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How to Save for a New Home While Renting

May 22, 2017

While it has become more difficult in recent years, many of us still dream of owning our own property. If you are currently renting and trying to raise a deposit to buy a home, there are plenty of ways to save money and build up those finances for the future. Choose the Right Rental Property […] View article >

On-Line & hybrid Agents – how cheap are they really?

May 18, 2017

In our guest blog, agency comparison site GetAgent analyses the hot topic of online & hybrid agents. Are they really a better option? We confess to bias, so we have asked an independent expert for his view. There is a lot of information on the success of online estate agents and how many new listings […] View article >

Northwood supports SAFEagent Awareness Week 2017

May 15, 2017

Here at Northwood, we are committed to professional standards within the private rented sector, and this is one of the reasons we became members of the SAFEagent Steering Committee, when SAFEagent launched 6 years ago. SAFEagent is a cross-industry and community initiative to signpost those lettings agents who have client money protection. This gives landlords […] View article >

Proposed Tenant Fee Ban & the General Election

May 10, 2017

The proposed tenant fee ban was headline news after the Chancellor’s shock announcement until it was usurped by the PM’s own announcement of a general election. This proposed ban will happen whatever the outcome of the election as all a mainstream parties support it. The Tories actually opposed Labour’s bid to impose a ban a few years […] View article >

How to Sell a Property When you have Tenants

May 9, 2017

There may be a range of reasons why you want to sell your rental property. You might have financial issues and need to free up the capital or you could simply want to move onto new horizons and stop being a landlord altogether. If you currently have tenants, there are plenty of issues to consider, […] View article >

How to Create a Great Impression as a landlord

May 9, 2017

If you look at being a landlord as a business, that makes your tenants your customers. As with any business, the better service that you provide, the happier your customers will be. Not only will they be more likely to remain your customer for longer, they will also more than likely tell others how great […] View article >

5 Tips for Presenting your Property Online

May 5, 2017

If you’re selling or letting out your property, it pays to spend some time considering how best to present your property online to maximise interest. With the majority of people hitting the World Wide Web to start the search for their dream home, first impressions are hugely important. The single most important thing to consider […] View article >

Scotland – Energy efficiency and condition standards – update

May 1, 2017

In the first week in April, the Scottish Government published a consultation on introducing a minimum energy efficiency standard for private rented sector (PRS) properties. This mirrors what Westminster is doing in England and it’s refreshing to see agreement and joined up thinking. In England, minimum energy efficiency standards come in to force from 1st […] View article >

Why landlords need an agent

April 24, 2017

While landlords might once have chosen to manage buy-to-let properties themselves to maximise profits, recent changes to the law mean they may no longer have this option. The heavy legislation of today’s private rented sector means being a truly DIY landlord is now difficult to achieve. The Housing (Wales) Act 2014, for example, resulted in […] View article >

Generation Rent The Rise of Retired Tenants

April 21, 2017

“Generation Rent” has been a property industry buzz word in recent years. Up until recently, it described younger people who are finding it difficult to get on the property ladder, potentially electing to rent for much longer than previous generations. In many cases, putting off aspirations of owning a property until well into their 30s […] View article >