The Journal

How to Make Your Home Look Bigger

Find out how you can impress buyers by making each room in your home look as spacious as possible. A two-minute read. Whether you’re marketing a one-bedroom flat or a seven-bedroom mansion, the same rule usually applies – big is beautiful. We’re talkin …

The Key to Getting Top Price for Your Home (Hint: Choose a Great Estate Agent)

This two-minute read explains how to identify a great estate agent – one who’ll land you the best deal for your home.  What separates a mediocre estate agent from an exceptional one? It’s not what they say; it’s what they do. While some agents talk a b …

Want Lower Mortgage Payments? Go Green

If you’re taking out a new mortgage or about to refinance your property, have you considered a green mortgage? No? Never heard of it? Well, that’s what I’m here for.  A green mortgage is not actually new. In fact, the concept was first launched about 3 …

Why First-Time Movers Are Banking on Mum and Dad

This two-minute read looks at parents’ integral role in helping young people get on the property ladder. There’s one financial institution that never seems to go out of fashion, and that’s the dear old Bank of Mum and Dad (or BOMAD for people who like …

Agents Versus Algorithms – Do We Still Need the Human Touch to Sell a Home?

Property portals have revolutionised the market, but can an algorithm replicate an astute estate agent’s experience, empathy, and enthusiasm? A two-minute read. Here’s a statistic that sums up just how integral the internet is to buying and selling pro …

Advantages of Buying a New-Build Home

In this two-minute read, I look at the advantages of buying a new-build home.  When you visit a show home, it’s easy to imagine yourself sitting at the beautifully laid table, sinking back into the comfy sofa or settling in for a night’s sleep in a lux …

The Art of Compromise – What Buyers and Sellers Need to Know

This two-minute read looks at the, sometimes inevitable, part compromise plays in many property transactions. When it comes to buying a home, there’s a word that buyers don’t like to hear, but it really is a critical element of any property purchase. A …

Simple Ways to Save Money on Your Energy Bills 

This two-minute read looks at how to trim down your energy bills. Householders were hit with budget-busting energy price hikes in 2021 – a trend that looks set to continue well into the new year. Here are some ways to claw back some cash on your heatin …

How Home Sellers Can Avoid the Monday Blues

In this two-minute read, I share how homeowners thinking of selling can avoid feeling down in the dumps on the year’s most depressing day. Next Monday is, according to social scientists, the most depressing day on the calendar. It even has a name. Such …

Advice for Selling Due to a Divorce 

This three-minute read looks at the property-related issues that arise after a relationship breaks down. A survey of 2,000 Brits found that there’s only one thing more stressful than getting divorced – and that’s moving home.* Spare a thought then for …

The Rise in Popularity of Multigenerational Living

In this three-minute read, I explore the growing trend of multigenerational living.  Remember when you were younger and you couldn’t wait to move out of your parents’ house, rent your own place and live independently? Well, times are a-changin’, and be …

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 …

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