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Recycle Awareness Week

Recycle Now has been running Recycle Awareness Week annually, with 2021 being its 18th year. The emphasis is on celebrating how many of us are recycling and ensuring we all continue to do so.

As the Zero-Waste Chef blogger Anne-Marie Bonneau said: “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”

Here are some ways you can work on waste.

Plastic packaging waste

Plastic packaging is important to protect food wastage through the economic … Continue Reading…


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30 years of Richard James Estate Agents

1991 was the year that saw the publishing of the first ever World Wide Web page, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the summer of Bryan Adams and, of course, the launch of Richard James Estate Agents, which opened its doors on the somewhat inauspicious date of Friday 13th September. Unlucky for some, the opening day has proved to be successful for the founders Richard Fowler & James Rota who have overseen the growth of the business over the past … Continue Reading…


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Looking to Invest? Rental Property Is Strong in East Northants

Have you ever considered becoming a landlord? Investing in property can be a great way to make the most of any money you have to invest. Generally, it’s best if you’re prepared to invest over a long period of time. So, why is right now a great time to get into property?

High numbers of tenants
The latest stats* from May 2021 showed that numbers of prospective tenants continue to increase. Per letting agency branch, the average number of tenants jumped from … Continue Reading…


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What Social Media Tells You about an Estate Agent

When choosing an estate agent, it pays to channel your inner Miss Marple or Sherlock Holmes and do a little online sleuthing.

As we all know, many estate agents are known for having the ‘gift of the gab’. You’d be hard-pressed to find one who doesn’t claim to have a strong community standing, good track record, and proven marketing formula.

But how do you know if they’re telling the truth? Social media is a good place to start.

We’re not suggesting you believe everything you … Continue Reading…


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Seven Ways a Prepared Seller Can Speed Up a Sale

We’ve all heard horror stories about property sales that drag on for months or even years, leaving the seller frustrated and frazzled.

But the sales you don’t hear much about are the ones that rattle through quite efficiently without any drama.

As a seller, you can’t control every element of the process, but you can influence the progress of a transaction.

By being proactive and accepting that selling a home takes a little effort and energy, you can minimise delays.

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Getting Value for Money When Selling Your Property

We all know there’s money to be made from selling property, but there are agency and legal costs associated with this, too. Consider these costs as an investment in steering your sale in the right direction.

You get what you pay for

When it comes to selecting the estate agent entrusted to sell your property, human nature may see us gravitate to the one with the cheapest rate. After all, these can differ wildly from a fixed fee right up to 2% … Continue Reading…


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Six Home Styling Tips For Sellers

Presenting a home in its best light can significantly bump up the selling price and speed up the transaction. So why don’t all sellers dress their property for a successful sale?

Surprisingly, many people don’t change a thing before they put their home on the market (a decision that hits them in the back pocket). People who take this ‘warts and all’ approach to home-selling tend to fall into three categories.

Sellers who have a strong emotional attachment to their home and … Continue Reading…


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Holiday Rentals: Is Investing in a Staycation Home a Good Idea

Planning a foreign holiday over the last two years has taken a lot of patience, caused a lot of frustration, and has seen lots of Brits opting for a staycation.

With amber and green lists changing frequently, mandatory PCR tests, and the dreaded threat of hotel quarantine, the demand for UK holiday rentals has gone through the roof. But are they really worth the investment?

Here are five reasons why buying a holiday rental property may work for you.

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0408 Struggling to Sell Your Home Could This Be Why

Making a bad impression
We’ve all heard the adage that first impressions are the most important. This is definitely the case when it comes to selling your home. Smart presentation is a must as it sets the tone for the whole viewing.

First things first – kerb appeal.

Does your property entice strangers to want to peek inside? If it doesn’t, make a difference by tidying up the outside of your home. Maintain the same level of pride throughout your home. Make … Continue Reading…


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Seven Signs It’s Time to Sell Your Home

Maybe you have been browsing property listings in your spare time and dreaming about buying a new home. But how do you know if it is actually the right time for you to sell your current home? While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, there are some tell-tale signs that the time is now. Here are seven of the most common signs that it’s definitely time for you to sell your home.

1. You know you’ll make a profit
The best time to … Continue Reading…