HOA’s Voice

Read our take on the latest developments of interest to homeowners and aspiring homeowners, with contributions from our staff, supporters and guest contributions.

5 top tips for hosting a virtual viewing

virtual house viewing

The housing market remains open in this lockdown — and with demand for properties high, it’s definitely a seller’s market. Hosting a virtual viewing is a great way to market your home in the pandemic. But a lot can go wrong, too — so we’ve asked the online estate agents Strike for their top tips.

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Will the stamp duty holiday be extended?

Will the stamp duty holiday be extended?

The Times has reported that the Rushi Sunak is planning to announce an extension of the stamp duty holiday until the end of June in the budget next week. This will be welcomed by those buying a home who have been very worried about having to pay up to £15k extra on their purchase if they don't complete in time. The extension will likely cause another mini-surge of activity as buyers and sellers rush to take advantage of the savings. With transactions taking on average 4 months, what can you do to speed up your purchase?

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Common House Survey Problems

common house survey problems

Don't be alarmed at your building surveyor's report on the house you want to buy. Many of the problems listed are surprisingly common. But some are more expensive than others.

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