Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Property is a fundamental part of retirement planning for many people. Once grown up children have left home, downsizing can release cash for income, paying off debts or as a nest egg, and can also reduce overheads and maintenance costs. But new reports suggest that a lack of suitable properties means that many are unable to downsize and remain “stuck” in their own home.
Friday, March 24, 2017
For many reasons multi-generational living is becoming increasing popular in the UK with more British households now housing three or more generations living together under one roof. It’s a trend which has seen an estimated 30% increase in the past decade and continues to rise. According to the Office for National Statistics, 3.3m or 25% of 20-34 year olds lived in their parental home in 2016. At the other end of the scale, grandparents often want to downsize at a time when their children need more space but can’t afford it, so multi-generational living makes a great deal of sense.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
In 2016, unscrupulous letting agents raided over £1m from tenants’ deposits, a BBC investigation has alleged; 14 letting agents were convicted of stealing £1,018,100 in deposits last year. So how do you make sure your deposit is safe? Firstly make sure you use an ARLA propertymark agency like The Frost Partnership. Whether you are a tenant or a landlord there are clear benefits in doing so.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
From thatched cottages to barn conversions, if you buy a listed building, you’re not just buying a new home, but a piece of national heritage. With a sympathetic approach you can create your dream home but the process may be time consuming, expensive and comes with potential pitfalls.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
With Spring on the horizon, now’s a great time to let your property. House prices are still increasing so while your rental property is generating a monthly rental income it’s also likely to be appreciating in value. The Frost Partnership’s linked network of 15 local offices across Bucks, Berkshire and Middlesex gives landlords access to hundreds of potential tenants actively seeking rental properties across all types and price brackets from one and two bedroom apartments to larger four and five bedroom family homes.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Spotlight on Ashford – our estate agent’s view. Ashford, Surrey (not to be confused with Ashford, Kent) lies 15 miles SW of London. The village is listed in the Domesday Book as 'Exeford' and the historic St Matthew's Church dates back to 1293. Ashford derives its name from the River Ash, and from a ford over the river. A stone bridge built over the ford in 1789, forms part of the Fordbridge roundabout with weeping willow trees at its centre. Despite some ancient history, Ashford’s buildings mostly date from 1930 - 1960 as the village became the commuter town it is today, close to the M25 and with easy access to the M3, M4, M40 and Heathrow Airport. Ashford’s mainline station offers trains to London Waterloo running every 20 minutes with a 35 minute journey time.