Monthly Archives: November 2020

First-time buyers: How to make an offer for your dream home

7 steps to give you the best chance of having your offer accepted

Making your first offer on a property can be a nerve-wracking experience. If you go too low, you could miss out on the home of your dreams. If you go too high, you could take on more debt than you need to. To help you decide how much to offer and give you the best chance of having your offer accepted, here are some tips.

How to become a property developer

Tips for buying renovation projects to improve your chances of success

Many people dream of investing in property and renovating homes to sell at a profit. And you can make that dream a reality, but it’s not easy. If it were, everyone would do it. Success isn’t guaranteed, but you can improve your chances by following these principles.

Protecting your pipes this winter

As temperatures drop water pipes in your home are at greater risk of freezing and bursting

It’s important to protect your pipes and taps from the cold. When temperatures are cold enough for snow and ice, the water inside exposed pipework and garden taps can freeze. As the water turns to ice, it expands.

How long does it take to buy a house?

Timelines for the different stages of a property sale

As we get closer to the deadline to buy before stamp duty returns to the normal rates (on 1 April 2021), many buyers are wondering how long it takes to buy a house, and whether they’re running out of time.

Conveyancing terms explained

Understanding the jargon of homebuying

In the process of buying a property, you may encounter technical terms that you’re unfamiliar with. We’ve translated some of the common phrases that come up in conveyancing into everyday language, so that you can easily understand how they affect you.

Five documents landlords must supply

Legal obligations to new tenants to ensure their safety, money, and rights are protected

Being a landlord comes with a significant list of responsibilities: 145 laws and over 400 regulations that you must follow in England and Wales. One of these responsibilities is to provide your tenant with several documents at the start of the tenancy so that they can be sure that their safety, money, and rights are protected. Here are the five essential documents.

Housing market update

Property sales and prices are rising

Since the end of the first nationwide lockdown, the housing market has been booming, according to new research[1]. If you’re looking to buy, sell, or invest in property, here’s an update on the key figures.

The great escape to the countryside

Britons reconsider their lifestyle and the charms of a rural life

In a year overshadowed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, quarantines and lockdowns, city life seems to have fallen somewhat out of favour. The rural property market is booming as Britons reconsider their lifestyle and the charms of the countryside.

Stamp duty holiday timings

Start your purchase now to pay the discounted rate

With high numbers of buyers hoping to take advantage of the current stamp duty holiday, the UK property market is unusually busy. Unfortunately, a significant portion of these buyers may miss out if they wait too long to start their purchase. We’ll explain why it’s important to move quickly.