Posts Categorized: Property Advice

Brexit – What’s Next?

‘I am an old man and have known a great many troubles but most of them never happened’. Mark Twain ( 1835-1910) You will understand that we are asked by clients on almost a daily basis what a Brexit at the end of March will mean in the Harrogate property market. The short answer is… Read more »

Should I let my property to a Pet Owner?

We are quite often asked this question and this is hardly surprising given that around half of the UK population own a pet. It’s fair to say that a great many Landlords are reluctant to accept pets and in fact an instruction to manage a property can have a “ no smokers or pets “… Read more »

Costly Mistakes for Buy-to-Let (BTL) Landlords

There is scarcely a day goes by without a national newspaper reporting the sad demise of the BTL Landlord. You would think that sighting a confident/successful Landlord in Harrogate would be rarer than spotting a White Rhino on the Stray. The truth is the exact opposite. The Rental Market is in good shape in the… Read more »

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 »