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How will the general election impact the property market?

10 April, 2015

With the UK heading quickly towards its next general election, the coming months promise to be an interesting period for the country's property market. After a much-needed spell of growth and fresh optimism among buyers, sellers and lenders alike, the odd bump is starting to appear on the road to recovery. According to a recent survey from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), 46 per cent of its members...

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A guide to buy to let in Crowthorne

23 March, 2015

So, you're contemplating buying a property in Crowthorne with plans to then let it out? Great idea! Crowthorne is a fantastic location; near enough to London for commuters, but far enough removed that the village truly gives residents an idyllic, peaceful lifestyle. It's so popular, in fact, it was voted the second best place to live and bring up a family in England and Wales (Family Friendly Hotspots Report...

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How to present your bathroom for sale

6 March, 2015

A bathroom is almost as much a priority for home buyers as the kitchen , so smartening yours in order to achieve a quick sale, or even increase the price, can be a great idea. Having a complete refit of your bathroom may add as much as three to five per cent to the overall value, according to HomeFixDirect. Of course, the costs of renovating can really add up; with the average price of a complete bathroom makeover...

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Most desirable property features for 2015

24 February, 2015

The property market is an ever-changing entity; homeowners' wants and needs yo-yo up and down almost as much as property prices. Understanding what buyers desire is therefore important if you're trying to sell your home this year. So for anyone eyeing up the listings with intent, read on to find out what trends are in and what are out. Dining kitchens, not dining rooms Dining rooms are fast becoming extinct...

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How to present your kitchen for sale

20 February, 2015

When looking to sell your home, we all know that presentation and what is known as 'staging' are essential. But what exactly should you look at doing, how much is worth spending and is it all really worth the effort? In this series of blog posts we'll be covering these important questions room by room, starting with the kitchen. Widely accepted to be the most important room in the house, the kitchen is a key...

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What are searches?

19 January, 2015

Property 'searches' are not to be confused with the long and gruelling hunt for the perfect home. The searches in question here will be carried out by the buyer's solicitor once that hunt is over. They are incredibly important in helping a buyer - and the mortgage company - make an informed decision before investing in a property. The term 'property searches' covers a huge number of different options...

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