£750 Million in Less Residential SDLT

At £8.32 billion, Treasury coffers netted £750 million less in residential SDLT (Stamp Duty Land Tax) receipts across England in the financial year to the end of April, compared to 2017/18. This is despite just 16,000 fewer transactions taking place. All regions witnessed a fall in receipts except for the East and West Midlands. The…

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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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It’s official – a “traditional” estate agent gets Chelmsford sellers more!

It’s official – what we’ve suspected all along – a “traditional” estate agent gets sellers more in their pocket than the internet-only alternative. They also secure more viewings and offers! According to research by The Advisory – an independent consumer advice group – internet-only agents rely too heavily on property portals to find buyers. In…

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