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Landlord tips: Vetting potential tenants

Thursday 28 August 2014
Tagged: credit checks, Landlords, Private rented sector, referencing, renting, tenants

Finding your perfect tenant can be a time consuming process, and it is vital to ensure you thoroughly vet applicants before agreeing a contract. Here's our guide getting started.

Using a referencing agency

The first decision you will need to make is whether to employ a...

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One-on-one interview: Mark Knight of Keepmoat Homes Yorkshire

Thursday 28 August 2014
Tagged: buying a home, construction, Housebuilder, Keepmoat, new build, North Yorkshire, off plan

Marc Da Silva continues his series of interviews with leading figures in the housebuilding industry by speaking to Mark Knight, regional managing director of Keepmoat Homes Yorkshire.

Where is your firm developing new homes?

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Demand outstripping supply at Miller Homes' Varcity North development in Edinburgh

Thursday 28 August 2014
Tagged: development, Edinburgh, Miller Homes, new build, new homes, Scotland, Varcity North

The buoyant property market in Edinburgh has seen demand at Miller Homes' Varcity North development close to outstripping supply. Over 74% of apartments in the final phase are already sold or reserved, so new home buyers looking to move into Varcity North will need to be quick to secure the next...

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Residential property auction sales up by 5.7% in July

Thursday 28 August 2014
Tagged: buying a home, property auctions, selling your home

There was a rise in the volume of homes offered and sold at UK property auctions in July, suggesting that auctions are now becoming a more popular method of sale when it comes to residential properties.

The latest data released by the Essential Information Group (EIG) show that more than...

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Weekly property auction preview - 10 Downing Street goes under the hammer!

Wednesday 27 August 2014
Tagged: buying a home, Chesterfield, Derby, Northern Ireland, property auctions, selling your home

A wide range of properties will go under the hammer in the coming days. Here are some potentially good residential lots to look out for at auctions in Chesterfield, Northern Ireland and Derby.

Chesterfield

A selection of good value for money properties, including residential...

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Property prices increase at slowest rate for five months

Wednesday 27 August 2014
Tagged: data, Knight Frank, market research, Property Prices, statistics

Residential property prices increased at the slowest rate in five months in August, according to Knight Frank and Markit's latest House Price Sentiment Index (HPSI).

Households in all regions covered perceived that the value of their properties rose in August, but at the slowest rate...

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Mortgage blog: What to do to get a mortgage if you’re self-employed

Wednesday 27 August 2014
Tagged: mortgages, Office for National Statistics, self-employment

Self-employment at the UK has reached its highest level since records began with 15% of the workforce now working from themselves, up from just 8.7% in 1975.

New figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed that there are 4.6m people working for themselves in the UK, the...

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Eight of the best villages near Burgess Hill

Wednesday 27 August 2014
Tagged: Burgess Hill, countryside, East Sussex, rural, villages

Burgess Hill is a large town in West Sussex, situated close to the border with East Sussex. Set in the South Downs National Park 40 miles south of London, Burgess Hill has grown through the centuries into a thriving market town. Close to Gatwick Airport and 51 minutes by train to London Victoria...

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Agent Insight: Linda Black of Pagan Osborne in Fife

Tuesday 26 August 2014
Tagged: agent insight, Anstruther, buying a home, Cupar, Edinburgh, estate agent, Fife, One-on-One interview, Pagan Osborne, property, Scotland, St Andrews

Our latest Agent Insight column comes from Scotland, where Maria Brett speaks to Linda Black, head of property sales for Fife at Pagan Osborne. 

Could you give us a brief introduction to your company and the area in which you operate?

Pagan Osborne has been in...

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Bellway Homes unveils showhomes at Winchburgh Village

Tuesday 26 August 2014
Tagged: Bellway Homes, Edinburgh, family homes, new build, new homes, Winchburgh Village

Housebuilder Bellway Homes will launch two showhomes at its development in Winchburgh Village, near Edinburgh, on 30 August 2014.

The development of 111 new homes is part of a major regeneration project and the first homes are scheduled for completion this October.

Prices currently...

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Top state schools add £21,000 to local property prices

Tuesday 26 August 2014
Tagged: Lloyds Bank, market research, Property Prices, state schools

Living close to one of the top 30 state schools in England costs homebuyers a premium of £21,000, according to data published by Lloyds Banking Group. The average house price in the surrounding areas of the schools on the list is £268,098, with the top five locations commanding a...

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Furnished city flats providing best rental returns for landlords

Tuesday 26 August 2014
Tagged: city centre, Countrywide, data, first-time landlords, furnished, Landlords, letting, market research, renting, tenants, unfurnished

Landlords achieve higher monthly rental returns by letting furnished rather than unfurnished properties in key areas, according to new data from the Countrywide Monthly Lettings Index.

Towns and cities tend to have a younger tenant population who are willing to pay a premium for furniture...

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Rise in number of new homes across Scotland

Tuesday 26 August 2014
Tagged: affordable homes, construction, Housing, new build, research, Scotland, stats

There has been a significant increase in the volume of new homes in Scotland, new data reveals.

Official figures provided by the Scottish government show that 15,957 new homes were delivered in Scotland in the year to March 2014, compared to 14,895 in the previous year. This is the first...

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Mortgage bulletin for week commencing Monday 25 August

Tuesday 26 August 2014
Tagged: buying a home, First-time buyers, MMR, mortgage bulletin, mortgages

Lower mortgage interest rates mean that the cost of a first-time buyer owning a home in the UK is now £110 (14%) per month lower than renting, or £1,316 per year. According to research by Halifax, the average monthly mortgage costs associated with owning a three bedroom house for a...

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Nine of the best villages near Camberley, Surrey

Friday 22 August 2014
Tagged: Ash Vale, Blackwater, buying a home, Camberley, countryside, Frimley, Frimley Green, Frogmore, Hawley, Lightwater, Mytchett, rural, villages, West End, Windlesham

Camberley is a beautiful market town in Surrey. With a wide range of shops and good transport links to London and Gatwick airport, the town is very attractive to commuters. There is a wide range of property available, and the town centre offers independent shops, restaurants, a cinema, bowling...

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