Monthly Archives: November 2023

November Market Update

As we move into the festive period, strangely the housing market is busier now than it was in the more traditional Autumn time. We believe many potential house movers were nervous for the vast majority of the year as interest rates continuously increased. However, we have now enjoyed two occasions when interest rates have been held which has definitely instilled confidence to the market. We have seen a significant increase in new buyer enquiries over the last month.

At the moment … Continue Reading…

291123 What Sellers Need to Know about EPCs

A Home Seller’s Guide to Energy Performance Certificates

If you’re selling your home, then you’ll need a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the property.

So, here’s a guide explaining what an EPC is and how you can get one.

What is it?

Think of an EPC as a report card on your home’s energy efficiency. EPCs grade properties on a scale from A to G, with an A-rating denoting the most efficient homes and a G-rating the least efficient.

An EPC also recommends how a property can be made more efficient, … Continue Reading…

271123 Ready for Anything The Landlord’s Emergency Checklist

Ready for Anything: The Landlord’s Emergency Checklist

As any experienced letting agent or landlord can advise you, ‘expect the unexpected’ when it comes to rental properties.

And that’s why it pays to follow the Scouts’ motto and “be prepared”.

Being prepared for any eventuality can mean the difference between a minor hiccup and a full-blown catastrophe if you’re a landlord.

With that in mind, we’ve created a Landlord Emergency Kit.

Let’s dive into five essentials that can save the day.

Back-up keys

Locked-out tenants? Spare keys can quickly resolve this common issue. Store … Continue Reading…

Customer Service - Richard James League E

Richard James collect two prestigious industry accolades at the 2023 Relocation Agent Network Awards

Richard James has been honoured with the Best Estate Agent in Central Region award and Customer Service award at the highly esteemed Relocation Agent Network Awards. The event, which unfolded on the evening of November 6th, marked a momentous occasion as Richard James was bestowed with two awards, the coveted Best Agent Award and the Customer Service Award. Members of the team were met with rousing applause as they took to the stage—a testament to the strong bonds and mutual … Continue Reading…

221123 Five Conveyancing Tips to Speed Up Your Property Sale

Five Conveyancing Tips to Speed Up Your Property Sale

Deciding to sell your home is a big decision that comes with a long list of jobs and responsibilities.

Along with decluttering and last-minute DIY, you need to find a good agent (we can help you with that) and speak to a broker if you require a mortgage to fund your next move.

But there’s another critical aspect of the process that often gets overlooked: the conveyancing.

So, to avoid unnecessary hold-ups that could make your buyer lose patience, it’s worth getting ahead … Continue Reading…

201123 Greedy Landlords Don’t Believe the Hype

Greedy Landlords? Don’t Believe the Hype

In today’s climate, it’s easy to paint landlords with the same brush – viewing them solely as money-grabbing opportunists.

As a letting agency that’s part of a network of like-minded agents, we get to see the rental business’s good, bad and ugly side.

Yes, there are some unscrupulous, greedy landlords. We do our best to avoid these.

However, many landlords strive to do the right thing for their tenants.

We’ve gathered some inspiring tales that highlight the, more often than not, unpublicised acts of … Continue Reading…

151123 Should You Sell Your Home Take Our Quiz to Find Out!

Should You Sell Your Home? Take Our Quiz to Find Out!

Are you pondering whether to sell your home? With the property market constantly changing, it’s natural to wonder if now is the right time.

To help you decide, we’ve crafted a fun, informative quiz.

Let’s start:

How well does your home meet the needs of you/your family?

It’s perfect and suits our needs now and for the future.
It’s OK at the moment but isn’t our forever home.
This home doesn’t meet many of our needs anymore.

Is your home outdated?

No, it’s completely up to date.
Needs … Continue Reading…

131123 Wales & England The Simple Way to Help Safeguard Your Property from Fraudsters

The Free Service That Could Stop Fraudsters Targeting Your Property

The expression ‘safe as houses’ has been used for almost two centuries to describe something that is rock-solid and risk-free.

But thanks to the elaborate efforts of a small but growing number of fraudsters, not even property is as safe as you think.

Since the pandemic, there’s been a steady increase in what’s known as Title Fraud or House Hijacking. This crime involves an elaborate ruse where a fraudster poses as the homeowner (after knocking up fake ID and documents) and sells … Continue Reading…

081123 Spray Foam Insulation What Homeowners Need to Know

Spray Foam Insulation: Why It’s Risky and Could Impact the Sale of Your Home

Insulating your home is generally a good way to cut back on energy bills and add value to your property.

But there’s one type of insulation that could cause structural problems and prove costly in time and money: spray polyurethane foam (SPF).

In this article, we explain why many professionals in the property industry are urging homeowners to be wary of installing SPF and what to do if it’s already in your home.

But firstly, what is SPF?

More commonly known as spray foam, … Continue Reading…

061123 Are You the Landlord of the Year A Quick Quiz to Gauge Your Expertise

Are You the Landlord of the Year? A Quick Quiz to Gauge Your Expertise

So, you think you’ve mastered the art of letting properties?

With every tenant you place and every lease you renew, you grow more confident in your prowess as a confident, caring and capable landlord.

But are you one of the best landlords in the local area?

We’ve put together a quick quiz to help you find out.

Let’s get started.

Do you regularly update your properties?

Of course! I make sure everything’s in top shape.
When I remember.
Not unless something breaks.
I leave that to my letting agent.

How … Continue Reading…