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Manchester named in the top 10 post-lockdown staycation destinations

With the recently released plan for recovery, many of us have started to make our post-lockdown plans.  After a year of staying put, it is no wonder that we all want to break free this summer and travel.  Still, it is understandable that a staycation seems to be the most popular choice for 2021, and you couldn’t holiday anywhere better.  Not only will you be supporting all those hospitality businesses that have struggled hugely throughout the pandemic, you can also discov...

Lockdown renovations – has it been worth it?

When the first lockdown hit last year, to keep ourselves busy we turned to decorating our homes, renovating and getting creative.  According to a survey of 2,000 homeowners by the online tradesman directory Checkatrade, UK homeowners spent an average of £2,608 last year on home improvements. If you were trying to get a particular paint, or DIY supplies of any kind, you may have had difficulty – even local tradesman were often struggling to get what they needed to complete appr...

What has changed for leasehold properties?

The widely known leasehold scandal has left many homeowners in a heart-breaking and frustrating position, making moving home virtually impossible.  Yet in a landmark reform announced by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, millions of homeowners could be freed from their ‘rip-off’ ground rents. So what has changed for leasehold properties? The current leasehold legislation has been described as “cumbersome bureaucracy and additionally, unnecessary”. Affecting up t...

Budget Boost For The Property Market

Todays budget has delivered a further boost for the property market with the news that the stamp duty holiday has been extended until the end of September. The current arrangements of the up to £500000 nil rate band will continue until the end of June rather than ending at the end of March as originally planned. This should ease some of the pressure which has been mounting on the legal profession which has been struggling to cope with the volume of transactions many of which would have f...

How do you choose your estate agent?

Every decision we make has consequences; it could be as simple as what drink we will be having that evening, or the very important decision of who will be selling your home.  Ensuring you find the right agent for you and your property is crucial, and it’s interesting to us to understand how sellers such as yourselves make this choice. Do the majority of sellers simply go for the cheapest, or is there a lot more thought and research undertaken?  Using information analysed by Da...

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