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How to add value to your property – Spare this idea some thought

By spending a bit of time, and in some cases a little bit of money, you’ll get the most out of the spare room and can make it really attractive to potential buyers.

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Clock

Are you thinking it’s time for a change?

Now’s a great time to start marketing your property as the summer months, longer days and lighter evenings arrive.

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Legal Eagle

Choose a legal Eagle not a Turkey

A good solicitor certainly helps everyone involved in the buying or selling of a property remain calm and well informed. They really can be the difference between a property deal going through or collapsing.

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Less is more so kill the clutter

The few hours you spend ridding your home of unnecessary clutter could make you thousands in an increased sale price.

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Six tips for a sizzling summer sale

Summer is a busy time for viewers and a great opportunity for you to sell your home quickly and for a price you’ll be delighted with.

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I really do mean NO obligation valuations

Every year for the past three I’ve valued a house on the outskirts of Forest Hill. Always at the start of April.

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Jargon

Talking Sense – The Estate Agency Jargon Buster

Exchange – When everything is legally agreed by everyone involved and you can swap contracts making buying the place a whole lot more likely. At this point you can have a drink.

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TIME

Leasehold Scandal a Ticking Timebomb

Many people are unwittingly sleep walking their way to a big and costly problem if they don’t take action.

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Better Call Ben

I’ve been in estate agency since I left school, which was quite a while ago. During that time there’s not much I haven’t experienced and dealt with.

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Garden

The Great Outdoors has a Big Impact on your Property’s Value

You don’t have to have the green fingers of an Alan Titchmarsh or Monty Don to make your garden more appealing

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Easter

Happy Easter!

In Slovakia there’s an Easter Monday morning ritual of men lightly whipping women!

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Don’t Leave it Down to Luck

When it comes to selling your property you should never leave things down to crossing your fingers and wishing for Lady Luck to lead the way.

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South London’s Brightest Hidden Gem

The Horniman Museum and Gardens is just one of the many reasons we love Forest Hill.

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Brexit

Brexit – And what it might mean to your home’s value

What if we leave and the pound’s value suffers? How will leaving impact on our trade with other Europeans and will we be safer in the EU or out?

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Congratulations

Prize Draw Results are in!

The results of our prize draw are in! Check out the link below to see the names of the two lucky winners announced!!

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LH

Property Viewers – A love / hate relationship

It’s that time of year again when the supermarkets and media demand that we get all romantic.

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family

Make your little ones part of the big move

Over my 20 plus years in estate agency I have overseen hundreds of client moves and have learned a few things about how best to help your little heroes cope with the upheaval of moving.

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The sweet smell of success

We’re sure you’ve read or heard about how properties where the smell of coffee brewing or freshly baked bread makes viewers swoon.

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New Year, new you, new home?

As we welcomed in 2016 many of us turned our minds to our resolutions and how we will start changing our lives for the better.

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2016

2016 – A big year for SE23

Earlier this month I was asked that question by a leading estate agency magazine called The Negotiator.

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Red Box

Chancellor’s Statement Sparks a Buy to Let Stampede

The Chancellor George Osborne surprised a lot of people in the property industry last week with some of his announcements in the Autumn Statement.

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Xmas 15

Behold the Boxing Day Browser

If you want to sell in the New Year get us to list your property now before any festive decorations go up.

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Lightbulb

Let there be light – and lots of it

The market around Forest Hill remains strong and we still sell plenty of properties throughout the autumn months.

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Fireworks

Five tips to keep your dogs and cats calm this fireworks season

So we’ve survived Halloween, now it’s Bonfire Night to enjoy / contend with!

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Halloween

Beware of Prices that go ‘jump’ Overnight

Pumpkins, scary movies which aren’t that scary, fancy dress parties and your door being knocked by little ‘monsters’ every five minutes.

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Spare this idea some thought on how to add value to your property

Do you have a spare room at home? Is it the room which time forgot? Is it where everything ends up getting stored /dumped or simply forgotten about?

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Heart

Why we love Forest Hill

I was asked the other day what makes someone move to Forest Hill.

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The Heart of a Happy Home – The Kitchen

What do I have in common with the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Nigella Lawson, Delia Smith and Jamie Oliver?

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Review

Third Time Lucky for Justina

Justina Chatukuta had almost given up on selling her flat in Forest Hill

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FS

Feng Shui your way to a better property sale

We always look at every possible way of ensuring that every home we are marketing has the best chance of being sold

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Review

Another lovely review!

“Straight away I felt Ben had great knowledge of the local area because he lives here and also that his was a small but very modern, personal operation.

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Too early to think about Christmas?

I saw an advert the other day which was promoting a Christmas event in a restaurant.

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Review

‘Honest, hard working and good at his job’

That’s what Angela Grant said when asked to describe the service her family received from Ben recently.

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Back to School

Beat the Back to School Sales Rush!

As a large chunk of South East London and indeed the UK’s population makes a dash to the coast or jumps on a plane to chase the sun, the market goes on holiday too.

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Breaking Down The Forest Hill Market

The Dacres Estate property market outperforms the Westwood Park property market by 179%

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WHAT MAKES A GOOD INVESTMENT?

The subject of a lack of Forest Hill property bargains over the last couple of years has always been near the top of most local landlord’s thoughts.

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Forest Hill Property Blog

Forest Hill – Good Time to Buy?

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LATEST FROM THE FOREST HILL PROPERTY BLOG

The Forest Hill Property Market Outperforms the Honor Oak Housing Market by 89%

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Property Values Rise by £1,265 per week in Forest Hill

Last week, a landlord who lives in Honor Oak called me to discuss the rising property values in SE23 and the immediate locality. He owns a varied portfolio of rental properties..

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Review

Another great review!

Just had another lovely review in from a client that we sold a house for recently. Always nice to get a thank you!

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Trumpet

We know we are good, but don’t just take our word for it!

I don’t usually leave reviews, but after the service we received selling our family home through Benjamin Matthews, we think it would be rude not to!

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Property Clinic

Property Advice Clinic, October 2014

We would like to hold a Property Advice Clinic one evening in Forest Hill and would love to know if you would be interested in coming along?

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TO LET

Should Lettings Agents be banned from charging admin fees?

Our thoughts on the latest political interference into the UK rental market.

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Sunflower

DON’T FORGET YOUR GARDEN!

Getting ready to market your property? You’ve tidied until you can tidy no more, you’ve painted the skirting boards, you’ve cleaned the windows… But is there a room that you’ve forgotten?

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Vs

And so it goes on, online agencies vs traditional High Street agents. Which is best?

This is a subject that causes a lot of debate. If you are a homeowner and are thinking of selling, perhaps this will give some food for thought.

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Pasty

The ultimate “buy one get one free” offer

We’ve seen stamp duty paid, we’ve seen deposit contributions, we’ve even seen Range Rovers thrown in as part of the deal. But a free pad in Cornwall!

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London

Landlords are wrong and tenants right? The two sides of the eviction story

Interesting article about the perils or the rental market.

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