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Market Brief: A busy 2017 paves the way for an interesting 2018

2017 has been a busier year than expected. Prices in York have increased by approximately 5%, although this does vary geographically and by property type.  Houses in the villages surrounding York have been particularly sought after together with the properties in the City...

Be Prepared: Fire Safety Advice for Landlords

House fires are a regular occurrence across the UK. In the past few years, fire rescue services attended around 162,000 fires in England, some of which sadly resulted in fatalities. One of the key steps in bringing this number down is not only for homeowners and tenants to...

The benefits of buying a chain-free property

Occasionally when viewing the properties across our website, you may see three magic words - ‘no-onward chain’. What this means is that the property you are looking at has no onward purchase and therefore has less chance of breaking down. What is a property chain? A...

Christmas Opening Hours

Our opening hours over the Christmas period are as follows: Sunday 24th December - 9am - 2pm Monday 25th December - CLOSED Tuesday 26th December - CLOSED Wednesday 27th December - 9am – 4pm Poppleton & Dunnington - CLOSED Thursday 28th December - 9am &ndash...

Christmas has arrived in Micklegate

We're taking part in this year's Micklegate Business Initiative Christmas Window Dressing Competition. There's stiff competition up and down the street as businesses vie for the Best Dressed Window 2017 Shield...

Rory raises money for SASH

Congratulations to Rory, our Senior Sales Negotiator, who ran the York 10 miles raising a substantial amount of £170 for local youth homelessness charity SASH. All of the Hudson Moody team are very proud of him and astounded that he made it in to work on Monday still...

Lettings Market Brief: Looking ahead to 2018

If you are considering renting your property next year, Christmas is a good time to consider the market for 2018.   The rental market in York and surrounding areas has seen significant growth over the last few years with the increase of students and young professionals to...

Market Brief: Housing at the top of the agenda

The Autumn Budget brought some good news for the housing market - first time buyers are now able to buy stamp duty free and there were pledges from the Government to increase the supply of homes to be built.  Earlier this year I spoke to Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for...

Tips for moving before Xmas

Packing your entire life up into boxes and moving into a new home can be one of the most exciting (and overwhelming!) experiences in your entire life. This is why many people choose to avoid moving home in the run up to the Christmas period. However, while it’s true that...

Build-to-Rent and the Home Building Fund

Dubbed as ‘the future of housing in the UK’ and a ‘solution to the housing crisis’, Build-to-Rent (B2R) is one of the most exciting opportunities on the horizon in the UK housing market. The emerging sector of build-to-rent refers to large developments...

Gas safety responsibilities of Landlords

In the UK around 21 million households currently use gas for heating, hot water and for cooking. Of the many responsibilities (over 150!) that landlords have to their tenants, making sure that boilers, cookers and gas heated fires are well maintained and safe at the point of...

How to make an easy sale in autumn

As we’re on the colder end of the summer holidays you could be forgiven for thinking that the best period of the year for selling your home is done and dusted. However, autumn is in fact a very busy time of year with new home buyers hoping to be settled in before the...

Landlord Information Day - 4 November

Our Letting's team will be running a free drop-in workshop aimed at assisting both new and experienced Landlords at our Micklegate office, Saturday 4th November 2017, 10am - 2pm. We are one of York's most experienced and dedicated property agencies boasting MRICS...

Introducing our Lettings Manager, Tim O'Mara

We would like to introduce Tim O’Mara, our Lettings Manager. Tim has over 10 years’ experience in the lettings industry and joined our team in 2017 after a six year stay in London where he worked as a lettings manager for a successful independent Estate...

Experience a full 360° property tour

We are trialing a new way to view properties and have commissioned a full VR 360 ° view for our new development at Nelsons Yard . Give it a go here ... The property can be viewed on any device, from any angle, zoomed into and thoroughly explored. Special features are...

Market Brief: The demand for property is high

The Autumn market has been very busy. However, one of the major factors affecting the housing market here in York, and further afield, is a lack of properties coming to the marketplace. Although there are a good number of people wishing to sell their properties, they are tending...

Goodbye to Helen and Rachael

After many years of dedicated service, Helen Botterill our part time Sales Negotiator is retiring.  We have also recently said goodbye to Rachael Woolley our Lettings Manager.  Both Helen and Rachael have been an integral part of our team and we thank them both&...

Poppleton Scarecrow Trail

We were delighted to sponsor the Poppleton Scarecrow Trail which took place in September. Here are some of our favourites from the weekend. We are already looking forward to seeing all the different scarecrow characters next year!  ...

How to give stone flooring a new lease of life

Natural stone, granite, marble and tile are all excellent choices for a home and can create a strong, fresh look throughout a property. Well liked for its sturdiness and relative low maintenance, stone flooring is one of the most popular choices for a kitchen as well as bathrooms...

World Homeless Day Coffee Morning - 10th October

We're hosting a coffee morning at our Micklegate office 10am - 2pm on Tuesday 10th October, World Homeless Day, in support of SASH. SASH is a local charity that works to prevent homelessness in 16-25 year olds in York and the surrounding areas.  We'll have our finest bakers...

Lettings Brief: Short term lets a consideration as winter approaches

The rental sector in York continues to thrive. Family homes (3 – 4 bedrooms) especially are in high demand but are in short supply. As winter approaches those looking to sell their properties may find that the rental sector is a good option to consider at a time where the...

Market Brief: The Countdown to Christmas is on...

We are now in a traditionally busy period of the year as buyers rush to find a home before Christmas. This is a short window which often closes by the end of November. Despite the General Election result disrupting the Spring market, buyers and sellers alike seem to be taking the...

5 ways to improve the energy efficiency of your property before 2018

Recently on our blog we wrote about the upcoming changes to the rules and regulations surrounding Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s). In case you missed it - from April 2018 it will be against the law for landlords to newly let, lease or renew a property which has a...

Improving your home on a shoestring budget

Everyone wants to get the most amount of money possible for their property. But when you’re undertaking repairs and renovations it’s easy for the pounds to add up. However, while it’s true that purchasing a new bathroom suite or creating a loft conversion is...

Dealing with tenant requests

According to some estimates as much as 19% of all property in the UK is now owned by private landlords, which means a lot of people living in rented accommodation. Tenants naturally expect and require a certain level of support from their landlords, and often this means that...

Market Brief: A busy window approaches

If you’re wanting to move in 2017 now is a good time to get your house on the market as we traditionally see a pickup in the marketplace at this time of year.   Buyers will turn their attention to finding something over the early autumn in order to be moved in before...

New Energy Performance Certificate rules for landlords coming in 2018

Landlords, take note! Rules and regulations around Energy Performance Certificates are set to change from April 1st 2018 making it against the law to let or lease a property with a poor EPC rating.  Early indications estimate that as many as 330,000 houses in the UK are...

How to find a quality tradesperson

From fitting a kitchen to erecting fences, there are some jobs which are better left to the experts. However, with so many horror stories around it can be hard to know who to turn to.  How are you supposed to find someone who will do the job well and for a good price? Which...

Lettings Market Brief: Potential for strong returns

The lettings market within York continues to be strong due to the lack of supply of properties available.  We have seen significant increase in apartments around the city centre due to the completion of Leetham House, Hungate, which has brought a number of new apartments to...

Market Brief: A busy summer market in full swing

The summer holidays can often see the market quietening down however, this year we are seeing a much busier market than normal.  The recent disruption of the General Election result had delayed many people’s decision making process as they played a ‘wait and see&...

Lettings Manager Vacancy

We're hiring! We are seeking an enthusiastic, dynamic individual to join us as a full time Lettings Manager in our city centre office. Qualifications and experience required. Please send your CV in confidence to tarnia.hudson@hudson-moody .com. Closing date - Friday 11th...

5 tips for creating a sleep-friendly bedroom

We all know someone who can fall asleep easily, maybe even fall asleep stood up. However, for some of us getting that perfect night’s rest takes a lot more effort.  While it’s true that limiting your exposure to the artificial light of TV and mobile phones can go...

Making sense of your credit score

If you’re looking to buy your first property and begin your journey up the property ladder then it’s important that you understand your credit score and how it works.  A poor credit score could affect your ability to borrow money from banks and in all likelihood...

Market Brief: Confidence slowly returning

It’s been a roller coaster month in the property market and wider economy following on from the snap Election and the sense of uncertainty following the surprise result.  Last month we commented that the Conservatives expected to form a majority Government however they...

We are hiring!

Are you aged 16-24 and looking for a career in the property industry?  We’re teaming up with Beyond 2030  to offer a unique opportunity for 6 lucky people to undertake a bespoke traineeship programme which could lead to an apprenticeship with Hudson Moody. ...

Market Brief: Increased positivity in the market place

May has proved an exceptionally busy month despite the General Election and Bank Holidays.  Traditionally General Elections cause the market to slow, although with the outcome of this General Election perceived to be a foregone conclusion, this has had less effect. ...

Connected homes: how technology is changing the property market

The world is changing rapidly and everywhere you look there are signs of technology beginning to infiltrate new areas of our lives.  While high-tech home gadgets were once a preserve of hi-end hotels and the wealthy they are now widely available, allowing home owners and...

Buying a listed building FAQs

While some property buyers appreciate the hassle-free process of purchasing a new build property, for many others the historic charm and character of an older property is something they just can’t pass up. It’s all about personal choice of course but if you are...

How to make it on to the property ladder

For many people in their 20s and early 30s it can seem like an uphill struggle to find their footing on the elusive property ladder. However, there are a number of schemes and strategies in place that are aimed at encouraging young people to take their first initial steps towards...

How spring cleaning can help you with your house move

Whether you are in the process of moving house already and getting ready to pack up your belongings, or you are planning on putting your property on the market in the coming months and need to prepare your home for viewings, spring is the optimum season for de-cluttering your...

Vote for Housing - a look ahead to the 2017 General Election

No doubt Brexit, the economy and the NHS will dominate the 2017 general election. Energy, education and defence should also get a strong look-in while the devolved governments will be trying to get as much air time as possible. But do spare a thought for housing, as, on the...

Over £4,000 donated to local charity SASH

This month we have proudly donated over £4,000 to local homelessness charity SASH. Since we began supporting SASH in 2016, we have been raising funds through a variety of different methods. We’ve held coffee mornings, worn our Christmas jumpers to the office and, most...

Market Brief: High demand for property continues

The York market has been extremely busy this month and prices have been underpinned by the lack of stock available, particularly in the prime areas of the City centre and most popular villages surrounding York. The snap General Election, which has been called following the...

How to make moving home easier on the children: 10 top tips

This week Ben Hudson has been invited to write a guest blog for OnTheMarket.  In his blog Ben highlights that moving house can often be challenging with children and shares his 10 top tips for making it easier. You can read the blog in full over on the OnTheMarket website&...

What to do with that spare room?

Guest bedrooms and spare bedrooms have so much potential, but more often than not we end up either filling them with junk or leaving them empty and devoid of any personality. However, what you choose to do (or not to do) with that spare space in your property could make all the...

How to prevent DIY disasters

It’s easy to understand why many homeowners decide to have a go at DIY projects themselves. With the rise of online DIY guides and YouTube how-to’s it has become easier than ever to look up advice on fixing a leaky tap or exposing that beautiful brickwork in your...

Market Brief: Spring is in the air

The Clocks have changed and the daffodils are out, signalling the start of the traditional spring market. We are now starting to see more houses coming onto the market which helps with turnover as sellers often wait to find something to move onto before placing their own property...

SASH Sleep Out Success

On 10th March SASH  held their annual Sleep Out event in order to raise awareness and funds to help to prevent youth homelessness in the local area. Our very own Alicia and her friend Sarah took part in the event held at Tang Hall Community Centre and huddled together...

Protecting your home against flooding

Flooding can absolutely devastate a home and with more than 5.5 million homes in the UK deemed at risk it’s more important than ever to know some basic ways to protect your home.   York has itself in the past fallen victim to some terrible floods throughout history.&...

A brief guide to naming your house

According to analysis from Mouse Price, the most popular names for houses in the UK are The Cottage, The Old Rectory, The Coach House, The Barn, The Stables, The Granary and The Old Vicarage. Choosing a name for your house is a wonderful way to make your home unique, add...

Lettings Market Brief

The rental market has seen numerous changes over the past year, including the introduction of the 3% stamp duty surcharge on property purchase, the scrapping of the 10% ‘wear and tear’ tax relief, a growing number of licensing schemes, and Right to Rent checks on...

Market Brief: Rarely has the market started so busy as in 2017

The market positivity I spoke of last month has held true throughout February as both sellers and buyers are now fully reconnected in the market place and there is a determination to get on despite the fact that Article 50 has not been invoked. We have put a good deal of new...

Minster FM Neighbour of the Year Award Winner

The Minster FM Local Hero Awards were held at York Racecourse on Friday 17 th February. We were delighted to sponsor the Neighbour of the Year Category which was won by Gill Hudson from Cawood. Gill was nominated for the award for the work she has done in her community helping...

How to avoid rogue traders

Home improvements are a fantastic way to add value to your property. However, more and more every day we are hearing examples of homeowners young and old being ripped off and scammed in the process, commonly by rogue doorstep traders. Here are some tips on how to make sure you...

4 easy ways to improve any room in your property

Whether you are planning on putting your property up on the market, or you are simply looking for a way to improve it for your own pleasure, here are some simple ways that you can make a noticeable difference to the rooms in your home that may have seen better days. 1 – A...

Should you install solar panels in your home?

Despite being a relatively new invention, as many as 500,000 homes across the UK have already had solar panels installed on their roof tops. But why exactly are solar panels so popular, how do they work, and are there any drawbacks that should make you think twice about having...

How to protect your home during the holidays

Nothing can ruin your holiday more than returning home to find that you have been burgled. Sadly, having our homes broken into and our possessions stolen is more common than some people realise. According to some figures, every 40 seconds a home somewhere in Britain is burgled...

How to prevent mould in your home

When nothing is done to tackle condensation in your home you end up with build ups of mould. Mould has been linked to a whole range of health issues and according to  NHS guidance can cause “allergic reactions, sneezing, runny noses, red eyes, skin rashes and asthma...

How to get ahead in the buy-to-let boom

Buy-to-let is when you purchase a residential property and instead of living in it you rent it out to tenants. It’s a simple investment strategy and one that is attracting more and more people every day – in fact, recent estimates suggest as many as 1 in 5 homes are...