The Lockdown Landlords of Derby

Despite Government regulations that have been in place since the 26 March 2020, when in-person viewings were made illegal, Derby buy to let landlords have, during that time, been chomping at the bit to build their property empire by looking at buying additional properties for their Derby buy to let portfolio. There are plenty of […]

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Housing Market Starts Back Up – Guidance

At 10:00pm on Tuesday 12th May 2020, minister Robert Jenrick announced that estate and letting agents could return to wok from 13th May – the following day. As one of the first business sectors to be ‘let back’ to work, it is essential that agents are responsible and have plans and protocols in place before […]

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270 Burton Homemovers in Limbo

An immediate fallout of the Coronavirus pandemic is that it has placed many Burton house moves on hold. Government guidelines state all house buyers and house sellers who are in the process of selling their Burton homes and moving to a new property must adapt to these temporary arrangements, adjusting their usual practices, agreeing different […]

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7% of Derby People Worked From Home Before Covid-19…

Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, around 8,000 Derby people worked mainly from home, or about 7% of Derby’s 116,254 workforce compared to the national average of 14.9%. Yet over the last few weeks, many thousands more Derby workers have joined them in their spare rooms, or at their kitchen and dining room tables. Amongst warnings […]

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Electric Shock Treatment for Landlords…

Electricians are going to very busy in the next 11 months as they will have to test the electrics of every private rented property in Derby and Burton and potentially may have to install new fuse boards and wiring in some instances. New regulations set out in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 gave the […]

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Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) – FFHH

The FFHH Legislation It’s unusual for a piece of legislation to put letting agents, tenant groups and politicians on the same side of a debate, but the Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) legislation has done just that. The initial Bill was introduced by Karen Buck MP back in 2015 and came into legislative force last […]

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The £2.1 billion mortgage debt in Derby

With the General Election long gone, B-Day now passed and the recent shenanigans and political goings on in Westminster recently a fading memory, the housing market, for the time being anyway, is showing a striking resilience spurred on by the on-going wide-ranging monetary policy by the Bank of England. With interest rates and unemployment low, […]

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Setting An Accurate Marketing Sale Price

One of the key roles of a good estate agent is setting the correct marketed sale price for your property. A good agent should know the local property market like the back of their hand. They should be aware of the market trends as well as the supply of available properties and the demand from […]

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The Art of ‘Proper’ Negotiation

If you asked the majority of estate agents the question; “What is the role of an estate agent?”, they would reel off a list of tasks that they undertake to assist in the sale or purchase of a property. Probably along the lines of: Valuing properties ready for sale Market properties to maximise the selling […]

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All about the ‘Help To Buy’ Scheme

Help to Buy is a government scheme which can help first time home buyers get a property with just a 5% deposit. How does Help to Buy work? The Help to Buy scheme offers an equity loan where the government lends first-time buyers and existing homeowners money to buy a newly-built home. The purchase price […]

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