The Year That Was: PCL prices hold but transactions plummet

December 19th, 2016 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Buying Property, News, Selling Property No Comments »

2016 proved a challenging year for the Prime Central London (PCL) property market. The past 12 months not only witnessed a marked slowdown in sales activity as Stamp Duty changes dramatically affected sentiment, but uncertainty has been a recurring theme, both before and following the UK’s Brexit vote.

With the headwinds it has been encountering, this year has seen the PCL market fragment with different dynamics driving the performance of property at the lower end and the luxury end. This has created a watershed at £1m, above which tax is having the most significant effect on investor decisions.

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House Prices – The Commuter Effect

October 14th, 2015 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Buying Property, Property Market, Selling Property No Comments »

As you know when it comes to whether a property sells fast or languishes for months on an estate agents list there are a lot of factors at play. One of those factors is transport links.

People, in the UK, are always on the move. They are some of the most mobile people in Europe. Brits go abroad more and they are more likely to work outside of their hometown or city than those who live in Southern Europe.

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US Rolls Out Red Carpet for International Property Investors

December 4th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Buying Property, Overseas, Property Market No Comments »

Led by Obama, the USA is rolling out the red carpet for international property investors.

Easier to obtain international mortgages, tax eliminating vehicles, increased protections for property investors, and tearing down immigration barriers all adds up to fueling the American real estate market, and making it even more attractive for global investors.

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Top Places to Buy a Country Home

May 20th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Buying Property, Holiday Homes No Comments »

Middle Eastern Sheikhs, Eastern European oligarchs and Scandinavians sportsmen are travelling to the UK for their own piece of Downton Abbey.

These wealthy foreigners have been arriving in the UK in droves and snapping up multimillion-pound farms and country estates throughout the country. According to the estate agency Savills, these buyers spent £54 million on Scottish estates in 2013.

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Conveyancing Referral Fees – Money for old Rope?

May 1st, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Buying Property, Property Conveyancing, Selling Property No Comments »

The property market is on the up again and that can only be good news for everyone. Where there is a buoyant market however there will be opportunists swooping in and looking to cream off profits from the unsuspecting general public. The property market is no different. The opportunists we’re referring to here are estate agents and mortgage brokers and the profits are in the form of referral fees.

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What you need to know about the Help to Buy Scheme

April 7th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Buying Property, Property Developers, Property Market No Comments »

The Help to Buy scheme is a new government initiative designed to help first time buyers and existing homeowners move up the property ladder. It is one way the government is trying to boost the economy after the recession and get homeowners moving again. This blog looks into the details of the scheme and how you may be affected by where you live in the country.

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Guide to picking a removal company

March 26th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Buying Property, Moving Home No Comments »

It doesn’t matter whether you are moving down the street or across the country, the fact is, it is much less stressful when you choose the right removal company to move your belongings. Not surprisingly, as with any choice like this, it is not as straight forward as it may seem and you may be faced with options you didn’t even know existed. Read on to find out some of the things you need to consider, how you should prepare and what you should expect.

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The Pros and Cons of House Swaps

March 12th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Buying Property, Property Market, Rental Market No Comments »

In this day and age people are getting very creative with ways to save money, especially when it comes to extra luxuries like a holiday. Many people consider ‘House Swapping’ with other people in their chosen destination as the experience can cut the costs of accommodation from your holiday. Such agreements come with many positive and negatives that you need to be aware of before you embark on such an adventure. Read on to see what the pros and cons are of house swaps.

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Top 5 property websites; buying or selling or earning extra income

January 13th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Buying Property, Rental Market, Selling Property No Comments »

Selling your home or buying a new home can be a difficult task to face and sometimes we feel like we need all the help we can get. Lucky for us, the Internet was invented and now we have a multitude of websites available to guide us in the right direction with advice, property and statistics.

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3 tips for finding bargain flats for sale in Newcastle upon Tyne

December 11th, 2013 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Buying Property, Property Market No Comments »

Property in the UK increased in value by an average of 3.1 per cent between October 2012 and October 2013. However, while the UK as a whole is witnessing signs of life, the property market in the North East is seeing a slow recovery.

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Buying a property online

December 4th, 2013 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Buying Property, Property Conveyancing No Comments »

Ever since the emergence of e-commerce, a lot of us have ditched the shops in favour of ordering online from the comfort of our homes. In fact, as The Guardian reports, internet shopping is set to account for the biggest proportion of sales yet.

You may be familiar buying our clothes and even groceries on the internet, but have you ever considered buying a property online? Advancements in technology have made this possible, so here is everything you need to know.

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