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When things go wrong buying a property

When things go wrong buying a property

What to do when things go wrong No matter how experienced you are at dealing in property, there’s always something nasty that can jump out and bite you. The trick is to see it coming and deal with it promptly. A lot of problems are simply down to poor communication....

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Survey reports – how to read them

Survey reports – how to read them

Interpreting surveys Surveyors are sometimes regarded as the 'Doctor Deaths' of the property world, with barely a positive word to say. But it’s important to bear in mind that the surveyor’s job is to highlight defects and flag up future maintenance concerns. You're...

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Choosing a surveyor

Choosing a surveyor

  What type of surveyor?   Surveyors come in assorted shapes and sizes. Anyone can call themselves a ‘surveyor’, a title that's sometimes adopted by double-glazing salesmen for enhanced credibility. Qualified surveyors, however, are always the chartered variety and...

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What’s the right type of survey to get?

What’s the right type of survey to get?

Wealth warning:  People sometimes pay more than they need to on surveys! What type of survey? In the last blog we looked at why a mortgage valuation isn't a proper survey - essentially it's just a quick look round to advise the bank whether the price you've...

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What does a mortgage valuation involve?

What does a mortgage valuation involve?

If the mortgage valuer 'downvalues' your property it could blow the whole deal out of the water. It pays to be nice to the mortgage valuer! Banks and Building Societies normally appoint chartered surveyors to carry out valuations for mortgage lending purposes. This is...

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What exactly is a survey?

What exactly is a survey?

Mortgage valuations are sometimes mistakenly called 'surveys' So what's a survey? Most buyers require a mortgage. And before handing over shed loads of cash, the mortgage lender will want to be sure that the property you’re buying with their money really is worth the...

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