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2022 DESIGN TRENDS: OUR GUIDE TO WHAT'S IN STORE FOR HOME DECOR NEXT YEAR

It's the middle of November, and your thoughts are probably turning to putting your feet up for Christmas. But with the new year just six weeks off, it's also natural and exciting to look forward to new beginnings, so what better time to start thinking about your decor for 2022?…


MOVE OR IMPROVE: SHOULD YOU SELL YOUR HOME OR STAY AND EXTEND?

Some questions in life are unavoidable. Aside from whether the chicken or the egg came first, at some point along the line you'll begin to wonder if your home can evolve with you, or if it's time to say goodbye and find somewhere new. …


BEING A LANDLORD: IS BUYING TO LET RIGHT FOR YOU?

Owning one or more buy-to-let homes is the dream of many people. The idea of passive income, financial security and building a comfortable retirement is an inviting prospect that, for many landlords, has led to a complete change of lifestyle and career.…


STRUGGLING TO SELL: IS IT YOUR PRICE, OR IS IT SOMETHING ELSE?

Despite the strongest market in a decade with property selling faster than ever, there are still homes in Surbiton, Long Ditton and nearby that have not sold. If you've been on the market for some time, you could be wondering why on earth you don't have a buyer when demand is so high. With a backdrop of record-breaking prices, selling speeds and low supply, it's far easier for an agent to make a sale than to fail, so why is your home not under offer?…


PRETTY VACANT: HOW TO STYLE YOUR BUY-TO-LET WITHOUT USING FURNITURE

Empty rooms can look a bit sad, and there are plenty of uninviting photographs out there of vacant buy-to-lets. It's a constant challenge for landlords and letting agents when the demand from tenants is for unfurnished property, but when homes never look their best when they're empty.…


BACK ON THE MARKET: CAN CHANGING YOUR ESTATE AGENT RESTART YOUR MOVE?

Nobody wants to feel left on the shelf. Seeing your neighbours sell and move out while you’re stuck on the market for months, can be disheartening and confusing. And when you’ve poured your heart and soul into your home, but nobody seems to want it, what are you supposed to do? How long is too long before you give up?…


THE PERFECT BUYER: HOW DO WE FIND YOURS?

Being an estate agent is a bit like running a dating agency: playing Cupid every day, cultivating commitment and building long-term relationships that lead to living together. It's more than marketing; it's matchmaking!…


RENT ARREARS: FINDING A BALANCE BETWEEN COMPASSION AND COLLECTION

Although rent arrears have been a hot topic during the pandemic, it’s far from being a new subject. That said, if the discussion has taught us anything in the last year, it’s that anyone can be affected by economic events: no-one is immune, however high their income. …


PROOF POSITIVE: 5 SIMPLE SECRETS TO MAKE YOUR INVENTORY WATERTIGHT

Not every inventory ends up providing the protection that landlords expect. There are plenty of cases where the language used – and the style adopted – have caused more confusion and doubt over disputes, which for a landlord will generally mean a reduced or refused claim.…


BEHIND THE SCENES: WHAT DOES AN ESTATE AGENT DO FOR YOUR MONEY?

“Put it on the Internet and wait for the phone to ring”. That’s perhaps how many people see an estate agent’s life, and there’s undoubtedly some mystery around precisely what agents do beyond putting a property on the market and showing people around.…


DEPOSIT DISPUTES: WHY DO SO MANY LANDLORDS LOSE?

Ending up in a dispute at the end of a tenancy is one of the least inviting prospects of being a landlord, and thankfully most tenancies end perfectly amicably. But when they do end in disagreement, many landlords manage to lose their claim, leading them to feel that the system is weighted against them.…


BUILD A PORTFOLIO OF POPULAR & PROFITABLE LETTINGS

Do you think it’s impossible to be popular AND profitable as a landlord? Perhaps you feel that one cancels out the other; that it’s a choice between hard-nosed business and being nice, but that the two are fundamentally incompatible?…


WARM WELCOMES: TURN YOUR COLD VIEWERS INTO HOT BUYERS

There are still two months of winter before spring hits on March 21st, so if you’re selling your home in the chilly season, it’s essential to extend the warmest of welcomes to potential buyers when they visit.…


Staying in, and staying sane

With many people now effectively in lockdown to help fight the Coronavirus – from singles, to couples to family units – everyone is probably feeling a bit more stressed than usual. …


Hall in: how to really make an entrance

Hallways don’t get enough credit. Although they’re hardly our place for down time, on viewings they are front and centre to proceedings.…


Table manners: setting up your dining room to sell

Dining rooms can easily get forgotten when it comes to preparing a property for sale, playing second (well, last) fiddle to almost every other room in the house. But they can play an important role in getting your property sold…


Why Surbiton is perfect for first-time buyers

Central London property prices are among the highest in the country, which is understandably a concern for first-time buyers. As a result, savvy home-hunters are focusing their attention on less central locations – searching for properties that offer great value, without compromising on commuting times or local amenities. …