.  However, despite the common misconception that landlords often own a large portfolio of properties, in reality 78% of all landlords only own a single property[ii]. This means the majority are in no way property ‘giants’ but […] View article >

London to Brighton on a bike. A survivors account

June 30, 2014

  Last Sunday four of Northwood’s finest – Stuart Williams, Steven Summerhayes, Nick Harris and Dean Walford donned their lycra and set off on the London to Brighton charity bike ride. The team were raising funds to support the Northwood Foundation’s chosen charity for this year – The Pancreatic Research Fund. In 2013, we tragically lost […] View article >

We care what our customers think of us

June 27, 2014

Here at Northwood, we are committed to being transparent in every area of our business operations. We recognise that “word of mouth” has now turned into “word of mouse”!   We welcome all reviews of our service as it helps us maintain standards across the network and better serve landlords and tenants, and buyers and […] View article >

Property investment increasingly becoming first choice as pension hedge.

June 18, 2014

Property has long been a popular choice for people looking to create wealth and income for their retirement. However, it seems that more  people than ever are now turning to bricks n’ mortar as a pension solution. Figures from the latest Rent Check report,  produced by Allsop LLP and BDRC Continental, reveal that 78% of […] View article >