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Improve to Move

With so much talk about making money on property, you might think that ploughing cash into home improvements is an easy way to maximise profits. But if you don't do your homework, you could find yourself shelling out for projects that make your house look fantastic - yet bring little in return. It's easy to get carried away with the improvements that are visually pleasing. The kitchen, the bathroom, perhaps ...

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Restoration & Reclamation

If you are selling an old property, it makes sense to try to restore the house to its former glory. Period fixtures and fittings are easier to come by than you might think, and they don't have to cost you a fortune to find and install. Restoring lost features can add value to your property says designer John Gosler, and the process can be hugely satisfying. Gosler, who runs an interior design company Pomegr ...

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Buy To Let

Buying property to let out has been one of the growth investment areas of recent years. Around one in 20 mortgages is now a buy-to-let one. According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, £11.7 bn was borrowed by such investors in the second half of 2003, compared to just £6.7 bn in the same period of 2002 - a staggering 75 per cent increase. Frustrated by the poor performance of pensions, many pe ...

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Legal Requirements

When making a purchase, most people engage a solicitor to do the conveyancing. There is nothing to prevent you from doing it yourself but if you have no expertise or training in this area, many people think it is more sensible to seek professional advice. Subject to contract When you make an offer on a property and it is accepted by the vendor, the property is then deemed sold to you ‘subject to contr ...

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On The Up

Budgets are there to be blown if the aspiring developers on Channel 4'sProperty Ladder are to be believed. Costs seem to spiral quickly out ofcontrol long before the work is finished. While it doesn't seem to concern the novice developers too much - ever confident that any extra additions will result in a higher selling price - presenter Sarah Beeny can often be seen trying to suppress the growing look of a ...

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