The Journal

Shop Local – Your Small Change Can Make a Big Difference

In this two-minute read, I look at why it’s so important and enjoyable to buy from local, independent stores. Today, Saturday 4 December, is national Small Business Saturday. The campaign, which was begun by American Express, is in its ninth year and h …

Common Reasons Some Properties Can’t Be Mortgaged

In this two-minute read, I look at reasons why a property may be classified as unmortgageable.  Selling a property can be tricky at the best of times, but when a property is deemed unmortgageable things can get complicated.  ‘Unmortgageable’ means lend …

Two Important Questions to Ask Before You Sign with an Estate Agent

In this three-minute read, I look at how to gauge if an agent is giving you an honest property valuation. The first question a seller always asks an estate agent is: “How much can you sell my property for?”. The second is: “What is your fee?”. This foc …

Why You Should Prepare Now for a Post-Christmas Sale

In this two-minute read, I look at why getting the marketing material for your property sale finalised now is a savvy move. There’s one day of the year when the stars align for sellers, and it’s not too far off. If you’re planning on selling up anytime …

Things to Do Before Buying a Run-Down Property 

In this two-minute read, I give you a quick checklist to make sure your project is as pain free as possible.  Got your eye on a property that needs some major TLC? Whether a rental investment or a new home, there’s lots to consider when buying a run-do …

Top Tips for Choosing an Estate Agent 

In this two-minute read, I look at how to select the best estate agent to sell your home. When it comes to selling a property, it pays to do your research before choosing an agent to manage the sale. Now you might think that all agents are much of a mu …

What the Latest Home Improvement Trends Say about the Property Market

In this two-minute read, I analyse what the most popular home improvement trends tell us about the market. The pandemic didn’t just trigger an exodus of city slickers moving to the country, it also kick-started a multi-billion-pound home renovation boo …

How to Avoid a Home Seller’s Biggest Frustration

In this two-minute read, I look at what homeowners can do to reduce the risk of their property sale falling through. I’m about to banish a myth that many people still believe about selling a home. The misconception is that once you’ve accepted an offer …

Why Homeowners Should Sell Before They Start Looking

In this two-minute read, I look at the BIG reasons why your home needs to be up for sale at the very least before you start seeking a new one. Picture the scene. You’re house hunting and have been trawling the internet for what seems like forever. Then …

Want to Find Your Area’s Best Estate Agent? Start with Social Media

In this three-minute read, I look at the critical role social media plays in reaching out to potential buyers. When choosing an estate agent, it pays to channel your inner Miss Marple or Sherlock Holmes and do a little online sleuthing. As we all know, …

How to Choose a Garden Room That’s Just Right for You

In this three-minute read, I look at the growing popularity of garden rooms as places to work and play. Garden room. Man cave. Home studio. Shoffice (shed/office). Call it what you will but having a standalone space in the garden where you can work, un …

Seven Ways to Speed Up the Sale of Your Home

In this two-minute read, I look at how sellers can fast-track property transactions. We’ve all heard horror stories about property sales that drag on for months or even years, leaving the seller frustrated and frazzled. But the sales you don’t hear muc …

Six Ways to Dress Your Home for a Successful Sale

In this three-minute read, I look at ways to present your property to achieve the best possible deal. Presenting a home in its best light can significantly bump up the selling price and speed up the transaction. So why don’t all sellers dress their pro …

Why Do Some Properties Hang Around on the Market?

In this three-minute read, we look at what sellers can do to avoid their property sitting on the market. Making a bad impression We’ve all heard the adage that first impressions are the most important. This is definitely the case when it comes to selli …

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