are estate agents regulated

Regulating Estate Agents in the UK

Are UK estate agents regulated? It’s a pertinent question that many people ask, and the short answer is yes. However, there have been many calls from the public to further improve the regulation of the business to help professionalise and…
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Thames Valley Area Guide: Ascot

Principally known for being the home of the Royal Ascot Racecourse, Ascot is a small town in East Berkshire. It also has a reputation for being one of the most expensive places in the UK, both to rent or buy a property. In this guide, we…
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Green & Ethical Mortgages: A Guide to Alternative Property Lending

Once a quirky option for the staunch environmentalists, green and ethical living has become a hot topic over the last few years. As more of us recognise our social responsibility to the planet and our communities it seems only right that our…
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Property Jargon Buster: An A-Z Guide

All industries have their own jargon, whether it’s healthcare, banking or snowboarding, knowing the lingo can mean the difference between seeming a fool and making a foolish mistake. In the property industry, the majority of terms used are…
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Investment Tips for Buy-to-Let Landlords

Putting your money into property has long been seen as one of the safest and most profitable ways to invest. However, with complicated tax implications on both your rental income and your purchase costs the first time buy to let landlord faces…
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Should You Conduct Your Own Viewings?

Conducting your own viewings is becoming increasingly more common in the property market. Whether you are marketing your own home, using an online agency or are just open to the idea of showing potential buyers around your property, we look…
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Downsizing in Retirement: Releasing the Golden Egg from Your Empty Nest

As homeowners approach retirement, many will be mortgage-free and residing in a property that was purchased a few decades previously as the perfect family home. However, as children fly the nest, many couples will identify with the feeling of…
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Cost of Living: Wokingham Compared

Often ranked as one of the best places to live in the UK, Wokingham is a popular commuter town for people working in cities like London, Winchester and Oxford or commercial towns like Reading, Bracknell and Basingstoke. You can find a more…
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How NOT to Present Your Home: A Picture Guide

With the advent of the internet, the process of selling homes has changed considerably. Most listings now have a considerable number of external and internal images. Combined with Google Earth, 360o tours and floorplans, buyers can conduct a…
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Thames Valley Area Guide: Binfield

With a population of around 9000 people, the village of Binfield is a small Berkshire parish occupying land between Warfield, Shurlock Row, Bracknell and Wokingham. A part of the Bracknell Forest District Council, it is classed as an urban town…