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The rise of the micro-homes phenomenon

The rise of the micro-homes phenomenon

By Bea Patel on 16 Nov 2018 in Buying, Industry News

Micro-homes have become a growing trend. First time buyers face increasing difficulty getting on to the property ladder, so could micro-homes be the answer? Micro-apartments can offer smart living, luxury and social spaces at an affordable cost. They’re smaller homes consisting of a kitchen, bathroom and a sitting and sleeping area – with limited storage […]

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Buy-to-let mortgages: what do you need to know in 2018?

Buy-to-let mortgages: what do you need to know in 2018?

By Bea Patel on 5 Nov 2018 in Letting

In this article, Matt Stevens, director at The Mortgage Genie looks at buy-to-let mortgages and what would-be landlords need to know in 2018. Buy-to-let (BTL) mortgages have undergone quite a few changes in the last few years, which has put off quite a few people from getting involved. However, the average five-year fixed BTL has […]

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Don’t get stuck with your family home in retirement

Don’t get stuck with your family home in retirement

By Guest Blogger on 16 Jul 2018 in Selling

By Yes! Homebuyers Retirement. After a lifetime of pressures and responsibilities – school, work, kids, family, more work, even MORE work – it’s our reward for surviving it all. It’s finally a time for ourselves. A time to enjoy all the pleasures and leisure that a day can provide. However, before you sail off into […]

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Property market set to flood as 380,000 landlords look to sell up

Property market set to flood as 380,000 landlords look to sell up

By Bea Patel on 24 May 2018 in Industry News

Many first-time buyers have struggled to get on to the property market. Difficulty saving for a deposit, increasing property prices, mortgage rules and a supply shortage make owning a home harder to achieve. But some experts say the market will become flooded, making way for plenty of homes for first-time buyers. This is because 380,000 […]

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What the Tenant Fees Bill means for landlords

What the Tenant Fees Bill means for landlords

By Guest Blogger on 17 May 2018 in Industry News, Letting

By Rose Jinks, Just Landlords On the 3 May 2018, the much-awaited Tenant Fees Bill was introduced into Parliament. It’s expected to become law as soon as next year, so we explain what the bill means for landlords. Fees charged to tenants banned The most prominent measure included in the Tenant Fees Bill is that […]

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How big are our homes in England and Wales?

How big are our homes in England and Wales?

By Bea Patel on 10 May 2018 in Industry News

While you’re thinking about if an extension can add value to your home, and by how much, do you know how big our homes are? According to an analysis of 2016 property prices by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the average house sold had a floor area of 104 metres squared. This is two-fifths […]

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How to give your tenants a home they’ll love

How to give your tenants a home they’ll love

By Bea Patel on 4 May 2018 in Letting

Although landlords aren’t expected to have a super friendly relationship with their tenants, they can take steps to give renters a home they’ll love. More and more households are now living in rental housing provided by private landlords, whether out of choice or because they can’t afford their own home. And, although homeownership is still […]

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Buy your first home without a deposit

Buy your first home without a deposit

By Vin Parmar on 26 Apr 2018 in Buying

Many people struggle to save for a deposit to buy their first home. Sound familiar? Well now you can. The Post office has launched the family link mortgage where first-time buyers can get onto the property ladder without a deposit. The mortgage gives first-time buyers a 90 per cent loan-to-value mortgage secured against the property […]

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The easiest and hardest places to get planning permission in England

The easiest and hardest places to get planning permission in England

By Bea Patel on 19 Apr 2018 in Home Improvements

The process of applying for planning permission yourself or through an agent can be difficult and frustrating. Thousands of applications are still denied each year resulting in numerous re-attempts. Overlooking/loss of privacy was the main reason for declining applications. However, it’s now easier to get planning permission in England, with 88 per cent of applications […]

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Locations revealed: Britain’s next boom

Locations revealed: Britain’s next boom

By Vin Parmar on 12 Apr 2018 in Industry News

New research shows towns across Britain are looking at the cost of properties per square metre. Some towns and cities have cheaper properties, but a study reveals which areas show their best investment returns based on their size. According to Zoopla the typical property in Britain now costs £211 per square foot, which is an […]

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