Buying a House in a School Catchment Area

August 28th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Guest Articles, Home Improvements, Property Market | No Comments »

We all want the best for our children and their choice of schooling continues to be one of the biggest decisions that parents face – to the extent that families are prepared to buy a new home just to get within a particular school catchment area. In some respects the options available have always been more or less the same, do you send your child to the nearest comprehensive school or to the rather more expensive option of a private school?

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Considering a Move to Kent?

August 23rd, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Guest Articles, Property Developers | 2 Comments »

As Home Counties go, Kent is definitely one of the prettier ones and is often referred to as the Garden of England – with good reason. The coastline is absolutely stunning and it’s the ideal place to live if you and your family are fans of long walks in the countryside, cycling or horse riding. Wherever you live in the county, you’re never too far from a green field or some woodland where you can go tramping about at the weekend to get some fresh air and exercise.

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What Happens to Your Property When You Die

August 21st, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Legal, Property Conveyancing | 2 Comments »

Despite the ready availability of wills and will writing services, most people in the UK, about 70% in fact, die “intestate” (without a will). People may make their wishes know to family and friends and hold on to a romantic notion that those wishes will be respected, so that there is really no need to go to the expense of having a will prepared. Unfortunately, this is all too often not the case. Many people put off writing a will because they find it morbid, a reminder of their mortality, however you should bite the bullet and get it sorted, especially if you own your home.

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Learn more about Shared Ownership Schemes

August 18th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Mortgages, Property Developers, Property Market | 1 Comment »

The government’s shared ownership scheme is in place for those who want to buy a property of their own, but just can’t afford to. In these schemes, people are offered the chance to buy a share of their home, paying rent on the share that is leftover.

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What’s the Olympic legacy for London’s property market?

August 16th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Guest Articles, Property Market | 4 Comments »

Has the rental market superseded the property ladder?

The official London2012 website states that ‘the Olympic and Paralympic Games have been the catalyst for the physical transformation of East London’ raising the profile of the area and bringing it to the attention of the world.

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The Future of Rental and Property Markets

August 15th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Property Market | 2 Comments »

It has recently been reported that buy-to-let investors are set to make a rather handsome return on their investments during the course of the next 13 years. This has come as a result of increasing rental prices and the fact that house prices are beginning to recover; this has enabled a further boost to the property market.

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Building a new home? The do’s and don’ts.

August 15th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Property Developers, Property Market | 3 Comments »

This has become an increasingly popular way of achieving your dream home; gone are the days of stripping wallpaper and painting walls, people are just building new ones! And why not? Building a new home is, in a lot of cases, better for the environment, cheaper and will save you more money in the long run.

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Solar Power – A Worthwhile Investment?

August 13th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Saving, Home Improvements | 1 Comment »

A lot of emphasis has been placed on the increasing importance of finding other reliable energy sources, but it is a fact that our current energy methods are having a severe affect on the environment. One of the sources that you have probably seen a lot of advertisements for is solar power; with many people choosing to have solar panels attached to their roofs. But is this a viable source for us all for the future?

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Ecovate Your Home and Reduce Your Fuel Bills

August 8th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Saving, Green Deal, Press Releases | No Comments »

With some details of the Government’s Green Deal still to be unveiled, The National Home Improvement Show spokesperson, Michael Holmes explains how taking sustainability and energy-efficiency into account when renovating or extending can make an immediate and significant difference to your energy bills and reduce your home’s carbon footprint.

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Pre-paid Funeral Plans – good planning?

August 8th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Financial Products | No Comments »

Our own funeral is not something we all want to think about. However, funerals are expensive (the average funeral costs around £3000) and we do not want to leave our loved ones with a financial burden at an emotional time. That is why an ever-increasing number of people are taking out pre-paid funeral plans.

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First-Time Buyers guide to HomeBuy Schemes

August 6th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Financial Products, Mortgages, Property Market | No Comments »

Looking to buy your first home can be one of the most exciting but most daunting experiences so far in your life. All this talk of deposits, mortgages and insurance can leave you feeling unsure, concerned and a bit like a fish out of water. That’s why it is vital that you understand each and every part of the house buying procedure so you don’t find yourself in financial difficulty further down the line.

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