Preparing Your Home To Sell For The Best Price

As experts in selling luxury properties, we know that presentation makes a huge difference – buyers can fall in love with a property in seconds. Conversely, they may walk around adding up the cost of work they want or need to do to the extent they are put off entirely, sometimes unnecessarily. We also know […]

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Planning Permission For Period Properties

We often represent the sale of period properties and they’re just wonderful to work with! They’re an important part of our heritage with so much character and charm. As with any property, they need to meet buyers’ needs which, over the years, requires modernisation. I’m delighted to see that planning departments recognise this and will […]

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How To Choose An Architect

Your relationship with your architect may be one of the most important working relationships you’ll have during your renovation or new build home project. In today’s market, with rising prices and uncertainty on supply in the trade, it is even more important you employ the right architect to help you create the home you are […]

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Home Staging – How It Helps Sell Homes

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. We […]

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Decluttering & Downsizing – A plan to ease your move

Have you ever moved house with boxes of things you’d meant to sort through before the move?   Are they still in the loft now?! Having a good clear-out is always a worthwhile exercise, especially if you’re moving house and definitely if you’re downsizing. How decluttering can save and even make you money Removals can be […]

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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 – 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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