Maurice Kilbride

Maurice Kilbride

Five unwritten rules for buying a home

You may be on the hunt for your first home or decided to move up or down the housing ladder.  There are many things to consider when searching for a property, but have you thought about what is the right etiquette?  To prevent you from slipping along the way we at Maurice Kilbride wanted to share with you five unwritten rules to buying a home. [···]

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What is happening in the Cheadle property market?

Three reasons to be excited about the value of your Cheadle home

We’ve seen it all when it comes to the Cheadle property market over the last 20 years. People have come and gone, homes have been bought and sold, families have moved in, children have moved out and empty nesters have been born. But one ever present reality in the Cheadle property market is the relentless march of house price growth, much to the benefit of local residents. [···]

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5 easy ways your home can attract buyers with kerb appeal

 

You put your property on the market, because you want to move and in order to sell you want your home to stand out from the crowd.  You want buyers flocking to see what it has to offer.  First impressions matter in life and in particular when selling your home! [···]

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Who really benefits from the tenant fee ban?

So, the Government finally announced its much heralded plan to limit tenant fees charged by letting agents and landlords in this country from the Summer of 2019, more than two years after first proposing the policy.

Supporters of the policy will no doubt be giving themselves a self-congratulatory pat on the back, but what will the reality look like post June 2019 for potential tenants  [···]

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Why the emotional value of your home is always the highest

Perhaps the single most asked question by home sellers during my 25 years in the property industry is “How much is my property worth?” I probably get asked this every working day! I get it, after all the price somebody is going to achieve for their home may have a very significant effect on their next move.

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Beware the “Black Friday” Estate Agent!

When the shopping phenomenon Black Friday crashed upon these shores 5 years ago now from our cousins across the Atlantic it was seen as retail heaven by many.

Prices slashed pretty much everywhere on everything and the best part was its timing.

Black Friday comes after the American celebration of Thanksgiving. This year it’s on Friday 23rd  November. Just over a month before Christmas – hurrah for cheaper presents. [···]

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What should High Street Estate Agency do now?

I think it is fair to say, that it hasn’t been the best couple of weeks for the online budget agents.
First there were the revelations and well documented problems with the second largest online agent eMoov, who are seemingly in financial distress and looking for a buyer.

Only a few days before, the company’s visionary, but controversial chief executive, Russell Quirk openly admitted that the online model wasn’t working in its current guise and not sustainable and that it hadn’t made the inroads into the High Street market share that he and others had predicted.
Meanwhile, Purple Bricks, the largest of the budget agents has seen its share price drop over 60% from its peak around 6/7 months ago, whilst increasing its minimum upfront fee to around £1200 if you include viewings. It is even higher if you are in London  [···]

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Protecting Pets on Bonfire night!

The build up and festivities around Bonfire Night has already started, with a number going off on Halloween. For families with young children, it’s a time of great fun and excitement.

But it’s not all excited gasps at whooshing rockets, that seem to get louder every year and delighted squeals at the site of spinning Catherine Wheels- if they are still in existence!? lighting up the night sky. [···]

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An opportunity missed for the housing market

Philip Hammond delivered his final Budget before Brexit on Monday and it provided a great opportunity for him to help steady an increasingly jittery housing market. Sadly, and not for the first time he failed rather miserably to address the real issues and instead offered up a rather damp squib of a Budget where housing is concerned. [···]

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Should I exit before Brexit?

One question I am being asked more and more by home sellers, buyers, landlords and property investors “How will Brexit affect the house market?”

It’s a good question and certainly very topical right now and I guess the honest answer is nobody really knows. There are plenty of so call “experts” better qualified than me giving an opinion, however I suspect a lot will depend on what sort of Brexit we see come 11 pm on March 29th 2019!  [···]

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