Under 100 days to Christmas!

by on 17th September 2018

Can you believe Christmas is approaching? Like us, you’ve probably seen supermarkets getting seasonal aisles in shape and wondered why when it’s still so warm. But bear with us as three months is a typical selling time for property. The housing market is never a predictable one, but what we can safely say each year at this time as summer heat recedes, is that many home sellers Read more…

What is happening with property in Harehills?

by on 23rd August 2018

The end of summer is approaching - unless we get the Indian summer that seems to be a regular occurrence in September and we thought it would be a good time to look at the property market locally, which has faced uncertainty, not only in Harehills or Leeds, but nationally. Harehills though remains an area where property stock - whether that's to let or for sale - moves quickly. It's a part of Read more…

What should be done with town centres?

by on 14th August 2018

The list of big businesses that have crashed in the past twenty years makes for quite grim reading: Woolworth’s, BHS, Littlewoods, Maplins, Toys R Us, with others having to restructure and slim to survive: M and S, HMV, Jessops and Mothercare being three examples. What’s caused it? People’s habits have obviously changed – the days of wandering a town or city for individual products Read more…

What are your must-haves for property?

by on 16th July 2018

Last week, we posted a Facebook update from the news that revealed the top 20 things home buyers now demand and it provoked a lot of interest. If you scroll down this article, you can see the full list, or if you like our Facebook page, you will read more property and Leeds facts daily. Number one was central heating and perhaps this is hardly surprising. Given the current heatwave, perhaps Read more…

Is it really cheaper to buy a property than rent?

by on 22nd June 2018

News broke last week and made headlines online on various property websites and in the mainstream press that buying a house is now officially cheaper than renting. We think it's true and not just in east Leeds, but in many places across the UK (London and the south east perhaps excepted). Look at the figures. If you were to buy a property in Middleton, Beeston or Harehills for an example Read more…

Why are terraced houses so common in Leeds?

by on 6th June 2018

I lived in Leeds from 1986 to 1987, as a student, in the suburb of Headingley, long before I made acquaintance with the team at Hogan’s. I do vaguely remember a bus route that took me through Harehills and not directly to the city centre, when I was teacher training and if I squint back in time, I perhaps can tell you I could see Hogan’s estate agency office in my mind’s eye – but I think Read more…

How to buy in Leeds without seeing the property

by on 6th June 2018

Leeds, like many major cities, is undergoing transformation of its property market, which is largely being driven by the digital explosion. The days of consumers spending hours browsing in shops may be coming to an end as we have all access to high speed broadband and the likes of Amazon, eBay and Gumtree. Giant commercial spaces left by the closures of companies like BHS, Toys R U and Read more…

Can you buy a property for under £50,000 in Leeds?

by on 9th May 2018

Property prices vary massively across the country – in some parts of the south east, £50,000 wouldn’t buy you a garage or beach hut, but in other places, you’d have spare change for refurbishments and holidays. Take the north east for example. A terraced house in some parts of County Durham can be bought for £15,000 without shared equity but driving west across the border to Read more…

What are the best types of survey for your Leeds property?

by on 23rd April 2018

We are looking this week in our latest blog at surveys - not the ones used on "Family Fortunes" (if you're old enough to remember that phrase) but the ones you need for house purchases. You can find further advice on surveyors on the RICS and RSPA websites but we thought, at Hogan's, we'd give you a concise summary for whether you're buying or investing in a property. You should choose one Read more…

E by gum – advice for Leeds landlords from Stephen

by on 12th April 2018

You know when you’re buying white goods, like fridges, freezers, washing machines, and even televisions, they all have that vertical sticky label running for the first part of the alphabet? A, A+, A++ being the most efficient and H being the least? You may or may not be aware that all privately rented homes now have to rated as E or above.  You have time though to make changes: The Read more…

 
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