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…
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…
by on 26th March 2018
Flipping, unusual verb, don't you agree?
Do you see it as a mildly old-fashioned term of exasperation?
A loss of temper "I flipped"?
Or a term you use once a year on Shrove Tuesday?
Well at Hogan's we have a new meaning for it.
Flipping in property terms means buying a property to sell it.
Let's give an example: you spot a potential property for sale with us on our website, and Read more…
by on 16th March 2018
East of our Harehill’s base with travel aptly along Easterly Road sits the suburb of Gipton.
It’s become something of a property hotspot in east Leeds and statistics show how:
There are currently 85 properties listed on Rightmove within Gipton alone and 54 are under offer or sold subject to contract with just 31 residential properties available to buy. That’s two thirds of housing Read more…
by on 18th February 2018
We've written before about Beeston Leeds but bear with us.
Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 were arguably better than the original as was The Godfather 2, though we'll swiftly gloss over Jaws 2 ...
Beeston is on a steady upward property trajectory year-on-year.
Don't believe us - here's what Rightmove says:
Last year most property sales in Beeston involved terraced properties which sold for Read more…
by on 11th February 2018
House prices, as you probably know, vary massively across Leeds. The northern suburbs of Roundhay, Headingley and the city centre itself command average prices double or triple that of other suburbs.
The city centre, for example, has average sold prices of almost £200,000, twice that of Harehills.
There's pockets though of Leeds, away from the city and northern extremes, that are seeing Read more…
by on 23rd January 2018
This is not sales spin, but a blog post based on news you may have read from Rightmove, as reported in The Guardian last week.
Apparently the average UK house price has risen by £2000 in January, but, as always, it’s not all joy for homeowners as properties are now taking longer to sell across the country. It now takes 67 days, not 55, to go from listing to exchange of contracts.
Given Read more…
by on 15th January 2018
We must admit to a bit of a surprise in our Hogan’s office when the Oxford English Dictionary declared “youthquake” as word of the year in December 2017. It’s an odd choice, don’t you think? It was spawned, apparently, as Theresa May’s snap General Election saw a swing to the left from the youth vote, in favour of Jeremy Corbyn.
The words on everyone’s lips it seemed to us, Read more…
by on 19th December 2017
In August 1977, if you’re old enough, you may recall Geoffrey Boycott’s 191 runs against Australia in the Ashes.
An epic achievement in any era and one that will stand the test of time for many years.
Boycott, whether you like him or not, was a consummate sportsman, having started life in difficulty when he was impaled at the age of eight at his home in Fitzwilliam, with his spleen Read more…
by on 7th December 2017
40 years ago, we’d have stated unequivocally that the best improvement you can make to any home is the addition of double glazed windows, but given that most properties, with the exception of some listed period properties have double glazing, what advice would we nowoffer from our Leeds base to homeowners and investors to improve their homes in 2017, not 1977?
So as this year ends in 7, Read more…