Are online estate agents the best way to sell your home – or are their cheap fees a false economy?

Faced with double-digit inflation, a cost-of-living crisis and soaring mortgage bills, anyone moving home this autumn will want to count the pennies.  So, is a low-cost online estate agent just the ticket or a false economy? And is the tried-and-tested traditional High Street agent the most sensible way to sell in a difficult market?  Operators … Read more

What will stamp duty changes mean for your house-moving plans?

The headlines this week have centred on mortgage mayhem and interest rates — but there’s one piece of good news to consider. Thousands of house buyers completing their purchases in the past seven days have already benefited from the stamp duty cut announced by Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng in his controversial mini-Budget, and property website Zoopla … Read more

Garden offices and orangeries are increasing in popularity among homebuyers says Rightmove

Garden offices, bi-fold doors and orangeries are among popular features that homebuyers are searching for, new research has revealed. Rightmove looked at the home features that have grown the most in popularity, based on the number of agents advertising them as a key selling point on its website. It found that garden offices top the … Read more

Rental evictions up 39% as 3,405 households are evicted in 3 months warns Shelter 

Rental evictions rise 39% in three months and charity warns it could become worse as tenants grapple with the cost-of-living crisis A total of 3,405 tenant households  were evicted in England in three months  Shelter fears rental evictions will rise as tenants struggle with living costs Rents are rising at the fastest rate in 16 … Read more

How to give your home an affordable makeover

Home makeovers have a downside. They are lengthy, expensive and not always guaranteed to be successful.  But it is certainly possible to make a substantial difference to your home without a big outlay, as our guide explains…  DECLUTTER DECISIONS  The late Sir Terence Conran, the guru who revolutionised domestic design, was a fount of wisdom … Read more