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Buyers typically spend 33 minutes on deciding on a property

Buyers typically spend just 33 minutes looking around a property before they make one of the most expensive decisions of their lives, it has been revealed.

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The competitive housing market means buyers are having to make ‘snap decisions’, according to the survey by insurers Aviva.

It also found that one in four buyers make just one visit to a property before taking their decision.

The hasty decisions means buyers are missing out on potentially costly maintenance issues, Aviva warned.

The survey suggested 31 per cent of buyers did not make any specific checks for issues when viewing their future home. The least common checks performed by buyers are for blocked guttering, invasive plans such as Japanese knotweed and defective chimney stacks and pots.

Heather Smith, of insurers Aviva, said: “Renewed competition and rising prices have combined to make many buyers more pressurized to snap up a property quickly.

“Your future home could be showing symptoms of potential maintenance or structural issues that could cause you trouble down the line. Most of these are fixable, you just need to know the signs to look out for and you do need to prepare financially.

“Defective chimneys and Japanese knotweed in particular can be really nasty, with costs to fix running into four or even five figures.”

The findings also suggested that as many as 40,000 people a year buy a property without viewing it at all.

The most common unanticipated problems found by buyers include plumbing issues, damp, and cracks in the walls or ceilings, the survey found.

August 11, 2014 at 10:26 AM Leave a comment

Kim Kardashian uses ‘fake’ home in “Keeping up With The Kardashians”

Peter Andre, Kerry Katona and Katie Price have all used theirs. But Kim Kardashian and her family have not. This week, the latest couple in the Kardashian clan was accused of not using their real home in the high ratings reality television show.

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Having already been accused of failing to use the real exterior of her own home, the star’s sister Kourtney and her partner Scott are the latest couple in the family to have allegedly used a fake house.

Kourtney and Scott’s Calabasas home is reportedly completely different to the home they recently sold.

Kim is understood to have defended her decision, saying the fake exterior was used for ‘security reasons’.

Using a home in a reality series can certainly prove big business, with the Kardashians said to earn a total of $10m per season of their Keeping Up With the Kardashians show.

Closer to home, using a property in filming has proved a popular formula for reality stars Peter Andre, Kerry Katona and Katie Price.

Properties for sale in Calabasas, Los Angeles:

Five bedroom property in Palmilla Drive for £1,199,062 ($1,995,000)

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Four bedroom property in the Santa Monica mountains for £1,607,765 ($2,675,000)

11.03.14 Kardashian 1Six bedroom home for sale in sought-after community of Westridge for £1,051,208 ($1,749,000)

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March 11, 2014 at 11:12 AM Leave a comment

Wishing you a Merry Christmas…

Zoopla loves everything about Christmas, from the Carol singers to the Roast Turkey. And we hope you do too!

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We would like to wish all our readers a happy, healthy and peaceful festive season.

We’ve loved having you visit us and read our articles, blogs, tweets and facebook posts.

See you in the New Year!

December 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM Leave a comment

Phil Spencer’s property tip of the month – Preparing your property for sale for the New Year market

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While the housing market typically slows in December as potential buyers put their house-hunting activities on hold to focus on the festive period, this is also the perfect time for sellers to get their homes ready for the seasonal pick up in the New Year.

January is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for the housing market and properties that are well-presented are likely to reap the benefits by securing an early sale to a motivated buyer.

From ensuring children’s toys are kept hidden in storage boxes, to removing pet smells, there are some relatively quick and inexpensive steps that can help you to present your property in the best possible light to a buyer.

1. Clear your property of clutter: Be ruthless in clearing items out of view, whether its old letters stacked up on a windowsill or multiple pairs of shoes gathered under a desk. Less clutter is important as it allows buyers to envisage how their furniture and belongings would fit into your property.

2. Give your home a Spring clean: Use some of the cold and dark winter evenings to give your home a thorough dusting and vacuum. Not only is it more appealing to potential buyers, but shiny surfaces can help to bounce light around, making your home seem brighter and bigger in the low-light months.

3. Make it smell nice: Bad smells can be off-putting to potential buyers, who may be deterred from staying too long if the smell is particularly unattractive. It means avoid cooking a meal the night before a viewing that may have a smell that will linger. Using flowers and pots of herbs can not only look attractive, but can also help introduce pleasant fragrances.

4. Remove all traces of your pets: This is particularly important in kitchens where some buyers may not like the idea of food and pets mixing. Elsewhere, vacuum sofas and make sure dog or cat hairs are not lingering on any surfaces. If possible, try to confine pets to one room while viewings are taking place.

5. Finally, stage your home: Imagine your property is about to be in a magazine shoot when your agent takes the photographs that will be used in the sales particulars. Freshly baked cakes and a dining table set ready for a party are just a few ideas that can help to create the right impression of a desirable place to live.

So, if you are thinking about moving in the New Year, try to use some of the time during this festive period to prepare your home for sale. It can help secure that all-important buyer later on in the house selling process.

November 18, 2013 at 3:12 PM 2 comments

Zoopla employees strike gold for charity

Here at Zoopla, we’re a competitive bunch, winning a host of accolades for running Britain’s leading property website.

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The Zoopla team (click the image above for a HUGE full size image)

And this week we applied our winning ways to making money for charity at our latest get together at the West Bromwich Albion football ground.

Zoopla is enjoying its second year sponsoring the Birmingham-based football club. During every match, we run a competition for ticket holders to win cash prizes if they successfully kick a ball through the door of a cardboard cut-out of a detached house. The kicks are taken at half time, in front of thousands of fans.

The same competition was run at the staff gathering on Wednesday – albeit on a smaller scale, in front of all of our 200 high-achieving individuals. But instead of taking the cash for ourselves, we donated it to charity. A goal was rewarded with £50 cash, producing a total of £700.

We’re delighted to be supporting the Albion Foundation and a host of other local charities. The Albion Foundation does outstanding work in the local community as do the other charities we’ve chosen to support – and we recognise that these charities rely heavily on donations from businesses like ours.

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Footage via YouTube from a Teambuilding Day which The Albion Foundation graciously provided for staff from Zoopla.

October 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM Leave a comment

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