Is Derby too Densely Populated?

I was listening to the radio on my way into the office the other day and a discussion was taking place about the poet William Blake and his poem ‘And did those feet in ancient time’. One of the lines in the poem refers to ‘Englands green and pleasant land’. I was, as is normal […]

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Is Social Housing the answer to the ‘Housing Crisis’ in Derby?

The Chartered Institute of Housing has recently carried out a survey on the state of housing in Britain. Here are some of the headline findings: Almost 75% of people across Britain think there is a housing crisis. Over 50% think politicians are not doing enough about it, and most people believe that more social housing […]

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Home Ownership for Derby’s Young People has Halved

The proportion of 25 to 34-year olds who own their home in Derby has nearly halved in the last 20 years. So what does this mean for all the existing Derby landlords and homeowners together with all those youngsters considering buying their first home? Here are the Stats… Homeowners – Well, looking at the numbers […]

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The Derby Monopoly Board

The good old ‘Board Game’ seems a thing of the past for youngsters nowadays with their consoles and mobile phones, however, a family favourite in our household that will bring young and old together is Monopoly. A couple of weeks ago we had a typical English summer storm so we decided to get the board […]

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How Property Affordability in Derby has Changed…

The 6th June 2019 marked the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings and whilst watching the coverage and images on television, it prompted me to think of the huge changes that have happened to Derby, and more specifically, the Derby property market since WW2. Back in 1944, the average wage in Derby was just over £5 […]

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Derby Council House Waiting Lists Drops by 53.7%..

Back in 1979, when Monty Python’s “The Life of Brian” premiered and Pink Floyd released “The Wall”, more than 4 in 10 British people lived in a council house, yet today that figure is only 1 in 12.  According to Shelter, 65% of families on the Council House waiting lists had been on those lists […]

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Investments… Stocks, Gold, Savings or Property?

I was out for a couple of Friday night beers at the local and a couple of the people I was with started chatting about investing and where best to invest your money. As with a lot of these things after a couple of IPA’s, a bet evolved between the four of us along the […]

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Letting Tip #4 – Prepare Your Property For Let

In the lettings market at the moment, demand is high and supply is relatively low. It is essential that you present your property in its best possible light to attract the best tenant. As a landlord, you want tenants fighting over your property as this will ensure you achieve maximum rent. Whether you conduct viewings […]

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Create Your Personal ‘Buy-to-Let Road Trip’…

Property Investment can be a very financially rewarding experience… or it can easily turn into a financial nightmare! We’ve found that the most successful landlords are the ones who squeeze the most out of their potential investment and have a predetermined goal or endgame. With this in mind, we have developed our ‘Buy-to-Let Road Trip’ which […]

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Don’t Lose Sleep Over Selling Your House.

Buying or selling a property can sometimes be stressful. It can even cause you sleepless nights. At AKS we do all we can to insulate our clients from any unnecessary stress. Our 25 years of experience in helping people to move homes means there’s hardly anything we’ve not come across and dealt with successfully. We […]

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