Author Archives: Richard Fowler

1810 Investing with a Friend A Guide for Landlords (1)

The Pros and Cons of Investing in Property with a Friend

Purchasing a buy-to-let property with a friend is an appealing prospect – on paper, at least.

But it’s important to carefully weigh up the risks and rewards before taking the plunge.

Here’s a list of the pros and cons of becoming a landlord with a friend.

The pros

The role of landlord comes with a plethora of responsibilities. Sharing these duties with a trusted friend will lighten the load.
Your co-investor may have a different skill set to you, meaning you can play to your … Continue Reading…

1310 Top Tips for Choosing an Estate Agent

Top Tips for Choosing an Estate Agent

When it comes to selling a property, it pays to do your research before choosing an agent to manage the sale.

Now you might think that all agents are much of a muchness (they all flog homes, don’t they?), but you’d be wrong!

A great agent won’t just sell your property; they’ll sell it for the highest possible price (which is the whole point, obviously).

A mediocre agent will go through the motions and probably secure a sale – it is a seller’s … Continue Reading…

1110 The Reality Behind Rental Property False Economies

The Reality Behind Rental Property False Economies

Many of us realise doing a bit of DIY can save you money. But it comes with a caveat that you must know what you’re doing first.
For every successful bit of hallway decorating, there are dozens of tales of lopsided shelves, incorrectly fitted taps, and a whole host of other DIY disasters and fails.
And this risky approach doesn’t just apply to home DIY – we often see it when a landlord tries to do everything themselves.
Here are five of the … Continue Reading…

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The True Cost of Clutter When Selling a Property

When it comes to selling a home, there’s a simple way to add thousands of pounds to the price you achieve – and that’s to get rid of your clutter.

By being a little bit ruthless with yourself, and those you live with, you really can achieve a quicker and more lucrative sale.

Here are five ways to say toodle-oo to your old toot.

Make a start

The first step is often the hardest, especially if you have a strong emotional attachment to the … Continue Reading…

0610 Why Do People Up Sticks The Eight Reasons for Moving Home (1)

Eight Reasons Why People Move Home

Most people looking to move home fall into one of eight categories. Learn what these categories are so that you can fine-tune your property selling strategy.

Space Chasers– These movers want more space to accommodate a growing family, a home office or a Labradoodle puppy. Homes with a generous garden, garage, and loft conversion top their most wanted list.

New Lease of Lifers– These city slickers yearn to feel the sand between their toes or fresh country air in their lungs. They … Continue Reading…

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Step-by-Step Moving Guide for Renters

Are you looking to move into a new rental property? Here’s a guide to finding a new home.


Identify where you would like to live and what kind of property you’re looking for. For example, if you work from home, you might need office space. If you have children, you may want a garden. Having a clear idea of your needs means you won’t waste time looking at totally unsuitable properties. Once you’ve made up your mind, make a list of … Continue Reading…

2909 Home Renovation Update

What the Latest Home Improvement Trends Say about the Property Market

The pandemic didn’t just trigger an exodus of city slickers moving to the country, it also kick-started a multi-billion-pound home renovation boom.

UK property owners spent £110 billion on home improvements* last year – a 30% increase year-on-year.

While some people kept things simple by giving a few rooms a lick of paint, others embarked on major projects resulting in a 25% increase in planning applications for home extensions.**

What kind of renovations are popular right now? Let’s examine an analysis of planning … Continue Reading…

2209 How Home Sellers Can Avoid Fall-Through Agony (1)

How to Avoid a Home Seller’s Biggest Frustration

We’re about to banish a myth that many people still believe about selling a home.

The misconception is that once you’ve accepted an offer for your property, the hard work is done.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

Yes, it’s fabulous to receive an acceptable offer you’re delighted with, but there are still lots of potential twists and turns along the road to selling successfully.

You don’t want your sale to hit roadblocks that slow the moving process down and raise the chances of it … Continue Reading…

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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…