The Rise And Fall Of Online Estate Agents

Let’s turn again to the topic of Online Estate Agents. The money currently being spent on TV commercials (propaganda) extolling the virtues of these new players in the Property business is simply eye watering as are some of the outrageous claims of savings made along with the lack of respect shown to High Street Sales… Read more »

Is Self Managing a Good Idea?

We are regularly asked by both professional and accidental Landlords whether or not Self-Management of their property(s) is a good idea? In both cases our answer is ’not usually’ bearing in mind that in most situations we are talking about an essential monthly income stream as well the longer term retirement / pension provisions of… Read more »

Selling a House after Divorce or Separation

A standard joke in the Property business is “where would we be without the 3 D’s? Except it’s no joke. The Buying and Selling of houses is driven in a good part by the Deaths of property owners, by Debt reduction (downsizing) and by Divorce.  So what happens to the house in a divorce? Sadly… Read more »

Choose a good solicitor

We are sometimes asked by clients to recommend a local Conveyancing Solicitor and we are pleased to mention a number of very good ones we work well with on a regular basis. This is not in itself a tricky question. Our problem comes when the client is thinking of working with an online only Solicitor,… Read more »

Spring in the Air – ‘Old vs New’

Tuesday 18th March was officially the first day of Spring but here in Harrogate our amazing crocuses are already in full bloom having survived the snow, ice and torrential rain of recent weeks. Some parts of the Stray may look half drowned but nothing has dampened the surge in activity in the local property market… Read more »

Planning Permission – Improvements & Extensions

It is with some apprehension that I will now do my best now to throw some light on the tricky topic of planning permissions. Truly we are embarking together along a path where angels fear to tread – but here goes. Provided you don’t want to extend your property by more than three metres beyond… Read more »

Rising Damp and the Rental Marketplace in Harrogate

These are some of my reflections on renting as I gaze from my study window at the top of the house across the sweeping grasslands and woods of ‘Gods own Country’. Renting was rather unfashionable back in the 60’s & 70’s and youngsters either lived in a Rigsby ‘Rising Damp’ style bedsit with woodchip wallpaper… Read more »

Harrogate – The Teflon Town

I had to chip ice from my car windscreen this week before driving into the office. Winter has arrived and it’s the season of roadworks around the town. In reflective mood, I got to thinking  ‘where does the property market overall stand today as we head towards Christmas?’. Well the national papers are still happily… Read more »

Don’t over price your property!

It is a natural instinct for many sellers in Harrogate to think that it’s a good idea to go to the market with an over ambitious asking price. And why not ? – given that our overall local market is so buoyant and demand for good quality homes in the town in every price range… Read more »

Why To Buy The Best House On The Worst Road

A great many urban myths are just not true – but some are. It is absolutely true that you can turn an ugly duckling into a swan and achieve a very considerable capital growth on a new home or an investment property by buying well and then imaginatively improving / extending to add value without… Read more »