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

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Top List of UK Towns That Sell Fastest

POSTED 24 May 2018 General

Despite the fact that almost all of the UK’s focus appears to be on the London housing market at pre..Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Ultimate Moving Out Checklist

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

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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

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Land Registry Fees Broken Down

POSTED 08 June 2016

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

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Flat, Studio Flat or Apt - Whats the difference

POSTED 08 June 2016

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

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Is Early Mortgage Repayment a Good Idea?

POSTED 08 June 2016

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

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Property Conveyancing Explained

POSTED 08 June 2016

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

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Remortgaging Buy to Let Properties

POSTED 08 June 2016

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

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Compare Buy to Let Mortgages

POSTED 08 June 2016

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

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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

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Top 5 Places to Research Property Prices Online

POSTED 07 June 2016

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

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Should I Rent or Sell My House?

POSTED 07 June 2016

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

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Property Price Predictions and forecast

POSTED 07 June 2016

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

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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

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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

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Mining Searches

POSTED 07 June 2016

In many areas of the country, past or current coal mining activity can affect property sales. Coal m..Read more

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Water & Drainage Searches

POSTED 07 June 2016

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

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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

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What are the true costs of buying a house?

POSTED 05 April 2016

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

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Stamp Duty Rates Explained

POSTED 05 April 2016

The Stamp Duty Land Tax is a charge that anyone buying a property over the value of £125,000 h..Read more

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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

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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

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The Help to Buy Scheme Explained

POSTED 05 April 2016

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

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Fire Safety Regulation Tips for Landlords

POSTED 05 April 2016

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

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Energy Performance Certificates Explained

POSTED 05 April 2016

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

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How to Rent Out Your House

POSTED 05 April 2016

As a landlord with private houses to rent there can be many complications. One of the hardest aspect..Read more

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Quick House Sale

POSTED 04 April 2016

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

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Creating an Effective Tenancy Agreement

POSTED 09 March 2016

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

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What is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement?

POSTED 09 March 2016

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

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What are the Pros and Cons of Shared Ownership?

POSTED 09 March 2016

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

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Useful Tips and Advice for Selling a Flat Quickly

POSTED 09 March 2016

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

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Landlord Responsibilities and Obligations

POSTED 09 March 2016

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

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Landlord Electrical Safety Certificates

POSTED 09 March 2016

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

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How to Build a Property Portfolio

POSTED 09 March 2016

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

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How Does Buy to Let Work?

POSTED 09 March 2016

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

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Freehold Property Vs Leasehold Property

POSTED 09 March 2016

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

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How to Evict a Tenant

POSTED 09 March 2016

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

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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

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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

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Estate Agent Terminology Explained

POSTED 05 February 2016

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

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How to Negotiate House Price

POSTED 05 February 2016

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

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Ultimate Energy Saving Guide for Your Home

POSTED 29 January 2016

We’ve compiled some of the best energy saving advice for home owners to ensure your properties..Read more

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Buying and Selling a House on a Flood Plain

POSTED 28 January 2016

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

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House Price Rates to go up 50% in 10 years

POSTED 21 January 2016

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

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How Much Does it Cost to Sell a House?

POSTED 22 December 2015

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

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How to Choose an Estate Agent

POSTED 21 December 2015

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

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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

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12 Neighbourly Complaints of Christmas

POSTED 16 December 2015

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

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'Worst' Places to Live in the UK?

POSTED 13 December 2015 General

In a survey by uSwitch carried out this October, the “top ten worst places to live in the UK” were n..Read more

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Letting Your Property to Students

POSTED 10 December 2015

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

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Which Type of Mortgage? 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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5 Spare Room Conversion Ideas

POSTED 30 November 2015

The world is telling you that another bedroom makes your house worth more. But what if you don&rsquo..Read more

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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

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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

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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

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What is the Average Number of House Viewings?

POSTED 19 November 2015

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

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1st Time Buyers - What You Need to Know

POSTED 18 October 2015

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

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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

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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

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Selling Your Home - The True Cost

POSTED 05 October 2015

Buying or selling a home is an incredibly exciting time, and it’s only right that you be thril..Read more

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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

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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

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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

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The Help-to-Buy ISA

POSTED 07 April 2015

First time buyers will be able to get help from the government to get them on the property ladder un..Read more

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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

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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

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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