London drops tenants fees

02/12/2016 Main
London drops tenants fees
 

Good news at last for London residents, particularly the huge amount of people who simply cannot afford to buy. The government has announced a ban on all real estate companies from charging tenants renting one off fees. This has hit the stock prices of major agencies hard, with Foxtons losing 11% the same day the new law was announced. Read more

Terraced House

25/11/2016 Main
2 Up 2 Down 

Hey there folks! How is everybody this fine Blackfriday? I trust you all our US readers had a happy Thanksgiving and spent quality time with their family and loved ones. As a Brit, I didn’t celebrate but I will certainly be making the most of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales that seem to have migrated to this side of the Atlantic over recent years. I wish your pumpkin pie would also! Ha ha! So today on my real estate blog I am going to talk about a style of property we have here in the United Kingdom which relatively affordable (if purchased in the right area, forget London!) and have bags of character, perfect for the first time buyer. They are also extremely popular with investors who lease them to students in University towns and cities. I am talking about the humble terrace house. Or 2 up 2 down as they are otherwise known. This style of house became popular during the industrial revolution when thousands of families, who made up the local workforces, needed to be housed in relatively small areas. A typical property would consist of 2 rooms at ground level (one to the front and one to the rear) with staircase leading to an identical arrangement on the first floor. What passed for a toilet would be in the small back yard. In modern times these houses have been extended to include a kitchen and bathroom (often downstairs at the back of the kitchen) and can be made into extremely comfortable modern living spaces. The US equivalent would be a townhouse or brownstone. Awesome little properties! You should check them out. Anyway folks, just a quick one from me today. I’ll speak to you all soon! Read more

Moving Abroad

24/11/2016 Main
Tips on moving abroad.
Hi everyone.  How are you? And welcome back to my Real Estate Blog! Today I thought we would touch on something very close to my heart, which is moving abroad.  Now, as many of you know I decided to up and leave my lovely home country a couple of years ago, and I was incredibly lucky in the fact that I didn’t put too much thought or process into where I was heading and managed to make the most of it, and get a great place to live in an amazing country.  I would however recommend that other people put a lot more thought and process into a move as there’s so many considerations before heading out
One of the first things you need to do is to decide where you would like to move to.  The 5 most common places to move to for an American are Costa Rica, Thailand, Australia, Panama and Mexico.  I’m going to look at each place in more detail for you but i recommend buying books on each country to research further, I found some great deals on an online classified ads site so has some great second-hand and used books for really cheap.
Mexico

Mexico has been the number 1 place for Americans to relocate to for quite a while.  This is because it is an incredibly safe country, with great political stability.  It also is incredibly beautiful, with some of the ‘best beaches’ in the world.  

For those wanting to relocate other factors for moving there include the affordability and the high quality of life on a rather low budget.  It also offers great transport links, with cheap flights back to the US and to countless destinations across the world.  

“If you love color, noise, laughter, history and culture, you’ll love Mexico,” “After only two years, 76% of expats claim the country feels like home, compared to the 62% global average.” according to Business Insider.  Read more

First Family Home

15/11/2016 Main
First Family Home
 

Hi folks, welcome back. So today I thought I would share with you my experiences when shopping for our first family home. I was pregnant with our second baby when we looking, so we were looking for a house, that we could expand into. We had only just started looking at what was available, and thanks to http://www.australia.for-sale.com/ we found a place almost immediately. We fell in love with an 1890s-era four-bedroom home with a sun-soaked first floor and a white picket fence in the backyard. We put in an offer almost immediately, and our offer was accepted. Read more

Adding Value To Your Home

08/11/2016 Main
Adding Value To Your Home

Howdy folks! How are we all? How has recent life been treating you all? Well I hope. Welcome back to my real estate blog. It is always nice to look at the stats and see that we have return readers. It means that we must be doing something right, I guess? If you feel we could be doing something better or different, please don’t hesitate to write in and let us know. We read and reply to all emails. Today’s post is about easily and quickly adding value to your property for as little outlay as possible prior to sale. For as little as $1000 you can create a perceived added value of up to $10,000! Seriously! Just by doing relatively simple things like landscaping the garden with an attractive flower and plant arrangement, re-decorating the reception rooms or investing in some fresh throws, sheets, pillows and accessories for the home in general, you can seriously increase the attractiveness of your property to potential buyers. Just have a thorough tidy up inside and outside your home will improve its desirability, guaranteed! It can also help reduce the time period that your home sits on the market, which is itself a saved cost. Anybody who is looking to sell their home for the maximum return in the shortest time possible should really been willing to make this short-term investment. They would be mad not to in all honesty. Read more

Bamboo lamp shade

08/11/2016 Main

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Tiny House

07/11/2016 Main
Tiny House

Welcome back to my real estate blog everybody! I hope you have been enjoying all that it has to offer thus far. As you have probably come to realise by now, this is not one of your average real estate and property type websites. As well as the conventional properties, like the one you can browse over at http://www.easyprices.com/,  I like to talk about things a little out of the ordinary and push the boundaries and accepted norms. While remaining loosely on topic, of course. So today I am going to take a look at the phenomenon that is the tiny house movement. In this modern world of rising property, energy and rental prices, the tiny home movement has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity due to their relatively cheap construction, maintenance costs and affordability. But what exactly are we talking about when we refer to a property as a tiny home? Let’s take a closer look! Read more

Property Properly

22/10/2016 Main
Property Properly 

Welcome back folks.  Today I wanted to talk about land and property, how things have changed over the years with regard to the rising popularity in rent and the changes in mortgages offered by the banks.  Read more

The Best Golf Communities

14/10/2016 Main
The Best Golf Communities

Being an avid golfer, I thought I would deviate a little to talk about some of the best golfing communities in North America. I was going to mention a few of my favourites but if I’m honest, there’s only really one for me that stands out way above the rest. Read more

 

Vancouver Real Estate News

01/10/2016 Main
Vancouver Real Estate News

I’m going to start off with a bit of a boring story I’m afraid but it strikes a chord personally as I grew-up in Canada & still have family who live in Vancouver. Read more

 

Real Estate Blog Introduction

14/09/2016 Main
Real Estate Blog Introduction

Hi there, hope you are doing well. I just wanted to drop in a little introduction to my Real Estate blog before we start to kick things off. I've always been interested in the subject and have fortunately managed to work on some house renovations. I also own some land abroad that I'm looking to develop so its a very exciting time. Please enjoy!