HOT PROPERTY: HOW TO ACHIEVE THE VERY BEST PRICE FOR YOUR HOME

  Have you ever wondered why some homes get multiple offers, while others struggle to get even one?   It's rarely down to chance.   There's no such thing as an unsellable home, and every property in every price range has the capacity to generate high levels of...


AUTUMN ADVANTAGES: FIVE GOLD SELLING SECRETS OF THE UNDERRATED SEASON

Autumn gets a bad rap as a season for selling your home. It's always pushed back behind the blossom of spring, the sunshine of summer, and the festive magic of winter.   But Autumn is what you might call the hidden gem of seasons to sell. There's still plenty of activity...


MOVE OR IMPROVE: SHOULD YOU SELL YOUR HOME OR STAY AND EXTEND?

Some questions in life are unavoidable. Aside from whether the chicken or the egg came first, at some point along the line you'll begin to wonder if your home can evolve with you, or if it's time to say goodbye and find somewhere new.   Moving is a big step and an exciting...


LONGER LETTINGS: HOW TO ATTRACT AND KEEP GREAT TENANTS FOR YEARS

Every landlord and tenant wants exactly the same thing: security and stability. As a landlord, you want an uninterrupted income stream, while tenants want an uninterrupted home life.   Renting a property has become a more permanent lifestyle choice, and tenancies are...


BEING A LANDLORD: IS BUYING TO LET RIGHT FOR YOU?

Owning one or more buy-to-let homes is the dream of many people. The idea of passive income, financial security and building a comfortable retirement is an inviting prospect that, for many landlords, has led to a complete change of lifestyle and career.   Alongside all the...


STRUGGLING TO SELL: IS IT YOUR PRICE, OR IS IT SOMETHING ELSE?

Despite the strongest market in a decade with property selling faster than ever, there are still homes in Rhondda Cynon Taf that have not sold.   If you've been on the market for some time, you could be wondering why on earth you don't have a buyer when demand is so high...


RENTING TO FAMILIES: OUR FIVE-STEP FORMULA FOR THE PERFECT BUY-TO-LET

Families are among the most stable tenants you can find, not least because the process of moving home is so much more complicated than for single people and couples.   As well as having more furniture and belongings to pack and transport, the potential disruption to...


MAGIC MOMENTS: MAKE YOUR HOME AN UNFORGETTABLE VIEWING EXPERIENCE

Have you ever drunk a smoothie? They're wonderfully delicious, but it can be challenging to identify each individual flavour when strawberry, spinach, ginger, honey and turmeric are all vying for your attention.   House hunting can be a bit like that. Evenings and weekends...


LETTING GO: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO SWITCH MANAGING AGENTS

How do you feel about your current managing agent? If you're reading this, perhaps you have some doubts.   Whether your buy-to-let is for additional income or your long-term financial freedom, it's vital to have complete confidence and comfort in your choice of letting...


SMOOTH MOVES: ELIMINATE THE STRESS WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME

Most moves have a lot riding on them, and, if you're thinking of selling your home, there's probably a good reason behind it.   Perhaps you're moving in with a partner, expanding your family, relocating for work, thinking about schools, considering downsizing, or simply...


PRETTY VACANT: HOW TO STYLE YOUR BUY-TO-LET WITHOUT USING FURNITURE

Empty rooms can look a bit sad, and there are plenty of uninviting photographs out there of vacant buy-to-lets. It's a constant challenge for landlords and letting agents when the demand from tenants is for unfurnished property, but when homes never look their best when they're...


THE TIME IS NOW: SELL YOUR HOME IN THE BEST MARKET FOR A DECADE

We cannot remember a market like this. Record high demand, record short supply, record low interest rates, record speeds of sale and record high prices have created one of the strongest seller's markets in memory.   In fact, the conditions are favourable enough to...


GROWTH OR YIELD: WHICH BUY-TO-LET STRATEGY IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

"At least one in six people on The Sunday Times Rich List owes their wealth to property or the world of home ownership in some way". Those are the words of Robert Watts, the man who compiles The Sunday Times Rich List.   Building a successful lettings portfolio is an...


BACK ON THE MARKET: CAN CHANGING YOUR ESTATE AGENT RESTART YOUR MOVE?

Nobody wants to feel left on the shelf. Seeing your neighbours sell and move out while you’re stuck on the market for months, can be disheartening and confusing. And when you’ve poured your heart and soul into your home, but nobody seems to want it, what are you...


ACCIDENTAL LANDLORD? ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO MAKE IT A SUCCESS

Not everyone sets out to be a landlord, and becoming an accidental one is more common than you might think.   An accidental landlord is someone who becomes a landlord by circumstance rather than by plan, and it can happen for several reasons. You could be relocating for...


SETTING THE SCENE: HOW TO BE READY FOR VIEWINGS EVERY DAY

No matter how neat and tidy they are, people always ask us how their home should look on viewings and whether they can improve their presentation.   While no one expects you to live in a perfect show home, buyers do react well to a bit of pizzazz and polish. They're...


LETTING AGENTS: HOW TO PICK THE BEST ONE

Whether you've been a landlord for years or you're just starting out, finding a letting agent you can trust and build a long-lasting relationship with is a big deal.   Renting out your property is about so much more than just money and business. As well as wanting an agent...


THE PERFECT BUYER: HOW DO WE FIND YOURS?

Being an estate agent is a bit like running a dating agency: playing Cupid every day, cultivating commitment and building long-term relationships that lead to living together. It's more than marketing; it's matchmaking!   If you've ever experienced online dating, you'll...


RENTAL UPGRADES: FIVE IMPROVEMENTS TO INCREASE YOUR INCOME

The rental market has grown up. Tenancies are running for longer, and with stays of four or more years increasingly common, tenants have higher expectations around the place they're willing to call home.   This spells good news for landlords because those higher...


GARDEN REVIVALS: SIMPLE & INSTANT TIPS TO BE READY FOR SPRING VIEWINGS

The weather may be confusing, but one thing is for sure: Spring is springing.   One of the biggest effects of lockdown on the 2020 property market was a massive surge of interest among buyers for gardens and balconies, and not just from green-fingered enthusiasts. People...


RENT ARREARS: FINDING A BALANCE BETWEEN COMPASSION AND COLLECTION

Although rent arrears have been a hot topic during the pandemic, it’s far from being a new subject. That said, if the discussion has taught us anything in the last year, it’s that anyone can be affected by economic events: no-one is immune, however high their income...


INCREASE YOUR YIELD: BETTER BUSINESS TIPS FOR LOCAL LANDLORDS

Is your rental property working as hard as it could for you? As a landlord, you'll want to ensure that your investment is performing well and continues to make good business sense throughout the time you own it.   Homes often have hidden potential that, as well as...


BEHIND THE SCENES: WHAT DOES AN ESTATE AGENT DO FOR YOUR MONEY?

“Put it on the Internet and wait for the phone to ring”. That’s perhaps how many people see an estate agent’s life, and there’s undoubtedly some mystery around precisely what agents do beyond putting a property on the market and showing people...


DEPOSIT DISPUTES: WHY DO SO MANY LANDLORDS LOSE?

Ending up in a dispute at the end of a tenancy is one of the least inviting prospects of being a landlord, and thankfully most tenancies end perfectly amicably. But when they do end in disagreement, many landlords manage to lose their claim, leading them to feel that the system...


TIMING YOUR MOVE: HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT MOMENT TO SELL

Have you ever wondered how to pick the perfect time to sell your home? It’s probably the question we’re asked the most when talking to people about their move.   But how do you pick your moment with so much conflicting advice? Should you exploit the new year...


BUILD A PORTFOLIO OF POPULAR & PROFITABLE LETTINGS

Do you think it’s impossible to be popular AND profitable as a landlord? Perhaps you feel that one cancels out the other; that it’s a choice between hard-nosed business and being nice, but that the two are fundamentally incompatible?   You wouldn’t be...


WARM WELCOMES: TURN YOUR COLD VIEWERS INTO HOT BUYERS

There are still two months of winter before spring hits on March 21st, so if you’re selling your home in the chilly season, it’s essential to extend the warmest of welcomes to potential buyers when they visit.   The sensations of comfort and joy that make you...


PROS OR CONS: IS A MANAGING AGENT WORTH YOUR MONEY?

It takes a certain character to be a managing agent: the job has a reputation as a thankless task with days full of complaints, emergencies, breakdowns and hassle. And if we’re honest,  rarely does anyone call with news that everything’s just fine.   But...


SWIFT, SAFE AND SURE: THE GUIDE TO SELLING YOUR HOME IN LOCKDOWN

If you’d been waiting until the new year to put your moving plans into action, you might be wondering whether to put them back on hold. But if you do that, when will you be able to think about moving again?   Let’s start by saying that 2021 is very different...


LET’S GET ORGANISED: NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR LANDLORDS

From giving up smoking, to a change of diet, to getting in some exercise, now is the time of year when all sorts of new year’s resolutions are being made and declared. Health and fitness are the usual areas we concentrate on, but there are also things to consider in terms...


DECLUTTER FOR GOOD: START YOUR 2021 WITH A ROOM-BY-ROOM RESET

The weeks either side of New Year always involve some sort of clearing out. Whether you've hosted over the season, been a guest somewhere else or stayed at home for a quiet one, there are cards, wrapping, boxes and bottles to throw out, and decorations to take down and put away...


ROOM AT THE TOP: ADD SPACE & VALUE WITH A LOFT CONVERSION

Spending so much more time at home this year has left many of us looking at our living spaces in a whole new light. Every spare corner has been pressed into service as a home office, classroom, gym or art studio, often juggling multiple roles at the same time.   But one...


RIGHT TO RENT: EVERYTHING LANDLORDS SHOULD KNOW

Introduced in 2016, Right to Rent had something of a rocky start but has since become an integral part – and legal requirement – of every Assured Shorthold Tenancy.   The scheme was initially met with some dismay among landlords who argued that checking people...


WINTER GARDENS: WOW YOUR BUYERS WITH A WONDERLAND

Gardens get a raw deal at Christmas. While everyone's thinking about getting together with family and friends, gardens and balconies are left out in the cold, cut off and forgotten behind the curtains with not so much as a passing glance before March.   Well, that seems a...


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