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  • What is the difference between Leasehold and Freehold?

    June 2018
    One of the most common questions I get asked, and one of the areas of most confusion, is when it comes to the difference between Freehold and Leasehold properties. It is very important to understand the difference, especially as some…
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  • Pirates on the High Seas and on the High Street

    June 2018
    Hollywood often portrays pirates as drunken swashbucklers, scurvy-ridden thugs and with perhaps the exception of Jonny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow, you might not hold them in very high esteem – a bit like estate agents some might say! What you…
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  • Estate Agent or Psychologist?

    May 2018
    Today, estate agency is all about psychology and perspective. Gone are the wideboy shiny suits, flash cars and sales-speak. Instead there is now more awareness about the mindset of buyers and sellers, which is a top priority. Unless both sides…
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  • When Rightmove Isn’t The Right Move

    March 2018
    On the face of it, selling your house online appears to be a simple and straightforward option. Just choose an agent, fill in a form, have some photographs taken and in a few clicks of the mouse, your home can…
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  • Beware The Property Agents Who Could Devalue Your Home

    February 2018
    This is the time of year when property stresses and strains start to manifest themselves. In my privileged role, it allows me to witness the inner workings of people’s lives and I can often foresee issues before they come up,…
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  • Affordable Housing – it’s not what you think

    December 2017
    We hear a lot about house prices being unattainable for first-time buyers and about ‘affordable’ housing. However, the lines are being heavily blurred by politicians and the media. What you may at first think are two close relatives, are actually…
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  • The Three Critical Stages of Selling Your Home

    November 2017
    It’s a big step to invite an estate agent into your home for the first time. It usually follows several months of discussion, agonising and emotional build-up to reach the decision to sell. You can be fraught with unanswerable questions.…
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  • Online Estate Agents – How They Operate & Will They Work For me?

    October 2017
    I’m in an arguably luxurious position in that I liaise with all types of estate agents across all sectors every week. Having been an agent myself in a former life, it also gives me a much greater understanding how the…
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  • Flying in to Canary Wharf

    September 2017
    One of the largest property investor groups in the country has invited me to speak at their next gathering in London’s prestigious Canary Wharf. Property Investors Network (PIN) operates across the UK and the Canary Wharf group is one of…
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  • The Leasehold Property Scandal and PPI

    September 2017
    In a recent column, I predicted that what was becoming known as the ‘new-build leasehold scandal’ was not going to go away anytime soon. Sure enough, the story has been hitting headlines again, with its very own Twitter hashtags –…
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  • Rumble in the Property Jungle

    August 2017
    When you first meet me, possibly the last person you would think of is Muhammad Ali. I’m about half the size he was at my age, and I’m more likely to put on a pair of cufflinks than boxing gloves.…
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  • Inheriting A Property

    July 2017
    Winston Solicitors LLP and Alex Goldstein Property Consultants, in conjunction with Saint Michael’s Hospice, are hosting an evening dedicated to keeping you ‘In The Know’ when it comes to inheriting property. Join us for this fast paced insightful talk, which will…
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  • Election Fever and Estate Agents – who gets your vote?

    June 2017
    Well here we go again! Yet another chance to exercise our democratic right is looming as we approach the date of the 2017 General Election. We’ve had Brexit and Trump, and now we get to vote on who we want…
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  • Client Service – it’s about going back to basics

    May 2017
    Something I value incredibly highly in business is integrity and client service. The yardstick I use to measure that is the transparency with which people operate. I have long said that if you put your clients at the forefront of…
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  • Leasehold vs Freehold New Builds

    April 2017
    We are still feeling the effects of the banking and mortgage crisis from 2008 when banks were accused of mis-selling mortgages to people who couldn’t afford them and the bottom fell out of the property market. As a result, the…
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