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Stamp duty holiday could be extended beyond March

Extending the stamp duty holiday will be on the Chancellor Rishi Sunak's mind as we enter another national lockdown, property experts have said.

Date: 08/01/2021 | Author:

WHATS THE PROPERTY FORECAST FOR 2021?

The property market has experienced a mini boom in 2020, and the big question many of you want answered is: will prices continue to rise in 2021? Whilst we don’t have a crystal ball, we do have the biggest home-hunting audience in the UK, as well as unique insight into future demand for property.

Date: 07/01/2021 | Author: GPO Team

HOW TO BE A GOOD LANDLORD

Being a good landlord requires time, effort and money, but it’s worth it to find and keep good tenants for longer who will help to pay your mortgage and put money in your pocket. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some uncertainty in the property market and changing regulations can be difficult to keep up with, so it's important to understand what your responsibilities are

Date: 07/01/2021 | Author: GPO Team

WHAT PROPERTY TAX CHANGES ARE PREDICTED FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR?

As COVID-19 has left a significant toll on public finances, many predict a range of property tax changes will be announced in 2021. How could this impact buy-to-let landlords and investors?

Date: 07/01/2021 | Author: GPO Team

HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME MORE VALUABLE AND SELL FASTER

Preparing your home for viewers, or “staging” as it’s called, is important. It will not only ensure your property is sold faster, but can potentially add thousands of pounds to its value. Declutter – but don’t depersonalise

Date: 07/01/2021 | Author: GPO Team

BUYING AND SELLING OVER CHRISTMAS

As the Stamp Duty deadline continues to draw closer, buyers and sellers are advised to act quickly and the race is on to complete on property sales and purchases before it's too late. It may seem unusual to some to sell a house over the festive period, however, the property market is very much still active at this time of the year. People have more free time and motivation to make a change in time for the New Year, so it can be a great time to buy and sell. Shifting COVID-19 rules can be difficult to keep up with, but getting advice from one of our knowledgeable team will put your mind at ease. We are up to date with the latest in health and safety regulations to always put your safety and wellbeing first.

Date: 03/12/2020 | Author: GPO Team

House price growth close to three-year high

The housing market is tipped to have its busiest Christmas for more than a decade, as buyers rush to beat the stamp duty holiday deadline, according to Zoopla’s House Price Index. The housing market is set to have its strongest December – and lead-up to Christmas – for more than a decade, as buyers rush to move home before the stamp duty holiday ends.

Date: 03/12/2020 | Author: GPO Team

A GUIDE TO DOWNSIZING (OR 'RIGHT-SIZING')

The thought of downsizing can be a little emotional and overwhelming, especially if you have lived in a property for many years. Attempting to sort through and, in some cases, throw out, your belongings can seem like an endless task. However, with some planning and consideration about what you need, you will find that downsizing or ‘right-sizing’ can be a positive experience that sets you up for the future and fits your lifestyle. That’s why we have put together our top tips to help you downsize smoothly.

Date: 03/12/2020 | Author: GPO Team

Covid-19 has changed what Britons value about their homes

The pandemic and lockdown process has made more people appreciate having a study and question the practicality of open plan living, latest research reveals. The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown are impacting on how many of us feel about our homes, according to our latest research. Despite working from home having become the norm for many since the first national lockdown in March, one in five Britons is not happy with their working set up.

Date: 03/12/2020 | Author: GPO Team

Nine money-saving tips when you’re moving home

Moving home is exciting. It’s also hard work – and sometimes we end up spending a little more than we hoped to. Some expenses are necessary and can’t be avoided: agent fees, deposits, mortgage fees, stamp duty, and so on. But there are plenty of things you can do to save you money as you’re moving home. We’ve listed nine easy and effective tips that’ll help cut down your costs – and leave a little more in the piggy bank for the decorating!

Date: 03/12/2020 | Author: GPO Team

HOUSING MARKET TO STAY OPEN IN ENGLAND & MORTAGE HOLIDAYS EXTENDED

The announcement of a second national coronavirus lockdown has left the housing market largely untouched. Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a press conference in which he announced measures in England aimed at restricting the spread of Covid-19 akin to those put in place in March.

Date: 03/11/2020 | Author: GPO Team

WHAT’S HAPPENED TO MORTGAGE DEALS FOR HOME BUYERS AND REMORTGAGERS SINCE COVID-19?

Mortgage rates have risen for a third successive month, as lenders suffer jitters about the future of the property market. Since the government introduced the stamp duty holiday in July, the housing market has enjoyed an upturn, with more sales being agreed and house prices rising.

Date: 03/11/2020 | Author: GPO Team

HOW TO MAKE IT AS A LANDLORD IN 2020

If you’re the sort of person who enjoys watching shows like Homes Under the Hammer and thinks “I could do that!” then you’ve probably considered becoming a landlord at some stage. But being a landlord is a tough business, and despite what some people may think, it’s not a licence to print money.

Date: 03/11/2020 | Author: GPO Team

EVERYTHING TO BUDGET FOR WHEN BUYING A PROPERTY

You might think the cost of moving home starts and finishes with a deposit and stamp duty, but think again. The true cost of moving includes a host of add-ons that you are going to need to pay for upfront. Many are taken by surprise by buying costs, especially when faced with forking out for additional “hidden costs” that can add up to £1,000.

Date: 03/11/2020 | Author: GPO Team

HOW TO STYLE YOUR FIRST HOME

You’ve scrimped and saved and diligently set aside every last penny to buy your first home and then, in one fell swoop, there goes all the money on the fees and deposit just as you’re about to get to the fun bit. Here’s an essential step-by-step guide to making your new home your own without overspending.

Date: 03/11/2020 | Author: GPO Team

A guide to mortgages for first-time buyers

How getting a mortgage works if you’re a first-time buyer

If you’re a first-time buyer, you may have spent the past few years saving for a deposit to help you get on the property ladder.

If so, the next step is to find out how much you can borrow so you’ll have a better idea of the type of property you can afford to buy when you start looking for your first home.

Date: 02/10/2020 | Author: GPO Team

How to apply for the Green Homes Grant Scheme

With the Green Homes Grant Scheme, homeowners and landlords can apply for a grant towards funding energy-efficient home improvements from the end of September 2020. We reveal more about the scheme and how to apply for up to £5,000 or £10,000 in vouchers.

Date: 02/10/2020 | Author: GPO Team

Why are 3-4 bedroom homes at record prices?

Needing more space has always been the most popular reason for moving house, but now we’re seeing asking prices for bigger homes at an all-time high.

Date: 02/10/2020 | Author: GPO Team

Stamp Duty Holiday - the deadline to market your property

If you want to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday, you may think you have plenty of time to sell your property before the 31 March 2021 deadline. But when you factor in the average time it takes to complete on a property once an offer is accepted, 12 weeks, the March deadline doesn’t seem too far away. Even more so when you consider that figure doesn’t include time for your own property search or any of the common hurdles along the way.

Date: 02/10/2020 | Author: GPO Team

How to Make a Contemporary Living Room Feel Cosy

Embrace the change in season by upping the snug factor. The angular lines and sleek surfaces that are the hallmarks of contemporary rooms are undoubtedly stylish, but they can lack the cosy appeal of more traditionally styled spaces. In the winter months, most of us spend more time indoors, so check out these ways to make the idea of an evening at home with your feet up on the sofa even more appealing.

Date: 02/10/2020 | Author: GPO Team