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What is the Deposit Protection Scheme?

Moving into a new rented home is often a stressful event, and many questions may remain unanswered; have I chosen the right place to live? Are my neighbours friendly? Will my deposit be safe? Some of these questions are difficult to answer in the beginning, but Tenancy Deposit Protection (TDP) at least aims to answer … Continue reading

If the price is right!

A question we are often asked by sellers is ‘what price will my property sell for? I don’t want to give it away at auction.” Well in short, the answer is you won’t. At the auction you know you have sold the property at the best price on that day. However, the guide price is … Continue reading

Is A Loft Conversion A Good Investment?

As well as offering valuable extra living space, loft conversions give one of the best returns on investment when it comes to home improvements. For example, according to the National Association of Estate Agents, adding an extra bedroom can add around 10 per cent to the value of your home, particularly if it’s a loft … Continue reading

The Great Morass

Ask most people in Portsmouth about The Great Morass and they will probably have heard of it or know a little about it but not many will really have any idea what it really is. A Morass; Definition morass noun (WET GROUND) /məˈræs/ n [C usually singular] literary an area of soft wet ground in … Continue reading

Is It Better To Rent Or Sell?

Whether you are are looking to vacate the current home you own or have recently purchased a property, deciding whether to rent it out or sell it can be a difficult decision. Ideally, you want to get the best return on your time and money, but it is impossible to predict the housing market 100%. … Continue reading

Google Maps price hike

Following on from the many GDPR changes we have put into place since the new regulations were implemented, which added great administrative expense, we have had another change thrust upon us in respect of Google Maps. Google have recently substantially increased their pricing structure in respect of the Google Maps platform. The relaunched platform has … Continue reading

The Conscientious Landlord…

Building and maintaining a harmonious relationship with your tenant So you’ve purchased your first investment property at auction and now it’s time to find a tenant… There are many variables when it comes to finding a tenant, and managing your relationship throughout the life of the tenancy. Your tenant may be someone you know – … Continue reading

What Is A Listed Building? What Can And Can’t You Do?

The way structures are listed today came from a need to protect buildings of significant interest in the aftermath of World War II. The listings were used to decide whether a particular building should be rebuilt if it was damaged by bombing. Today, in England and Wales, listed buildings are separated into three categories: Grade … Continue reading

Planning permission rules and regulations

The guidelines The government sets out what you can and cannot do to your home and garden, (referred to as curtilage), in a document called the General Permitted Development Order. This includes the terms of development you can start without getting planning permission from your local council. This is known as Permitted Development, or is … Continue reading

What upfront costs do tenants face

Being a tenant can be great, and it offers a quicker way for you to have a home without having the worry and hassle of buying a house. It is pretty simple to become a tenant, but are there any upfront costs? Well, we are going to take a look into what is required from … Continue reading