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A Guide to Estate Agent Jargon

Sometimes it can seem like estate agents are talking a different language. With the help of this handy guide, you can arm yourself with all the terms and abbreviations you need to know when buying or selling a property. Best and Final Offer – A prospective buyer’s...

High Street vs Online Estate Agents

There has been lots of news and debate this week on online estate agents versus traditional high street agents. Houses.co.uk is challenging the traditional method of how people buy and sell their properties. We think that consumers should be offered choice, and that...

Widdington

On a hill in Northwest Essex only a stone’s throw from  the bustling M11 is the small village of Widdington, many of its older buildings built around or near its attractive green.  At one time it was a quiet backwater but now visitors frequent it to see the fine...

Houses “Comfort Blanket”

Houses.co.uk Urges Home Sellers to Ditch the High Street Estate Agent ‘Comfort Blanket’ Online Estate Agent calls for home sellers to be more confident in listing online New online estate agency Houses.co.uk is calling on home sellers to ditch the ‘comfort blanket’...

Cranham

Looking at modern “Cranham Broadway,” it is, perhaps, difficult not to regret the passing of a true village atmosphere.  The shops, cars, a modern Plough Inn (which replaced a tiny village pub of the same name) and the assembly yard where District line...

Epping

Epping is situated on the highest point in Essex–its High Street is at the same level as the cross on the top of St Paul’s Cathedral.   It has a flourishing market and specialist shops which encourage visitors from all around the area. Separated from the...

Frinton

Frinton got its name from a Saxon warrior.  In Anglo Saxon the settlement where he landed was known as Fritha’s Tun meaning Fritha’s farm. Still standing today is the old parish church of St Mary, the smallest complete church in Essex.  Parts of the nave...

Matching

The original site of the village was at Church Green.  After the 5th Century the community spread to form two villages–Matching Green and Matching Tye–and three hamlets, Newmans End, Housham Tye and Carters Green. The names Tye and Green are reminders of...

Great Horkesley

The lovely little 12th century parish church of All Saints, stands on the norther boundary of the village on a hill overlooking the Stour Valley and Suffolk beyond. Yet the village pre-dates the church by many centuries for Great Horkesley is one of the oldest...