Property Editorials

Covid and Brexit Prompt Ireland’s Relocation Wave

Since the dual dramas of Brexit and Covid-19, a wave of relocating professionals is washing up in Ireland’s capital Dublin, many of them returning to their homeland.

Opportunities in financial services, technology and business consultancy are multiplying in Ireland, creating a perfect storm of heightened economic activity and competition for properties.

Novel rooms to rent

by David Nicholson | Published on

What inspires an author to create a great novel? For some, it might be love, loss or revenge. But for others, it is the place that they call home: the beauty of the view from their living room window; the familiar warmth of their kitchen; or the happy memories of their childhood bedroom.

Such is the power of association between authors and their properties, that having a famous writer as a former owner, occupant or even merely as a fleeting visitor can hold significant interest and add significant value.

How to let a room in your house

By David Nicholson | Published on

Did you know that if you have a spare room in the property that you own or rent, you could make up to £4,250 a year tax free from letting it out? Read our guide to the government's Rent-a-Room scheme to learn how you can benefit.

How to buy commercial premises

By David Nicholson | Published on

Moving into your own premises is an exciting part of the growth of any business. It is a very visible demonstration of your commercial worth to customers, suppliers and partners. It can also help you to expand, giving you room to take on more employees, for example.

However, it can be difficult to handle the various stages of acquiring commercial premises, from locating a site, to getting a commercial mortgage, to securing the premises.

This guide takes you through the process from start to finish.

How to get out of debt

By David Nicholson | Published on

Britons are in greater debt than ever before, with an estimated 411 people per day to declare bankruptcy or insolvency in 2009. If you're feeling out of your depth when it comes to finance, follow our step-by-step guide to getting out of debt and staying out – or at least keeping it to a minimum.

How to let your property to students

By David Nicholson | Published on

Letting to students can be a rewarding business, but it's important to be aware of the pitfalls as well as the opportunities. If you're a homeowner, landlord or prospective investor, read our helpful guide to letting a property to students.

Digging for gold: basement conversions

By David Nichoslon | Published on

When the thought of moving house makes you groan, but you're desperate for more room, what's the answer? For an increasing number of home owners, the solution lies beneath their feet.

Basement conversions, or excavations from scratch, are becoming all the rage in smart parts of London, with specialists reporting brisk business. Even in the countryside, if you have a listed property or need to accommodate a growing family but can't face the hassle of relocation, digging is on the rise.

Property oddities: an unusual place to call home

By David Nicholson | Published on

Up the church steeple, down in the dungeon, out on the river or inside the lighthouse, some people choose the strangest abodes. If you fancy joining them, here’s a guide to the pick of the oddities currently (or recently) on the market.

The Lord’s my surveyor

On trend: Top ten neighbours

By David Nicholson | Published on

We’ve all heard stories about neighbours from hell, making people’s lives a misery for any number of reasons. To avoid joining that band of distressed occupants, David Nicholson suggests some positive neighbourly attributes to look out for.

1. Pensioners

Scottish country estates: living the dream

By David Nicholson | Published on

The opportunity to acquire a Scottish sporting estate, somewhere that country sports writer Charlie Jacoby describes as “the best example of sub-Arctic wilderness in the world” is an event that may happen just once in a lifetime, if that.