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WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR OFFER GET ACCEPTED?

In an active, fast-paced market, like the one we have right now, demand from those looking to buy property outweighs the supply of homes on the market.

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STAMP DUTY HOLIDAY: HOW DOES IT WORK?

The chancellor has announced a temporary holiday on stamp duty on the first £500,000 of all property sales in England and Northern Ireland. The tax threshold has been temporarily raised until next March to boost the property market and help buyers struggling because of the coronavirus crisis. The changes have come in with immediate effect.

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Q&A: WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE PROPERTY MARKET?

We catch up with Richard Donnell, director of research and insight at Zoopla, about the trends he has seen since the housing market reopened for business.

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LOCKDOWN EASING: 9 THINGS YOU CAN DO THIS SUMMER

With lockdown easing, many of us are planning to make the most of summer. But what exactly are we allowed to do over the holiday season? More than you might think. Here's a quick guide to some socially distanced summer experiences in the UK. Just don't forget your mac and wellies.

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR PROPERTY

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the Green Homes Grant Scheme in his Summer Statement on 8 July, whereby the Government will be issuing UK homeowners up to £5,000 worth of vouchers to make their homes more energy efficient.

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A GUIDE TO DOWNSIZING

Are you thinking about packing up your family home and finding somewhere smaller to live? Here, we offer advice to make the process a little easier: Planning is key – Packing your home into boxes can be a real chore, particularly when you are moving to a smaller property, but planning well in advance can make it easier. Think about where you will unpack your belongings and in which room each box should be placed. If you haven’t got it all sorted ahead of the move then just make sure you label all your boxes clearly...

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BETTER RATES, CHEAPER DEALS AND MORE INCENTIVES IN UK MORTGAGE MARKET

The ups and downs of the past few months haven’t gone unnoticed in the country’s housing market. But for borrowers and buyers, there’s certainly some positive news right now. Mortgage rates have been on a downward trajectory since the beginning of March, with fixed rates in particular benefiting from the best reductions...

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10 OF THE BEST HOME-SCHOOLING IDEAS & RESOURCES

With the Summer holidays not far away, there is still a huge void of valuable learning time ahead that your children will be missing due to the part closure of schools and no firm grand re-opening in sight. Many parents are already home schooling to a great effect, but are you running out of ideas, or lack ideas to begin or challenge your young students? Below is a list of 10 great FREE resources and ideas you can use to aid your newly discovered teacher role. Home schooling has never been so easy!

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A GUIDE TO HOUSE HUNTING DURING LOCKDOWN

As we continue in lockdown, many are considering moving home or relocating altogether. Whether you're looking for a home with a garden, a dedicated workspace, or more space in general, we've got you covered. We've provided some guidance to get you started on the search for your ideal home.

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LEADING THE WAY WITH VIRTUAL & 360 TOURS

Virtual tours are become an important part of selling or letting your property in the current climate of social distancing. That said, statistics show that listed properties with virtual tours recieve on average 87%* more views than standard photography alone.

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