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Covid-19 has changed what Britons value about their homes

The pandemic and lockdown process has made more people appreciate having a study and question the practicality of open plan living, latest research reveals. The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown are impacting on how many of us feel about our homes, according to our latest research.

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A guide to downsizing (or 'right-sizing')

The thought of downsizing can be a little emotional and overwhelming, especially if you have lived in a property for many years. Attempting to sort through and, in some cases, throw out, your belongings can seem like an endless task. However, with some planning and consideration about what you need, you will find that downsizing or ‘right-sizing’ can be a positive experience that sets you up for the future and fits your lifestyle. That’s why we have put together our top tips to help you downsize smoothly.

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House price growth close to three-year high


The housing market is tipped to have its busiest Christmas for more than a decade, as buyers rush to beat the stamp duty holiday deadline, according to Zoopla’s House Price Index.

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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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