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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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  • 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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