Tue 27 May 2014
Renting your first home is a very exciting time, it could be that you have finally moved out of your parent's home, or maybe you have finished university and need somewhere more professional to live while you begin your career.
It can be quite overwhelming when you first decide to rent a property, and often it can be hard to know just where to start with all the different processes and ap ...read more
Tue 20 May 2014
New research from the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA) has found that 50% of homes in the UK will be rented by the year 2032, as families are continuing to be squeezed out of the property market.
The UK has been a nation of homeowners for decades, and for the first time since the early 1970s, over half of the population are being forced into renting due to ever increasing ho ...read more
Wed 14 May 2014
When you finally make the big decision to sell your home, it is important that you give it the best possible chance to be snapped up as soon as it goes on the market. The property market is unpredictable and if buyers in your area are thin on the ground, then you want to make sure your property stands out above the rest.
So how do you go about making your property more attractive to buyers? ...read more
Mon 12 May 2014
House prices are continuously on the up and the one place that is really seeing the effects of this is London. The price of the average home in the capital city has now increased by almost 20% in the last year, according to Nationwide.
If you want to buy a property in London, then you will be looking at a price of around PS458,000 - almost double that of the average house in the rest of t ...read more
Wed 07 May 2014
One thing a lot of first time buyers, or even renters, want to do after moving into their new home is to buy a pet. Be it a dog, cat, hamster or goldfish - a new pet can be a great addition to any family or individual's life. However, there are still some things that need to be considered before going all out and buying that animal, whether it's Gary the Great Dane or Gordon the Guinea ...read more
Tue 06 May 2014
Research has found that 20% of parents who have moved into a larger house have done so because they don't think their grown up children will be able to move out until they are nearing their thirties.
Due to the continually increasing price of properties across the UK, young adults are struggling to afford a mortgage or the necessary rent and so are residing at home with their parents in a ...read more
Wed 23 Apr 2014
From this Saturday onwards, those looking to jump onto the property ladder could be in for a bit of a shock when they go and apply for a mortgage. Applicants will now have to endure arduous and intrusive questions just to check that they can definitely afford to pay back their loan.
The new interview style checks are being introduced by City Watchdog and the Financial Conduct Authority, and ...read more
Tue 15 Apr 2014
Outdoor space is important, and in some cases it can be the deal-breaker when it comes to buying a house. A large garden can be quite hard to come by, but that doesn't mean you can't make the most of the space you have.
With a few simple tricks here and there you can easily make your garden look bigger than it is and create the outdoor area you have always wanted:
Using coole ...read more
Wed 09 Apr 2014
When it comes to luxury property, millionaires are no longer big news, these days it is all about the super rich billionaires of the world. The overall combined wealth of UHNWIs (ultra high net worth individuals) has almost doubled since 2009 and the typical billionaire has at least one luxury London property on their portfolio, worth around PS22 million.
According to research by Beauchamp ...read more
Mon 07 Apr 2014
When you are looking to buy or rent in an area that you are not familiar with, one of the first things you need to do is find out about the local area and what it has to offer.
If you have children, it is important to find out where the nearest schools are and if you are going to be commuting to work, you might want to find out where the nearest public transport is or what the traffic in th ...read more