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Top Tips For Viewing A Property

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When it comes to buying property, it is important to keep in mind that it could potentially be the home you live in for the rest of your life. With this in mind, it is essential that when you view potential properties that you take the time to be thorough and get all the information you can.
To help make sure you don’t miss a thing and make the right choice when you do eventually make an offer, we’ve compiled the following list of tips to help you to view a property like a pro.
Don’t rush
We all feel a bit strange viewing someone else’s home, but as we said earlier, you could be living in this property for decades, so don’t rush through this process! It’s vital that you spend close to 30 minutes exploring the property, asking questions and just getting a good sense of how it feels. If you just wander from room to room, taking a quick look and then moving on, you won’t get a good feel for the property. Taking that little extra time will mean you are well-informed when you come to make a formal offer.

Think about how much space there actually is
When it comes to property, space is one thing you can never have enough of. Whether you’re looking to fit in that Queen-size bed or you need somewhere to store all of the precious knickknacks that you have collected over the years, space is incredibly valuable. Pay attention to the way the current owner has laid out the furniture, as it will provide you with some insight into how to best make use of the property’s available space. It’s also an excellent opportunity to think about how much room your items take up and whether there is any scope for a little pre-move declutter.
Take a walk through the area
When you’re buying a property you’re not just investing in that building, you’re also investing in the neighbourhood itself. If you’re first-time buyers and looking to build a life in this new home, you have to ask whether the area is suitable for your family’s needs. Are there plenty of shops close by? How do the local schools perform? It’s best to wander around the area for a short while in order to see how it all feels, after all, if you’re going to be here for some time, you need to feel comfortable.
Once you’ve taken a good look, take another and maybe another
As we stated at the beginning, when it comes to buying property it’s best done the right way, but even when you do everything right, it’s always best to check things twice. No matter how thorough you intend to be there is always the possibility that you missed a couple of things the first time around. Most would advise visiting a property 2-3 times and at different times of the day – if possible – to see if you feel the same way each time. Buying a home can be very exciting, so it is worth visiting the property a few times.
Don’t forget that your agent is there to help you! Make sure you ask them questions about the property’s history and the local area, as they will be more than happy to assist you with your decision.

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interest cut

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Interest rates have been cut to 0.25% in a bid to shore up the economy amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. This is the first time since the financial crisis that the Bank of England has announced an emergency move.

Low interest rates may well help cushion the housing market in the months ahead. Over 70% of homes are purchased with a mortgage.

According to data from the Bank of England, activity in the mortgage market is currently at a four-year high and mortgage rates are increasingly competitive on the high street.

In 2008, interest rates were cut for six consecutive months, falling from 5% in September 2008 to 0.5% in March 2009. Low interest rates helped the property market rebound throughout 2009.

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welcome lydia!

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I wanted to give a big hello and warm welcome to the newest member of our Stockport Exchange team. Lydia Swann joins us today, starting as a Trainee Sales and Lettings Negotiator.

Welcome Lydia, I am very happy to have you on board!

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Stockport’s dining scene set to excel with two exciting new announcements

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Two recent announcements are set to give Stockport’s dining scene further shots in the arm.

The first being that Gary Usher, owner of Elite Bistro’s which includes Didsbury’s fantastic Hispi, has teased that he has chosen Stockport as his next destination. Gary and his team have a fantastic reputation and will be a great fit for Stockport.

The second announcement is that the wonderful Sam Buckley, chef patron at Where The Light Gets In, will battle it out in this years Great British Menu.

Stockport is behind you Sam

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Revamping Your Home to Improve Your Life and Health

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Moving to a new home—or revamping your current one—is exciting. But it’s also full of opportunities to improve your wellness, plus your enjoyment of your home. From making small repairs to investing in more significant modifications, here are some home helps that can improve your life and health.

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Buyer Demand Soars

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Recent data released by Zoopla has shown that 2020 has started in supreme fashion for the property market; with buyer demand up 26% when compared to the same period in 2018 and 2019. With such an influx of buyers, those thinking of selling their property have timed it well.  


Hometrack, the data research arm of Zoopla, have demonstrated just how much of an effect the general election and the promise of political stability have had on the property market; with demand increasing by over a quarter and house price growth across the major UK cities also hitting nearly 4%, the highest in two years.

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rents rise in the uk!

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2019 was a year of recovering rental values following the drop observed in 2018. The DPS (Deposit Protection Service) reports a 1.4% increase in rents in 2019 (Q42018 to Q42019).

Average monthly rent in the UK is now £773, or £672 excluding London.

London continues to be the most expensive region to rent with average monthly rents of £1,345. The North East is the cheapest region to rent with monthly rents of £518.

Strongest annual growth in average monthly rents was seen in London, a 4.3% increase followed by the South West region at 3.3%.

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fall in love with the right home

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Buying a home is like falling in love, you can expect to go through the same ups and downs, emotional tugs and pulls, and even similar stages.

The one that got away, don’t panic, there are plenty more fish in the sea! An estimated 1.2 million residential properties were sold in 2019 (HMRC).

Broken heart? Don’t worry it’s not just you! One in four (24.42%) of house sales in England and Wales fell through before completion in 2019 (Independent Home Buyer Quick Move Now).

Hopelessly devoted to that home? Don’t be a fool in love, never settle for what doesn’t feel right! 34% of people said moving to a new house is more nerve-wracking than getting divorced (Real Homes)!

Make sure you fall in love with the right home! According to the English Housing Survey an owner occupier spends on average 18.1 years in their home, so pick well as you are in it for the long haul!

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Ten Pin Bowling Alley coming to Redrock

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Plans have now been approved for The Light Cinema to create a 6 lane bowling alley within the vacant unit next to their cinema at Redrock.

Let’s hope they create something as equally different and fantastic to their cinema offering!

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