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homes4harrogate: Harrogate Property Is Flying Off The Shelves!

In my twelve years as a letting agent in Harrogate I have never seen a month as busy as May 2021! With each listed rental property the phone is ringing off the hook and 20 viewings booked in within 24 hours! Now Harrogate has opened up with the town centre bustling it seems that the…

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homes4harrogate: 2021 Lettings Roundup

To say that this last year has felt like the longest year ever, at homes4harrogate we can’t believe that it is nearly the end of April already! More shockingly I can’t believe that is my first Mumbler blog this year! Sorry everyone, we have just been so busy letting lots of properties that we hadn’t…

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homes4harrogate: Ending 2020 On A High!

It is an understatement to say that 2020 has been difficult for many residents in Harrogate including some of our landlords and tenants. Christmas is going to look very different for us all but hopefully community spirit and festive cheer will still shine through. I will definitely be looking to shop and support local more…

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The Harrogate Rental Market And The Effect Of Covid 19

It would be fair to say that Covid 19 has affected people’s lives and businesses in the last three months in ways that we could never have imagined. We hope that you and your families are all well and safe and that Lock Down hasn’t been too hard on you. We have been working behind…

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Mortgages: Your questions answered!

The UK’s mortgage market has changed profoundly in the last few weeks as the full effect of the Coronavirus has started to be felt. Lenders have been told to allow repayment holidays; moving home is virtually banned leaving swathes of home-movers in limbo; thousands of mortgage products have been withdrawn and the bank base rate…

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The Government’s Plans For Mandatory Five Year Electrical Safety Certificates!

There has been a lot of discussion in the private rental sector about the government’s plans for mandatory five year electrical safety certificates recently. So what does this mean for landlords and their properties? At homes4harrogate  we have been keeping up to date with the legislation so that we can let you Mumblers know the…

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Verity Frearson Estate Agents: Spare Wheels!

Harrogate has been good to us and it is time for us to give something back. Over the next 4 weeks, we will be launching various campaigns and initiatives to support our community. Our first promise is to lend our No.1 Mini cars for any community groups and individuals who need them to help deliver…

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What is a mortgage holiday and how do I apply?

Government announces three-month mortgage holiday in Covid-19 package You may be aware that on March 17, Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed that anyone struggling financially as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak will be able to take a three-month mortgage repayment holiday. A number of lenders had already announced repayment holidays for those affected by Covid-19,…

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A Landlord Guide for first time landlords!

Help! I’m about to become a landlord for the first time and have no idea where to begin! This is something that we get asked regularly. In fact we get asked this so much that I wrote a Landlord Guide for all first time landlord’s that might be struggling with where to begin! Don’t worry,…

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Top tips to look after your rental property this winter!

As a landlord it isn’t just how your tenants look after your property or pay their rent on time that you need to think about. A major concern should be looking after your investment so that it rents easily, rents longer, gains capital growth and doesn’t eat into any profit with expensive repairs. Maintaining your…

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Landlord Clinic on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 – Top Tips To Avoid Problems!

As a landlord one of the most worrying thoughts you can have is that your tenants might stop paying their rent! This scenario can have serious side effects as you may have a buy to let mortgage to pay, outstanding repair invoices that need attention and not to mention your own lives to fund! It…

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Landlord Responsibilities – the Key Provisions!

Landlord responsibilities are a big consideration for those who have invested in a property. The laws, rules and regulations in relation to rental properties are numerous, and it can be a daunting task keeping up to date with everything you need to know. Here we take a look at the main landlord responsibilities, and what…

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How to get the most from your rental property…

When you decide to buy a rental property, there are numerous things you need to consider to ensure a return on your investment. At Homes4Harrogate, our most recent event gave comprehensive advice and guidance on making property work for you. Following on from the event’s success, here are our top tips to help you get…

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Simple Property Investment Tips for Landlords!

Knowing if a property is a good investment isn’t easy. In fact, making the decision to buy can be a little daunting, especially if you’re buying a rental property for the first time. Here’s a few key property investment tips to consider when you’re on the hunt for your first, or next, rental property. Who…

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Lets4Pets – What’s the problem?

Lets4Pets is high on the agenda here at Homes4Harrogate. Alongside our chosen charity Cat’s Protection, we’re on a mission to increase the number of landlords who allow pets in their rental properties. In this blog, we take a look at the shortage of rental options for pet owners, and why the work of Cat’s Protection…

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Making Your Property Work For You!

As a landlord are you confident that your rented property is working to its best potential for your needs? Every landlord is different but one of the main bonuses that a second home brings is freedom. The freedom to go on an extra holiday this year, the freedom from worrying about providing for your children’s…

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What does it mean if a tenant asks you to be their guarantor?

In certain circumstances a tenant might need a guarantor in order to be able to rent a property, for example in cases of bad credit. It is surprising how many people agree without knowing exactly what it means. If a friend or family member asks you to be a guarantor for their tenancy on a…

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My top tips when looking for a rental property:

If you have never rented before it can be quite a daunting process. Here are my top six tips for tenants on looking for a rental property: 1. Double glazing – is the property double glazed? Single glazed properties in winter will cost more to heat and can have condensation on them which needs wiping…

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TOP TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR RENTAL PROPERTY FOR WINTER!

It is hard not to notice that Summer is now over. Whilst Autumn is my favourite month, with the beautiful colours, chunky knits and cosy evenings, it does tend to spell problems in the lettings industry. A failure to carry out routine maintenance checks on your property can lead to expensive repairs and unhappy tenants…

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“I’m Renting for the first time and not sure what I need to do?”

  If you have never rented before and suddenly find yourself in between a house sale and purchase or looking to rent permanently it can be a daunting process. The above question is one that I get asked regularly So with this in mind I have based my latest blog around what you can expect…

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Five reasons why tenants with pets are great…

Five reasons why tenants with pets are great Unfortunately a large percentage of landlords seem to state no pets in their rental properties. This can be due to the idea of extra damage, smell or potential infestations. A lot of tenants on my mailing list struggle to find their ideal rental property as they have…

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Thinking of becoming a landlord? Top tips to get your property ready for rental…

Hello Harrogate mumblers! With summer fast approaching it is the time of year when a lot of landlords look to put their property on the rental market. With that in mind I would like to share with you my top ten tips on getting your home ready for rent. This guide will help you give…

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Free “Property Surgery” for all current landlords or future landlords

Hello Harrogate Mumblers, I hope you are all enjoying a jam packed half term holiday this week. I would like to tell you about a landlord event that I am holding on the 13th June 2018 at 6pm at Hotel Du Vin, Harrogate. This is the third event in my series of quarterly landlord events…

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Introducing Homes4harrogate – your local letting agent.

Hello Harrogate Mumblers! My name is Sarah Johnston from Homes4Harrogate I am a local letting expert and I am looking forward to giving you lots of help and advice on a range of topics which will include getting your house ready to let, the ideal type of property to rent out and serious topics such…

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Why Do I Need Protection?

I regularly get asked this question by clients and I’m often told; I’m young fit and healthy, it costs too much, I have death in service or a variety of other reasons why it’s not needed. Some valid points are raised, some not so! Often I’ll draw this diagram. (You might see why I failed…

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Why use a Chartered Surveyor when buying a property?

Buying a property is an expensive process. Professional fees, such as solicitor’s costs and estate agents fees can seem huge and it is only natural to try and save cash where you can. Unfortunately all too often, people try and save money by relying on the Mortgage Valuation, assuming that it will highlight any issues…

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Thinking of extending your home in the New Year?

The thought of extending or altering your property can be a daunting one. The first question that many of our clients ask is “will I need planning permission?” Honestly, this isn’t the simplest question to answer as there are many factors to consider! Making any major external alterations to your property is likely to require…

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Mortgages & Maternity Leave

For the first blog I thought we would choose a subject I’m regularly asked about and possibly the most relevant topic for a mum’s group. Is it possible to move house or remortgage when I’m on maternity leave? The short answer is yes! However it does add an extra layer to an already complicated process….

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