Service

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Most lettings agents see their role solely as a “purveyor of tenants”, and they pride themselves on their ability to find the right tenant for a property and to negotiate attractive terms for the landlord. But lettings agency has moved on. Indeed, finding a tenant is arguably one of the most straightforward aspects of letting […]

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Successful Tenancy Application

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If you are looking to rent a property, you may find yourself in a competitive environment, with a limited selection of properties from which to choose. It is therefore important to make it easy for a landlord or their agent to regard you as their number one choice of tenant in order to smooth your […]

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New Lawn

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When selling your property the positive impact of a good first impression cannot be overstated, and a good lawn is the obvious place to start. The fast and easy option to improve a very poor lawn is simply to returf it, using rolls of turf. Whilst more expensive than seeding, this does give instant results […]

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Buying an Undermodernized Property

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There are about a dozen property-related programmes on TV every week. Some of these track the progress of a wreck to a finished home, or at least highlight a property’s potential. We have certainly noticed an increase in the number of enquiries from people specifically wishing to buy a run down property, and this has […]

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July Market Comment

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JULY

Finally, after the pent-up frustrations of lockdown, we have some very good news to report: Firstly, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced a substantial boost for the housing market with the raising of the SDLT (Stamp Duty) threshold from £125,000 to £500,000. This really is quite incredible and will save buyers up […]

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Marketing Review

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If your rental property is currently on the market awaiting a tenant, it may be tempting to assume that your agent is in full control of the situation, and that sooner or later a tenant will materialise. But don’t be so sure! Sometimes an agent will take the same view and simply sit in hope, […]

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Should We Accept The Offer?

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When you are planning to move house it can be tempting to accept the first buyer who comes along with an attractive offer. However, buyers come in all shapes and sizes, and it is important to assess your purchaser’s ability to perform before accepting any offer.   We often receive offers from people who themselves […]

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Energy Performing Landlords

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EPCs

As part of the lettings process, landlords are required to ensure that their property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) available to all prospective tenants (including existing tenants renewing their tenancy) with a minimum performance rating of “E”. This has extended to existing tenancies as of 1st April 2020. An EPC is a certificate issued […]

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Downvalue on Survey

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Beware

We British remain passionate about home ownership. Yet the banks, who are also involved, burnt their fingers in the past with wildly generous lending and they are keen not to make the same mistake again. One effect of this, which could affect you if you are currently buying or selling, is the undervaluing bank-appointed valuer! […]

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