Downvaluing and ‘Backdoor Gazumping’ on Derby Property

By Simon Joyce The Derby property market is an enigma and packed full of contradictions. Notwithstanding an economic recession and forecasts of property values dropping, nobody seems to have informed the Derby homeowners selling their homes and those Derby people looking to buy them. As I have discussed in many recent articles on the locality, […]

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The Price is Right… But Not Always

By Simon Joyce. I was video chatting with a friend of mine a few days ago who has recently sold his house over Nottingham way. We were discussing the sales process and what sort of service he received from his agent and it transpired that the first agent he used couldn’t sell the property despite […]

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3 Reasons to Stop Being a Buy-to-Let Landlord…

… and the 6 reasons why you most definitely shouldn’t! By Simon Joyce. The buy-to-let market is about to enter a challenging 12 to 24 months. Yet, by looking back at the last recession and what is happening now, there are vital lessons all  landlords can learn to protect themselves. In fact, landlords can create […]

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The Buy-to-Let Road Trip

By Daren Cope. We speak with lots of landlords who have completely different individual circumstances. Some individuals find themselves being landlords not necessarily through choice, but rather through necessity. Perhaps they are homeowners looking to move and,  rather than staying put and hoping for a sale, decide to turn their home into a rental property […]

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Property. 100 Days since Lockdown.

By Simon Joyce. With only around 1 in 5 house sellers actually selling their home in the last month, sellers and buyers will need to continue to be pragmatic if the surprisingly strong current levels of activity in our local property market are to be sustained. To start, we had the once in a lifetime […]

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Lettings Jargon Buster

Within the Private Rental Sector, there is a whole host of phrases, terms, acronyms, organisations and legal jargon that landlords and tenants need to be aware of. This list covers some of the most common terms you may come across, and what they all mean. Applicant: The individual that is applying to rent the property. […]

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Moving Back In with Mum and Dad…

By Daren Cope. Roll the clock back 20 years or so and any self-respecting late 20’s / early 30’s something would never say on their first date that they lived with their mum and dad! It was seen as a sign of immaturity being tied to your mother’s apron strings with as a failure to […]

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Why So Many Landlords are ‘Trapped’…

By Daren Cope. Going into lockdown in March, the Government proclaimed a ban on tenant evictions, pledging that no tenant in a private rented home, who had lost their wages due to Covid-19 would be kicked out of their private rented home until the late summer. Fast forward to August and the press were being […]

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The Stamp Duty Holiday Bonanza!

By Jane Mason. On the 8th of July 2020, the Chancellor announced the first £500,000 of any property bought was exempt from Stamp Duty until 31st March 2021. This also included buy to let landlords – although they would still need to pay the additional 3% stamp duty level for second properties. Talking to many homeowners, […]

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How Long will it Take to Sell my Home?

The burning question for anyone who wants to see their home… unfortunately, one without a specific answer. ‘How long is a piece of string?’ comes to mind! However, don’t despair. In this blog we look at this common question in detail and give an insight into the components that make up the answer. We look at: […]

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