investment

What makes us different?

This April (2022) sees us celebrate the 30th anniversary of Richard James, after opening our doors in Wroughton back in 1992. Since then, we’ve been fortunate enough to help clients of multiple generations find their dream homes and have expanded across 8 offices that cover Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. As well as Sales, we are also home to Richard James Lettings, Land & New Homes,...

FAQ’s for Buy-To-Let Investors

With our Sales and Lettings businesses under one roof, we regularly hear from investors looking to invest in properties that they will later rent out using our property management service. That coupled with the abundance of apartments in Swindon, which in our opinion are ideal buy-to-let investments, means we often get asked the same questions regarding the local area, the current market and other...

First Time Buyers – #1 Where do I start?

Buying a house is often the largest purchase you will make in your lifetime. To make the process as stress-free as possible, it is essential to have the correct information to ensure you are informed when making any decisions.  You can speed up your house-buying process by knowing which questions to ask, understanding what your rights are and acting on your responsibilities as a buyer. We've written a...

Buy-To-Let: 8 Questions you should ask before you buy

So you are looking to buy a property as an investment – what do you need to watch out for? You may be an established landlord with a large property portfolio, or you may be taking your first step in the buy-to-let market, but there are some common questions you need to know. The estate agent is obliged to answer your questions honestly by law, so make the most of this – after all, they know more about...

What to look out for when buying a rental property?

Within the last 12 months*, the average price of a home to buy in Swindon has risen to £254,003, which is over 9 times the average salary earnings in Wiltshire (estimated at £27,000*). This means the rental market in Swindon is on the rise, as more and more people earning average salaries simply cannot afford to save the deposit sums required. We've all seen the increasing reports in the media of...

Pros and Cons of Selling Up or Renting Out

Imagine this situation: your beloved home has been in the family for decades, it's part of your history and has been handed down through many generations. However, it’s now empty as you’ve got somewhere else to live, yet you don’t need to sell your family home and you’re stuck in a quandary. It is mortgage-free but could do with some work to modernise it.  Do you sell your family home and...

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