How are house prices calculated?
Not everybody knows how much their property is worth – that is, until they come to sell. What’s more, valuing a property is not straightforward. Stephen McCarron of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) says, “The golden rule is that a house or flat is only worth what a buyer is willing to pay.
How can parents help first-time buyers?
Want to help your child get onto the property ladder by contributing to their deposit or acting as a guarantor for their mortgage? Let us explain a few of your options.
December Garden Maintenance Guide
Our guide to what to do in the garden in December, including festive foraging and decorating, Christmas vegetables, winter maintenance and seed sowing. For many of us, December is a time to reflect on the year’s gardening, as well as thinking about what we’ll do differently next season, but there are also a few jobs you can be getting on with.
10 Tips for moving over Christmas
Moving house during the Christmas season comes with its own set of challenges, but it's certainly manageable with careful planning and organization. we have put together some tips for a smooth feastive house move.
What the Autumn Statement 2023 means for the housing market
This year’s Autumn Statement was not far from what most of us were expecting. Despite recent rumours, stamp duty has not taken any cuts. However, it was announced that the mortgage guarantee scheme will be extended. This scheme was launched in 2021 and its purpose was to incentivise lenders to offer a higher loan-to-value (LTV) value of 95% to buyers placing a deposit of 5%.
Property winners – the best value money properties right now are 3 bed houses
So, here's the scoop on 3-bedroom homes in the UK. They're a pretty popular choice, with 2 out of 5 homes falling into this category. We recently dug into the numbers and found some interesting stuff about them.
Heat pump grant rises to £7,500
The UK government has introduced grants to encourage homeowners to switch to low-carbon heating systems, particularly heat pumps. These grants aim to make it more financially viable for people to transition from gas boilers to more eco-friendly heating options.
What are the pros and cons of renting vs buying in the current market?
Renting and buying have always come with their own set of advantages and drawbacks. However, the challenges faced by house hunters in today's market mean that the decision to rent or buy a home is pivotal.