With change comes opportunity - BREXIT and the UK property market.

Mon 27 Jun 2016

After much speculation about whether the UK would remain or leave the EU, and all the understandable uncertainty that this has created, these have been interesting times for anybody interested in property; whether home owners, buyers, sellers or investors. There have been more than a few warnings about the effects of a Brexit on housing markets however, now that the decision has been made, let~ more

We are excited to be SAFE!

Fri 10 Jun 2016

Hunters branches throughout the country have this week been celebrating SAFEagent Awareness Week. SAFE in SAFEagent stands for Safe Agent Fully Endorsed and is a mark denoting agents that protect landlords and tenants money through a Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme. The event has seen a week of activity both online and offline by agents, supplier partners, industry and consumer organisat more

Housing Market Overview 2016

Mon 18 Apr 2016

    Hunters Director Martin Robinson gives his update on the UK property market and what has affected house prices so far in 2016:   Demand during the first quarter of 2016 was to some extent driven by the investor stampede to acquire property and complete on the transaction before the stamp duty reform came into effect on the 1st of April. This affected more

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Thu 18 Feb 2016

From the 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the private rented sector to normally have a minimum energy performance rating of E, on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020. It will be unlawful to ren more

Internal Blinds - New European Regulations

Thu 18 Feb 2016

New European Regulations now apply to the installations for raising and lowering blinds; and the movement of curtains across windows.    This means that new blinds and curtains being installed by a contractor will have fixed cords or ball bearing pulls to prevent any danger of asphyxiation to a young child; and a warning notice with the purchasing material.     Existi more

Are You an Investor Landlord?

Thu 18 Feb 2016

There are only a few weeks until the Government's new stamp duty changes take place.   Those looking to purchase a second home or Buy-to-Let investment on or after 1 April 2016 will pay an additional 3% Stamp Duty levy, which will be introduced at a lower starting point of PS40,000 rather than PS125,000.    Due to the imminent changes we have had a scurry of investors want more

Hunters Expands in North West

Thu 11 Feb 2016

Hunters continues expansion in the North West with four new branches. Hunters, one of the country's leading estate agents, is delighted to welcome Sure Move to its fast expanding network. The new branches in Widnes, St Helens, Leigh and Runcorn build on Hunters' continued expansion in the North West, and will join a string of successful Hunters offices already well established in the regi more

Property Market Overview 2016

Thu 11 Feb 2016

2016 is predicted to be a similar market to 2015    Property is once again a hot topic of conversation this year, whether it is amongst the politicians or across the family dining table. The government has pledged to build more houses, enabling more people to own their own properties; first by looking to build more affordable homes and second by reforming stamp duty to investors an more

Right To Rent

Wed 10 Feb 2016

From 1st February 2016, Right to Rent went live across England. This means all private landlords, including anyone subletting or taking in lodgers, need to carry out quick and simple checks on all new tenants to make sure they have the right to rent property in the country.  The roll out of Right to Rent has been informed by input from a panel of experts from trade bodies, local authorit more

Block Management Aid Flood Victims

Mon 08 Feb 2016

Tim Dickinson of Hunters Residential Block Management recounts the events incured by Calder Valley residents over the unfortunate holiday flooding. Hunters Residential Block Management, along with our Huddersfield estate agents were heavily involved in aiding those affected by the unfortunate Boxing Day floods this year. Boxing Day morning, we received a call at 7.30 am from a leaseholder cl more