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Is the Dining Table Obsolete?

November 21, 2017

There is no doubt that many of us live a fast-paced life. It’s more usual than not to find both parents working and often on different shifts. There are plenty of distractions that take up our time and energy outside of work. Sometimes we’re so busy getting things done, we forget about the good things […] View article >

Scotland: Important update for landlords

November 16, 2017

We are sure most landlords in Scotland will be aware that the biggest change to the lettings sector is almost upon us. In this blog, we explain the most significant changes. The effect of failing to comply with this new legislation is onerous, so please do not hesitate to contact us to see how we can help […] View article >

Costs of running a rental property

November 15, 2017

When working out whether a property makes a viable investment or not, it’s important to understand the running costs on an annual basis. It is interesting to consider that the costs of running a property valued at £50K will be similar to the costs of running a property valued at £250K and that there will […] View article >

Time Saving Tips When Moving Home

November 14, 2017

There is no doubt that moving home can be a hectic and a stressful experience. Most of us want to get through the entire process as quickly as possible, without breaking anything, falling out with loved ones and avoiding major mishaps. As with most things in life, good planning goes a long way to making […] View article >

Making the Most of Your Conservatory This Winter

November 9, 2017

Conservatories are great places to sit and relax during the summer months but we tend to use them much less once the colder winter nights start to draw in. With so much glass and little in the way of good insulation, your average conservatory can become a no-go area once the temperature drops a little. […] View article >

Preparing your Home for Autumn

November 8, 2017

Autumn is a great time to do a little home preparation and get your garden and property ready for the winter ahead. A little work during September and October can save a lot of hassle as we approach Christmas and the nights suddenly begin to draw in. Here are our top tips for prepping your […] View article >

Tips for a Fun Safe Bonfire Night

November 2, 2017

One of the highlights of autumn, before the first official days of winter, is Bonfire Night. It’s a uniquely British celebration and many regions of the UK have their own take on the festivities. Here are our top tips for having fun and staying safe on November 5th. Building a Bonfire Always ensure you build […] View article >

Selling a tenanted property and how Northwood can assist

October 27, 2017

When a landlord comes to sell a tenanted property, there is a dilemma to be faced. Should the landlord serve notice on the tenant to sell the property with “vacant possession” or should the landlord sell with the tenant in situ? Before deciding whether to sell a property with vacant possession, the landlord needs to […] View article >

Homemade Halloween Decorations

October 26, 2017

It’s almost Halloween! A chance to let your spooky side show. The leaves are falling off the trees, the nights are drawing in and it’s cool without being too cold. Halloween is one of the best celebrations of the year and something everyone can join in with. By making your own homemade Halloween decorations you […] View article >

Up-date: Financing becoming more challenging for portfolio landlords

October 25, 2017

As previously reported on the Northwood blog, the new Prudential Authority Regulations have been rolled out in two stages. The first stage, released on 1st January 2017,  dealt with “affordability calculations” and recommended that lenders increased what is known as the “stress test” rate for BTL mortgage coverage.  Lenders were advised to raise this from […] View article >