Finance & Mortgages

The UK Housing Market: Key Stats, Facts and Figures

Friday, August 24th, 2018

Buying? Selling? Whatever your side of the home buying table, and regardless whether you already have your foot on the ladder, it pays to know just where the UK housing market is heading. Here we take a look at the key stats, facts and figures that reflect the current UK housing market, as according to […]

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Hold your Ground – Five Steps to Making an Offer on a House

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Once you’ve found a property you want, it’s easy to feel pressurised to make a brash move and put in an ill-thought out offer. So the first step is to stop, breath, and read on for our five step strategy for making a fair offer that could save you big. Step One – Decide How […]

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The Online-Only Estate Agent – Smart Move or Stupid Mistake?

Friday, August 10th, 2018

The rise and rise of online-only estate agents seems unstoppable, Purple Bricks, HouseSimple, YOPA, Tepilo and eMoov, to name but a few, are leading to debates about the future of the high street estate agent. The question is, does it pay to entrust these still relatively new online-only estate agents with your house sale? Let’s […]

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Bang for Yer’ Buck – Where to Move for More Space for your Money

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

Currently viewing potential new houses? Take a look around – every single square foot within the average home costs a pretty staggering £211. Ouch. And with house prices continuing their steady rise (with increases of 4.5% over the past 12 months to November 2017), this figure is only set to rise further. With these plain […]

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Six Things No One Ever Tells You About Home Ownership

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

You’ve finally purchased your own home – congratulations! You’re no longer dealing with a grumpy landlord or even grumpier parents. That said, you do wish that you were told these six things before you collected those keys. 1. Paperwork – You Need It, All (and A Basement to Store It In) Who knew that in […]

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To Buy or To Rent? THAT is the question.

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

Your parents say you’re throwing money away. Some of your friends are already proud homeowners. As for your work colleagues? They say that if you don’t buy now, you’ll never get on the property ladder. But is renting really all that bad? As we’ll explore in this blog, buying may not be right for everyone. […]

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Making Your Estate Agent Work Overtime

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Selling your home? Get set for a long, arduous, stressful journey if you don’t have the right tactics in place for ensuring your estate agent works overtime. Here’s our how-to… 1. Take Care in Picking the Right Estate Agent When it comes to estate agents, reputation matters, so do your research. Look to online review […]

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How Your Buyer’s Mortgage Lender Could Veto Your House Sale

Monday, May 7th, 2018

You thought you were super diligent when selling your home. You spoke with many estate agents, gained many valuations, and went with one of the higher ones. Finally, you received an offer, and after some negotiations, you settled on a figure you were both happy with. But now your buyer’s mortgage company won’t lend for […]

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Removals Services – Should I Pay a Deposit?

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Here’s the problem – every removals company sets their own rules and fee structure. No two firms are the same – leaving those organising their move confused and unable to compare quotes like for like. If this sounds familiar, you may want to read our guide: Apples for Apples: Four pointers for comparing removal quotes. […]

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Surviving Conveyancing – Problems and Expectations

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Few property purchases go without a hitch – with many a potential stumbling block to trip over during the conveyancing process resulting in three in 10 property purchases falling through (costing the buyer on average £2899). It then makes sense to prepare yourself for the conveyancing process. Here we take a look at some of […]

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The Stamp Duty Surprise – What It Means

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Recently we blogged about how the Conservatives were hoping to boost the savings of first-time buyers through their Help to Buy ISA (if you missed it, you can read the blog right here: The complete guide to the Help-to-Buy ISA). Yet despite this and other schemes (such as the Help to Buy Shared Ownership scheme) […]

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