Betty’s Diary

Buying a Property Off-Plan: The Pros and Cons

Buying a property off-plan – buying a property before it has been built or during the build – can be an attractive option for many homebuyers, particularly if you want a home that has your stamp on it.  It’s also popular with buy-to-let property investors.  In 2020, 33% of new home purchases were bought off-plan; that equates to 49,000 prop [...]

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Online Property Viewings: Are They Worth It?

The online property viewing or tour; a year ago, it was a luxury add-on that nobody really took any notice of.  One pandemic and three national lockdowns later, online viewings have become a trending marketing tool for many estate agents up and down the country.  But is it worth the time and investment?  Do buyers and tenants really take advanta [...]

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A Garden and Parking Tops the List of What Tenants Want in 2021

Being a landlord is tough enough as it is; trying to second-guess what tenants are looking for in a property can be a little bit like looking for a needle in a haystack!  So, let’s give you a helping hand and list the top requirements for tenants in 2021. What was once top of the list – open plan, storage and good schools – is no longer i [...]

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Property Surveys - Do I Legally Need One?

Moving house is a costly process so it’s only natural that buyers will look at the expenses and determine whether or not they need to spend the money on a property survey.  The ‘do I or don’t I’ question is a hard one to answer.  For example, if buying a brand new property, is it necessary to get a survey done?  It’s brand new so there [...]

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Damage and Repairs to a Rental Property: Who is Liable?

So, its official, February 2020 was the wettest on record!  In fact, the 2019/20 winter has been the wettest since we started recording the weather.  Not that we really needed confirmation of that fact, but it's nice to know.  It's not surprising when you think that the UK suffered three storms in three weekends - Storm Ciara, Storm Dennis and t [...]

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Top Tips to Becoming a Successful Landlord

So, you want to be a landlord?  Some would say that's a brave move but there are many people that believe investing in property in some form is still a worthwhile way of building your asset portfolio.  But being a landlord is not always an easy option and can be fraught with ups and downs.  We've put together our Top Tips guide to help you on yo [...]

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Brexit hasn't slowed us down!

Despite the continuing and protracted Brexit negotiations, at Elizabeth Hunt & Associates we are still seeing an active market, on sales and lettings properties.  It’s rare that we see activity on both sides of the market, at the same time.  We were busy as we went into the close of last year, not only securing good property lets, but we a [...]

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New rentals secured and Foodbank baskets delivered!

The end of a busy, fruitful week concluding with good news for clients who wanted a bigger property following their move from the United States last year.  We were able to search the entire property marketplace and successfully secure a new rental for them.  In addition, we were able to let their current property – a win on all sides! We are [...]

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