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Improvements add value to your home

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- 01 October 2020 - Improvements add value People have spent an increased amount of time at home this year encouraging home improvements. Builders have seen a 47% increase in their workload this summer and online planning applications have increased by 20%. Source: Dataloft, Planning Portal, NAEA On average, UK homeowners spend £48 billion a…

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Homes are moving 31% faster since lockdown

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- 01 September 2020 - Homes are moving 31% faster since lockdown The time to sell a home has fallen by more than a quarter in the UK. No surprise considering buyer demand, since the start of the year, is +34% higher than over the same period in 2019. Source: Dataloft, Zoopla The number of…

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Significant pick-up in the housing market

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- 01 August 2020 - Significant pick-up in the housing market The July Sentiment Survey by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, gauging the mood of agents, showed a significant pick-up in the housing market. The stamp duty holiday has increased demand in July, agents report a significant increase in new buyer enquiries and new instructions.…

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Has Coronavirus changed Property Viewings?

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- 22 July 2020 - Virtual Tours are now available for all of our properties Here at Excel we always dedicate our time and efforts into using the best technology and the most advantageous marketing tools available. We pride ourselves on having a modern, forward thinking approach and are always looking to apply this to…

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What are the new Stamp Duty changes?

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- 9 July 2020 - The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced that from 15th of July 2020 until 31st of March 2021, there will be no stamp duty to pay on property purchases up to £500,000.   What is Stamp Duty and how much would you normally pay?  You must pay Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) if you buy a property or land over…

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New legislation comes into force from 1st July 2020 for Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector

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- 30 June 2020 - The Government has now published the guidance for The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.   Landlords will have to ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested before the tenancy begins, for all new private tenancies in England from 1st of July 2020 and existing tenancies from 1st of April 2021. As a landlord you will also…

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The busiest time for the Rental Market

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- 28 June 2020 - The Busiest Time for the Rental Market The rental market is about to enter its busiest time of the year. Analysis from Dataloft Rental Market Analytics reveals that 40% of tenancies are set to expire in July, August and September. Usually the surge in activity is a combination of students…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Landlord right to rent checks 

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- 1 April 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Landlord right to rent checks The below is advice for landlords carrying out right to rent checks during the coronavirus pandemic. Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), right to rent checks have been temporarily amended, to make it easier for landlords to carry them out.  As of 30 March 2020 the following temporary changes…

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