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<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica; font-weight: bold; text-align: center; display: block; width: 100%;">Top 10 reasons a buyer will walk away</span>

When it comes to purchasing a property, eight in ten Brits admit to being 'picky buyers', with research showing that a poor Wi-Fi connection is enough to put a third off a new home.*
Other contributing factors can include having noisy neighbours, creaky floorboards and thin walls.
Of those surveyed, 22% would be deterred by an unruly garden with overhanging branches, with a third agreeing that dogs barking in the area would be a deal breaker.
If you're looking to sell your property in the near future, it's a good idea to determine what elements inside and outside could be picked up on by prospective viewers.
Where able, you should also complete any outstanding DIY jobs or renovations, as this will help you to secure a better offer in a shorter time frame. 
Top 10 reasons for a buyer walking away from a deal:
Noisy neighbours – 47% 
Loud area – 45% 
By a main road – 44% 
Thin internal walls – 43% 
Near an airport – 41% 
Hard to park nearby – 40% 
Lack of storage options – 38% 
Ceilings being too low – 35% 
Steep stairs – 34% 
Poor Wi-Fi – 33% 
At this time of the year, activity from buyers only increases in the run up to Christmas, with many wanting to unpack the last box before getting into the holiday spirit.
Whether you're looking to sell or let, we're ideally positioned to maximise marketing exposure for your property and help buyers see its best qualities.
Contact our team today for your up-to-date valuation.
 *First Mortgage

<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica; font-weight: bold; text-align: left; display: block; width: 100%;">Optimal selling conditions following the end of the stamp duty holiday</span>

Autumn is traditionally one of the best times to sell your home, and with demand levels remaining high despite the end of the stamp duty holiday, we're on track for one of the busiest years for sales yet.
Is now a good time to sell?
Annual house price growth was at 10% in September, so when combined with a shortage of available properties, homeowners looking to sell are in a promising position to achieve or exceed their asking price.*
Here are the top five ways to get your home sold this autumn:
Having neat furniture and fresh décor 
Keeping your house viewer-ready is paramount to securing a quick sale.
First impressions count, so make sure your home is looking its best before any marketing materials or photos are taken, as well as for the actual viewings themselves.
Add some colour to your garden 
Gardens can begin to look drab and unloved in autumn, however, there are simple changes you can make to ensure you get the full value from your sale.
Even if you have limited outdoor space, a tub or plant pot can easily brighten up your garden and make it look much more attractive.
Take advantage of natural light 
Post-lockdown, bright open space is in demand.
Let as much natural light in as possible before having photographs taken, such as by cleaning windows and keeping rooms well lit.
It may also be worth illuminating any dark corners with lamps to give the impression of natural light.
Be available for daytime viewings 
With limited light available in autumn evenings, it’s important to be available in the daytime. Any effective agent should be willing to do viewings when you are unable.
If you’re looking for the right agent, look no further and contact us to see how we could help you today...
Keep your home well ventilated 
The last thing you want is your house to be stuffy while you’re having a viewing. Having fresh air circulating is a great way to make your house feel airy and comfortable.
It’s a good idea to open all the windows for an hour or two before the viewing.
With the last rush of sales before the winter months, get your house on the market this autumn. Contact us today.

<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica; font-weight: bold; text-align: left; display: block; width: 100%;">What's changed with tenancy evictions?</span>

Over the last 18 months, a number of measures were put in place to protect tenants who were unable to keep up with their rent payments.
This put a strain on landlords and the lettings market as a whole, with the government easing these rules back gradually to help all parties involved recover from the effects of the pandemic.
A notice period can be anywhere up to six months before an eviction can take place. In addition to this, a tenant can only be asked to leave during the contract's fixed term, if:
- The tenant is behind on rent payments
- The property has been used for illegal activity
- The property has suffered damage during the tenancy
Notice periods have been extended since the pandemic, which gives tenants some breathing space if their employment status has changed.
Once the tenant has been issued with a written notice of wanting the property back, the tenant is given:
- Two months to vacate if they gave notice prior to the 26th of March 2020
- Three months, if it was between 26th March and 28 August 2020
- Six months, if it was after 29th August 2020
- Four months, if it was after June 21 2021
Despite these dates, according to the government, if a tenant is evicted with a section 8 notice, the tenant may have to leave much sooner.
A tenant should pay rent until the end of their agreed term in accordance with the contract they would have signed. Despite this, it is normal to still liaise with the landlord to see whether there is a break clause in the contract.
Landlords may also allow a tenant to leave a fixed-term contract early if the tenant has a direct agreement with them, such as finding a replacement.
Do you need help as a landlord or tenant? Talk to our team today. 

<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica; font-weight: bold; text-align: center; display: block; width: 100%;">Buyers and sellers need to act now to move in time for Christmas</span>

Homeowners up and down the country are preparing for the pre-Christmas rush, and with the demand-supply imbalance still providing sellers with optimal market conditions, it's likely we'll see a lot more sales to come before the end of 2021.
Every year, buyers and sellers are swept up in a flurry of market activity across autumn, with October standing out as a busy period for selling activity.
Will you be in your new home by Christmas? Here's where you should start:
Ensure the property is sale ready
Your estate agent will be able to tell you if there are any features of your home that might put off potential buyers.
If anything is flagged up, try to get it fixed before your property goes on the market, as doing this will mean you’re more likely to get a speedy sale.
Paperwork at the ready
Ultimately, the quicker that your paperwork is processed by the solicitors, the quicker you can get going.
Hassling with paperwork can slow down the moving process significantly, so pre-empt any requests for certificates or documentation by having it all in one place and ready when called upon.
Likewise, calling ahead to organise van hire or a removals company will ensure there are no issues on the big day itself.
Declutter thoroughly 
With December not far off, it would be a good idea to start sifting through your belongings now to work out what will be going with you and what is no longer wanted or needed.
A clearer space will also make your property pictures more visually appealing and make it that much easier to unpack and set up your new place to feel like home.
If you are looking to sell your home, book your free market appraisal today.

<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica; font-weight: bold; text-align: left; display: block; width: 100%;">How much do you know about the mortgage process?</span>

According to a recent survey, buyers are hopelessly uninformed on the mortgage process.
Whilst the furlough scheme was active, 64% of those living in Britain believed that lenders would not consider whether they received support when applying for a mortgage.*  
Likewise, from a survey of 2,000 adults, 42% did not believe being self-employed would be considered.
When deciding whether to lend to you or not, a bank will always assess the risk factor, which means taking into account anything that may affect repayments, such as your employment status and spending behaviour. 
Of all generations, it is those aged 35 and under with the least experience on what to expect when applying or looking to re-mortgage for a better deal.
Only 15% of those aged 18 to 24 knew that the government-guaranteed mortgage scheme announced earlier this year applied to them, with a staggering 85% left in the dark.*
Wondering if you’re eligible?
Open until 31 December 2022 for new applications, this scheme is available to first-time buyers and home movers across the UK.
For more information, go to:
If you’re looking for mortgage advice, contact our dedicated team today. We can provide comprehensive advice and help you find the best deal possible.
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