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One of the main questions we are always asked is: when is the best time of year to sell or let a home? While there is no absolute optimum time to put your property on the market, seasonal patterns can affect buying and selling habits. It is no different in Corby, with certain times of the year proving to be more fruitful than others.

Following the British parliament’s decision to allow Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Article 50, we take a look at how this landmark decision will affect the UK housing market.

The number of first-time buyers soared to a nine-year high in 2016. This was despite the value of starter homes breaking through the £200,000 barrier for the first time. According to Halifax, 2016 saw the highest number of first time buyers since the financial crisis in 2007.

The PRS (Private Rental Sector) in the UK has grown considerably in both size and importance over the last five years and is now worth a staggering £1.29 trillion. To contextualise, that is 1.29 million stacks of pound coins, with each stack being a million coins high. The PRS now makes up 18% of the housing stock in England alone and is expected to rise to more than a third by 2032.

For a lot of older homeowners today, downsizing can be a great way to have a good clear out after your kids have left home, but also a fantastic way to free up some equity from your home. This financial boost also will most likely come with the added bonus of a reduction in running costs as you move to a smaller home. While there are plenty of benefits of downsizing, moving home can still be a complex and stressful experience, so we’ve put together a quick guide on what to consider to help make your move a much smoother transition.

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