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Best places to buy property in North England

Best places to buy property in North England (a first time buyer’s guide) Buying houses is an expensive game, that won’t come as a surprise. Did you know that the average age of a first time buyer is now 36? In 1999, 54% of first time buyers in the UK were under 25....

12 experiences with money saved

12 once-in-a-lifetime things you can do with the money you saved when you moved house So, if you’re reading this it’s a pretty safe bet that you’re moving house. Or maybe you’re just bored at work and skiving off on the internet, we’re not here to judge. Anyway, if...

Of Mice and Men in Suits

As a nation that still washes its own cars in a bid to save a tenner, that religiously collects supermarket loyalty points and that baulks at the idea of tipping overworked restaurant staff and hotel porters, Brits are happy to hand over £3-5,000 to an estate agent...

Diary of a House Seller: Week Six

  Apologies that it’s been a while since the last blog – as you can imagine we’ve been very busy! I’m pleased to say the sale has been completed. We exchanged contracts a couple of weeks ago and then completed a few days later, so it all went fairly smoothly and...

Make Hay While the Sun Shines

When a garage in Camberwell sells for £550,000 and one in 15 London homes are being sold for £1m or more, it’s fair to say that we might be reaching the top of the UK housing market. The Bank of England recently issued a warning that Britain’s property market could be...

Diary of a House Seller: Week Five

 Accepting an offer So, after just a few weeks of being on the market, we’ve accepted an offer on our house. I won’t say how much exactly it went for but put it this way, it was way above both the asking price and our expectations. We had two offers at the same price...

Diary of a House Seller: Week Four

 Decision Time Another week, another batch of offers! We’ve gone above the asking price now, which we certainly didn’t expect to happen so quickly when we first put our house up for sale. It’s great that all of the hard work that we have put into renovating and...

Diary of a House Seller: Week Two

First Viewings Things have progressed quickly since the last blog. Houses.co.uk got in touch with me before last weekend to arrange for someone to draw up the floor plans. He rang me on Friday and then came on Saturday so it was a quick and convenient process, and he...

Diary of a House Seller: Week One

Choosing an Agent Well, we’ve decided to put our home on the market! I have been living in my current house with my partner for around two years now. We bought it as a project and renovated the property while we were living in it, as my partner is a joiner. It’s a...