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Presenting Your Home for Sale - The Importance of Good Lighting

It's very easy to overlook the basics when dealing with a house for sale and yet it it's vital to ensure that your property is presented to its fullest potential when showing around viewers. Good lighting can be crucial to this. Many estate agents will try to organise viewings for certain properties at a particular time of day. This will...


Time to Extend? Planning Permission Rules to Be Relaxed

The government has announced plans to sweep away stifling bureaucracy and planning rules so that homes, offices, shops and industrial buildings can be extended without needing to consult the local authority. The move is being implemented in a bid to encourage loft extensions, conservatories and garage conversions, which will help the construction sector to grow and diversify. The hope is...


Older Borrowers Facing Mortgage Challenges

A rising number of older mortgage seekers are struggling to obtain finance, as choosy banks become ever more risk averse following the credit crunch. Brokers are relating instances of banks refusing to extend lending to a number of borrowers in their sixties, or even their fifties, if the loan is requested to extend beyond the traditional age of retirement. Additionally,...


Greek Government to Sell Its London Consulate

News emerged recently that in a bid to raise funds, the Greek government was planning to sell its London consulate, which is located in Holland Park. The move comes as part of a wider sale of Greek government properties in a bid to raise funds which is part of the ongoing bail-out package for the country. The Victorian house which...


Tips for Selling in a Difficult Market

Although prime London properties are selling well in areas such as Chelsea, Marylebone, Belgravia and Knightsbridge, it can still be tricky securing the sale in other parts of London and the UK. Here are some quick tips to help: Paint Firstly, apply a coat of fresh paint. Research shows that it makes more of an initial impact than any other...


Will Interest-Only Mortgages Become the Next Bank 'Mis-selling' Scandal?

The new CEO of Barclays Bank, Antony Jenkins, has voiced his fears that interest-only mortgages may become the next high-profile 'mis-selling' bank scandal. If so, it could engulf banks in customer queries and complaints and potentially cost several billions of pounds in compensation. The bank is investing heavily in customer communications as their existing book of interest-only loans reaches maturity,...