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  • The advantage of purchasing power

    • June 20, 2018

    Over the past twenty six years, those seeking property in London, the Home Counties and commutable distances from the Capital have been increasingly utilising the services offered by Property Search Agents. 

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  • SDLT Part 2 - Are there any alternatives?

    • June 5, 2018

    In the second of our 2 part series on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), we discuss the alternatives to it.  There is no such thing as an ‘ideal’ tax—all taxes involve some element of compromise. 

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  • Everything you needed to know about Stamp Duty Land Tax - Part 1

    • May 24, 2018

    In one form or another Stamp Duty Land Tax has been a feature of the English taxation system for hundreds of years. It raises significant revenue for the Exchequer, is easy and cheap to administer, and does not affect most taxpayers.

    In this first blog of two, we outline some key facts about Stamp Duty Land Tax and how it affects the UK housing market as a whole.

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  • How to select a builder or, should you look for a developer? And what about a quantity surveyor?

    • April 26, 2018

    So, you have your planning approval for your extension to your residential home, now you need to find out precisely how much is it going to cost and which builder to choose. This is called going out to ‘tender’ for the building works that are required.

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  • Spring 2018

    • April 17, 2018

    The first quarter of 2018 has been one of the best starts to a new year for many years; there is business to be had, business to be done and we are very busy!

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  • Are your property improvements adding value?

    • April 12, 2018

    The general rule in adding value is simple; create living accommodation and you maintain and add value.

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  • Can you know with ‘certainty’ that the local authorities will allow you to make changes to a property before you’ve bought it?

    • March 20, 2018

    Most vendors and their selling agents appear to be helpful with their building and planning advice. But in the main they merely want the deal agreed for the maximum price, and will, more often than not say that it would possible to extend but, is ‘subject to planning consent’. 

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  • The school selection process has already begun…

    • February 13, 2018

    The preparation for entrance into chosen schools in September 2018 starts early.

    Due to the huge demand for places at the top Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey, Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset schools; many pupils sit entrance exams or make applications during January, February and March enabling the selection process to begin.  

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  • Around the world in less than 80 days

    • January 31, 2018

    Mark and Jane Carter contacted Premier Property Search in September 2017 as the family were moving back to Hampshire from Melbourne after emigrating nine years previously.

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  • 20-20 vision - looking forward to 2018...

    • January 9, 2018

    There are many property ‘analysts, property writers and expert consultants’ who are never afraid of predicting how the residential property market will perform at this time of a new year. 

    As we prepare for 2018, we believe the next 12 months is probably more multifarious than ever. 

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  • Dog houses to be proud of

    • December 7, 2017

    As man’s best friend; this Christmas, why not invest in a new house for your dog? It’ll certainly save on stamp duty… 

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  • Making your house a home...

    • November 16, 2017

    The excitement of a new property starts from when your ‘offer’ to buy or rent is accepted by the owners or landlords, but the real conversion from a house to your home, the way you want it to be, begins when you walk into the property to live for the first time.

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  • From fresh bread to scented candles...

    • November 1, 2017

    More recently beautiful smells have started to play a major role when viewing a property. This is due to nearly everyone having an array of flickering premium scented candles and reed diffusers. But do lit scented candles and diffusers really make a difference?

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  • Children, car keys and house viewings

    • October 4, 2017

    Accompanying clients to viewings of high-quality houses comes with its share of challenges and some incidents are quite memorable…

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  • What benefits do property search agents bring?

    • September 20, 2017

    There are many benefits as to why people choose to use a professional property search agent to help them invest in one of the single most expensive purchases they are likely to make. 

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  • To be at home or not at home? That is the question.

    • August 23, 2017

    Should homeowners who have instructed a selling agent to sell their property, be at home, when a prospective buyer comes to view their home? Will the owners ‘help or hinder’ the sale to a potential buyer? Should the showing of a property be left to the professionals?

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  • Where to buy or rent in London, according to the proximity of the Underground Tube Station

    • July 27, 2017

    Flats and houses near tube stations which are just a couple of stops apart can differ significantly in price. But, do people actually base their decisions to either rent or buy on the proximity of a tube station?

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  • The property market going forward.

    • July 13, 2017

    There has, as always, been conflicting remarks from property commentators about how the residential housing market has been performing and what the future holds. Doom and gloom in one paper and another stating the future is looking buoyant.

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  • Fulfilling 'dreams and aspirations' for our clients...

    • June 21, 2017

    At Premier Property Search we pride ourselves on fulfilling the ‘dreams and aspirations’ of our clients. These are varied, sometimes humorous and occasionally quite challenging, but, if it exists or it can be created, then we will do our best. 

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  • Selecting the right artwork for your home...

    • May 23, 2017

    Not everyone can afford, and nor would they wish, to have an original painting by Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali or Pablo Picasso. However, with a little guidance and creativity you can choose art that looks lovely and complements its surroundings. Selecting the right artwork can make a real difference to the look and feel of your home.

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  • "I need to land my Tiger Moth!" and other unusual house buying requests

    • April 27, 2017

    Unusual requests are par for the course at Premier Property Search and we are familiar with fulfilling any type of requirement. However the most flamboyant request came from a client with a Tiger Moth aeroplane who needed a country house with a landing strip!

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  • Stamp of approval

    • March 29, 2017

    As a property acquisition consultancy, we are frequently asked by our clients to recommend a professional solicitor to act for them. Guy Hurst from Eric Robinson solicitors is one of a number that we feel comfortable in recommending and he recently wrote the following very interesting article on SDLT.  

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  • 25 Years of Property Search

    • March 15, 2017

    PRESS RELEASE: Nigel and Barbara Sellers, the principle directors of Premier Property Search and Premier Corporate Relocation Services, are celebrating 25 years of providing an integrated property search and corporate relocation service.

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  • Selling your property ‘off market’!

    • February 2, 2017

    More and more owners of properties that wish to sell, choose not to openly market their homes with estate agents.  Their preference for ‘off market’ - not actively marketing the property through the normal methods -  can sometimes prove very successful

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  • Top 10 houses in winter scenes

    • December 6, 2016

    Winter is well and truly here, and us Brits just revel in an opportunity to talk about the weather, particularly when it is as beautiful as the sunshine on frost has been recently. 

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  • 2016 property market review

    • December 6, 2016

    On reflection, the residential property market in 2016 has been like no other year!  

    It was always destined to be difficult following the announcement by the Government that there was to be a referendum to stay in, or opt out of the EU. 

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  • Five steps to make your home winter ready

    • November 29, 2016

    Its getting really cold now and all predictions point to the coldest winter in 5 years. There are some essential steps that should be taken now to avoid finding problems later on. 

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  • Focus on Winchester and the surrounding villages

    • November 9, 2016

    Winchester is a vibrant heritage destination just an hour south west of London, with fabulous attractions and beautiful architecture. The city has a magnificent Cathedral, award-winning pubs and restaurants and a tempting array of independent shops. This culturally rich medieval city is surrounded by idyllic Hampshire villages and the fabulous rolling countryside of the South Downs National Park. 

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  • Barn conversions

    • October 18, 2016

    Barn conversions have continued to become very popular, principally for their open plan living style combined with their countryside setting, a common consequence of their former use. Besides wooden features or beautiful brickwork they usually have vaulted ceilings, which give a lovely sense of space inside.

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  • Check the length of your lease

    • October 6, 2016

    If you own or are considering purchasing a flat as a second home, it may well be a leasehold property. If it is, the inherent value of the flat is linked to the length of its lease. This is an area which many fail to appreciate until they come to sell, often finding out the hard way that they should have tackled the issue proactively.

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  • The kitchen

    • September 27, 2016

    Arguably the most important room in the house. Too often people find their ideal home but reject the house based on the kitchen not being modern enough or lacking a certain feature. However, if everything else with the property, particularly its location, is what you are looking for, then the kitchen should not necessarily be a stumbling block to your new home.

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  • Is there a higher demand for properties near the best private and state Schools?

    • September 13, 2016

    Ringing school bells across the country signal the start of another academic year. For many parents, when planning on purchasing or renting a property, living near to a good school is one of the most important factors. 

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  • 2016 Autumn Property Market Update

    • September 13, 2016

    Brexit will long be remembered for the arguments, the lies, debates and the many false promises; paradoxically this was just the actions and behaviour between Ministers of the UK Government and MEP’s. 

    For the optimistic, positive and forward thinking, let’s get on with the exit and make the best of it! We now need to rebuild confidence and stability. 

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  • Is adding a tennis court to your home a good investment?

    • August 23, 2016

    If you have, or are thinking about buying a property which has room for a tennis court you may be wondering if it is a wise investment.

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  • Buying a plot of land

    • August 9, 2016

    For many, trying to find and buy your perfect house to meet your exacting standards, specifications and aspirations can be a tough and time consuming job. Some people give up and try to find other methods or solutions to finding their perfect home, while others have a desire from the outset to take on a project and build something themselves.

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  • Will I be able to get an answer about planning permission before moving in?

    • July 26, 2016

    Following on from last week’s blog, you may have the vision and have found what you consider to be the ideal property, so now you want to negotiate the right price and make some changes.

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  • It would be my dream property if I could just...

    • July 19, 2016

    Buying a property for the majority is a stressful, nerve racking and intimidating experience. Finding a suitable property, handling the negotiation and then worrying about the legal conveyance process is time consuming and complex enough before you add to that the confusion and perplexity of adapting your ideal property to meet your needs and vision. 

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  • Renting a house in the UK: search advice

    • June 28, 2016

    You need to act quickly to secure the house you wish to rent, in the current climate. Demand for rental property is at an all-time high, especially for houses and apartments in London and the South East of England.

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  • Purchasing a Property: A list of costs to consider

    • June 14, 2016

    In the UK, the buyer is not responsible for paying the estate agent. The estate agent is working on behalf of the vendor to sell the property and is paid accordingly.

    As a buyer, you will need to pay the agreed negotiated price for the property to the vendor through your solicitors, whilst the vendor pays their own solicitors for professional fees and their selling agent a commission.

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  • Premier Property Search named as one of Eprivateclient’s Top 25 Residential Property Buyers for 2016

    • May 17, 2016

    For the 3rd year running, we are delighted to announce that Premier Property Search have been named as one of Eprivateclient’s 2016 Top 25 Residential property buyers.  This accolade, of being recognised as one of the best independent property search and buying companies in the UK, is judged by a panel of experts shortlisting more than 65 firms nationwide.

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  • EU predictions on the housing market

    • May 4, 2016

    On 23rd June the UK is set to go to the polls to decide on whether we want to remain part of the growing European Union. From a housing perspective, we believe a vote to leave can only have a negative impact on the private rental sector and the wider residential property market. 

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  • EU predictions on the housing market

    • May 4, 2016

    On 23rd June the UK is set to go to the polls to decide on whether we want to remain part of the growing European Union. From a housing perspective, we believe a vote to leave can only have a negative impact on the private rental sector and the wider residential property market. 

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  • A flurry of activity to beat the Stamp Duty deadline date

    • April 21, 2016

    Whilst a number of estate agents are still waiting for the seasonal increase in activity to get going this Spring, Premier Property Search saw a flurry of activity towards the end of the first quarter.

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  • Does a swimming pool add value to your home?

    • April 19, 2016

    Clients who move from the suburbs of London, who have small gardens and sometimes only patios, see the grounds at some properties they are viewing and automatically plan to install a tennis court or a swimming pool.

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  • Selecting a Solicitor when Purchasing a Property

    • March 22, 2016

    Many people have never used, or had the need to use a solicitor prior to buying a property.

    If you are moving from overseas you may have used alternatives to a solicitor, such as a “Settlement Agent”. It is essential that in the UK, a solicitor who specialises in residential property conveyancing is used by both the purchaser and seller to handle the necessary legal work properly.

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  • The EU referendum and the UK Property Market

    • March 1, 2016

    The uncertainty of how the Yes vote or No vote could affect the residential property market is pure speculation at this early stage. However, some say it may lead to fewer residential transactions and could even have an impact on planned housing development schemes. 

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  • Things to consider when looking to purchase a listed property

    • February 23, 2016

    “Listed Property” means that the house is on the national register and classed as a property of architectural or historic importance.

    In simple terms your home is considered of special architectural or historic interest, the listing of which protects the whole of the building both inside and outside.

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  • How do you gain from a professional property acquisition negotiation service?

    • February 10, 2016

    One of the key services that Premier Property Search can perform on your behalf is the negotiation process. We have many years of experience negotiating fair prices and we can bring that experience and industry knowledge to bear on your behalf. 

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  • Personal relationships - the key to finding your dream home before it comes on the open market.

    • January 15, 2016

    Whilst technology has radically changed the way properties are sourced, the same basic principles of how we ‘stay ahead of the market’ in identifying and finding those special 'off-market’ properties for our clients – that never make it onto Rightmove and – has fundamentally not changed.

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  • Property Negotiation: Case Study

    • November 24, 2015

    Often, the key to finding the right property is the timing. We make it our business to keep in touch with a network of property agents and many other property professionals on a regular basis. In this case study, the Williams Family fournd their dream Old Rectory home just hours before boarding a flight for Australia and they put their trust in us, Premier Property Search to undertake the consequent negotiation and secure the property on their behalf.

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