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12 Aug Home security tips: How to keep your home safe this summer

Summer is here and the living is easy – and so is stealing from your home.  Every summer Thames Valley Police launches a summer safety campaign to remind homeowners to take care of their homes and their valuables. This is because burglaries and thefts increase nationwide in the warmer weather. Why? Because in the summer we are much more likely to leave windows unlocked (because we use them a lot), and we're more...

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15 Jul Top 10 Property Turn Offs – and how to avoid them

Buying a home is very personal and while you can’t be expected to read the minds of your potential buyers when your home is on the market, you’d be surprised how many potential buyers are turned off by the same things, some of which are quite easy to avoid. We've compiled a list of the top 10 property turn-offs that could cost you a sale. Lack of a Garden Or an overgrown garden....

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11 Jul New mortgage rules 2014 – why you should care

Alarmed by all the talk of the new mortgage rules? Let us help you get to grips with it. What new rules? During the housing boom of 2005-2007 many lenders gave borrowers mortgages that they couldn't afford. The inevitable consequence was an increase in people defaulting on their mortgage payments and, sadly, an increase in repossessions. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) brought about some changes in April this year regarding how you...

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27 Jun New mortgage rules 2014: What do they mean for you?

Alarmed by all the talk of the new mortgage rules? Let us help you get to grips with it. What new rules? During the housing boom of 2005-2007 many lenders gave borrowers mortgages that they couldn't afford. The inevitable consequence was an increase in people defaulting on their mortgage payments and, sadly, an increase in repossessions. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) brought about some changes in April this year regarding how you...

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09 Jun Buying a home: What survey do I need?

 You've spent weeks tramping the streets and finally,you've found your dream home and had your offer accepted! While it's tempting to crack open the Champagne, there are a few more hurdles ahead before you get the keys in your hands. One of these is hugely important – the survey. Whilst agents can give you expert advice you on the location of the property, its surroundings and amenities, there's really only one...

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30 May UK Estate Agents and the tricks they get up to

Estate agents are not the most loved part of the population – and unfortunately, sometimes their bad reputation is well deserved. A recent article in the Daily Telegraph talked about some of the unscrupulous tricks of some UK Estate Agents. These included taking down the boards of other agents for example, which, believe it or not, we experience too. One of my other personal favourites is badmouthing of competitors. Celeb property expert...

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19 May What makes a great estate agent? 5 things to look for:

There are plenty of good estate agents out there, but it takes something extra to become the best. A great estate agent gets the best price for your home, while also making sure the process runs as smoothly as possible. Here are the top 5 things that make a good estate agent, the best.  1. They know the local area like the back of their hand. They can give you anything from...

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15 May Your conveyancer: How to choose the right one when buying/selling your home

Choosing your conveyancer is a crucial part of the process of buying or selling a property. Pick the wrong one and you could find yourself landed with extra costs or even see your sale or purchase fall through. One in five complaints to the Legal Ombudsman is now about residential conveyancing, making it the most complained about area of law. In the past year, the Ombudsman has helped consumers recover around £800,000...

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13 May Contemporary Ways to Extend your Home

  When it comes to improving your homes layout, increasing useable space or creating a whole new room extending your home is a sensible solution. A lot of the time extensions involve some internal renovations, usually creating a more open plan living space which is very popular within contemporary residential architecture. But what are your options? Contemporary residential design is currently split into a few clearly defined extension types although, as always in...

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09 May Negotiation skills: How to get the best price for your home

Crack negotiation skills can make the difference between leaving your home with enough money to buy another and install a new kitchen. However, few people feel confident about their negotiating skills, so here are our top tips to get you started.  Well-informed is well armed Be confident in the price you've set – take a look at properties in the area with the same location/layout/configurations/upkeep as yours. The more confident you are...

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