LETTING & ESTATE AGENT

Southampton City

22/11/2013

A third of tenancies are ended due to property condition

A recent survey by the National Landlords Association and Methven found that 32% of tenants ended a tenancy due to the condition of the property. The survey also reported that less than 1 in 10 tenants are happy with the state of their property. The

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Southampton City

19/11/2013

40% of landlords cannot cope with rent arrears

The National Landlords Association has revealed that one on four landlords cannot afford tenants to miss a months rental payment. Landlords have such a tight budget that a single months rent arrears can cause them difficulties. The NLA highly

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Southampton City

12/11/2013

Want to improve energy efficiency in your home?

Want to improve energy efficiency in your home? Add a dehumidifier. Properties that suffer from damp and condensation may benefit from a dehumidifier. A damp property has a higher percentage of water in the air and as a result the property will feel a lot

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Southampton City

06/11/2013

To furnish or not to furnish? That is the question

We get quite a lot of enquiries regarding this question and the simple answer is it depends on your target market. A furnished property is usually aimed at individuals who aren't going to have many belongings such as postgraduate students moving into the

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Southampton City

05/11/2013

Winter approaching, fuel bills rising, top tips to reduce your bill

As winter approaches at a rate of knots and the temperature drops, fuel bills rise as we try and keep warm. Well read on to try and save some money on your fuel bills this winter. Top Tips for saving money on your utilities bill this winter: 1. Check

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Southampton City

04/11/2013

Loss of the zero tariff

Recently two big energy companies (SWALEC & British Gas) have removed their zero tariff for landlords, when the property is vacant for a couple of days or property rennovations are going on for a couple of weeks. The change in decision by the two

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Southampton City

30/10/2013

Five year high for mortgage lending

The Bank of England has reported that September saw over 66,000 mortgages get approved, higher than the average over the past six months (58,473). The amount totalled to £15.6m, which is the highest gross amount lent since October 2008. We expect this

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Southampton City

29/10/2013

The golden rule of investing in property

We often get asked "what is the one thing you'd advise all prospective property investors to do?" Well its a short answer to a big subject that can have many pitfalls if not done correctly. But our answer is "Do your homework!" By this we mean, research

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Southampton City

28/10/2013

To change the locks or not?

Recently we were having a discussion on whether properties should have their locks changed after every tenancy. The arguement for was very strong as neither the landlord or letting agent know whether a tenant may engage in criminal behaviours after their

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Southampton City

23/10/2013

Investing in buy to let - Size of property

Todays article looks at the size of property you should invest in. There are lots of choices on the market, 2 bed, 5 bed, studio, 3 beds but which one do you pick? The first question is what is your budget? Ultimately the size of property will be

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Southampton City

22/10/2013

Investing in buy to let - Location

Here is the second article on property investment best practices. Today we are looking at the importance of location when investing in the private rental sector. When selecting the location of your investment property you must identify your main target

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Southampton City

21/10/2013

Investing in buy to let - Parking

This article is the first in a series which aims to help you make the right decision when selecting a property to invest in. Todays article in focused on whether parking is an important aspect of the property. The first question you need to ask

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