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Jun 26 2015
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“Things are looking better and the outlook is brighter,” to quote an oft used weather forecast cliché but one which can certainly be applied to the current property forecast.

With the Bank of England holding firm in keeping its steady nerve ... read full article

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While listening keenly to the recent Queen’s Speech, Her Majesty reading the prepared outlining of the Government's agenda for the new session, my ears pricked up when there appeared to be mention of compulsory legislation for landlords rather ran ... read full article


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When buying a property two words that will, no doubt, be greeted with ‘disappointment’ when combined together are ‘stamp and duty’; a levy which is probably on a par in popularity with Inheritance Tax.

Stamp Duty, or Stamp Duty Land Tax to g ... read full article

May 11 2015
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I have to say, along with everyone else it seems, it was a completely unpredicted and surprising General Election night, a very much “out of the blue and in with the blue”.

Despite the mounting evidence, straw polls and, er, people threateni ... read full article

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There is clearly a sturdy mortgage trap in the housing market, filled with many frustrated people who are grasping the bars tightly and shaking them as hard as they can to try and escape.

As this piece is written before ‘Big Vote Day’ who kn ... read full article

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You may have noticed on our website, Rolfe-East.com, and on our literature that we proudly display the ‘Investors In People’ logo.  This is because it is something we take great pride in and place strong emphasis on, and why we have been part of ... read full article

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“All those in favour of leases being owner-occupier only please raise your right hand.”  *Raises hand quickly*.

Quite clearly one of the main issues with the housing market is the widespread shortage of properties around the country.&nb ... read full article

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I recently attended a local business event at Metro Bank in Ealing, along with a number of other estate agents, which was also attended by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.  A prime opportunity I thought to impart my views to him, so I did! read full article

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Excuse the egg sucking, but an inventory is a listing of all the contents of a property and a record of the condition of the property, also referred to as a "schedule of condition".  Its purpose is to help monitor the 'accurate state of thing ... read full article


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Sounds like a pretty good offer deal on the face of it!  Well, out of the battered red briefcase – held aloft by Chancellor George Osborne – came this proposal and was one of the big announcements from the recent budget. 

The Gove ... read full article

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There have been a number of articles in the media to remind those it may affect that, essentially, from April 6th anyone over 55 with a defined-contribution pension plan will no longer be required to buy an annuity, i.e. an insurance contract that pa ... read full article

Mar 13 2015
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Apart from this one of course.  Headlines are designed to catch the eye, aren’t they, that’s their purpose.  The problem with them is they are quite often used just to draw you in and they don’t tell you the whole story - tabloids are renow ... read full article

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As you may of heard, there was a very interesting Government announcement made recently with regards to a new property scheme, called The Starter Home Initiative, which is offering 100,000 first-time buyers the opportunity to push the start button on ... read full article

“Thinking outside the box; a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to novel or creative thinking.”

This can be certainly be applied to the approach to Buy to Let by ad ... read full article