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When is the Best Time to Move House?

Posted: 22 December 2013 by Higgins Homes

When is the best time to move

It is a universally understood fact that moving house is stressful at the best of times. There are however, ways to make this process an easier one, including choosing the right time to do it. In short, there is no simple answer as to when you should move everyone's circumstances are different. But a little common sense can go a long way into helping you decide on a date.

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Spotlight on Chigwell

Posted: 13 December 2013 by Higgins Homes

Chigwell

Essex has always been synonymous with a certain kind of glamour, particularly in the last decade thanks to various reality television shows that have upped its reputation and indeed popularity. The areas of Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill and Loughton are considered to be the county's Golden Triangle, with the latest addition of Brentwood.

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Help to Buy Mortgage Scheme Looking Good

Posted: 18 November 2013 by Higgins Homes

Help to Buy

Potential homeowners all around the country have been waiting for the start of the Help to Buy mortgage scheme, which has finally become a reality. The early figures for the scheme indicate that it has already helped some 2,000 people around the country make offers on homes that they wouldn't otherwise have been able to afford.

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Prepare Your Home for the Future

Posted: 24 October 2013 by Higgins Homes

future proof

The greatest issue with the future is that it cannot be predicted. We can however, make educated guesses as to which elements are more subject to change than others, and in what way. Accounting for probable changes when designing and building a home can only ever be a good thing, as prevention is no doubt better than cure in any circumstance.

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Win a Kindle Fire HD

Posted: 15 September 2013 by Higgins Homes

win a kindle

To celebrate the launch of our fabulous new London development the Oval Quarter, Higgins Homes is offering you the chance to win a brand new Kindle Fire HD.

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Down Time at Home the Perfect Alternative to a Holiday

Posted: 5 September 2013 by Higgins Homes

staycation

Days off are a precious commodity to say the least. Yet after working so many hours week after week, our usual response to the word 'holiday' is to get as far away from home as possible. But what if you were to use that time to actually enjoy the space you worked so hard to have?

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First Time Buyer Puts Down Roots at Oval Quarter

Posted: 20 August 2013 by Higgins Homes

Sarah Johnson

With rental prices rising, on average, at least 8% over the last year*, many renters in the capital are finding it difficult to raise a deposit for their first home. However, one such tenant who went against the odds was 29 year old Sarah Johnson.

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Oval Quarter - An Affordable Alternative

Posted: 7 August 2013 by Higgins Homes

Phil Tromans and Helen Boldon

With the average London house price rising by 6.4%,* first time buyers in the capital are finding it increasingly difficult to take their first step onto the property ladder. One couple, however, have managed to beat the odds, recently exchanging on a two bedroom apartment at Oval Quarter, a landmark development in South London.

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Top Tips on buying a property to let - Part 2

Posted: 26 July 2013 by Higgins Homes

buy to let

Buy to let is an exciting place to be right now and for those with the funds to finance a property purchase like this, it's a great time to do it. In Part 1 of this blog we looked at the basic considerations for taking those first steps into buy to let. In Part 2 we're getting down to the details

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Top Tips on buying a property to let - Part 1

Posted: 19 July 2013 by Higgins Homes

buy to let

Whilst it may not have the same explosive allure as during the original boom, buy to let remains a great investment for those who are in a position to put together a deposit and obtain a mortgage.

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Spotlight on Oval

Posted: 3 July 2013 by Higgins Homes

Oval quarter

Oval is situated in Kennington, South London in the London Borough of Lambeth. Since it first began life as a market garden in the 17th century the area has grown into a vibrant and well loved part of London life, with some pretty famous landmarks within its boundaries.

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How to be a good neighbour

Posted: 18 June 2013 by Higgins Homes

neighbour

With the UK's cities becoming increasingly overcrowded we are all living in closer quarters than we used to. But have you ever thought about the way you come across to those who live on the other side of your four walls?

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Moving in with a partner?

Posted: 12 June 2013 by Higgins Homes

moving in with a partner

Moving in with the one you love is a time for great celebration, but it's also one of those steps that can be fraught with potential issues. So how do you make sure that once you move in together you don't end up moving out separately?

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Spotlight on Camberwell

Posted: 29 April 2013 by Higgins Homes

camberwell

Just south of the Thames sits the district of Camberwell, an area so much a part of London's history that it was even mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Camberwell has had mixed fortunes over the years but the last decade has seen it rise to become one of the most coveted 'cool' spots in London in which to buy.

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Advantages of Living Near a Golf Course

Posted: 17 April 2013 by Higgins Homes

golf course advantages

The esteemed author Mark Twain may not have liked golf, but apparently modern property markets strongly disagree with him. Living near a golf course in the UK these days can add a premium of £95,000 to value of a home, according to some estimates. This article will detail some of the reasons why golf courses are good for property prices.

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iPad Mini Competition Winner Announced

Posted: 20 March 2013 by Higgins Homes

competition

We would like to announce the winner of our iPad mini competition!

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The Benefits of Buying A New Build House

Posted: 18 March 2013 by Higgins Homes

new house benefits

The housing market is not an easy place to be at the moment and above and beyond the difficulties many people are having getting a mortgage or raising a deposit, there are all sorts of pitfalls out there awaiting the unwary buyer, from subsidence, to crumbling walls and bad plumbing.

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How First Time Buyers Can Get On The Ladder

Posted: 20 February 2013 by Higgins Homes

NewBuy

With house prices at eye wateringly high levels and mortgages hard to come by, it's not the best time to be a first-time buyer. Getting a foot on a rung of the property ladder is tough for those without the spare income to save for a deposit, or the family help that many have in funding the first property purchase. However, all is not lost as the Government has made a commitment to helping first-time buyers get started in the form of the NewBuy scheme.

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Glass Half Empty Or Glass Half Full? House Prices

Posted: 9 January 2013 by Higgins Homes

house prices on the rise

In the kind of financial conditions that we have seen in recent years, house prices tend to receive a lot of airtime. They are often used as one of the main indicators of what the economy is doing and even a small shift can send ripples of nervousness through the market.

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