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What does sold subject to contract mean?

7 July, 2015

Understanding all the terms in the house-buying process can be confusing and daunting, especially for first time buyers. The sold subject to contract stage is one of the longer phases in the house buying process and comes wrought with anxiety for all parties. Once an offer has been accepted by the seller, then the property is sold subject to contract (STC). This means that although the offer has been accepted, the...

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What is checked in a property inspection?

25 June, 2015

Inspections are a central part of the lettings industry. Agents need to check a property's state of repair before advertising it for let, whilst landlords will want to ensure everything is being well maintained once tenants are found. The residents, meanwhile, can use inspections as a way to raise any questions or concerns. So what exactly happens during a property inspection? If you're and landlord wanting to...

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A guide to Wokingham's local schools

23 June, 2015

Wokingham borough has a total of 63 state-run schools; a mix of academies, local authority establishments and free schools. This covers the towns of Wokingham and Finchampstead, across to Three Mile Cross and up to Twyford. The area also boasts an excellent array of fee-paying schools catering for nursery, primary and secondary-aged pupils. Wokingham Schools As one of the area's larger towns, Wokingham has a...

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A guide to buy-to-let in Wokingham

21 May, 2015

A regular feature in family-friendly location lists (notable for its low crime rates, great schools and excellent transport links) Wokingham has plenty to shout about. The Berkshire town was even voted one of the 20 best places to live by the Sunday Times in 2014. Situated within easy commuting distance of London, Reading, Basingstoke and Guildford, Wokingham makes a great base for anyone after a balance between rural and...

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How to present your living room for sale

8 May, 2015

As the room you probably spend most of your awake time in - and a hub for family life - it's likely potential buyers will place great interest on your living room when viewing your property. Following on from our previous blogs covering other areas of the home, the living room is less worthy of investment when compared with the kitchen or bathroom. Unlike the others, there aren't many changes you can make to the...

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How to present your garden for sale

17 April, 2015

We all know first impressions are key when it comes to selling a house, and the 'kerb appeal' of your house is integral to creating the right response from a viewer. Front gardens play a large role in this and can have a big impact on how a property is perceived before the buyer even steps through the door. It's not just what's at the front, though. Rear gardens can often be dealbreakers, with many Brits...

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