Category: property market news

DO HOMEOWNERS AND LANDLORDS THINK TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP?

The government has announced an initiative to use proptech (property technology) to “digitally transform house-buying”, helping to speed up how we build and sell homes. However, research by KMPG suggests just 58% of real estate companies have a digital strategy in place.

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How to increase your kerb appeal

Making a good first impression is key when presenting your home for sale. Potential buyers and renters are always extra vigilant when it comes to viewing properties, from the front gate to the back garden, meaning it’s even more important to present your home in its best light from the off. But even if you’re not looking to sell up, there’s something to be said for sprucing up the front of your home. 

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STUDENT ACCOMMODATION – A NEW MORTGAGE MARKET?

Buy for Uni mortgages are now offered by three Building Societies. They allow students to buy a property while at university and pay the mortgage with the rent they charge other students.

Of the 2.3 million students in higher education across the UK, over three-quarters, 1.84 million are students studying on full-time or sandwich courses. The majority require student digs during their studies.

While nearly one in five live at home, 317,300 students, the equivalent to one in six live in their own residence, an additional half million more (531,715) in other rented accommodation. Together these two sectors account for nearly half (46%) of all student digs.

Students can borrow 100% of property value, however the 25% deposit required by lenders is put against their parents’ house and there are limits on the type of property that can be purchased.

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What are the top things that will devalue your home?

One of the key things we focus on when we own a home is how to add value to the property and make it more sell-able for the future. However, a question which will also help you to achieve your property’s best potential is what are the top things that will devalue your home? Here are some of the key factors that National Association of Estate Agency (NAEA) members have experienced as having a negative impact on property value.

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HOW DO YOU SAY?

The top 10 most mispronounced place names in the UK have been revealed by the creators of language app Babbel.

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£750 MILLION LESS IN 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.

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First-time buyers; how to find the right home for you

The number of first-time buyers in the United Kingdom is now at its highest for over a decade. If you’re one of the thousands of people who are looking to get on that first rung of the property ladder, then finding the right home can be a daunting process. Follow our tips and you could be moving in to your first home in no time at all!


1) Know your limits


Starting your search with a clear idea of what you can afford is a key aspect in terms of finding the right home. Oftentimes, first-time buyers are so excited at the thought of starting their property search that they begin with expectations soaring. Knowing your financial limit is key; before you start your search, we would recommend having a mortgage-in-principal approved so that you know exactly what you can afford. Starting your hunt by looking at homes twice your actual budget will only end in disappointment and will unduly extend your search – be realistic, set your limits and keep those finances in mind!

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RIVERSWOOD

I have had the absolute pleasure of placing this stunning and enchanting detached property on the market for sale. This four bedroom family home offers elevated open views over the surrounding Marple countryside and the River Goyt. The property is sitting in a generous sized plot of approximately 1.25 acres and certainly has the absolute wow factor!!

For more information and to book a viewing, click here.

Please also watch my video to get a glimpse of this magnificent home.

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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.

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STUDENT DIGS

As the new term begins, vast numbers of students up and down the country will be starting to move into their new homes.

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