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Tips for First-Time Buyers: House Viewings

So you've got your mortgage in principle, know how much you can borrow and are ready to start looking around at properties. Congratulations! This is an exciting time. It can also become stressful, however, so it's important to have an organised approach. Firstly, use websites and estate agents' windows to start to identify properties for sale within your target area....

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Up and Coming Areas

It's every property investor's dream to invest in an up and coming area, as it is for many first-time buyers and families. But it can be very difficult to pinpoint exactly which area is tipped to rise in desirability and price over the coming years. And indeed, should you even try? If you are keen to hunt down such areas,...

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An Introduction to St John's Wood

St John's Wood is an extremely desirable residential area in London, situated close to the West End and Regent's Park. It has a tranquil and secluded atmosphere, despite being excellently placed for central London. Regent's Park is nearby, with London Zoo and boating lakes and excellent sporting facilities. You'll also find plenty of other attractive green spaces dotted around, with...

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The Surprising Things That Viewers Notice About Your House

If you're conducting viewings to sell your house, you might be surprised by some of the things that they pick up on. Even when you've presented your house to perfection, repainted all the walls in a neutral shade and tidied the interior beautifully, you can still be caught out by elementary mistakes. Here are some surprising examples, which have been...

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Getting a Mortgage (Part Two)

If you're looking to get on to the property ladder, current market conditions can seem very challenging indeed. This second installment of our two-part guide gives you some tips about how to make your home-ownership dreams a reality by getting that all-important mortgage approval. Exercise Patience The fact is that the more of a deposit that you save up, the...

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Getting a Mortgage, Buyer's Tips (Part One)

Although mortgage rates are falling, the market is still difficult for first-time buyers without large deposits, those without a large amount of equity, the self-employed and people with bad credit scores. And even for those who may be 'perfect' customers from a bank's perspective, it is all too easy to be seduced by the low interest rates of promotional deals...

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