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How to decide what offer to make on a property

You’ve found your dream home, but how much should you pay for it? Deciding what offer to make on a property can be tricky.

If you pitch your offer too low, you may miss out on the property. But if you make it too high, you could be left wondering if you got the best deal possible.

We look at the different factors to weigh up when calculating your offer - and how our tools can help you.

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Housing market to stay open in England and mortgage holidays extended during new lockdown

The announcement of a second national coronavirus lockdown has left the housing market largely untouched.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a press conference in which he announced measures in England aimed at restricting the spread of Covid-19 akin to those put in place in March.

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If you are looking to sell or let your property, Pocock & Shaw can now give you a quick and accurate property valuation from the comfort of your own home, without anyone visiting the property.

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How to style your first home

You’ve scrimped and saved and diligently set aside every last penny to buy your first home and then, in one fell swoop, there goes all the money on the fees and deposit just as you’re about to get to the fun bit. Here’s an essential step-by-step guide to making your new home your own without overspending.

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Everything to budget for when buying a property

You might think the cost of moving home starts and finishes with a deposit and stamp duty, but think again. The true cost of moving includes a host of add-ons that you are going to need to pay for upfront. Many are taken by surprise by buying costs, especially when faced with forking out for additional “hidden costs” that can add up to £1,000.

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House price upwards surge continues

House prices in England rose by 5.5 per cent on an annual basis this October – the biggest rate of increase in over four years, according to Rightmove.

This means that the average house price is now £323,530 – or £16,818 more than in October 2019.

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How to make it as a landlord in 2020

If you’re the sort of person who enjoys watching shows like Homes Under the Hammer and thinks “I could do that!” then you’ve probably considered becoming a landlord at some stage. But being a landlord is a tough business, and despite what some people may think, it’s not a licence to print money.

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Stamp Duty Holiday - the deadline to market your property

If you want to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday, you may think you have plenty of time to sell your property before the 31 March 2021 deadline. But when you factor in the average time it takes to complete on a property once an offer is accepted, 12 weeks, the March deadline doesn’t seem too far away. Even more so when you consider that figure doesn’t include time for your own property search or any of the common hurdles along the way.

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Professionalising BTL: New data reveals rise in number of limited company landlords

Fewer than 10% of landlords are choosing to invest as an individual, providing the strongest evidence yet that the government's plan to professionalise the UK buy-to-let sector appears to be working.

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How to apply for the Green Homes Grant Scheme

With the Green Homes Grant Scheme, homeowners and landlords can apply for a grant towards funding energy-efficient home improvements from the end of September 2020. We reveal more about the scheme and how to apply for up to £5,000 or £10,000 in vouchers.

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