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How To Dress Your Property For Selling

Posted on October 07, 2019 at 11:39 AM


You’ve decided to take the plunge and market your property for sale. It’s exciting and unnerving at the same time. What if no-one likes it? What if something that you’ve done, because it suits you, is the very thing that is putting people off? There’s a lot of folklore out there as to what you should do to ready your property for putting on the market. The time-honoured smell of baking bread and fresh coffee have been well documented, so well in fact that if everyone knows about such enhancements to a property’s atmosphere, it rather loses its impetus and appeal. But is there a right way and wrong way to offer your property to prospective buyers? Well, of course there is. But what will be right for one viewer will be wrong for another and

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Does your estate agent need a “shop window”

Posted on October 02, 2019 at 12:35 PM


Our towns and cities are changing dramatically at the moment with the loss of many high street names seemingly happening on all too regular basis. In the UK, 16 retail stores close daily; 1,234 high street chain stores have already gone in 2019 and restaurant chains are following close by in numbers too. Estate agency has not escaped the changes in buying habits for consumers.

There are roughly 20,000 branches of sales and letting agents in the UK but here at Y Homes, we are proud not to be counted within that number. The old shop window of agency is no longer needed. Committed buyers are signed up to email alerts to assess new properties as soon as they appear online. A simple click shows you images, floor plans and descriptions

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What is Conveyancing & how does it work

Posted on September 26, 2019 at 4:53 PM


You’re excited!! You’ve been qualified for a mortgage, and YHomes Estate Agents in York have the ideal house for you, you’ve viewed it and lost your heart to it, had your offer accepted and you’re all ready to go. So what happens now? How long will the conveyancing take? Do I have to do anything or do I just need to buy a bottle of bubbly for moving in day? And tea bags, obviously!

Well, unfortunately, there isn’t a definitive answer to all of those questions (although I prefer Yorkshire Tea if you’re asking). It can take 6 weeks, or it can take a lot longer. That’s not to say that there’s a problem, it just varies from property to property and it always helps to know what to expect and what you can do to help the process run smo

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To Brexit or not to Brexit

Posted on March 29, 2019 at 10:34 AM


So today should have been crunch day, the day we left the EU and the day we picked up and carried on whatever the preferred option you voted for back in 2016. But here we are, no further forward and no definitive path in sight. So, what has this done to the housing market in it’s current state of play?
The Legal & General Mortgage Club have surveyed 2,000 homeowners and from this one in eight people buying or selling in the next six months say they will delay their plans and another 10% have put their plans on hold altogether.
Another 5% have advised they will try and get their property purchase through before any Brexit deadline expires.
In terms of what impact this is having on certain sectors of the property market place, young

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The Importance Of Having A For Sale Board

Posted on Febuary 08, 2019 at 10:33 AM


It amazes me week in and week out the number of sellers that say they do not want a “For Sale” board outside their property and you would be amazed with some of the excuses they use, ranging from not wanting people knocking on the door directly to the most common being, not wanting neighbours to know the property is on the market. In truth, the latter is unavoidable as your neighbour will more than likely know your home is up for sale as soon as activity starts. There are several reasons why a board is very important.

1. It is a 24 hour non-stop advert for your home, it is always outside your house day and night. Just think of the amount off people who will either drive, cycle or walk past your home and notice it is for sale.

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Buying Or Selling A Home The Y Homes Jargon Buster

Posted on Febuary 06, 2019 at 12:08 PM


We’ve all had that moment – when someone is waxing lyrical about their chosen, favourite subject, using acronym’s and phrases that, because they know what it all means, they expect you to know too. We sit there nodding, without an idea what they mean.

Well, that doesn’t need to be the case when you’re buying or selling a property in York or Wetherby through YHomes estate agents. We’re here to guide you through the terminology pool in the hope that whatever is thrown at you through the selling and purchasing process, you’ll understand the implications and processes.

AIP, DIP, MIP
An ‘agreement in principle’ (AIP), ‘decision in principle’ or ‘mortgage in principle’ are all terms that refer to much the same thing. When you’re

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Buying Or Selling A Home The Y Homes Jargon Buster


The Completion Day Survival Guide

Posted on Febuary 05, 2019 at 4:49 PM


So, the big day has finally arrived. And despite the fact that it seems to have ‘taken an age’ for anything to happen, you now find yourself running out of time to get everything packed and organised. And the worst of it is, is that no-one can tell you in advance exactly what time you will be able to get the keys for your new home. Unfortunately, that’s how it is.

At Y Homes Estate Agents York, we can give a rough idea based on the amount of people in the chain and your position within it but that’s all. So many other factors need to be taken in to consideration – which bank or building society the mortgage is coming from, or if it’s a particularly popular day for completions, for example the last Friday in the month.

So your

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