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What Size Van Do I Need When Moving House?

June 20, 2022
Sales
Ensuring your items reach your new property, on time, and in perfect condition, is imperative. So, guaranteeing a straightforward move starts with making sure you choose the right sized van for the job. As local property experts in South East London and North Kent we are aften asked, “What size van do I need when moving house?” so we’ve created this easy guide to help you! Let’s Look at Van Sizes There are four main sizes of vans used for house moves. However, sitting outside of this main c
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Pensions vs Property: Should You Save For Retirement Or Invest In Property?

June 13, 2022
Sales
Whether you want to invest in property or save for retirement, there are plenty of pros and cons for each. If you’re unsure what’s best for you, this guide should help to give you a few handy tips to fit your circumstances. Property – The Pros If you find the right property then you could have a fixed income for life. Rental yields can be as high as 8% in some cities, and demand for rental properties is very high, especially in cities. With demand often outstripping supply, there’s no reaso
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What’s Happening In The UK Property Market – May 2022

June 6, 2022
Market Updates
House price growth is finally starting to slow down, with some property experts predicting a crash this year. In other news, a shift in renters’ demands has been revealed by one leading property website, and fans of a popular TV series can get their hands on one of the houses used in filming. Read on for all this and more in our May property market update. UK House Price Growth Set to Slow  Average UK property prices reached record highs in April, but the growth is set to slow down, accordi
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Which Documents Should My Landlord Give Me?

May 30, 2022
Lettings
If you’re renting a property, your landlord has a responsibility to supply you with several important documents. Not sure what those are? The expert team here at James Gorey Estate Agents has prepared this helpful guide so you know exactly what to expect as a tenant. 1. Your Tenancy Agreement The most important document that your landlord must give you is your tenancy agreement. This contract is either a digital or written document setting out your tenancy’s legal terms. Typically, these a
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What Are House Buying Searches?

May 23, 2022
Sales
One of the first steps to buying a house after your offer has been accepted is to order searches on the property. If you’re not sure what house buying searches are, we’ll explain in this article: What they are Why they’re important Whether you need to purchase them What Are House Buying Searches? House buying searches are checks carried out on a property before you buy it. They usually cost a couple of hundred pounds (approx. £200-300) and can provide highly valuable informatio
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What Does ‘Under Offer’ Mean?

May 16, 2022
Sales
When browsing property listings online and in estate agent offices, you may come across the term ‘under offer’. If so, you may be wondering what this means and whether you can still view or make an offer on the property. In this article, we’ll answer the question, “What does ‘under offer’ mean?” and provide an overview of what you need to consider if you plan on making an offer on an ‘under offer’ property. What Does ‘Under Offer’ Mean? Put simply, a property that’s ‘under offer’ means that
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What’s Happening In The UK Property Market: April 2022

May 9, 2022
Market Updates
The housing boom is showing no signs of slowing down, while an ONS report has revealed the number one factor when it comes to property prices and the staggering rise in prices since the pandemic started. Read on to find out more, plus the latest news on rising rental costs. Demand for property continues to outstrip supply Despite several increases in interest rates in recent months, along with a sharp rise in the cost of living, demand for residential property continues to remain extremely hig
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How to get on the Property Ladder

May 2, 2022
Sales
Taking your first step onto the property ladder can seem like a daunting prospect, especially considering that a typical deposit is usually between 10% and 20% of a property’s value. We often get asked by first-time buyers: “How do I get on the property ladder” and we always tell them that it is achievable with some patience, hard work and dedication to make it a reality. If you are a first time buyer, our useful tips on how to get on the property ladder could help you make your dreams a r
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5 Things to Consider Before Moving to a New Area

April 25, 2022
Sales
Considering a move to a new area can feel incredibly exciting. When you first move, daily life can feel like an adventure. There will be new restaurants to explore, local markets to discover and new people to meet. But deciding whether you should move to a new area is a big decision, and there are some essential things to consider before you take the plunge. In this article, we will share our advice on the top five things to consider before buying a new home and moving to a new area. 1. C
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How Much Value Does a Conservatory Add?

April 18, 2022
Sales
If you’re thinking of making some improvements to your home then a conservatory can make a really nice addition to a property, and it will almost certainly add value. The exact amount will depend on a number of factors, but roughly speaking you can expect it to add around 5% to the value of your home. Ultimately, it’s an extra room in the house, and most houses will benefit from having more space, particularly if the conservatory is used to its potential, as a dining area or extra lounge f
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What is the Minimum Deposit for a Mortgage?

April 11, 2022
Sales
There are a host of steps to take before you reach that cathartic stage of packing everything up and moving into your new home in South East London and North Kent. Even before you start the thrill of house hunting, finding your dream home and making an offer, you will need to deal with the logistics, and the first logistic is saving up for your mortgage. What is the Minimum Deposit? The absolute minimum deposit you can put down on a property is 5% of its value, but this can go further wit
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What’s Happening In The UK Property Market: March 2022

April 4, 2022
Market Updates
Interest rates have increased again, the government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme has launched, and one major lender has reported record annual price rises. Read on for all this and more in our March property market update. With the clocks going forward at the end of the month, lighter evenings and Easter just around the corner, the traditional Springtime boom could also be on its way! And none too soon as there is still a desperate shortage of housing stock. Here are some of our predictio
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Buying a home and Budgeting for Fees

March 28, 2022
Sales
Out of all the purchases you make in your life, your home is likely to be the most expensive, but it’s not just the price of the property you need to take into account. When you purchase your new home in South East London and North Kent, you’ll have fees and other costs associated with the move to take into consideration. Make sure you budget well so that you don’t end up with a nasty surprise! If you are looking to buy a home in South East London and North Kent, do make sure you take into ac
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Do You Need a Solicitor to Buy a House in the UK?

March 21, 2022
Sales
When buying a property in the UK, you’ll need to undergo a conveyancing process before you can move in. While this process can be lengthy, it’s a legal requirement to ensure the sale of the property is carried out correctly. In this article, we’ll answer the question “Do you need a solicitor to buy a house in the UK?” and explain when to instruct a solicitor and how to find the right one. Do You Need a Solicitor to Buy a House in the UK? In short, the answer is no. Legally, you don’t need a
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The Top 10 Legal Tips For Landlords

March 14, 2022
Lettings
Whether you already have a property you’re looking to rent out in South East London and North Kent or you’re thinking of investing in a buy-to-let, it’s vital that you know your legal responsibilities and requirements as a landlord, both to protect yourself and your tenants. Here are our 10 top legal tips for landlords. 1. Take Out Landlord Insurance It’s vital that you take out specialist landlord insurance, as your standard buildings and contents insurance won’t cover you and may be i
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