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Why we don’t take or give referral fees to other businesses

It is common practice for estate agents to ask for a fee when recommending a solicitor to their clients and the Govenment have called for this to be more transparent. We have never taken or given them and simply don’t agree with the idea. We’re happy to recommend solicitors and other businesses but only because we know that they will do a great job for our clients, not because we’ll get paid. The issue is back in the spotlight as Trading Standards report to the Government this month – this article is worth a read. http://bit.ly/386eTbj

Every UK region seeing House Price rises

The governments official data today revealed that for the first time in two years, every region of the UK is experiencing House Price rises. This seems to be as a result of improved sentiment now that a strong decisive government is in place with a clear plan for where the country is headed. In Hertfordshire, we are seeing increases in buyer activity especially in commuter towns such as Hertford, Ware and Welwyn Garden City as professionals look to move from overcrowded London. Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/2HRtahn

Rightmove predicting a Spring bounce in the property market

Rightmove are predicting a bounce in the property market this Spring and all the indicators in Hertfordshire point to the same with a jump in buyers registered and valuations booked in Hertford, Ware and Welwyn Garden City. http://bit.ly/39JveE2

East Herts voted best place to live in the UK.

East Hertfordshire (Ware, Hertford, Bishops Stortford) has been crowned the UK’s best place to live, according to an annual quality of life survey. Containing popular market towns, such as Bishop’s Stortford and Hertford, East Hertfordshire made it to the top due to strong exam results, high life expectancy, excellent health and happiness scores, and high average earnings. The Halifax Quality of Life survey looks at how local authority areas compare, and takes into consideration 26 different factors that home buyers may consider when choosing a place to live. This will come as no surprise to those of us lucky to live here – so if you are fed up with London and looking to make the move you might want to read the full article – and register for property alerts!

New guidance for selling homes with Japanese Knotweed

The Law Society today have issued new guidance to anyone selling a home and filling out the standard TA6 question about the presence of Japanese Knotweed and it puts much more onus on the sellers and you need to state that you are absolutely sure that the weed is NOT present or you must write NOT KNOWN in answer to the question.

The Law Society state that:

“If no is chosen as an answer the seller must be certain that no rhizome (root) is present in the ground of the property, or within three metres of the property boundary even if there are no visible signs above ground.”

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