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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A Legal Eagle not a Quirky Turkey

At Professional Properties, we know that when you’ve made up your mind to sell your property its time to make the some important decisions, choices and appointments. In this article we look at the importance of appointing your legal representative who will oversee the transfer of the property to your buyer and/or the purchase of […]

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Feng Shui Yourself To a Quicker Sale

At Professional Properties, we look at every possible way of ensuring that every home we are marketing has the best possible chance of being sold for the highest price in the shortest amount of time. We also read a lot of estate agency and property industry magazines and websites to keep abreast of new ideas […]

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Is there an Eastern European “Exodus” in Derby?

I was having a thought-provoking conversation with a Derby buy-to-let landlord a couple of weeks ago about everything to do with property. We discussed the Election result, the imminent Brexit deadline and how the reported voluntary repatriation of Eastern Europeans had affected the property market in Derby. It transpired some of his Derby tenants, who […]

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Maximising the Return of Your Tenancy Deposit

Getting the full tenancy deposit back when tenants leave the property at the end of the tenancy largely depends on the condition that the property has been left in. Basically, the property should look exactly the same as when you moved in, with the exception of some reasonable wear and tear (see below). A final […]

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A Tenants Guide to Deposits

In this blog, we explain everything there is to know about deposits when renting a property. Since the Tenant Fee Act 2019, the legislation on deposits has become a little more complicated. We will cover holding deposits, tenancy deposits and the process of getting your deposit back at the end of a tenancy. Holding Deposits […]

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Preparing Your Home For A Quick Sale

Preparing your home for viewers is extremely important. It will not only ensure your property is sold faster, but can potentially add thousands of pounds to its value. This article details the 6 key things we believe are the most important, when preparing your home for viewings. Implementing just a few of these ideas will […]

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12 Things Every Landlord Must Know

Professional Properties serve landlords and tenants across the Derby and Burton on Trent areas and take enormous pride in our reputation for looking after our clients. During these last 20 plus years running a lettings and property management agency, there’s not much we haven’t experienced. These 12 top tips are things that every landlord, regardless […]

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Preparing Your Property To 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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Top Tips for a Good Landlord Tenant Relationship

The importance of maintaining a positive relationship between landlord and tenant cannot be underestimated and this has never been highlighted as much within the last few months. The Covid-19 situation has instigated conversations that have never had to happen before and it has been the healthier landlord and tenant relationships that have ensured positive outcomes […]

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