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Online vs Traditional Estate Agents

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Online vs Traditional Estate Agents - Is the Internet the new buyers shop window? Online estate agents operate purely online; they tend not to have High Street offices, so they save on the overhead expenses that drive up traditional estate agents’ fees. This is one of the reasons why they are able to offer their services at incredibly cheap rates. They also offer customisable service packages, so you can decide exactly what services you want (like property valuations) and what you think you ca...

Should you buy or rent when you’re expecting?

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Moving is a time of change in your life, especially if you are not moving into a new build and need to arrange for further renovations. Pregnancy is also a time of great change, especially if you’re expecting your first child. It can be confusing whether to rent or buy when you and your partner are expecting a child. On the one hand, your nesting instinct may dictate that you move into a larger property, while your income (which is dwindling in front of your eyes as you consider maternity leave...

Is student housing a good investment?

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At first glance, student housing may not seem like the wisest investment. The student lifestyle doesn't exactly tick all the boxes on a landlord's “perfect tenant” checklist, nor are students known for having an abundance of cash. But there are some significant benefits that make the education sector not only a viable investment opportunity, but also a perfect platform for budding investors to learn the ways of the property industry. It is, as Go Global Investments puts it, “a bite size chance t...

The ins and outs of house surveys

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“Property or house survey” is one of the terms bandied about when you enter the property market. It can be confusing to suss out what exactly a property survey is, especially with all the other paperwork and admin you have to attend to. It’s also an added expense and you might not be sure that it’s worth it. So consider this: House surveys save you significant costs in the long run. House surveys are designed to protect you as the buyer, so it is your responsibility to make the necessary arran...

How to sell a property to young buyers

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Times are “interesting” for UK home buyers, and they're even more so for those below the age of 35, many of whom have yet to establish themselves in a career. This can be discouraging if you're an investor looking to sell a property, as young home buyers are likely to form a substantial portion of your target market. You're probably wondering what you can do to grab their attention. What do the numbers tell us? According to the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), only 3% of those buy...

4 tips for moving from town to country

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When you look at London property prices, it’s no surprise that more than 100,000 people are leaving UK cities for the countryside each year. A move to the country can effectively double your space for the same property price, making it the ideal move for young families with small children. If you do decide to make this move here is what you need to know: Change your expectations: This is not just a change of location, it’s a lifestyle change too. Don’t expect all-night convenience stores or a c...

Building a budget-friendly contemporary home

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Times are changing, and what was considered a fundamental principal of home design 20 years ago may seem dated now. There are certain qualities, both aesthetic and functional, that define the contemporary home; contemporary home design also embodies contemporary values. The prominent role of digital technologies, the drive for energy-efficiency, and the trend for open and free-flowing interior spaces are all factors that play an important role in the design of the modern home. Now, when you hea...

Top pet-friendly London boroughs

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When it’s time to move house again, you ideally want to find something suitable for the whole family - pets included. There are some universal considerations, for example, whether the yard is big enough or if there are tiled areas for the dogs to sleep inside in winter without damaging the flooring. That said, if you really want to enjoy the outdoors with your furry friends, you will also choose your location based on whether there are plenty of places to get out of the house with your pooch. He...

Designing a Man Cave

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Batman and Iron Man need somewhere safe from their enemies where they can plan their next move. Your average man though, he just needs somewhere he doesn't have to do chores. Regardless of gender or age, we all need somewhere we can get away from it all; and for the man of the house, that's usually the man cave. The “man cave” may once have been a glorified basement, but it's become a lot more than that. No longer just a simple room, the modern man cave is a space set aside for men to retreat a...

A guide to a smooth house move

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Moving house is often described as being one of the most stressful things that you can do, but it needn’t be as bad as many people fear. There are a number of simple things that you can do to ensure that the process runs smoothly and without any unnecessary complications. Moving house should be an exciting time but many new home owners find themselves worrying about the process so much that they forget how to enjoy it. A smooth move is easier to achieve with the use of professional conveyancing...

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