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Selling property without an estate agent, is it for you?

Mar 23 2015 / No Comments

There are over 1 million property sales every year. Traditionally, house sellers have had to use estate agents to manage the sale, but with typical commissions charged of £5000 many people have looked for cheaper alternatives, believing these commissions are very poor value for money. It is possible to sell ...

Silver Landlords Warned To Be Wary With Pension Pots

Mar 19 2015 / No Comments

Five simple steps to help secure your pension pot This April, changes to the pension reforms will boost the buy-to-let investment property market, as more and more pensioners decide to invest in property to fund their retirement. According to research, 16% of retirees will reinvest in property, adding more fuel to another ...

UK Property Portal Comparison: Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket

Mar 4 2015 / No Comments

Rightmove, Zoopla, OnTheMarket – where do you go to search for houses? Why are there now more online property portals? Founded 15 years ago in the year 2000, Rightmove completely changed the process by which buyers found houses to buy. Before, the only way was to scour local papers and visit estate ...

Ten Top Tips On Preparing Your House For Viewings

Feb 23 2015 / No Comments

It is fascinating what we hear when we ask people how a viewing went - you do have to wonder if the owners were prepared or did they forget about the appointment? Viewings are best conducted by the property owner – they are the people that know the property best, can ...

Top Tips for Winter House Viewings

Jan 20 2015 / No Comments

House prices grew by 8.3% during 2014 and property market demand continues to look steady as 2015 begins to take shape. With Christmas being paid off, we’re heading into peak season for property sales as people look for a new home in the New Year. However, vendors can find it ...

How to Grow your Buy to Let Portfolio by Releasing Equity

Apr 9 2014 / No Comments

As uncertainty continues in the UK housing market and sale remain at low levels, the demand for rentals continues to increase and the buy to let market has become an increasingly popular investment choice to consider. If you are looking to become more involved in the property investment world, it's a ...

How to Negotiate Estate Agent Fees and Contracts

Aug 3 2013 / No Comments

When it comes to selling a property, estate agent fees can be a considerable amount. For instance, an estate agent commission rate of 2% on a property for sale for £300,000 is a staggering £6,000. However, armed with some basic negotiation tips you can reduce these fees significantly. Shop Around You are ...

How you can predict a property hotspot

Apr 22 2013 / No Comments

Do you wonder how everyone else knew about that trendy area before you? Fear not, it is not a secret shared only by a select few. There are still many up-and-coming locations out there to be had; you just need to know how to find them. Follow ...

How to Avoid Gazumping

Jan 19 2013 / No Comments

Gazumping is the act of another person bidding higher on the home at any point during the process. Gazumping is allowed by law except in Scotland. The Estate Agency Act requires every real estate agent to notify the homeowner of every single offer made on the home even if a ...

How to Prepare your Home for Sale

Jun 10 2012 / No Comments

Selling a home is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life, perhaps only second to buying a house or getting married! So when you do take the decision to sell your home you need to make sure that your present it in the best way possible ...