Monthly Archives: March 2020

Bonus scams

Protect yourself and your family against wicked Coronavirus scammers

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) has created a surge of people feeling anxious and fearful across Northamptonshire.

And low-life scammers are preying on these emotions to trick people out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The low-life scammers are using several methods to target people, including text messaging, social media, phishing emails, direct mail and even in person.

Below is a list of five scams we’ve been made aware of that have happened across the UK.

Door knocking. In some rare cases, fraudsters claiming to be … Continue Reading…

270320 Good news

Feelgood Friday

Welcome to what will be a regular Feelgood Friday update from us at Richard James.

For every episode of selfish panic buying around Wellingborough, Irthlingborough and Rushden there are a dozen more examples of selfless behaviour, random acts of kindness and generous community spirit.

We’re in the strangest and most surreal period of modern history.

But it’s in these darkest of times many people can, and do, shine their brightest lights.

Here are four reasons to be cheerful and optimistic around Northamptonshire, the UK … Continue Reading…

Bonus clutter 2

Discover the fine art of having a tidy-up – Japanese Style

You know those jobs you always said you’d sort out when you got time?

Well with the Government’s instructions to Stay at Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives, that excuse might be wearing a little thin in a few weeks.

Many of us across Wellingborough, Irthlingborough & Rushden have a lot of time on our hands right now. Making it the perfect chance to look at ways to declutter and re-organise our homes.

And who better to give us advice than the … Continue Reading…

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Five ways to keep yourself calm during these anxious times!

Well it’s fair to say that none of us have ever lived through such uncertain times.

The Coronavirus outbreak has caused global uncertainty, panic and anxiety.

It would be disingenuous of us if we said that as a local business impacted by this, we weren’t worried. We all are. It’s a natural response to extraordinary events.

But there are positives. For every panic buying report, there are plenty more incidents of kindness, generosity and community spirit.

And heroes are coming to the fore.

The outstanding … Continue Reading…

Bonus Home School

Homeschooling ideas and free resources for families around Wellingborough, Irthlingborough & Rushden

Out of all this uncertainty and anxiety has come plenty of positives.

The news yesterday that schools in the U.K. were to shut for the foreseeable future was met with a wave of companies and organisations offering up learning resources for free.

For every instance of selfishness, there’s been plenty more stories of community spirit and kindness.

Here’s a list of some websites people have been generously sharing which will keep the younger members of our community around Wellingborough, Irthlingborough & Rushden entertained, … Continue Reading…


World Recycling Day – A welcome break from the other news

Wednesday 18th March is Global Recycling Day.

It is organised by The Global Recycling Foundation and aims to encourage us all to recycle and make use of what it describes as the ‘Seventh Resource.’

A spokesperson for the organisation said: “Recycling is a crucial part of the circular economy, helping to protect our natural resources. Each year the ‘Seventh Resource’ (recyclables) saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions, and this is projected to increase to 1 billion tons by 2030. There … Continue Reading…

160320 Working from Home

Working From Home

Way before the Coronavirus outbreak seized the headlines, there was already a significant movement of people working from home.

At Richard James we’ve increasingly seen over the past few years home buyers wanting spaces within their dream properties that they can work in.
Many employers, large and small, are now actively encouraging their staff to work from home to reduce the risk of the virus spreading in the foreseeable future.

Of course, not everyone has the option to work from home, but those … Continue Reading…

110320 Budget piggy bank

A two-minute summary of the budget for people in Northants

The new Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced his budget yesterday.

From a property perspective, a lot of his thunder was stolen by the big news which broke around five hours earlier.

An announcement from the Bank of England introduced an emergency cut in interest rates to bolster the economy in the ongoing fallout of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Bank of England reduced rates from 0.75% to 0.25%, taking borrowing costs back down to the lowest level in history.

This should make it cheaper and easier to … Continue Reading…



As the country gears up for the potential prospect of a pandemic, what are the implications for home movers and how are we, as estate agents, rising to our responsibilities?

The property market is currently enjoying renewed strength following years of Brexit doldrums, during which it proved highly resilient. Is it also immune to Coronavirus? Probably! All accounts suggest that the virus, especially in the UK, is likely to be temporary, not least because of our exceptional healthcare and medical research … Continue Reading…

July 2017

What Home Do You Remember the Most?

Two years ago, this week, one of the world’s brightest minds passed away on 14 March 2018.

Professor Stephen Hawking was a genius and his best-selling book A Brief History of Time introduced readers to scientific theories that he, thankfully for most of us, simplified.

At Richard James we can’t share our knowledge on the Big Bang or Black Holes, but we can remember Professor Hawking by taking you on A Brief History of Homes.

From Mammoths to Mosaics

In the Ice Age, early … Continue Reading…