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Extend or move?

22 January, 2018

It’s a dilemma many households find themselves facing; the house you’ve called home for years no longer has the space or amenities you need. It could be that you need another bedroom for your growing family, it’s time to set up that home office you’ve always wanted, or maybe you need more kitchen or entertaining space. But is it better to extend your current home or sell up and move onto somewhere...

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What to consider when you’re a first-time buyer

20 December, 2017

Buying your first home is an incredible milestone. We understand that it’s one filled with excitement and possibilities, but also with trepidation and concern about such a commitment. Here at Michael Hardy, we’ve helped many first-time buyers navigate the path to home ownership, advising them on the best properties to view and helping them to ensure that they get the keys to their dream home. If you, or...

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Freehold, leasehold and share of freehold- what do they mean?

15 December, 2017

Regardless of whether you’re new to buying and selling property or you’ve been through the process numerous times, keeping in mind all the associated jargon can be tricky. Terms relating to the different types of home ownership are some of the most important, yet can be the most perplexing when it comes to understanding exactly what aspect of a property is available to buy or sell . When a property...

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What happens during a property valuation?

13 November, 2017

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

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

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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