All you need to know about Japanese knotweed
There are a couple of phrases that strike fear into the hearts of property sellers – ‘serious subsidence’ and ‘negative equity’ being two of them. Another phrase you never want to hear is ‘Japanese knotweed’, but is having this invasive plant among your borders really a property death sentence?
Japanese knotweed: 7 plant points to note
Despite its bad reputation, identification and successful treatment of Japanese knotweed almost always result in favourable outcomes for sellers. Here are the 7 most important points you need to know when it comes to the plant.
4 things you need to know about mortgages & interest rates
House prices have long held the property headlines but making a late charge for column inches of late are interest rates and their effect on mortgages. December 2021 was a busy month for the Bank of England, whose actions and intentions will shape the year ahead for property buyers.
Interest rate & mortgages update
After staying the same for the last three years, the Bank of England decided to use its December 2021 meeting to start raising the interest rate from its record low of 0.10%. The widely predicted move comes as inflation continues to rise – something monetary policy makers hope to stop.
First-time buyer? 6 top tips when saving for a deposit
If you’re a first-time buyer, putting down a deposit is part and parcel of purchasing your first home. We all know the bigger the deposit the better but how can buying novices save effectively in 2022?
The super habits of deposit savers
The secret to saving is getting into good habits and despite what the coming months may throw at us, you can squirrel away a tidy sum of money to use as a deposit. If 2022 is the year you’d like to take your first step on the property ladder, here’s what super savers are doing…
What influences buyers in 2021?
Our lives changed dramatically in 2020 with the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns forcing us to spend more time than ever in our homes. Here we explore how our lifestyles and professional priorities have shifted, and why this is influencing what we look for when buying a new home.
Top 10 apps to manage your home move
Increasingly our lives are run from the palm of our hands, especially now almost everyone owns a smartphone. As buying, selling and moving home is made up of lots of elements to keep track of, apps can really help streamline the process.
Planning ahead: selling properties with permission granted
Getting planning permission for work on a property you are looking to sell may sound counterintuitive but it could have its advantages. We look at whether obtaining planning permission can make a property more alluring to would-be buyers and add value to your home in our Q&A blog.
Have you got the energy to be bothered about EPCs?
With climate change in the media almost every day, is it time for homeowners to pay more attention to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings? We look at the increasingly-important role an EPC rating plays in the sales market – not only in attracting buyers but also in affecting a property’s value.
The voice: control your home by having a conversation
It’s 2021 and who wants to physically push a button or flick a switch? Today, it’s all about controlling your home with your voice.
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