Entries by Holley Samuel

Landlord Confidence Increases

The number of landlords who are feeling optimistic about the rental market is at its highest level for five years. The latest survey of over 600 landlords from Paragon Bank questioned landlords on their expectations for rental yields, the future of their lettings portfolio, capital gains, the private rental sector and the wider UK financial […]

Landlords – Protect Your Property This Winter

As we head into the cold Scottish winter months, it’s important to prepare your property to protect it from any problems that will lead to void periods or expensive repairs. New research from Propertymark has revealed that the void time for rental properties has decreased month on month since May 2021 to 2.1 weeks. In […]

Saving Energy When Renting an Apartment or Flat

Recent reports indicate that our energy bills are set to rise over the coming months as utility providers look to pass on the rising cost of fuel to its customers. If you’re renting a flat, it’s difficult to make any major changes to the property to help make it more energy efficient and even simple […]

What’s Happening in the UK’s Student Rental Market?

Research carried out by Manor Interiors has revealed that the cost of renting for a student has increased as much as 26% in some areas of the UK but have actually fallen by 2% in Scotland. Manor Interiors, specialists in built-to-rent furnishing solutions, has found that the average student in Britain pays £132 to rent […]

Buy-to-let Options Rise

Amid the news that buy-to let is now 25 years old, it appears that the number of buy-to-let products on the market is higher today than the number available in March 2020 according to Moneyfacts. Buy-to-let is 25 years old In the 1990s when house prices were low, homeowners were reluctant to sell and instead […]

What’s Happening with House Prices?

The latest figures from HM Land Registry show that the average UK property value was 8% higher in the year to June to £255,535 – but a 3.7% monthly drop. Is this a sign that house prices are stabilising or starting to fall? This is the first sign of a house price decline in over […]

What is Britain’s Dream Home?

A new study has revealed what Britain’s dream home looks like. Rightmove has carried out research to reveal what the nation’s favourite home would be, with practical rooms taking over luxuries such as gyms and swimming pools – with home offices, utility rooms and garages top of people’s wish list. Property type The pandemic resulted […]

Energy Efficiency in Rented Homes

According to the latest survey from Direct Line, energy efficiency is hot topic for renters. In fact, 80% of potential renters responded that they would ask their landlord what measures they have implemented to improve the energy efficiency of a property before moving in. In fact, 75% of respondents said that energy efficiency is important […]

Biggest Buy-To-Let Gains Seen in Scotland

According to recent research, the average buy-to-let property gained £15,000 in value during the pandemic with Scotland seeing some of the biggest price rises. The typical value of a rental property went up by 6% from March 2020 to March 2021, but in Scotland this figure was 11%. It’s believed that these increases are a […]

Are Property Asking Prices Starting to Fall?

According to the recent reports from Rightmove, asking prices in the UK have fallen for first time in 2021 following a continued period of price rises. There was a drop of just over £1,000 from the average asking price of a home here in the UK. Although this can seem alarming to those who are […]