The low down on adding value (long term) to your home

August 2, 2018

We have sifted through some of the best ways to increase the value of your home through renovation and additions all taking into consideration the longer term prospect of one day giving your house up and moving on. Adding value or extra space to the home is the ultimate goal for any homeowner who is…

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Mortgage advice for first time buyers

April 5, 2018

So your thinking about buying your first house, probably even seen your dream property but the only hurdle left to cross now is the getting a suitable mortgage in place. If you have never done this before, finding the right mortgage for you can be a headache. Many people will go straight to their bank…

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estate agent contracts

The 4 types of estate agency contracts

March 14, 2018

The selling of a house can be a daunting task, from start to finish and a load of jargon that you probably don’t understand in between. Choosing the right estate agent is one thing, but signing the right type of contract for your situation and home is even more important. The last thing you want…

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Portal Juggling

What is portal juggling?

February 20, 2018

What is portal juggling? In short, it’s a method used by estate agents to take a property off the market and then relist it on the market a few weeks or months later, to make it look like a brand new property listing. Now you may be wondering why do that, well besides the fact…

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2018 Interior Design Trends

2018 Interior Design Trends

February 1, 2018

Thinking about redecorating this summer? Check out these 5 trends to bring your property into 2018 the right way. Rich, deep and moodier colours Warm greys, camels, rust, tobacco and the timeless brown – blacks as well as reds, yellows and green are expected to edge out cooler neutrals to create that soothing and diverse…

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Stamp Duty

Stamp duty abolished for first time buyers, but who really benefits?

January 4, 2018

In the last Autumn Budget, stamp duty was abolished for first-time buyers on homes under £300,000. Good news for lots of people, but to what extent will this help you gain a foothold on the property ladder? Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond’s announcement in the Autumn Budget on 22nd November, on a new stamp…

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carpet dents

Removing carpet dents from heavy furniture

November 21, 2017

We all know too well the dents left in the carpet after something heavy has been moved out of its place and we often leave it like that until the carpet is replaced, thinking there is no solution – but you’re wrong. One of the simplest and easiest ways to remove the dents left in…

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The 7 most common reasons why your house isn’t selling

November 16, 2017

Find out the most common reasons why vendors struggle to sell their homes and how you can fix them if they apply to you. We have all read the papers and watched the news talk about how the demand for property has outstripped supply and more recently the slow shift in property sales due to…

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Pricing your home

The best Strategies to use when pricing your home to sell

October 14, 2017

The whole psychology behind pricing is one of the most fascinating things. We believe that an IPad priced at £499 feels like a better deal than £500, although there is only £1 difference, which isn’t going to make (if any) difference what so ever. But retailers have long priced products just below a round number…

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Home Selling mistakes

The 10 most costly home selling mistakes and how to avoid them

September 26, 2017

After a shocking vote to leave the European Union, Britain’s housing market has hit the bumper as political uncertainty, a rise in stamp duty and squeezed household incomes have all dampened buyer interest and demand. Reports of slow sales and low prices suggest that the property market has been hit following the Brexit vote. With…

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Property Styling

Property styling explained and is it worth it

September 7, 2017

Will property styling help you get a better price when you sell your home? When you’re selling your home, the first impression the property makes on potential buyers is crucial. When selling your home, the first impressions are priceless on potential buyers. Getting it right will hopefully lead to a brilliant viewing and offers well…

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Fire Safety Landlords

Fire Safety Advice for Landlords

August 7, 2017

In the wake of the recent London Grenfell Tower Tragedy, we’ve put together the following fire safety advice for landlords concerned about ensuring the safety of their tenants. What are my responsibilities as a landlord? All landlords are legally obligated to ensure the property is fire safe. The legislation that applies to a landlord will…

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Clearing the misconception about renting to students

July 5, 2017

We dispel the common misconception about renting your property to students and explain why they make the best tenants for your property. 1 – Respect the property It is not false that student renters may be known for not looking after their properties, but this just isn’t true in the majority of cases. Students have been…

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Is Birmingham a good city to invest in?

June 21, 2017

With prices in London out of the question for many people, businesses and individuals alike are looking outside of London at other cities to invest and live in. With a multi-cultural offering, more affordable pricing and a continuing booming business sector, Birmingham has become an increasingly attractive alternative. Birmingham – the second city Birmingham, also…

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General Election

The key housing policies in this general election

June 7, 2017

With the general elections right around the corner, housing has been among one of the most important topics brought up during this general election. Bricks and mortar as well as housing policies have been and are a key component in all the three major party manifestos. With the general elections set for tomorrow, we take…

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A quick guide to the landlord tax changes

June 6, 2017

With the ever constant tax changes for landlords to be aware of, it is not uncommon to find that many landlords are still unaware of the most recent April 2017 changes, which can have serious implications on landlord incomes and profits. It is now more expensive to own since the loss of the 10% wear…

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5 Ways To Make Your Home Feel and Look More Luxurious

May 3, 2017

Luxury, a thing of great desire! Contrary to popular belief, it can be often achieved with a minimal budget, through carefully placed accessories, use of colours and fabrics. Achieving that show home, worthy look and feel will not be as expensive as it looks with these five tips: Accessories Accessories can make a world’s difference…

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Leaseholds: All the ‘how’ you need to know about them

April 24, 2017

Lease properties, better known as leasehold properties are another form of ownership unique to England and Wales. Despite sometimes being tricky to understand and direct, they are a very common type of hold. Approximately, 43% of properties sold across England and Wales are leasehold properties, so it is not a very uncommon or unknown way…

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Rent Increase

Rents set to increase by a huge 20% by 2022

March 20, 2017

Rents are expected to soar by more than 20% in the next five years as landlords sell up investment properties in the light of tax changes. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has warned that the shortage of homes on the market to rent was continuing to grow with the tenant demand exceeding for…

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Help to Buy

A guide to the Government Help to Buy Schemes

February 27, 2017

With so many Help to Buy schemes available, it can be difficult to know the differences and which ones you are both eligible for and best suited to you. Here, we guide you through what each Help to Buy scheme offers. The fact that Help to Buy schemes are only available to first-time buyers is…

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Housing white paper

Housing White Paper – What does it mean for you?

February 13, 2017

The government today presented a housing White Paper to parliament which sets out to fix what Prime Minister Theresa May calls the UK’s ‘broken’ housing market. The statement to parliament, which was made at lunchtime by Communities and Local Government minister Sajid Javid, had earlier been heralded as a bold change of direction that would…

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Buy to let

Buy to Let: How to grow your property portfolio

January 20, 2017

A lot of buy to let landlords wonder how they can grow their property portfolios and increase their income in the process. Do they buy in new parts of the country, stretch themselves financially or enter the student buy to let market? If you are looking to build your portfolio from one property to two, three…

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Property Market

What does 2017 have in store for the property market?

January 12, 2017

How is this coming year going to affect the property market? After a surprising 2016 comes to an end with the nation facing Brexit to landlords having to understand new tax reliefs, we will be running through happened in 2016 and what is likely in store for 2017. Brexit One of the biggest surprises of 2016…

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Top tips for selling your home this winter

Top tips for selling your home this winter

January 3, 2017

During the winter, when the days are shorter, the house market is renowned for being quieter, as many sellers postpone putting their house on the market until the spring. However, this doesn’t mean buyers stop searching, so sellers should do everything they can to market their property in the best possible light. By following a…

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The UK’s Rental Market

November 22, 2016

The UK’s rental sector is expanding at quite the pace, with the number of private rented households doubling between 2001 and 2014 to now account for 20% of all tenures, according to research by Strutt & Parker for Stanhope and Network Homes, and another 1.8 million households are set to go rental by 2025. But…

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Front Door Colour

What your front door colour says about you

November 8, 2016

What does your front door colour say about you? We often use colour to express ourselves in our everyday life from the choice of our clothing, to our décor and our art. Over time, credible psychology has linked colour to certain personalities—the feelings they evoke and what they say about us, as people. That means…

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Right to rent

Right to rent offences to come into force from 1 December 2016

November 3, 2016

The Home Office announced that the date for new offences under Immigration Act 2016 relevant to the private rented sector in England, will come into force from 1 December 2016. The new measures follow the introduction of civil penalties created under Immigration Act 2014 and aim to: Make it easier for private landlords to evict…

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Birmingham most popular destination for Londoners

Birmingham most popular destination for Londoners

October 28, 2016

Birmingham is the most popular destination for people moving from London, official figures show. More than 6,000 people left the capital for England’s second city last year, according to the latest internal migration statistics. Business leaders say the figures reflect an ongoing trend. Emma Gray, marketing director for Visit Birmingham, said the city had seen…

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Tips on house cleaning

7 tips on house cleaning

September 28, 2016

Keeping a house looking tidy and feeling fresh can sometimes be a challenge, especially in a busy or child occupied house where assistance isn’t always readily available. However there are some very simple techniques that you can employ to stay on top of your chores and keep you house clean! If spending the whole weekend…

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Sutton Coldfield Town Centre Guide

September 14, 2016

Looking to move to Sutton Coldfield? Check out our infographic on some quick facts about the Royal Town. If you are actively looking to sell, buy, let or rent – contact your local Harvey Victoria office on 0121 448 5190. Alternatively you can drop us an email on,

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Landlords Law Guide – A Quick Overview

August 31, 2016

With more and more laws now governing how landlords can rent property in England, we have with the help and creditable guidance of ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents) provided you with some guidance on how you can ensure you get the best possible experience in renting out your property. Using an Agent All letting…

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common mistakes when buying a home

The most common mistakes people make when buying a home

August 8, 2016

When it comes to home buying, it is a common fact that a lot of us do make mistakes in the choices we make, but there is nothing better than learning from you’re mistakes. Here are a list of the most common mistakes people make when buying a home. Some are more obvious than others…

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valuing a property looking at wall

What Estate Agents look for when valuing a property

July 25, 2016

  To obtain the maximum possible price for your property, you should be realistic and willing to listen to your agent! Your chosen agent should be working with your best interests in mind and will know what your property can sell for. Valuing a property is more than just going online and checking comparable properties…

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5 things you didn't know about Harvey Victoria poster

5 things you didn’t know about Harvey Victoria

June 29, 2016

In an industry that has now become quite dormant in the sense that the majority of estate agents have become like dominos just falling in the follow of others, Harvey Victoria has brought a breath of fresh air for those looking to use a bold, fresh and original Agency, below are 5 things you didn’t…

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Britain holding hands with EU

Should Britain remain in the EU?

June 22, 2016

The 23rd June is going to be an important day for the history of Britain and equally for us all, as subconsciously the vote to remain in the European Union or exit the EU will have some effect on us. With various talks from both sides of the campaigning parties on their reasons why we…

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online vs. traditional estate agents

Online vs. Traditional High Street Agents

June 14, 2016

With a rise in online agents cropping up every week or so and having the opportunity to cut your fees to sell, would you opt for an online agent? There has been a long-standing argument over which type of agent is best suited to today’s market. Lets take a look at some of the pros…

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energy saving light bulbs

How to improve your energy saving

May 23, 2016

With the constant demands and pressure of reducing your carbon footprint and on ways to make your home a more energy efficient one, we can become rather confused and lost on how to go about achieving those all important energy savings. Below are 8 solutions, one can consider: Renewables Renewable energy is generated from natural…

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Energy Performance Rating Certificate

EPCs in the private rental market

April 15, 2016

From the 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for any private property rented to have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).  The regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on…

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importance of good photography

The importance of good photography

April 15, 2016

“Good photos will grab people’s attention and help you sell a home. Bad pictures will absolutely give you trouble, because you won’t have any calls on it, and nobody will come to see it.”

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