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  • Rental market news

    The rental market continues to operate at two very different speeds. Homelet’s latest data shows the average rent rose by 0.3% between January and February and by 3.0% when compared to the same period last year. Ten out of the twelve regions saw significant rises during the last 12 months, with the East Midlands up by as much as 8.2%. If you take London out of the equation, the average rent rose by 6.2%. In the capital, annually, rents w...

  • Disclosure – what you need to disclose when selling a home

    Disclosure – what you need to disclose when selling a home   So, Manors have found you your buyer, you’ve accepted an offer, the champagne has been drunk and now it’s time to do the paperwork. If you haven’t sold a property for a few years, you might be surprised by how much there is. There’s the Sellers Property Information Form, the Fixtures Fittings and Contents Form and, for leasehold properties, th...

  • Damp and rental properties

    Damp, it’s extremely common, especially in older houses, but if you are a landlord, you have a legal responsibility to your tenants to deal with it.   But, don’t panic. Damp is not always as big a problem as it may seem and sometimes the cure can be surprisingly straightforward. With a little knowledge, you should be able to identify and fix some of the more obvious causes, or at least make you feel confident about call...

  • Mortgages and interest rates in 2021

    Mortgages and interest rates in 2021   In 2020, the mortgage market, like everything else, was heavily affected by the COVID crisis. At the start, lenders worried about the prospect of defaults and negative equity, began withdrawing their high LTV mortgages, squeezing many first-time buyers (FTBs) out of the market. The Stamp Duty holiday, however, ensured house prices remained stable and there were high levels of demand for those a...

  • How to prepare your house for sale in Marylebone

    How to prepare your house for sale in Marylebone   It’s been a while since we talked about preparing your home for sale or rent, so we thought we might give you a little reminder of what you need to do: 1)     Kerb appeal is incredibly important. If it doesn’t look right on the outside then any potential buyer may not even bother to go inside:   Wash and clean external doors and windows ...

  • 2021 – what will happen to house prices?

    2021 – what will happen to house prices?   It’s hard to believe now, but this time last year, all the talk was about how resilient the housing market had been in the face of Brexit uncertainty. And, with Boris Johnson’s election and his unexpected success in renegotiating terms with the EU, it all ended with a rising sense of optimism. Commentators were even promising ‘a far brighter, smoother year in 2020...

  • 2021 – what will happen to the rental market?

    2021 – what will happen to the rental market?   At the start of 2020, supplies of rental property were plunging and rents were rising. In January, Homelet’s Rental Index showed average rents were up by 2.3% and by 4.4% in London. Despite a raft of upcoming tax and legislative changes, landlords’ confidence remained surprisingly high - 25% were expecting rents to increase, and 32% were expecting property prices to r...

  • Renewable energy for your home in Marylebone

    Renewable energy for your home With gas boilers increasingly in the crosshairs in our fight to reduce carbon emissions,  we thought it might be a good time to take a look at some more eco-friendly options for heating and powering our homes. There are five main categories of renewable energy sources and these are wind turbines, solar power, micro-hydro power, ground source heat pumps and biomass fuels. Each one has a different set o...

  • Putting the style into Christmas in London

    Putting the style into Christmas The main problem with Christmas decorations is that they are a collection of; whatever didn’t break last year, a couple of new bits you picked up whilst out shopping and an old box full of random, unrelated, brightly coloured objects and a spot of tinsel. The result looks like the aftermath of an explosion in a Christmas gifts shop. That is why there is one rule and one rule only - decide on a theme an...

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