The top five urban regeneration hotspots for investment

The top five urban regeneration hotspots for investment

Investing in an area that is being redeveloped is a wise investment. Discover which major cities are undergoing multi-million pound investment projects right now. For investors and homebuyers, regeneration areas can be a good bet as the housing market slows. According...

A broader range of housing choices are now available to buyers

A broader range of housing choices are now available to buyers

The number of homes on the market in the UK has increased recently. Stocks are rebuilding because they are no longer selling like hotcakes as they were during the pandemic. Buyers now have more choices when it comes to finding a new home. In the average estate agent...

Investing in Buy-to-Let Properties in Solihull

Investing in Buy-to-Let Properties in Solihull

In the West Midlands, Solihull is often referred to as a 'town in the country' and is often described as offering both a city and a country lifestyle. Does that mean Solihull is also an ideal location for property investors? What are the benefits of investing in...

How much stamp duty tax will you pay when buying a home?

How much stamp duty tax will you pay when buying a home?

Stamp duty is one of the costs to consider when moving home. When you purchase a home, you are required to pay this tax to the government. The amount of stamp duty home-buyers will have to pay in England and Northern Ireland was lowered in September. Changes were made...

House prices in the UK: the latest figures

House prices in the UK: the latest figures

Here you can find out which areas have the most expensive or cheapest houses or which ones have increased the most in the last year. Across all UK markets, buyer demand has dropped by a third since the mini budget. However, 2022 was a good year for property, with...

Should you get  a survey on a  new build  property?

Should you get a survey on a new build property?

Upon accepting an offer on a property, you should arrange a survey of the property. Unless you live in Scotland, where the vendor must provide a home buyer's report before the property is listed. Depending on the type of survey you require, you can find qualified...

Average time to buy a home takes longer than five months

Average time to buy a home takes longer than five months

The average time taken to buy a home and have the keys in hand takes more than five months, according to research from Smoove’s Home Movers Report. Within the last six months, the average time taken to complete the home purchasing process stands at 153 days. By...

What are the options for renegotiating an offer after a survey?

What are the options for renegotiating an offer after a survey?

For most people, buying a house is their most significant financial decision. It's natural to worry about making the right decision when you're spending so much on a property. It is worthwhile for any prospective buyer to invest in a building survey. Viewings may not...

House Price Index – October 2022

House Price Index – October 2022

Some new movers pause while agreed deals rush to complete The average price of property coming to the market rises by 0.9% (+£3,398) in the month to a new record of £371,158 - This 0.9% rise is a softening from the five-year average rise in October of 1.2% - There is...

What is a property valuation survey?

What is a property valuation survey?

Surveys and valuations are essential components of the homebuying process. You can use them to determine the value of a particular property or to gain insight into its overall condition. You'll need a house valuation survey if you're taking out a mortgage to buy a new...

Meet The Team: Gregg Cave

Meet The Team: Gregg Cave

We are proud to have Gregg on our team here at Carpenter Surveyors as a trainee surveyor. Welcome to his employee spotlight. How would you summarise what you do at Carpenter Surveyors?  My role here is trainee surveyor. I am currently working on a number of...

What happens after your offer has been accepted?

What happens after your offer has been accepted?

After your offer has been accepted, there's a lot to do, including hiring a conveyancer and planning your move. Here's where the real work begins! When your house offer is accepted, it brings so much excitement and relief to you as a buyer. The day you've been waiting...

What is included in each property survey?

What is included in each property survey?

Whenever you purchase a new home, you should have a qualified surveyor inspect the property. Even when the property appears to be in good condition and has been built to a high specification. Although surveys are not legally required in the UK, every conveyancer will...

How to identify and remove damp in your property

How to identify and remove damp in your property

In your home, mold or mildew around windows and doors, musty smells, and discoloured patches on wallpaper and walls are all signs of damp. In this article, we look at how to identify the different types of damp. We also look at how to treat damp, damp proofing costs,...

How will the new prime minister affect the housing market?

How will the new prime minister affect the housing market?

The newly-elected prime minister resides in the flat above Number 11 Downing Street, which had a controversial makeover by Liz's predecessor Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Symonds. Liz Truss' top priority in the coming weeks and months will be finding ways to...