Understand the Conveyancing Process

Conveyancing can be a mystery to most people when buying or selling their house.  Most of the work involved and carried out by conveyancers and solicitors happens behind closed doors and its hard to understand what’s actually happening- if anything!  I understand that this is a stressful time for buyers and sellers (and me!) so I provide my clients with […]

How Much Should You Offer?

So you have been searching for the perfect property and you finally find the one… but how much should you offer to pay? In today’s market the general perception is that it is a buyer’s market and you are entitled, or even, expected to make a low first offer.  However to make sure you secure your dream home we recommend […]

How Much Does it Cost to Move House?

Stamp Duty This is the tax payable to the government for changing the documents that specify who owns a particular property.  For up to date and accurate costs, check out the Governments Stamp Duty Calculator https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro Conveyancing fees Conveyancing is now almost 10% cheaper than it was 10 years ago.  Legal fees are typically £850-£1,500 including VAT at 20%. They will also […]

Top Tips for Selling Your House

  This is a great time of year to be selling your house.  Leamington Spa and Warwick are great places to be selling houses.  I have seen an increase in the number of buyers out there.  So why are some houses ‘stuck’ on the market? Read on to find out how to make sure your house sells…  Price- this is […]

Top Tips to Get (and Keep) Good Tenants

  Everyone wants to make sure that their property is well looked after and that the rent gets paid, so how do you ensure you get a ‘good tenant’?  Assuming the usual credit/ guarantor/ reference checks are done, here are some additional ideas to help… Monthly Rent- Its important that the rent you charge is appropriate for the market and […]

The Psychology of House Buying

As a ‘people person’ and someone whose whole business is dealing with people at a potentially stressful time in their lives, I am fascinated by the research that I’ve read around the psychology of buyers and sellers in property transactions… For most people buying a home, particularly a first home, will be the single biggest amount of money they’ve ever […]

Sleeping Rough Experience

YMCA Sleep Easy 17- Coventry Some of you will already be aware that on 3rd March 2017, I participated in a sponsored sleep out.  The purpose of this was to raise money for YMCA Coventry and Warwickshire to support their work with young homeless people in the local area.  Myself and two friends (Mandy Hubbard and Jodie McDermott) decided to […]

Property- What to Expect in 2017

2016 was an interesting year in the industry.  With Stamp Duty changes and the EU referendum result dominating media speculation about what will happen in the future to prices.  Read on for a round up of what’s happening in the property market… House Prices: The figures for October show that across the UK prices were up by 6.9% year-on-year – […]

Love Your Estate Agent

Well the holiday of love is upon us and we may be preoccupied with remembering to buy a card for our loved ones, but remember, you can also love your estate agent! If you have ever sold property, I hope that you had the same feelings that my clients had: “From the start we felt confident that our home was […]