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Sealed bids – What they are & playing the game to win

Sealed bids – What they are & playing the game to win

Agents have another trick up their sleeves that’s guaranteed to boost prices when several buyers are after the same property. Going to ‘sealed bids’ involves asking all the hopeful purchasers to formally submit their ‘best and final offer’ confidentially in writing by...

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How To Find The Right Property For You

How To Find The Right Property For You

Finding the right property for you and your situation isn't the easiest thing to do and initially choosing a new home even sounds like fun. Snooping around other people’s houses promises at the very least to provide hours of cheap entertainment (judging by the number...

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When To Consider Paying A Higher Price For A Property

When To Consider Paying A Higher Price For A Property

When can you justify paying a higher price for a property? A higher sale price is sometimes justified by sellers who make a point of telling you how much they’ve spent on various improvements. But as we saw in previous posts, what’s been spent doesn’t necessarily...

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Buying A Flat Over A Commercial Premises

Buying A Flat Over A Commercial Premises

If you’re on a tight budget, buying a flat above a parade of shops should make your money go further. Depending on the type of business underneath, you can save between 10 and 20 per cent of the price of an equivalent property on a local residential street. You’re...

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Share Of Freehold Properties – What you need to know!

Share Of Freehold Properties – What you need to know!

Estate agents often trumpet the fact a flat is being sold with ‘a share of the freehold’. This doesn’t mean the flat itself is freehold – that would be bad news, as mortgage lenders won’t lend on freehold flats. What it usually means is that the freehold of the block...

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Looking to make an offer on a house?

Looking to make an offer on a house?

You’ve found the property you want. Now all that remains is to have your offer accepted and put the wheels in motion to buy it. But should you start by offering the full asking price? If not, how hard should you negotiate?   Estate agents are not necessarily the best...

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The Ultimate Home Buyers Viewing Checklist

The Ultimate Home Buyers Viewing Checklist

House-hunting can be an exhausting business. You may like the look of a property on paper, but estate agents’ particulars and brochures don’t tell the full story. Even online virtual tours won’t give an honest ‘warts and all’ picture, so it’s essential to discover...

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