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Is now a good time to buy a Swindon home?

This is the question many people are asking right now, and the answer depends on your circumstances. I pride myself on my ability to provide objective, fact-based information on the Swindon property market so potential Swindon house sellers, landlords and buyers can make the best decision for themselves. My role is to educate the potential Swindon house sellers, landlords and buyers and to...

Storage. Make it stylish.

Have you ever felt like stuff just seems to appear in your house? You've got no idea where it came from, and for some reason in the deep, dark, depths of your mind, something is stopping you from getting rid of it. Or, your children have just bought home the 4000th picture they have made at school and you really have ran out of wall, cupboard, and under-the-bed space? We get it, it is easy to walk into...

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,...

What is a Leasehold property?

If you're thinking about buying a property, you've probably come across the terms 'Leasehold' and 'Freehold' along the way, but do you know what they actually mean? It is important that you have key information early in the process, so you can decide if a home is right for you. With that being said, we will be talking you through how leasehold and freehold properties differ and we will also touch on...

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 – #4 Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome back First Time Buyers, this is the final part of a four-part blog series, written to guide you through the house-buying process.  Part 4 answers your most frequently asked questions... 1. How long does it take to buy a house (estimation)? There are many different stages of buying a property, which we appreciate may be daunting at first. However, providing each stage is completed...

First Time Buyers – #3 Next up, time to consider these things…

Welcome back First Time Buyers, this is part 3 of a four-part blog series, written to guide you through the house-buying process.  Part 3 covers some of the most important steps and arranging the completion of your new home… Solicitors Paperwork First things first, it is time to complete the initial paperwork given to you by your solicitor. Once this paperwork has...

First Time Buyers – #2 It’s time to start house hunting!

Welcome back First Time Buyers, this is part 2 of a four-part blog series, written to guide you through the house-buying process. Part 2 covers finding your first home and making an offer... Find a property Take a look at all area's in which you would consider living, look at the house prices in those areas and then decide what you can afford. Following an appointment...

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...

What is a sales progressor?

In this blog, you will find an in-depth look at the role of a sales progressor, and why they are so important. We've written this blog to shine a spotlight on this vital, yet sometimes forgotten, role and to explain why our team of dedicated sales progressors are so paramount to property sales here at Richard James. So, what is a sales progressor? In short, a sales progressor is someone who takes...

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