You can often tell whether a viewer is keen on a property from the questions they ask. And in our experience, the more specific the question, the warmer the prospect. When it comes to preparing for a sale, the more information that you can share with your agent, the better. Here are five typical questions to get you thinking.
What are the neighbours like?
Your viewer is envisioning living in your property. Help them do this by letting your agent know the … Continue Reading…
Lessons for landlords in Wellingborough, Irthlingborough & Rushden from the wealthiest person in the world
A landlords’ advice article published recently said property investors need to think more like the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
The billionaire businessman is renowned for his long-term thinking. He thinks decades ahead, and let’s face it, he’s not doing too bad, is he?
The article said landlords should retain good tenants at a reasonable rate rather than aim to get the highest rents in the short term.
It’s wise advice and something we believe in.
When a landlord adopts a short-term view of their … Continue Reading…
With the end to our arduous Covid hibernation in sight, it’s time to prepare for life in the “new normal”.
While the prospect of restrictions easing is exciting – we can’t wait to eat at our local favourite restaurants and drink at our favourite local pubs – it will also take a little getting used to.
That’s because many of us have grown used to lockdown living: we now work from home, live in tracksuit bottoms, and tell ourselves that cutting our own … Continue Reading…
With April being one of the most popular months for sellers to market their homes, it coincides with Stress Awareness Month. This annual event recognises the dangers of modern-day stress and provides valuable coping strategies. Moving home is infamously reported to be one of the biggest causes of stress; read our top tips to temper your tension.
Stage the scene
You’re selling a lifestyle, not just a home. Some buyers need to be able to visualise living in your home and find … Continue Reading…
We Brits have Easter egg hunts, hot cross buns, and Morris dancing, but read on to find out how people in other parts of the world celebrate Easter.
Spooky skeletons in Spain
Visit the medieval village of Verges on Maundy Thursday, and you might think it’s Halloween. Every year at midnight, the locals partake in the bone-chilling La Dansa de la Mort (dance of death). In flickering candlelight, people in skeleton costumes parade through the streets carrying scythes, ashes, and clocks. The … Continue Reading…
A leading international inventor has chosen Richard James to be one of only ten estate agencies in the world to trial his Artificial Intelligence (AI) software.
The reclusive billionaire and his team of experts have created a ground-breaking app that translates a person’s thoughts into a text message by analysing their brainwaves.
It involves the wearing of a baseball-style cap that has sensors in it.
Dubbed the AI Honest Agent Hat the sensors transmit the wearer’s brain activity as a message onto any mobile phone … Continue Reading…
Spring is traditionally a time for a good tidy up and clear out. If you’re a landlord, it’s also an excellent opportunity to give your property management strategy a once-over.
Taking the time to review what is and isn’t working with your investment will save you money and energy further down the track.
What you’re looking for in your property spring clean are pinch points: issues that cause aggravation and loss of income.
Sometimes, we need to step back and look at the … Continue Reading…
In this three-minute read, we look at how you can use your garden to make a staycation feel like you really are getting away from it all.
The last year has left many of us more in need of a holiday than ever. While things will slowly start getting back to normal, there remain plenty of valid reasons that may make you reluctant to travel anytime soon.
The good news is you don’t need to go far. Here are our top tips … Continue Reading…
In part two of our series on property management, we look at how letting agents save landlords time – that precious commodity that is always in short supply.
A survey of 500 landlords found that using a letting agent saves a landlord on average six hours a month (source: Endsleigh Insurance).
We would go further and argue that letting agents don’t just save landlords time, but the right sort of time.
It’s one thing to get a call from your tenant saying a pipe … Continue Reading…
If you’re planning a spring move, get ahead of the competition by preparing your property for sale now.
You’d be amazed how a little bit of planning and elbow grease can influence the sale process.
Paying attention to detail can mean the difference between achieving a good price and top price. It can also play a part in the speed of a transaction.
Homes that “stick” – stay on the market for a long time – tend to be in a bad state … Continue Reading…