Your monthly update from McCartney

Your monthly update from McCartney

<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-weight: bold; color: #211858;">One in five could be looking to buy this year</span>

If you’re thinking of selling your home, you’ll be pleased to know that home buyer demand was reportedly up 35% at the end of January, compared to the same time last year. *
According to figures published on the Property Reporter website, in February, an independent survey of over 2,000 adults in the UK found that 18% intend to purchase a new home this year, increasing to 34% when looking specifically at respondents aged 18-34. *
The pandemic has influenced the features people look for when home hunting. The move to remote working means 43% of those who said in the survey that they were planning to buy a property this year, will be looking to buy in a different area to where they currently live, and the ongoing ‘race for space’ means competition remains high for homes with gardens and home offices. *
If you’re thinking of listing your home for sale while demand is high, get in touch today for a free, no-obligation valuation.
*Property Reporter

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If you have ever considered building a property portfolio as a landlord, now could be a great time to start your journey.  

Information from a market-leading property portal indicates rents have risen at the fastest rate on record, and tenant demand has almost doubled. At a time when interest rates on traditional savings accounts are low, many believe it is a good time to invest in the property market. * 

Lenders are evidently committed to supporting prospective landlords. A recent report from a popular money comparison site revealed there are currently 2,235 mortgage products on offer to first-time landlords, an increase of more than 70% than the same time last year.  

A huge 64% of available buy-to-let mortgage products are catering to first-time investors and rates are attractive, allowing landlords to protect themselves against future rate rises by locking into a good deal with a fixed-rate mortgage. The average two-year fixed rate mortgage for a first-time landlord is currently 3.19%, rising to 3.47% for a five-year fixed product.  

If you would like to explore buy-to-let properties and mortgage products which could lay the foundations for your property portfolio, call us today and talk to one of our team members. 

*Property Reporter 

<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-weight: bold; color: #211858;">What happens once your offer has been accepted?</span>

Maybe you have discovered the home of your dreams and your offer has been accepted? Or, maybe you are intrigued to know what will happen when you reach this stage?
To get things moving, here are four things you should do after your offer has been accepted:
Confirmation of acceptance
Once your offer is accepted, your estate agent will almost certainly contact you to congratulate you, and they will likely want to confirm a few details with you, to finalise the offer.
Generally, you will be expected to send confirmation for the following:
• You have enough funds to make the purchase
• A copy of your mortgage agreement in principle
• You have a solicitor or are actively attempting to obtain one
Get in touch with your solicitor
Instructing your solicitor as soon as possible is likely to assist in speeding up your purchase. If you have not already found a solicitor, request a recommendation from your estate agent.
At this point, your solicitor will begin conducting property checks and searches. Depending on the solicitor, they may require payment in advance for some services.
Completion of your mortgage application
You will need to submit a full application for your mortgage once your offer has been accepted, to apply for the specific amount of money you need to purchase the house.
If you are working with a mortgage professional, they will walk you through this procedure and inform you of the information you will need to provide.
Arrange a property survey
While surveys are not mandatory when purchasing a new house, they are a wise investment. Surveys can assist you in determining any present or prospective difficulties with the property. To arrange a survey, ask your estate agent to schedule a time with the sellers.
If you're still on the lookout for a new property, we may have what you need!
Check out our listings here or contact us with your needs for a home so we can help you find the right one.

<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-weight: bold; color: #211858;">Three simple ways to speed up your sale</span>

When it comes to selling a property, the small details can make all the difference. While it's easy to spend a lot of money staging your property for showings, you don't have to do so to make it look new.
You can make your home look more appealing to buyers and be on the right track to a faster sale by showcasing the features your property already has, and doing a few simple things to brighten up the overall appearance.
Make the most of natural light
One of the nicest features a home can have is natural light.
Make sure your window ledges are clear and your curtains are fully open when viewings are scheduled. If you have the time, clean your windows as well.
These changes may seem small, but they can make a big difference.
Vacuum rugs and upholstery
Give your rugs, upholstery, and sofa cushions a good cleaning if you want your home to look brighter.
These items can become dirty over time, even if you do not notice it. You can make your room look brand new with a fast clean of the necessities. Plus, when buyers walk in, your place will smell amazing!
Repaint walls
One of the first things potential buyers will notice is the walls. The rooms in your home can easily appear larger and cleaner by using a bright, neutral colour.
If you are limited on time, use a magic eraser to wipe the walls clean. Dirt and imperfections can be completely removed with a few quick scrubs!
Thinking of selling your home? Contact our team today or get your valuation here.