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.

How to succeed in a seller’s market

The current property market is seeing a surge in activity with many reporting it as “frenzied” or “turbo-charged” -- a seller’s market. But what does that mean if you are trying to buy or sell a home now? We explain what to consider and offer you our top tips to help you navigate the property market now..

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How tech is improving the home buying & selling process

HM Land Registry's new Digital Identity Standard will mean that buyers will be able to use their mobile phone to prove their identity when purchasing a property.  New research by HomeOwners Alliance shows that this move will be popular with homeowners along with other tech improvements

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Will we still be doing virtual viewings after lockdown?

virtual house viewing

The housing market has remained open in this lockdown — and with demand for properties high, it’s definitely a seller’s market. But while restrictions are starting to lift, hosting a virtual viewing is still 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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Top tips to keep your property transaction on track

Now more than ever there are huge incentives to keeping your home purchase or sale on track. Thanks to the pandemic, more property transactions are collapsing and the associated costs are even greater this year. You’ll need to complete by the end of June to get the full benefit of the stamp duty holiday. Here are our top tips for buyers, sellers and those stuck in a chain.

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Online property auctions good or bad?

Legal paperwork

There is much to be said about the growing popularity of online property auctions, especially at a time when transactions are taking longer and over 300,000 purchases fell through last year. But is it all it's cracked up to be? Richard Copus explains why buyers and sellers need to tread with caution...

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