Common problems for landlords

June 25th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords No Comments »

As with anything, when you are prepared for the problem, it is easier to deal with. As a landlord, there will be many occasions when you are faced with a situation that you have to cope with. Preparation can ease the blow of these issues quite significantly.

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The 5 Most Outrageous Swimming Pools in the World

May 21st, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Improvements, Property Market No Comments »

At the time of writing we are at the tail end of a beautiful May weekend where temperatures have reached a lovely 25°C – it was nice while it lasted.

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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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How to conduct gas safety check in your home

March 6th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Maintenace, Rental Market No Comments »

Gas can pose a serious threat to any home and it is vital that you conduct regular checks on your gas appliances to ensure they are working correctly. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause serious harm or can even be fatal to you and your family. By ensuring to check your home sufficiently each year you can potentially avoid a serious risk to those in your home.

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Should I Manage My Property or Hire a Manager?

February 24th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Rental Market No Comments »

Looking after your property when you don’t actually live in the building can be time-consuming and difficult, especially when you don’t live near the home. Whether you have a beachside home in Cornwall or a townhouse in a city centre that is rented out to businessmen visiting for long term leases, you need to set up a way for the home to be managed. Making the choice as to whether you have the time to commit to managing your home or whether you want to hire a company to do it for you usually comes down to money.

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New places to invest in property in London

January 27th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Property Market No Comments »

The demand for property in London is soaring and new little nuggets of opportunity are popping up all over the capital as new transport links are opening up making it easier for commuters. If you have some money to invest, it is certainly worth keeping your eye on some of the following hotspots. The new infrastructure will see house prices leap up and you could make a quick penny or two on a home in the following places.

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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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