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Chorley Property Market Blog: Is it Time to Stamp Out Stamp Duty?

Most people pay Stamp Duty Tax when they buy a property, house, apartment or other land and buildings over a particular price in the UK. The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak (quickly followed suit by the Welsh and Scottish Governments), announced last July that Stamp Duty was partially being suspended on all English property transactions up to £500,000 […]

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Our Top Home Styling Accessories

Is it time for a change – time to give your home a whole new look? If you’re selling your home or planning to, our top home styling accessories may help you make the right decisions to give your home a mini-makeover without breaking the bank. And, now that the majority of us are ‘locked […]

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The Biggest Question Home Sellers Need to Ask

Making the decision to sell your home and move is a big one. Whatever the reason whether it’s downsizing, needing more space, wanting a better neighbourhood or to be closer to excellent schools it’s life changing. Once you’ve made the decision to move you have another big question to address. How do I sell my […]

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Chorley Property Blog – How Will the Brexit Deal Affect Chorley House Prices and Your Mortgage Payments?

Christmas Eve brought the news that Boris Johnson had conclusively agreed on a Brexit deal for the UK with the European Union. This gave optimism that the economic turmoil of leaving the EU would be radically reduced, yet what will this ‘trade deal’ do to the value of your Chorley home and the mortgage payments you […]

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What are the Costs of Moving House?

If you’ve been thinking about buying a house in or around Chorley, you’ll be thinking about how many bedrooms you need, what size the garden is or if it’s in the right school catchment area and does it have a garage? Moving can be a stressful time, even if you are excited about the important […]

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Chorley property blog – No Deal Brexit – The Prediction for Chorley House Prices

Roll the clock back to April 2020, and major financial economists and property market commenters were sounding the alarm. The very best-case scenario was a 5% drop in property values by the end of the year, and most were in the 10% to 15% range. They forewarned the Covid-19 stimulated recession would trim tens of […]

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And so this is Christmas

We’re a musical bunch at Forbes Estates, or some of us like to think we are. This means we love a bit of carol singing and festive songs on loop in our office. Have you got your Christmas list ready? I don’t ask Santa for much, in fact, All I Want for Christmas is (A […]

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Why Boxing Day is Brilliant for Savvy Home Sellers…

In this two-minute read, we unwrap the staggering statistics and reasons which make Boxing Day more than just a time for food, family and friends. Picture the scene  – It’s the afternoon after the night before. It’s Boxing Day! The presents are all open, the wrapping all recycled, visitors entertained and time for a bit […]

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Chorley Property Blog – Chorley Second Homeowners and Landlords will Probably Save Money from the Proposed New Capital Gains Tax changes

Yet, if the proposals were adopted in full, some Chorley buy to let landlords would pay £7,000 less Capital Gains Tax than they would currently The government borrowed £394bn this financial year (April ‘20 to April ‘21). This figure does not include the cost of November lockdowns and support measures, which means the final bill […]

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Chorley Property Blog: As Chorley First-time Buyers are Being Locked Out of the Chorley Property Market – Rents Have Risen by 5.2%

With the banks reducing the number of low deposit mortgages (i.e. deposit of 10% and below) since Covid-19 hit in the spring, this has meant that the number of local first-time buyers has been decreasing quickly, meaning many of those would-be buyers wanting to make the first step on the Chorley property ladder are having to stay […]

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