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What happens during a property valuation?

13 November, 2017 by

Arranging a series of property valuations is often the first thing many people will do once they decide to put their house on the market. Different estate agents will arrive at different figures, and all too often, the agent who proposes the highest valuation will be chosen to represent the property. But this isn’t necessarily the right way to go. Potential buyers can be put off even viewing your home by an...

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Five Things To Look Out For When Considering Retirement Properties

28 September, 2017 by

Buying a retirement property can feel more challenging than any other house purchase you may have already made. Why? Well, the clue is in the title, this is a property where you will live throughout your retirement, enjoying your golden years without the burden of work. If you’re considering purchasing a retirement property soon, here are the top five things that you should look out for when doing so. Service...

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A Guide To Property Surveys

22 August, 2017 by

You’ve finally found the one and you’ve fallen in love with a house. What’s even better is that your offer has been accepted, so now begins the purchasing process. To ensure that the property you want is in tip-top condition and that you are right to pay the cost you have offered for it, it’s recommended that you carry out a property survey.  What is a property survey? A property...

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What Does Completion Mean?

27 July, 2017 by

Enter into the house buying process and you might feel that you need a dictionary to understand some of the jargon being used! To help you grasp the stages of your house purchase and what will happen at each stage, we are looking at some of the key phrases you are likely to hear. Today, we are looking at completion. What is completion? The term completion refers to the end of the line with regards to a house...

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Coffee Culture In Wokingham

21 June, 2017 by

Wokingham is a fantastic place to live, with a vibrant town centre and a great mix of independent and high-street shops and places to eat and drink. One of the jewels in Wokingham’s crown is the amount of great coffee shops where you can head for a catch up with friends, or a quick bite to eat at breakfast or lunch. Here are our recommendations for the top cafes you should visit:  Oslar Coffee –...

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A Guide To The Help To Buy Scheme

17 May, 2017 by

The process of buying a property is certainly a daunting one especially if you’re a first-time buyer. If the idea of saving a deposit is keeping you awake at night, or you’re struggling to make that move up the property ladder, the Government’s Help to Buy scheme may help put your mind at ease. The scheme, launched in 2013, has helped thousands of people across the UK to buy a home and in many cases, get...

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