June 2015


25 Jun Buying a house with a friend

For today's first time buyer the prospect of buying a home can seem a dim and distant dream. There are the new mortgage rules, for a start, making it tougher to get a mortgage. In addition, rising house prices and the likelihood that interest rates will follow, can add up to a daunting prospect. One solution to the problem is to buy a house with a friend. And it's a great idea....

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16 Jun How can I make my home more energy-efficient?

Buildings in the UK are among the least efficient in the world, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Millions of homes do not have full double-glazing. More than half do not have enough insulation or an efficient condensing boiler. Most do not even have proper heating controls. There's no need to panic, though. There are a myriad of ways in which you can make your home more energy-efficient. Change...

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12 Jun If your agent is on onthemarket – you could be losing out

When onthemarket.com (OTM) was launched a few months ago – a brand new property portal to take on the duopoly of Zoopla and Rightmove – we decided not to join, because we believed our clients would lose out. As it turns out, we were right! The problem with OTM is that those signing up are only allowed to use one other portal for advertising – either Rightmove OR Zoopla. We use...

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