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East Devon tops the chart for market activity at 4.1%

At 8.5%, average annual price growth in the South West is stronger than the UK average. Growth is currently at its strongest level in over four years and considerably higher than the -0.2% recorded this time a year ago. Rightmove report average asking prices rose 0.6% month on month.....…


Boost for First time buyers!

The new mortgage guarantee scheme designed to help first-time buyers with 5% deposits onto the housing ladder will be unveiled by Rishi Sunak on Wednesday. The aim is to stimulate the housing market, get more younger people onto the housing ladder, and increase property transactions…


What does "Probate" mean

When someone passes away, the person who applies for the right to deal with the deceased’s possessions and property has to “apply for probate”. If the person who died left a Will, then the person applying can be given a “grant of probate”. If someone has not left a Will, then a person gets “letters of administration”. If someone hasn’t left a Will but has part-owned a property it will pass to the part-owner. Note that the rules are slightly different in England when compared to Wales or Scotland......…


Guide for first time sellers

Selling your home? Whether you want to move to a new location, upgrade to a larger home or are looking to take on a project property, selling your home can seem like a mammoth task. If you have never sold a house before, all the unknown processes can leave your head spinning. Maybe you need to sell your home right away or perhaps you are making preparations to put your house on the market in the next year. Whatever your situation, we have created a helpful guide to prepare you to sell your home for the first time.…


What creates the "Wow" factor for your Devon Home?

One of our clients has asked us about how to create a wow factor in their home - they said - "Our house needs some improvement but we don’t really know where to start! What makes the biggest impact, in terms of both ‘wow factor’ and increasing the value of the house? …


Top Tips on how to perfect your work from home routine

Ongoing developments with the COVID-19 virus has meant a lot of employees are having to self-isolate and adapt to new work routines from home. With advances in technology that keep you connected with the office, flexible working is by necessity becoming increasingly popular and, working from home has never been easier. We take a look at our top tips to help you perfect your working from home routine.…


Open house v Block viewings v Bespoke inspection

Open house viewings can increase the chances of a quick sale being achieved but "Block viewings" could well be even better!…


Seasonal recipe

Griddled asparagus with crispy parma ham and honeyed yoghurt dip…


ASK THE AGENT: sell my own property?

Q. Given there is a shortage of houses for sale at the moment, wouldn’t I be better off selling my house myself, rather than using an estate agent?…


HELP! No rent received!

If you're a landlord, make sure your agent is licensed and regulated, or you could be left at a loss.…


ASK THE EXPERT

Q. I've received an offer after only a few days of marketing. What should I do?…


Jayne is braving the shave!

Jayne, our wonderful administrator at Budleigh is shaving her head in aid of Cancer Research UK.…


ASK THE AGENT

Q. We have a property that is likely to be unoccupied over the winter. Are there any precautions that we should take?…


Gingerbread Rudolf recipe

No alcohol this time, just a great recipe for little people to get their fingers dirty!…


Banana bread to save the world

We were outraged to hear that the UK throws away 162m bananas a year. Well, this recipe for banana bread LOVES a brown banana...…


House prices in surprise move

The Nationwide Building Society's latest house price survey shows a surprising change given the uncertainties of Brexit...…


Selling or letting: 6 top tips

Selling or letting a property doesn't have to be a daunting task if thought is given to the simple things...…


Recipe: banana & nutella loaf

Simple one bowl mix that gets better each day, and after the chocolate overload of Easter it's almost healthy (Well, it does have fruit in it!)…


London Property Exhibition

Book now to get your property included in the upcoming Distinctly Westcountry Property Exhibition in London.…


How much should I do up before selling?

'I'm hoping to sell shortly, but is it really worth spending time and money on it first?' Our property expert David Gibson shares his knowhow...…


Seasonal recipe

Pasta with homemade wild garlic pesto and basil…