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Will Coronavirus affect the housing market and prices

Posted on May 05, 2020 at 11:00 AM


In these very strange times, I don’t think anyone could have imagined us being in this scenario that we currently find ourselves in. With most people being concerned about family, friends, health and jobs, everything seems to have ground to a halt. The Estate Agency industry is no exception and with restrictions currently in place, we cannot go out and carry out any day to day viewing or valuation appointments. But people are starting to ask how will Coronavirus affect the market and prices in the longer term.

A lot of 2019 was spent with people holding off, because of the implications of Brexit. However, the turn of the year saw a lot of activity return to the market place with lots of new instructions and sales. Y Homes had one of

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Will Coronavirus affect the housing market and prices


Should I change my estate agent in 2020

Posted on January 08, 2020 at 5:09 PM


2019 was a funny old year for house sales. We had a number of reasons causing a lack of uncertainty for buyers and sellers alike – no need to mention those again as I think we all have heard enough of the B word for now. There was a shortage of stock yet some houses remained unsold even though there seemed to be quite a number of decisive buyers out there as 2019 drew to a close snapping up what little supply there was. So, did your house remain one of the few that seemed to be “stuck”? You drive around and see sold signs everywhere you look. You feel frustrated and wonder why haven’t I sold, should I change agents?

As a new year starts it’s a question being asked by many sellers. As an estate agent, it would be easy to just sa

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How to ensure your Christmas decorations help sell your property

Posted on November 29, 2019 at 3:35 PM


Putting your tree up this weekend? After all it is finally December 1st and we know many of us are desperate for a little Christmas cheer in 2019 and nothing helps more on these dark days then a few twinkly lights and a little sparkle here and there. So how can you achieve this whilst also trying to market your property to its fullest appeal.

Here are a few pointers to keep you on track:
1. Kerb appeal – think of a potential buyer asking “Can I see myself here next Christmas?” What would put you off? Use simple lights to brighten up the exterior for any evening viewings and maybe an elegant wreath for the door but don’t over do the fake snow and gaudy decorations.

2. Keep things in proportion – choosing a smaller t

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November Property of the Month

Posted on November 29, 2019 at 2:55 PM


So this month’s property of the month is a delightful and modern first floor apartment with a south facing balcony set on the former historic site of York’s famous Terry’s Chocolate Factory.

On the market for £180,000, this property is in an ideal location for access to York’s City Centre and the ever popular Bishopthorpe Road area and could be used by investors as a private let but will also be of interest to individual purchasers due to its location beside York Racecourse.

Accommodation comprises an entrance lobby, a wonderful open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen, a double bedroom and a shower room WC.

This is a must view apartment in a great location, why not come and have a look for yourself!

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The Completion Day Survival Guide

Posted on November 29, 2019 at 2:53 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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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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