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Kent Property Blog 1

The Meaning of Service

Most estate agents see their role solely as a “purveyor of buyers”, and they understandably pride themselves on their ability to find the right buyer for a property and to negotiate attractive terms for the seller. But estate agency has moved on. Indeed, finding a buyer is arguably one of the most straightforward aspects of

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Tenant Fee Ban Benefit

Tenant Fee Ban Benefit Legislation now prevents letting agents from charging tenants a fee to process their application to rent a property. In the past,

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Particulars

When you instruct an estate agent to sell your home, you naturally want them to promote it in its best light. But what does this actually mean?

Many people would expect their agent to produce property particulars that are an accurate and comprehensive guide to the property, be this hard copy or online. However, too

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The Advertising Myth

When a tenant pays a deposit to a landlord or letting agent, the money must by law be “protected” against non-return at the end of the tenancy by one of two schemes –one custodial, and one insurance–based. Letting agencies and landlords choose which they prefer.

The custodial scheme is government-operated and free of charge. Funds

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Auction

Auctions have become recognised as the most effective way of selling a property decisively in the shortest possible period of time. Gone are the days of property auctions only being regarded as a sale of last resort; sellers are increasingly seeing some excellent results – for the following reasons: An auction creates a “day of

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Secret Agent

Many estate agents will flatter you and promote themselves by claiming that they’ll get you the “highest price in the shortest possible time”. This is easy to say, but not so easy for most agents to justify or indeed deliver! Effective property sales involve a combination of great presentation, attractive pricing and effective marketing along

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Is Tenancy Deposit Insurance Worthless?

When a tenant pays a deposit to a landlord or letting agent, the money must by law be “protected” against non-return at the end of the tenancy by one of two schemes –one custodial, and one insurance–based. Letting agencies and landlords choose which they prefer.

The custodial scheme is government-operated and free of charge. Funds

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December 2020 Market Comment

What a month – with two major news stories within hours of each other that are likely to have a positive effect on the UK housing market: the US election result, and the discovery of a Covid-19 vaccine.
We know that stability and confidence underpin so much in the economy – jobs, inflation, interest rates, mortgage approvals,

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Your Winter Check List

Household emergencies generally occur during the depths of winter, but we recommend that landlords undertake a pre-winter checklist now to prevent unforeseen property headaches in the months to come. A tenant will often be less interested in preventative measures, but will of course complain if there is a problem – often too late and costly to

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Optimising Your Sale

In a competitive market, we know that as long as your property is priced attractively, it will sell. However, many people spend a fortune on improving their home expecting at least the cost of the improvements to be returned to them via an increased sale price. This can be a mistake, as around 90% of

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Showing Tenants Around

Some people feel that flats and houses should be able to “let themselves” and do not need to be “shown” by letting agents. Whilst this may be true of certain exceptional properties, or where achieving the optimum rent is not an issue, most properties require the skills of a well-trained letting agent if they are

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Sole Agency – Twelve Tips for Better Results

We understand how stressful it can be to sell your home, and it is reasonable that prospective sellers may be tempted to appoint two or more agents in the hope of increasing their chances of selling. However, this can be counter-productive, for the following reasons:

1. Build a platform of competition between buyers – not agents!

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With You All The Way

Many letting agencies simply act as a broking service that matches tenants to property. However, we are acutely aware that there is far more to successful lets than this alone. Indeed, nationally, about 25% of initially agreed tenancies fail to prove satisfactory for one reason or another.

One of the main reasons is that a

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Should I make an Offer?

As a buyer you are in a powerful position, both in terms of the effect your buying decision will have on your own life, and on that of the person from whom you buy.

If a property were some form of commodity like petrol or milk, then you would simply buy the cheapest stock available.

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Buy to Let update

The property market has historically been fuelled from below, with first time buyers paving the way for sellers to move onward and upward.

However, the dramatic rise in property prices over the past decades, followed by mortgage funding difficulties have combined to mean that there has been a decline in the number of first time

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