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What Does Viewing Feedback Really Mean?

17 May 18

Landlords often approach us after an unsatisfactory experience with another agent, particularly in relation…

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Royal Wedding Good News for the Property Market!

16 May 18

We British love a royal wedding! The unifying effect of such an event as this weekend's, in which millions…

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How Many Should We See?

15 May 18

When looking for a property, it is natural to want to see as many as possible before making the "right"…

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Quality Control in Lettings

13 May 18

When choosing the right letting agent, how can you be sure you are dealing with a firm of integrity that…

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Maximising Your Sale Prospects

11 May 18

The vast array of property-related TV programmes proliferating our screens is certainly an indication…

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April 2018 - Market Comment

09 May 18

Historically, the fresh green leaves on the trees and the warmth of the welcome spring sunshine herald…

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Rent by the Road

13 Apr 18

Location, location, location is the somewhat overused maxim applied by many as a rule of thumb when selecting…

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Scruffy is the new Smart!

13 Apr 18

There is a lot of talk and numerous TV programmes about home improvement and the benefits of presenting…

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Short, Sharp Sale

13 Apr 18

Auctions have become recognised as the most effective way of selling a property decisively in the shortest…

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March 2018 Market Comment

29 Mar 18

Just like the snow, the property market seems a little unsure as to what it's doing, with the Office…

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The Courteous Tenant

29 Mar 18

Most people move house rarely and often have little idea of the etiquette required if the stress of moving…

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Will Downsizing Become a Thing of the Past?

29 Mar 18

If you currently own a family house and expect to move to somewhere "more practical" once the children…

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The Meaning of Customer Service

29 Mar 18

Most lettings agents see their role solely as a “purveyor of tenants”, and they pride themselves on their…

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Buying on Instinct

20 Mar 18

Recent research concurs with our own view that most buyers buy on instinct, typically viewing their eventual…

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How Many Should I See?

16 Mar 18

When looking to rent a property, it is natural to want to see as many properties as possible before making…

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Withdrawing my Property following an Offer?

14 Mar 18

We are often asked by our clients whether they should withdraw their property from the market once an…

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Tenants Choose By Comparison

08 Mar 18

Typically, most tenants will look at about half a dozen properties before making a decision as to which…

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Tips For First Time Buyer No.3

08 Mar 18

First time buyers do not always demonstrate to estate agents the same level of urgency as someone who…

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A Word to Landlords about Presentation

08 Mar 18

When letting your property, you naturally want your property to look its best, but how far should you…

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Buy with a Friend to Make your Money go Further

08 Mar 18

In the second of our series about aspects of buying a property for the first time, here we consider the…

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A Profitable Way to Secure Your New Home?

08 Mar 18

When the time comes to sell, there is usually a need for speed. Isn't it always the case that the minute…

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First-time buyers Tips 1

08 Mar 18

As the average age of first-time buyers continues to rise - the latest figures suggest this is now 37,…

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Working In Partnership with your Letting Agent

08 Mar 18

When the time comes to let your property it is important to ensure that you entrust the sale to a reputable…

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Getting Particular

08 Mar 18

When you instruct an estate agent to sell your home, you naturally want them to promote it in its best…

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Buying Old versus New (Part Two)

08 Mar 18

Last week's article looked at the pros and cons of buying a modern home. Here we consider the older property.…

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Buying to Let (Part Two)

08 Mar 18

Our last article considered the benefits of buying to let in principle. Here we consider some practical…

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Buying to Let (Part One)

06 Mar 18

As pension funds shrink, many people consider the buy-to-let opportunity as a viable alternative, and…

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“Buying Old versus New” (Part One)

07 Feb 18

Buyers tend to have fixed ideas about the style of home they would prefer to buy. Some would not buy…

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What About My Deposit?

07 Feb 18

One of the greatest areas of dispute in lettings is the issue of deposits and the fair return of money…

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First Impressions

07 Feb 18

ou only get one chance to make a first impression! When it comes to letting your home, attention to detail…

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Stamp Duty

07 Feb 18

Stamp duty originated in the 17th century when duty stamps could be purchased and attached to a transactional…

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Touching Up

17 Jan 18

When letting your property, you naturally want your property to look its best, but how far should you…

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How to Avoid Being Gazumped

12 Jan 18

You’ve made an offer on a property. You might have had to negotiate a bit, but that’s OK because this…

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Right to Rent

09 Jan 18

New legislation means that all private landlords in England now have to check that new tenants have the…

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Quick Tips to Maximise your Sale

05 Jan 18

First impressions are not only important when selling your home, they are absolutely critical. When people…

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Why Use An Estate Agent At All?

28 Dec 17

On the surface it might seem reasonable to consider selling your house yourself, yet only the smallest…

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Why Let Your Property To A Pet Owner?

28 Dec 17

Almost half the UK population own a pet, yet many landlords are reluctant to accept pets! According to…

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Should I Withdraw my Property following an Offer?

28 Dec 17

We are often asked by our clients whether they should withdraw their property from the market once an…

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All Roses in the Garden?

28 Dec 17

Landlords often ask us what they should do about their garden and what they can reasonably expect of…

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Time for Change?

28 Dec 17

If your property is currently on the market, it may be tempting to assume that your agent is in full…

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The End of an Era

21 Dec 17

All of the team here at Sillars would like to say a huge goodbye to Sue Iley and wish her all the best…

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Protecting your Rent…and your Investment

19 Dec 17

One of the most important aspects to consider when choosing a letting agency is whether or not they subscribe…

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Selling an Unmodernised Property

14 Dec 17

Last week’s article focussed on issues to think about when buying an unmodernised property. However,…

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Winter Property Checklist

13 Dec 17

Household emergencies generally occur during the depths of winter, but we recommend that landlords undertake…

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Buying an Unmodernised Property

07 Dec 17

There are about a dozen property-related programmes on TV every week. Some of these track the progress…

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Landlords Beware!

07 Dec 17

Smart investors are keen to snap up bargains, and the buy to let market remains surprisingly active.…

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Market Comment – November 2017

01 Dec 17

This November has seen both an increase in interest rates and the abolition of SDLT (Stamp Duty) for…

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A Problem Tenant?

29 Nov 17

According to the Department of the Environment about half of all landlords have had cause to ask a tenant…

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The Meaning of Service

24 Nov 17

Most estate agents see their role solely as a “purveyor of buyers”, and they understandably pride themselves…

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Budget Comment – SDLT removal is good news!

23 Nov 17

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced the removal of SDLT (Stamp Duty) on all sales…

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Getting Rentals Right

10 Nov 17

Just as anyone can open up an estate agency, so they can also start up a lettings business, without any…

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Optimising Your Saleability

07 Nov 17

In a competitive market, we know that as long as your property is priced attractively, it will sell.…

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Interest Rate Rise - Market Comment

02 Nov 17

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has just announced a rise in the Bank of England base…

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Market Comment – October 2017

02 Nov 17

There is a very different vibe to the property market from last month, with a number of reports suggesting…

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A Proper Inventory

01 Nov 17

All residential tenancy deposits must by law be protected by being lodged in a government-recognised…

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"This year - Don’t wait till Spring!”

27 Oct 17

As the Christmas holiday season is nearly upon us, many people will start to think about the prospect…

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Another Happy Tenant!

26 Oct 17

Another happy tenant here at Sillars Properties!

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“Rent Arrears”

24 Oct 17

Apart from actually finding a tenant and agreeing the rent, the one headache about which many landlords…

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Selling Tips for Autumn

17 Oct 17

As the evenings begin to draw in, sellers should take stock of their property if they are to maximise…

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Consent to Let

16 Oct 17

For many homeowners, letting provides and obvious investment opportunity as an alternative to selling.…

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Viewing Time

10 Oct 17

Most property sellers will recognise the tremendous importance of ensuring that as many prospective buyers…

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Clutter costs!

06 Oct 17

In the current market, if you are to maximise your price, it is more important than ever to ensure that…

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Something in the Air?

29 Sep 17

Why is it that tenanted properties appear to be damper than those that are owner-occupied? Firstly, we’re…

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Open House

29 Sep 17

The keys to selling any property are price, location and exposure. You can’t change the location of your…

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Tenants – Help us to help you!

27 Sep 17

Letting agents love the challenge of helping you find your ideal home. Sometimes however, it can be more…

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Relative Values

22 Sep 17

Even the most credible authorities tend to disagree on the rate of price change in the property market,…

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Fair Wear and Tear

20 Sep 17

The terms “fair wear and tear” appears on most tenancy agreements. But what is fair to a landlord may…

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The Value of SOLD

18 Sep 17

Our last article considered some of the dangers associated with pricing your home in relation to other…

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The New Landlord

11 Sep 17

Some would-be sellers are simply not prepared to sell their home for what they regard as too low a figure.…

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The Value of FOR SALE

05 Sep 17

When considering the value of a property prior to putting it on the market, many vendors understandably…

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The First Steps in Letting

31 Aug 17

When letting your property, your primary objective is simple – you want to find a reliable tenant who…

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Market Comment – August 2017

29 Aug 17

August is a tricky time to comment on the property market. The market is usually understandably subdued…

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Manage Your Investment

25 Aug 17

Some landlords, especially those who are new to the experience, understandably wish to use a letting…

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"Pick a Letter"

21 Aug 17

There are many styles of estate agency operating in the Darlington, Co Durham and Teeside area, and picking…

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Stamp Duty on Investment Property

18 Aug 17

If you’re buying a second home or investment property, you should be aware that there is an additional…

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Should I, Shouldn’t I?

16 Aug 17

The press is currently full of mixed messages about the property market, especially following the Brexit…

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Waiting in Hope?

14 Aug 17

If your rental property is currently on the market awaiting a tenant, it may be tempting to assume that…

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A Summer Breeze… for Burglars!

12 Aug 17

When the weather is good, there’s no beating the great British summer. It’s the time for enjoying barbecues,…

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More than Pictures

10 Aug 17

As you look through the pages of most local property newspapers and portals, all you generally see is…

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Personal Accountability - Paul Shoulder

08 Aug 17

Personal Accountability

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Landlords - Avoid the Voids

20 Jun 17

Landlords - Avoid the Voids

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Need a bit more space?

31 Jan 17

Need a bit more space? Free No obligation market appraisal

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Sell your property for only £600 + VAT

31 Jan 17

Sell your property for only £600 + VAT No Sale - No Fee. Sillars Properties

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We now do property sales

11 Jan 17

Sillars Properties specialise in Property Sales, Lettings, Property Management and also Apartment Block…

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