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Period properties vs new builds – which is better?

Period properties vs new builds – which is better?

By Guest Blogger on 2 Jun 2016 in Buying

By Josh Cousens, abbotFox Estate Agents With a plethora of modern housing being built to meet the demand of buyers, we decided to weigh up if new build properties with the latest architectural insights were as popular as older, traditional properties. We discovered that a large proportion of the population are quick to mention the […]

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Unlock a fun and practical guide to improving your home

Unlock a fun and practical guide to improving your home

By Bea Patel on 19 May 2016 in Home Improvements

Sprucing up your home is a big task. Renovating your property not only makes your living space more pleasant to live in, but it can also add thousands of pounds to its value. Here are some handy tips for getting started: Fix the obvious problems first. It’s better to address minor problems such as blocked […]

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3 Golden Rules for instructing a conveyancing solicitor

3 Golden Rules for instructing a conveyancing solicitor

By Guest Blogger on 5 May 2016 in Selling

By Alex Goldstein MNAEA, Property Consultant at AlexGoldstein.co.uk With over 14 years’ experience in the property sector, I ‘ve nearly seen it all. I’ve come across a wide variety of situations, however there will always be scenarios which continue to surprise! A regular one revolves around conveyancing solicitors – or rather the lack of one […]

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Give your living room a Miss Congeniality makeover with our top tips

Give your living room a Miss Congeniality makeover with our top tips

By Bea Patel on 21 Apr 2016 in Home Improvements

Many of us are familiar with the film Miss Congeniality – Gracie Hart played by Sandra Bullock, an FBI Special Agent who undergoes a makeover to prepare for her undercover role in a beauty pageant. With her tired and dull looking appearance, Gracie’s makeover transforms her image. The same concept can also apply to our […]

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Tidy your garden or risk £60,000

Tidy your garden or risk £60,000

By Guest Blogger on 7 Apr 2016 in Selling

By Josh Cousens, abbotFox Estate Agents Research has exposed that it takes only 10 seconds for a buyer to decide if they like a property, and this is before they even set foot inside. This information means having an unkempt garden could theoretically reduce a property’s value by up to £60,000. In a recent poll, […]

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Understanding the 3% stamp duty hike

Understanding the 3% stamp duty hike

By Bea Patel on 24 Mar 2016 in Buying

In Chancellor George Osborne’s 2015 Autumn statement, he announced an extra three per cent stamp duty land tax (SDLT) charge for buy-to-let and second homebuyers, coming into effect on 1 April 2016. Its introduction is part of the Government’s aim to re-focus support for housing, making homeownership easier for first-time buyers. The introduction of higher […]

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Should homeowners conduct viewings?

Should homeowners conduct viewings?

By Guest Blogger on 10 Mar 2016 in Selling

By Alex Goldstein MNAEA, independent property consultant for buying and selling of residential property in Yorkshire and London. One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from homeowners is if they should show prospective viewers around their home, or if they should let the estate agent do it. After all, as the homeowner, you […]

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Are smart homes the way forward?

Are smart homes the way forward?

By Guest Blogger on 25 Feb 2016 in Industry News

By Josh Cousens, abbotFox Estate Agents Living in the digital age has revolutionised the way we build and design properties. Modern houses are increasingly being fixed with smart home technology to bring down the costing of bills, and to allow homeowners to control a vast array of their household amenities from the comfort of one […]

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London Help to Buy scheme

London Help to Buy scheme

By Bea Patel on 11 Feb 2016 in Buying

On 1 February 2016, we saw the launch of the London Help to Buy scheme, an extension of the Help to Buy scheme that has helped 130,000 people across the county. But the scheme hasn’t come without some opposition, with some experts concerned it will distort the housing market and push house prices in London […]

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2016 property market predictions

2016 property market predictions

By Guest Blogger on 14 Jan 2016 in Industry News

By Dorian Gonsalves, Director of Belvoir Lettings PLC In 2015, the Government took a number of steps. Some came as a complete surprise and most of these steps were aimed towards making buy-to-let less attractive, at the same time as attempting to cool the over-heated housing market in London and the South East. Their initiatives […]

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