120624 Using the Five Senses to Find Your Dream Home

Using the Five Senses to Find Your Dream Home

Buying a home is a huge undertaking that many property hunters find exciting – but also a bit scary.

With so much at stake, what if you make an offer you later regret?

Or what if you don’t make an offer and miss out on a great deal?

If you often feel indecisive at viewings, here’s some advice on letting your five senses guide you.

Your sense of sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste will provide you with a wealth of information to help you … Continue Reading…


100624 Check-Out Guide for AREA Tenants

Check-Out Guide for Tenants

As we all know, moving home can be a stressful business.

But you can avoid a frantic panic on the big day by starting your end-of-tenancy preparations sooner rather than later.

With a little bit of planning and forethought, you can streamline the process and avoid a last-minute scramble.

Once you’ve agreed on a moving date with your landlord or letting agent, follow this guide.

Check out your check-in report: Review the inventory you received on moving-in day. This will outline the property’s condition at … Continue Reading…


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Seven Key Questions to Ask an Estate Agent Before Making Your Choice

Choosing the right estate agent is a big step on the road to successfully selling your home.

But with so many agents making big promises to win your business, how can you identify the genuine professionals from the wheeler dealers?

Meeting different agents at the start of the process can leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused.

But by asking these seven questions, you’ll find it easier to spot the best from the rest.

How will you determine the value of our home?

Understanding the valuation process … Continue Reading…


030624 Warning Danger Ahead! Signs of Tenant Trouble at Your Rental Property

Rental Red Flags: Warning Signs Landlords Should Look Out For

If you’re a landlord, you can probably think of nothing worse than your rental sitting empty.

The prospect of covering the mortgage and utility bills in between tenancies may keep you awake at night.

And there are security implications too: a lengthy void period may invalidate your landlord insurance and increase the risk of squatters moving in.

But in a desire to get new tenants in, it’s essential you don’t let your guard down.

Because while an empty rental is bad, having a tenant … Continue Reading…


290524 Why You Should Understand Your Buyer’s Position before Agreeing a Deal

Why You Should Understand Your Buyer’s Position before Agreeing a Deal

It’s an exciting moment when a buyer puts a good offer on the table.

After all your hard work to prepare your home for sale, it feels like everything is finally falling into place.

But before you agree a price in a rush of giddy delight, it’s important to ask a few questions – especially if more than one buyer is interested.

This is because you need to understand a buyer’s position to evaluate how good an offer really is.

While price is obviously … Continue Reading…


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Market Update – May 2024

We now approach the traditional summer period with the month of June normally being a good one for the housing market, however the announcement of the general election is a bit of a curve ball.

It is fair to say the general election date is far sooner than expected as the economy is still recovering and it was expected that the current government would have liked mortgage borrowers to have experienced lower interest rates and a feel-good factor before going to … Continue Reading…


270524 Protecting Your AREA Property Security Steps for Landlords

Protecting Your Property: Security Steps for Landlords

When summer arrives, the issue of property security becomes even more relevant for landlords.

The summer months provide more opportunity for thieves to take advantage of longer days, open windows and doors, and vacant properties.

As a landlord, you need to protect your investment, but it’s also good practice to help your tenants feel safe and secure.

Here are five relatively simple security steps landlords can take to safeguard their properties during summer.

Upgrade locks and secure entry points

As a landlord, it’s important to … Continue Reading…


220524 Understanding Freehold vs. Leasehold vs. Flying Freehold

Understanding Freehold vs. Leasehold vs. Flying Freehold

Understanding the various property tenures is helpful for homebuyers in making informed decisions.

In a world where jargon often replaces plain talking, this article demystifies the terms freehold, leasehold and flying freehold.

It highlights the differences and implications they have regarding property ownership.

Freehold

Freehold properties are the most straightforward type of ownership. Buying a freehold means you own the property and the land it stands on outright, without any time limit. It’s yours – forever, if that’s what you want. Freeholders have complete control … Continue Reading…


200524 How to Perfectly Price Your Rental Property

How to Perfectly Price Your Rental Property

Setting the correct rental price for your property is essential to attract the best tenants and maximise the return on your investment.

Too high, and you won’t get that all-important awareness and interest.

Too low, and you’ll be out of pocket.

Here are five key considerations every landlord should keep in mind when setting the rent for their rental property.

Market research: Before setting your rent, make sure you understand the local rental market in your area. Look at similar properties in terms of … Continue Reading…


150524 First-Time Buyers Facts and Figures from around the World

First-Time Buyers: Facts and Figures from around the World

Getting on the housing ladder in the UK is no easy feat, with property prices and inflation meaning it can take first-time buyers (FTBs) years to save the deposit for their first home.

As a result, the average age of an FTB in this country has risen to 34*. For context, it was 29 in 1981.

So, how does this compare to other countries? Are FTBs in Spain, South Africa or Switzerland older or younger**? Let’s take a look.

Switzerland

The land of luxury … Continue Reading…