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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...

What Will Rishi Sunak as PM Mean for Swindon House Prices?

I often get asked what is going to happen to Swindon house prices. Many things affect house prices, and it comes down to simple supply and demand. On the supply side of the equation, in the short-term, the number of people wanting to sell their property at any one time has a massive effect on house prices. In 2007, the number of properties that came onto the market in Swindon jumped drastically....

Energy Efficient Homes

Energy efficiency at Backhouse, Blunsdon. There are many reasons we love working with Backhouse Homes, but one of the reasons that really stands out for us, is that they are always forward-thinking and moving with the times, so they can build you a future-proof home within a sustainable neighourhood. You may or may not know, that all of their new homes, whether they have two bedrooms, or five...

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 – #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...

Completion tips for sellers and buyers!

When the property market rebooted after the first lockdown, the subsequent increase in demand has led to an unprecedented level of property transactions. At the same time, the capacity of property service providers has been compromised by the challenges of operating in a COVID safe environment.  Agents, lenders, surveyors and solicitors have all been inundated and are struggling to cope. Reports suggest...

A Guide to Becoming a Landlord

Whether you’ve deliberately made the decision to invest in a buy-to-let property or you’re one of the country’s rising number of ‘accidental landlords’ and you’ve found yourself in a position where, for whatever reason, you need to rent out a home, you must understand your responsibilities before you welcome your first tenants. There are a lot of rules in place that apply to landlords and...

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