Tue 29 Mar 2016
For many - especially first-time buyers - the words "affordable" and "property" create a compound that is wholeheartedly oxymoronic. And while it's true that when we talk about "affordable property" we must do so in relative terms, there nonetheless remains certain pockets throughout the UK where one is met with a large selection houses priced well below the national average ...read more
Mon 22 Feb 2016
The London Help To Buy scheme is now live and applications are being accepted for buyers to request for equity loans of up to 40%.
The launch of the scheme has been much awaited by buyers in the UK capital, since the go-ahead was confirmed by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in the Autumn Statement. The scheme could make it possible for aspiring h ...read more
Mon 15 Feb 2016
The rising prices in rents across the UK are forcing many Brits to consider other options.
But, if heading into the woods to live off your wits and the fruits (and vermin) of the wild larder doesn't appeal, then many are now turning to the realms of property guardianship in order to access - at the very least - a roof over their heads at a cheap rate.
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Fri 12 Feb 2016
Everyone loves a bit of architecture, don't they? From The Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi's emblematic Barcelona temple and magnus opus, to modern architecture such as Canary Warf's iconic Gherkin and The Shard, buildings have a way of capturing our imagination and excitement.
Of course, most of the world's most famous and extraordinary buildings are reserved for places o ...read more
Fri 29 Jan 2016
So, you're finally taking that leap and packing up your bedroom at your long suffering parents' house? It's time to take your first tentative steps out into the big bad real world and move into your first rented property.
Moving out on your own can be an equally exciting and daunting process. It is likely to be the first time you've ever had to pay your own bills, shop for ...read more
Mon 25 Jan 2016
After enjoying a particularly mild Christmas period here in the UK, now is the time to put those Game of Thrones memes to one side and brace yourselves for the cold.
Winter is here!
And thus begins the battle to maintain some kind of warmth and comfort in our homes. Many houses are poorly insulated and having the central heating running for long periods of time can lead to a massive spike ...read more
Fri 18 Dec 2015
Making the decision to buy a house with your partner or a friend may give you the extra boost needed to jump onto the property ladder. It's nice to have someone to live with and will most likely mean you have a larger deposit, making your dream home more achievable.
While buying a new house is a very exciting time, the commitment can be scary if you choose to buy with a friend or ...read more
Mon 14 Dec 2015
One of the first stages of finding your dream home is to book a viewing around a property that's caught your eye. In some cases a property viewing can be as quick as a five minute look around a house and out again, but who wants to make one of the biggest purchases of their life based on such a quick judgement.
It's important to use your viewing time effectively, otherwise you could end ...read more
Mon 30 Nov 2015
Although it's nice to live in a new, modern build, sometimes you may find your home lacks character. Older houses tend to come with tons of personality and history, but fresh developments often lack that personal touch and don't have that homely feel to them.
Here are a few simple ways you can give your home more character and inject your personality into the overall design: ...read more
Fri 20 Nov 2015
Buying a house is an exciting time, but it can often be a lengthy process. It's good to know the main steps involved in purchasing a property before you begin, so you can manage your expectations and understand everything that's involved.
Once you have decided who you are going to buy a house with and what your budget is, the house buying process usually goes something like this:
Find ...read more