Harrogate – Post Budget – a Housing Hotspot

An initial rush, a steady pace, a stumble and then a surge toward the finishing line. This narrative could describe an athletic race and sometimes mirrors the UK property market year but not in Harrogate. All through 2020 we were told by the mainstream media that house prices would fall due to national lockdowns and the… Read more »

Rent Guarantee Insurance

We have a really simple but successful philosophy when it comes to our Lettings business – we work with good Landlords who own good properties and attract good tenants. Our policy is to look after the best interests of all parties involved – Landlords / Tenants and our Repair & Maintenance teams in a proactive /… Read more »

A Year in Review: 2020

As we stand today at the start of the new year and survey the place we call home in Harrogate Town and District we look up and see more Covid thunder clouds gathering overhead. We now know that the next few months will be very difficult for everyone and can only hope and pray that… Read more »

Spend before selling?

Harrogate being Harrogate even now during the awful Covid crisis the Sales marketplace is very busy with most transactions going through at or very near asking price and sometimes higher on gold standard properties (eg – family houses in catchment for Harrogate Grammar etc). Despite being busy we do still get asked ‘Is it worth… Read more »

Where do we go from here?

At first glance there doesn’t seem to be any obvious painful news for the property marketplace coming our way in the Chancellors financial statement with no mention of a hike in CGT(Capital Gains Tax) on the sale of Second / BTL homes. Quite the reverse  – the Chancellor is planning a £20 BM boost into… Read more »

How Little White Lies Could Kill the Sale of Your Home in Harrogate

We all tell a white lie or two now and again, it could be the cost of those shoes that suddenly appeared in the wardrobe, or that stunning unique lamp that you just had to have in your home office.  Yet as innocent a slip of the tongue it may be, some white lies can… Read more »

Keep Your Emotions in Check When Selling Your Home in Harrogate

Your house is your home, and so it’s completely normal to feel an emotional connection with it –  as they say, home is where the heart is.  Yet we all know the experience of selling your home can make those feelings stronger, it doesn’t matter why you wish to move – upsizing, downsizing, relocating –… Read more »

Is Now a Good Time to Buy?

We are now being informed on almost a daily basis by the BBC and media that the economy is in recession. The property gurus are forecasting falling house prices on a UK basis for the remainder of this year and into 2021. Some Lenders are stress testing furloughed and self-employed buyers to much more severe… Read more »

Stamp Duty holiday time in Harrogate!

It will come as no surprise to anyone that the Chancellors announcement of a temporary Stamp Duty ( SDLT) holiday on the 9 th of July has triggered both a big surge in new listings & sales but also in queries &  questions. We would stress that we are not Property Lawyers or Taxation specialists… Read more »