Category: General News

Diary Of A First-Time Homeowner (This Old House)

As promised, this is the second part to my previous blog post on this topic. Although I’ve never bought an old house, I have several sets of friends and family who are either going through the process right now or have been very recently. Good timing eh? So, as a result, I feel well acquainted…

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Diary of a First-Time Homeowner (New-Build)

I’ve wanted to write something about the experience – some of the quirks, joys and problems – first-time homebuyers might face for a while now, but I was acutely aware that it would vary enormously depending on whether the house was a new build or not. With that in mind, this is the first part…

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Should You Buy A New-Build Home?

New-build estates are popping up everywhere these days – there are two in my home town alone – and stats from the Department for Communities and Local Government suggest that the number of new-builds under construction in the UK has jumped by as much as 25% in 2014-15. Buying a new-build is great for buyers…

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Should You Manage Your Own Property?

Making the decision to manage your own buy-to-let property or not has huge implications on the experience of being a landlord, and not just in terms of cost…although I admit that is a pretty big factor. However, there are a few other things to take into account when you’re considering whether or not to employ…

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Try Before Your Buy(-To-Let)

One big issue that would-be buy-to-letters face is that, until very recently, there was no way to get any real idea – beyond reading blogs like this one – of what the experience of buy-to-let is actually like. There’s no denying that buy-to-let property is a VERY sizeable investment, and probably not one that anyone…

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How Much Rent To Charge On A Buy-To-Let Property?

One of the things that makes buy-to-let such an attractive investment is that you can control, to a certain extent, how much money you make from it. In that respect, choosing how much rent to charge on a buy-to-let property is a delicate balance of covering your costs and making a profit–ideally more than what…

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