Harrogate Mystery! Do you know Janet?

If you’re an avid reader of the Harrogate Advertiser, the story of Janet will most certainly have piqued your interest. The story is even more intriguing for all of us at Myrings as back in 1982 we sold the home involved in this fascinating story,  41 St Catherines Road, to the current owner. Local builder Nick… Read more »

Are Loft Extensions a Good Idea?

We are sometimes asked by landlords if they should extend their terraced houses to make an extra bedroom in the loft. Landlords often have good connections to reliable tradesmen, who can do such extensions at a sensible price. More useable space is usually indicative of better quality accommodation and tenants are prepared to pay to accommodate… Read more »

Britain’s Ageing Homeowner Population

RICS (The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) is warning of an acute shortage of supply, as Britain’s ageing population of home owners move less frequently and focus instead on helping their children onto the housing ladder. They suggest that house prices in the UK could rise by 25 % over the next five years, given… Read more »

Downsizing Your Home? Don’t be too Ruthless!

In Britain, the days are over when people climbed the property ladder until they bought a family home in which to grow old. Today’s younger generation often need financial help from their parents and grandparents at a time when their pensions may not be paying for a relaxing retirement. This may explain why, according to… Read more »

The Nation’s Favourite TV Property Presenter

A poll carried out by Gocompare.com has named Nick Knowles as the nation’s favourite property presenter on TV. Nick  Knowles, who presents the BBC’s DIY SOS, beat Kevin McCloud and Phil Spencer into second and third place respectively. This is not too surprising, really. Nick’s show has it all in terms of the human element… Read more »

10 Mistakes of the Rookie Property Developer

Are you looking to get into property development in or around Harrogate? Many are tempted by the idea of buying a house, doing it up and selling it on for a profit. Sadly this is not as easy as it first appears. Property renovation is usually accompanied by all sorts of pitfalls and unpleasant surprises… Read more »

Sell at the Best Price: Online vs High Street Agents

There’s a lot of talk in the media these days, about the perceived savings that can be made by using an ‘Online Estate Agent’ to sell your home, rather than one on the high street. We had the idea (in the pursuit of fairness, of course!) to investigate the situation in our home town of… Read more »

‘Help to Buy’ and the Effect on House Prices

The election has been on everyone’s lips. One question that we are regularly asked is: Why do house prices in Harrogate continue to climb, despite the uncertainty surrounding the government’s future plans? Our answer? It is largely due to availability of low cost money and the knock on effect in the market place of reduced monthly… Read more »

Housing and the Election: What the Parties say

They’ve been all over our televisions, newspapers and Internet. The main political parties have been thrashing their manifestos out in order to win the publics’ all-important votes. But what are the parties takes on housing? In brief and as an indication only of some of the ideas floated: The Conservatives would like to extend the… Read more »

Renting & The Election: Will Lettings Gain or Lose?

As Election fever begins to grip the UK, we’ve seen propositions for reform that have varied in shades of feasibility and usefulness. As a local estate agent, it is our duty to inform and protect those that live within the properties that we let on behalf of landlords, as well as the landlords themselves that… Read more »