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Don't Neglect Your Garden When Selling Your Home

Are you having house viewers around this winter? Then make sure your garden looks the part. Nothing will put visitors off more than an untidy and poorly maintained garden. If they spot signs of disrepair and overgrowth, viewers are likely to worry that the rest of the house is also in need of some attention.   Some maintenance will see...

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Considering a Buy-to-Let? Stay Objective

Many thousands of potential landlords have flooded into the market over the past year as savings accounts interest rates have dropped, leaving people with fewer options to see a decent return on their money. Property has always been popular as a long-term and relatively safe investment and it continues to be highly attractive to income-seekers and those hoping for capital...

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Positioning Your House for Your Target Market

When you're looking to sell your home, it's important that you know your target market. For example, if you own a large and rambling Edwardian house close to local schools and amenities, you may well be pitching your property to families with children who are seeking a suitable home. If you have a chic commuter apartment within the city's financial...

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The Government Raises the Spectre of a 'Garden Tax'

Are homeowners with large private grounds about to face a tax clampdown on their profits from sale? A new government stance on taxes suggests that gardens are to be the new focal point for raising revenues. Those who have over 1.23 acres of land on their property will face a new tax levy of 28pc on any gains they make...

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Chelsea: A Brief Guide to the Area's History

Chelsea is a hugely desirable and affluent residential area in London. Its southern boundary stops at the River Thames, where the frontage runs along Chelsea Embankment from Chelsea Bridge to Cheyne Walk and Chelsea Harbour. The eastern boundary is now considered to be Sloane Street and Chelsea Bridge Road and it includes parts of Belgravia and Sloane Square. Its northern...

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The Mistakes of First-Time Landlords

More people than ever now find themselves in the unenviable position of being accidental landlords. The recent economic turbulence following the banking crisis of 2008 has helped to create a stagnant property market in most of the UK. Even in parts of London, there are people who are forced to rent out their homes rather than risk selling them on...

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