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How to Buy a House for Less

How to Buy a House for Less

Carolina Takla, London’s top buying agents, saves her clients on average 22% on the asking price of their new property and she wants to share her top tips for buying your next home for less. Finding and acquiring a property in London can be stressful and time-consuming and with the help of a buying agent, those problems can be taken off your shoulder.       Do your homework Spend as much time as possible researching your target area and viewing a range…

Where Are the Most £1m Homes on Sale?

Where Are the Most £1m Homes on Sale?

According to HMRC, the number of homes sold for more than £1 million in England and Wales went up by 6% in 2017, with a total number of 19,100 property sales over £1 million. Although this rise in prime sales volumes over the past 12 months points to a relatively active market, the analysis of Land Registry data shows that the most notable rises in activity have come in prime markets outside of London and the traditional ‘commuter zone’. The…

How to Add Value to Your Kitchen

How to Add Value to Your Kitchen

Sellhousefast, the leading property company, talked with 34 different estate agents, property professionals and designers from all over the UK to find out how homeowners can maximize the value of their property when carrying out kitchen improvements or renovations. “The kitchen is certainly a focal room that people are now utilising for more than one purpose. In doing so, homeowners are looking for a kitchen that is stylish, modern and highly functional. This research certainly demonstrates there are various aspects…

Help to Buy Buys More Than 150,000 Properties

Help to Buy Buys More Than 150,000 Properties

The latest figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government show that 158,883 properties have been purchased using the Help to Buy equity loan scheme. The total value of the loans was £8.27 billion and they were used to purchase new build properties worth a total of £39.28 billion. The figures, covering the period from the 1st of April 2013 until the 31st of December 2017, show that eight out of 10 of these purchases were made by…

Getting Planning Permission in England

Getting Planning Permission in England

Applying for planning permission is a difficult and frustrating process. Thousands of applications are denied every year, resulting in numerous re-attempts. The main reason for declining an application is overlooking or the loss of privacy. However, 88% of planning permissions are still approved in England. The easiest place to get your application approved is the City of London, with 99% of all planning permission applications granted. Everest held a survey that revealed 34% of people who recently applied for planning…

New Housing Project at Dundee

New Housing Project at Dundee

A new regeneration plan has commenced this week in the Whitfield area of Dundee. Local developer, D J Laing Homes, returned to the area to start work on their latest development and follow the success of the 200 homes they built previously in Ballumbie. “We are delighted to return to the Ballumbie area 10 years on since our previous development. Our new development will be of a high quality complimenting the new housing stock in Dundee and assisting the further…

The Family Home Allowance

The Family Home Allowance

The Residence Nil Rate Band, or the family home allowance, has become more generous, rising to £125,000 for this tax year and making it easier to pass on the family home. However, there are a number of qualifying conditions that need to be passed in order to be eligible for it. More and more estates are pushed over the inheritance tax threshold limit as it has frozen at £325,000 since April 2019. Inheritance Tax receipt stood at £4.9 billion in…

Barratt London Awaits Approval for Ealing Scheme

Barratt London Awaits Approval for Ealing Scheme

Barratt London is awaiting Sadiq Khan’s approval and signature in order to start working on the Western Circus, Acton scheme in London Borough of Ealing. Located on the Homebase site on the A40 (Western Avenue), the 0.95-hectare scheme provides 333 new homes, 114 of which are affordable, a new 2,000 sq m convenience supermarket, a communal garden, pocket park and a community space. The scheme was designed by architects TP Bennett and it consists of a four to six-storey residential…

How to Sell Your House Faster

How to Sell Your House Faster

If you want to sell your house, then you must be prepared and take some well thought steps to get it looking its best. This way, you can ensure that it will sell even quicker. Here are a few tips from estate agent comparison website www.getagent.co.uk to make this process less stressful: 1. Increase your property’s kerb appeal The first thing a potential buyer will notice is the outside of your property, so make sure it looks impressive. Cut the…

More than 800 Homes Await Delivery in Glasgow

More than 800 Homes Await Delivery in Glasgow

Glasgow City Council, together with Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and Keepmoat Homes, have agreed to deliver more than 800 new homes at the city’ Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA). The £250 million regeneration scheme is the biggest of its type in the UK outside of London and it will feature 826 new homes, as well as retail units and a commercial development over the next decade. The 198 mid-market rent homes will be built by GHA and let and managed…