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Top tips on how to keep your home cool this summer 22 June 2017

It"s safe to say that as much as we in Britain look forward to a bit of sunshine. Whenever they arrive we suddenly find ourselves struggling to keep cool; even in our own homes we can feel as though we"re walking around in a sauna. Your first instinct may be to throw money at the problem by booking an air conditioner installation service, but this may not be the best solution.... Read More

Could the Bank of Mum and Dad solve the affordability crisis? 22 June 2017

New research from Legal & General has found that, with the potential to help 450,000 people onto the housing ladder every year, lifetime mortgages could be the best option for many. According to L&G, the Bank of Mum and Dad could hold the key to tacking the "housing market"s affordability crisis" in the face of escaliting house prices continuing to rise well above inflation.... Read More

Brexit fears fail to deter buyers and sellers according to new survey 22 June 2017

The decision to leave the EU has failed to deter British buyers and sellers, according to independent estate agent, haart. haart"s latest survey has found that the majority of homeowners do not think Brexit would make any difference to their decision to sell their home or buy a new one.... Read More

UK rental system `not fit for purpose` claims new report 22 June 2017

New research among 2,000 UK adults by virtual online letting agency LetBritain has revealed the sentiments of Britain"s landlord community. According to the findings, 37% of British landlords are let-down by the country"s current rental system and do not feel the UK rental market is fit for purpose and is unsuited to a rapid and demanding rental market.... Read More

Could the letting agent fee ban be here by the autumn? 22 June 2017

The government has used this afternoon"s Queen"s Speech to confirm that letting agents fees will be banned in England within two years – and one property expert believes they could be banned much sooner. As part of efforts to "promote fairness and transparency in the housing market" the state opening of Parliament saw the Queen announce government plans to ban agents from requiring tenants to pay letting fees as a condition of their tenancy and introduce mechanisms for tenants to be able to recover unlawfully charged fees.... Read More

What are the top ten home improvements for 2017? 21 June 2017

Bathrooms, kitchens and new central heating systems top the list of improvements for this year, but homeowners are warned that major works could invalidate their home insurance. A new study from GoCompare Home Insurance has revealed that a new bathroom is the UK"s most popular home renovation with 39% of homeowners who carried out a major home improvement in the last five years splashing out on one.... Read More

Majority of FTBs fear negotiation 20 June 2017

New research from Barclays has found that 52% of first time buyers have never negotiated and a further 53% admitted they fear missing out in the "extremely competitive" market if they were to negotiate. The lender"s analysis discovered that 51% of those who bought for the first time in the last five years regretted not negotiating prior to purchase.... Read More

Where in the UK does it cost the most to be a Landlord? 16 June 2017

According to new data and analysis by specialist mortgage lender, Kent Reliance, the average cost to run a property in London(excluding mortgage costs and tax, but including void periods) is £6,535 per year, or 32% of the amount that they receive in rent.... Read More

Valuation requests up by 25% this Spring 09 June 2017

According to Moneypenny, there has been a 26% rise in calls to book property valuations this spring. In a study of its property calls, the telephone answering service reported the rise in valuation requests compared with like-for-like calls during March, April and May in 2016.... Read More

Top tips for finding student accomodation 09 June 2017

It"s not just the lead up to Results Day (and wondering what grades you"ll get) that can be stressful. Once you know which university you"ll be going to, there"ll be lots of planning to do. Here, Dan Roberts, Managing Director and founder of student halls search engine, Mystudenthalls.... Read More

What is the ideal bedroom-bathroom ratio? 24 May 2017

According to 70% of estate agents, a property should have two bathrooms for every three bedrooms to maximise its value and desirability. The research from Direct Line Home Insurance conducted amongst real estate experts reveals that a three-bed home would ideally have an average of 1.... Read More

Top 5 tenant confessions 19 May 2017

New research from Lloyds Bank Business Insurance Services suggests that many small-scale private landlords forget that insuring a rental property is a very different kind of risk to insuring their own home. Lloyds found that 25% of tenants have damaged their landlord"s property accidentally, while a 25% have caused blockages to sinks and toilets.... Read More