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An Interview With A Landlord


This month, Head of Property Management Francesca, sat down with one of our new landlords to find out why they chose Townends to let their property...

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Five Frequently Asked Questions For Landlords


Letting a property in Surrey or London need not be a hassle – providing you get as the right information from the right people. Here, we answer som...

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Landlords: How to prepare your property for Winter


The clocks have gone back and the UK officially enters Winter Daylight Saving Time. Mornings start to get noticeably chillier, car windscreens need...

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Is Now A Good Time To Let Your Property


It’s November, and most of us have been forced to rummage round the back of our cupboards for either windbreaker jackets, thick winter coats, or ev...

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Time is running out for Landlords to have their say on Se...


The Government is proposing the removal of Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) from the Housing Act 1988. This would mean that all landlords (privat...

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Our top five tips for landlords to avoid penalties and fi...


As national lettings legislation has tightened up and local authorities have been given greater powers to regulate the Pivate Rented Sector in thei...

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A guide to student lets


Letting property to students can be an excellent option. There's often constant demand in certain areas and landlords can expect tenants to stay in...

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A guide to inventories


Before a tenancy starts, it's crucial for an inventory of the home to be carried out. This document will serve a record of the physical state of th...

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Back to school? Back on the market!


September is typically the busiest month of the year for move ins!

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What should I do at the end of a tenancy?


If you’ve been living in rented accommodation and have decided to move on, you’ll need to give notice to your landlord. Maybe you’re moving to a ne...

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Buyers Jargon Buster


Buying a house? Congratulations! Whether you’re a first-time buyer or have purchased property before, you’ll probably come across a lot of unfamili...

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A guide to Twickenham  


Although synonymous with rugby union, Twickenham has a lot more to offer. The delightful town hugs the River Thames and is a popular place for fami...

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New build vs pre-owned property


There are many benefits to buying a new build property. For starters, the absence of a chain means the process is usually more straight-forward. Yo...

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Sell your house this summer


Although spring is usually a popular time to put your house up for sale, the market doesn’t grind to a halt during the summer months. In fact, the ...

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Preparing your property to let


Deciding to become a landlord is a big step. You’ll be providing your tenants with a place to call home – sometimes for a long period of time. Befo...

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Landlords forced to join a redress scheme


Letting Agents have been required to join a government consumer redress scheme since October 2014. There are currently two redress schemes in the U...

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A guide to mortgages


A mortgage is a long-term loan that allows you to buy a house. It is secured against the property and provided by a bank or building society. The l...

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A Focus On Chiswick


Leafy Chiswick is a popular place for settling down. Situated next to the Thames, the area is packed with of high-quality cafes, pubs and restauran...

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Right to Rent Checks - Explained


From February 2016, all landlords need to make sure they confirm that a prospective tenant is legally able to rent their property. The scheme aims ...

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How to find the best place to live


Before you start looking for a new home, it’s important to find the right area. Moving house is a big decision, so doing your research upfront coul...

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How to find a letting agent


If you’re a landlord or tenant, it’s very likely you’ll need the services of a reliable letting agent at some point. But not all letting agents are...

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Tenant Fees Act (2019): What Landlords Need to Know


The Tenant Fees Act will come into force on 1st June 2019. At the centre of the new legislatoin is a ban on Tenant fees, including admin and agency...

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What is Client Money Protection (CMP)?


Legislation governing the private-rented sector is evolving all the time. One of the most important recent changes is the introduction of compulsor...

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How to make your property more energy efficient


From 1 April 2018, private rented properties had to achieve an energy efficiency rating of at least an E on their Energy Performance Certificate (E...

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Top tips for selling your house


Late spring and early summer is the ideal time to put your house on the market. Property usually moves more quickly during these months, with the a...

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A focus on Guildford


Guildford is a very desirable location in Surrey with homeowners and tenants of all age groups. It is home to the University of Surrey, offers an e...

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Finding tenants and beating Brexit


Brexit definitely creates uncertainty in the property market. But what does this uncertainty mean? Well unless you absolutely have to move, you ...

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Finding the perfect rental property


Whether you’re a seasoned tenant or looking for your first property, finding a home to rent is an exciting prospect. But there’s a lot of think abo...

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Live Wire – Mandatory Electrical Safety


Electrical safety has been at the forefront of most Lettings Agents minds for many years now, with unclear directives as to what standard of electr...

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What is conveyancing?


Buying a home is likely to be the biggest purchase most of us will ever make, so it’s no great surprise that the legal process involved is so detai...

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How to manage a rental property


As a landlord, you’ll want to enjoy a consistent and reliable income from your rental property by making sure it is constantly let. One of the best...

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A tenant’s guide to renting


A tenant’s guide to renting: Moving into a new home is an exciting time for any tenant. You’ll have found the perfect property and be ready to make...

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Investing in commercial or residential property – where d...


Investing in commercial or residential property – where do I start? At first glance, letting commercial and residential property might seem quite s...

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What is landlord licensing?


Every private residential landlord should be aware that their property may require a licence from the local authority. Although licensing only appl...

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The benefits of buying a new build property


There’s never been a better time to buy a new build home. A recent survey of 93,000 new home buyers found that 90% (1) would buy a new build proper...

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First-time landlord? Top tips for letting property


Whether you’re thinking of purchasing a buy-to-let property as an investment or considering letting an existing house, you must be aware of the law...

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What is residential surveying?


Surveying is a complex and multi-faceted profession, with people specialising in a wide range of niche disciplines, from looking at façades (the ex...

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Tenancy deposit protection (TDP) explained


As of April 2007, new laws changed the way landlords were allowed to treat deposit money taken from a tenant. Tenancy deposit legislation was intro...

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How to sell your house – our guide to moving home in 2019


Selling a property can be a stressful process. There’s a lot to bear in mind, including getting your finances in order and marketing your home in t...

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Your guide to buy-to-let property


Regardless of whether you are looking to become a first-time landlord or want to expand your property portfolio, we can provide you with all of the...

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Landlords: are you up-to-date with legislation?


Residential landlords need to make sure they comply with an increasingly complex web of legislation. Laws are changing all the time, so it can be d...

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House prices on the rise


House prices in England enjoyed growth in November edging up by 0.3% to an average of £214.044. The latest Nationwide Property Index shows that pro...

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Maintenance tips for landlords in the winter


The winter is here and with the freezing temperatures, wet days and dark nights, comes a string of potential issues for properties, including burst...

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Private landlords in London earned £33.8bn from property ...


Anyone who thought the buy-to-let sector is dead and buried in Britain might want to think again, as recently-published data shows private landlord...

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Winter Property Preparation - Tenant Advice


With the temperatures dropping, here are a few handy hints and tips to get yourself and your property ready for the winter.

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UK house prices set to grow by around 15% by 2023


The residential housing market in Britain is set to grow by around 15% in the next five years. A new forecast on house prices in the UK shows how h...

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How the slowing of the buy-to-let market has had a positi...


With changes to taxes and regulation within the buy-to-let market, landlords have been on the receiving end of a significant shape up to their indu...

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How landlords fared in the 2018 Autumn Budget 


Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his budget with confidence this month, stating it would “open a new chapter in our country’s economic future.” ...

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Survey shows landlords have increased rent by an average ...


Survey shows landlords have increased rent by an average 21% in 18 months Landlords in Britain have increased their rent by an average of 21 per...

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Why autumn is a good time to put your home on the market


With clear, starry nights, crisp mornings and the landscape taking on a beautiful rusty glow, autumn is an irrefutably beautiful and unique time of...

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New HMO Regulations from 1st October 2018


As of 1st October 2018 The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations will be changing. Find out what this means for you and what do yo...

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New Product: Zero Deposit Guarantee


Offering a Zero Deposit Guarantee as an option on your property helps you stand out from the crowd and attract a wider audience of tenants, which c...

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The future is bright for the Buy To Let sector, report shows


The future looks bright for Britain’s buy-to-let (BTL) sector and that the current climate is sound for BTL investors, a new report finds. See what...

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Industry leading training and development


At Townends Estate Agents we recognise that the beating heart of our company is our people. Evaluating feedback from our employee engagement sur...

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UK property prices gain momentum in July, says Nationwide


House prices in the UK gained momentum in July, rising at an average rate of 2.5% higher than July 2017. According to the latest report by Nationwi...

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Celebrating Success at Townends Estate Agents


Here at Townends Estate Agents, our people are the beating heart of everything we do, day in, day out. Hardworking, driven and passionate about all...

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Five buy-to-let investment tips


Despite crackdowns on buy-to-let associated tax, bricks and mortar is still considered an attractive investment for many. With mortgage rates conti...

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Introducing our new Lettings product: Zero Deposit Guarantee


A Zero Deposit Guarantee allows our potential tenants to have to a different option to a traditional tenancy deposit, giving you the landlord, effe...

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Asking prices jump to a record high for the third month i...


Asking prices of newly marketed property in Britain hit a record high in June, jumping for the third consecutive month. Data from the property sear...

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Own an HMO property? Here’s your guide to new October 201...


If you own a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), you need to ensure you meet all of your legal obligations. From October 2018, new rules will come ...

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Latest figures show house price growth in June


The latest data from the mortgage lender Halifax shows house prices in June 2018 experienced  a 0.3% increase, adding £745 to the value of the aver...

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Five ways to prepare for a viewing


Great news, you’ve secured a viewing on your property, exciting times! Naturally, you’re keen to impress the prospective buyers and show off your h...

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Legionella Frequently Asked Questions


Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by legionella bacteria, including the most serious Legionnaires’ disease. Legionnaires’ dise...

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Our Rent and Legal Protection


Even the best tenants can have a change in circumstances, examples include redundancy, relationship breakdown and ill heath, leaving them unable to...

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Electrical Safety


Landlords are required to ensure that electrical installations and appliances are safe and the practical way of achieving this is by means of testing.

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Meet the team: Renewals Team Leader Fiona


Our Renewals Team work on your behalf to negotiate renewal terms between you and your tenant. They then produce the relevant paperwork removing the...

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)


All properties on the rental market must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The EPC provides potential tenants with an estimate of the c...

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Landlord advice: how to set your rent at the right price


With rental properties in high demand and low interest rates on buy-to-let mortgages, investing in property to let remains a popular and effective ...

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The number of first-time buyers is at its highest in a de...


The amount of people purchasing their first home has risen to its highest level in a decade.

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Good news for portfolio landlords: Lenders still offering...


If you’re thinking about adding to an existing buy-to-let portfolio in 2018, you’ll be pleased to hear that mortgage lenders are continuing to su...

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Why you should put your property on the market this January


Is January the best time to sell your home or let your property? January is a popular time to move home; providing buyers and tenants more options...

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Lettings fee ban not to be implemented until May 2019


In November 2017, the government announced its proposal to ban letting agents from levying fees on tenants. A draft bill introduced to Parliament...

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Season's Greetings


We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and we look forward to assisting you in 2018. We...

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Regents have joined Townends


We are excited to announce Regents have joined forces with Townends, combining knowledge, expertise and reputation as Townends Regents Estate Agents

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Townends' three top tips for buy-to-let landlords


At Townends Estate Agents we understand that arranging a tenancy and handling the day-to-day responsibilities of managing a property can be time co...

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How property marketing can maximise your sale


When you choose to sell your property with us, your property expert will discuss the different ways in which we can market your property and maximi...

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5 reasons to sell with Townends Estate Agents


Our ability to listen and really understand your requirements, combined with more than 25 years’ in-depth experience in the property industry means...

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What you need to think about when buying a home


Moving home is an exciting time, and it’s easy to get carried away when looking for your dream home. Before you fall in love, we’ve created a guide...

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Top 4 tips to choose your perfect letting agent


Choosing to let your property is a big decision and picking the right letting agency can make a huge difference, not only to your bottom line, but ...

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How to make your rental property feel like home


Renting should not stop you from adding personal touches to suit your own taste. So, while there are still limitations, there are more temporary so...

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Essential questions to ask on a property viewing


Viewings are an important part of the buying or renting process: they help you get a feel for the property, the neighbourhood and whether you can s...

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How achieve the maximum price for your property


When you are thinking of selling or letting your property you want to achieve the highest value you can. Aside from choosing the right estate agent...

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Location, location, location - how to decide where to buy...


Location is everything right? You may already know just where you want to buy or rent and its just a matter of finding the perfect property, or you...

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5 top tips for preparing your property for sale or let


We all know how important it is to make your property look its best before it goes on the market, not only to attract buyers or tenants, but also t...

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Avoid these common property buying pitfalls


Property buying pitfalls and how to avoid them Taking your first steps onto or moving up the property ladder can be a very exciting, but also sc...

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Your maintenance needs covered


From fixing a leaky tap or kitchen installation to a full property refurbishment, as part of our complete property solution we can offer a helping...

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London's property market remains buoyant in the run up to...


The general election is rapidly approaching and in defiance of typical trends, house prices in London are rising. In May London house prices have r...

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How we protect your money


Mandatory Client Money Protection (CMP) for letting agents now looks certain to be a legal requirement in England following a Parliamentary review ...

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Article 50 triggered: How starting the Brexit process cou...


On Wednesday 29th March, Theresa May triggered Article 50, kick-starting the Brexit process. So, what’s in store for London’s sales and rental mark...

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Top DIY tips for the Spring bank holiday


Top DIY tips for the Spring bank holiday The Spring Bank Holiday is a prime time to put in some elbow grease and get out the paint whilst the we...

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First-time buyers: what are your upfront costs and how mu...


On Tuesday 7th March, The Telegraph published an article mapping average costs for first-time buyers. The total sum saw first-time buyers hav...

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New consumer guide to leaseholds


A useful consumer guide to leaseholds and leasehold properties has been published by the Conveyancing Association. The guide specifically outlines ...

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Spotlight on Sunbury-on-Thames - Launching new homes


Townends Estate Agents Sunbury launched an exciting new development; Crownage Court consisting of 59 studio, one and two bedroom apartments. It wil...

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Keeping Landlords in the loop: introducing our new online...


Landlords are the life-blood of the private rented sector but the raft of changes to legislation over the last 18 months, including the introductio...

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How the Government's Housing White Paper might affect you


The Government has finally unveiled its plans to fix the ‘broken housing market’ in a white paper spanning 104 pages.  Among lengthy reiteratio...

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Longcross, Surrey to become one of 14 new garden villages...


In 2017 the government gave the go-ahead to 14 new garden villages across the country, offering the potential to deliver 200,000 homes. Amongst ...

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Fall in love with your home with the latest interior trends


You’ve bought a new home and you love everything about it; the location, the layout, the garden, but…you want to fall in love with the interior.  ...

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Business growth leads to head office move for Badger Hold...


Following a period of sustained growth, Badger Holdings Limited, parent company to Townends and Regents Estate Agents, Tyser Greenwood Surveyors, d...

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Badger Holdings Limited host 2016 annual awards


On Saturday 28th January, Badger Holdings held their 2016 annual awards ceremony at the spectacular De Vere Beaumont Estate in Windsor, Surrey.

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Landlords are your properties frost ready?


Following an unusually hot September and mild autumn, the last week has seen temperatures plunge, marking the start of what experts are predicting ...

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So just what impact could America's new President have on...


On Wednesday 9th November, news emerged that Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton to become the 45th US President. Next week Donald Trump will becom...

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Best in Surrey - Townends Estate Agents Guildford Scoops ...


Townends Estate Agents, with branches located throughout West and South West London, Surrey, Middlesex and North Hampshire, has become a multiple a...

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Why it is key to build a good tenant/landlord relationship


Letting a property is a big decision. You are entrusting someone else with, what is usually, your highest value asset. If you are letting your own ...

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Why use an estate agent to sell your property?


So you have made the decision to move, but now you face the process of actually selling your home. The next decision is whether you instruct an est...

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The power of property photography...and why you can't aff...


Whether selling or letting, the images of your property are the first thing that will attract interest and sell your home for what it is worth. Con...

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Bank of England cuts base rate to 0.25%


This week, the Bank of England made its first interest rate cut for more than seven years, slashing its base rate from its already historic low of ...

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Holiday Top Tips for Peace of Mind for Tenants


With the summer holiday season now upon us and the flurry of shopping, packing and deciding what to take without exceeding the airlines baggage lim...

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The importance of fire alarms


On 1st October 2015, new legislation relating to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms was put in place to protect the lives of tenants, as well as the...

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Should you hold an open house to sell your property?


Whilst holding an open house is not for every seller, when the market is strong and demand is high, it can be a very valuable marketing tool. It pr...

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