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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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  • What does it take to sell your home?

    November 2020
    Let me ask you a question: what do you think it takes to sell your home? I bet your first thought would be setting a realistic price. Then maybe, a great estate agent or impressive marketing perhaps? All of these…
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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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