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What Estate Agents do – Property Advice

What Estate Agents do – Property Advice

"What Estate Agents do - Property Advice" Straight-talking, sincere advice can be invaluable in a world where too many people would just tell you what you want to hear! For example, the oldest trick in the book is for an Agent to suggest an inflated asking price in order to impress you enough to secure your business.

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How saleable is my property?

How saleable is my property?

”How sale-able is my property?” Are you thinking of moving but aren’t quite sure whether now is the right time?We know it can take months to come to a final decision.  Moving home is high on the stress-level gauge, but we’re here to help.

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Property and Smoke Alarms

Property and Smoke Alarms

“Property and Smoke Alarms” Responsible Landlords have always ensured the safety of their Tenants.However, did you know that under The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 it is a legal requirement for most tenanted properties to have a smoke alarm fitted in any room used wholly or partly as living accommodation?Landlords can be fined up to £5,000 for non-compliance.

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The Right to Rent

The Right to Rent

"The Right to Rent" Immigration legislation means that all private Landlords have to check that new Tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting a property.  This responsibility can be given to your Letting Agent as part of a written agreement.

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Stamp Duty on Investment Property

Stamp Duty on Investment Property

"Stamp Duty on Investment Property" Are you buying a second home, Buy-to-Let, or investment property? Then you should be aware that there is an additional 3% Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).  This is in addition to the standard SDLT amount payable.

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Avoid the Property Catch 22

Avoid the Property Catch 22

"Avoid the Property Catch 22" Many sellers who receive a good offer for their home turn it down because they have not yet found “the right property”.  They worry that they will, in effect, become 'homeless' should they sell first.

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Your Tenant’s Garden

Your Tenant’s Garden

"Your Tenant's Garden" Landlords often ask us what they should do about their garden and what they can reasonably expect of a Tenant in terms of maintenance.Having a well-cared-for garden can definitely help to attract Tenants, particularly if they arrive on a sunny summer’s day to the sight of flowers in full bloom, a neat hedge and tidy borders!  However, if the garden is just too magnificent and obviously requires lots of work, then it may actually scare some people off.

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What Property Ladder?

What Property Ladder?

"What Property Ladder?" During the boom years, if you were minded to move house you simply got on and did so!  Any delay in moving up in a rising market could prove expensive.  This was because the property you were buying would inevitably have appreciated more in cash terms than the one you were selling.

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Act now for a house move before Christmas

Act now for a house move before Christmas

"A house move before Christmas" Are you one of those people thinking about moving at this time of year who would naturally prefer to be in their new home in time for Christmas?Not only does a house really become a home at that time of year, but with most people taking one or two weeks off work, there’s plenty of time to either enjoy your new surroundings, or put in some hard DIY home improvement graft (in between the mince pies, of course!).

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Lettings Professional?

Lettings Professional?

“Lettings Professional?” Have you noticed the increase in the number of letting agents whilst the number of prosecutions of rogue letting agents is sadly growing at an alarming rate?The industry is largely unregulated.

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