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Guild Blog: How Stamp Duty Changes will Impact the Market?

In his third Budget as chancellor, Phillip Hammond announced that he will extend the cancellation of stamp duty for first-time homebuyers on properties up to £300,000 to first-time buyers of shared ownership properties valued up to £500,000.  He also stated that the measure would be retrospective so that any first-buyer who has bought a home since the last Budget will benefit.   The government has done much to enable first-time buyers the opportunity to get into the market and removing stamp duty on all shared equity purchases up to £500,000 is another … Continued

Guild Blog: Secret Tips to Sell and Move in Before Christmas

Buying a property can be complicated, and so getting it right is pivotal to speeding up the process. Whether you are a first-time buyer, or an experienced home owner, our Guild agents are here to help. We have collected our secret tips to help you sell and move in before the holidays.     1. Preparation Preparation is always key when it comes to selling your home. Simon Davies from Norman F Brown said: “Make sure your photos are taken before Christmas decorations go up and be prepared to accept … Continued

Guild Blog: How can you tell if an area has good community spirit?

Both Ripon and Thirsk have shown true Community Spirit over October and November with the Halloween Pumpkin Trail and the Commemoration of 100 years since the end of The Great War.  Check out our page to see what the local area has been getting up to … https://joplings.com/lifestyle-magazine-silhouette-soldiers-by-john-durkin/   Buying a property and moving to a new area can be a daunting prospect. There is nothing that will make your new house feel like a home like making new friends and getting involved in local events. Being involved in the community … Continued

Guild Blog: Buying and Selling Over Christmas

Should I put my home on the market now or wait until after Christmas?   Many people think that trying to move house over the festive period is a mistake, but that is no longer the case. People have more free time and motivation to make a change in the New Year, so it can be a great time to buy and sell. Guild agents share their top tips.   Make your property visible online  If you are selling, your home needs to be listed and visible on all the … Continued

Lifestyle Magazine – ‘Silhouette Soldiers’ by John Durkin

‘Lest we Forget’ In Commemoration of 100 years since the end of The Great War of 1914 – 1918 we have chosen a photo of one of Ripon’s ‘Silhouette Soldiers’ taken by Ripon teenager John Durkin for our front cover image.     #RiponRemembers has been a true community project with Community Poppy Project coordinators Stuart Martin and Hazel Barker leading the way.  The support from Ripon residents, extended families, friends and visitors has been amazing to see with approximately 50,000 poppies being knitted and displayed across the Ripon area.  … Continued

Guild Blog: Do you have a Gorgeous Garden?

What do you think makes a Gorgeous Garden?  They can be the found in the smallest tranquil Courtyard setting or in acres of stunning landscaping. For many, the ideal garden is a perfect blend of manicured lawns, flowerbeds overflowing with abundance, trimmed topiary and box hedges. An escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life, gardens can be a refuge designed to suit any lifestyle. From small kitchen gardens to grand country grounds, each has its own character and can be a place of serenity amid the daily routines … Continued

Should you buy, sell or trade up before Brexit?

There is no doubt that Brexit has already had an impact on the property market with many adopting a wait-and-see approach until the final deal has been made. As March 2019 and a final decision edges closer, many people are wondering whether they should take advantage of the current situation and buy or trade up, while house prices have subsided. On the other hand, some people are conscious that a hard Brexit could see the housing market slow down and are trying to decide whether now is a good time … Continued

Guild Blog: The Guild comments on the Autumn Budget

The Guild comments on the Autumn Budget … Briefly discussing the housing market in his third Budget as chancellor, Phillip Hammond announced that he will extend the cancellation of stamp duty for first-time homebuyers on properties up to £300,000 to first-time buyers of shared ownership properties valued up to £500,000.  He also stated that the measure would be retrospective, so that any first-buyer who has bought a home since the last Budget will benefit. According to Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals, removing Stamp Duty on all … Continued

Guild Blog: Property Predictions for the Housing Market of 2018

Looking back over 2018, have the housing predictions from earlier in the year and before the Spring and Autumn Budgets come to fruition?       What will happen to the housing market in 2018? There are lots of housing predictions, from big growths to slight falls in house prices, but overall, most experts predict a slight rise in prices of around 1%. Find out what the big forecasters, RICS, Nationwide and Rightmove, predict in our quick video. Small house price increases mean that it is a good time to move. … Continued

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