Over 1200 Derby First Time Buyers in 2017

A little bit of good news this week on the Derby Property Market as recently released data shows that the number of first time buyers taking out their first mortgage in 2017 increased more than in any other year since the global financial crisis in 2009. The data shows there were 1,233 first time buyers […]

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How a Kitchen can Affect the Value of Your Home

When buying a new home, most buyers are looking for somewhere that requires little or no work at all. If your home isn’t perfect and you want to sell it quickly, you need to be prepared to put in a little time and money before going to market, especially if there is high competition in […]

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Is Building an Extension on your Home Worth It?

As our families grow bigger the need for more space, be that bedrooms or reception rooms, has grown with it. Also, as our older generation lives longer and nursing home bills continue to rise quicker than a rocket on Bonfire Night  (the average nursing home bill in the area being £573.90 per week) many families […]

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Beware Online Fraudsters

Online fraudster activity seems to be on the increase with both landlords and potential tenants being targeted. Several reports shown on ‘Property Industry Eye’ have highlighted the problem and two Professional Properties landlords have also been targeted. Fraudsters Posing as Landlords An estate and letting agency has warned that online fraudsters are targeting would-be tenants […]

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A Guide to Planning Permission

With a continuing housing shortage in the UK, the Government is under increasing pressure to revisit planning permission regulations and increase the pressure on housebuilders to speed up the building process. But what about local planning permission rules? I read a great article written by Sophie Bayliss at www.propertypriceadvice.co.uk all about planning permission. You can […]

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What’s Next for Landlords? More Legislation, that’s what!

As you are aware, a landlord requires extensive knowledge of the regulations and legislation necessary to self manage a rental property. However, there is more to come. There is already pending legislation on the horizon… 2018 EPC Legislation Update The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) is almost upon us and will see Landlords charged with […]

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Welcome to the Hazardous World of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

The licensing of HMO properties was introduced in the Housing Act 2004. For the purposes of this guide, all information pertains to current Derby City Council requirements. Other council licensing schemes may be different. What is an HMO? In most cases an HMO is a house or a flat in which two or more households […]

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New Homes vs ‘Second Hand’ Homes in Derby… is there a Price to Pay?

According to the National House Building Council (NHBC), more than 14,400 new homes were registered to be built in the East Midlands last year, an increase of 18.7% on 2016 levels of 12,200 dwellings. Great news when you consider it is one of the highest number of new builds in the region since the pre-recession […]

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Burton Millennials need their ‘Super’ Grandparents!

That headline got your attention I’m sure! Before I start, I need to get explain a few definitions. Different phrases are becoming more common in describing the different ‘life stages’ of our society. But when terminologies like this are used as often and habitually as these phrases – Generation X this, Millennial that, Baby Boomer the […]

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Overview As from the 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for any property rented out in the private rented sector to, in most circumstances, have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect […]

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