Property Market Update – January 2021

We start the year in challenging times, which is once again prompting homeowners to rethink their lifestyle and living space. Whereas December and January are traditionally quiet months in the property market, the market didn’t miss a beat this season. With a lack of Christmas parties, shopping and family gatherings, attention was instead focussed on […]

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Smart Homes – Functionality & Benefits

Smart home functionality has been around a long time, but has only recently become more mainstream in the residential housing market. Now that we’re used to, and utterly addicted to smart phone functionality, we’re looking for the same convenience in our homes. And it’s not a generational thing, I’m seeing home buyers of all ages […]

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Creating a Lockdown-Friendly Home

Priorities for home space and functionality have changed significantly during 2020. As more companies commit to long term or permanent home working, and lockdown measures phase in and out, we continue to adapt to the ongoing lifestyle changes. More focus is being put on our homes to work for us as an office, entertainment and […]

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Christmas In Berkshire – Your Local Small Business Shopping Guide

SCROLL DOWN TO DOWNLOAD Small businesses offer a treasure trove of gifts that may be handcrafted, individual, unusual and definitely special. Their products are made and delivered with love and care, and your custom will support local families and communities at a time when it matters more than ever.Each business in this guide has been […]

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Managing Challenges of the ‘Sandwich Generation’

The sandwich generation is a group of middle-aged adults who care for both their aging parents and their own children. It’s a common situation amongst my peers – working full time, with dependent children and deteriorating elderly parents. It can be stressful juggling the demands of work, childcare, running a home and looking after parents whose needs […]

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Mortgages and Financing – FAQ

I’m regularly asked questions about mortgages by buyers and sellers, and often hear buyers discussing mortgage limitations when I’m pretty sure there’s a solution out there for them. So I sat down with Jon Stockdale, our lovely mortgage advisor from Jigsaw Mortgages, to answer these frequently asked questions and perhaps reveal some additional options that […]

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Seller Insight: 5 Top Tips for a Stress Free Sale

I recently sold a house for my lovely client Karen. She was ahead of the game throughout the sales process which smoothed the way for a quick and easy sale. On completion I joked that she should write some Top Tips for other sellers. Organised as ever, Karen replied in hours with her Top Tips […]

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Mortgages – 6 Top Tips

The secret to getting the best mortgage deal can come into play a year or more before you’re ready to move, and continues during the course of your mortgage. Jon Stockdale from Jigsaw Mortgages shares his 6 top tips to getting yourself mortgage-optimised, giving you access to the best deals for your individual needs, and […]

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Exceptional Homes Magazine – Issue 1

Welcome to Exceptional Homes magazine, your guide to all things property in Berkshire, South Oxfordshire and North Hampshire. Exceptional Homes provides you with an insight into the local property market, information on our lovely towns and villages and useful information to demystify the buying and selling process. Further insights can be found by clicking on […]

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Property Market Update – Spring 2020

The residential sales market has slowed in the last two years, leaving many sellers wondering what to do, when and how. Let’s review the factors affecting the market, with predictions for 2020. Blame it on the Brexit? Political uncertainty has been widely blamed for the slowdown in the market. But all is not quite as […]

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