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The Winkworth Blog

The school premium: buying within a catchment area

The statistics vary slightly from year to year but approximately a quarter of parents with school-age children have bought or rented a house because it lies within the catchment area of a specific school. A further 30% of parents are considering moving for this reason within the next two years. Both in London and in the country house market, this can add a...

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March 07, 2019

The best commuter towns around London

From picturesque Beaconsfield to historically-rich Canterbury, we round up the best commuter towns around London.

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March 05, 2019

Winkworth Guide: The true cost of moving house

We can all agree that buying a house is a huge financial commitment, so it’s important to have an understanding of the costs involved in order to make the process as smooth as possible. Although your mortgage is by far the biggest financial outlay you make, it is by no means the only one.

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March 01, 2019

What do estate agents look for when valuing a property?

Estate agents value so many properties in the course of their lives that they can almost do it on auto-pilot. But they are taking into account a whole range of factors which, taken together, hold the key to the market value of a property. Here are some of the main ones.

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February 22, 2019

Where to buy a second home on the coast

From historic Poole to the sought-after Sandbanks Peninsula, we round up the most desirable spots to buy a second home on the coast.

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February 18, 2019

Best market towns for commuters

Market towns have often been described as the happiest places to live in the UK offering a quality of life that balances attractive architecture with plenty of amenities, shops and restaurants as well as easily-accessible countryside.

Couple all that with a mainline train station with regular services to London within an hour (or thereabouts) and you have the ideal location for those who are looking...

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February 15, 2019

Solicitors’ fees for selling a house: What you need to know

To help make your house move go as smoothly as possible, you’ll need to find yourself a good solicitor. We look into the process and the usual solicitors fees for selling a house.

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February 13, 2019

Solicitors’ fees for selling a house

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February 13, 2019

Winkworth’s top eight: Our pick of homes that are perfect for entertaining

Now dry January is over, we’ve found you properties that are perfect for entertaining, whether they feature a bar area or simply gorgeous rooms that were made for hosting.

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February 05, 2019

What to ask on a house viewing

Once you’ve found your dream home, it can be easy to get overly excited. Here we’ve got a definitive list of what to ask on a house viewing so that you are well-equipped to make that final decision.

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January 30, 2019

What is the price of two-bedroom flats around the UK?

It is widely accepted that prices around the UK fluctuate wildly, but how much does property actually cost? We take a look at two-bedroom flats around the UK.

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January 23, 2019

Top tips on buying a weekend cottage in the countryside

There’s so much that is quintessentially English about a country cottage. Cosy and warm, with plenty of characterful beams and wonky shaped rooms, they conjure up scenes of crackling log fires and bread baking in the winter and peaceful gardens filled with rambling roses during the summer. A perfect place to decompress away from the stress and noise of city living.

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January 17, 2019