How to avoid a property chain

A property chain is a sequence of linked house purchases, in which transactions are dependent on one another. For example, Adam wants to buy a property from Beth, but Beth needs to buy from Claire, and so on. If an issue arises within the sequence, it can cause troubles for everyone involved. So you might want to avoid a property chain to make your house buying experience as smooth as possible. Luckily, there are options for you. Let’s take a look at some of them. Move in with friends or family A relatively simple way of avoiding a property chain is More ›

UK House Prices Since 1995: An Interactive Infographic

Think you’re clued up about house prices across the UK? You might be surprised to find out which cities have experienced the largest percentage increases since 1995. If you’d like to brush up on your knowledge, check out our interactive infographic below – simply click on a city to get started and see how prices have changed since 1995! So London’s house hunters could end up shelling out around £500,000 more than their 1995 counterparts, but things haven’t changed quite so drastically outside the Big Smoke. The past two decades have seen some huge increases in London, Brighton and Hove More ›

How do General Elections Affect House Prices?

Following Theresa May’s announcement of a snap general election in June, those looking to buy or sell houses may be asking themselves the question: how do general elections affect house prices? It’s a pertinent question, as political uncertainty is often linked to fluctuations in the property market. Property is arguably more volatile than any other sector, and the status of the market generally represents the overall mindset of the property-owning public. With the general election upon us, we’ve looked back at how historical elections have affected house prices, and predicted what we can expect this time around. Looking to the More ›

Push Your Home Sale Through Quickly

Push Your Home Sale Quickly Selling your home can be incredibly stressful, and more often than not you’re likely to be looking to sell your home within the quickest possible time. Fortunately there are ways to speed up the sale of your home which are simple and easy to do, in any market. Curb Appeal A buyers first impression is important and what they think when they arrive at the property is everything. To help increase the chances of them instantly falling in love, it’s best to ensure the property is attractive, clean and well-kept. Simple things such as mowing More ›

The Treasury on Brexit

The Treasury on Brexit: The Effect on Property The Treasury have now added more fuel to the Brexit debate by releasing a 90-page document outlining the cost of leaving the EU and the impact it will have on Britain if, come the 23rd June, Britain vote to leave the EU. With Brexit being the most topical debate in the country, it’s no surprise given the date of the vote is looming. Other leading figures in Britain haven’t been shy in sharing their opinion on the matter. Experts in favour of staying in the EU have said it could lead to More ›

Extending Your Home: What’s Permitted, What’s The Cost And Is It Worth It?

Extending Your Home: What’s Permitted, What’s The Cost And Is It Worth It? More people than ever before are choosing to stay put and upgrade their homes rather than upping sticks to upsize. In fact, the concept has become so popular that Channel 4 has made a television show out of it. “Love it or List It?”, featuring Kirsty Allsopp and Phil Spencer, helps families trying to decide just that – whether to start afresh somewhere new or use the money they would otherwise spend on a house sale and purchase to renovate their property. The fact is that for More ›

Company Q&A: Keatons’ New Home

Company Q&A: Keatons’ New Home With growing demand from its customers, Keatons is now bringing its positive, pro-active approach to property to a new office in Canary Wharf. Why canary wharf for a new office?  We have operated in the area for 17 years and as the market has developed we have received more and more requests from our clients to have a branch on the island. We will only open a new branch when we feel we have secured the right premises and personnel to continue delivering the level of service and expertise that Keatons is known for. What parts of the surrounding area will your More ›

Blues Settle In: What The Election Result Means For The Property Market

Blues Settle In: What The Election Result Means For The Property Market Now the unnerving uncertainty of the election is over and we have resumed a state of relative political predictability, experts are forecasting a housing market boom for the remainder of the year. With Labour’s mansion tax now out of the window, along with its perceived anti-business sentiment, landlords and wealthy property owners across the country are taking a post-election sigh of relief and rushing to call their estate agents. What’s more, despite standard pre-election jitters, the latest data from the Land Registry shows that property valuations in April More ›

Home ownership falls to 29 year low

Home ownership falls to 29 year low Fears over the housing crisis grow as home ownership drops for the 11th consecutive year, whereas the number of people privately renting continues to rise. Recent data from the Government’s English Housing Survey  shows that only 63% of people live in a property that they actually own or have with a mortgage. On the other hand, the private rental sector has increased by 19%. Furthermore, figures show that, for the first time, there are more homeowners without a mortgage than with one.  This illustrates just how difficult it has become for first-time buyers More ›

Bow market updates

Bow market update – Sales The local property market remains very healthy. For both sellers and buyers, the market is well balanced, with more stock slowly coming available for purchasers to view, while most styles of property are still selling promptly when priced correctly. Spring is traditionally the best time to buy and sell. It’s the period when most transactions happen and we don’t expect that to be any different this year. There may well be a slight lull in the market pre and post the election but overall this first half of the year should be that bit stronger More ›