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Market Brief: A busy festive period

We are fast approaching the end of the year with Christmas just three weeks away and traditionally this is a quieter time for estate agency as people try to be settled in the run up to the festive period.   However, it has been one of the busiest times of the year for...

Christmas at Hudson Moody

We've been busy getting into the festive spirit in our Micklegate office this week and our Hudson Moody themed Christmas tree is now taking pride of place in the window. Our Christmas Opening Hours are as follows:   24 th December - 9 – 1pm 25 th  December...

Getting into the spooky spirit

Hudson Moody supported its local community on Micklegate in York yesterday by displaying pumpkins carved by local children in their office window for Halloween. Residents of Micklegate are working together to help the area become more residential and community focused. “...

Market Brief: Market confidence returns

We have seen the York residential property market slowly improving since the summer with recent surveys showing that market confidence has now returned to pre-EU Referendum levels. As market sentiment has improved, some of the houses which have taken longer to sell, have gone...

How to make your living room feel more spacious

We all know that finding a perfect home is often about compromise, but while you may think that your living room is snug and cosy, when it comes to putting it on the market again, potential buyers might not be so convinced. So how can you make your living room appear bigger than...

What colour should I paint my house exterior?

A well thought out colour scheme can transform your home from boring and dull to unforgettable.  However, you need to be careful about which colours you choose; here are a few things to consider when painting your exterior. 1 – Always do your homework There’s no...

Autumn is here and it’s a great time to buy and sell

The nights are getting darker and the crisp summer leaves are falling from the trees – autumn is officially here! Believe it or not, this time of year is actually one of the most popular times for buying and selling property in the UK. One of the key reasons for this is...

How expensive is it to live in York compared to London?

York’s transport links to London are fantastic. In fact the train from York to Kings Cross station is only around 2 hours, which means workers can arrive at their desks with time to kill and make it home in time for The Great British Bake Off. However, the short commute...

Shared Ownership explained

Shared Ownership is growing in popularity in the UK, but what is it and how does it work? To put it simply, prospective home seekers are no longer limited to just buying or renting a property. A third option has emerged in recent years in the guise of Shared Ownership. This...

Brexit: Is now a good time to buy and sell?

Following the surprise result of June’s EU referendum shockwaves were sent through the UK economy and even before the vote took place the number of buyers and sellers in York slowed down as many people waited to see what the outcome would be. Some commentators predicted...

Autumn Market Review 2016

As we enter the Autumn of 2016, we can look back at a more difficult start to the year when uncertainty caused by the European referendum and the subsequent Brexit result caused buyers to sit on their hands and play a wait and see game. However, gradually over the following few...

4 reasons why downsizing isn’t as bad as it sounds

It’s never an easy decision to make but downsizing and moving into a smaller property is sometimes the right thing to do. While it will be sad for you to say goodbye to a large family home that you may have owned for many years, it can often benefit you in many ways. 1...

4 features that make a home irresistible to buyers

1 – An outdoor kitchen area Beyond just a traditional BBQ, a purpose built outdoor kitchen area can transform your garden. Items like outdoor pizza ovens, power burners, griddles, outdoor wine coolers and beverage centres can turn your house into a top property. ...

Best ways to pack your clothes for moving

Clothes are often the last hurdle for a house move, but when it comes to actually getting them stored, the awkward sizes and easily creased materials can become a bit of a headache. Here are our favourite ways to tackle the job. The first step is to have a real sort through all...

How to make your home smell nice for viewing day

When it comes to viewing day, we often spend lots of time thinking about how we can make our home appear calm and tidy, making sure that all our clutter is cleared away, carpets are vacuumed and ornaments dusted. However, one thing that is often neglected is how a property...

Old properties vs. new builds: which is right for you?

  Buying a home is probably one of the biggest financial transactions you will make in your entire life and while there are many choices to make over criteria like location, size and budget, one of the key factors that you will need to consider is whether to buy an old...

3 summer time projects to make your garden more interesting

Creating defined spaces in your garden where would-be house buyers can imagine themselves spending time is a great way to make your home that little bit more attractive. Here are three of our favourite projects that can transform your garden and leave a lasting impression on...

How to make your rented property feel like home

Renting is a fantastic choice for home owners who aren’t quite ready to get tied down with a mortgage. However, with a deposit to worry about you need to be careful not to do any damage to the property you are renting. This often means that renters feel unable to make...

Stamp duty changes create mortgage lending boost

Figures provided by the Council of Mortgage Lenders show that there has recently been the biggest rise in mortgage lending since 2007 happening in the UK. Mortgage lending rates reached an incredible £25.7 billion in March, a 43% increase when compared with February and a...

Selling your house: a guide to the process

Selling your house: a guide to the process Selling your home can be exciting, but it can also be quite a daunting process, whether you are selling for the first time or have done it several times before. After all, you are not only carrying out one of the largest financial...

Buying a house: A guide for first time buyer

Young family – first time buyers Buying a house is incredibly exciting, but it can also be quite daunting and confusing at times, even for people who have done it before, let alone for first time buyers. That is why we have put together this guide, to provide an...

A Guide To Renting Property.

For many people renting a property is a great alternative to the heavy costs and sometimes huge amounts of pressure that comes with obtaining a mortgage in order to buy a house. Renting a property can give you time to save for a deposit and provide you with extra flexibility if...

Improving Your Home To Sell

From small changes like planting flowers and painting walls to more mammoth tasks like adding an extension or refurbishing the kitchen, there are hundreds of ways in which a home owner can increase the overall value of their property before placing it on the market. In this...

5 things to do in York this Easter weekend

York is a magnificent place to live, with a rich history and plenty of cultural events to be enjoyed. With Easter weekend just around the corner, here are five events that will be taking place in the city. 1- York Easter family festival York’s Parliament Street will play...

8 tips to make your home look great for viewings

If you’re looking for a quick sale then you should put plenty of effort into preparing your home for a viewing.  Here are eight ways to help your home to look its best. 1. Clear the clutter It’s really important that buyers are drawn to the strong features in...

How planning permission can boost your home’s value

Regardless of whether or not you plan to actually carry out any work on your home,  having planning permission in place for a conversion or an extension is a sure fire way to increase the value of your property. Why is it important? Having planning permission for a loft...

Will off road parking add value to my home?

If you live in a busy city or town then it’s quite likely that off street parking is high on the agenda of people searching for property.  With expensive car park fees, complicated resident parking schemes and the risk of theft or vandalism, a paved driveway can make...

Market Update

January saw a marked improvement following the slow down to Christmas last year. Activity within the marketplace was particularly high for buy to let investors and potential buyers looking for second homes, trying to beat the 3% rise in stamp duty. The New Year optimism we see...

Selling a house with noisy neighbours

More often than not our neighbours are pleasant individuals who are friendly and welcoming or who just simply keep themselves to themselves. However, sometimes arguments do occur between neighbours and one of the most common causes of this can be excessive noise.   One...

5 interior design apps you need in your life

You can do almost everything on your phone these days, and chances are you may even be reading this blog on your smart phone. But did you know that when it comes to finding inspiration for decorating your home and planning redesigns, there are a tonne of apps that can help? Here...

New Year New Home ?!

Thinking of moving home in 2016 call us for a free Valuation and we can tell you how we can go about getting you moving...