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  • Oct
    23
    2019

Award Winning Property Management!

It’s official! Stephanie always receives great feedback from our Landlord’s and now she has won an award for her Customer Service in Property Management. Congratulations to Stephanie and keep up the good work!

With all the recent changes for Landlord’s it’s important to choose the right letting agent to let and manage your investment(s), so if you’d like to find

  • Sep
    25
    2019

Sales jump by one third in a month in ‘significant recovery as buyers get on with it

The property market recovered from a quiet July in August, with completed transactions jumping 32% over the month.

HMRC property transaction data recorded 117,100 UK residential sales on a non-adjusted basis last month – up by a third on July.

The transaction figure is nevertheless down 0.4% annually. It also reflects deals that will have been some time beforehand.

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  • Sep
    23
    2019

We are now part of Refill Weybridge!

We are proud to be part of Refill Weybridge which promotes single use plastic in the community. If you have an empty bottle, please feel free to pop in and fill it up with our tap water! For more information on this great cause, please visit

  • Aug
    28
    2019

Good times back? Mortgage market stages ‘extraordinary’ recovery!

We thought this was a great, positive read from the Negotiator which

  • Aug
    15
    2019

Why Landlord's should use a Regulated Letting Agent

In the current market, the article below sums up why Landlord’s should use a regulated agent to let and manage their home. At Grants Independent, all of our staff are trained to the highest quality and being members of ARLA also means that we are up to date with the ever changing legislation. We will always be on hand not only to offer advice to our Landlord’s but also to alleviate the worry

  • Nov
    16
    2018

Check out the new Arla Propertymark TV advert

Check out the new Arla Propertymark TV advert! With legislation for Landlord’s at an all time high, it proves the importance of not just using an agent to let your property for you but to choose a regulated one.

We are proud members of Arla Propertymark which means our team are qualified to answer any questions you may have and offer you sound advice. To find out more, please contact

  • Sep
    27
    2018

Your local Independent letting agent is now part of ARLA Propertymark!

We are delighted to announce that we have recently become members of ARLA Propertymark. ARLA Propertymark is the UK’s foremost professional body for letting agents and a Propertymark Protected letting agent will ensure your rental property is in safe hands. Our staff have studied and passed exams in order to be part of Propertymark and whether you’re a Landlord with a property to let out or

  • Mar
    16
    2016

Property Income and Tax Relief

The surprise announcement in the Summer Budget 2015 restricting income tax relief for interest costs incurred by landlords of residential properties became law in November 2015. Any hopes that the Chancellor would change his mind were dashed in the Autumn Statement in December when additional charges to Stamp Duty Land Tax on purchases and acceleration of capital gains tax on sale were announced.

From

  • Mar
    16
    2016

New tax dangers when buying residential property

The Chancellor announced in his Autumn Statement in November 2015 that he would be introducing new rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on purchases of buy to let properties or second homes. Few perhaps realised how much more complicated property transactions may well be as a result.

At the end of December the government launched a consultation paper which revealed the proposed details of

  • Feb
    18
    2016

Increased Stamp Duty Looms

Stamp Duty changes are  just six weeks away, landlords and second-home buyers are in a race against time to complete their purchases. Lenders and agents are reporting a surge of panic buying. Many will already have missed the boat to complete their purchases by midnight on March 31 especially on leasehold purchases where it can take longer to obtain management packs and answer additional enquiries. 

  • Jan
    29
    2016

Choose your agent with the help of Review Sites

In 2010 we became a transparent agent on the Independent review site allagents.co.uk working in a similar way to the more well know “Tripadvisior” Many of our competitors are still apprehensive about promoting review sites and it’s a bold step for any estate agent to request all reviews good or bad.

Our view is that all feedback helps us to provide our clients with an even better service,

  • Jan
    13
    2016

Buy to let mortgages surge as investors rush to beat April 1st Stamp Duty Rises

Buy to let loans look to outstrip remortgaging within a matter of weeks as landlords rush to beat the April 1 stamp duty surcharge deadline.

Enquiries for purchasing properties suitable to buy to let have been at record breaking levels already this year and finance referrals to our specialist financial advisors have double compared to 2015.

Although yields across all property types increased

  • Dec
    04
    2015

Addlestone Surrey Sees Huge Price Rises Of 20%

Maintaining and tracking pricing trends as a local agent is crucial, as clients rely on our ability to be able to price accurately to stay ahead of market trend. Predicting the market by advising with confidence on when to sell and how to achieve the best price is all part of the service that Grants Independent offer.   Investors also rely and

  • Dec
    04
    2015

STAMP DUTY RISES

With stamp duty set to rise by 3% next year for second homes and buy to let properties it might be worth considering setting up a limited company.

Limited company applications for buy to let mortgage hit their highest level on our records in September, with applications up three times the level seen in the same month last year. Buy to let finance accounts for a quarter of all buy to let mortgages

  • Sep
    29
    2015

Woking, House Prices Continue to soar

Woking, House Prices Continue to soar, while land registry reports a national reduction in transaction volumes.
Countrywide Land Registry data, shows an average of 65,550 transactions per month completed between March and June compared to 73,985 sales a month in the same period last year.
A reduction in volumes is not good news for those involved in the property business, and rising

  • Sep
    14
    2015

The Bank of Mum and Dad is not Money laundering.

Whether you are receiving a deposit from mum and dad or your deposit is coming by way of a gift or from another source a little early planning can safe last minute delays.
It is extremely important to disclose to your solicitor early in the process that your deposit is a gift, otherwise if this emerges late in a purchase it can delay the transaction and put it in jeopardy.  We have seen more

  • Sep
    07
    2015

Weybridge in top 10 Most expensive towns

Britain’s Top 10 Most Expensive Towns was released today based on figures from Zoopla, it also showed that it remains a very safe secure place to invest with annual price inflation of 4.34%.

Rank Town Average property value (£) Annual change (%)

1 Virginia Water, Surrey £1,208,638 1.88%
2 Cobham, Surrey £1,037,825 5.94%
3 Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire £982,660

  • Aug
    28
    2015

Reverse the planned tax relief restriction on ‘individual’ landlords

The petition against the proposed tax changes outlined by Chancellor George Osborne in last month’s Budget has now achieved 20,000 signatures.

This is a fifth of the total required by the end of 100,000 to oblige the government to consider debating the subject in Parliament.

Osborne’s proposal is that mortgage interest tax relief for buy-to-let homebuyers should be restricted to

  • Aug
    25
    2015

Mortgage Lending Hits 7 Year record level

Mortgage lending soared to a seven-year high in July as the housing market continued to gain momentum, figures showed today.

A total of £22bn was advanced during the month, the highest level since July 2008, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

The group said the figure, which was also 9 per cent above lending in June, was in line with its expectations that mortgage

  • Aug
    21
    2015

Annual Property Growth set to hit 10%

The latest research by property analysts Hometrack shows that annual home price inflation in Britain’s 20 biggest cities is currently running at 8.4 per cent but it estimates that this rate of growth will rise to 10% by the end of this year, on the back of the widening supply-demand imbalance in the market and a strengthening domestic economy, which is fuelling optimism in the market.  The

  • Aug
    11
    2015

Prices Up - Transactions Down

Some 155,000 existing home owners moved to another property in the first six months of 2015, which is about nine per cent down on the same period of 2014.

The new figure is also less than half the 327,600 home movers in the first six months of 2007 – the last period unaffected by the slowdown.

Lloyds Bank, which has collected the figures, suggests this slump is at least partly

  • Aug
    11
    2015

Private Rental Sector doubles since 2001

An interesting report has been published this month by PWC regarding the future of the housing market and the private rented sector.
According to the report, by 2025, an additional 1.8 million households will become private renters. This would take the total to 7.2 million – an average of almost one in four households.
This is not a new trend. The private rented sector has more

  • Aug
    10
    2015

DON’T FALL FOUL OF THE LAW

There is a new legislation that will affect ALL landlords with gas in their properties. Its takes effect as of the 10th October 2015. This legislation means that Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties under measures announced by

  • Aug
    06
    2015

Landlord Update -Taxation

Please find details of the changes to tax relief for individual landlords, which was announced as part of the 2015 Summer Budget.

Landlords

1.190 The current tax system supports landlords over and above ordinary homeowners. Landlords can deduct costs they incur when calculating the tax they pay on their rental income. A large portion of those costs are interest payments

  • Aug
    05
    2015

How the changing property market effects you

Well the dust has well and truly settled since the General Election forgotten a bit like Wimbledon or last year’s football season, the market is now taking its summer breather so, we can get back to a more normal property market, or that is what the London based ‘Fleet Street’ journalists would lead you to believe.

I do find that their opinion is often tainted by the market in central

  • Aug
    05
    2015

WHAT’S HOLDING YOU BACK BEING THE NEXT PROPERTY MILLIONAIRE

Back when I left college, only half of the population in the United Kingdom owned a property. However, people soon came to realise that whilst other investments came and went, property investment tended to be much more reliable for longer periods of time than stocks and shares. The value of land has risen almost ten-fold in the last twenty years, and the gains made in the value of the property market

  • Aug
    04
    2015

Commute and save £450K on your house price

Homeowners who are prepared to spend an hour commuting to work can save up to £450,000 on the price of their property, research showed today.

The average cost of a home within an hour’s commute of London is just £272,000, significantly less than the typical price of £722,000 commanded by properties in zones 1 and 2 of the capital.

Even once the cost of rail fares is factored in,