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Helpful guides, tips and advice on selling, letting and buying a property


Understanding Rental Yield

POSTED 13 November 2018 Lettings

The ultimate goal of buying a buy-to-let property is to turn a profit on your investment. While ther..Read more


Tenancy Deposit Scheme Explained

POSTED 12 November 2018 Lettings

If you rent a property, the likelihood is that you will have to put down a deposit. This money is to..Read more


Top 5 Holiday Letting Destinations

POSTED 12 November 2018 Lettings

Buying a holiday home with the intention of letting it out can make a lot of sense. The property dou..Read more


The Simple Guide to Planning Permissions & Regulations

POSTED 01 November 2018 Guides and Top Tips

Planning permission and building regulations don’t have to be stressful when you want to enhance and..Read more


What are Restrictive Covenants?

POSTED 31 October 2018 General

When you rent a property, you will receive a contract with a list of agreements between you and the ..Read more


What is Subletting?

POSTED 30 October 2018 Lettings

If you rent accommodation from a landlord and then let out part or all of the property to another pe..Read more


What are Conveyancing Disbursements?

POSTED 30 October 2018 General

Conveyancing disbursements are payments that you make through your solicitor or licensed conveyor to..Read more


What is an HMO (House in Multiple Occupancy)?

POSTED 30 October 2018 General

What is an HMO?A house in multiple occupancy, or an HMO, refers to a property that is shared by thr..Read more


What House Survey Should I Have?

POSTED 23 October 2018 General

You are under no obligation to have a survey carried out on a property, however, it can help a home..Read more


What does 'Guide Price' mean?

POSTED 23 October 2018 General

A guide price indicates to a buyer how much a seller is looking to receive for their property. Usin..Read more


Rightmove Premium Listing - What is it?

POSTED 22 October 2018 TV and Advertising

If you’re struggling to sell a property it can be expensive, not to mention disheartening. To reach ..Read more


Licensed Conveyancer or Conveyancing Solicitor ?

POSTED 22 October 2018 Mortgages

It is with good reason that some confusion exists about the differences between licensed conveyancer..Read more


What is 'Rent to Buy' and How does it Work?

POSTED 16 October 2018 Mortgages

If you’re looking to purchase a property but can’t afford a deposit, the Rent to Buy scheme may be r..Read more


How To Sell Your House through Auction

POSTED 16 October 2018 General

A property auction presents the opportunity to secure a quick sale on a house. But it’s important th..Read more


How to Make a Good Offer on a House

POSTED 12 October 2018 General

Making a good offer on a house is all about striking a balance between securing your preferred prope..Read more


Exchange of Contracts - Process and Completion

POSTED 12 October 2018 General

The exchange of contracts is perhaps the most pivotal point of a house purchase or sale. But why is ..Read more


The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Landlord

POSTED 04 October 2018 Lettings

With the number of landlords in the UK rising to 2.5 million, this lucrative career path and investm..Read more


Top 5 Tips For Selling Your House

POSTED 28 September 2018 Guides and Top Tips

Whatever your reason for selling your home - whether there’s a new baby on the way and you need more..Read more


What is a Regulated Tenancy?

POSTED 28 September 2018 Lettings

What is regulated tenancy? A regulated tenancy is a form of long-term agreement between a tenant..Read more


Sole agency agreement - Is it a problem?

POSTED 28 September 2018 General

What is a sole agency agreement? When you sign a sole agency agreement with an estate agent, you gi..Read more


Boundary and Garden Fence Laws

POSTED 28 September 2018 General

It’s a very common sight to see gardens separated by fences – in fact, the idea of a garden without ..Read more


Property Service Charge - What is it and What does it cover

POSTED 27 September 2018 Lettings

What is a property service charge? Service charges are paid by leaseholders to freeholders (also kno..Read more


What is Ground Rent?

POSTED 27 September 2018 Lettings

What is ground rent? If you own a property, it can be surprising to know that you may still have to..Read more


Subsidence - What are the Signs and Procedures?

POSTED 27 September 2018 General

What is subsidence? Subsidence occurs when a house subsides, meaning it is sinking into the ground..Read more


Conveyancing Process Explained - Stages and Costs

POSTED 21 September 2018 General

Buying a home – it all begins when an offer on a home has been accepted, and ends when the buyer for..Read more


What is a Lifetime Tracker Mortgage

POSTED 21 September 2018 Mortgages

What is a lifetime tracker mortgage?A lifetime tracker mortgage is a type of variable rate loan that..Read more


Offset Mortgage - What is it and How does it Work

POSTED 20 September 2018 Mortgages

What is an offset mortgage? An offset mortgage is a flexible alternative to a conventional mortga..Read more


Do I Need An Electrical Certificate to Sell My House?

POSTED 20 September 2018 General

In the UK, there are around 30 deaths and 4,000 accidents annually involving electrics. So electrica..Read more


Average Deposits for a House 2018 - UK Buyers

POSTED 19 September 2018 Mortgages

Buying a home has never been cheap but research suggests that today it’s more expensive than ever. H..Read more


What is a Lease Extension - Calculations and Rights

POSTED 19 September 2018 Mortgages

A leasehold is the most common form of flat ownership in England and Wales. The agreement basically ..Read more


What is the meaning of 'Let Agreed'?

POSTED 19 September 2018 Lettings

If you’re looking for a property to rent, the chances are that during your search you will have noti..Read more


How Long Does a Mortgage Offer Last?

POSTED 12 September 2018 Mortgages

How long does a mortgage offer last? Can it be renewed? A mortgage offer is the official confirm..Read more


Does A Property's Aroma Alter A Potential Buyers Perception?

POSTED 22 August 2018 General

Baking bread or brewing fresh coffee used to be the top-tip when selling your home but according to..Read more


Happiest Places to Live in the UK (2018)

POSTED 15 August 2018 Guides and Top Tips

A survey was carried out by Rightmove last year to determine the happiest places to live in the UK. ..Read more


The Ultimate Guide for Letting your Property

POSTED 24 July 2018 Lettings

If you're a landlord looking Here are some useful steps to follow when letting a property, to en..Read more


The Ultimate Guide for Renting a Property

POSTED 23 July 2018 Lettings

First time renter or just looking to get the best tenancy agreement for you? Here are some tips to h..Read more


Renting via Private Landlord or Letting Agent - Which is Better?

POSTED 16 July 2018 Lettings

It can be a difficult to decide whether to rent through a private landlord or a letting agent so her..Read more


Council Tax - Who is Liable when Renting ?

POSTED 09 July 2018 Lettings

When it comes to renting property, there are lots of things you need to consider in order to avoid s..Read more


The Benefits of Property Management

POSTED 09 July 2018 Lettings

Your property portfolio is growing or you simply don’t have the time to care of all the details, hir..Read more


Is it Worth Letting Your Property to Students?

POSTED 06 July 2018 Lettings

In recent years, more and more landlords have opted to let their properties to university students a..Read more


Housing World Cup fans in Russia

POSTED 02 July 2018 General

With the 2018 World Cup now in full swing, teams are competing for those elusive quarter and semi-fi..Read more


Gazumping and Gazundering - What is it?

POSTED 28 June 2018 General

What is Gazumping and Gazundering? They might sound like the sort of thing Roald Dahl’s BFG would do..Read more


Advertising with Rightmove (Property Index - September)

POSTED 25 June 2018 General

Who is Rightmove? Rightmove is the largest property listing and aggregator portal in the UK, boa..Read more


Advertising your home with Zoopla

POSTED 25 June 2018 General

Who is Zoopla? Zoopla is the second largest property listing and aggregator portals in the UK, as..Read more


Football Ground or Residential Premises ?

POSTED 20 June 2018 General

Over the last 15 years we’ve seen a trend in football clubs relocating premises to accommodate large..Read more


Average UK House Price during World Cups

POSTED 18 June 2018 TV and Advertising

We’re going back to that historical year, the one that sends tingles down the spines of the nation. ..Read more


Top 6 Most Expensive World Cup Star Homes

POSTED 14 June 2018 General

With world cup fever sweeping the nation, here at House Network we thought it was only right to take..Read more


Selling a House in Space (infographic)

POSTED 05 June 2018 General

Ever wondered what it would be like to purchase a house in space? If our missions to Mars and other ..Read more


Housing Through the Ages (infographic)

POSTED 04 June 2018 General

Since the beginning of time and early man, the requirement of shelter has always been a staple neces..Read more


The Different Types of Properties - Pros and Cons

POSTED 30 May 2018 General

Buying a house involves a lot of choices, some fun and some intimidating; a good first step is to de..Read more


Capital Gains Tax - What is it and How is it Calculated ?

POSTED 29 May 2018 General

Tax. We’re not here to tell you it’s fun, but if you’ve just looked up ‘What percentage is Capital G..Read more


Compulsory Purchase Order - Compensation (Part 2)

POSTED 21 May 2018 General

So you’re affected by a Compulsory Service Order? If so you’re not alone; this legal procedure allow..Read more


Compulsory Purchase Order - Process and Rights (Part 1)

POSTED 21 May 2018 General

Search ‘compulsory purchase order’ online and you’ll immediately read that they permit land to be ta..Read more


What is an Agreement or Decision in Principle?

POSTED 16 May 2018 Mortgages

People say house-buying is complicated. That’s nonsense; first, decide whether you need a mortgage i..Read more


The Difference between Double and Triple Glazing

POSTED 16 May 2018 General

Windows are literally big news. Gone is the 18th century window tax which saw folk bricking them up ..Read more


Top 10 Best Places to Live in the UK

POSTED 18 April 2018 Property Market

Why do we live where we live? Family reasons, work reasons, we wanted to live in the hippest place, ..Read more


2018 Property Hotspots: The Best Places in the UK

POSTED 13 March 2018 Property Market

Whether you’re looking for your next home or investing in buy-to-let property, the property market c..Read more


The Hidden Costs of Buying Your First Home

POSTED 13 March 2018 General

You’ve had an offer accepted on your first dream home and you can’t contain yourself! We totally get..Read more


What is a Party Wall Agreement - Do I Need It?

POSTED 02 March 2018 General

The unfortunately named ‘Party Wall’ is the wall you share with your neighbours, most commonly in se..Read more


Equity Release - What is it and How does it Work?

POSTED 02 March 2018 Mortgages

Has your income stalled as you’ve got older, while the value of your house has rocketed? If so you m..Read more


What is a Semi-Detached House?

POSTED 28 February 2018 General

The first ‘semis’ were built by 17th century landowners, wanting inexpensive homes for their workers..Read more


How to Add a Splash of Colour to Your Home

POSTED 02 February 2018 Guides and Top Tips

Whether you’re looking to redecorate a room with coloured walls or simply add a splash of colour to ..Read more


Preparing For Moving Day - Top Tips

POSTED 02 February 2018 Guides and Top Tips

The key to being prepared for moving day is being organised, setting tasks and creating a schedule. ..Read more


How to Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster

POSTED 25 January 2018 Mortgages

When it comes to repaying your mortgage, if you have the capacity to pay it off early, it can be one..Read more


10 Happiest Places to Live in the UK

POSTED 24 January 2018 Property Market

In October 2017, our friends at Rightmove carried out a survey to determine the happiest places to l..Read more


Top 6 Tile Trends for 2018

POSTED 17 January 2018 Guides and Top Tips

To learn more about the top tile trends for 2018 we caught up with Liam Gallagher, Managing Director..Read more


7 Tips on How to Present Your House for a Viewing

POSTED 17 January 2018 Guides and Top Tips

Congratulations, you’ve secured a viewing! Hosting a successful viewing is a crucial component of an..Read more


10 Ways to Refresh your Home this New Year

POSTED 17 January 2018 Guides and Top Tips

If you’re thinking about giving your home some TLC in 2018, we’ve put together 10 great ways you can..Read more


5 Ways to Winter-Proof your Home

POSTED 04 January 2018 Guides and Top Tips

As the winter months draw in, here are our top tips to help you to winter-proof your home and save p..Read more


How to Spot a Property that’s Worth the Investment

POSTED 04 January 2018 Guides and Top Tips

Whether you’re looking for a new home or thinking of investing in a rental property, you want to mak..Read more


Reducing your Energy Bills: Tips and Tricks

POSTED 04 January 2018 Guides and Top Tips

There are many things that you can do as a homeowner to reduce your energy bills, such as ensuring y..Read more


Five Steps to Decluttering your Home

POSTED 04 January 2018 Guides and Top Tips

Whether you’re planning to declutter your home in preparation for putting your house on the market, ..Read more


5 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for a Winter Sale

POSTED 22 November 2017 Guides and Top Tips

If you’re thinking about selling your home this winter, we have some useful tips to help you prepare..Read more


Five Reasons to Downsize your Home

POSTED 22 November 2017 Guides and Top Tips

Downsizing, typically associated with empty-nesters and pensioners, is fast becoming known as a smar..Read more


Moving House Checklist - Ultimate Guide to Moving Out

POSTED 08 June 2016 Guides and Top Tips

Moving home can be a thankless task. After all, moving house takes weeks of preparation, stress and ..Read more


London Property Prices by Borough

POSTED 08 June 2016

When living in London, moving to an up and coming area can seem like an appealing way to release som..Read more


Land Registry Fees Explained

POSTED 08 June 2016 General

When you’re looking to buy a house, you’ll probably already understand that you may well face severa..Read more


Flat, Studio Flat or Apartment - Whats the difference?

POSTED 08 June 2016 General

If you’re in the market for a flat, apartment, or a studio flat, we’ve put together this handy guide..Read more


Is Early Mortgage Repayment a Good Idea?

POSTED 08 June 2016 Mortgages

Taking out a mortgage will most likely be the largest amount of money you ever borrow in your lifeti..Read more


Property Conveyancing Explained

POSTED 08 June 2016 Guides and Top Tips

You cannot buy a home without going through the conveyancing process. Conveyancing is a legal proces..Read more


Remortgaging for Buy to Let Properties

POSTED 08 June 2016 Mortgages

Buy to let mortgages have proved incredibly popular for those looking to get on the property ladder ..Read more


Types of Buy-to-Let Mortgages

POSTED 08 June 2016 Mortgages

Buying a property to rent out is a huge investment for the future. Whilst becoming a landlord can be..Read more


Why Use an Online Property Agency?

POSTED 07 June 2016

The traditional way we used to go about selling property is being challenged as new tried and tested..Read more


Top 5 Places to Research Property Prices Online

POSTED 07 June 2016 General

At House Network, we know that you’ll want to make sure you get the best possible valuation for your..Read more


Should I Rent or Sell My House?

POSTED 07 June 2016 General

When moving house there are many different personal situations and financial considerations to take ..Read more


2018 Property Price Predictions and Forecast

POSTED 07 June 2016 Housing Market Trends

When the housing market first began to boom following the financial crash, many thought that it was ..Read more


Property News - Roundup April 2016

POSTED 07 June 2016 Property Market

In our latest blog post, we provide you with a roundup of the latest property news from April 2016. ..Read more


Optimising Property Ads

POSTED 07 June 2016

Over 95% of people now view properties online. Due to this, optimising your house advert is vital. I..Read more


Coal Mining Searches – Do I Need One?

POSTED 07 June 2016 General

What is a coal-mining search? In many areas of the country, past or current coal mining activity c..Read more


Water & Drainage Searches – Do I Need One?

POSTED 07 June 2016 General

When selling a property, it can be really beneficial to have a comprehensive water and drainage sear..Read more


Disney house prices

POSTED 27 April 2016

Snow White never complains about having to pay the mortgage, Aladdin isn’t seen stressing over..Read more


What Are The True Costs of Buying a House?

POSTED 05 April 2016 Guides and Top Tips

When buying a new home, there are many hidden costs which can surprise buyers. The gap between what ..Read more


UK Stamp Duty Land Tax Rates Explained

POSTED 05 April 2016 General

The Stamp Duty Land Tax (or SDLT) is a charge that anyone buying a property over the value of £..Read more


How to Start Property Investment

POSTED 05 April 2016

Starting a property investment business can be a wise and profitable business venture if you do it r..Read more


Sell your Home Privately

POSTED 05 April 2016

If you’re yet to venture into the world of private house sales and are on the periphery of doi..Read more


Help to Buy ISA Scheme Explained

POSTED 05 April 2016 General

The government’s Help to Buy scheme has been launched in order to help first-time buyers save up a d..Read more


Fire Safety Regulation Tips for Landlords

POSTED 05 April 2016 Lettings

If you’re a landlord, then it’s vital that you’re aware of landlord obligations for fire safety. The..Read more


Energy Performance Certificates Explained

POSTED 05 April 2016 General

If you’re looking to buy or rent a property, then one of your largest outgoings after rent or mortga..Read more


How to Sell your House Fast Online

POSTED 04 April 2016 General

Selling your house fast online has many advantages. From being able to reach a wider range of potent..Read more


How to Create an Effective Tenancy Agreement

POSTED 09 March 2016 Lettings

As a landlord, tenancy agreements are essential documents to get right when renting out one or more ..Read more


Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement?

POSTED 09 March 2016 General

What is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy? An assured shorthold tenancy (also known as an AST) is the mo..Read more


What is Shared Ownership - What are the Pros and Cons?

POSTED 09 March 2016 Mortgages

If you can’t afford to buy a property outright, then shared ownership properties can potentially be ..Read more


Tips and Advice for Selling Your Flat Quickly

POSTED 09 March 2016 General

If you’re looking at selling a flat, you’ll probably want to ensure you make the sale process as smo..Read more


Landlord Responsibilities and Obligations

POSTED 09 March 2016 Lettings

As a landlord, your primary responsibility is to provide safe and adequate housing for your tenants...Read more


Landlord Electrical Safety Certificates Explained

POSTED 09 March 2016 General

Providing your tenants with a Landlord Electrical Safety Certificate is highly recommended as a resp..Read more


6 Tips on How to Build a Property Portfolio

POSTED 09 March 2016 Property Market

A property portfolio is something that requires hard work, patience and plenty of time and money. If..Read more


How does Buy to Let Work?

POSTED 09 March 2016 Lettings

Buy to let mortgages are for landlords who buy property specifically to rent out. They are usually m..Read more


Difference between Leasehold and Freehold Property

POSTED 09 March 2016 General

There are two ways of owning a property: freehold and leasehold. These terms may seem like technical..Read more


How to Evict a Tenant - Tenant Eviction Guide

POSTED 09 March 2016 Lettings

If you’re a landlord with troublesome tenants, then it’s important that you know how to evict a tena..Read more


Home viewing live stream

POSTED 09 March 2016

We’re going to making history at House Network this week with the our first live-broadcasted h..Read more


How to Add Value to Your Home

POSTED 05 February 2016

If you’re thinking of selling but you’re not happy with your valuation, then there&rsquo..Read more


Estate Agent Terminology Explained

POSTED 05 February 2016 Guides and Top Tips

When it comes to selling your home, estate agents and the language that they use can be confusing. T..Read more


How to Negotiate House Price

POSTED 05 February 2016 General

Buying a new home will probably be the most expensive purchase you ever make. While it is unlikely y..Read more


Ultimate Energy Saving Tips for the Home

POSTED 29 January 2016 Guides and Top Tips

We’ve compiled some of the best energy saving advice for homeowners to ensure your properties are en..Read more


Buying and Selling Flood Risk Property

POSTED 28 January 2016 General

Thousands of homes were flooded across the UK at the very end of 2015, with some areas experiencing ..Read more


House Price Rates to go up 50% in 10 years

POSTED 21 January 2016 Housing Market Trends

A recent BBC News article has claimed that house prices could rise by up to 50% in the next 10 years..Read more


What Are the Costs of Selling a House

POSTED 22 December 2015 General

If you’re thinking of selling your house or flat, then whether you’re selling for the first time or ..Read more


How to Choose the Right Estate Agent

POSTED 21 December 2015 Guides and Top Tips

Finding and choosing an estate agent if you're looking to sell your property can sometimes be di..Read more


A Guide to Selling Your Home Online

POSTED 21 December 2015

If you are considering putting your home up for sale then there are certain considerations you must ..Read more


12 Neighbourly Complaints of Christmas

POSTED 16 December 2015 General

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but for many of us it seems our festive cheer doesn’t extend to our nei..Read more


'Worst' Places to Live in the UK (2018 Update)

POSTED 13 December 2015 General

In a survey by iLivehere UK the “top ten worst places to live in the UK” were named, but are they re..Read more


A Guide to Letting Your Property to Students

POSTED 10 December 2015 Guides and Top Tips

The student property market is very lucrative and desirable to get into for many landlords. Private ..Read more


Types of Mortgages - A Guide for First Time Buyers

POSTED 04 December 2015 Mortgages

Buying your first home can be an exciting yet daunting time, with the thrill of finally owning your ..Read more


Prepare Your Home For Sale

POSTED 04 December 2015

Selling your house is all about how you’re showing your house. The way it is presented can aff..Read more


Showing Viewers Your Home

POSTED 04 December 2015

Am I the best person to conduct viewings? YES ! - We have vetted and arranged 268,938 viewings. Whe..Read more


Selling In The Winter

POSTED 04 December 2015

As winter comes around again, it is important to consider the way your home looks. The greenery and ..Read more


Tips For Moving Home

POSTED 04 December 2015

Make moving home less stressful by being organised. There are some things that you cannot control, l..Read more


5 Spare Room Conversion Ideas

POSTED 30 November 2015 Guides and Top Tips

The world is telling you that another bedroom makes your house worth more. But what if you don’t wan..Read more


Top 5 Value Adding Home Conversions

POSTED 30 November 2015

If you want to increase the value of your home, then you need to invest in it. By spending your mone..Read more


Help to Buy ISA: What You Need to Know

POSTED 30 November 2015

In an expansion of the Help to Buy Scheme, the government are launching an ISA to help you save a de..Read more


How easy is it to sell

POSTED 21 November 2015

Research of over 8,500 house sales measures how easy it is sell a house Research reveals Northern p..Read more


What is the Average Number of House Viewings?

POSTED 19 November 2015 General

Research has shown us that the average house that has been put up for sale is viewed around 12-15 ti..Read more


First-Time Buyers - What you need to Know

POSTED 18 October 2015 General

Buying your first home is a daunting process, and one that it’s incredibly hard to prepare for. From..Read more


Improving your Garden on a Budget

POSTED 13 October 2015

When it comes to your home and garden, it’s important that it’s a place that makes you h..Read more


A Guide to Buying a Property with Friends

POSTED 07 October 2015

There are many great reasons for buying a property with your friends. Firstly, it’s a fantasti..Read more


Renovating Your Home Space - Optimisation Tips

POSTED 03 October 2015 Guides and Top Tips

Renovating your new home can be a timely and costly task and, if you’re looking at doing major rebui..Read more


Eco-Friendly and Cost-effective Homeowner Tips

POSTED 03 August 2015

Increase the value of your home and reduce your carbon footprint without spending the earth thanks t..Read more


Government Grants and Subsidised Energy Bills

POSTED 09 June 2015

A range of government initiatives exist to improve your home’s energy efficiency at an afforda..Read more


IMF Warns UK Housing Market

POSTED 13 October 2014

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that The Bank of England may need to consider raising..Read more


Bank of England to get More Powers over Housing

POSTED 13 October 2014

Bank of England to get More Powers over Housing Market As suggested by the Chancellor, the Bank of ..Read more


Payday loans, the hidden pitfalls

POSTED 26 November 2013

A recent Newsnight broadcast suggested that payday loans were harming peoples chances of getting a m..Read more