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  • A Phenomenal Property Market – Now What?

    August 2021
    There have been moments nothing short of insanity in the Yorkshire market recently, with exceptionally high prices being achieved, sealed bids, jaw-dropping competition and no let up. As we exited the lockdown earlier in the year, the market very quickly…
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  • The Plight of Mortgage Prisoners

    August 2021
    The property sector continues to be in the news for all the wrong reasons, with various injustices coming into the public eye. Whether it’s the cladding scandal, the Leasehold debacle or PLC developers cutting corners behind the scenes, the list…
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  • Property is Going Back to the Future

    July 2021
    We are bombarded constantly from advertisers, all vying for position to get in front of us with the sole purpose to make us buy. Not so long ago this was restricted to just newspapers, magazines and television. However nowadays you…
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  • The Empty Homes Scandal – who’s the fool?

    July 2021
    648,114 empty homes – let that sink in for a moment. That is the number the Government published in their report from October last year, on the number of uninhabited homes in the UK. Of this, 225,845 were classed as…
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  • What are you really paying an agent for?

    June 2021
    The sceptics out there will say this sounds like an oxymoron; however it has never been more important to have a rock solid agent that is correctly remunerated to keep their motivation. Let’s be clear about something – getting your…
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  • Cladding Scandal – the bigger picture

    May 2021
    Cladding isn’t just cladding. Following the tragic events at Grenfell in 2017, it has come to light that a high proportion of ‘modern’ apartment blocks across the UK were built and fitted with inadequate and flammable cladding, balconies, cavity barriers,…
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  • How to Make Your Property Sale Easy

    May 2021
    As I write, there are widespread reports that the market is ‘on fire’. Ferocious pace, competition for properties, best and final offers – the list goes on. Given the current relentless market activity, many may be lulled into a false…
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  • Playing the Agency Game

    April 2021
    Two heads are better than one – well in estate agency terms this isn’t necessarily the case when it comes to instructing agents. Some vendors feel that by instructing two (indeed sometimes more), they think that they will have greater…
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  • The Butchered Landscapes of PLC Developers – who’s to blame?

    March 2021
    Walking around the open countryside surrounding Harrogate the other weekend, my heart sank when I came over the horizon and saw this butchered landscape, strewn with heavy duty excavators, mountains of rubble and the beginnings of yet more mass-scale new…
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  • Guide Prices – When you’ve got it wrong

    March 2021
    There are a few taboo subjects when it comes to the property sector and one of the most common seems to be when it comes to guide prices. Start mentioning this to most vendors and they immediately get stressed and…
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  • The Hidden Time Options when Selling Your Home

    February 2021
    Time. It is one of the most important factors when trying to buy or sell your home – more often than not, matters do not move at the pace you want – don’t even get me started on local authority…
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  • Property Leaseholds – Modern Day Slavery?

    January 2021
    Leasehold reforms seem to be here, with the Government now intervening and yet again the PLC developers are in the news for all the wrong reasons. In September, the four largest house builders were investigated after ‘troubling evidence’ was uncovered…
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  • PLC New Homes: why I would never buy one

    December 2020
    Apples – sometimes you bite into one and what lies beneath the pristine surface, is nothing but a floury rotten core. You could say this is like buying a new build home from a PLC developer (ie one who is…
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  • Alex Goldstein featured in the Ackrill Newspaper Group!

    December 2020
    In a nutshell, what does your business do and how did it start? Formerly an estate agent for some of the biggest names in the business, I spotted a niche in the market which wasn’t being filled. As a property…
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  • Virtual Tours – are they worth it?

    November 2020
    When it comes to selling your home, we are consistently told that estate agents need to use every tool at their disposal – from accompanied viewings to drone imagery and social media campaigns. However one relatively new bit of technology…
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