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Spring is the perfect time to hit ‘reset’ and take a mini-break to somewhere scenic. Whether you're looking for an English beach or a hiking adventure, we have chosen lots of different locations to suit everyone’s wants and needs for the ultimate spring staycation.  

Ballymena is a town located in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, situated approximately 30 miles north-west of Belfast. Historically, Ballymena has been a significant hub for agriculture and manufacturing, particularly in textiles and linen production. It's often referred to as the "Ballymena Braid" due to its rich linen-making heritage. Rich in its history, diverse in its economy, and with a vibrant cultural scene, Ballymena is a fantastic place to relocate to.

Charming cottages have a timeless appeal that creates a sense of peace and quiet. With their unique character, intricate detailing, and picturesque gardens, these homes exude charm and cosiness. Let’s take a look at 10 of the most attractive cottages on the market today.  

Spring has arrived, and as flowers bloom, temperatures rise and nature returns, the focus is turning to gardens. In celebration of this invigorating season, we’ve scoured the country for homes with spectacular spring gardens, guaranteed to inspire.

Mortgage interest rates are falling, which is good news, but fluctuations in the recent past can feel a bit unsettling. So, let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to help insulate against changing interest rates. 

Are you in search of the perfect place to call home, a location that embodies natural beauty, cultural richness, and a strong sense of community? Look no further than East Antrim, Northern Ireland, where your dream of a new beginning could become a reality. In this blog, we'll embark on a journey to introduce you to East Antrim and the countless reasons why it stands out as an exceptional area to consider for your next move. From its stunning landscapes to its vibrant heritage, East Antrim promises a quality of life that's both enriching and rewarding. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or someone seeking a welcoming community, East Antrim has something remarkable to offer you. Join us as we explore the allure of this picturesque region and why it might just be your next ideal destination.

According to the latest house price data from Halifax, Northern Ireland’s housing market continues to outperform the wider UK market, shrugging off continued high inflation and strong interest rates to post another yearly increase. As well as an uplift in prices, activity also ramped up by around 16% while demand in Northern Ireland increased by around 30%. It is also still the most affordable region in the UK to buy a home.

Spring is your chance to set the scene for the year ahead as wintry months disappear and warmer, longer days bring the summer ever closer. Trends exist in the gardening world just as much as anywhere else, so what are they in 2024 and where do you start?    

As the flowers bloom and the evenings brighten, it seems spring is just around the corner. Moving at this time of year allows you to be settled in by summer, and using a letting agent can carve out an easier route for you to discover your dream property.  

Easter weekend being right around the corner is the perfect excuse to brighten up the home with an abundance of florals and an array of colours to welcome in the springtime sunshine! Hop right into the season with these fun and simple Easter decorating tips…

The QEII Centre in Westminster, London, was abuzz with excitement on Friday, 22 March 2024, as The Guild of Property Professionals hosted its highly anticipated annual Guild Conference and Awards. Under the theme ‘Sharing Success,’ the full-day conference brought together innovative and passionate Guild Members alongside industry pioneers for an event exclusive to The Guild's network.

Spring is the season of renewal, where potential buyers look for a fresh start in a new home. Here are some top tips on how you can attract buyers this spring to get your dream move started.  

If you have paid off most or all of your mortgage, being a homeowner affords you more choices when it comes to funding your retirement. An ageing population contending with rising retirement costs is driving growth in the market for equity release schemes. One such scheme, that allows you to release equity from your home while you're still living in it, is a reverse mortgage, also called a lifetime mortgage.  

Signs of green shoots are appearing in the property market. More buyers are returning to the market, supported by falling mortgage rates, wage growth outstripping inflation, and a strong labour market.

Signs of green shoots are appearing in the property market. More buyers are returning to the market, supported by falling mortgage rates, wage growth outstripping inflation, and a strong labour market.

Signs of green shoots are appearing in the property market. More buyers are returning to the market, supported by falling mortgage rates, wage growth outstripping inflation, and a strong labour market.

Signs of green shoots are appearing in the property market. More buyers are returning to the market, supported by falling mortgage rates, wage growth outstripping inflation, and a strong labour market.

Signs of green shoots are appearing in the property market. More buyers are returning to the market, supported by falling mortgage rates, wage growth outstripping inflation, and a strong labour market.

Signs of green shoots are appearing in the property market. More buyers are returning to the market, supported by falling mortgage rates, wage growth outstripping inflation, and a strong labour market.

Signs of green shoots are appearing in the property market. More buyers are returning to the market, supported by falling mortgage rates, wage growth outstripping inflation, and a strong labour market.

Signs of green shoots are appearing in the property market. More buyers are returning to the market, supported by falling mortgage rates, wage growth outstripping inflation, and a strong labour market.

Signs of green shoots are appearing in the property market. More buyers are returning to the market, supported by falling mortgage rates, wage growth outstripping inflation, and a strong labour market.

Signs of green shoots are appearing in the property market. More buyers are returning to the market, supported by falling mortgage rates, wage growth outstripping inflation, and a strong labour market.

Signs of green shoots are appearing in the property market. More buyers are returning to the market, supported by falling mortgage rates, wage growth outstripping inflation, and a strong labour market.

Signs of green shoots are appearing in the property market. More buyers are returning to the market, supported by falling mortgage rates, wage growth outstripping inflation, and a strong labour market.

Signs of green shoots are appearing in the property market. More buyers are returning to the market, supported by falling mortgage rates, wage growth outstripping inflation, and a strong labour market.

Signs of green shoots are appearing in the property market. More buyers are returning to the market, supported by falling mortgage rates, wage growth outstripping inflation, and a strong labour market.

Signs of green shoots are appearing in the property market. More buyers are returning to the market, supported by falling mortgage rates, wage growth outstripping inflation, and a strong labour market.

Signs of green shoots are appearing in the property market. More buyers are returning to the market, supported by falling mortgage rates, wage growth outstripping inflation, and a strong labour market.

Signs of green shoots are appearing in the property market. More buyers are returning to the market, supported by falling mortgage rates, wage growth outstripping inflation, and a strong labour market.

Leasehold homes can pose complex issues when it comes to selling, especially if the lease is considered short. If you’re wondering what your next steps should be as a leaseholder, here’s everything you need to know. 

International Women’s Day is a global annual event, on Friday 8th March, celebrating women's achievements, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality. Together we can forge women's equality and collectively we can all #EmbraceEquity.

If you are looking to buy a home but cannot afford to make it happen on your own, you will be happy to know that up to four people can be registered as legal co-owners of a property. Because of this, buying property with friends can be a smart and efficient way to enter the housing market while sharing financial responsibilities. In this article, we will explore the benefits of buying property with friends, how the process works, and things you need to consider before completing the purchase. 

If you’re considering adding an annexe to your home, you’re in growing company. An increasing number of homeowners are looking to their gardens to expand their living spaces in the form of a self-contained annexe.  

Stepping into the shoes of a landlord is an exciting prospect, but it’s also a big responsibility which shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you’re a potential property investor, here are the key things you’ll need to know before embarking on your journey to financial security. 

Buying a converted property is a great way to move into a home full of unique character and charm that you can style to your own desires. Let’s take a look at what types of converted properties there are, the advantages of them, and what considerations you should make when buying one. 

Nestled along the scenic banks of the River Bann in Northern Ireland lies the charming town of Coleraine. Steeped in history, surrounded by natural beauty, and brimming with opportunity, Coleraine has become an increasingly popular destination for individuals and families seeking a vibrant yet peaceful lifestyle. Coleraine boasts a rich tapestry of history and culture, evident in its historic landmarks, such as the iconic Mussenden Temple perched dramatically atop the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

If you’re looking to enhance the value of your home, a modernised kitchen or bathroom is the way to go. However, a full kitchen renovation isn’t always an affordable option, so you might want to focus on the small yet dynamic space of your bathroom. Here are some of the top current trends for a fresh bathroom makeover. 

A full home refresh doesn’t always mean spending the whole nine yards. With a few thoughtful touches, you can transform your living space and elevate your everyday life. If you’re working with budget constraints, here are a few wallet-friendly ways to breathe new life into your home this year. 

In today’s fast-paced world, having a home which inspires peace and comfort is more important than ever. If you’re seeking somewhere to unwind and switch off, here’s how to cultivate your own wellness space and promote a sense of calm in your home. 

Renovating your home is a great way to keep things feeling fresh and stylish while also adding some extra value to your property. Here are five tips on how to improve your home, increase its market value, and entice potential buyers.   

As the property landscape continues to evolve, the question lingers: Is now a good time to move home? To help you decide, we’ve come up with a list of reasons why 2024 could be the perfect time to embark on a new chapter.

In this busy modern world, coming home should feel like taking a breath of fresh air. Now could be the time to turn your living space into your happy place. Here are some relaxed yet effective tips for a wholesome home makeover.

With the New Year bringing potential for a fresh beginings, searching for your next rental property might be one the most exciting ways to kickstart 2024. To help you get started, we have put together a list of key things to look out for when viewing properties, so you can narrow down the search and find your perfect match this year.

Working from home has become the new normal for many people all over the world, so it’s more important than ever that your home office promotes productivity and inspires creativity. If your personal workspace could use a touch of TLC, here are some of the key elements to explore when designing the ultimate office space for your home.

Nestled in the heart of Northern Ireland, Armagh is a Northern Irish lcity with a rich history, vibrant culture, and a unique charm that captivates both locals and newcomers alike. From its historic landmarks to its welcoming community, Armagh has become an increasingly popular destination for those looking to relocate. In this blog post, we'll delve into what makes Armagh special, explore its property market, and understand why people are choosing to make this city their new home.

Whether you are looking to relocate for work or a taste of new horizons, here are our top tips for relocating in 2024 to help your move to a new location run as smoothly as possible:

It’s no secret that the end of the year is an expensive time for many people, and energy bills can bite a huge chunk out of your monthly budget as the temperatures drop. If you’re hoping for a cosy Christmas, not a costly one, here are some more affordable ways you can heat up your home this winter.

Moving is often stressful for everyone involved and, unfortunately, we can’t exactly tell our pets what’s going on. It’s important to get things in order beforehand, so you and your pets can make a smooth and easy transition to your dream home. Here are some tips to help you along the way…

The New Year brings a fresh start and an opportunity for change, so it’s no wonder that thousands of first-time buyers get their moving plans into gear in January. If getting on the property ladder is your New Year’s resolution, here’s how to take your first step.

And just like that, another year is over, but what does 2024 have in store for the UK’s most stylish homes? We reveal the top interior design trends for the year ahead... 

While the chilliest season may not be the conventional choice for moving, it certainly has its perks that can make your moving experience a smoother one. So, don’t let the chill deter you! Here are just some of the key reasons why winter could be the best season to make your move.

The beginning of a new year is a time for fresh starts, renewed optimism, and exciting changes, making it the perfect opportunity to buy a new home. This guide will give you all the tips you need to make that dream move a reality. 

January is a great time for a change of scenery, which is why the rental market is usually buzzing this time of year. If you’re a landlord looking for a new tenant in 2024, here’s how to get your property noticed this season:

According to Julie McCrory, Director at Kingham Property Specialists, now is a good time to consider buying a property in Lurgan and Craigavon. Firstly, the current real estate market conditions favour buyers, with competitive prices throughout Lurgan & Craigavon offering better value for money. Secondly, Lurgan and Craigavon have seen recent growth and development, making it an attractive area to live in. With improved infrastructure, amenities, and transportation links, the area is becoming increasingly desirable for both residents and investors.

The process of selling your home involves more than just placing a "For Sale" sign by your front door. It's a strategy consisting of presentation and preparation that can significantly impact the success of your property sale. As homeowners embark on the journey of selling their properties, the importance of first impressions cannot be overstated, this article looks to support you in enhancing the marketability of your home and ensure a smooth and successful selling experience. 

Christmas is all about spending time at home with family, and there’s no better way to do so than with fun and easy crafts! Here are some of our top DIY activities for the whole family to enjoy when the weather outside is frightful. 

Budgeting for Christmas is all about preparation, and you can hone in on some great deals before Christmas if you plan accordingly and buy in bulk. Make sure you have time to draw up a seating plan and a menu to send to your guests before the big day. This will allow time for anyone to speak up about any dietary requirements so that you can plan out an additional option for them.     Decide who is coming  Make sure you don’t lose track of your guests, particularly, if you have a large family with potential other guests to consider. It is important to formally invite each person or couple and write up a guest list. This way, you’ll know exactly how many people you will be catering to and any other additional needs they may have, such as vegetarian diets or allergies. Once you’ve received a response from each guest, you will be able to budget accordingly. Remember that some people might be vague with their responses, and you may need to push for a definitive answer to avoid confusion.     Let your guests know they’re welcome to bring a dish  Most people will be happy to show off their baking and cooking skills while also giving you a helping hand on your first Christmas as a host. Therefore, let them know early that their plates and pots of treats are welcome to the dinner. Even if a full Christmas meal is within your budget, snacks and beverages can become a stretch, and allowing others to bring something to the table will take some of the weight off your shoulders.    Space saving  Each chair and square foot of space counts on Christmas day, so it’s a good idea to space out your decorations and furniture to make room for all your guests. Enable traffic flow through the front door by clearing some free spaces in your hallway. Make use of any storage space, such as cupboards and hangers for coats, bags, and umbrellas, as these will pile up quickly when your guests arrive, and a jumbled mess of personal items can create chaos when the night is over.   If your dining table is situated to the side or in a corner, it makes sense to move it to a more central position in the room, as this will allow more space for you to serve up your dishes and for your guests to move around freely.     After Christmas dinner  There is no need to spend any money on planning this part of the day if you wish to focus your budget on the meal. Lay out as many blankets and cushions as possible, get the fire going and switch on your Christmas playlist for a perfect comfy gathering. Depending on how you plan on spending your evening, you could arrange your furniture into a ‘U’ shape, move the coffee table to one side and allow central floor space for games of charades, or clear up the dining table and replace it with a spread of your family’s favourite board games.    Enjoy yourself  On Christmas day, take some time away from hosting to relax and have some fun. Your guests wouldn't want to see you stressing or rushing around all day as they have gathered simply to spend time with you in your wonderful home. Make sure your seat is at the head of the table so you can have a chance to speak to everyone and enjoy the beautiful meal you spent a lot of time preparing.   Hosting Christmas can feel like there’s a lot of pressure on you to make everything perfect when in reality, your friends and family will just be happy to spend the day with you in your home and will want to help wherever possible. So, take it easy, and don’t let the pressure get in the way of a cosy Christmas with the ones you love!   Contact us   Looking for a cosy new home this season? Contact your local Guild Member  today.

As 2023 draws to a close, the economic backdrop is slowly and steadily uplifting, with the housing market proving its resilience. Mortgage rates are normalising but buyers and sellers remain cautious.

As 2023 draws to a close, the economic backdrop is slowly and steadily uplifting, with the housing market proving its resilience. Mortgage rates are normalising but buyers and sellers remain cautious.

As 2023 draws to a close, the economic backdrop is slowly and steadily uplifting, with the housing market proving its resilience. Mortgage rates are normalising but buyers and sellers remain cautious.

As 2023 draws to a close, the economic backdrop is slowly and steadily uplifting, with the housing market proving its resilience. Mortgage rates are normalising but buyers and sellers remain cautious.

As 2023 draws to a close, the economic backdrop is slowly and steadily uplifting, with the housing market proving its resilience. Mortgage rates are normalising but buyers and sellers remain cautious.

As 2023 draws to a close, the economic backdrop is slowly and steadily uplifting, with the housing market proving its resilience. Mortgage rates are normalising but buyers and sellers remain cautious.

As 2023 draws to a close, the economic backdrop is slowly and steadily uplifting, with the housing market proving its resilience. Mortgage rates are normalising but buyers and sellers remain cautious.

As 2023 draws to a close, the economic backdrop is slowly and steadily uplifting, with the housing market proving its resilience. Mortgage rates are normalising but buyers and sellers remain cautious.

As 2023 draws to a close, the economic backdrop is slowly and steadily uplifting, with the housing market proving its resilience. Mortgage rates are normalising but buyers and sellers remain cautious.

As 2023 draws to a close, the economic backdrop is slowly and steadily uplifting, with the housing market proving its resilience. Mortgage rates are normalising but buyers and sellers remain cautious.

As 2023 draws to a close, the economic backdrop is slowly and steadily uplifting, with the housing market proving its resilience. Mortgage rates are normalising but buyers and sellers remain cautious.

As 2023 draws to a close, the economic backdrop is slowly and steadily uplifting, with the housing market proving its resilience. Mortgage rates are normalising but buyers and sellers remain cautious.

As 2023 draws to a close, the economic backdrop is slowly and steadily uplifting, with the housing market proving its resilience. Mortgage rates are normalising but buyers and sellers remain cautious.

As 2023 draws to a close, the economic backdrop is slowly and steadily uplifting, with the housing market proving its resilience. Mortgage rates are normalising but buyers and sellers remain cautious.

As 2023 draws to a close, the economic backdrop is slowly and steadily uplifting, with the housing market proving its resilience. Mortgage rates are normalising but buyers and sellers remain cautious.

As 2023 draws to a close, the economic backdrop is slowly and steadily uplifting, with the housing market proving its resilience. Mortgage rates are normalising but buyers and sellers remain cautious.

As 2023 draws to a close, the economic backdrop is slowly and steadily uplifting, with the housing market proving its resilience. Mortgage rates are normalising but buyers and sellers remain cautious.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and if your home isn’t ready yet, it is time to get the boxes out of the attic, set up the tree and get the Christmas tunes going. However, if you’re looking for a little inspiration or a change of style this year, here are a few festive ideas to consider…

Whether it’s your first Christmas hosting or you’ve lost count, there will always be new tricks to learn which would make the whole event run much smoother. Preparing the home beforehand sits somewhere at the top of the list; here are some of our top tips on how to get your home ready early…

Deciding whether to let your property furnished or unfurnished is a crucial decision for every landlord, regardless of experience. There are a range of different factors to take into consideration, such as property type, location, and target demographic.

Selling your home is an exciting time, though it can be stressful if you’re in a rush to get moving. While there’s no exact science to achieving a fast sale, there are a few ways to put yourself in the best possible position to make this an attainable goal.

Much like Hollywood in the spring, the property industry looks forward to autumn with anticipation as prestigious awards ceremonies such as the ESTAS, EA Masters and The Negotiator awards make their annual return.

New builds offer the unique promise of modern amenities, energy efficiency, and most importantly, a fresh start. When buying a new build home, it’s important to approach the process with caution and thorough research to ensure that you’re making a wise investment. Here are some of the crucial factors to consider when buying your first new build home. 

There’s no greater joy than making a home feel like yours, but if you’re renting, you might need to work around a few constraints first. Renting a property doesn't mean you have to settle for a space that feels impersonal or temporary. With a little creativity and a few thoughtful touches, you can turn your rental into a warm and inviting home.

Competition on the market tends to cool down as the year wraps up, but buyers who hope to move for the coming year will be looking now. If you’re ready to put your home on the market, here’s how to draw in buyers this season. 

Winter can be a wonderful time of year; you just need to be prepared. Officially starting just a few days before Christmas, winter is the perfect time to curl up at home in front of the fireplace. Here are our top tips to help you prepare your home for the harsher weather. 

Owning an old property is both a privilege and a challenge. While you have the honour of preserving a piece of local history, you also have the hefty responsibility of keeping it safe from damage.  

When a home is truly yours, you should feel an immediate sense of comfort and belonging as soon as you walk through your front door. While there are countless ways to decorate and furnish a house, adding a personal touch can transform it into a unique and inviting space. If you’re in need of a little inspiration, here are some distinctive and impactful ways in which you can inject some of your personality into your surroundings.  

As summer succumbs to the harsher weather of autumn and winter, many of us find ourselves spending more time indoors. While the colder months put certain limitations on outdoor activities, they open up more opportunities to get cosy indoors and entertain your loved ones. Here are some creative tips to help you make the most of the coming seasons and create memorable moments with family and friends.

Home is where the heart is, and book-lovers often have hundreds of homes nestled within the pages of their favourite stories. A home library is a great place to showcase your favourite collections while also keeping your space organised. If you’re a beginner, here’s how to create a stunning library in your home.  

When it’s warm outside, you may want to keep things minimal and breezy in your home. But as the cold seeps in, you’ll start to miss those cosy, insulant layers that make you feel glad to be home. Thankfully, it doesn’t take much to bring back all your creature comforts and ready your home for lower temperatures. Here’s how to add a touch of warmth to your home, ready for the season ahead. 

Modern homes are some of the most sought-after on the market. If your home exemplifies a contemporary lifestyle, it’s likely to attract the next generation of buyers. Well-placed décor can amplify your home into the current era and beyond, here’s how: 

On Friday, October 20th, The Guild of Property Professionals achieved an extraordinary three-peat victory, clinching the prestigious ESTAS award for Best Agency Network for the third consecutive year. This remarkable achievement was based on the collective ratings garnered by participating Guild agents from homeowners across the United Kingdom, utilising the esteemed ESTAS review platform. The Guild's network amassed a staggering 13,000 ESTAS reviews, boasting an impressive average customer service rating of 96.6%, a testament to the network's steadfast commitment to excellence.

Halloween is just around the corner, which means one thing: it's time to start planning the spookiest party of the year! Whether you're hosting a small gathering or a full-blown haunted bash, these tips will help you create a memorable Halloween experience for your guests. From decorations to games, costumes, and treats, we've got you covered for a frightfully fun night! 

Whether you're aiming for a full-blown haunted house or just want to add a touch of Halloween magic to your home this spooky season, these tips will help you get into the festive spirit. 

Autumn’s outdoors are nothing short of glorious. From streets punctuated with fallen leaves to dark landscapes split with the atmospheric colours of a cool sunset, it’s no wonder that the season of renewal is many people’s favourite time of year. If it’s time for a transformation in your home, you can bring some of this magic indoors by taking inspiration from nature, here’s how: 

Over summer, saving energy at home becomes relatively easy. But as the nights start to draw in and autumn’s chill takes its hold, you might find your energy bills soaring. Data from EnergySavingTrust reveals which appliances eat up the most energy in our homes, so you can target the areas that count this season and warm up your home efficiently. 

If you’re a big fan of cooking, a small kitchen might seem like a hindrance. In actuality, small kitchens can be just as stylish and functional as their larger counterparts with the right design approach. If you’re feeling cramped during your culinary endeavours, here’s how to maximise your cooking space:

As summer gently fades away and we welcome in the cosy embrace of autumn, coming home takes on a whole new meaning. What was our place to entertain and recharge in the summer, is now our calm and soothing retreat from the bracing outdoors. If you’re a lover of all things bright and cosy, here are our top tips to renew your home this autumn:

Open-plan living is a great way to bring the family together. From better traffic flow and more floor space to increased functionality and bright, airy aesthetics, there are plenty of reasons why this floor plan has skyrocketed in popularity over the last decade. If you’ve made the transition into open-plan living, or if you’re hoping to in the near future, here’s how to make the most of it: 

The evenings are atmospheric, the mornings are brisk, and the interior of your home is ready for a revamp! Autumn is a great time to inject some cosiness back into your home, so grab a mug of something warm and take a look at these top interior design tips to help you welcome in the new season… 

Having your home on the market is an exciting yet nerve-wracking experience which requires a combination of strategy and patience. However, if you’re eager to get a ‘SOLD’ sign planted out front, there are plenty of simple ways to potentially speed up your sale. 

What better way to wrap up summer than by getting cosy and tuning in to The Great British Bake Off? Whether you’re a pro baker or more of a casual hobbyist, having a great kitchen is a constant source of inspiration. As ovens hum with anticipation, we’ve scoured the country for 10 stunning kitchens, perfect for baking season.

As the summer warmth succumbs into the embrace of crisp, cool air, it's time to welcome the enchanting season of autumn into our gardens. Whether you’re thinking of showing off your home and its lovely exterior to potential buyers, or simply getting more use out of it over the cooler months, here’s how to update your garden this season using the latest trends:

Are you considering a change of scenery or a new place to call home? Look no further than County Down in Northern Ireland, a hidden gem that promises a life of beauty, history, and community. From its breathtaking landscapes to its rich cultural heritage, County Down has plenty to offer for those seeking a fresh start. Here's why you should consider moving to this picturesque county.

After saving for a deposit, finding that first home to buy and taking the leap is an exciting step in anyone’s life. According to confused.com the average first-time buyer is 32 years old and over half (52%) of all home purchase loans in the UK in 2022 were first-time buyers. These top 20 homes for first-time buyers are ideal for those looking to get on the property ladder. 

If you’re considering selling this season, autumn brings in a golden opportunity to charm potential buyers and make a move. With its cosy ambience and motivated buyers, it’s easy to show off your property in the best light and secure a swift sale. Here’s how to prep your property and close the deal this autumn:

To celebrate the capital’s unmatched lifestyle and character, we have scoured London’s streets to find our top homes that reflect the very essence of London Fashion Week. Discover the hidden stories, exquisite details, and luxurious interiors that make up London's most fashion-forward homes, proving that true style is not only worn; it's lived.

Despite challenging economic conditions, the market remains resilient, in part due to motivated buyers still looking for correctly priced homes. Activity amongst fi rst-time buyers is holding up well.

Despite challenging economic conditions, the market remains resilient, in part due to motivated buyers still looking for correctly priced homes. Activity amongst first-time buyers is holding up well.

Despite challenging economic conditions, the market remains resilient, in part due to motivated buyers still looking for correctly priced homes. Activity amongst first-time buyers is holding up well.

Despite challenging economic conditions, the market remains resilient, in part due to motivated buyers still looking for correctly priced homes. Activity amongst first-time buyers is holding up well.

Despite challenging economic conditions, the market remains resilient, in part due to motivated buyers still looking for correctly priced homes. Activity amongst first-time buyers is holding up well. 

Despite challenging economic conditions, the market remains resilient, in part due to motivated buyers still looking for correctly priced homes. Activity amongst first-time buyers is holding up well.

Despite challenging economic conditions, the market remains resilient, in part due to motivated buyers still looking for correctly priced homes. Activity amongst first-time buyers is holding up well.

Despite challenging economic conditions, the market remains resilient, in part due to motivated buyers still looking for correctly priced homes. Activity amongst first-time buyers is holding up well.

Despite challenging economic conditions, the market remains resilient, in part due to motivated buyers still looking for correctly priced homes. Activity amongst first-time buyers is holding up well.

Despite challenging economic conditions, the market remains resilient, in part due to motivated buyers still looking for correctly priced homes. Activity amongst first-time buyers is holding up well.

Despite challenging economic conditions, the market remains resilient, in part due to motivated buyers still looking for correctly priced homes. Activity amongst first-time buyers is holding up well.

Despite challenging economic conditions, the market remains resilient, in part due to motivated buyers still looking for correctly priced homes. Activity amongst first-time buyers is holding up well.

Despite challenging economic conditions, the market remains resilient, in part due to motivated buyers still looking for correctly priced homes. Activity amongst first-time buyers is holding up well.

Despite challenging economic conditions, the market remains resilient, in part due to motivated buyers still looking for correctly priced homes. Activity amongst first-time buyers is holding up well.

Despite challenging economic conditions, the market remains resilient, in part due to motivated buyers still looking for correctly priced homes. Activity amongst first-time buyers is holding up well.

Despite challenging economic conditions, the market remains resilient, in part due to motivated buyers still looking for correctly priced homes. Activity amongst first-time buyers is holding up well.

Despite challenging economic conditions, the market remains resilient, in part due to motivated buyers still looking for correctly priced homes. Activity amongst first-time buyers is holding up well.

From invigorating sea breeze and stunning vistas from your window to the best local businesses and attractions right at your doorstep; who wouldn’t love to be beside the seaside? Despite common belief, this laid-back, picture-perfect lifestyle is attainable if you know exactly where to look. To cut your search short, we have found some of the most affordable seaside locations in the UK based on their current average house prices… 

Homeownership is a dream shared by many, but for most first-time buyers, getting on the property ladder is no simple feat. If you’re among the ever-growing demographic of aspiring homeowners, use these top tips to help you take that all-important first step onto the property ladder.  

Owning an old property is like safeguarding a slice of history. Whether you've inherited a cherished family home or you're a proud owner of a period property, here’s how to maintain it so that future generations can enjoy it as much as you do… 

If you're seeking the perfect blend of comfortable living and natural beauty, you're in for a treat. Join us as we explore a curated selection of homes that offer not only the allure of modern living spaces but also the tranquillity and charm of being situated near some of the most picturesque parks. Discover how these homes provide an ideal sanctuary for those who appreciate both the convenience of urban life and the refreshing escape into nature.

If it is a project you’re after, then look no further. There is a whole host of properties on the market with bags of potential for refurbishment or the chance to completely start from scratch. All of these properties are just waiting for someone to snap them up and transform them into dream homes. Take your pick!

Are you pondering a change of scenery? A fresh start that seamlessly blends convenience, opportunity, and a vibrant community? Look no further than Cookstown, Northern Ireland—a town brimming with promise and potential. Join us as we explore the unique features that make Cookstown a destination worth considering for your next chapter.

Students are a popular demographic among landlords for numerous reasons; from high demand to longer rental periods, letting to students is a great way to secure your investment and attain high yields. However, it comes with its own set of considerations and challenges. Whether you're a seasoned landlord or new to the rental market, here’s everything you need to know about renting to students in the UK. 

When selecting greenery for your city garden, prioritise options that thrive in urban environments. Succulents and cacti are great choices as they require little water and are low maintenance, while air purifying plants like snake plants, aloe vera and spider plants filter pollutants and toxins from the air. Vertical gardening plants like trailing ivy and begonias make the most of limited space by growing vertically along walls and trellises. You should also consider your light exposure when choosing plants. Shade-loving plants like hostas do well in low light areas, while sun lovers like petunias and marigolds thrive in direct sunlight. Herbs like mint, oregano, thyme, and basil add appeal and also allow you to grow your own seasonings. Maximise vertical space  You don’t need to think purely in floorspace terms. Use vertical structures and plants to optimise every inch of your urban garden. Hang baskets and wall planters filled with colourful cascading flowers, trailing plants like ivy, and ornamental succulents to utilise vertical surfaces.  You could also consider adding a retractable awning or canopy to provide shade as well as colourful interest to the exterior of your property. Just be sure to position awnings in such a way as to maximise sun exposure for sun-loving plants. The right vertical solutions make the most of every square inch to transform urban spaces into verdant vertical gardens. Add ambient lighting Lighting allows you to enjoy your urban garden day or night while also creating a magical, soothing ambience that you and your guests can enjoy year-round. String lights overhead and weave them through fencing or trellises to illuminate pathways with a warm, inviting glow, or place lanterns on tables or hang solar powered lanterns from branches or hooks. Footlights or spotlights are an effective way to highlight specific plants, trees or architectural features. Or you may want to choose to install fairy lights which can be wrapped around potted plants or placed under benches to add whimsical sparkle. For safety, use plug-in or solar powered lighting options so you don’t need to worry about open flames.  Motion sensor lights are a great way to illuminate stairways or darker corners, and light up entryways or gates to welcome visitors in the evenings or early mornings. The right lighting can extend your time spent outdoors and will bathe your urban oasis in ambient lighting.  Create design focal points Strategically incorporate design elements to elevate your urban garden from ordinary to extraordinary. Water features like fountains or ponds make soothing focal points, and offer the opportunity to include striking sculptures, statues or garden art as statement pieces. Use pathways made from materials like brick, stone or gravel to guide the eye, along with benches or tables for relaxing. It’s also a good idea to create a dedicated lounging area with a hanging chair, hammock or porch swing surrounded by lush plantings, if space allows. It makes for the perfect spot for entertaining guests or relaxing in the summer. Be sure to frame views using arbours, pergolas or trellises, and design your space to showcase or spotlight certain plants, structures or amenities. This gives your garden an intentional flow and visual appeal.  Extend your living space Carefully chosen garden furniture can help seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor living spaces. Opt for lightweight, movable seating like folding chairs, stools and even hammocks that can be rearranged easily. Alternatively, built-in or permanent furniture like benches, picnic tables and porch swings also invites you to linger and spend more time outdoors.  Be sure to choose weather-resistant cushions and pillows which add comfort while keeping furniture multi-seasonal. Outdoor rugs are also great to define seating areas on patios or decks and zone the garden. Outdoor furniture gives you the feeling of an extra room in your home and extends your living space, which is not only great for you as the current owners or tenants, but also makes your garden look more desirable for prospective owners.  Build your dream outdoor kitchen An outdoor kitchen allows you to fully embrace dining and entertaining in the fresh air whenever weather permits. You don't need fancy equipment — just start with a trusty grill and build up your outdoor cooking zone over time. Add a countertop for food prep and closed storage for grilling tools and accessories, or install a side burner to cook in a skillet or pot.  You can then slowly increase convenience with a beverage dispenser stand to let guests help themselves while you’re preparing meals. An outdoor sink makes cleanup a breeze after garden barbeques or summer parties, while a refrigerator is the perfect addition for chilling drinks. With a well-equipped outdoor cooking area, you can easily take your favourite recipes from the kitchen to the patio. Contact us Are you searching for

Creating a nurturing and stimulating environment for your child is essential for their growth and development. Whether you're setting up a nursery for a newborn or revamping a playroom for your growing child, here are some creative and practical ideas to help you make the most out of a nursery or playroom. 

When selling your property, making your home stand out from the crowd is important. If you’re eager to sell this summer so you can get moving, here’s how to make your home stand out and leave a lasting impression on potential buyers. 

Choosing a theme helps make your summer events feel more cohesive and memorable for guests. Rather than aiming for a generic party, pick a fun theme that your decorations, activities and food can centre around. For instance, a beach party theme is perfect for a summer gathering — you can embellish your setting with seashells, sand, and tropical flowers, and serve cocktails adorned with umbrellas.  For nostalgic fun, a carnival concept works well — decorate with a tent, streamers and bright colours, and serve classic carnival fare like lemonade, candyfloss and hot dogs. Alternatively, if you'd prefer to opt for a more elegant set-up, you could choose the theme of a sophisticated afternoon tea, complete with sandwiches, Pimm’s and strawberries and cream. Whichever theme you choose, be sure to carry it through in the decor, food, activities and attire for a cohesive party atmosphere.  Provide shade and shelter Summer gatherings are meant to be enjoyed outdoors, but the elements can take a toll on guests spending long periods in the hot sun or dodging unexpected rain showers. As a host, preparing ways for your attendees to find relief from the weather is essential for a successful event. Invest in structures like gazebos, umbrellas or pergolas to provide ample shade for guests. You can even decorate these areas with string lights, garlands or lanterns to spruce up the space and allow for use after dark.  In case of pop-up summer showers, it’s also worth having a backup plan in place. A compact marquee can serve as emergency cover for guests and equipment, or alternatively, opt for activities that can be conveniently relocated indoors, to a conservatory or living room. Providing adequate shade and shelter means more guests will stay longer and remain comfortable mingling together outdoors well into the evening. And if the weather does interrupt briefly, you have the means to keep your party going strong without missing a beat.  Make it a sensory experience For an event that leaves a lasting impression, appeal to all your guests’ senses. Think beyond visual details alone and incorporate elements that ignite smell, sound and taste. A layered, sensory experience will transform your gathering from ordinary to unforgettable. For example, scent is one of the most powerful yet overlooked senses for event theming. Incorporate natural aromas that match your theme, like citrus, floral or beachy coconut notes. Sound is another important sensory element. Consider curating a playlist of music that resonates with your theme, such as steel drums for a luau or retro pop for a carnival party.  Most importantly, feature a menu of seasonal, flavourful foods and drinks that align with your theme. Fresh ingredients with vibrant colours will make the perfect visual centrepiece before stimulating your guests’ taste buds. Paying attention to other senses beyond sight creates an immersive experience no-one will forget.  Keep bugs at bay While a beautiful summer evening invites guests to enjoy the outdoors, the warmth also attracts unwanted insects. Take steps to deter pests so your guests can stay comfortable mingling and dining al fresco. Citronella candles and bug zapper lanterns placed around seating and buffet areas will naturally repel mosquitoes and other insects.  For a non-toxic option, use essential oils like eucalyptus, lavender or peppermint in oil diffusers. Planting mosquito-repelling flowers and herbs such as lavender, catnip, basil, rosemary or lemon balm along paths and in centrepieces can also help create a natural bug barrier. Paying attention to controlling the insect population in advance, by utilising natural repellents and taking precautions during your event, will allow participants to comfortably stay late into the evening. And by taking an eco-friendly approach, you’ll be able to keep your outdoor space bug-free without the use of harsh chemicals. Your guests will appreciate the care taken in anticipating their needs so they can relax and enjoy an al fresco evening in good company without the nuisance of pesky insects. Ensure your garden is party-ready A successful summer gathering requires a well-prepared outdoor space, so make sure your garden or patio area is clean, tidy and functional before guests arrive. Paying attention to details in your setting will make the event feel polished while still casual and fun. Firstly, tackle any necessary repairs in advance, such as checking for loose steps, uneven paving slabs or splintered decking boards. It’s also a good idea to mow the lawn, de-weed and top up any gravel or stones to create neat pathways. Before your guests arrive, make sure to clean outdoor furniture and tables, and arrange seating for easy mingling. It’s also important to remember to provide bins around your garden so guests can easily dispose of any cups or napkins throughout the event. Test lighting and audio equipment in advance, and make sure you have enough functioning power outlets and extension cords for any and all devices you’ll want on the day. Lastly, make final preparations the day before your party such as setting up outdoor bars and buffet tables, arranging games and clearing pathways for guests to use.  With attention to every detail in preparing your setting, guests will transition to a perfect summer night the moment they step onto your property. And you'll be ready to join in the fun right along with them, confident you have a functional and inviting space perfect for an evening of outdoor entertaining. Contact us Are you looking for the perfect property to enjoy with loved ones? Contact your local Guild Member today.

Quintessentially British and bursting with character, cosy cottages and their scenic backdrops represent the very best of UK housing. For those looking for a rural retreat of their own, we’ve listed our top 10 charming cottages for sale.

The Clogher Valley is a beautiful collection of small villages in Northern Ireland. With excellent commuter links and fantastic amenities, there is so much to explore. Here is our guide to the Clogher Valley.

The garden shed often serves as a home for your tools and outdoor equipment, but it has the potential to be so much more. With the arrival of summer, now is the perfect time to unleash your creativity and transform your home’s shed into a beautiful and functional garden feature. Here’s how to style up your shed in time for summer: 

Summer has arrived, and while many envision an escape to exotic destinations, others wouldn’t dream of missing out on spending summer in the city. While urban areas are known for their liveliness, you can still embrace a laid-back lifestyle in your city home this summer. Here’s how:

Summer is the perfect time to embark on the exciting journey of finding your dream home. With longer days, ideal weather, and a wide selection of properties on the market, you have an excellent opportunity to explore various avenues and make a confident decision. Whether you’re a first-time buyer, a second-stepper or you’re simply looking for an upgrade to your lifestyle, use this guide to find the home that fulfils your dreams this season. 

Summer is the most socially invigorating season; pub gardens open up for business, the kids are off school and the weather is primed for barbeques. Whether you’re prepping for fire-pit parties or outdoor dinners, we’ve got some top tips for your home so you can be the host with the most this season.

The summer season brings warm weather, longer days, and the opportunity to attract buyers looking for their dream home. If you’re planning on selling your home this season, use this guide to showcase your property’s best features and secure a fruitful summer sale. 

The conservatory often becomes the hub of the home over the summer months; perfect for dining, entertaining and basking in the outdoor rays without having to step foot outside. Here are some top tips for upgrading your conservatory now the sun is shining… 

The Guild of Property Professionals proudly recognises the exceptional achievements of its members during its 30th Anniversary celebration and Awards ceremony held in London on 16 June 2023.

Blue skies and sunshine have put a smile on many faces in recent weeks. Conditions remain challenging, but improved economic forecasts are good news for the housing market. 

Blue skies and sunshine have put a smile on many faces in recent weeks. Conditions remain challenging, but improved economic forecasts are good news for the housing market. 

Blue skies and sunshine have put a smile on many faces in recent weeks. Conditions remain challenging, but improved economic forecasts are good news for the housing market. 

Blue skies and sunshine have put a smile on many faces in recent weeks. Conditions remain challenging, but improved economic forecasts are good news for the housing market. 

Blue skies and sunshine have put a smile on many faces in recent weeks. Conditions remain challenging, but improved economic forecasts are good news for the housing market. 

Blue skies and sunshine have put a smile on many faces in recent weeks. Conditions remain challenging, but improved economic forecasts are good news for the housing market. 

Blue skies and sunshine have put a smile on many faces in recent weeks. Conditions remain challenging, but improved economic forecasts are good news for the housing market. 

Blue skies and sunshine have put a smile on many faces in recent weeks. Conditions remain challenging, but improved economic forecasts are good news for the housing market. 

Blue skies and sunshine have put a smile on many faces in recent weeks. Conditions remain challenging, but improved economic forecasts are good news for the housing market. 

Blue skies and sunshine have put a smile on many faces in recent weeks. Conditions remain challenging, but improved economic forecasts are good news for the housing market. 

Blue skies and sunshine have put a smile on many faces in recent weeks. Conditions remain challenging, but improved economic forecasts are good news for the housing market. 

Blue skies and sunshine have put a smile on many faces in recent weeks. Conditions remain challenging, but improved economic forecasts are good news for the housing market. 

Blue skies and sunshine have put a smile on many faces in recent weeks. Conditions remain challenging, but improved economic forecasts are good news for the housing market. 

Blue skies and sunshine have put a smile on many faces in recent weeks. Conditions remain challenging, but improved economic forecasts are good news for the housing market. 

Blue skies and sunshine have put a smile on many faces in recent weeks. Conditions remain challenging, but improved economic forecasts are good news for the housing market. 

Blue skies and sunshine have put a smile on many faces in recent weeks. Conditions remain challenging, but improved economic forecasts are good news for the housing market. 

Blue skies and sunshine have put a smile on many faces in recent weeks. Conditions remain challenging, but improved economic forecasts are good news for the housing market. 

The Guild of Property Professionals has once again shown the strength of their network with over 80 shortlisted Members at The ESTAS 2023.  

The benefits of surrounding yourself with leafy greens and pretty petals are endless, in fact, research carried out by NASA revealed that house plants can remove up to 87% of air toxins in just 24 hours!* Taking care of house plants engages nurturing instincts that encourage us to care for our surroundings - and in turn, ourselves. Bring some of that outdoor green goodness inside this season with this handy guide. 

Additional bedrooms are a huge selling point in and of themselves; but a stylish and cosy spare room could be just the clinching incentive for buyers looking for a lifestyle upgrade this year. If you’re thinking about transforming your spare room in time for house hunting season, we’ve compiled our favourite decorating ideas, perfect for those extra spaces that could thrive off some TLC.

The season for outdoor living and entertaining will soon be upon us, so whether you’re thinking about curating the ideal outdoor hangout for you and your guests, or bumping up your home’s value with a gorgeous garden, here are some tops tips to inspire some good gardening habits in time for summer.

Eurovision is an annual extravaganza that brings people together from all over Europe and beyond to celebrate music, culture, and, let's be honest, some wonderfully over-the-top performances. Whether you're a die-hard Eurovision fan or just a casual viewer, getting your home ready for the event can add to the excitement and create a fantastic atmosphere. So, if you're ready to dive into the Eurovision spirit, here are some tips on how to get your home ready for the big night...

Home hunting season is in full swing, and whether you’re thinking about selling this year, or future-proofing with some home upgrades, make change where it matters with these popular home enhancements…

The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms is scheduled to captivate the nation at Westminster Abbey on the 6th of May. But the fun won’t be confined to the capital as many Brits will gather to commemorate this historic occasion with street parties, barbeques, and family gatherings galore as we reflect on the monarch’s role today and look towards a bright future.

New builds, with their high energy efficiency and glossy, modern finishes are amongst the most coveted property types in the UK. If you’re looking for a brand-new home to reap the benefits of contemporary living this year, take a look at some of the incredible brand new homes on the market…

For many of us, our bedroom is our sanctuary and the personal, designated hideaway of our home, and so it only makes sense to curate a design that elicits peace and joy. If your style has changed over the years and your bedrooms don't reflect this, or you're looking to give your bedrooms a makeover before selling your home and moving on, here are some cheap and easy ways to transform the space… 

The summer is finally on its way, signalled by sprouting spring flowers and longer days, causing all of us to tune into nature in its many beautiful forms. What better way to show your love for our planet than by celebrating Earth Day every day? With these simple hacks, you can adopt a year-round approach to making your home kinder to the earth. 

From character properties to unique architecture and fascinating conversions; unusual homes are some of the most coveted on the market due to the alluring nature of their charming and unique features. As such, we’ve scoured the country to find 10 of the most out-of-the-ordinary properties for those looking for a hidden gem to call home…

As the promise of spring’s gentler winds and lighter evenings looms closer, many of us will be ready to welcome a few seasonal changes of our own.  

A place where family and friends congregate, the kitchen is often described as the heart of the home. A kitchen is the home’s epicentre and must have the capacity to both entertain and bring happiness to those who live there. Here are some of the best kitchens currently on the market that will warm your heart and have your stomach rumble.

City life has something for everyone; from landmarks steeped in history and boundless walking routes to the fast-paced lifestyle and hyper-convenience of having everything you need right at your doorstep. Whether you’re a long-term city dweller or you’re thinking about packing up and heading for a bigger and busier place to call home, here are some handy tips to help you make the most out of your home in the city… 

Despite the brake on house-price growth, the market, as well as economic outlook, is showing tentative green shoots as we head towards spring.

Despite the brake on house-price growth, the market, as well as economic outlook, is showing tentative green shoots as we head towards spring.

Despite the brake on house-price growth, the market, as well as economic outlook, is showing tentative green shoots as we head towards spring.

Despite the brake on house-price growth, the market, as well as economic outlook, is showing tentative green shoots as we head towards spring.

Despite the brake on house-price growth, the market, as well as economic outlook, is showing tentative green shoots as we head towards spring.

Despite the brake on house-price growth, the market, as well as economic outlook, is showing tentative green shoots as we head towards spring.

Despite the brake on house-price growth, the market, as well as economic outlook, is showing tentative green shoots as we head towards spring.

Despite the brake on house-price growth, the market, as well as economic outlook, is showing tentative green shoots as we head towards spring.

Despite the brake on house-price growth, the market, as well as economic outlook, is showing tentative green shoots as we head towards spring.

Despite the brake on house-price growth, the market, as well as economic outlook, is showing tentative green shoots as we head towards spring.

Despite the brake on house-price growth, the market, as well as economic outlook, is showing tentative green shoots as we head towards spring.

Despite the brake on house-price growth, the market, as well as economic outlook, is showing tentative green shoots as we head towards spring.

Despite the brake on house-price growth, the market, as well as economic outlook, is showing tentative green shoots as we head towards spring.

Despite the brake on house-price growth, the market, as well as economic outlook, is showing tentative green shoots as we head towards spring.

Despite the brake on house-price growth, the market, as well as economic outlook, is showing tentative green shoots as we head towards spring.

Despite the brake on house-price growth, the market, as well as economic outlook, is showing tentative green shoots as we head towards spring.

Despite the brake on house-price growth, the market, as well as economic outlook, is showing tentative green shoots as we head towards spring.

Spring is a time of transition and renewal, so it’s no surprise that most of us get the urge to freshen up our homes and have the place feeling like new again. If brighter evenings and upcoming bank holidays call for a thorough deep clean in your home, get the most out of your spring spruce-up by using our handy guide:

Spring’s arrival and winter’s departure has many of us wanting to grace our indoors with the same brightness and renewal going on outside. If you’re wondering how to liven up your property this season, here are seven ways to give it a refreshing update… 

As spring rolls in and blesses us with warmer weather and brighter mornings, many tenants may have the urge to freshen up their homes and clear away the last traces of winter. When it comes to renting a property, decorating requires a few careful considerations, which is why it’s important to think outside the box and find ways to make impactful and deposit-friendly enhancements so that you can get the best out of your home, whatever the season. Keep reading to find out how to transform your rental property this spring…

Spring is a time for change, growth, and new beginnings. As flowers spring to life and wildlife returns from hibernation, the brighter evenings are invigorating enough to set any hatched plans into motion. If you’ve thought about finding your perfect home this season, here are some top tips to help you on your way! 

If it seems that no amount of cleaning can scrub away the ‘cluttered’ feeling in your home, a little bit of order could be all that’s missing. Here are some easy top tips to help you cut out the chaos and restore harmony in your home in time for spring…

Saving for your first home is a lengthy and daunting process, which is why you’ll need a realistic plan in place to make your goals feel achievable. This year, many young people across the UK will be doubling down on their saving goals so they can really get the ball rolling into 2023. Accumulating a large sum of money of course requires a little bit of patience, but fortunately, there are plenty of ways to speed things up…

While nooks and crannies are cute and cosy, they aren’t always the easiest spaces to decorate. If your home’s smallest room or corner could use a touch of T.L.C., we've got a wealth of ideas to help you get the very best out of even the smallest of spaces… 

Retirement housing has never been more popular – with greater life expectancy in the UK and more options on the market, it’s no wonder so many people are choosing to nestle into a cosy place away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the peace and quiet of work-free living. Here’s your guide to finding a retirement home to spend your golden years… 

Space isn’t just about square footage; it’s also about brightness, airiness, your personal wellbeing at home and the potential prospective buyers or tenants see when they come to view your home. With that in mind, we’ve come up with some space-saving tips to make any room in your home feel bigger and brighter.

If it’s time to spread your wings and fly the nest, you will need to make sure everything is prepared for the journey ahead. Use this handy guide to help you buy your very first home.

Out of all the rooms in your home, the kitchen works the hardest, so it’s no surprise that it can start to look tired and worn over time. If you’re pinching pennies this year but your kitchen update just can’t wait any longer, here are some budget-friendly tips to help you transform your cooking space, without having to break the bank. 

Buying a new build home is a slightly different process to that of buying a traditional house, but there are many benefits to be reaped from buying one of the most modern and up-to-date houses on the market. Read on to find out everything you need to know about buying a new build home.

After taking the tree down and stripping all the festive fun from your home, the space can often feel bare, and this may have an impact on your mood. Whether it’s a case of the January blues or the winter woes, there are plenty of tricks to get your home looking just as shiny and new as it felt in December without having to break the bank! 

As we step into a fresh New Year with resolutions at the ready, searching for a new home to rent might be one of the most exciting ways to kick-start 2023. Attending viewings is often an enjoyable experience and it’s easy to get ahead of yourself, but while falling in love with the appearance of a property is a great place to start, you’ll also need to remember the things that really matter if you want to find that perfect home this year. 

The New Year gives us the opportunity to assess our surroundings and figure out what’s missing. If you’re hoping to chase away those January blues with a spruce-up, you’ve come to the right place! Here are the top upcoming décor trends we’re expecting to see a lot more of in 2023… 

Energy bills have reached an all-time high, and to no surprise, the majority of us are on the lookout for ways to help save some money on hefty bills. Even more so as the cold, winter months set in, and more people are working from home now than ever. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your heating – without having to crank it up any higher!

Finding a home that’s right for you in today’s market is similar to shopping for a specific item in a mega-store. With so much to choose from, you will need to check every possible avenue and be prepared to ask a few questions along the way. Luckily, all you really need is a solid game plan and an open mind to find your new home this year – which is why we’ve put together this simple guide to help you on your way!

As the festive reds, golds and greens vacate our homes until next year, the January blues often come to take their place. If stripping back all your Christmas decor has left you feeling in a bit of a rut, it could be time to inject some more colour back into your home. So, we’ve chosen some of the most coveted colour schemes to brighten things up again this January… 

Are you looking to sell your home in 2023? Take a look at the top property trends buyers are looking for in 2023… 

Moving to a home in a new area is an exciting endeavour which can feel equally as daunting as it is exciting and while it is easy to get ahead of yourself when mapping out your new journey, no life-changing decision should come without careful planning and consideration. To help you make the right choice for you and your family, here are some of the key things to look for before settling into a new area... 

Selling your home can be surprisingly time-consuming and emotionally challenging. It is the single most valuable and personal asset you can put on the market, so it is important to take your time and make sure everything is done the right way. To help you avoid making any mistakes when preparing your home for a sale, here are some key things to consider...

Whether you are looking to relocate for work or you’re seeking out new horizons, packing up your belongings and waving goodbye to your friends and family can understandably feel daunting. Here are five tips for relocating in 2023 to help your move to a new location run as smoothly as possible. 

Most people like to step into the New Year with plans for a new life, which is why such an influx of buyers appears on the market this time each year. If you’re amongst the population of movers looking for a fresh new start, here’s how to get the ball rolling during this wonderful season.

Now is the perfect season to welcome your friends and family into your home to share a meal you prepared for them. If you’re thinking about throwing your very own dinner party this year, here are our top tips to help get you started…  

Price moderation and a sales slowdown are likely over the coming months but should be considered in the context of economic history, the frenzied post-pandemic market and the longer-term outlook. 

Price moderation and a sales slowdown are likely over the coming months but should be considered in the context of economic history, the frenzied post-pandemic market and the longer-term outlook.

Price moderation and a sales slowdown are likely over the coming months but should be considered in the context of economic history, the frenzied post-pandemic market and the longer-term outlook.

Price moderation and a sales slowdown are likely over the coming months but should be considered in the context of economic history, the frenzied post-pandemic market and the longer-term outlook.

Price moderation and a sales slowdown are likely over the coming months but should be considered in the context of economic history, the frenzied post-pandemic market and the longer-term outlook.

Price moderation and a sales slowdown are likely over the coming months but should be considered in the context of economic history, the frenzied post-pandemic market and the longer-term outlook.

Price moderation and a sales slowdown are likely over the coming months but should be considered in the context of economic history, the frenzied post-pandemic market and the longer-term outlook.

Price moderation and a sales slowdown are likely over the coming months but should be considered in the context of economic history, the frenzied post-pandemic market and the longer-term outlook.

Price moderation and a sales slowdown are likely over the coming months but should be considered in the context of economic history, the frenzied post-pandemic market and the longer-term outlook.

Price moderation and a sales slowdown are likely over the coming months but should be considered in the context of economic history, the frenzied post-pandemic market and the longer-term outlook.

Price moderation and a sales slowdown are likely over the coming months but should be considered in the context of economic history, the frenzied post-pandemic market and the longer-term outlook.

Price moderation and a sales slowdown are likely over the coming months but should be considered in the context of economic history, the frenzied post-pandemic market and the longer-term outlook.

Price moderation and a sales slowdown are likely over the coming months but should be considered in the context of economic history, the frenzied post-pandemic market and the longer-term outlook.

Price moderation and a sales slowdown are likely over the coming months but should be considered in the context of economic history, the frenzied post-pandemic market and the longer-term outlook.

Price moderation and a sales slowdown are likely over the coming months but should be considered in the context of economic history, the frenzied post-pandemic market and the longer-term outlook.

It’s a difficult situation when you receive your first offer, and you can’t see what else lies ahead. Should you decline and wait for better? In many cases, accepting the first offer can speed up the process of selling a house, and alleviates the stress of waiting. However, you should always consider the buyer, the timing, and the state of the local property market first. All of these should inform your decision. Your agent will be able to accurately assess all of these elements, and also gauge whether the offer is fair or too low. 

If you’re looking for your next rental home, it’s important to make a checklist for all your wants and needs, while also keeping an open mind to any possible deviations. If you’re looking for a home that’s right for you, there are a few main things you’ll need to consider… 

It’s a well-known fact that shorter days and longer nights in winter can have an impact on our mood. Therefore, making sure your home gets as much light as possible will help boost your spirits and your home’s atmosphere. A straightforward way to brighten up your home is to change light fittings or install new light fixtures to illuminate darker rooms while adding a touch of style throughout the house.  Insulate the attic  As temperatures continue to drop in line with energy prices rising, now might be the best time to invest in good insulation. A quarter of heat is lost through the roof of an uninsulated home. Insulating your loft, attic or flat roof is an effective way to reduce heat loss and the cost of your heating bills. When installed correctly, insulation should pay for itself many times over in its 40-year lifetime.    Paint the garage door  Painting your garage in the winter makes for one less job to do in the spring. A garage door free of spots, grease and rust stains looks impressive, and it’s a fairly simple outdoor task to do if you don’t feel like gardening while the grass is icy.    Revamp forgotten spaces  It’s ironic that the most functional parts of our homes tend to be forgotten when it comes to renovation and improvement. Improving spaces such as your utility room can have a positive impact on your everyday life and the overall value of your home. Consider making small but effective additions to these spaces such as a fresh coat of paint or patterned wallpaper to brighten up and expand the tight space. You could also fit shelves to improve your storage, organise with baskets and containers, and declutter to alleviate the sense of chaos that comes from cleaning up.    Maintain your heating system Your heating system could certainly benefit from some love during the winter months. Keep an eye on the water pressure in your boiler to ensure it doesn’t drop too low, check all radiators heat up correctly with no cold patches and use your central heating timers effectively so that your boiler doesn’t overheat.    Replace flooring  If your carpet is looking a little drab and lifeless even after a thorough cleaning, winter is a great time to replace it. Since the work will be done almost exclusively indoors, you won’t need to worry about inclement weather getting in the way.    Safety features  December and January are the peak months for house fires due to all of the bright and warm things associated with the festivities. Evaluate and upgrade your home’s safety features, such as carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be tested monthly and replaced every five to seven years, but you should consider checking more frequently over the winter. Pay attention to the expiration dates on your detectors on when to replace them and upgrade it to a newer model with better safety features.    Contact us  If you’re looking to sell your property or would like more help with preparing your home to go to market, contact your local Guild Member today.    

December is arguably the most expensive month of the year, and as it approaches, many people will be looking for ways to cut down on costs and free up some room for their gift budgets. With the cost-of-living crisis looming over Britain, homeowners are quickly becoming more aware of ways to cut down on their energy usage, here are our top tips: 

Home offices are sought after by many buyers - and for good reason. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, working from the kitchen table or the sofa simply won’t cut it anymore for many homeowners across the UK, which is why the home office has skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years. A long-term home office should ideally be a dedicated space in your home that is properly outfitted for work, while also embracing a touch of personal style for extra cosiness.   Set up a games room   Indulge in a space where you can let off some steam and enjoy your home to the fullest. Adding a games room can be as simple as styling a pool table, arcade machines, board games or a video gaming setup while keeping cosy furniture pieces like sofas central.  Build a floor-to-ceiling bookcase   For most book lovers, an at-home library sounds like a dream come true. You can make this dream easily attainable by fitting a floor-to-ceiling bookcase, which achieves the perfect library effect with little effort. Keep the centre of the room minimal to make the shelves stand out, and opt for cosy items like woven rugs, benches and seats, and large throw pillows.  Create a cosy nook   We all need places in our homes to put our feet up and enjoy some quiet time, a spare room could be perfect for just that. Choose cosy furniture with footrests, blankets and cushions and opt for ambient lighting on a low, warm setting to create that perfect ‘hideaway’ feeling.   Open up a glamorous bar area  There are few things more modern and stylish than your very own bar to enjoy at home. The spare r

If you are a landlord grappling with the prospect of selling a property with tenants, it is important to understand all the ins and outs of the process. Let’s look at everything you need to know if you are considering selling a home with tenants in situ.  

The UK has such a rich and varied heritage, so it comes as no surprise that spooky stories and ghost sightings are endless. To get you in the Halloween spirit, we’ve found the UK’s most chilling towns, streets and villages, along with a bit of background about the strange findings associated with each daring destination. Grab your pinch of salt and let’s explore some of the UK’s spookiest places… 

On Friday 14th October, The Guild of Property Professionals walked away with the coveted ESTAS award for The Best Agency Network as rated by home movers across the UK, based on the average ratings achieved by all participating Guild agents using the ESTAS review platform.

We have all heard the age-old saying that knowledge is power, and this certainly rings true when it comes to the ins and outs of the property market. The best way to stay one step ahead for your prospects is to learn about all the nitty gritty details in property management and even uncomfortable topics such as probate properties… 

Downsizing can be a great way to make a profit on your home and save on some monthly expenses, but unfortunately, it’s not as straightforward as it sounds and there are a number of things you’ll need to consider before moving to a smaller home… 

In September 2022, Liz Truss and her government announced a reduction of Stamp Duty Land Tax in England and Northern Ireland, as part of their commitment to support homeownership and promote mobility in the housing market, in turn supporting economic growth. This is hoped to increase property transactions due to better propositions, particularly for first-time buyers.

Are you looking for your first buy-to-let investment? Before you fall head-over-heels for a property, you will need to make sure that you are asking your estate agent all the right questions. 

Summer may be the peak time for rampant market activity and competition, but as autumn swings around, the fresh breeze blows in a new audience of buyers with an appetite for cosy and comfy living. With its early sunsets and colourful leaves, autumn makes a perfect backdrop for your home. It’s useful to know how to use the season to your advantage when prospective buyers come to visit. Here are some tips to help you secure a buyer this autumn...

Making improvements to your home doesn’t just mean refitting your kitchen, converting the loft or adding an extension. Home improvement can be as easy as breathing a little more life into your rooms – here’s how to upgrade your home on a budget, ready to sell.

Your parents took care of you when you were young and now you want to repay the favour by finding them the perfect place to live, but where do you start? When searching for someone else’s home, it’s important to put yourself in their shoes and take every aspect of their lifestyle into account. Here are some things you’ll need to consider…

The changing of seasons tends to bring around a renewed mindset and a desire for a change of scenery. If the weather cooling down has you thinking about kicking back and cosying up in a new living room, there’s no need to wait as autumn could be one of the best seasons to start the search for your new home.  

For sustained demand, longer rental periods and high yields, renting to students is a great option for landlords - especially if your property is located in a major city where there’s no shortage of students. However, before you start your journey there are a few things you’ll need to bear in mind… 

Each room in your home serves a different function, and your lighting choices should reflect that. Here are some creative ways to illuminate dark corners and bring dull rooms back to life with excellently placed lighting around your home.

Build your dream home and jump a few steps up the property ladder, without breaking the bank on a spot in your ideal location. Here are our top tips on buying to renovate:

As a buy-to-let landlord, you have made a significant investment in a highly valuable asset, so it makes sense to maximise your rental income and make a profit. Here are our top tips to help you achieve your goals.

If you’ve lived in your home for a number of years, it may be time to relish in the opportunity to improve, extend, redecorate or redesign. Whether you plan on staying or someday selling, we’ve gathered a list of renovations that are worth investing in. 

Whether you feel like the walls are closing in on you or you’re simply in need of an interior touch-up, creating space is one of the best ways to enhance your home with the open airiness you’ve been missing. Here are our top tips… 

There is such thing as getting too immersed in city life, and amidst the hustle and bustle, you may find yourself feeling out of touch without the beauty and freshness of nature in your surroundings. Here are some tips to help you feel better connected with nature for your home in the city.

Many homeowners dream of property investment for the immaculate sense of achievement and financial opportunities that come with it, which is why more than one in 10 of us in the UK own a second home. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, here’s a guide to get you started.

With the tug of war between supply and demand playing out over the past few years and onwards, property value continues to increase as prospective buyers search for more open space and larger gardens in hopes of finding sanctuary outside of working-from-home hours.

The property market isn’t easy to navigate, particularly for first time buyers and those on a tight budget. If you’re considering purchasing a shared ownership property, read on to discover if it’s right for you.

First and foremost, you will need to do some research to find an available plot of land for sale. This isn’t as simple as it sounds, as you will need to find a location that is suitable for your lifestyle, has enough local amenities nearby, and is well within your budget to ensure that the property is realistically attainable. 2. What to look for when purchasing vacant land  Buying vacant land is a complex decision with a number of things to take into consideration: Will the location have a local community? What costs are involved?  Will you have road access? The list is endless, so the best thing you can do is get a property professional on your side who knows the ins and outs of the market and can get you in touch with all the right people. 3. Finance your land purchase  Property development finance is a specialist form of funding that you will need to finance your self-built home. There are several ways to finance your building lot and construction. Many lenders will cover construction loans which will cover the expenses of buying the land and building on it. You can also apply for a land loan, which typically comes with higher interest rates as they carry more risk. To get approval for construction or land loan, you’ll need to present plans to your lender, who will most likely want to see that an experienced builder is doing the work. 4. Building permit preparation  In order to secure a building permit, you will need to get in touch with a ‘Building Control Body’ (BCB) to check the building regulations or apply for approval. They are local authority BCBs in which you can apply for approval from your council, or there are private BCBs where you can apply through a private approved inspector who will tell your local authority about the plans. This is called giving an ‘initial notice’. 5. Determine whether your land is suitable for building  You’ll find that one of the most crucial steps for building your new property is to have an area surveyed by a professional. A good surveyor can tell you the dimensions of the land, whether anyone else has rights to use the property, and the accessibility of the land you intend to build on. Once you’re confident and certified that your chosen land is suitable, you can start planning to build your new home. 6. Evaluate the cost of adding utilities  Utilities such as running water, electricity, and gas are a necessity for residential properties and you won’t be able to build a home without them. If you’re hoping for a more rural setting for your build, you will have to find out whether there are existing utilities in place. In the case that there aren’t any, you will need to calculate the additional costs of installing a usable and septic system, as well as running electrical lines. If you’re unsure of the process, it’s a good idea to contact a property professional who can help you find local contractors and source quotes so that you can reassess and tailor your budget accordingly. 7. Get quotes from local home builders  Patience and realistic expectations are key when it comes to planning out your timeline with your home builder, and you must be clear on what you want from your new home. It’s advisable to speak to several different contractors and ask them for in-depth quotes. Building a home from scratch can take months or even years depending on your plans, so it’s essential to make sure both you and your contractor agree on realistic goals for the cost of your project, and your expected move in date.  Contact us  Whether you’re searching for a dream home or moving on to your next, get in touch with your local Guild Member today to start your journey. 

Property hunting is never easy, so a great way to narrow down the search is to establish a list of ‘must-haves’ for your new home. Here are some of the most popular home attributes that buyers specifically search for…

Old vs. New; the timeless debate where houses are no exception. There’s no right or wrong answer, as both new builds and traditional builds come with their lists of pros and cons - so we’ve broken it down below for you to decide: 

Depending on what your contract allows, it can be tricky to decorate your rental home exactly to your liking without risk of causing any wear and tear – but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible! Here are some deposit-friendly decorating tips that tenants are currently loving.

Placing your biggest financial asset into someone else’s hands understandably requires extreme levels of trust, and many will have reservations about doing so. But what can a property professional do for you, and more importantly, why should you trust them?

From towering skyscrapers, bustling nightlife, to buzzing crowds and endless social plans, there’s one word that comes to mind when you think of living in a major city: excitement. But all good things come with some setbacks, so here are the things you’ll need to know about life as a tenant in a major city. 

It’s estimated that 51% of adults in the UK own a pet, and many will be looking for a place to stay with their furry friend. For most landlords, pets are out of the question and if you’re lucky enough to find a landlord who accepts your pet, you will need to understand the rules of your contract before moving in – here’s everything you need to know.

Summer is here, so you’ve probably already dusted off your garden furniture and swept the patio ready for relaxing in the sun. But it turns out ththere are plenty of other easy things you could be doing to make your garden the ultimate hide-out this summer – here are the top trends this year! 

There are few designs more homely and comforting than the farmhouse kitchen. Designed with socialising in mind, this sought-after style provides the space needed to create hearty meals whilst mingling with friends and family. If you’re looking to bring some classic country charm into your home, here are a few tips to get you started. 

When it comes to decorating your new home, there really is no right or wrong answer. Your interior design should be a reflection of you, and an extension of your personality while still serving your every day needs. Two of the most trending styles in design this year couldn’t be more contradictory – minimalism and maximalism. As the names suggest, one is the practice of decorating with very little furniture and incorporating empty space into design, while the other celebrates lots of colour, patterns and busyness. Read our tips below on how to recreate each design;

Summer is officially here! Now is the time to consider updating your garden so that you have the perfect space to entertain loved ones and enjoy the sunny season. Here are our top tips: 

Buying a new home is an exciting time, and though there are many resources out there to help you prepare for it, there are some things that people just don’t tell you. To help you out, here are five things you should know when searching for your dream home:

The Guild has once again shown the strength of their network with over 90 shortlisted offices, groups or people for their Members in the ESTAS shortlist 2022, a record number for the network. 

As Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her unprecedented 70 years on the throne with her Platinum Jubilee, we want to look back on how much the UK Housing Market has changed from when her reign began in 1952 to the present day.

In a competition being held as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, a record number of towns from various locations around the UK have been awarded city status, approved by the Queen.

This year, Her Majesty the Queen is marking her 70th year on the throne. With Platinum Jubilee celebrations being held across the UK, and indeed the world, at The Guild we have scoured the country to find properties on the market with our Members close to royal residences. With these homes, you too could be the king or queen of your own castle and maybe even rub shoulders with royalty!

When finding the right estate agent to sell your property, there can be a lot to consider. We've outlined 10 key questions you should be asking to ensure you make the right choice: 

From family gatherings to dinner parties, home entertaining is a priority for many. Here are a few ways to make your home an inviting and enjoyable space for guests, whatever the occasion.

When preparing to sell your home, a few small enhancements can have a considerable impact on that first make-or-break impression. Here are a few tips to help you hook a buyer right away and set your home up for a fast sale:

Picture the scene... the sun is shining, the bees are buzzing and your garden is thriving! The Guild wants to help make that a reality for one lucky person. We are giving away a prize perfect for every level of horticulturist, whether you are just starting out, or are a seasoned professional, whether you have a large garden space or simply have a balcony or window sill to jazz up, you will be sure to enjoy a £100 voucher for Patch Plants.

With a keen interest in sustainability becoming a growing trend for homeowners and the broader community, many Brits are open to a 'green mortgage' - but what is it?

If you’re contemplating becoming a landlord for the first time, there are lots to consider. Here are some important ways you can prepare your home and ease your mind when taking the leap.

Earth Day 2022 falls on Friday 22nd April and celebrates it’s 52nd year this year. The worldwide initiative encourages businesses, governments and individuals to act boldly, innovate broadly and implement equitably to ensure we take care of our planet.

There are many upgrades you can make to your home to increase its efficiency rating including installing solar panels, upgrading your insulation and changing to a green energy supplier. But what if you are ready to make the move to a new home and sustainability and energy-efficiency is at the top of your wishlist? 

Buying a home to get onto the property ladder is one thing, but when you’re finally in a position to purchase your forever home, you want to get it right. A ‘forever home’ is where you will raise a family, host and care for your loved ones, and make memories for years to come. There needs to be the right combination of space, the perfect location and features that support your lifestyle, and oftentimes we need to know how to make compromises on our idea of the perfect home, especially when you are making the decision with a partner. Choosing your forever home can be overwhelming, but exciting. To help you on your search, we’ve come up with our top tips for finding your ideal forever home.

Spring has officially sprung! This means it’s time to get rid of the heavy fabrics, dark colours and fluffy blankets and embrace natural materials, lighter fabrics and brighter shades in your home. Here are our top tips to inject colour into your home this spring:

If you’re thinking of becoming a landlord, finding the right tenant for your property is crucial. Here are our top 10 tips to find the right tenant for you.

Spring has arrived, and with summer just around the corner, flowers are blooming, and the focus is turning to gardens. In celebration, we discover homes with spectacular spring gardens guaranteed to inspire. 

Spring is here! With the new season comes longer, brighter days after a cold and gloomy winter, prompting many people to start thinking about selling their homes.

Your new home is the perfect opportunity for a fresh, clean start! 

The Guild of Property Professionals recently held our first in-person conference and awards ceremony since the pandemic started in 2020. Over 400 attended the conference, which was held at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London.

International Women’s Day is a global annual event, on Tuesday 8th March, celebrating women's achievements, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality. Together we can forge women's equality and collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

In July 2020, The Guild of Property Professionals started using the size of its network to make a difference by donating £50 to Agents Giving for every successful referral completed. With a network of approximately 800 independent estate agencies, the financial benefit to the charity has been significant! Since the initiative's inception, The Guild has donated a a total of £17,750.

When it comes to buying residential property, homebuyers divide into two camps: those who prefer the modern comforts of a new-build home and those who adore old houses. Of course, there are many obvious advantages to purchasing a brand new home but if it’s architectural character and a sense of history you’re after, period properties are hard to beat.

Expanding the kitchen onto the side and to the full width of the rest of the property means that you will gain valuable space. As previously mentioned, a big open plan kitchen presents a warm welcome and inviting environment - which is guaranteed to add value to your property in the long run.  Overhaul your bathroom After the kitchen, your bathroom should be next on the list for an overhaul if it’s looking dated. Opt for a crisp white suite so it appeals to lots of people and add a few ultra-stylish features to make it a room to remember. This can be an expensive investment, however, if it's something that needs doing then it becomes a necessity. You may be able to get away with just a fresh lick of paint.   Make sure your home is structurally sound At the very least, make sure you fix any structural problems before you put your house on the market to maximise your chances of getting your asking price. If your property is structurally unsound, buyers are likely to use this as leverage to negotiate as they will know they will have to invest money upfront fixing those problems.    Turn your home green Not literally, your house is fine the colour it is… BUT, making your home more environmentally friendly with the likes of solar panels, wind turbines and good insulation - this can increase its value. If your home is cheaper to run, it will stand out in the property market and you can usually add a premium to the price.    Go for double glazing Don't have double glazed windows in your home? This is definitely one of the best ways to add value to your home. Double glazing is a standard in most new homes these days, if your home is relatively old, you may find that it still has single glazing. This puts you at a disadvantage, as potential buyers may be put off by this – so we recommend you get this sorted as soon as you can.  Top Tip: Homes do not normally require planning permission to install double glazed windows, however, flats do not fall under the same umbrella. You will require planning permission if you own a block of flats and were needing to upgrade to double glazed windows.   Get that kerb appeal There are a number of different ways to add value to your home and improve the kerb appeal of yours. This could be a fresh coat of paint, new plants in your garden, new iron fencing or a brand new front door. Whatever approach you to take, make sure your home looks appealing from the outside. First impressions count and will go a long way to adding value to your home! If you're looking to add value to your property so that you can sell your property and buy a new home, then make sure you read our top tips for buying a property guide.Like this post? Read more on how to get the best price for your home.   Contact us If you're looking to sell your sell your home, find your local Guild Member today, who will be happy to help you prepare your property for sale!

As the UK is committed to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, the Government is looking to property developers and new homeowners to take responsibility for the planet in small, but significant ways.

Over the past two years Covid restrictions and laws have governed how people have lived their lives. Calls to work from home have had a huge impact on the property market with many people moving further out in search of homes with larger gardens and space for a home office. While many restrictions are now a thing of the past, it seems that some of driving forces behind market trends will likely continue.

People in the market for a new home can easily get discouraged when properties fall short of their expectations. There’s a significant difference, however, between a less-than-perfect house and one that sends buyers running for the hills. 

You’ve found your ideal home, got the keys and moved in your belongings. Now the fun begins - decorating. But facing a blank canvas can be daunting. How do you know what colours to choose, which furniture to buy or how to lay everything out in a way that looks stylish yet functional? 

Since the pandemic began in 2020, the property sector has experienced immense change and adaption. As we set on our journey into 2022, many might be wondering what this New Year will bring for the sector and the market.

It’s the New Year, so it’s the perfect time for a fresh start! If your home descended into chaos last year, now’s the time to change that. Make it a resolution to turn your home into a stress-free zone and to create a calm environment that you and your family can relax in. After all, your home should be a haven. A place where you can shake off all the stresses of a busy life. 

Britain is a pretty amazing place to live, but what made it great in the first place? Well, we reckon it might have something to do with its beautiful countryside, charming villages, gorgeous market towns and picturesque cities. This selection of the prettiest places to live in the UK will have you dreaming of packing up and moving away. Or, if you are already lucky enough to live in one of these places, you’ll be feeling very smug indeed, and so you should!

Winter is arguably the most important time of year for carrying out checks and repairs on your property, so taking a proactive approach is a wise move, especially when winter arrives. A good, strong roof should protect your house from the elements and keep the heat in, enabling you to enjoy the colder months in the comfort of a safe and cosy home.

If you are looking for an estate agent who can progress your move over the Christmas period, The Guild is a great place to start. Statistics from Rightmove tell us that the average time to move has decreased by 27 days since the summer. That means agents are getting their customers in their new homes nearly a month quicker than usual. They also predict that the sale of homes in the UK will be the highest since 2007, 47% higher than in 2020 and 31% higher than in 2019.

To bring the year to a close our final instalment of The Guild Member interviews concludes with us meeting Ian Crampton, sales director at Ferndown Estates in Birmingham. Most interestingly, he has a long list of changes to be made to the property industry, and he gives an insight into the exciting upcoming developments in the infrastructure of Birmingham's city centre.

With sales volumes in 2021 on the cusp of eclipsing 2007, it’s been a busy year for home buyers and home movers in the UK.

The market is busier than in any year since 2007. In the first nine months of 2021, HMRC estimate that more than 1.2 million homes changed hands, 47% higher than the long-term UK average (2010–2019) and just 50,000 fewer than the same period in 2007. On average, there is now only 2.2 months’ worth of stock available in the UK, compared to four months’ stock in 2019 (TwentyCi).

The market is busier than in any year since 2007. In the first nine months of 2021, HMRC estimate that more than 1.2 million homes changed hands, 47% higher than the long-term UK average (2010–2019) and just 50,000 fewer than the same period in 2007. On average, there is now only 2.2 months’ worth of stock available in the UK, compared to four months’ stock in 2019 (TwentyCi).

The average price of a property has increased significantly during the past year, a number of localities experiencing double-digit annual price growth. Agents anticipate price growth will moderate over the coming months to more sustainable levels, with predicted growth of 3.0% in the South East during 2022 (Zoopla). According to Dataloft, the annual increase in the average property price in the region is £28,700. Keeping warm  COP26 focused attention on the environment and energy efficiency. An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is needed whenever a property is built, sold, or rented. While 90% of new build properties achieve the highest A or B rating, just 1 in 14 resale properties currently reach that grade, although 60% could with improvements. Upgrading could prove lucrative; resale properties rated A/B currently attract a 13% price premium (based on £psf), compared to those properties with the average D rating1. Properties for sale in the Thames Valley, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire regions of the UK Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, 3 bedrooms Fourpenny Cottage is a beautiful three-bedroom home with a thatched roof and timber framed windows. The accommodation retains many character features including an Inglenook fireplace with a bread oven in the sitting room, beamed ceilings and some leaded windows. There are lovely gardens of approximately a third of an acre, mainly laid to lawn with a variety of established trees and plants, incorporating a small spinney with a tarmacadam driveway providing off-road parking for three vehicles. Windsor, Berkshire, 2 bedrooms This charming two-bedroom terraced period property, with the added benefit of driveway parking, is located in a prime position in the heart of Windsor's 'Golden Triangle'. The property, which is just moments away from the Long Walk and Windsor town centre with its shops, restaurants and direct rail links to London, has been refurbished throughout and is offered with no onward chain. Thrupp, Oxfordshire, 4 bedrooms This Grade II Listed property is a 17th century Miller's cottage, adjacent to an old water mill, converted in Victorian times into canal cottages. The property has been restored to the highest standard with many original features and incorporates modern services. Set beside open green space, the yard is gated at night and is close to the River Cherwell and the Oxford Canal, making it one of the most beautiful and authe

The market is busier than in any year since 2007. In the first nine months of 2021, HMRC estimate that more than 1.2 million homes changed hands, 47% higher than the long-term UK average (2010–2019) and just 50,000 fewer than the same period in 2007. On average, there is now only 2.2 months’ worth of stock available in the UK, compared to four months’ stock in 2019 (TwentyCi). 

The market is busier than in any year since 2007. In the first nine months of 2021, HMRC estimate that more than 1.2 million homes changed hands, 47% higher than the long-term UK average (2010–2019) and just 50,000 fewer than the same period in 2007. On average, there is now only 2.2 months’ worth of stock available in the UK, compared to four months’ stock in 2019 (TwentyCi). 

The market is busier than in any year since 2007. In the first nine months of 2021, HMRC estimate that more than 1.2 million homes changed hands, 47% higher than the long-term UK average (2010–2019) and just 50,000 fewer than the same period in 2007. On average, there is now only 2.2 months’ worth of stock available in the UK, compared to four months’ stock in 2019 (TwentyCi).

The market is busier than in any year since 2007. In the first nine months of 2021, HMRC estimate that more than 1.2 million homes changed hands, 47% higher than the long-term UK average (2010–2019) and just 50,000 fewer than the same period in 2007. On average, there is now only 2.2 months’ worth of stock available in the UK, compared to four months’ stock in 2019 (TwentyCi).

Selby, Harrogate and Ryedale are the most active housing markets in the North East, and Yorkshire and the Humber. The average annual rate of housing stock turnover in the area as a whole is 4.1%.     On the up  The average price of a property has increased significantly during the past year, many localities experiencing double-digit annual price growth. Agents anticipate price growth will moderate over the coming months to more sustainable levels, with predicted growth of 2.5% in the North East and 3.0% in Yorkshire and the Humber during 2022 (Zoopla). According to Dataloft, the annual increase in the average property price in the North East is £17,500, with the average property price in Yorkshire and the Humber up by £15,000.   Keeping warm  COP26 focused attention on the environment and energy efficiency. An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is needed whenever a property is built, sold, or rented. While 90% of new build properties achieve the highest A or B rating, just 1 in 14 resale properties currently reach that grade, although 60% could with improvements. Upgrading could prove lucrative; resale properties rated A/B currently attract a 13% price premium (based on £psf), compared to those properties with the average D rating1.     Properties for sale in the North East region of the UK Leeds, West Yorkshire, 6 bedrooms 'Dilkoosha' is a stunning six-bedroom Victorian end terrace property, which retains many of its period features, including high ceilings, original fireplaces, quarry tiled floors, traditional bay windows with sliding sashes, and original Victorian mouldings. This property, which is steeped in history and romance, was built in circa 1884 by the Gascoigne family of Lotherton Hall. The current owners have expertly created a fusion of period features and contemporary touches throughout, which allows the property to remain sympathetic to the era, but with a contemporary twist.  Great Lumley, Durham, 5 bedrooms The Old Methodist Chapel is a stunning period property, which originates from the early 1800s and has been completely renovated and refurbished in recent years by the current owners. The property has many period features and has been enhanced with a light and modern interior. It offers flexible and well thought out accommodation, set over three floors, to suit a wide range of buyers. Pontefract, West Yorkshire, 5 bedrooms A rare opportunity to purchase a piece of Pontefract’s history, Dandy Mill Farm consists of a Victorian farmhouse, an adjacent cottage, traditional outbuildings and the unique landmark of the Dandy Mill itself. The property is arranged within a courtyard with parking for multiple vehicles and is set in extensive grounds including a paddock with outline planning permission for two dwellings.  Contact us As property prices continue to rise and the UK hits a record number of sales for autumn, sell your property with experts in the property industry this winter. Contact your local Guild Member today.

The market is busier than in any year since 2007. In the first nine months of 2021, HMRC estimate that more than 1.2 million homes changed hands, 47% higher than the long-term UK average (2010–2019) and just 50,000 fewer than the same period in 2007. On average, there is now only 2.2 months’ worth of stock available in the UK, compared to four months’ stock in 2019 (TwentyCi).

The market is busier than in any year since 2007. In the first nine months of 2021, HMRC estimate that more than 1.2 million homes changed hands, 47% higher than the long-term UK average (2010–2019) and just 50,000 fewer than the same period in 2007. On average, there is now only 2.2 months’ worth of stock available in the UK, compared to four months’ stock in 2019 (TwentyCi).

The average price of a property has increased significantly during the past year, many localities experiencing double-digit annual price growth. Agents anticipate price growth will moderate over the coming months to more sustainable levels, with predicted growth of 2.5% in Scotland during 2022 (Zoopla). According to Dataloft, the annual increase in the average property price in Scotland is £26,100.   Keeping warm  COP26 focused attention on the environment and energy efficiency. An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is needed whenever a property is built, sold, or rented. While 90% of new build properties achieve the highest A or B rating, just 1 in 14 resale properties currently reach that grade, although 60% could with improvements. Upgrading could prove lucrative; resale properties rated A/B currently attract a 13% price premium (based on £psf), compared to those properties with the average D rating1.   Properties for sale in Scotland Linlithgow, West Lothian, 5 bedrooms Welcome to Pardovan Holdings, a quintessential development of two luxury detached homes. Offering exceptional views from every window, set in a beautiful semi-rural setting near Linlithgow, this home is ideal for 21st-century living. Uphall, West Lothian, 2 bedrooms This is a fabulous opportunity to acquire a stylish, immaculately presented south-facing two-bedroom traditional flat, set within the tranquil village of Uphall. This exceptionally impressive flat exudes an inviting and welcoming atmosphere and offers a characterful home with spacious accommodation. The property boasts a modern fitted kitchen, a bright and airy south-facing lounge, a double bedroom, a well proportioned bathroom and laundry room and a single bedroom. There is also a driveway and a well-stocked shared garden ground to the rear of the property. Bo'ness, West Lothian, 4 bedrooms This immaculate four-bedroom detached home offer copious amounts of space and two levels of versatile living, situated in a highly sought-after, leafy, residential cul-de-sac in Bo’ness. A large open-plan kitchen-diner is ideal for modern family living and a separate living room offers another place in which to relax and entertain. The property also enjoys gardens to the front and rear, and two patios in the rear garden create a courtyard feel, enclosed by timber fencing, while a large grass area is ideal for child's play.  Contact us As property

The market is busier than in any year since 2007. In the first nine months of 2021, HMRC estimate that more than 1.2 million homes changed hands, 47% higher than the long-term UK average (2010–2019) and just 50,000 fewer than the same period in 2007. On average, there is now only 2.2 months’ worth of stock available in the UK, compared to four months’ stock in 2019 (TwentyCi). Central Bedfordshire, East Hertfordshire, Dacorum and St Albans have seen more than one in every 20 homes change hands over the past year. The average annual rate of housing stock turnover in the area as a whole is 4.7%. 

The market is busier than in any year since 2007. In the first nine months of 2021, HMRC estimate that more than 1.2 million homes changed hands, 47% higher than the long-term UK average (2010–2019) and just 50,000 fewer than the same period in 2007. On average, there is now only 2.2 months’ worth of stock available in the UK, compared to four months’ stock in 2019 (TwentyCi). Stratford-on-Avon and Rugby are the most active housing markets in the West Midlands and Mid Wales. The average annual rate of housing stock turnover in the area as a whole is 3.9%.

The market is busier than in any year since 2007. In the first nine months of 2021, HMRC estimate that more than 1.2 million homes changed hands, 47% higher than the long-term UK average (2010–2019) and just 50,000 fewer than the same period in 2007. On average, there is now only 2.2 months’ worth of stock available in the UK, compared to four months’ stock in 2019 (TwentyCi).

2020 saw a ‘city exodus’; due to the fact that more and more people were working from home, where many Britons decided to relocate away from the city in favour of more space, cheaper prices or a garden. However, since the lifting of most Covid restrictions in the summer, and with the economy strengthening throughout 2021, the property market has experienced somewhat of a boom! 

It may seem unusual to some to sell a house over the festive period, however, the property market is very much still active at this time of the year. The number of post-Christmas home buyers to browse for properties on Rightmove increases every year, with visits on Boxing Day last year 54% higher than the previous year. People have more free time and motivation to make a change in time for the New Year, so it can be a great time to buy and sell.

There is a lot to be said about creating more space in your home in order to increase its value, and there are now a number of ways you can extend your home without actually getting an extension. Some of these space solutions come with no planning permission, no messy building work and no waiting for months on the completion of a project.

November sees Lawrence Williams give us an insight into his daily life as Head of Lettings at Webbers. We find out which Balearic Island he would relocate to, what his daily commute looks like, and he even offers up a controversial view that really will divide the nation in his news comment...

On Friday 22 October, The Guild of Property Professionals walked away with not one, but two coveted awards at The ESTAS. These being The Best Agency Network and the Supplier Awards – Best in Sector. The first award was voted for by the Members’ customers, and the second by the agents themselves. It is a privilege to have been recognised by our network and by customers alike for these two top awards. 

As families carve out pumpkins and put together their spooky costumes, many are thinking of taking to the streets for the annual trick-or-treat season. In 2020, coronavirus restrictions in the UK meant knocking on our neighbours’ doors was out of the question. This year, there are no restrictions to prevent us from celebrating Halloween, but how can we accommodate our spooky visitors safely during the coronavirus pandemic?

Exposed brick walls are a classic design feature for homes as far apart, style wise, as period barn conversions and industrial loft spaces. But what are your options if the rough and raw look is a little too unfinished for your interior design tastes?

Halloween is known for its eerie tales, creepy ghouls and mysterious occurrences. We have put together a collection of spooky stories, inexplicable sightings and things to look out for. Here is a tongue in cheek look at how you'll know if your house is haunted. 

If you are planning on moving house, broadband should be prioritised alongside other essentials like utilities. Minimising downtime is vital, especially if you have a family who spend a lot of their time surfing the internet and especially if you work from home.

The Guild of Property Professionals has once again shown the calibre of agents within their network with 40 shortlisted offices for their Members in The Negotiator Awards shortlist 2021.

This month, we caught up with Edward Chelton Brown, Director of Chelton Brown Estate Agents in Northampton. He tells us all about his love of rugby, what podcasts he listens to and exactly how he came to be a director of his family business. There is a lot to learn from Edward and his charitable team and we have to say, we could not agree more about his one thing that makes a home…

According to industry figures, approximately 900,000 British homes have solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed. If you are looking to buy a house, there’s every chance that you will come across properties that have a solar roof installation. 

September marks the eagerly anticipated launch of PropQual, the learning platform The Guild will be using to support an Ofqual-accredited qualification for estate and lettings agents. Registration for the Certificate and Diploma qualifications is now available to Guild Members, allowing Members to commence with the learning activities.

Creating a welcoming atmosphere within the first few steps of your home is important, whether you are looking to sell your property or not. The sense of ‘coming home’ is an ambience many strive to achieve in their entrance ways, lobbies and porches, and entering this area of your home after a long day at work or school should take any stresses of the day away.

There is little sign of any significant lull in housing market activity as final restrictions ease. Demand from home buyers continues to exceed available homes to buy.

Annual property price growth in the East Midlands is significantly stronger than a year ago, as the shortage of property to buy continues to support prices. Agents across the region report the current sales to stock ratio remains high (RICS), with properties selling in just 34 days (Rightmove). 

Annual property price growth in the East of England is significantly stronger than a year ago, as the shortage of property to buy continues to support prices. Agents across the region report the current sales to stock ratio remains high (RICS), with properties selling in just 35 days (Rightmove). 

Annual property price growth in the North West and North Wales is significantly stronger than a year ago, as the shortage of property to buy continues to support prices. Agents across the North West and Wales report the current sales to stock ratio remains high (RICS), with properties selling in just 34 and 35 days respectively (Rightmove). 

Annual property price growth in Scotland is significantly stronger than a year ago, as the shortage of property to buy continues to support prices. Properties here are selling in just 23 days, the quickest of any region of the UK (Rightmove). 

Annual property price growth in the South West and Wales is significantly stronger than a year ago, as the shortage of property to buy continues to support prices. Agents across the South West and Wales report the current sales to stock ratio remains high (RICS), with properties selling in just 32 and 35 days respectively (Rightmove). 

Annual property price growth in the South East is significantly stronger than a year ago, as the shortage of property to buy continues to support prices. Agents across the region report the current sales to stock ratio remains high (RICS), with properties selling in just 39 days (Rightmove). 

Annual property price growth in the South East is significantly stronger than a year ago, as the shortage of property to buy continues to support prices. Agents across the region report the current sales to stock ratio remains high (RICS), with properties selling in just 39 days (Rightmove). 

Annual property price growth in the South East and South West is significantly stronger than a year ago, as the shortage of property to buy continues to support prices. Agents across the South East and South West report the current sales to stock ratio remains high (RICS), with properties selling in just 39 and 32 days respectively (Rightmove). 

Annual property price growth in the South East is significantly stronger than a year ago, as the shortage of property to buy continues to support prices. Agents across the region report the current sales to stock ratio remains high (RICS), with properties selling in just 39 days.

Annual property price growth in the North East, and Yorkshire and the Humber is significantly stronger than a year ago, as the shortage of property to buy continues to support prices. Agents across the North East, and Yorkshire and the Humber report the current sales to stock ratio is at a record high (RICS), with properties selling in just 38 and 35 days respectively (Rightmove). 

Annual property price growth in the East of England is significantly stronger than a year ago, as the shortage of property to buy continues to support prices. Agents across the region report the current sales to stock ratio remains high (RICS), with properties selling in just 35 days (Rightmove). 

At 6.3%, annual property price growth in London is stronger than a year ago, and a marked contrast to 2018 and 2019 when annual growth was in negative territory. The gradual relaxation of travel restrictions will create additional interest from overseas purchasers in the coming months. A surge in demand is expected from domestic purchasers for smaller pied-à-terre-style apartments as blended working patterns are set to become the norm for many. 

Annual property price growth in the West Midlands and Wales is significantly stronger than a year ago, as the shortage of property to buy continues to support prices. Agents across the West Midlands and Wales report the current sales to stock ratio is at a record high (RICS), with properties selling in just 34 days and 35 days respectively (Rightmove). 

Annual property price growth in Northern Ireland is stronger than a year ago, as the shortage of property to buy continues to support prices.

Home automation systems allow you to control areas of your home remotely, from lighting and heating to security cameras around the property and even individual appliances. This adds convenience that can help you maintain your home throughout the day, but is also a feature that potential buyers are keen to have in the home they purchase for ease and security. In fact, some types of home automation can increase the value of the home overall compared to properties without home automation systems in place. In fact, research suggests that it could increase the value of a property by as much as £16,000, depending on the systems you have in place.  Buyers want convenience Homebuyers of all ages and demographics are interested in smart home functionality, from voice-activated devices to smart blinds and shading, to make your home more comfortable. It’s intuitive, practical and because it’s hands-free, it provides location flexibility so you can operate areas of your home on your way to and from work, or when you’re out at the weekends. Any home that can offer potential buyers that level of freedom and accessibility will be more desirable when it comes to making an offer. These are systems that more and more people are investing in for their homes, so if a property already has them set up, it’s a positive benefit that other properties can’t always provide. A greener home Energy efficiency is a major talking point at the moment and the savings that can be made from smart devices can be significant. They not only help property owners to control their energy expenditure throughout the day but can also save them money in the long term, making these automation systems a worthwhile investment. Millennial homebuyers, in particular, are keen to invest in energy-saving devices and properties that will have a lasting positive effect on the planet. By installing smart devices around your home, you’re not only appealing to the tech-savvy but also the eco-conscious buyer who wants to ensure the property they purchase is as energy-efficient as possible. From smart lighting using LED light bulbs to thermostats, boilers, and plugs, there are various devices that can have an impact on the green credentials of your home. It’s easier to sell a modern property While classic properties and old characteristics are popular for some buyers, there are many homebuyers who want modern, contemporary properties with the latest features. If a potential buyer can move in and immediately start enjoying their new home without needing to make changes or renovate the property, it’s a key selling point that can go in your favour. Many estate agents recommend decluttering a property before getting viewers round to see it, which home automation can help with too. By having one-touch features that can be controlled by your smartphone, you remove the clutter that comes from excess cables and remote controls for each device, keeping your home as tidy and minimal as possible. Greater security for you and potential owners A safe and secure home is of paramount importance to any buyer, and home automation can support this. There are security cameras that can be controlled remotely, doorbells that will enable you to see who’s at your property even when you’re not at home, or you may simply want to be able to close the blinds or curtains and switch on the lights in the evening to give the illusion that someone is in the property to deter intruders. Home automation systems make it easier to manage your property and keep your home and its occupants as safe as possible.  Key takeaways Home automation products can make improvements to the practicality and convenience of your property, both for you while you’re living in it and for future buyers. Not only do these devices make your home more appealing, but they can also decrease utility bills and home insurance premiums. Smart devices can work in sync with one another, so instead of having to use multiple apps to control your lights and heating, you have complete control of your home from any location without any hassle.   Contact us today Are you looking to move home this autumn? Our Guild Members are on hand to help you every step of the way.  

This month, we are speaking to Robert Murray from Benjamin Stevens, he tells us all about his background in the fashion indsutry and the many reasons customers choose to buy, sell and let with his honest and trustworthy team. We also learn about the incredible charities that the office supports in their local community. 

Your garden is more than simply an outside space; it is an extension of your home. So, just like you would any other reception room, why not make it aesthetically attractive, ergonomically appealing and temptingly tidy? Not only will making small improvements to your garden create a welcoming oasis for yourself and your guests to enjoy, but it should also increase the value of your house. Having the benefit of your own green space is already a favourable position to be in when it comes to selling your home but creating the best garden possible will make the offering much more inviting to potential buyers. 

For many, the home moving process is something to be endured, rather than enjoyed. The risk of disappointment due to broken chains, unclear communication, and general confusion can lead many would-be movers to stay put. Data from Zoopla has shown that the average Briton only moves home once every 23.5 years. Considering the average mover may not have moved before, or took the plunge over 20 years ago, is it any wonder the general population finds the whole process overwhelming?

There is no question that the pandemic has changed the way we live and work. The phenomenon of a ‘London exodus’ is now well documented – many are choosing to leave the capital and other big cities in search of a better work-life balance and greater quality of life in more remote locations.

City life vs country life - which is right for you? These two opposites bring with them two different ways of living. When looking at potential properties, it’s vital to consider where they’re located and if the location suits your individual preferences, tastes and needs. The hustle and bustle of the city contrasts greatly with the quiet retreat of the countryside, so this is not a decision that should be taken lightly!

As we experience a warmer climate in the country, albeit very fleetingly, people are looking to our trails and hikes to discover unforgettable Great British walks this summer. Our wonderful corner of the world offers a myriad of landscapes – snow-topped Welsh mountains, glistening Scottish lochs, and flat English fenland, so you are sure to find a walk that suits your needs and abilities, whether that be wheelchair and pushchair accessible pathways, dog-friendly beaches, or more precarious climbs for professional ramblers.

We caught up with Lou Fletcher from Piccolo Property Services based in the Salisbury area, in Wiltshire, to talk all things lettings and property management related, and we even get introduced to office dog, Ebble. Piccolo Property Services is definitely one to watch, with a new Sales department in the pipeline, as well as an impending charity selection for the office to support.

Between 2019 and 2020, mortgage lenders saw a remarkable 60% rise in the number of mortgage applications from cohabiting couples.

There are a number of things to consider when it comes to buying or selling a home, but the initial question to ask yourself is... should I buy or sell my home first? This is a complex dilemma that doesn’t have a straightforward answer. Both of these options come with risks attached, but they can also offer significant advantages if you’ve got the time, money or patience (or potentially all three).

Downsizing is simply moving from an existing property to a smaller one. Homeowners may make the decision to downsize for a variety of different reasons, either for financial gain, for a change of location or to simply fit the family’s or individual’s needs better. Whatever the motivation for downsizing, there are some key points to take into consideration when making the move.

Price growth across the UK is at its strongest level in over 13 years as the roadmap to ‘normality’ continues.

Agents report the sales to stock ratio across the South West is at a record high (RICS). At 3.8%, the annual rate of housing stock turnover across Devon and Cornwall is above the UK average. The most active markets are currently the South Hams, East, North and Mid Devon.

Agents report the sales to stock ratio across the East Midlands is at a record high (RICS). At 3.7%, the annual rate of housing stock turnover in the East Midlands is above the UK average. Levels currently exceed 4% in the most active markets.

Agents report the sales to stock ratio across the East of England is at a record high (RICS). At 3.7%, the annual rate of housing stock turnover across Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk is above the UK average. Levels currently exceed 4% in the most active markets.

Agents report the sales to stock ratio across the East of England is at a record high (RICS). At 3.7%, the annual rate of housing stock turnover across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire is above the UK average. The most active markets are currently Central Bedfordshire, Bedford and East Hertfordshire.

Agents report the sales to stock ratio across London is at its highest level since the summer of 2016 (RICS). Across London the annual rate of housing stock turnover is 3%. The most active markets are currently Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Bromley, Wandsworth and Lambeth.

Agents report the sales to stock ratios across the North East, and Yorkshire and the Humber are at a record high (RICS). At 3.5%, the annual rate of housing stock turnover across the North East, and Yorkshire and the Humber is above the UK average. The most active markets are currently Ryedale and Selby.

Agents report the sales to stock ratios across the North West and Wales are at a record high (RICS). Across the North West and North Wales, the annual rate of housing stock turnover is 3.4%, on par with the UK average. The most active market is currently Cheshire East, where levels exceed 4%.

Agents report the sales to stock ratio in Scotland is at a record high (RICS). Across Scotland the annual rate of housing stock turnover is 4.8%, the strongest of any region of the UK. The most active markets are currently Midlothian and East Lothian.

Sales are brisk. In the year to March 2021, HMRC estimate 2% more property sales completed than in the previous 12 months, even with the enforced closure of the market in spring 2020. Agents report the sales to stock ratio across Northern Ireland is at a record high (RICS). Across Northern Ireland, the annual rate of housing stock turnover is 3%. The most active markets are currently Lisburn and Castlereagh, and Ards and North Down. 

Agents report the sales to stock ratio across the South East is at its highest level since spring 2016 (RICS). At 3.8%, the annual rate of housing stock turnover across the South East Home Counties, Kent and East Sussex is above the UK average. Levels currently exceed 4% in the most active markets.

Agents report the sales to stock ratio across the South East is at its highest level since spring 2016 (RICS). At 3.9% the annual rate of housing stock turnover in the Southern Home Counties is above the UK average. Levels currently exceed 4% in the most active markets.

Agents report the sales to stock ratios across the South East and South West are at their highest level in five years (RICS). At 3.8%, the annual rate of housing stock turnover across the Isle of Wight, Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire is above the UK average. Levels currently exceed 4% in the most active markets.

Agents report the sales to stock ratio across the South East is at its highest level in five years (RICS). At 3.6%, the annual rate of housing stock turnover across the Thames Valley, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire is above the UK average. Levels currently exceed 4% in the most active markets.

Agents report the sales to stock ratios across the South West and Wales are at a record high (RICS). Across the West of England and South Wales the annual rate of housing stock turnover is 3.2%. The most active markets are currently Cotswold and Tewkesbury.

Agents report the sales to stock ratios in the West Midlands and Wales are at a record high (RICS). Across the West Midlands and Mid Wales, the annual rate of housing stock turnover is 3.3%. The most active markets are currently Rugby and Wychavon.

In England and Wales, the government has confirmed that as of 1 June 2021 the notice period for evicting tenants will be reduced from six months down to four months. Meanwhile, the Scottish Government is continuing the extension of the six-month notice period and landlords in Northern Ireland may proceed with their right to evict as normal. So, in England and Wales, what do landlords need to know about the changes to evicting tenants during the Covid-19 pandemic? Read on to find out more…

The decision to buy a place to live for the first time is a big one. Becoming a property owner is a life-changing event; some would argue it’s on a par with getting married or having children.

This month, we caught up with Art O’Hagan, Managing Director at CPS Property to discuss his idea of a perfect home and top tips for working in the property sector. 

This month, we caught up with Dave Pennick, Corporate Services at Wilsons Auctions to discuss his idea of a perfect home and top tips for working in the property sector.

Northern Ireland is a beautiful part of the world, offering natural beauty, castles, lively cities, tourist hotspots and a rich history and culture. If you are considering relocating to Northern Ireland, here is a simple guide to prepare for your move: 

If you are looking for a vibrant city with ‘good craic’ and a popular arts and music scene, Northern Ireland’s capital city, Belfast, may be for you. With an iconic culinary scene, an unlimited offering of events and a sensational setting, here are the top reasons to live in Belfast.  

Whether you live in a city flat, a suburban semi, or a country cottage, your home is your castle. It’s your base camp and your sanctuary, the one place where you and your family feel safe and secure. But in order to keep it that way, it’s worth keeping your wits about you. Did you know that nearly half of all break-ins are unplanned and take place in the spur of the moment?

Are you looking to buy a flat, either for your own use as a home or as a buy-to-let investment? 

We spoke to some Members agents of The Guild of Property Professionals about the impact a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) increase could have on the property market.

Saying that 2020 changed the way many companies do business is a massive understatement. Pivoting their strategies, businesses evolved and adapted to a new way of working with many people now working from home for the foreseeable future. With the adaption, we saw a surge of digital products and services to help businesses continue to work productively while employees worked remotely. 

Are you in the process of buying a property and are wondering about getting a survey? Don’t make the mistake that far too many homebuyers still make, thinking it’s an unnecessary expense. A study carried out by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) revealed that those who didn’t bother with a home survey faced unexpected repair work after moving in, resulting in £5,750 in costs on average, and for some, the cost can be substantially higher. So, do yourself a big favour and assess the risk of your investment before you sign on the dotted line.

As of 1 July 2021, there will be changes to Land Transaction Tax (LTT) in Wales. Up until 30 June 2021, LTT is payable when you purchase or lease a property above the threshold of £250,000. Therefore, currently, no tax is payable on the first £250,000 of a property. LTT is 5% on properties up to £400,000, 7.5% up to £750,000, 10% up to £1,500,000 with any amount thereafter taxed at 12%. However, this is due to change in a few months’ time.

The Government has announced a new 95% mortgage scheme, allowing homebuyers to pay just a 5% deposit on their new home if purchased between April 2021 and December 2022.

Since March 2020, low deposit deals have virtually disappeared from the mortgage market, hitting first-time buyers hard, as well as those with low levels of equity in their property. During the COVID-19 pandemic, lenders saw these deals as high-risk and withdrew most of their offerings. The Government has now announced that it will be backing a new mortgage guarantee scheme to combat this.

On 3 March 2021, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday will be extended until 30 June 2021 after facing pressure to extend the deadline by three months amid concerns of a ‘cliff-edge’ come the end of March.

2020, a year in which the housing market defied expectations. At 7.6%, annual price growth across the UK is at its strongest since the summer of 2016. Over 129,000 homes are believed to have changed hands in December, 32% more than in December 2019 with sales for the year projected to be just 11% lower than in 2019 (HMRC). The mortgage market has recovered. Approvals in 2020 were up 3.7% on the previous year (Bank of England) and with an estimated 9–10% more sales agreed in 2020 than in 2019, the start of 2021 has been positive.

Most active housing markets across Greater London At £513,997 the average price of a property in London has breached half a million and activity across the market is robust. On average just 2.8% of private properties sell each year, with turnover in five areas 3.5% or more. Over 17,000 new homes were registered for sale during 2020, and nationally registrations have been on an upward trend since September. First-time buyers were particularly affected by the closed housing market and the stricter mortgage lending that followed. However, buyer numbers have recovered steadily, with transactions just 2% lower year on year during the final six months of 2020 (UK Finance). The number of High Loan-to-Value (LTV) mortgage products has also increased, Moneyfacts reporting there were 169 products available at 90% LTV in January, over double the number available back in July. Lending rates remain low, the average mortgage rate the lowest in history. Suzanne from Urban Village comments on the South London region: "Here in South London, we have experienced a strong demand in property sales for houses and garden flats, as people re-evaluate their accommodation due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. The stamp duty holiday has prompted many buyers to take the opportunity to buy and this has led to good levels of sales across Camberwell and Herne Hill. "Some landlords have also used the stamp duty holiday as the time to sell their rented properties, something we are accustomed to managing for our landlords, where we have tenants in place.  "Tenant demand is steady and we have the benefit of being in close proximity to Kings College Hospital, with essential and key workers needing accommodation. Some of our landlords have had to reduce rent levels and we expect this to be temporary and recover as people begin to feel safe again and eventually return to work." Contact us If you want independent guidance on moving home or are looking for the best agent in your area, find your local Guild Member today.

Average annual price growth in the North East (8.3%) and in Yorkshire and the Humber (9.7%) is higher than the UK average. In eleven areas the annual rate of price growth currently exceeds 7.5%. 

At 6.2% and 8.5% respectively, average annual price growth in the South East and the South West is significant. In both areas growth is considerably higher than the -0.3% and -0.2% recorded a year ago. The Isle of Wight and the New Forest are currently experiencing the most significant growth, and interest in the market continues. Properties are selling more quickly than a year ago (Rightmove). 

At 4.8%, average annual price growth in the East of England is lower than the UK average. However, growth is currently stronger than at any point since January 2018 and considerably higher than the 1.5% fall recorded this time a year ago. Price growth across five areas currently exceeds 5%. Rightmove report average asking prices fell by just 0.1% month on month across the region in January, with properties selling more quickly than a year ago.

At 6.2%, average annual price growth in the South East is lower than the UK average. However, growth is currently at its strongest level since January 2017 and considerably higher than the -0.3% recorded this time a year ago. Although Rightmove report average asking prices fell 1.4% month on month in January, properties are selling more quickly than a year ago.

At 6.2%, average annual price growth in the South East is lower than the UK average. However, growth is currently at its strongest level since January 2017 and considerably higher than the -0.3% recorded this time a year ago. Although Rightmove report average asking prices fell 1.4% month on month in January, properties are selling more quickly than a year ago.

At 6.2%, average annual price growth in the South East is lower than the UK average. However, growth is currently at its strongest level since January 2017 and considerably higher than the -0.3% recorded this time a year ago. Although Rightmove report average asking prices fell 1.4% month on month in January, properties are selling more quickly than a year ago.

At 8.5%, average annual price growth in the South West is stronger than the UK average. Growth is currently at its strongest level in over four years and considerably higher than the -0.2% recorded this time a year ago. Rightmove report average asking prices rose 0.6% month on month across the region in January, one of only two regions to see a rise. Properties are also selling more quickly than a year ago.

Most active housing markets across the North West and North Wales region Average property prices in Wales and the North West are more expensive than a year ago and activity across the market is robust. On average 3.4% of private properties are sold each year, with turnover in four areas 4% or more. Over 15,400 new homes were registered for sale during 2020, and nationally registrations have been on an upward trend since September. First-time buyers were particularly affected by the closed housing market and the stricter mortgage lending that followed. However, buyer numbers have recovered steadily, with transactions just 2% lower year on year during the final six months of 2020 (UK Finance). The number of High Loan-to-Value (LTV) mortgage products has also increased, Moneyfacts reporting there were 169 products available at 90% LTV in January, over double the number available back in July. Lending rates remain low, the average mortgage rate the lowest in history. Properties for sale in the North West and North Wales Wigton, Cumbria, 4 bedrooms Brookwell House is a significant period home, set in a popular village and full of character features. The accommodation comprises four reception rooms including a sitting room, study and a living room which opens up to a generous dining room. There is also a farmhouse kitchen-breakfast room, a ground floor shower room, a utility porch and a separate WC. Additionally, the property has planning permission granted to convert an attached barn room into an integral garage, if required. Conwy, Wales, 5 bedrooms This substantial detached residence boasts four reception rooms, five bedroom-suites, plus a self-contained one-bedroom cottage and spacious lawned gardens. This period style residence is situated in a high-profile position located between the marina village of Deganwy and the bustling seaside resort of Llandudno, known as ''The Welsh Riviera''. St Helens, Merseyside, 3 bedrooms This beautiful, traditional terraced cottage boasts an abundance of living space and fabulous character features, such as exposed wooden ceiling beams, stone walls and original fireplaces. The home provides two reception rooms, a fully fitted kitchen with fitted units, premium worktops and integrated appliances, and three bedrooms.  Contact us If you want independent guidance on moving home or are looking for the best agent in your area, find

At 7.1%, average annual price growth in the East Midlands is slightly lower than the UK average. However, growth is currently stronger than at any point since April 2016 and considerably higher than the 1.0% recorded this time a year ago. Price growth across eleven areas currently exceeds 7.5%. Rightmove report average asking prices fell by just 0.5% month on month across the region in January and properties are selling more quickly than a year ago.

At 6.9% and 7.0% respectively, average annual price growth in the West Midlands and Wales is slightly lower than the UK average. In the West Midlands growth is currently stronger than at any point since summer 2016, in Wales since before the Global Financial Crisis. In eleven areas growth currently exceeds 7.5%. Although Rightmove report a slight fall in asking prices month on month, properties are selling more quickly than a year ago.

At 8.6%, average annual price growth in Scotland exceeds the UK average. Growth is currently stronger than at any point since March 2015 and considerably higher than the 2.0% recorded this time a year ago. Although Rightmove report average asking prices fell by 2.5% month on month in January, properties are selling more quickly than a year ago.

At 4.8%, average annual price growth in the East of England is lower than the UK average. However, growth is currently stronger than at any point since January 2018 and considerably higher than the 1.5% fall recorded this time a year ago. Price growth across five areas currently exceeds 7.5%. Rightmove report average asking prices fell by just 0.1% month on month across the region in January, with properties selling more quickly than a year ago.

At 2.4%, average annual price growth in Northern Ireland is lower than the UK average. However, prices have risen marginally quarter on quarter since the final quarter of 2019. Across Ards & North Down and Derry City & Strabane, growth is currently above 4%. Prices across three areas of Northern Ireland are currently above £150,000, Lisburn and Castlereagh currently the most expensive district in which to purchase property.

At 7.0% and 8.5% respectively, average annual price growth in Wales and the South West is significant. In both areas growth is currently stronger than at any point in the last four years. Five areas of the South West are currently experiencing double-digit price growth. Caerphilly is the strongest performing area in South Wales. Properties are selling more quickly than a year ago.

The event was hosted by Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild, with a jam-packed afternoon of insightful presentations. Mark Hunter, also known as ‘The Sales Hunter’, joined the event as Keynote Speaker to deliver an inspiring sales-driven talk on business strategy and how to deal with the current challenges faces by property professionals in the UK today. The meeting ended on a high as a selection of Guild Members were awarded for their outstanding achievements in 2020. Here is the full list of Guild Award winners as follows: Overall Sales Gold: Ferndown Estates Overall Lettings Gold: Morris Marshall & Poole Video Content of the Year Gold: Mackay Property Silver: Archer & Co. Bronze: Moss Properties Brand Ambassador of the Year Gold: Mackay Property East of England: Sales Gold: Mackay Property, Taylor Milburn Silver: Millbanks Bronze: Kingsleigh Residential, Parson Estate Agents East of England: Lettings Gold: Platinum Properties Silver: Mackay Property Bronze: Parson Estate Agents East Midlands: Sales Gold: Richard Watkinson Newark Silver: Mundys Bronze: Sally Botham Estates East Midlands: Lettings Gold: Richard Watkinson Newark Silver: Bentons Bronze: Sally Botham Estates London: Sales Gold: Benjamin Stevens Silver: Petermans Bronze: B Simmons, GBP Estates London: Lettings Gold: Drivers & Norris, Benjamin Stevens Silver: Bryan & Keegan Bronze: Living Residential, Brookings London: Best Newcomer Gold: Lawrence Rand North East: Sales Gold: Kimmitt & Roberts, Roseberry Newhouse Silver: Andrew Coulson Bronze: Mansons North East: Lettings Gold: Mansons Silver: Living Spaces Bronze: Roseberry Newhouse North East: Best Newcomer Gold: Gilmore Estates North West: Sales Gold: Adams Estate Agents Silver: David Davies Estate Agents Bronze: Townbridge Estate Agents North West: Lettings Gold: Adams Estate Agents Silver: Sanderson James Bronze: David Davies Estate Agents North West: Best Newcomer Gold: Townbridge Estate Agents Northern Ireland: Sales Gold: CPS Silver: Bensons Bronze: Hunter Campbell Northern Ireland: Lettings Gold: CPS Silver: Homes Independent Bronze: Kingham Property South Central: Sales Gold: Belgarum Silver: Walker & Waterer Bronze: White & Guard South Central: Lettings Gold: Hayling Property Silver: Belgarum Bronze: White & Guard South Central: Best Newcomer Gold: Michael Adam Estate Agents South East: Sales Gold: Sawyer & Co., Kent Estate Agencies Silver: Foundation Estate Agents Bronze: M&M Estate & Letting Agents, Robert Leech Estate Agents South East: Lettings Gold: Sawyer & Co. Silver: John Bray Bronze: Wood & Pilcher South East: Best Newcomer Gold: Matthew Anthony Estate Agency South West: Sales Gold: Webbers Estate Agents Silver: The Mather Partnership Bronze: Sawdye & Harris South West: Lettings Gold: Newquay Property Centre Silver: Webbers Estate Agents Bronze: Diamond Estate Agents South West: Best Newcomer Gold: Newquay Property Centre Wales: Sales Gold: Peter Morgan, Taylor & Co. Silver: Williams & Goodwin The Property People Ltd Bronze: Archer & Co. Wales: Lettings Gold: Morris Marshall & Poole Silver: Williams & Goodwin The Property People Ltd Bronze: Peter Morgan, Parkmans Wales: Best Newcomer Gold: James Dean Estate Agents West Midlands: Sales Gold: Ferndown Estates Silver: C Residential Bronze: Dourish & Day West Midlands: Lettings Gold: Ferndown Estates Silver: Dourish & Day Bronze: C Residential West Midlands: Best Newcomer Gold: C Residential Yorkshire & Humber: Sales Gold: Emsleys Estate Agents Silver: Holroyd Miller Bronze: Bartons Yorkshire & Humber: Lettings Gold: Emsleys Estate Agents Silver: Whitehornes Bronze: Love Property Contact us Whether you’re looking to buy, sell, rent or let, our Guild Members are on hand to help you each step of the way. Find your local Guild Member today to begin your journey.

Choosing the right agent is key to selling your property. We have seen an increase in online estate agents in recent years and there has been discussion as to whether sellers should sell their home with an online agent or stick with an established high-street estate agent. In today’s blog, The Guild share their views on high-street and online agents.

Moving to a new house can be a stressful time, particularly if a sale falls through. Don’t worry if this happens as there are often ways to get it back on track. Guild Members talk about the potential pitfalls to avoid during your negotiations and share their top tips to help your sale move forward. 

It’s a common fact that spring is generally the best time to sell a property. This is due to the bright daylight and increased sunlight hours, which make your home more visually appealing, in addition to people having more time on their hands and clearer schedules to be flexible for house viewings. 

To put it simply, buying a home often boils down to the price. There are a few ways you can quickly identify properties which are overpriced, and this knowledge will put you in a better position when you are looking to buy. It could be a refreshing change to find that a property you love is actually overpriced, and not just completely out of your budget. Read on to discover how to spot an overpriced house.

Are you thinking about putting your property on the market, but aren’t sure when or how? It can be difficult to know exactly when you should sell your home. However, there are times and seasons when selling your home is almost certainly the right thing for you. Whether you need more outdoor space, a designated home office, or if there is a burst of activity in your local property market, we’ve identified some of the best times to think seriously about selling your property. 

As our lifestyles have been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic, many are considering relocating to more rural or scenic locations. With this in mind, we asked Guild Members for their recommendations on the best locations in the UK for winter walks: 

Thousands of homebuyers will pull the plug on their deals as a result of the stamp duty holiday not being extended. 

Putting your home on the market is a big decision, so it’s important to make sure that you’re doing it at the right time of year. There has always been debate about the best time to sell a property, so we asked Guild agents to share their thoughts on the prime time to sell.

For many parents, memories from the first lockdown, juggling working from home and ensuring their child keeps on top of their education will fill them with dread.

This month, we caught up with Paul Rolfe, Director at Paul Rolfe Sales and Letting to discuss his idea of a perfect home and top tips for working in the property sector.

With the new variant of COVID-19 causing a rapid rise in infections throughout the country, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new measures and a national lockdown to mitigate the spread of the virus to protect the NHS and save lives. But what does this mean for homemovers?

As a landlord, whether you have restricted time, little experience or prefer the convenience, letting agents provide a range of services to take on the responsibilities involved with letting a property. Frequent changes to Government legislation during the COVID-19 pandemic poses additional challenges for landlords, which is where a letting agent's knowledge and experience could help.

Letting a property and becoming a landlord can be an attractive and exciting venture, but there is more to renting out a property than you may realise. Here at The Guild, we have created a helpful guide to finding a buy-to-let property.

When viewing flats for the first time, it can be difficult to recognise potential issues and highlight the key benefits of the home right away. Each building can vary in structure, accessibility and of course, neighbours. With this in mind, we reveal what to look for and what to avoid when buying a flat for the first time.

The completion stage on your new home is done and dusted, and now you just can’t wait to move house, right?

Being a good landlord requires time, effort and money, but it’s worth it to find and keep good tenants for longer who will help to pay your mortgage and put money in your pocket. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some uncertainty in the property market and changing regulations can be difficult to keep up with, so it's important to understand what your responsibilites are.

‘Tis the season to wrap up warm and count the days down to Christmas day. As we are spending more time in our homes, it’s more important than ever to create a cosy hideaway to bring us joy. Having more time in our homes means we can shake up our usual Christmas decorating routine and give some extra attention to creating a home of hygge.

Are you looking to give back to your parents by helping buy them a new home? If you’ve reached a stage in your life where you’re financially stable and are able to help Mum and Dad out by finding them the perfect, peaceful home, we’ve created a guide to the best places to buy a property for your parents to live in. 

The impact of the pandemic means the property sector continues to adapt and find innovative ways to market properties digitally. With this in mind, The Guild has launched a new product, Hooked, which uses data-driven Facebook advertising to find prospective buyers for Guild properties.

Holiday lets can be extremely rewarding. And in the current climate, with the Coronavirus pandemic, staycations are on the rise, adding value to a holiday home purchase in the UK. If you are thinking about where the best place is to buy a holiday let, or how to start your search, then you have come to the right place. Here at The Guild, we have put together a short guide on where to buy a holiday home in the UK, with expert tips and advice from our professional agents. 

On Saturday 31 October, the UK Government announced a four-week lockdown in England, which came into effect on Thursday 5 November. But what does this mean for home buyers and sellers?

With only a few months left to the deadline, many buyers and sellers will be thinking they have plenty of time to take advantage of the Stamp Duty holiday which ends 31st March. However, in reality, if you don’t get the ball rolling sooner rather than later, you’ll run the risk of missing out on Stamp Duty savings.  

The UK housing market starts autumn with momentum following a post-lockdown mini-boom, making summer 2020 busier than usual. Buyer demand has soared, up 34% on a year ago according to Zoopla, while supply to the marketplace is at its highest level since March 2008, according to Rightmove. Over 81,000 property sales were recorded in August, which is up 15.6% on July, with competition in the market leading to one in eight properties selling at or above asking price. Larger properties and those with gardens are proving immensely popular, with the impact of COVID-19 set to have a lasting change on our home and work lifestyles. Price growth is strongest across the East Midlands and the North West, but across all regions the trajectory is positive.

It is estimated nearly two million people own buy-to-let property across the UK (Resolution Foundation 2019), with property being regarded as a ‘safe-haven’ asset. At 4.9% and 4.7% respectively, the gross yields on residential property across the South East and South West are attractive.  

It is estimated that nearly two million people own buy-to-let property across the UK (Resolution Foundation 2019), with property being regarded as a ‘safe-haven’ asset. At 5.4% and 5.7% respectively, the gross yield on residential property across the West Midlands and Wales is attractive.

It is estimated that nearly two million people own buy-to-let property across the UK (Resolution Foundation 2019), with property being regarded as a ‘safe-haven’ asset. At 4.7% and 5.7% respectively, the gross yields on residential property across the South West and Wales are attractive.

It is estimated that nearly two million people own buy-to-let property across the UK (Resolution Foundation 2019), with property being regarded as a ‘safe-haven’ asset. At 4.9% the gross yield on residential property across the South East is attractive.

It is estimated that nearly two million people own buy-to-let property across the UK (Resolution Foundation 2019), with property being regarded as a ‘safe-haven’ asset. At 4.9%, the gross yield on residential property across South East England is attractive.

It is estimated that nearly two million people own buy-to-let property across the UK (Resolution Foundation 2019), with property being regarded as a ‘safe-haven’ asset. At 4.9% the gross yield on residential property across the South East is attractive.

Each year around 4% of private housing changes ownership as people move home across the UK. In Scotland, the proportion is the highest of the UK nations at 5.2%. A swathe of activity over the summer, fuelled by home movers seeking a change, means sales levels for 2020 are likely to be better than many expected.

Each year around 4% of private housing changes ownership as people move home across the UK. A swathe of activity over the summer, fuelled by home movers seeking a change, means sales levels for 2020 are likely to be better than many expected.

It is estimated that nearly two million people own buy-to-let property across the UK (Resolution Foundation 2019), with property being regarded as a ‘safe-haven’ asset. At 6.1% and 5.7% respectively, the gross yields on residential property across the North West and Wales are attractive.

It is estimated that nearly two million people own buy-to-let property across the UK (Resolution Foundation 2019), with property being regarded as a ‘safe-haven’ asset. At 6.2% and 5.8% respectively, the gross yield on residential property across the North East and Yorkshire are attractive.

It is estimated that nearly two million people own buy-to-let property across the UK (Resolution Foundation 2019), with property being regarded as a ‘safe-haven’ asset. At 4.7% the gross yield on residential property across London is attractive.

It is estimated that nearly two million people own buy-to-let property across the UK (Resolution Foundation 2019), with property being regarded as a ‘safe-haven’ asset. At 4.7%, the gross yield on residential property across the East of England is attractive.

It is estimated that nearly two million people own buy-to-let property across the UK (Resolution Foundation 2019), with property being regarded as a ‘safe-haven’ asset. At 4.7%, the gross yield on residential property across the East of England is attractive.

It is estimated that nearly two million people own buy-to-let property across the UK (Resolution Foundation 2019), with property being regarded as a ‘safe-haven’ asset. At 5.1%, the gross yield on residential property across the East Midlands is attractive.

It is estimated that nearly two million people own buy-to-let property across the UK (Resolution Foundation 2019), with property being regarded as a ‘safe-haven’ asset. At 4.7% the gross yield on residential property across the South West is attractive.

When you’re looking around for a new home, there’s nothing worse than seeing a property that seems to be trying too hard, are we right? When you over-stage your home, you run the risk of it not appearing genuine, or even worse - it could look too good, and therefore when potential buyers view your property, they could leave feeling disappointed. If you are conducting mainly virtual viewings, then a picture really does speak a thousand words. Here at The Guild, our agents share their stories of homes they have seen that have been over-staged and exactly what you can do to draw the line and prevent this problem from occurring. 

We all know that selling your home can be stressful at the best of times, right? But when you need the property vacant for an extended period of time, it can sometimes increase that stress threefold. 

It’s very rare that two property purchases are the same, while one property investment could be the foundation to building wealth, another could be a monetary black hole. But what is the difference between the two?

Whether you want to move to a new location, upgrade to a larger home or are looking to take on a project property, selling your home can seem like a mammoth task. If you have never sold a house before, all the unknown processes can leave your head spinning. Maybe you need to sell your home right away or perhaps you are making preparations to put your house on the market in the next year. Whatever your situation, we have created a helpful guide to prepare you to sell your home for the first time. 

Moving out of your family home for the first time is a big step. It can be exciting, emotional and daunting when taking on the new responsibilities involved with moving into your first home. We’ve put together a helpful guide to help you prepare for your move into your first rental accommodation.  

Bathrooms are an important part of the home. They provide a haven for us to get ready for an important day, then a place to wind down and relax at the end of it. During lockdown, it was reported that UK homeowners spent around £4,000 on home renovations, including the bathroom. From spa-sanctuaries to sleek and simple designs, if you are looking for a little bit of inspiration for your bathroom renovation, take a look at our top bathrooms in the UK.

With the Green Homes Grant Scheme, homeowners and landlords can apply for a grant towards funding energy-efficient home improvements from the end of September 2020. We reveal more about the scheme and how to apply for up to £5,000 or £10,000 in vouchers.

Whether you're a pro or new to buying property, it can be a daunting experience with various obstacles along the way. However, buying at auction offers many benefits to homebuyers that you may not expect, including enhanced security and transparency to keep you in control and informed every step of the way.

As more residents of the UK have learnt to appreciate the importance of space and the outdoors following months of lockdown, many city-workers are seeking commuter towns outside of London, with easy access into the city and the benefit of more space. But even as you make your way out of London, properties can be costly, especially with additional rail fares and living costs. 

Selling your home is a big decision, so it's important to consider all the options available. We bust common myths surrounding the Modern Method of Auction and explain why it may be a suitable option for you.

Over half the population’s working circumstances have changed with around 34% of people being told they will continue to work solely from home and a further 22% being told that they will continue to work partly from home and partly from the office. How will this shift in working circumstances impact the property market and where people choose to live? 

Since 27 March, all new and existing possession proceedings against residential tenants have been stayed. Initially the stay was brought in for a period of 90 days, however, the Government announcement in June that the stay would be extended until 23 August 2020. 

Recently, Finance Minister, Rebecca Evans, announced the new temporary changes to Land Transaction Tax (LTT) in Wales. As of 27 July 2020, any properties valued up to £250,000 will require no LTT to be paid. These changes will apply and run up until 31 March 2021.

As of 15 July, the Scottish government is cutting the rate of its devolved Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT), with the threshold increasing from £145,000 to £250,000 until 31 March 2021.  

The gradual lifting of lockdown has meant that a portion of the UK population are returning to their offices with many of us keen to avoid public transport as much as we can. For months, walking or cycling became a much needed practicality and source of enjoyment, igniting a newfound appreciation for exercise in the UK. 

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the Green Homes Grant Scheme in his Summer Statement on 8 July, whereby the Government will be issuing UK homeowners up to £5,000 worth of vouchers to make their homes more energy efficient.  

As the Government announces the Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday, raising the threshold to £500,000 with immediate effect, the chance for buyers to purchase property exempt of tax is a valuable opportunity. With the initiative in place until 31st March 2021 this is great news for those who were already looking to buy or thinking about their next move.  

With immediate effect the new Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) threshold of £500,000 will apply and will run until 31 March 2021. This means any buyer purchasing a primary residential property between 8 July 2020 and 31 March 2021, up to the value of £500,000, will be exempt of paying Stamp Duty. 

There is no doubt that the past few months have had a significant effect on the UK and people's lives. The pandemic and subsequent lockdown has initiated unprecedented challenges which have affected us all. Some changes have been positive, while others we would rather forget. Either way, it will be interesting to see which changes will shape future consumer behaviour. 

With the spring market showing signs of improved consumer sentiment following the election result, 2020 was expected to be the year the property market regained the traction lost due to Brexit uncertainty, with promising figures in the first quarter confirming as such. During spring, the market experienced annual house price growth of 2.1% and an annual increase of 3.7% mortgage approvals during the first quarter of this year, despite the fall in March. The strongest growth in the market was seen in London and South West. 

Although in some parts of the UK, lockdown is easing and estate agents have been allowed to return to conducting business more traditionally, the Government guidelines released on 12th May stipulate that a prospective buyer or tenant should conduct a virtual viewing before they view a potential new home in person.

As we continue to operate in uncertain times unsurprisingly, many are considering moving home or relocating altogether. Whether you're looking for a home with a garden, a dedicated workspace, or more space in general, we've got you covered. We've provided some guidance to get you started on the search for your ideal home.

As we continue to operate in these uncertain times, we've spent more time in our homes than ever before, trying to adapt our spaces to both work and relax from. While our focus has been setting up our workspaces and ensuring we have everything in place to efficiently work remotely, it's important to be able to relax in comfort once the working day has ended.

As many of us are spending more time than ever in our homes, restricting time outside and social contact, it's hard not to focus on anything that isn't your own worries and concerns.

If you are poised to start tackling some DIY within a rented property, you may feel you lack freedom when it comes to styling your home. We have put together 10 tips to add character without losing your deposit. So, here are our top 10 tips to update your home without compromising your tenancy agreement:

With our new Virtual Viewing Tool, you'll be able to host viewings through video, but it's just as important to stage your home as you would for a physical viewing. Here are our top tips:

Over the past few months the property sector has adapted to a different way of working, with virtual viewings becoming an essential method of looking at a property. There are several advantages that arise from viewing a property virtually, such as being able to view multiple properties in one day, it provides more flexibility in the time you could view the property, and you are able to view homes in other parts of the country.  

Will COVID-19 and the continuing lockdown have an impact on property market trends moving forward or could we see the housing market pick up where it left off? With the lockdown restricting movement and most people spending most of their day in their homes, are we likely to see buyers and tenants’ priorities change when looking for a new property? 

DIY stores are reporting record sales as many take this time to work on home projects. These five tips will keep you preoccupied and active during self-isolation whilst adding value to your property.

If you are working remotely and relying solely on virtual meetings, you need to ensure that daily video calls and catch ups don't go a little stale. Here are our top tips to keep those meetings fun and something to look forward to.

With a network of over 800 independent agents, The Guild are dedicated to supporting Guild Members and staying connected, especially during self-isolation. Here are some of the tools we use to remain connected and maintain efficient communication every day:  

While the housing market has remained fairly stable amid fears of risk posed by the coronavirus outbreak, Guild Members are reporting that many people are avoiding placing their properties on the market due to not wanting possibly contagious buyers visiting their homes.

As the country adapts to the temporary ‘new normal’ of lockdown, we are embracing digital tools like never before in all aspects of our lives. Unsurprisingly there has been a huge rise in the number of virtual property viewings, as they have enabled potential buyers to view properties throughout the period of time when social distancing has been enforced and people have been encouraged to stay at home. If you’re thinking of selling your home, we’ve offered some top tips to present your property virtually.  

As a result of the outbreak of coronavirus, most of the UK and overseas are having to self-isolate in their homes, many with families to look after and keep entertained. Having so much time at home can be considered an opportunity to spend quality time with the children and keep them occupied. We reveal some fun gardening activities that the whole family can get involved with, while still preparing your home to go on the market. 

If you are self-isolating because of coronavirus, it is important to maintain relationships with your friends and family. As human beings, we need human interaction for our happiness and wellbeing. Living in the digital age means we don’t have to sacrifice that. We reveal how to use technology and social media to keep in touch with your loved ones. 

Recent updates with the COVID-19 virus has meant a lot of employees are having to self-isolate and adapt to new work routines from home. With flexible working becoming increasingly popular and advances in technology that keep you connected with the office, working from home has never been easier. We delve into our top tips to help you perfect your working from home routine.

Reports from multitudes of estate agencies within England have suggested that buyer confidence is returning, and property market activity has improved since the decisive election result at the end of 2019. Can the same be said about the Northern Ireland property market?

Landlords of a domestic private rented property have until 1st April 2020 to ensure that their property complies with the ‘Minimum Level of Energy Efficiency’ standard EPC band E. This will apply to any property that is let under an assured tenancy, a regulated tenancy or a domestic agricultural tenancy, as well as any other property that is required to have an EPC. 

Can having a pet impact your chances of selling your property? In a word – yes. With the often cold and wet weather in the UK, most homeowners allow their pets to live inside their homes as a furry family member. While a pet can make a welcomed addition to a family and one’s emotional wellbeing, they can put some buyers off when your home is on the market.

You’ve found the perfect tenants, they’ve moved in without issue, and you’re expecting smooth sailing with the tenancy. But then you check your bank account and find that rent hasn’t been paid that month. If your tenant won't pay rent - What do you do? There are a number of different options available. Guild Members share their expert advice to help in this tricky situation. 

Recent reports from London based estate agents have said that buyers are flocking back to the capital in record numbers since the decisive election result. Over the past three years, political uncertainty and the Brexit stand-off were keeping buyers at bay, however, it seems the market freeze has thawed, and confidence is coming back.

The Guild is delighted to announce its guest judges for The Guild Awards 2020. Together, they will be carefully selecting The Guild winners who will raise their trophy on the 12th February 2020 at QEII Centre in central London.  

English former soldier, adventurer, best-selling author and television presenter from Channel 4’s popular SAS: Who Dares Wins series, Ant Middleton has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for The Guild of Property Professional’s conference which will take place on 12th February next year at the QE11 Centre in London.

The legal principle of caveat emptor (‘let the buyer beware’) may date back centuries but it still applies to today’s conveyancing process. It puts the onus squarely on the buyer to find out if there are any physical defects with the property before committing to the transaction.

Across England there are a variety of unique and beautiful places to live and work which offer individuals their perfect lifestyle. We asked our Guild agents their opinions on where the best places to live in Britain with a good quality of life are. Here's what they shared...

According to a release issued by the government, a package of measures to help people on lower-income get onto the housing ladder have been confirmed by Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick.

There's much to think about when determining whether the commuter lifestyle is for you, and if so, what you should examine when looking for a suitable property. The rationale behind your desire to live outside a major centre will also affect the rentability of a property, impacting the return on investment.

With the assistance of The Guild of Property Professionals and other experts, the Government has released a How To Buy a Home guide and a How To Sell a Home guide, which provides homemovers with an overview of the entire process of purchasing and selling a property. The guides give potential buyers and sellers the key steps in the processes, as well as which organisations they can contact for help if required. 

Moving to a new home can be refreshing and exciting; however, the move itself can be a stressful process for younger members of the family, who often need a bit of extra support and time to prepare.  While moving can be a potentially worrisome event for children, much of the negative emotional effect can be mitigated by proactively dealing with the process in a positive manner. 

Many people dream of owning their own home, and when your financial and personal circumstances finally allow your dream to become reality, it’s an exciting time. That said, as a first-time buyer, there’s plenty to learn to ensure that you get the right property at the right price while avoiding the many pitfalls along the way.

All properties require ongoing maintenance, but when you’re not there to keep an eye on things, the safety and security of your property may be at greater risk. 

Whether you are an avid Brexiteer or have staked your flag in the Remainer’s camp, one thing is for certain, and that is at the moment - nothing is certain. One thing there is no doubt about is that the continued political turmoil and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit have left their mark on the housing market.

As his first major move in the job, Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick has revealed plans that would help more first-time buyers get onto the property ladder. The plans involve overhauling the shared ownership scheme, allowing people to increase their home share in smaller increments. 

Education is one of the most important factors when it comes to your child’s future and where you live has an impact. 

This month, we caught up with Val Shakespeare, Sales Director at Royston & Lund to discuss her idea of a perfect home and top tips for working in the property sector.

On Sunday 21 July this year, the Government announced that they had launched their consultation on the abolition of Section 21. The consultation, which will only cover England, will be open for 12 weeks closing on Saturday 12 October.

While leaving your home to a family member is a very generous act, there is the matter of inheritance tax to think about. 

Understanding credit scores can be tricky yet essential, as it affects your ability to borrow loans for mortgages. Below we will explain what a credit score is, how it’s calculated and what to do if you have a bad credit score.

When it comes to selling a house, ‘staging’ is of the utmost importance. You might spend hours upon hours dusting ceiling corners, scrubbing at the kitchen floor or rearranging the furniture. However, there are other changes you could make which you might not have thought of.

In today’s fast-moving technological age, new developments in tech are constantly being introduced that are having a significant impact on the property sector. The most recent is the introduction of virtual tours and virtual reality (VR). While VR is by no means a new concept, rapid advancement in augmented reality technology has meant that it is now at the point of having an impact on consumers’ day-to-day lives. 

You’ve put your property on the market and selected an estate agent to market and sell the home. Now what? A lot of homeowners don’t realise that on average, for every hour that an agent spends with them, they will spend approximately nine hours working on the seller’s behalf to get the property sold. 

Making the decision to take on a renovation project is a huge challenge and commitment and should not be taken lightly. As rewarding as the outcome will be, it can be expensive, time-consuming and takes a lot of preparation. 

The Guild Member agents around the UK were recognised at the prestigious ESTAS Customer Service Awards for 2019, the biggest awards in the UK property industry. The winners were announced at a lavish luncheon and awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane London attended by 1,000 of the UK’s top property professionals. About the event The awards, celebrating their 16th year, determine the best estate and letting agents in the UK based purely on feedback from customers who are asked a series of questions about the service they have received from their agent. Over 45,000 surveys were completed by customers via the ESTAS feedback platform. After receiving a record 59 nominations in the regional shortlists (up 10 on 2018), the odds were good for Guild Members as Phil Spencer announced the winners for 2019, and they weren’t disappointed. Guild Members walked away with nine regional golds, five regional group golds and the prestigious Grand Prix for Best Estate Agent Office won by Dourish & Day in Stafford. Phil Spencer, who has hosted the ESTAS every year since their inception in 2003, said “The ESTAS encapsulates what your typical agent is trying to do, which is to provide honest, transparent service for their clients. These awards are special because shortlisted and winning firms are selected purely on the service they deliver. Real feedback from real customers experiencing real service, I don’t think there can be a greater honour in the industry than to receive an award based on that mantra.” Simon Brown Founder of The ESTAS said “At The ESTAS we’re proud to say we believe in old fashioned values like customer service. We know how hard it is to deliver it and that’s why we put the spotlight on property firms who are committed to providing excellent service. The ESTAS review and awards platform brand help agents generate consumer trust.” Iain McKenzie, CEO at The Guild, said “For so many Guild Members to have been recognized at The ESTAS is a phenomenal achievement that the network can be proud of. We want to set the standard for professionalism and service in the industry, and the awards achieved are the recognition that Guild agents are among the best of the best.”

This month, we caught up with Dawn Dickinson, General Manager at Midcalf Nicholls who talks us through the property market in the West Midlands and her advice for those looking to move home.

No matter whether you are a first-time buyer or an experienced home owner, moving home is a complicated process that can take time, one that can often be prolonged if you are in a property chain, meaning you need to sell your current property before you make the move. But fear not, today we are sharing our top five tips to help you sell your home faster and move into your new property as quickly as possible. 

Research has revealed that around 80% of homeowners have at least one noteworthy regret regarding their home buying decision.

When it comes to selling your home, making a good first impression is vital. Here are our top five things to avoid when trying to entice prospective buyers:

The sale is complete, you have the keys in your hand and the moving van has delivered your household contents to your new property. All that is left is for you to unpack and turn your new house into a home. 

It seems everyone is searching for the next up-and-coming area to move to, but how do you find the next budding hot spot?

In the Budget 2018, Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced that first-time buyers in shared ownership homes will pay no Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) on the first £300,000 of any property costing up to £500,000. The was made in retrospect back to the previous Budget in November 2017. Before the announcement, first-time buyers were required to pay Stamp Duty on shared ownership purchases, despite the fact that first-time buyers were deemed exempt of paying Stamp Duty on a property that cost below £300,000. 

This month, we caught up with Simon Etson, Residential Sales Manager for Drivers & Norris. He tells us about the history of Drivers & Norris, the property market in North London and his idea of a dream home.

Packing up and moving to another city, or for that matter, another country, is a major undertaking. It takes a great deal of preparation and is imperative to do the necessary research and weigh up all the options before making the final decision. Regardless of whether it is relocating to another part of the country or abroad, there are essential elements that need to be assessed in each potential neighbourhood to ensure you will settle in. 

While the government has put several things in place to boost the first-time buyer’s market, the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and its full impact on the housing market, deposit requirements and property prices have left many would-be homeowners waiting on the sidelines for now. 

Regulatory models: contributions sought

We spoke with Steven Wayne, Managing Director at Benjamin Stevens Estate Agents about his top tips for success in the industry, the future of the property market and his idea of a perfect home.

With Valentine’s Day fast-approaching, everyone is thinking of the perfect gift to treat their loved one. This February, The Guild are giving away a Hotel Chocolat gift card worth £100. 

The Guild Annual Conference 2019 was an outstanding success with record numbers of Members in attendance. Almost 450 Members from across the UK attended the conference, which was held at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London on Thursday 17th January.

The Guild has announced its shortlist for the annual Guild of Property Professionals Awards to be held on the 17th January 2019 at QE11 Centre in London.  

We spoke with Simon Miller, Partner at Holroyd Miller about his 30-year career in the industry, his top tips for success and the future of the property market in Wakefield, Yorkshire.Tell us about yourselfMy career in estate agency currently extends to thirty years. I have worked for both large corporate and independent agencies, and of course I have been running my own business with two other partners for the last 20 years. It comes as no surprise to many that I am a craft beer enthusiast and wholeheartedly support the growing number of micro-breweries in my town.Tell us about Holroyd MillerWe are a small independent agency based in Wakefield and Dewsbury. We offer a comprehensive range of property services from a company that dates to 1897. From residential sales and lettings, commercial management and sales, RICS valuations and surveys, our trusted teams are experts in their field who focus on individual needs in an easy and relaxed way.

Wanting to make a good impression and make your home stand out in the crowd doesn’t have to cost the earth. There are numerous budget-friendly ways that you can use to make your property more appealing to potential buyers and increase your chances of selling for the highest possible price.

Yesterday marked a year that first-time buyers have benefited from the stamp duty tax relief. The money-saving tax relief, which is known as First Time Buyer Relief (FTBR), was introduced on 22 November 2017.  The Treasury announced that since the inception of the scheme, more than 180,500 first-time buyers have benefited, saving a total of £426 million pounds. 

In his third Budget as chancellor, Phillip Hammond announced that he will extend the cancellation of stamp duty for first-time homebuyers on properties up to £300,000 to first-time buyers of shared ownership properties valued up to £500,000.  He also stated that the measure would be retrospective so that any first-buyer who has bought a home since the last Budget will benefit.

While most people aspire to become homeowners, research has revealed that around 80% of people who have purchased a property have at least one noteworthy regret regarding their home buying decision. Staggering numbers considering buying a property is often the largest financial decision a person is likely to make in their life time.