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Sustainable Housing: Three Examples of Old-School Low-Carbon Living

In this two-minute read, we look at three remote communities that have long embraced sustainable living. With the interest raised by the COP26 summit highlighting the desperate need to cut carbon emissions, housing sustainability has become a hot topic. In the UK, there’s been lots of talk about using new technology to help reduce our carbon footprint. Given the average UK household emits 2.7...

The Perks and Pitfalls of Sharing Landlord Duties with a Friend

In this two-minute read, we ask if it’s wise to buy a rental property in Leicester with a buddy. Purchasing a buy-to-let property with a friend is an appealing prospect – on paper, at least. But it’s important to carefully weigh up the risks and rewards before taking the plunge. Here’s a list of the pros and cons of becoming a landlord with a friend. The pros The role of landlord...

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Run-Down Property in Leicester

In this two-minute read, we give you a quick checklist to make sure your project is as pain free as possible. Got your eye on a property that needs some major TLC? Whether a rental investment or a new home, there’s lots to consider when buying a run-down property. Finances First things first, is the property mortgageable? Or is it so run-down that no one will lend you money? If it’s the...

What’s on you’re all-time feelgood movie list?

In this 90 second read, we share 10 of the best feel-good movies to make staying in this winter a little bit more bearable. At Knightsbridge Estate Agents we love a good film, and we think the ones that have made it to this list are bound to leave you with a spring in your step and a smile on your face. In no order. T. - Steven Spielberg’s extra-terrestrial is an all-time classic that is...

Mortgage Fees: Everything You Need to Know

In this three-minute read, we give you the lowdown on mortgage fees. When it comes to finding the best mortgage deal, there’s one question savvy home buyers should ask themselves. And it’s not: “Which deal is offering the lowest interest rate?”. While interest rates are obviously important, mortgage hunters should ask: “Which deal represents the best value overall?”. That’s...

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: A Shocking Statistic That Leicester Landlords Should Know

In this three-minute read, we examine the dangers posed by carbon monoxide. We recently read a statistic about private landlords that left us scratching our heads. A whopping 56% of private renters say they live in a property that doesn’t have a carbon monoxide alarm*. Can such a high percentage of landlords really be ignoring safety advice and flouting regulations on carbon monoxide...

Oadby Light Switch On Is Back!

😆 We are excited to see this event back for 2021 🎄 Oadby Festive Light Switch On 🤶 Join us in Oadby Town centre for the Annual Light switch on where we will be raising money for Leicester Children's Holidays by having the big man himself  in our Grotto. When: Saturday 20th November 2pm - 7pm (light switch on 6pm) Where: The Parade, Oadby, LE2 5BB Over 40 stalls, live performances...

Are Leicester House Prices Set to Fall this Autumn?

The stamp duty tax holiday is over, furlough finished at the end of September, unemployment is due to rise and inflation is rife … is this the end of the post lockdown Leicester property boom? Surely, we are heading for house price correction? Forecasting what will happen in the Leicester property market this Autumn may not be as simple as it first appears. It’s true the Leicester property...

Leicester Homeowners to be Made Homeless?

The number of properties for sale in Leicester has fallen by 31% since this time two years ago (October 2019). One of the reasons is that many Leicester buyers feel overwhelmed and fearful they will be made homeless if they sell their home and can’t buy another. So, I have decided to look again at the facts and give them to you in greater detail in this article. My research has found the number of...

Wages rising by 8.3% pa – how will this affect the Leicester property market?

Wages rising by 8.3% pa - how will this affect the Leicester property market? As they struggle to meet demand, Argos have had to increase the wages of their HGV drivers from £11.41 an hour to £15 an hour - a rise of 31.2% meaning their pay goes from £27k to £35k. Care home providers are offering signing-on bonuses of many thousands of pounds to entice nursing staff away from their competitors, and...

Only 1 in 20 Leicester Properties are Bungalows, Despite an Ageing Population. Why?

Only 1 in 20 Leicester Properties are Bungalows, Despite an Ageing Population. Why? The bungalow is a building that has represented a more leisurely, gentler way of life since the early 1900’s. Bungalows have been sold as an aspiration for those about to retire, saving them the annoyance of having to climb stairs. With an ageing population, one would think they would be building more bungalows, yet...

As the Tokyo Olympics Kick Off, Let’s Support Leicester’s Grassroots Sports Clubs

In this three-minute read, we look at where three GB Olympic stars started their sporting journey. Eleven thousand elite athletes will converge in Tokyo next week for the 32nd Summer Olympic Games. Each of them will have put in tens of thousands of hours in practice and shed blood, sweat, and tears to get there. But as you marvel at the rippling abs and razor-sharp mental strength of these sporting...

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