The Cost of Over-Valuing Your Home

The property market has cooled. It hasn’t dropped, just cooled to more usual levels of interest and transaction. That means that pricing is critical. Alongside that, marketing is more crucial than ever – see below for more detail and statistics as to why. There are 3 key factors as to why the market has cooled: […]

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Case Study: Berry Grange, Hampshire

Berry Grange was on the market for £2,500,000 for a year. It was a busy market and should have sold. After we sprinkled our magic, we had it under off in 3 weeks, in excess of the asking price. Watch the video to find out more. […]

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Market Update – September 2022

As predicted, the market is calming – not dropping but calming. This is no wonder – beyond the usual drivers of births, divorce, death and relocation the last two years have seen a significant number of people moving for a change of lifestyle at a rate that was always going to wane. Ongoing market drivers […]

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7 Deadly Sins Sellers Make & How To Avoid Them

I’ve seen may lists of 7 deadly sins for sellers, frankly some are a bit wishy washy and I’d rather address the hard hitting issues that are real obstacles for sellers: 1. Favourably comparing rather than realistically comparing Valuing a home takes into account a lot of different criteria, including comparable homes sold and for […]

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Moving Made Simple

There’s an awful lot to be done when moving house and some sellers find themselves against the clock when they go under offer. I often recommend bringing in a professional helper to organise the move including downsizing belongings, logistics and even just emotional and/or organisational support. Helena McBride, Professional Organiser with The Space Maker is […]

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Market Update – June 2022

After two years of strong price growth the question many people are asking is, will the property market slow and what will happen to prices? The changing economy is giving many of us pause for thought, however demand for houses remains strong. We are seeing more properties come to the market which is helping to […]

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Market Update – May 2022

Now at the peak of the spring market, prices and activity in the South East continue to break records. Despite rises in the cost of living, the race for space remains strong: 52% of properties are selling at or above asking price* Year on year prices have risen 10.6%* Indeed, 75% of properties under offer […]

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Multiple Dwelling Stamp Duty Relief

Mark Stemp Crowe UK

Homes with annexes are more popular than ever, providing dedicated space for offices, guests and multi-generational living. There’s a hidden benefit to annexes too – they can save you a significant sum on Stamp Duty Land Tax. It’s surprising how few people are aware of this – some solicitors even overlook this during conveyancing. Over […]

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An Update From Our Financial Expert: Economic Impact of the Russia and Ukraine conflict

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Here we look at the current and likely impact of the conflict on the UK and global economy. something property buyers and sellers are understandably mindful of. […]

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Market Update – April 2022

Well, I was expecting the first quarter of 2022 to be busy, but not this busy! The residential sales market shows no signs of cooling, likely for the following reasons: A significant number of buyers are stuck in rented accommodation, having sold their home last year and are feverishly looking for a new home in […]

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Which Survey? Which Surveyor?

Lady crouched down with a camera taking photos in an older property in need of some work

There is often confusion about the different types of surveys available and what best fits your needs. In many cases, your mortgage company will carry out a survey. Do you need another? Think of it like a car’s MOT Vs a service. An MOT checks critical elements for basic roadworthiness. A service looks more thoroughly […]

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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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How To Choose A House In One Day

Sometimes buyers don’t want to put their house on the market until they’ve found the perfect house to move to. However most sellers only want proceedable* buyers to view their home. This can leave buyers feeling as though they’re in a ‘chicken and egg’ situation. How long will it take to sell your home? While […]

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Do I need Planning Permission?

t’s a legal requirement to have valid planning permission in place before starting most building works, although there are certain exceptions when this is not required, defined by Permitted Development rights.  […]

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Market Update – December 2021

What a year! Having been through so many ups and downs over the last 21 months one thing has remained steadfast and that’s the property market. While price rises slowed in the 2nd half of the year, they did continue to rise. Demand is higher than supply so we’re lining up for a busy spring […]

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Media Day – Your Home In The Spotlight

Get a glimpse into how we create outstanding photographs and video to really make a house stand out from the competition. It takes marketing expertise, a clear plan and a great team! Sellers often feel as though the photography their estate agent has produced of their home doesn’t show it off to its best advantage.  […]

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Property Investments – Limiting Tax Liabilities

Buying a new property is an exciting time but there are wider tax implications which may come into play. Paul Shorten an Independent Financial Adviser from Blacktower Financial Management Ltd  shares four key wider areas to be aware of and potential solutions to best mitigate the associated taxes. Income Tax on Rental Income If you […]

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Exceptional Homes Magazine Request

For your own printed copy of Exceptional Homes magazine please complete this form and we’ll post one to you. To download a soft copy now scroll to the bottom of the page: View and download your soft copy by clicking on this link: […]

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House Move Checklist

Moving house is one of life’s most stressful events, so it’s worth investing time in planning to notonly reduce this stress but also make sure important milestones and actions are achieved. This checklist covers the key actions for a smooth move and when to tackle them. And remember,when you’re in your new home all the […]

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The Rise of ‘Cottagecore’

The past 18 months have been nothing short of turbulent, and has been an accelerator for widespread change in our global way of life. Communities, societies, and even countries have needed to adapt to the ‘new normal’, and in this country, the shift has been very interesting indeed. From towering skyscrapers and concrete jungles emerged […]

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Spotlight on Winchester

Vire of Winchester Cathedral

This affluent cathedral city lies in the heart of the South Downs national park, offering comfortable modern day living with an escape to the country only minutes away. The river Itchen runs through the city, offering relaxing riverside walks. Culture & entertainment With a vast array of shops, cafes, and eateries, you’re almost spoilt for […]

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Kai Carter Estates Wins Another Award!

We’re delighted to have been recognised by the International Property & Travel Awards in the Property Agency Consultancy Marketing category for the UK. Marketing is so critical when selling luxury properties – or any properties for that matter. Our homes are often one of if not the biggest asset we own, yet they often receive […]

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Solicitors – The importance of a good one!

Manisha Bhula - Property Solicitor

Conveyancing – the legal process of buying a house – is mystifying to many. Who knows what all the to and fro is about, why it takes so long and how to get things moving when you don’t understand what the hold-up is. Approximately a third of sales fall through in the conveyancing process. When […]

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Kai Carter Estates Wins Best Luxury Estate Agent 2021

Kai Carter Estates has been recognized as the Best Luxury Estate Agent 2021 by the SME News Southern Enterprise Awards. “The property market is changing rapidly, with sellers expecting high levels of service when selling one of, if not their most valuable assets. We are obsessive about delivering excellence in levels of service and marketing, […]

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Home Staging – How it helps sell homes

Beautifully staged garden dinning table

How we live in our homes and how we sell homes are two different things. With so many new properties around – staged to perfection – lived in homes must find their own way to stand out. Crucially, this doesn’t mean you have to create and live in a show home, or even spend money. […]

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Kai Carter Estates Wins British Property Award

We’re delighted to have been named Best Agent in Newbury by the British Property Awards! This was awarded based on mystery shopping, using requests some agents didn’t even reply to. Click on the PDF below to read the full article. […]

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Property Market Update – July 2021

Phew, what a few months it’s been leading up to the June Stamp Duty deadline! So what will the market do now? Since spring 2020 the market has been predicted to fall, yet it’s done the opposite. Number of sales and prices hit a new high in June and while activity will slow now the […]

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How To Choose An Estate Agent

When we buy a new car, holiday or sofa we’re usually looking for a balance of quality and price. The same applies to estate agency. In a sea of estate agents, how do you choose the right one for you? Estate agents sometimes have a poor reputation, which doesn’t surprise me. I myself have had […]

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Garden Rooms: Offices, games rooms, pubs & pods

Timber made, tinted windowed rotating Garden Pods

With us spending more time at home there’s been a big focus on maximising reception space in and outdoors to create home offices, games rooms, bars and retreat space. In some cases this space needs to be multi-purpose and ideally achievable without the need for planning permission.  I’ve been researching garden room options on behalf […]

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Lasting Power Of Attorney – Property & Finance

Lady holding various plants in a Garden Centre

As the events of 2020 led families to evaluate their finances if the worst were to happen, there has been an increase in individuals and families assigning a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). Rachel Harding of Harding Legal Services tells us more about the benefits of an LPA and the implications of not having one. […]

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Property Market Update – April 2021

Spring is traditionally the busiest time in the property market, however we haven’t had a quiet period yet – the market hasn’t missed a beat since last year. Demand is high and stock is low so well-priced properties are selling fast at strong prices, to highly motivated buyers. It all bodes incredibly well for anyone […]

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Residential Security – Detect vs Deter

Close up of a security camera

CCTV and alarms seem to be the standard go-to for residential security these days. However, after a very insightful chat with John from Westminster Security, it’s clear their effectiveness is very limited and can in some cases, compromise security. Having served in the Royal Military Police Close Protection Unit, John is an approachable straight talker […]

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Downsizing – Hints & Tips

Moving from your home of many years can be a difficult decision, with emotional ties needing to be cut. However, finding the right size home for your changing needs is not one that should be put off. Sometime circumstances such as health issues or a bereavement can cause you to decide that the time is […]

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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

Example of a Wooden Garden Pub with outside seating

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

Cover of Christmas in Berkshire Magazine

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 […]

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Putting A Second Home Into Trust – Advantages & Disadvantages

Many buyers I work with are buying their next property in addition to, rather than as a replacement for their current property. Some buyers also have an investment property portfolio. In recent years changes to taxation on the purchase of and income from second homes has limited their financial viability. Yet not all multiple home […]

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Managing Challenges of the ‘Sandwich Generation’

Scene depicting an elderly gentleman embracing and younger female.

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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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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