To furnish, or not to furnish. A landlords problem

To furnish, or not to furnish. A landlords problem I would say go unfurnished. Furnished isn’t even a sensible option. I know many landlords provide furniture, and there are some exceptions where it makes sense (e.g. holiday lets, student lets, HMOs etc), but mostly, don’t get caught up in the cost. Furniture creates so a…

Home Staging with Street Photography

Many vendors trying to sell a property try to just strip it back so the purchaser can see the bones and imagine their stuff in there.  For some properties it works, for others you need a little imagination and a lifestyle comment. By lifestyle comment, I mean, make Buyers feel their lives will be enhanced…

Be Smart, get a Smart Meter

Smart meters are the new generation of gas and electricity meters.  Smart meters show you the amount of energy you’re  using as you use it and how much you are spending in pounds and pence. Since 2015 gas and electricity suppliers across Great Britain are replacing our traditional meters with smart meters at no extra cost….

Inspiration from Set Design

Interior design and popular trends are sometimes lead by iconic television shows and films. Here are a few that inspire me. This is Carrie Bradshaws home from the film version of Sex And The City, although I found her character very whiny and self obsessed, she did know how to maximise the space of her…

OnTheMarket have donned the boxing gloves

The property portal fight is on. Rook Matthew Sayer have breached OnTheMarket ‘one other portal’ rule, and yesterday its listings could be seen only on Zoopla and Rightmove. The 17-office firm in the north-east was acquired by Connells Group in March. OnTheMarket have stated “Following its acquisition by Connells Group, the firm of RMS Ltd…

Property Companies share prices plummet

  Share prices have been plummeting for the four key property firms in the last year. Savills’ share price has dropped 29%. Countrywide’s is a huge 53.72% decline. Foxtons share price has dropped 49.73%. So that’s the mini fleet renewal on hold for a while! LSL’s share price is 40.63% down.  

Rightmove profits increase (Estate Agents have to pay more!)

Rightmove this morning announced revenue and profits up for the first half of this year, driven by an increase in agents and a rise in what they are paying. In the six months to June 30, revenue was up 16%, to stand at £93.1m. Pre-tax profits shot up to £80,551,000 up from £66,622,000 for the…

Rental Market is busy post Brexit

#ARLA says that last month’s #Brexit result has not rocked the rental market. Month on month, demand for rental accommodation was up in June, as was the number of properties managed on letting agents’ books. There were 37 prospective tenants on average registered per ARLA member branch in June, up 12% from 33 in May….

Call for Stamp Duty abolishment

Calls for #Stampduty to be halved for residential sales & #BuyToLet 3% to be abolished. All rates of Stamp Duty should be halved immediately and then scrapped altogether, while the 3% surcharge on buy-to-let properties and second homes should be ditched without delay. The calls come from the influential TaxPayers’ Alliance, which is also demanding…

Top Ten Tips for Tenants

Renting a property can be exciting and daunting process, it can be simple and straightforward, these tips will help you in this transaction.