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  • The South-North Property Divide

    May 2019
    It’s official. This is the first time in eight years where property prices in the south have dipped, while those in the north have increased. I was asked by Talk Radio the other week to comment on this very subject…
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  • How to Choose an Agent in a Tougher Market

    April 2019
    Having a footing in both the Yorkshire and London markets, the current consensus I feel, is that the vast majority of buyers and sellers just want to get on with it. Yes there is continued hot-air being churned out on…
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  • Property Viewings are an Art, not a Science

    February 2019
    Getting footfall across the threshold is key to securing the sale of your home. The more viewings you have, the more likely you are to end up in the fortunate position of having offers on the table. Of course, the…
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  • Time to put Rightmove on a Diet

    January 2019
    Virtual tours, virtual reality, elevated photography, 3D floorplans, 4K drone fly-through video – you name it and you’ll find it online on major property portals. Sounds impressive, looks great on screen – what’s not to like? Actually, there’s a lot…
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  • The 50 Shades of Property

    November 2018
    Like it or not, the world has become more clinical in its approach to life in general. It’s all about analysis and I have previously mentioned that too much data isn’t necessarily a good thing. The same applies to taking…
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  • What are conveyancing fees?

    November 2018
    How do I know if I’m paying too much for conveyancing fees? When we are buying or selling our home, one of our most pressing concerns is knowing whether we are paying the right amount for the legal and other…
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  • Data Is Not King

    October 2018
    Our world seems to be increasingly driven by statistics and data harvesting. This information is being disseminated in ever more imaginative ways to theoretically enhance our knowledge and give greater insight into a specific sector. From graphs to percentage ratios,…
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  • Alex Goldstein’s Guide to Living in Harrogate

    October 2018
    I often get asked by Londoners wanting to relocate which are the best places to move to in the north of England, and although there are many I could name, at the top of my list is the spa town…
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  • Communication and Credentials are the Key

    September 2018
    In this fast paced, instant access world we seem to live in, communication in its various forms, seems to dominate our lives. Despite the plethora of mediums we can reach each other on – telephone, email, social media, newspapers or…
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  • Don’t be Duped by ‘Affordable Homes’ or it Could Cost the Earth

    July 2018
    Take a walk around some of our key towns and villages and I bet you will see more than a few mass-volume new home developments. The news is full of stories of first time buyers (FTBs) finding it difficult to…
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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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