Levenshulme Property News

  • Saving time and money working from home

    TomS - Head Tom Simper Aug 4, 2020, 11:00 AM

    During lockdown it was reported that 60% of the workforce were working from home. With the average daily commute in the UK 59 minutes and an average worker spending £45 per week, a lot of time and money has been saved in lockdown.

    If the ...

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  • Busiest time for rental market

    TomS - Head Tom Simper Jul 21, 2020, 12:00 PM

    The rental market is about to enter its busiest time of the year. Analysis from Dataloft Rental Market Analytics reveals that 40% of tenancies are set to expire in July, August and September.

    Usually the surge in activity is a combination of students seeking accommodation, ...

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  • Stamp Duty Holiday - What Does it Mean for You?

    TomS - Head Tom Simper Jul 10, 2020, 12:30 PM


    The Chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday from July 8th to 31st March 2021. Buyers of main homes will only pay stamp duty if the price is over £500,000. Investors will just pay the 3% surcharge.


    Home movers and investors benefit most. A main ...

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  • Staycations are on the rise

    TomS - Head Tom Simper Jul 3, 2020, 13:30 PM


    Currently only 31% of Britons' second homes are purchased in the UK. With staycations on the rise, accelerated by Covid-19, could we see an increase in holiday homes purchased in the UK?

    Pre Covid-19, the number of people holidaying abroad was slowing. In 2019 there ...

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  • Father's day: no place like home

    TomS - Head Tom Simper Jun 21, 2020, 10:00 AM

    Today is Father's Day.. Many will be looking forward to a socially distanced meet up, but with more than a quarter of young adults still living with parents, there is no need.

    In the UK, 3.5 million young adults, aged between 20 and 34, live ...

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  • Covid-19 Homemover initial views

    TomS - Head Tom Simper Jun 12, 2020, 10:30 AM

    Dataloft Homemover Survey gauged the initial views from potential buyers and seller following the re-opening of the housing market.


    95% of vendors still intend to sell with a large proportion prepared to make the step as soon as possible or at least within a few ...

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  • Greener, Safer Transport

    TomS - Head Tom Simper May 30, 2020, 09:15 AM

    The government has announced investment of £250 million into greener transport. Encouraging pop-up cycle lanes, wider pavements, safer junctions, school streets and bus only corridors.


    Since lockdown, the number of people on bikes has grown by 70% and interest in bikes has increased by 118%. ...

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  • How resilient are UK rental markets to Covid-19?

    TomS - Head Tom Simper May 22, 2020, 18:30 PM
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    Real Rental Affordability (RRAff) is our measure of assessing renters' spending power in a local market. Our calculation compares individual gross incomes to the rent that they are responsible for paying.

    The average renter spends 27% of their income on rent in England and Wales. ...

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  • The usual housing market rules are starting to bend

    TomS - Head Tom Simper May 15, 2020, 09:30 AM


    Sellers would usually be reluctant to leave their properties on the market too long. However, at the moment the majority of vendors are continuing to market their homes, despite little likelihood of a sale, in the hope that armchair purchasers are spending lockdown browsing the ...

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  • Board Games For New Times

    David1 - Head (2) (2) David Boyd Apr 24, 2020, 09:35 AM


    • Self-distancing has meant many of the UK’s 27.8 million households and 19.2 million families will have spent more time playing games.
    • 85 years old this year, Monopoly takes 2 spots in the top 5 Amazon best seller board game list. Back in 1935 the ...
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  • Homes with gardens fetch a premium

    TomS - Head Tom Simper Apr 3, 2020, 08:00 AM



    • ‘Garden' was the second most popular search term for prospective purchasers across the UK in 2019 according to research by Zoopla, with other amenities such as ‘garage’ and ‘parking’ also among the top three.
    • It is estimated around 90% of UK households have ...
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  • COVID19 and M19 Property Market

    TomS - Head Tom Simper Mar 25, 2020, 15:35 PM

    I have been asked a lot over the last couple of weeks what effect COVID19 is going to have on the local housing market? I wish I knew the answer to that question, but at the moment we are taking things day-by-day and trying to adapt!

    What ...

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  • Women in the workforce

    TomS - Head Tom Simper Mar 19, 2020, 00:00 AM

    1.1 million more women are in work today than five years ago, with women aged 25 to 64 years the main drivers of increases in employment over the past five years, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics.

    Five years ago nearly ...

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  • The Governments first budget since leaving the EU

    TomS - Head Tom Simper Mar 12, 2020, 13:35 PM

    • The Chancellor of the Exchequer has delivered a multi-billion spending budget, with significant investment for tackling the coronavirus outbreak and infrastructure improvements.
    • The Affordable Homes Programme has received a new £12 billion multi-year settlement, with £1.1 billion to support 70,000 new homes in high-demand areas ...
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  • Can renting be pet friendly?

    TomS - Head Tom Simper Jan 17, 2020, 11:00 AM

    • 40% of UK households own a pet, yet only 7% of landlords advertise homes as suitable for pets. It is no wonder many people struggle to find a pet-friendly home.
    • Research conducted by the Property Academy found that 35% of all tenants would be willing ...
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  • Levenshulme & Burnage Landlords Risk £5000 Fine From Spring 2020

    Tom Simper Jan 16, 2020, 11:31 AM



    Washing Machine Energy Ratings for Houses was the phrase one Levenshulme and Burnage landlord told me a few years ago when we were talking about the colour bar chart graphs that every property has had for over 10 years now. Now these weren’t ...

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  • Another New Rental Law: mandatory electric checks this year

    TomS - Head Tom Simper Jan 16, 2020, 10:47 AM

    A new year and a new bit of legislation coming in to the rental market. It looks almost certain that agents and landlords must ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies in England from July 1 this year, or ...

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  • Buy-To-Let Still Profitable

    TomS - Head Tom Simper Jan 7, 2020, 14:30 PM

    With recent uncertainty over Brexit, we are currently seeing average rents rising across the UK. There is also some healthy competition in the mortgage sector, creating attractive buy-to-let rates (book an appointment with our partnered mortgage brokers One 77 Mortgages here). This means that ...

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  • We're one of the top 3 Estate Agents in Manchester

    TomS - Head Tom Simper Dec 19, 2019, 10:45 AM


    "Expert recommended Top 3 Property Management in Manchester, UK. All of our property management companies face a rigorous 50-Point Inspection , which includes local reviews, history, trading standards, ratings, satisfaction, trust, price and their general excellence. Only the bee's knees!"

    Take a look here to ...

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  • Reasons To Sell Your Levenshulme Home In Winter

    TomS - Head Tom Simper Dec 17, 2019, 10:26 AM

    If you are considering selling your home, you may have been advised it is best to wait until spring. Spring is the busiest time of year in the English property market, and traditionally, this has been the optimal time of year. However, this is no ...

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