Buying on Instinct

Recent research concurs with our own view that most buyers buy on instinct, typically viewing their eventual home no more than twice before making a decision to buy. Buying a property certainly appears to be a decision of the heart over the head. In other words, the “I’ll know it when I see it” approach…

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Budget Tips in Designing Your House

Clearly, the better presented your home the greater your chances of securing an early sale at an impressive price. However, during these uncertain times it can be difficult to justify engaging an interior designer in the hope that your property and its value will be transformed. However, if you feel that your property could do…

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What Rishi Sunak’s latest pledges mean for landlords in Chelmsford

Chancellor Rishi Sunak made two big announcements about the property market last week and triggered a flurry of activity. Both initiatives represent attractive propositions for savvy landlords. But, as always, it pays to do your homework first. Stamp Duty holiday The Chancellor’s headline-grabbing announcement was a Stamp Duty holiday. He raised the threshold to £500,000,…

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Working with Tradespeople

When you buy a property that needs work, you usually hope to be able to recoup the cost of renovation by adding significantly to the future selling price. That’s the theory anyway! But getting the builders in can be stressful, and we have all heard stories of extortionate costs, unforeseen extras, no-shows, and poor, even…

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Right to Purchase Freehold

Most lessees (nb not tenants) have the statutory right to purchase the freehold of their building, called Collective Enfranchisement, under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002. Such a purchase certainly has its appeal if your lease is beginning to look a little light – say 80 years or less. In this instance it may…

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