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Here at Knightsbridge Estate Agents, we are passionate about all things property. Our blog is a space where we share valuable insights, expert tips, and the latest property buying, selling, and investing trends.

 

As experienced estate agents, we understand that navigating the property market can be exciting and overwhelming. Whether you are a first-time buyer, a seasoned investor, or a homeowner looking to sell, our blog is designed to be your trusted resource throughout your property journey.

The journey of buying or selling a property is often filled with anticipation and excitement.  However, it can also be fraught with unexpected challenges that might cause a sale to fall through.  As experienced local estate agents, we’ve seen our fair share of transactions fall by the wayside. This article

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Being a landlord is rewarding, but it comes with its own set of challenges and responsibilities. Over the years, we’ve seen and helped solve most of the mistakes landlords can make. To help you navigate this complex terrain, here are the five most common mistakes we’ve encountered and how to

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From Corgis to cockatiels and Poodles to ponies – there’s no doubt we Brits love our animals. And is it any wonder why?  Pets make loyal and loving companions, can alleviate anxiety and loneliness, reduce blood pressure and make us laugh. So, as it’s National Love Your Pet Day today

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They say selling a home is a marathon, not a sprint, but what happens if your sale is progressing at a snail’s pace or going nowhere? How can you get things back on track and find a buyer who will go the distance? One option – and it’s a big

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Random Acts of Kindness Day is this Saturday 17th February. The idea of a day to perform random acts of kindness began in America in 1995. It’s spread globally and is a great opportunity to show how small, thoughtful actions can have a significant impact worldwide and closer to home

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If talk between you and your partner this Valentine’s Day turns to living together, there are a few practical things you should know first. Here at Knightsbridge Estate Agents, we pride ourselves on being as helpful as possible. But dishing out relationship advice is a step too far – even for

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This week, we couldn’t write an article that ignored Valentine’s Day, complete with love themes and romantic puns. So, here goes. Knowing what sort of property a buyer will fall head over heels for is a skill any good, experienced agent has honed from years of matchmaking.  With that in

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Curious about the trends in the Clarendon Park, Oadby & Wigston property market over the past year? One measure is the average price paid for homes bought and sold in Clarendon Park, Oadby & Wigston in the last 12 months, on a rolling month by month basis. This figure alone

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In the ever-evolving UK housing landscape, renting is not just for the young. In fact, just under 1 in 6 retirees (975,230 of the 6.36million retired households) live in private rented accommodation. The golden years are seeing a surprising trend as more and more retirees are choosing to rent. This

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After years in the making, it looks like the Renters Reform Bill – the biggest shake-up of the private rental sector in decades – will become a reality in 2024. So, how much do you know about this wide-reaching set of proposals, and are you ready for them? Be prepared

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Good news: the latest data on buyer demand shows that the number of property hunters out in force is up by 14%*. So, what’s driving this increased demand? And what does it mean if you plan to buy or sell in 2024? Let’s take a look. Interest rates For a

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Pretty much all of us use some degree of smart technology every day.  And it’s not just our omnipresent mobile phones – intelligent technology can be found everywhere.  From smart speakers to thermostats, doorbells, watches, sleeping aids and many other clever devices.  These can all make our lives a little

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In the winter, we’re guaranteed a few things. It’ll be raining when we least want it to. A local postie will still be wearing shorts, no matter how cold it is. And condensation will appear at some point – often in our homes. While you can’t do anything about the

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Here’s the penultimate part of our series of articles on a family’s views on selling up and moving home. This family of five sold and moved last year, but their experiences (and emotions) are timeless. We’ve shared the perspectives of a six-year-old, a ‘tweenager’ and a teenager, and now it’s

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Who doesn’t love it when the sun’s out? Well, apart from vampires, mushrooms and raincoat makers. But seriously, natural light, especially sunlight, has significant mood-enhancing effects on our minds and homes. For homeowners and residents, understanding how to harness this natural marvel in home design isn’t just about aesthetics but

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Did you know that one in ten tenants admit to illegally subletting their rental property*? The practice is even more common among young people; in a recent survey, 25% of tenants aged 18 to 24 confessed to secretly subletting all or part of their rental. So why should landlords be

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One of the biggest challenges first-time buyers (FTBs) face is getting a deposit together. Saving a large sum of cash while covering all your living expenses during a cost-of-living crisis is no mean feat. But having a good plan and clear goals can make this daunting task more achievable. Here

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Energy Saving Week is taking place from 17 – 23 January. But what is it, and why should you care? Well, it’s a campaign encouraging UK households to become more aware of their energy use.  It’s an annual campaign started in 2012 by the Citizens Advice Bureau and government departments.

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Whether you’re a first-time investor or an experienced landlord looking to expand your portfolio, it pays to know what tenants want. Understanding current trends in the market will help you fine-tune your rental marketing strategy and ensure that any improvement work you undertake proves to be of good value. So,

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We’re estate agents, not mind magicians like Derren Brown, but recently, we’ve been delving into the psychological aspects of home buying. It’s fascinating stuff. For sellers, it can offer invaluable insights, helping them better understand how they (and their estate agent) can achieve the best possible price for their home.

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Have you ever wondered about the ebb and flow of the Clarendon Park, Oadby, Wigston & Leicester property market over the last year? Our latest graphic gives you just that – a clear, uncomplicated view of the average price paid for homes in Clarendon Park, Oadby, Wigston & Leicester during

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Blue Monday, often labelled as the most challenging day of the year, falls on the third Monday of January.  But what exactly makes this day particularly blue?  Well, a travel company originally coined the name, and Blue Monday is thought to be the day when the festive cheer has faded,

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In Leicester’s dynamic property market, understanding the nuances of changing your mortgage, such as removing a name from a joint mortgage, is essential.  This guide simplifies the process for Leicester homeowners looking to navigate this potentially complex situation. The Two-Step Process for Leicester Homeowners Step 1 – The Mortgage Part:

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If you’re wondering what Guppies are (and we’re not talking about fish here) and what they’ve got to do with the property sector, let us explain. The term ‘Guppies’ refers to tenants in the 18 – 39 age bracket who see themselves staying in the rental market for the long

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They’ve graced our TV screens for years and made millions buying and selling homes. But, like the rest of us, famous property gurus also make mistakes. From rotten renovation jobs to disappointing deals, here’s a rundown of some of the biggest blunders made by property experts. Phil Spencer The unflappable Location,

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Is your Leicester home ripe for a refresh?  Are you itching to ditch dated décor and breathe new life into your property?  If so, take inspiration from these top interior design trends. Texture  Don’t just think about how your home looks; consider how it feels. Bobbly cushions, plush rugs and fluffy throws

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As a landlord, maintaining your property in top condition is paramount.  It’s your investment and your tenant’s home. At this time of year, condensation can be an issue. And it can cause mould in your property if ignored. The good news is we’re sharing six steps you can take to

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If you’re thinking about moving house in 2024, there’s a lot to mull over, especially if you have children to consider.  We know how important (and valuable) it is to listen to your kids when you’re selling up and moving on – they always have lots of thoughts and feelings

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In Leicester’s dynamic property market, understanding the nuances of mortgage modifications, such as removing a name from a joint mortgage, is essential.  This guide simplifies the process for Leicester home owners looking to navigate this potentially complex situation. The Two-Step Process for Leicester Homeowners Step 1 – The Mortgage Part:

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Are you playing host to family and friends at home in Leicester this year? If so, why not make this most wonderful time of the year a little less wasteful? By following a few simple steps, you can eat, drink and be merry – and kinder to the environment. Let’s talk turkey

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There’s no doubt that 2023 was challenging for the private rental sector, but looking ahead, landlords have plenty of reasons to be cheerful. While no one knows precisely what will happen in 2024, economists believe interest rates and inflation have peaked, and that the economy will continue to rally.  Here’s

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What do Oxford Street in London’s West End, Salerno in Italy and Dyker Heights in Brooklyn have in common?  If you’ve answered this question correctly, you’re clearly a fan of festive cheer.  These locations are renowned for their spectacular Christmas lights displays. Over 1,700 snowflake decorations and 750,000 LED lightbulbs

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The Danes are a contented bunch, with the nation regularly topping global happiness surveys (yes, they really are a thing). This year, for example, Denmark finished second in the World Happiness Report, while the Brits languished back in 19th place. So, what is it about the Danish lifestyle that makes

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Landlords are often portrayed as Grinch-like characters. Devoid of fun, lacking humanity and relentlessly greedy. In our experience, working with dozens of landlords across Leicester, this Scrooge stereotype simply isn’t true. In fact, we often get contacted by generous landlords seeking ideas to spread a little Christmas cheer to their

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If you’re mulling over a move next year, you’ve probably thought of many scenarios, dreams and potential headaches.  This includes things like: • How will I get the best price for my home? • Where are the catchment areas for the best schools? • How will our family react to

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Enhancing your Leicester property’s curb appeal is an investment that pays off whether you’re selling or staying.  Discover these five effective ways to elevate your Leicester home’s outdoor aesthetics and create an inviting atmosphere. 1. Transformative Exterior Paint & Staining Fresh paint can work wonders for your home’s first impression.

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Forecasters predict this winter will be cold and dry – making it likely we’ll get lots of snow.  While this is excellent news if you’re a skier, if you’re a landlord, it means there’s no room for complacency when it comes to maintenance and repairs. Freezing temperatures can cause all

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If you’ve decided to put your Leicester home on the market in 2024, then there’s one burning question you need to ask yourself. When should I list my property? You may have heard that spring is the best time to list, as traditionally, this is when estate agents do the most business

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It’s supposedly ‘the season to be jolly’, a once-a-year chance to experience comfort and joy with your nearest and dearest. But many people (51% of women and 35% of men, to be precise*) find the Christmas period stressful. The reasons for this anxiety can include the pressure to socialise, the

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Small Business Saturday 2023 is happening in Leicester and across the UK this weekend.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to show our support for the heart and soul of our local communities – our independent businesses.  As a local estate agency, we’re committed to fostering a thriving community spirit, and this

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Embarking on your first property purchase is indeed a thrilling experience.  Whether you’re planning to share this venture with friends, family, or a significant other, understanding the nuances of co-ownership is crucial.  Let’s delve into the distinct methods of joint property ownership available in Leicester: ‘Joint Tenants’ and ‘Tenants in

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As any experienced letting agent or landlord can advise you, ‘expect the unexpected’ when it comes to rental properties. And that’s why it pays to follow the Scouts’ motto and “be prepared”. Being prepared for any eventuality can mean the difference between a minor hiccup and a full-blown catastrophe if

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If you’re selling your home, then you’ll need a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the property. So, here’s a guide explaining what an EPC is and how you can get one. What is it? Think of an EPC as a report card on your home’s energy efficiency. EPCs grade

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The Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced on Wednesday lunchtime a series of changes in his Autumn Statement. These changes, though not revolutionary, are set to benefit various sectors of the Leicester property market, including private renters, landlords and first-time buyers. One significant update is the increase in the Local Housing Allowance

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We’re becoming a nation who are passionate about podcasts. Podcast listenership in the UK has been increasing yearly, reaching an estimated 21.2 million listeners in 2022 according to the Statista website. From relationships to Russia, history to histrionics, and anything else you can think of – there’s a podcast themed

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Is It Time to Think Again about Landlords? In today’s climate, it’s easy to paint landlords with the same brush – viewing them solely as money-grabbing opportunists.  As a letting agency that’s part of a network of like-minded agents, we get to see the rental business’s good, bad and ugly

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When embarking on the substantial investment of buying a home, it’s crucial to ensure that your purchase is sound and worthwhile. This is where house surveys come into play, offering a detailed inspection of the property’s condition before you commit to the purchase. In the UK, the dynamics of who

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Deciding to sell your home is a big decision that comes with a long list of jobs and responsibilities. Along with decluttering and last-minute DIY, you need to find a good agent (we can help you with that) and speak to a broker if you require a mortgage to fund

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The today’s drop in UK inflation to 4.6% from 6.7% in September has several implications for the Leicester property market: Mortgage Rates and Housing Market Sentiment: The drop in inflation is expected to influence the Bank of England’s decisions regarding interest rates. With inflation falling more than expected and core

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The expression ‘safe as houses’ has been used for almost two centuries to describe something that is rock-solid and risk-free. But thanks to the elaborate efforts of a small but growing number of fraudsters, not even property is as safe as you think. Since the pandemic, there’s been a steady

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It can happen face to face or online, at work, school or in the community. But whatever form it takes and wherever it occurs, there’s no excuse for bullying. As this week is Anti-Bullying Week, let’s look at how widespread bullying is, the signs to look out for and how

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Are you pondering whether to sell your Leicester home? With the property market constantly changing, it’s natural to wonder if now is the right time.  To help you decide, we’ve crafted a fun, informative quiz. Let’s start: How well does your home meet the needs of you/your family?  A. It’s

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If social media increasingly makes you feel anxious or irritated, here are eight ways to enjoy a kinder and calmer experience online. Social media can be a great place to share ideas, learn new things and raise awareness about important issues and good deeds. But spend too much time online,

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Insulating your home is generally a good way to cut back on energy bills and add value to your property.  But there’s one type of insulation that could cause structural problems and prove costly in time and money: spray polyurethane foam (SPF). In this article, we explain why many professionals

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So, you think you’ve mastered the art of letting properties?  With every tenant you place and every lease you renew, you grow more confident in your prowess as a confident, caring and capable landlord.  But are you one of the best landlords in Leicester?  We’ve put together a quick quiz

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Remember, remember, Bonfire Night celebrations don’t always have to go off with a bang. There are lots of ways to have fun on the 5th of November without letting off noisy fireworks (which can cause distress to small children, pets* and wildlife). Here are five ways to have a quieter

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In this Halloween Special, we look at five scary things landlords in Leicester need to be mindful of to avoid nightmares. Some letting agents will convince landlords that finding tenants is a quick and painless process. However, rushing it without proper checks and considerations can lead to choosing the wrong

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There’s a lot to consider when you start thinking about moving home. This includes things like: It’s a massive decision to sell up and buy elsewhere. When families are involved, our advice is to make your children feel part of the process, and listening to their thoughts, concerns and ideas

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Next time you’re about to make an online purchase, pause for a second and ask yourself one simple question: Could I buy this locally? With retail experts predicting that 15,000 shops could shut for good by the end of 20251, it’s not an exaggeration to say that the UK’s high

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Remember those post-lockdown days when selling a property was as easy as putting it on a property portal and waiting for the phone to ring off the hook?  Those days are behind us.  The selling market has become increasingly challenging, demanding more than just a ‘For Sale’ sign outside and

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It’s not enough for landlords to have insurance; understanding the policy’s specific requirements and declaring everything accurately is crucial. Here’s a real-life cautionary tale about a landlord who learned this lesson the hard way. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 Landlord Martin* thought he’d secured the right landlord’s policy with a reputable insurance company.

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If you’re feeling tired, grumpy and an overwhelming urge to hibernate as the autumn days get shorter and cooler, you’re not alone.  Many people experience a dip in mood and energy at this time of year. But before you dive for cover under the duvet, here are some tips to

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In this quick read, we delve into the importance of accurate valuations – and how to price your property with precision.  Don’t be tricked into high listing prices The saying “stick it on high and wait for offers” is a common myth that doesn’t align with current market trends. A

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It’s every landlord’s worst nightmare: you discover the people you thought were trusted tenants are actually crooks using your property for illegal activity. As a result, you face hefty repair bills, loss of income and a battle with your insurer. You may also find yourself at the centre of a police

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Every October, the UK celebrates Black History Month, a time to reflect on the rich tapestry of black culture, heritage and history that has helped shape modern Britain.  It’s more than 31 days; it’s a celebration of triumph, creativity and relentless spirit that has inspired generations. What is Black History

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Every corner of your home, from the family heirloom in the lounge to the vibrant garden, is filled with both emotional and financial significance. In Leicester, where homeowners and tenants cherish their properties, understanding property insurance becomes paramount.  Here’s a snapshot to help you navigate the intricacies: Why Insurance? A

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After a challenging 12 months for the economy, how is the private rental sector faring, and what lies ahead for buy-to-let landlords? In this market analysis, we look at some facts and figures to give you an accurate update on the private rental sector. Demand  Demand for rentals is running

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Buying a home is a huge decision – possibly one of the biggest you’ll make in your lifetime (no pressure then). And to ensure you make a wise choice that suits your needs now and into the future, it pays to give the process a bit of thought before you

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Dyslexia is often misunderstood as simply a learning difficulty.  Yet, this condition is so much more than that.  For many, it’s a unique way of thinking, an extraordinary approach to life that has given rise to creativity, innovation and problem-solving abilities.  So, it’s more of a learning difference than difficulty

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It’s up there with late rents, messy tenants and broken boilers on a landlord’s Headache-ometer. What are we talking about?  Finding (and keeping) tradespeople you can trust to look after any property maintenance or issues landlords need to get sorted. In this article, we share five tried, tested and trustworthy

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If you’re considering listing your property for sale, we have some good news.  Traditionally, there’s a surge in serious buyers coming to the market in autumn after the summer lull – so you’ve timed your move wisely.  But what’s the psychology driving property hunters at this time of year? And

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A new ‘How to Rent’ guide has been released today by the UK Government. This comes just seven months after it was last updated in March, to reflect legal changes, including the requirement for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in every room with a fixed fuel-burning appliance. A new

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 The Negotiator announces shortlist of the best of the residential agency sector battling to win at The Negotiator Awards 2023.  The Negotiator Awards, established 15 years ago, proudly holds its position as the UK’s foremost independent awards programme, celebrating excellence within the estate and letting agent industry, as well as

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With the kids safely back at school and the days getting a little bit cooler, can you hear those jingling bells? It might be the end of summer, but get ready because Christmas is coming!  With Santa tucked away in his grotto for the next few months, you might (if

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Have you ever wondered about the ins and outs of getting a mortgage when self-employed?  Well, wonder no more!  We’ve got the information right here… The myth: Horror stories about self-employed mortgage applications have circulated, but the reality is more promising than you might think.  While the process may seem

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If you’re a landlord looking to attract long-term tenants, it’s worth thinking about ways to make your investment property as appealing as possible.  And one area you may have overlooked is the army of British pet owners who need a rental property, and want to make their furry friends as

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If your dreams of buying a new home rely on the sale of your existing property, then there’s one fundamental question you need to answer. Are you going to look for a new home first and then list your property – or do things the other way around? While both

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Buying your first Leicester home? The term “chain-free” might sound like estate agent jargon, but it’s a game-changer for some Leicester buyers and sellers. Let’s unpack why chain-free homes are important and how you can benefit from this hassle-free option. Stress-Be-Gone: The Advantage of No Property Chains Home-buying is often

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The government has re-evaluated its stance on several eco-centric regulations, introducing essential modifications of interest to buy-to-let Leicester landlords: It was planned that all landlords would be forced to upgrade their buy-to-let properties to a ‘C’ grade on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which could cost many tens of thousands

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If you’re fortunate enough to be in a financial position where you can rent out your home instead of selling it, should you take the leap?  After all, if you don’t need to sell to fund your next move, renting your property is an option worth exploring. Here, we explore

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Want to fast-track your property sale by getting your marketing just right? Then spend some time thinking about the type of buyer most likely to fall in love with your home, and ensure you target them. Once you’ve identified the type (or types) of buyers looking for a property like

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A new ‘How to Rent’ guide is set to be released by the government next month. This comes just seven months after it was last updated in March, to reflect legal changes, including the requirement for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in every room with a fixed fuel-burning appliance.

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Looking for a way to save cash, be kind to the environment and help a good cause? Then roll up your sleeves and go hunting for a second-hand bargain. As this month is Second-Hand September*, now’s the time to up your game when shopping for ‘pre-loved’ clothes, shoes, furniture and

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If you’re a first-time landlord about to rent out a property, or an established landlord looking to purchase a new investment, one of the main questions you’ll have is how much rent you can charge per month.  Of course, you can (and should) take the advice of your agent, but

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When it comes to preparing for a property sale, most sellers focus on the early stage of the process: sprucing up their home and choosing an agent to manage the marketing. But there’s another element to nailing a successful property deal that gets less attention but is just as critical:

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Everyone needs a little bit of joy. And these days, finding joy has become a big business. There are gratitude journals, exercise programmes, spiritual practices and much, much more to help you achieve happiness, but what about finding joy in your surroundings?  Your home environment is essential to your happiness

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You’ve seen the perfect home of your dreams that you want to buy, but you still need to put yours on the market. Juggling a home purchase while selling your existing property in Leicester can feel like walking a tightrope.  But don’t sweat; we’ve got a roadmap to ensure you

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As a landlord, you’ve probably experienced that feeling of dread when your tenant’s name flashes up on your phone, reporting a problem.  Or how about the horror of receiving the news that you’re going to have to pay for urgent (and expensive) repairs?  If either of these situations sound familiar,

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Buying a property with a partner can be an exciting next step in a relationship. Swapping paying rent or living with family for cosy nights with your beloved in your own home can be a blissful prospect. But before you arrange a series of viewings in a giddy rush of

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Whether you’re an established landlord or a first-time investor, you’ll probably be thinking about what to buy: a ready-to-go rental or a doer-upper. Which one should you pick?  Currently, lots of changes are being made around rental rules, and reports claim that many landlords are selling up. However, there are

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Unless you’re one of those super-organised types who spend the year secretly buying stocking fillers and stashing them under your bed, Christmas is probably the last thing on your mind right now. And why should it be? It’s summer, the schools are shut (for a few more days at least),

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No matter what your child’s age, the first day back at school can feel overwhelming. Whether it’s their first day in Reception, the start of a major exam year or just back into the daily grind of lessons, lunchtimes, and the school routine – it can feel like a lot. 

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Is your inbox clogged with emails that you never find time to read? Does scrolling through social media leave you fizzing with rage or grappling with imposter syndrome? Or are you bombarded by the relentless ping of WhatsApp notifications, news updates and promo offers from fast-food delivery firms? If the

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As a landlord, one of your main goals is to make sure your property is tenanted. As soon as the old tenants decide they’re moving on, it’s time to find new renters to move in.  But while you’ll be keen for a quick turnaround, it’s also important that things are

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Let’s be honest, we’ve all been a nosy neighbour at some point, haven’t we? A ‘for sale’ sign goes up on a property in your street, and within minutes you’re online to find out what it’s on the market for. Soon enough, you’re marvelling or shuddering at your neighbour’s taste

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If you have a Leicester home and are considering the idea of ‘mortgage holidays’ but are unsure about their specifics, this article is for you. A mortgage holiday, also called a payment break, grants you a temporary respite from your mortgage payments. An invaluable option during financial challenges or unforeseen

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As it’s World Photography Day today, we look at how the camera and its role in society have changed over the past 200 years. Brits do it five times a day, while Americans manage it 20 times a day.* Yes, taking a photograph has become second nature for many of

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Renting a property with a friend or acquaintance? Never lived with anyone before? We’ve got you covered with some top tips to help manage your new living situation. These days, renting isn’t cheap and whether you’re a student or professional, those monthly payments can feel like a stretch. So, if

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Are you yearning for extra space within your Leicester home?  Look no further than garage conversions – an intelligent choice for amplifying your living area and boosting property value. As leading estate agents in Leicester, we’re here to guide you through the transformative process, offering valuable insights that could sway

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It’s often said that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but then (confusingly), it’s also said that first impressions count… Why are all these clichés so important? Well, when marketing a property, it’s a bit of both: how a property looks will catch a buyer’s eye before they

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