Monthly Archives: December 2020

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10 Resolutions People are Making in 2021

A 90-second speed read to share some resolution ideas to bring some hope in 2021.

99.9 per cent of us cannot wait to see the back of 2020.

And what better time to draw a line under this ‘unprecedented’ year than the opportunity to welcome in a new year. And one which brings new hope.

Below are 10 of the most common resolutions people have made over the past five years, according to polling website You.Gov.

Exercise more.
Eat more healthily.
Lose weight.
Budget finances better.
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Property Trends in the Rental Market in 2020

In this two-minute read, we look at how the private rental sector changed in 2020.

2020 is the year the property world’s most famous mantra – location, location, location – was replaced with a new motto: space, space, space.

In the past, if tenants couldn’t afford a spacious property in a great location, they tended to opt for location and compromise on space.

It was better, most people thought, to have a shorter commute and less living space (after all, most of us … Continue Reading…

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Five Fun Festive Activities You Can Do with the Kids

We look at five Christmassy things to do with the kids that won’t break the bank.

Covid-19 has put the kibosh on big family gatherings and trips to the panto this Christmas, but there are still plenty of ways you can get into the festive spirit with your little ones.

Here are five low-cost activities that will bring comfort and joy to your children during the holiday season.

1. Go on a Christmas lights walk/drive
Kids love a bit of razzle-dazzle so take them … Continue Reading…

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A Landlord’s Work is Never Done – Or Is It?

Picture this: It’s 4pm on Christmas Day, and you’ve just snuggled down on the sofa to watch a bit of telly. Your belly is full, and your lids are heavy after a Mistletoe Margarita or two (or three, but who’s counting?). Then your phone rings. It’s your tenant – and there’s a problem.


A pipe has burst in the flat that they rent from you and there is water everywhere. You need to get a plumber on it straight away, and … Continue Reading…

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The Biggest Property Trends of 2020

In this three-minute read, we look at the key themes that emerged in the UK property market in 2020.

2020 is the year things went nuts in the property sector, with activity in and around Wellingborough, Irthlingborough and Rushden along with the rest of the country screeching to an abrupt halt for several weeks, before blasting back into action as buyers emerged from lockdown with a new set of priorities.

Here are four talking points from the year.

1. Race for space

Lockdown 1 served … Continue Reading…

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How the VERY Rich Live – A Billionaire’s Christmas List

At Richard James, we always charge our clients a value for money fee unlike some of the eye-watering prices you’re about to discover. Here are what billionaires are willing to stump up for shoes, burgers, a photo, some vino, and an unbelievable home – a three-minute read.

Have you written out your Christmas wish list yet?

If your loved ones have given you theirs, and you’ve thought, ‘do they think I’m made of money?’, consider yourself lucky.

The letters to Santa from the … Continue Reading…

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Five Ways to Raise Your Chances of Renting in Wellingborough, Irthlingborough & Rushden

One thing that seems almost Covid-19 proof is the desire for people in Wellingborough, Irthlingborough & Rushden to move home. The local rental property market has proven resilient this year, with people looking to rent new places to call home.

Below are five tips that’ll come in handy if you’re looking to rent.

Prepare Properly

Consider when you want to move and where you want to rent. Research the areas and the properties in your price range. Create a clear budget and include … Continue Reading…

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Six Ways to Have Your Most Environmentally-Friendly Christmas Ever

Who says you can’t have a great time this Christmas AND do your bit for Planet Earth? In this two-minute read, we look at some simple things people in and around Wellingborough, Irthlingborough and Rushden can do to make the festive period as eco-friendly as possible.

There’s been some positive vaccine news starting to come out in the UK and across the world.

But the news around our planet’s health isn’t as rosy. On Wednesday (2 December), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres … Continue Reading…

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A Guide to Expenses and Costs for Wellingborough, Irthlingborough & Rushden Landlords

To succeed as a landlord, you need to have a realistic idea about the costs you’ll encounter when letting out a property.


Many people think that being a landlord is child’s play; they assume that once the tenant has the keys, the only thing left to do is collect the rent each month.


But the truth is, letting a property comes with an array of grown-up financial and legal responsibilities. If you’re not on top of your obligations, you could lose money … Continue Reading…

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A Guide to the Cost of Moving

Today, we outline the costs and fees associated with buying a property so that you can budget for your next move.

Buying a new home can be an exciting prospect, but often in the thrill of the search, buyers fail to budget for some of the costs that are part and parcel of the process

Consumer champion Which? estimates moving costs on average of £10,000 (that’s excluding deposit), although this figure varies depending on the value of the new property.

By starting with … Continue Reading…