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- Open windows before viewings in all rooms to circulate fresh air. This is one of the simplest things to do. Remember that you are used to the smell of your home, but your buyers aren't.
- Restrict the animals to just one area, then all you have to do is deep clean that one space and you are not fighting a loosing battle. Sadly, not all buyers love animals as much as you might do.
- Avoid preparation of strong smelling foods that might linger.
- Wheelie bins; move them away from doors and windows, especially the front door if possible. Not only does it mean they're not visible upon entry, it should keep the smells out too.
- Freshen your carpets and rugs with 'Shake & Vac', it leaves them clean and smelling nice. Carpet cleaners are especially useful for lingering smells and stains that might need a little more attention.
- Check your fridge for out of date, smelly items at the bottom of the vegetable drawer.
- Freshly washed laundry generally smells nice, you can't really go wrong here.
- Cut grass in the Summer months is often quoted as a favourable smell within a property.
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Halifax has revealed that during the three months to October, house prices were 9.7% higher than in the same period last year - higher than September's 8.6%, and the highest since August 2014.
Average House Prices were 2.8% higher than in the previous three months, slightly above the average of 2.5% seen in 2015.
House prices continue to increase, 9.7% on an annual basis according to HalifaxOn a monthly basis, house prices rose by 1.1% between September and October, following last month’s 0.9% decrease.
Property transactions increased by 1% between August and September, to 106,030 - the second successive monthly rise. Sales in the three months to September were 4.4% higher than in the preceding three months.
Mortgage approvals are also continuing an upward trend, despite falling in September. The volume of mortgage approvals for house purchases increased by 4% between
Q2 and Q3 despite a 2.5% decline in September. Approvals in the three months to September were 10% higher than in the same three months last year.
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House prices continue to rise across England and Wales while the number of transactions is down, the Land Registry has reported.
Nationwide this morning reported that house prices across the UK went up 0.6% this month, now at an average of £196,807 (every person looking to purchase a property in London just rolled their eyes) as the average price here is just under half a million pounds at £499,997.
The latest month for which transaction data is available, according to the Land Registry, in July –there were 81,696 sales, compared with 84,691 in July 2014, yet this was still the highest figure of the year so far, just as they were the year before.
Revealingly, sales transactions figures have been down every single month of this year compared with the corresponding month of 2014.
The biggest falls were in January and May, of 10%, many people have attributed this to the change in Stamp Duty thresholds and of course the run up to the General Election and the uncertainty over which government would come in to power.
If this trend continues, there will be fewer transactions this year than compared to 2014. The Land Registry says there were 914,909 sales competed in 2014.
Transaction figures decreased by 4% across England and Wales on an annual basis, in London, transactions fell by 10%.
The number of sales at;
- under £250,000 dwindled by almost half due to increases in value while sales of homes over £1m also fell hard in the wake of Stamp Duty reforms.
- between £1m and £1.5m were down 7%
- between £1.5m and £2m, fell 23%
- over £2m, fell 26%.
In only one region – the north-east – are prices down annually, by -0.3%. It was also the only region where prices fell monthly, down 0.3% between August and September, to stand at £99,559.
The average price across the whole of England and Wales in September was £186,553, up 5.3% annually and 1% on the month.
The region with the biggest growth both monthly and annually was London (up 1.8% and 9.6% respectively).