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Budget guide to transforming your home

There comes a time when every homeowner wants to make some improvements to their property. Whether it’s following the current interior design trends or just revitalising a space after a few years of neglect. Continue reading

House prices in Harborough rise by double the national average

Over the past decade or so, the price of housing in Harborough has frequently outperformed surrounding towns as well as performance on a national level. The latest house pricing figures from the Office of National Statistics show that house prices in the region are showing no sign of slowing down. Continue reading

How to choose the best estate agent in Market Harborough

When it comes to selling a home, Market Harborough has plenty of estate agencies to choose from. On the high street alone, you will find numerous options including our own office in the heart of it all on the square. So, how can you, a property seller, decide which of these estate agencies will do the best job for you? Continue reading

Should you self-manage your Market Harborough property?

There is a difference between an investor and a landlord. Some but-to-let investors have no interest in finding tenants, dealing with maintenance and coping with tricky tenants. These investors are simply not cut out for the role as landlord and, as such, are happy to pass this work to a letting agency. Continue reading

Why business is booming in Leicestershire

The middle of this decade will always be remembered as a golden time in Leicester. First, there was the reinternment of King Richard III in March 2015, the legacy of which means the annual number of visitors to Leicester Cathedral has risen from around 20,000 to 200,000 per year. International attention was soon focused on the city again when Leicester City Football Club won the 2015/16 Premier League against seemingly impossible odds of 5000 to 1. The celebrations may be long over but Leicester is still proving itself as a city very much on the up. Continue reading

Leicestershire is the solution for first and second time buyers

As anyone who has ever tried to save for a deposit knows, buying a first home anywhere in 2018 Britain is not easy unless you are a high earner, have inherited money or been given financial help from family. And even if you make it on to the property ladder, making the second step to buying a family home when children arrive can also be a big hurdle. The good news is that our region is one of the best places in the whole of the UK when it comes to the affordability of buying your first property or stepping up to your second. Continue reading

Good news for mortgage affordability as arrears rates fall

The number of homeowners in arrears with their mortgage repayments fell to a record low in the first three months of 2018, according to new figures from UK Finance. UK-wide, there were 78, 800 homeowner mortgages in arrears of 2.5% or more, a figure which is 8% lower than the same time last year and the lowest since records began in 1994. Continue reading

Does your home entitle you to the new inheritance tax relief?

“Nothing is certain except death and taxes,” goes the saying coined by Benjamin Franklin, and of course when it comes to inheritance tax the two unpleasant realities go together.

If you are a homeowner, usually your property will take up the majority of your estate when you die. Inheritance tax, which is charged at a rate of 40%, is applied above a threshold of £325,000. The fact that the £325,000 tax-free limit was frozen for 2018/19 made headlines, not least because it has not increased since 2009. This means many argue it is now a burden to many people who cannot be categorised as wealthy, as more and more estates become eligible for inheritance tax each year. Continue reading