" Buying to let for the first time? Want an easy Solution? "
Buy to let investors come to us in many forms. Some are professional landlords and understand the complexities and pitfalls, but there are lots of landlords considering investing for their future and are slightly wary of the process.
" New House for Christmas? "
As we enter the meteorological Autumn, our thoughts turn to those cosy winter evenings in front of the open fire and hanging stockings up along the fire ready for Santa to fill on Christmas eve.
" I’ve had an offer, but they haven’t sold! What do I do? "
I had a call from a friend selling her home and asking for my advice. Basically, she is downsizing as her son is off to university and she doesn’t need so much space. She has marketed it with an agent local to her whom I know of and enjoy a good reputation.
" Surely, the more agents the better? "
We all like a bit of healthy competition. Nothing like being up against your competitors to ensure you get the sale first. But is it wise to put your home on the market with more than one agent?
" The market slows - Could this be a good sign? "
The media is at it again. Predicting a slowdown in the market and the collapse of house prices. But despite the caution surrounding Brexit, the economic conditions are certainly better than the last financial crash 10 years ago.
" But none of the viewers have mentioned the price? "
There comes an uncomfortable point in the marketing of every home where we an agent has to have the conversation with a vendor that perhaps an adjustment in price is going to help their house sell.
" How does an agent determine a good buyer? "
A good agent will “qualify your buyer” but what does that actually mean?
" Don’t all agents do the same job? "
I understand. When we come to your home and pitch for your business to sell your home or even let and manage your home, we “sharp suited estate agents” are all full of the same promises to provide get you the best price or “sell it in a week, as we’ve got hundreds of buyers on our system”.
" Serving a section 21 - all you need to know "
As a landlord, you wish to end a tenancy? Well there’s just a few items to get in order.
" Fair Wear and tear - a Landlords guide "
Once a tenant leaves a property there’s the uncomfortable discussion about the return of the deposit. This is often where the landlord and tenant have different views and it can often get a little tense. From a technical point of view the House of Lords defines fair wear and tear as: ‘Reasonable use of the premises by the tenant and the ordinary operation of natural forces’. So when do natural forces become in excess of what is ‘ordinary’?
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