Move by Chr***mas!?

With Christmas already in sight, if you’re serious about selling it would be worth your while to do something about it now, rather than waiting until the Spring. For many, Christmas is a time for home making and buyers currently thinking of moving tell us they would love to be in by mid-December – and…

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Moving From Distance to Chelmsford

If you were to compare the map of UK surname distribution of the 1801 census with a similar map today, you would probably be surprised at how little change there has been since then, with local surnames still congregating around the area of their ancestral home. Despite massive improvements in transport links, and speed of…

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Always have a Grand Entrance!

We all know about the importance of first impressions. Yet it is surprising how few people take a proactive approach to doing a few things that will really impress a buyer before they even walk through the door. Once the buyer realises that the property is well cared for, especially in such apparently minor details…

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Property Viewing Turn-Offs

Cracks, marks and stains leave the biggest negative impression on prospective buyers during a viewing, with a 76% turn-off rate. This is according to Sell House Fast who surveyed 1,266 people who have been to several viewings over the last year. 71% of prospective buyers said they would be dissatisfied by bathroom fixtures not functioning…

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What to do when your tenant does a runner

We all panic from time-to-time. Readers of this blog that are of a certain age will recall Corporal Jones running around the Walmington-on-Sea barracks shouting ‘don’t Panic, don’t panic’ in TV sitcom Dad’s Army. But panicking was exactly what Jones was doing. And tenants do, too, sometimes. Unfortunately, that can mean they desert your rental property…

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The Case for Letting Your Home

The tightening of the mortgage market has created opportunities for vendors who are understandably tempted to consider letting as a lucrative alternative to a sale.   Despite the Help to Buy scheme, the dearth of mortgage availability has meant that fewer would-be purchasers are able actually to buy. They are therefore forced to rent if…

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HOUSING AND BREXIT CONCERNS

Whether we are heading to the polls again in a few weeks’ time for the third time in five years remains to be seen, but the political parties should remember that it is more than Brexit on people’s agendas. A recent poll from Ipsos MORI for the Chartered Institute of Housing found as many people…

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