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3 December 2007

How to Extend Your Flat Lease

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by Brian Turner

Today we welcome Simon Garfinkel MRICS, Director of Currell Chartered Surveyors, to provide some helpful tips for landlords and those seeking to get involved in the buy-to-let market: 1. Check your flat lease The general rule is that the shorter the lease the more expensive it is to extend. Anyone with ...


A simple guide to buying the freehold of a block of flats

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by Brian Turner

Today we welcome Simon Garfinkel MRICS, Director of Currell Chartered Surveyors, to provide some helpful tips for landlords and those seeking to get involved in the buy-to-let market: Ten Points You always Wanted to know about collectively enfranchising a block of flats 1. Your property must be in a building that ...

20 September 2007

Gazumping rife in UK property market

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by Brian Turner

Property price growth to halve over next 12 months
A study by fool.co.uk has found that gazumping continues to be a significant issue in the UK property market. Gazumping happens when someone makes an offer on a property that is agreed to, only for someone to come ...

26 July 2007

Armadale development illustrates new build home problems

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by Brian Turner

Armadale development illustrates new build home problems
According to reports in the East Lothian Courier and Herald, buyers of Manorlane homes on the Armadale development have faced a catalogue of problems with their new build homes. Problems reported include holes in walls, missing radiators, leaking waste pipes, and ...

24 July 2007

Always get a survey done

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by Brian Turner

Always get a survey done
The title says it all - Always Get A Survey Done! I know from experience - even my 4 year old new build property from Barratts has suffered a range of issues, from leaking pipes, poor installation of double glazing, a failed boiler, ...

19 July 2007

Tips for investing in overseas property

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by Brian Turner

Tips for investing in overseas property
Investing in a home in the UK has always seemed a sure fire long-term investment. However, investing in property as an investment comes with it's own set of requirements and experiences - benefits and hazards - and this becomes doubly so when ...

12 June 2007

Buying Scottish Property

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by Brian Turner

Buying Guide: Buying Scottish Property
Scotland has increasingly become a favoured location for people across the rest of the UK looking to escape England's suburban sprawls. What makes Scotland additionally attractive is that house prices are traditionally lower than England, with new built four-bedroom homes readily available from ...

3 June 2007

Buying Property in the Highlands of Scotland

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by Brian Turner

Buying Guide: Property in the Highlands of Scotland
With its stark mountains, natural woodlands, hidden lochs, and moody weather, the Highlands of Scotland traditionally has a strong property market. A favoured location for many across the UK to buy holiday homes, its also been a first choice for ...

29 May 2007

Guide to Buying a New Build Property

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by Brian Turner

Guide to Buying a New Build Property
When it comes to buying a home and exploring the property market, it's hard to ignore the number of new build properties that are available. While your home purchase may well be dependent on your actual budget, there are usually a ...

27 May 2007

Quick Home Sale Guide

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by Brian Turner

Quick Home Sale Guide
One of the biggest headaches when selling your home is becoming stuck in a chain - you cannot sell your property until the person buying has sold theirs, which is dependent on the person buying their home selling theirs, and so on. Don't despair, ...


Guide to HIPs

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by Brian Turner

Guide to HIPs
At the time of writing, there is still a lot of chaos surrounding the implementation of Home Information Packs (HIPs). In the meantime, HomeMove will attempt to clear away the confusion and provide a simple guide on HIPs - for buyers and sellers. When selling ...

16 May 2007

NHBC Buildmark Insurance Certificate: What you need to know

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by Brian Turner

RICS launches HIPs legal challenge
On the face of it, a Buildmark Insurance Certificate - commonly known as NHBC Certificate or Ten Year Guarantee Certificate - looks like an ironclad guarantee that your house will be safe and secure for its first 10 years. However, don't get caught ...

15 January 2007

Beware of free online property valuations

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by Brian Turner

The future of buy-to-let investment
I've received no less than 2 Press Releases today - both of which from property websites that claim to offer to free estimated valuations of residential property. The result of checking these? That they both have a long way to go. Zoopla.co.uk Aside from the ...