Is Buy-To-Let Harmful To The Property Market

An article from back un 2014, but the rules of the game stay the same. Is buy-to-ley harmful for the property market? In May 2014 there were 16,000 buy-to-let loans worth £2.2bn (according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.) In 2013, buy-to-let accounted for 14% of all mortgage lending. Mortgage Market Review rules may mean… Continue reading Is Buy-To-Let Harmful To The Property Market

Top 20 Property Turn-Offs And How The Estate Agent Can Help

I found this list published online recently and it itemises the votes that people have cast in respect of their Top 20 property turn-offs. The results are- Damp patches, stained walls or ceilings – 67% Poor state of repair, rotten windows – 60% No parking – 55% No garden – 54% Bad smells (pets, damp, food,… Continue reading Top 20 Property Turn-Offs And How The Estate Agent Can Help

Estate Agents: How Far Should You Cast Your Net?

I speak to estate agents in various parts of the country. And I’ve seen a wide disparity between how far an estate agent defines their area. I’ve noticed quite a large difference in the way this is approached in the two main markets I’ve worked in. That’s the South East of England and the North… Continue reading Estate Agents: How Far Should You Cast Your Net?

Home Surveys Hold The Key To Happy Buyers

An old article from 2014, but one that is still hugely relevant today. Home surveys are far too often overlooked. Almost half of buyers in 2014 have discovered unexpected damage in their new home after moving in. An LV= home insurance survey found that a third of people who have bought this year thought the… Continue reading Home Surveys Hold The Key To Happy Buyers

Estate Agents: What Is The Best Part Of Your Job?

Do you really love your job?  If so, what part or parts do you wish you could just repeat all day long?  What parts do you dislike and wish that you could give over to others? I would guess that a large number of estate agents that love their job will just love the interaction… Continue reading Estate Agents: What Is The Best Part Of Your Job?

Estate Agents: Now Is The Time To Build Stock

After the usual pre-Christmas lull (although some historical figures show the market can have a good December) it is time to get back to business again. This is a critical time of the year for all estate agents to start building their stock levels again. With the first hot buying season of the year in… Continue reading Estate Agents: Now Is The Time To Build Stock