Should I be selling my home?

November 12th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Estate Agents, Property Market 1 Comment »

If you’re seriously considering selling your home then there are many factors that you will need to consider before you go ahead with it. It’s not just the reasons for selling your home but whether your home is ready to be sold. If you want to move as quickly as possible, it’s important that your home is appealing to those buying it; otherwise you may be sitting with a ‘For Sale’ sign in your front garden for some time.

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Report asks landlords – Do you trust your tenants?

November 8th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Insurance, Landlords Comments Off on Report asks landlords – Do you trust your tenants?

Many would argue that for landlords, if you want to have peace of mind. We thought that we’d therefore conduct an investigation into the how trusting the relationships between landlords and tenants are.

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What to Look for in a Buy to Let Property

November 5th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Rental Market 1 Comment »

If you’re considering investing in property, now may be the best opportunity for you to do it, but you need to make sure that the property you are looking to buy is going to make you more money in the long run. If you’ve got some spare cash set aside for your investment, you’re in a good position to start purchasing your buy to let property, but there are several things you are going to need to consider.

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How long does it take to sell a house?

October 31st, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Property Market, Property Portals Comments Off on How long does it take to sell a house?

Now that the property market is trending more towards buyers, it’s probably a good time to talk to your estate agent about putting your home on the market. If you want to know how long it will take to sell your home (avoid investing in a new property prematurely), there really is no simple answer.

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A Practical Guide to Planning Permission

October 17th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Legal, Property Developers Comments Off on A Practical Guide to Planning Permission

When doing any work on a property, from a large project to a minor modification, ensuring the work adheres to planning permission should be top of the priorities list. If not it could cause a major headache.

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What to Consider when Choosing a Rental Property

October 15th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Rental Market 1 Comment »

There could be a whole host of reasons as to why you want to rent, from it being the more affordable option to a short-term stay in a particular area, but this doesn’t mean that choosing a rental property is any more lighthearted than actually buying one. From the start you need to know exactly what you should be looking for, what cautions you will need to take, all the while looking at everything as if you are the buyer.

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Your House is Sitting Over a Mine – What do you do?

October 4th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Land Registry, Local Authority Searches, Property Market Comments Off on Your House is Sitting Over a Mine – What do you do?

You’ve recently discovered that your house is sitting on top of a mine; or you’ve known all along but you’ve never really been concerned about it, but now, your house is starting to sink – what do you do? Sadly, this isn’t just the stuff of nightmares, this is something many people have had to face and will have to face in the future. With so many mines in use and disused across the UK (171,000 coal entries are recorded, but it is thought that there could be more), houses are sinking all the time, but would you know if this was happening to you and what can you do?

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5 Positive Things about the Current Property Market

October 1st, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Property Market 2 Comments »

For most people, their home is the most valuable thing they will ever buy. So the current difficulties in the housing market are indicative of just how hard the economic times are in which we live. House prices are falling, so-called second steppers cannot afford to move up the ladder to larger properties, huge deposits are required to get a mortgage, and the list goes on.

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Failed Completion in a Chain of Property Transactions

September 12th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Property Conveyancing, Property Market 1 Comment »

Exchange of contracts is the point in a conveyancing transaction when everybody becomes legally bound to proceed to completion. Failure to complete once exchange has taken place can lead to heavy penalties on the defaulting party. Conveyancers are well aware of this of course and as a result will ensure that everything is in place for completion before exchange so that their client does not end up in the position of having to default. Nonetheless, occasionally there will be circumstances beyond their control.

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Is There Any Hope for Second Steppers?

September 6th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Property Market 1 Comment »

It was more bad news for the property market as according to the latest Lloyds TSB study, so-called ‘second steppers’ face the worst market for a generation. Those that are looking to take their second step on the property ladder by selling their first home and moving to a bigger property actually face being locked-in to their current mortgages.

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Avoid the Downturn: Top Tips for Selling Your House

September 6th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Estate Agents, Press Releases, Top Tips 1 Comment »

House sales have plummeted almost 40 per cent since the peak of the boom five years ago,1 while UK property prices dropped 0.6 per cent in July.2 But according to a leading South London estate agent, Wooster & Stock, there are small steps vendors can take to increase the chance of a quick, smooth and profitable sale.

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