Agency Fees
New research has come to light recently, showing that 96% of home owners consider fees to be the key factor when selecting an estate agent.

The findings by EstateAgent4Me also show that despite the concerns, only 25% of the home owners surveyed say they would try to negotiate the fees. Only half of the study participants said they would speak to two or more agents before putting their property on the market.

Tips for Buy to Let

The recent tax crackdown on buy-to-let has meant that it isn't as attractive as it once was, however many still see it as being a good investment, especially in a time of volatile stock markets and low interest rates.

For those who have enough money for a decent deposit, property is a good way to gain an extra stream of income, and at times of property prices rising, it can be sold for a profit. The changes that are going to hit those who have or wish to purchase buy-to-let properties mean extra stamp duties (on buy-to-let) and the end of the ability to offset mortgage interest against income tax.

Reduce stress when buying or selling a home
Moving house can be one of the most stressful experiences we have. With such an important purchase, and lots of money involved, even the slightest hiccup can cause stress. Research has shown that buying a house is up there with divorce and filing for bankruptcy in terms of stress-levels but there are ways to reduce this through preparation.

Although there are many situations that could occur that you would never be able to foresee or plan for, there are ways in which you can prepare.

Add Value To your Garden
Having a garden is hugely important for many homebuyers, so any outside space can be a bonus, but there are ways in which you can add even more value by making your garden more attractive and useful.

This article mainly covers ways of making the most of your back garden, but don’t neglect your front garden, as this, along with the front of the house is the first impression you give to potential buyers. A nice and simple layout, with everything in good condition can get someone into the right mindset to buy, but a poorly maintained front garden can give a terrible first impression.

BBC1 series ‘The Week The Landlords Moved In’ Looking for Participants
The BBC1 series ‘The Week The Landlords Moved In’ is coming back, and as a trusted Lettings Agent, Fraser St James have been approached to help find landlords looking to take part.

The series follows landlords in a social experiment in which they review their properties by living as one of their tenants.The journey allows them to improve their knowledge of the rental market - and their own properties through first-hand experience. It is also an opportunity for the landlords to explore and reflect on how the rental market is changing in Britain and what challenges come with that – for both landlords and tenants.

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