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Market looks positive for prime country market

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Prime housing markets outside of London have shown signs of positive growth in the last 12 months. In fact, over the last three years, there has been an overall rise of around 3.4% on average across the UK. This is particularly relevant to prim...

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Landlords - remember your responsibilities towards energy efficiency of let properties

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A change in the UK property law is set to make it illegal to rent a property with an energy efficiency rating in the bands F or G. The new rules come into effect from the 1 April 2018, and apply to all new tenancies. Existing tenancies have until ...

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The latest property investment tips

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Property investing is a great way to make a return on your investment far and above what you’ll get in the bank. However, with signs of the market slowing it’s no longer possible to just assume you’ll make a profit. You need to think more carefull...

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Norwich’s thriving retail scene beats decline of British high street

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The high street has been in decline in the UK ever since the advent of the supermarket in the 1970s. Rather than make individual visits to butchers, grocers, bakers and more, consumers can get everything they need under one roof at the superstore....

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Property prices set to rise 56% by 2027

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According to online property experts eMoov.co.uk, property prices in the UK could rise by as much as 56% over the next ten years. This means that by 2027 the average house price in the UK will be around £346,000. These figures, which are based ...

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Property Correction vs Property Crash

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Over the last few months, you might have heard a few stories about house price stagnation and even drop offs, especially in London. The once out of control property market in the capital seems to have ground to a halt. Of course, this is fuelli...

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Do you know about the lettings fee ban proposal?

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As a landlord it is your responsibility to keep abreast of the law and any changes that may affect you or your tenants. But according to a new study, around a quarter of property letters are not aware of a major new change to legislation that coul...

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How cryptocurrencies are starting to be used with property

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You might have heard plenty about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin in recent months. These new forms of online currencies have been growing in importance as more people begin to see the benefits of secure spending online. But for the most part they h...

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LEP talk coastal regeneration opportunities on the coast

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Last week saw a meeting of the country’s largest construction firms, developers and local authorities at the RESI conference. On the table for discussion, amongst many other topics, were plans to develop large areas of coastal land in both Norfolk...

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How pedestrianisation and parking permits affect house prices

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Everyone knows that investing in bricks and mortar is a good idea. But what you might not realise how is how much effect little extras can have on the value of your home. One of the most prominent examples of how factors outside the home can influ...

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Norfolk homes in British boom towns

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Despite gloom and warnings to the contrary, house prices in some areas of the country have exploded in recent times, with values going up by as much as 9% in some places over the last 12 months. In central England for example, prices have gone up...

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Is the 'don't move, improve' boom affecting property investors?

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Which came first, the chicken or the egg? It’s an age-old rhetorical question that exemplifies a cyclical situation with two interlinked actions and effects. However, it’s not always clear which is driving which. It’s very appropriate for descr...

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What affect does Norwich Airport have on house prices?

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With flights to several destinations on the continent, including Amsterdam and Malaga, as well as Tenerife, Norwich’s international airport is expanding its services. Located around three miles to the north of the city near the suburb of Helles...

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Are the summer holidays a good time to buy a property?

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The summer holidays. Are there three more delightful words in the English language? It’s the time of year when we all get to take some time out, (hopefully) enjoy some sun and leave our troubles behind for a few weeks. However, these days the w...

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What's happening in property this summer in Norwich, Norfolk and nationwide

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We like to keep you up to date with what’s going on in the property market in the local area, using our expertise and contact base to keep an ear to the ground. But it all ties in with what’s happening at a regional and national scale too. Acro...

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What landlords of HMOs need to know about the law

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If you’re planning on investing in a house in multiple occupation, commonly known as an HMO, there are several legal requirements that you should probably know first. An HMO is described as a property which is shared by two or more households, wit...

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East Anglia takes the top spot for house price growth

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With a rise of 5% in the last year, house price growth in East Anglia has outstripped the rest of the country. The region appears to be leading the way, the new figures show, with the closest other regions falling way behind on 4.4% and 4.1% for t...

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Latest Property Investment News for Norwich

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It seems like buyers and investors are looking east and turning their attention to Norwich. Historically, Norwich has been one of the UK’s least accessible cities with road and rail links to London making it a little too far to commute. This has p...

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Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know about Norfolk - From Dialect to The Doomsday Book

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Norfolk is one of the UK’s most beautiful regions, renowned for its Broads and coastline. Yet, there is plenty about the area that you might not know. Here we look at some of the facts that make Norfolk even more special. Norfolk’s coastline...

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What the Election Results Mean for Norwich, Norfolk and Investors

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So, here we are after yet another seismic week in politics. A week which threw up yet another unexpected result. The Tory 100 seat+ majority never materialised and, in fact, they now find themselves in a weakened position and as yet unable to form...

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The Benefits of Property Investment Companies Over Your Bank

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With interest rates at an all-time low and looking set to stay there for the foreseeable future, property has become one of the most popular ways to securely invest your money in the UK. If you have a cash deposit, putting it in the bank won’t see...

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Labour Manifesto on Property, Homes and Landlords

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To follow our post on the Conservative manifesto pledges and promises about housing, here is a closer look at what the Labour party are saying in theirs. Housing is one of the biggest issues in this and any election, so knowing what the major part...

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Conservative Manifesto on Property, Homes and Landlords

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Much has been made of the Conservative manifesto, its lack of costing and so called ‘dementia tax’ over the last few weeks. But what does the manifesto really say about housing, property, landlords and future taxation? Social housing Going a...

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Norwich Second Happiest Place to Work in the UK

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Can where you live affect how happy you are at work? It would seem so, according to a new study called the Happiness Works, conducted on behalf of Robert Half UK. The study found that the happiest place in the UK to work is Yorkshire and the Humbe...

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Do Planning Permission Rules Differ Across the UK?

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The term planning permission is one that means different things to different people, and is very dependent on circumstances. For example, to a conservationist looking to protect a natural environment, planning permission represents the protections...

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How the General Election Could Affect Norfolk House Prices

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Past evidence shows a clear correlation between general election results and movements in house prices and property markets. And here in Norwich it’s no different. Over the last nine general elections, the data shows that there is a dip in the mar...

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First Steps to Becoming a Property Investor in Norfolk

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Buying property is probably the biggest decision you’ll ever make in your life, in terms of finance. So it’s no surprise that it can be a stressful and difficult process, especially if it’s an investment. It also comes with a number of associated ...

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Norwich Student Property Market Update

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Norwich is a city with a lively and booming student scene. With two universities in the city and almost 20,000 students, they form a significant part of the local population. Both the Norwich University and University of East Anglia are draws f...

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A Look at East Anglia’s Rich List

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East Anglia is an area of great opportunity. And nothing shows that clearer than the region’s rich list. This is a comprehensive breakdown of the wealthiest people who live here. And what the latest instalment for 2017 demonstrates is the sheer di...

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A Look at the Investment Cycle for Investors

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Property investment, on the face of it, might seem to involve a lot of luck. But the truth is that, like a lot of things in life, the market moves in cycles. And it is understanding this investment cycle that is the key to being successful in the ...

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Norwich To Play a Key Role in Post-Brexit Economy

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The one thing we know for sure about Brexit is that nobody really knows what’s going to happen. Nothing like this has ever occurred before, and despite the countless opinions from everyone - from experts to the man in the pub (on both sides of the...

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What might Norwich look like in 2030?

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2030. Just saying out loud sounds like the title of a science fiction movie. But the reality is that this is only 13 years away. To put that in perspective, 13 years ago in 2004, Amy Winehouse had just released her debut album, the X Factor and St...

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Living in Norwich

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When you live in a city, it’s easy to think you know everything there is to know about your environment. But Norwich has a few hidden secrets and a real knack for surprising people. So here are 10 things you might not know about our fair city. ...

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London commercial property investment at quarterly high - what this means for the East of England

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The start of 2017 saw record activity in the London property market, with uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the election and the economy not seeming to deter investors. In total, according to the Telegraph, there were around £4.9 billion worth of t...

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Road and rail plans making Norwich more desirable to investors than ever before

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As property prices in London and the surrounding areas continue to force young people to move further afield to get on the property ladder, it has become a great time to invest in Norwich. As prices in the city rise by around 8% a year to catch up...

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What Effect Will Wind Farms Have on Norfolk Property Prices?

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There’s little doubt that over the coming years, we need to think about how we create and use energy. With fossil fuel being both damaging to the environment and running out in the foreseeable future, investing in alternatives is key to a successf...

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Will Rising Council Tax Mean Tenants Expect Lower Rents as 9 out of 10 Local Authorities Increase Bills?

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As a landlord, in almost all cases you should expect the tenant of your property to pay the council tax. This is something we all have to face, whether we own our homes or rent them. Council tax in the UK is a local taxation system levied on dome...

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Is There More Money in Apartments or Houses for an Investor in Norwich?

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If you’re an investor looking to put your money in bricks and mortar, it is often a toss up between investing in flats or going bigger and getting houses. Each has its own set of advantages and drawbacks, so it’s worth taking a closer look to see ...

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Our Top Property Investment Tips From Around the Web

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Making a buy-to-let investment is a great way of setting up some passive income. In a job market that is increasingly unstable, and with weekly reports in the newspapers about how half of all jobs could potentially be automated within the next few...

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How House Prices and Mortgages Compare in Norfolk to Across the Country

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House prices across the UK have been on the up for the last several years. Following the market crash in 2008-09 there has been a sustained period of growth across the board. However, it’s also true that some areas have seen bigger rises than othe...

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Property News in Norwich from the Last Fortnight

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We like to keep you up to date with what’s been going on in Norwich over the last few weeks. It’s our job to keep our fingers on the pulse of what’s happening, so with that in mind, here are the latest top stories. Agreement for former Norwich ...

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What Does the Budget Mean for Property Investors?

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The Spring Budget is the smaller of the two annual financial and fiscal briefings where it’s not the major changes that make the news but the smaller, more detailed policy. You might have seen that the Chancellor had to perform an embarrassing cl...

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The Most Expensive and Cheapest Properties Sold in Norwich in 2016

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Norwich is a property area that’s very much on the up. As hordes of young Londoners find themselves priced out the market, many of them are heading out to our beautiful part of the world to get on the ladder. This is driving up prices in general a...

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Norwich Revealed as Second Most Desirable Place to Live in the UK

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If you were asked to name the most desirable places to live in the UK, what would you say? A townhouse in Mayfair? Maybe a cool warehouse conversion in Shoreditch? Or a farmhouse in the Lake District? Well, according to a new survey by the Cent...

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Factors Affecting the Investment Desirability of an Area

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The property market might seem complicated but in reality it is driven by simple supply and demand. If lots of people want to live in a particular area, say the centre of London, and there aren’t many available properties, then prices go up. Bu...

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Does the 18 Year Property Cycle Apply to Norwich?

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Almost everything in nature happens in cycles. The season of the year, the way it rains, even the life of a tree – it’s all a part of a larger system. So it’s not surprising that things in the human world also happen in a cyclical fashion. But do ...

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10 Projects that Could Potentially Change Norwich Forever

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Norwich is very much a city on the move. A whole range of ambitious projects planned for the next few years clearly demonstrates this. So let’s have a look at some of the plans that look set to change the face of the city.   Generation Park...

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Why Investing in Norwich is Different to Investing In North Norfolk

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Norfolk is one of the most attractive parts of the country for property investors right now. However, as any investor knows, even within booming investment areas, there are many specific factors that you need to take into account. For example, ...

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How the Green Belt Debate Will Affect Building Property In Norwich

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Despite an ongoing discussion dating back to 1989, there is still no official Green Belt around Norwich. However, since 2007 there have been a number of local protection policies put in place to preserve green spaces. This, in effect, has created ...

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The Hidden Resource Within Your Pension - Guest Blog By Neil Ryder

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Neil Ryder’s faith in The Financial System in the UK was shaken when he hit his own financial crisis in 2010.  He’d spent most of his working life exchanging time for money and contributing to a pension that didn’t grow. By 2017, having discovered...

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A Guide to Norwich’s Golden Triangle

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The Golden Triangle is an area of Norwich that’s attracted a lot of attention in recent years. Its beautiful housing stock, strong community and plethora of events has made it one of the most desirable areas in the city and surrounding area to liv...

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Crowdfunding and Property Development – The Pros, Cons and The Alternatives

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Investors are always looking for new ways to raise capital for real estate projects. So it is no surprise that more and more of them are turning to crowdfunding platforms to generate it. The concept is very simple. People come together using t...

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Rural Residential Property Investment - Size Matters

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When buying an urban property, there are numerous key factors to consider. You need to think about the geographical location of the property, the parking situation, public transport options, and the nature of the neighbourhood. Size is, of cour...

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The Ins and Outs of Property as Your Pension

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A pension of some sorts is an essential tool for enjoying a comfortable retirement. Planning for your future is more important than ever but there is no rule that says this has to be in the form of a conventional pension scheme. In fact, in un...

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Northern Distributor Road, Dualling A11 and Other Developments Making Norwich More Attractive to Property Investors

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Though Norwich is already a very attractive destination for property investors, there are several improvements planned for the next few years that are set to make the city truly irresistible to homebuyers and professional investors alike. From mak...

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Update on Implications of Brexit on Buy-to-Let and Property Investors

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Though there is still no timeline in place for when the UK might leave the EU, and the politicians still don’t seem to have any idea about what exactly exiting the European Union will mean, the financial implications of Brexit are beginning to be ...

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5 Reasons Not to Be Scared of Investing in Property

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Though putting hundreds of thousands of pounds into an investment may seem daunting at first, if you’re putting your cash in property, there’s no need to be scared. Though there are never any guarantees in investment, property offers you a good ch...

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Latest Property Development News for Norfolk

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With property prices expected to rise more quickly in East Anglia than anywhere else in the UK in the coming year, it’s no surprise that developers and investors are flocking to the region on the hunt for great opportunities. As a result, property...

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Benefits of Joint Ventures in Property Management

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Mutually beneficial and mutually profitable, joint ventures are very popular in the world of property development and property management. Used by builders and developers to secure funding and resources and by investors to find projects that offer...

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Is a Holiday Home in Norfolk a Good Investment?

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With house prices continuing to rise across the UK, and interest rates still at rock bottom, it’s not surprising that a lot of people with cash in the bank are looking to put their money in property. Holiday homes, especially ones located in desir...

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Our Property Market Report Reaches the Press!

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As experts in both our industry and our region, our opinion is well respected by businesses working in the industry and those looking to invest in property in the local area. As a result, our first Property Market Report was hotly anticipated by m...

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Europe's Commercial Property Outlook for 2017 Positive

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The past few years have been good for property markets across Europe. Commercial property in particular has performed strongly in many EU member states, with prices rising quickly and demand for good quality premises on the up. Though price rises ...

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Should I furnish my buy-to-let rental? What about white goods?

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Back in 1985, just 9% of households rented their homes from private landlords. Today, the figure is 22%. As well as there now being a record number of renters in the UK, there is also a record number of private landlords, with many investors attra...

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Most profitable parts of Norwich and Surrounding Areas for Property Investment

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Thanks to its vibrant cultural scene, excellent transport links and proximity to some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK, Norwich is fast becoming one of the country’s most desirable destinations for homebuyers and property investors. ...

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How Young Is Too Young To Get into Property Investment?

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Thanks to the rapid increase in house prices across the country and the stagnation of wages, the average UK adult won’t buy their first home until they’re 30. In London, where it’s even harder to get your feet on the property ladder, the average a...

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Must Read Report For Norfolk Property Investors

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Are you thinking of investing in property in Norfolk? If so, this exclusive report on the 2016 Norfolk property market  is a must-read - and it’s free to download - we don't even ask you for your email address! Property Market Insight: N...

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We're Looking to Partner With Architects Like You!

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The creative force behind the UK’s construction industry, architects have been designing stunning buildings, cosy homes and important developments for generations. Changing the country one project at a time, architects have an impact on the UK’s c...

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Comparing Norfolk’s Property Investment Opportunities in the City to the Seaside

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Norfolk is lucky enough to boast some of the most beautiful stretches of coast in the UK. Sandy beaches, charming fishing villages and protected areas dot the region, giving locals and visitors plenty to explore and enjoy. As a result, the county’...

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Property Investors Looking Outside of London in Post Brexit Britain

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Anyone who’s been keeping an eye on UK property prices will know that London has dominated the market for years. Flats, houses, offices and property of all shapes and sizes have been steadily increasing in value year after year, with a 7% increase...

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Property Gives Better Returns Than Gold

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Over the last ten years or so, property has been one of the most lucrative investment in many parts of  the UK. According to the Office for National Statistics, house prices in England increased by an average of 8.2% between February 2015 and Febr...

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What Makes A Good Investment Property? - From Tenants to Tax and Everything in Between

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Providing excellent annual returns, and offering the chance for significant future gains, property remains an incredibly tempting investment across the UK. However, in order to ensure you get your slice of the property pie, you need to select an i...

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Home Improvements That Add Value to Investment Properties

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Whether you’re investing in property as a landlord or you’re developing homes with a view to selling them on, adding value to your investment is crucial. Though you may well see a good rental income or ROI without making home improvements, a few c...

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What Will Trump's Win Mean For the UK Property Market?

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Back in January, bookmaker Paddy Power was offering odds on a Brexit/Leicester City/Trump treble at 3,000,000/1. This demonstrates just how unlikely the events of 2016 have been and should give you an idea of the current economic uncertainty the m...

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We’re Seeking Opportunities!

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Here at Agile Property Partners, we’re always on the lookout for new and exciting opportunities. From small scale builds that enable homeowners to make the most of their properties to large scale developments with multiple interested parties and e...

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The Effect of the Falling Pound on Property Investments

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Since 51.9% of voters opted to take Britain out of the EU in the June referendum, the pound has plummeted. In the immediate aftermath of the shock vote, Sterling dropped to a 31-year low against the Dollar. Since then, it’s fallen even further. ...

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Office for National Statistics Finds Britons Think Investing in Property is the Best Way to Save for Retirement - How and Why

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Since the mid 20th century, property prices in the UK have increased almost every year. Though there have been a few ups and downs, the average cost of a property has continually risen over the decades. As a result, property has become a popul...

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A Look at Some of Norfolk's Biggest Property Deals in 2016 so far

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With its spectacular coastline, expansive countryside, characterful towns and picture postcard villages, it’s no surprise that Norfolk is a popular place to purchase property. From buyers looking to relocate to the county to investors who want to ...

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The UK's Rise in Foreign Property Investment From China

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China’s economy is booming, its middle class is expanding and its citizens are getting richer and richer. As a result, more and more Chinese individuals and businesses have money to invest, and thanks to the UK’s ongoing property boom, many of the...

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Property Investment Opportunities in Norfolk - Apartments vs Houses

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When investing in property in Norfolk, one of the first decisions you’ll have to make is whether to opt for a flat or a house. Though in some cases your budget may dictate this for you, with a wide variety of investments available across the count...

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A Look at Demand for Student Accommodation in Norfolk and its Investment Opportunities

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Since the Government introduced higher rates of stamp duty on buy to let properties, investors have been looking for ways to make their money work harder. Opportunities that offer significant returns are in demand, with many landlords looking to d...

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Are Retirees More or Less Risk-Averse When It Comes to Property Investment?

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According to recent research from the Office for National Statistics, the people now most likely to own their own home are those aged between 65 and 74 years old. Almost eight out of ten retirees in this age bracket live in a privately owned prope...

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History of Property Market in Norfolk - From Recession Ripple Effect to Bouncing Back 

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Thanks to its natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture, Norfolk has always been a popular choice for families, retirees, and homeowners looking for a better quality of life. As a result, the county’s property market has always been strong...

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How Inflation Can Affect Property Investment - a 7 Point Guide

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In this blog post, we, at Agile Property Partners, focus on the subject of inflation and how it can affect property investment. Firstly, it may be useful to actually define inflation. Put simply, inflation is an increase in the price of ser...

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SDLT Multiple Dwelling Relief Loophole Explained

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On the 1st April 2016, the higher rate of stamp duty on buy to let properties and second homes came into force. A measure that’s designed to slow the market and make it easier for first-time buyers to get their feet on the property ladder, this ta...

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Setting and reaching goals when investing

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The first question to ask yourself when setting investment goals is "What do I want to achieve?" Our advice at Agile Property Partners is to decide the answer or answers to this question at the outset and write them down, so your investment...

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Norfolk - the perfect property investment place?

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At Agile Property Partners, we pride ourselves on our property investment knowledge and our insights into the local property market here in Norfolk, one of England’s biggest counties. In this post, we’ll give some background information about p...

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Brexit - what you need to know about it

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Almost a month now since the UK voted narrowly to leave the EU, creating political seizures in its aftermath: the resignation of the Prime Minister, Scotland stating it wants to remain as part of the EU, along with Northern Ireland. Political cas...

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How Will Brexit Affect Property Prices and Property Investments?

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The day to register for the forthcoming referendum on remaining in, or leaving Europe, has passed and the day of voting on the 23rd June 2016 looms large on the horizon. Instead of focusing on the political pros and cons of the European debate,...

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How to get your estate agent working for you and your investment.

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You have decided to invest in property, but how to get started? How do you get Estate Agents "on your side"? At Agile Property Partners (“APP”) we have many years’ experience of dealing with property and want to share some of our tips to help new...

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One Of The Hottest Property Markets In The UK?

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With the local property market going from strength to  strength, we’re confident that Norwich will continue to be a property hotspot for investors.  In October the Telegraph shared the following prediction: "Over the period 2015-19, the area lik...

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Lunch On The Rooftop?

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Want to join us in the gym? Or perhaps a meal would be more to your taste! OK, we don’t usually invite our clients and partners to the gym – we get plenty of exercise visiting all the potential investment properties! But our new offices will boas...

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North Lopham: Case Study Of A Property Deal

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7 days to exchange on a difficult property deal - and we did it! This is where our expertise comes into play - spotting opportunities and turning them to our advantage. So how did we do this? Our regular check of auction results using the crackin...

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