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  • PLC Developers Bet on Red

    October 2020
    Much we do in life has risk attached to it and in the casinos of Monte Carlo, the options at the roulette wheel are laid out in front of you. Will you bet on red or black? Or are you feeling lucky…
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  • Alex Goldstein’s Guide to Living in Ilkley

    September 2020
    A good part of the work I handle is relocations, particularly people moving from the south to the north, either for work or because they want to swap a busy metropolitan lifestyle for a quieter, more rural existence. You may…
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  • How to Speak to Estate Agents

    August 2020
    Cooking up the best gourmet meal in the property ‘kitchen’ can sometimes feel like Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares! There are people shouting across workstations, utensils flying around, plus pots and pans all on the go at the same time. As…
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  • Hong Kong residents snap up property in northern England

    August 2020
    In the last two weeks, one agent in Manchester has sold seven properties to Hong Kong buyers. Normally, he would sell one every six months. Demand for property in northern England from Hong Kong buyers is surging as the Chinese…
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  • Buyers – Know your onions

    July 2020
    When it comes to buying a home, purchasers often think in straight lines. By that I mean they think it’s all about the money and that to secure a property, they will only win if they offer the most money.…
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  • Guide Prices, Fees and Bin Liners

    June 2020
    The time has come to tackle two of the most talked about points in estate agency – guide prices and agency fees. Some may say these topics are rather taboo, but get them wrong and your sale isn’t even going…
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  • Is your Estate Agent Best in Show?

    April 2020
    Tuning the television into Crufts the other month, I was amazed at the dazzling array of different dog breeds – no less than 222 according to the Kennel Club. They were tested across numerous situations and aptitude tests, displaying various…
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  • The Medusa effect of PLC new homes

    March 2020
    In Greek mythology, the goddess Medusa turned everything she looked at into stone. The same could be said for God’s own Country through the blight of new homes being built by large property development public limited companies (PLC’s). Vast swathes…
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  • Is your Estate Agent fully-loaded?

    January 2020
    Over the festive period, I thought I would visit that well known burger chain run by several chaps. I don’t go there very often so it was a bit of a treat. I stood at the counter examining the extensive…
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  • Gladiatorial Estate Agents

    December 2019
    The gladiatorial arena of estate agency is where battle-hardened agents slog it out to win over clients. In today’s cut-throat market, these gladiators must research their opponent and use various tactics, so that they are fully armed to overcome any…
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  • Know your Estate Agent Statistics

    November 2019
    ‘Due diligence’. It’s one of those phrases that either gets you rolling your eyes or going into forensic detail, depending on your perspective. In essence it is about doing your homework when you come to buy or sell your home.…
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  • Best Sale Price for your Home? Call The Royal Marines!

    September 2019
    It never ceases to amaze me how many hours are put into selling or buying our homes. We have to spend so much time on researching and inviting estate agents round, having them appraise our properties, digest their opinions on…
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  • The Problem with New Build Homes

    August 2019
    We all know the feeling of elation that comes with driving your new car for the first time, or when you take your shiny new smart phone out of its packaging. When you replace an old item for something new,…
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  • What’s in an offer anyway?

    July 2019
    When you are selling your home, it is often the speed with which it will sell that is one of your top priorities. In other words, how long will it take to go from the point of being marked ‘For…
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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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