The Key to a Secure Move

Most people who are happy to instruct an agent to sell their property are usually just as happy to provide a key for the purpose of buyer viewings. And with good reason; the easier it is to gain access to a property, the more likely it is that the estate agent will bring a regular…

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Protect Your Investment this Winter

During these winter months, landlords can easily overlook the importance of ensuring that the temperature of your property does not fall below freezing. Your tenant might be more concerned about their own comfort than the welfare of your investment. But what happens if they decide to fly to some winter the sun for a couple…

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Helping hand for the High Street

New spending aimed at breathing new life into high streets and town centres may well impact local house prices. The government has made a very public commitment to spending money in order to rebalance the economy, a process called ‘levelling out’. 10.7 million people, equivalent to 16% of the British population, live within 200 metres…

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House Price Growth

The latest house price data published by Land Registry shows that UK House prices are growing and have increased by 2.2% in the year to November 2019. This is the highest level of annual growth recorded since November 2018. As of November 2019, the average price of a property across the UK is £235,298. House…

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Practical Elements of Buying to Let

Our recent article looked at the benefits of buying to let in principle. Here we consider some practical elements: Attitude: Buying to let is a long-term investment, so don’t stretch yourself, because if you had to sell in the short term you would almost certainly lose money. Choose well:  Follow your head not your heart….

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Can renting be pet-friendly?

40% of UK households own a pet, yet only 7% of landlords advertise homes as suitable for pets. It is no wonder many people struggle to find a pet-friendly home. Research conducted by the Property Academy found that 35% of all tenants would be willing to pay a premium of £40 per month (£50 in…

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Common Sense Attracts Buyers

Several predictable aspects of a property typically impress a buyer. Well-presented, quiet area, good repair, neat and tidy, pleasant sounds and smells, good neighbours, light and airy, spacious rooms, well-balanced accommodation, good flow, well-planted garden, convenient location, privacy, etc.. These preferences are not unique as most people tend to like the same things.   However,…

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New Year, New Lawn

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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Help us to help you!

Buyers often waste an inordinate amount of time viewing property that is either too expensive or blatantly wrong in other critical ways.    Additionally, more than 30% of property sales fall through due to buyer or seller suddenly changing their minds. Both these annoyances could be attributed to the agent not having gained a good…

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What landlords can expect in 2020

It seems hard to believe, but 2020 is nearly upon us. It’s been an interesting, if largely uneventful, year in property, with uncertainty caused by the Brexit delay keeping property transactions in check and largely stalling growth across the country. For Chelmsford landlords, there are some more key changes and amendments to letting legislation you…

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