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Price growth strong across all regions

Annual property price growth in the South East is significantly stronger than a year ago, as the shortage of property to buy continues to support prices. Agents across the region report the current sales to stock ratio remains high (RICS), with properties selling in just 39 days.

Double-digit property price growth is evident in seven areas of the South East Home Counties: Kent and East Sussex. Hastings and Eastbourne are currently the strongest performing areas.

Creating a welcoming atmosphere within the first few steps of your home is important, whether you are looking to sell your property or not. The sense of ‘coming home’ is an ambience many strive to achieve in their entrance ways, lobbies and porches, and entering this area of your home after a long day at work or school should take any stresses of the day away.

If you are looking to sell, first impressions count. Creating a well-thought-out, organised and, above all, clean entrance will not only increase kerb appeal, which will increase viewings and interest, but also potentially increase the value of your home. Read our top five tips for improving the entrance to your home;

City life vs country life - which is right for you? These two opposites bring with them two different ways of living. When looking at potential properties, it’s vital to consider where they’re located and if the location suits your individual preferences, tastes and needs. The hustle and bustle of the city contrasts greatly with the quiet retreat of the countryside, so this is not a decision that should be taken lightly!

Your garden is more than simply an outside space; it is an extension of your home. So, just like you would any other reception room, why not make it aesthetically attractive, ergonomically appealing and temptingly tidy? Not only will making small improvements to your garden create a welcoming oasis for yourself and your guests to enjoy, but it should also increase the value of your house. Having the benefit of your own green space is already a favourable position to be in when it comes to selling your home but creating the best garden possible will make the offering much more inviting to potential buyers. 

A lick of paint here, a fashionable accessory there, and  voilà; a new entertaining area awaits!

For many people, buying a dream home in the country means falling in love with the classic picture postcard look. Timber-framed thatched cottages may epitomise the quintessential English countryside home – but these types of homes don't come without challenges. If you have your heart set on one of these historic beauties, you need your head to be equally engaged.

Do your homework so you understand what these period properties are all about, and make sure you take specialist advice to help you find a good one. There’s nothing worse than investing your hard-earned cash into your dream home, only to find that you’ve bought a money pit. Here are four key questions you should be asking before you sign on the dotted line:

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