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What to consider when buying or selling a house with solar panels

3 June, 2019

The popularity of solar panels has spread over the past few years, as householders have been tempted by the prospect of long-term free electricity and in some cases, an income generated from selling electricity to energy companies. However, the process of buying or selling a home with a solar rooftop array is more involved especially if the solar panels are leased.     What do I need to know about...

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Top tips to help you get a quick sale

15 May, 2019

Putting your house on the market this Spring? In a challenging market, it’s more important than ever to make your home as attractive as possible to prospective buyers. We’ve compiled our top tips to help you get viewers excited about your home and coming back for a second visit. 1. Make a good first impression It's all about first impressions when someone comes to view your home. You don't want them...

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What is Stamp Duty?

17 April, 2019

t’s a fact of life that buying a house comes with a lot of costs. There are the costs we all know about, such as for the property itself, costs for a solicitor to manage the legal process and costs for the estate agency you’re working with, for example. However, there is one cost that is less well understood; Stamp Duty. This affects the majority of properties in England and Northern Ireland, and there are a...

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Is now a good time to buy a property? Why you should take the plunge this spring 2019!

10 April, 2019

Have you been thinking about getting on that first rung of the ladder, upsizing or investing in a buy-to-let? Well, here’s why we think that it makes sense to make a move this spring. Calling all first-time buyers The latest statistics compiled by Zoopla show that prices for a typical starter home in this area have been falling, but this has now stabilised. For example, the average price of a flat in...

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What landlords need to know about the tenant fee ban

27 March, 2019

The Tenant Fee Bill has now passed its final reading, meaning from June 1st 2019, tenants can no longer be charged for the typical administration fees associated with setting up and running shorthold tenancy contracts. The new legislation is aimed at helping tenants mitigate some of their upfront costs which, in the government’s opinion, is a barrier to population mobility. Landlords need to be aware of these new...

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Buying a pre-owned house vs buying a new house

11 March, 2019

Moving home is not a decision to be taken lightly; there are a lot of choices to make about where you want to live, how many bedrooms you want, whether you want a garden, and much more. However, one of the most important decisions to make at the outset of your home move is whether to buy an older, preowned house or a new-build one. We’ve pulled together all the pros and cons of moving into both an older house and...

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