Are You Earning 1.12% On Your Savings? SmartyPig Members Are

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If you’ve been paying attention to high yield savings rates over the past few months, you may have noticed they’re on their way up.  No, not to the 4% – 5% levels we saw about a decade ago, but slowly, interest rates are creeping in a positive direction. SmartyPig is one of the high yield

How Important Is It to Set Up Beneficiaries for All Your Accounts?

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Wherever you are on your path towards financial independence, it’s important to think about what would happen to your financial accounts if you were unexpectedly pass away. It seems like a morbid thought, but planning for the well-being of your family is essential. Even if you don’t yet have a spouse or children, thinking ahead

Earning a Living With Rental Properties: Should You Be a Landlord?

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Given the option, owning assets that produce income is a much better financial strategy than owning assets that generate expenses. If you own a house or apartment for your own residence, for example, you have a lot of expenses. You will need to pay for maintenance, repairs, taxes, mortgage interest, landscaping, utilities, or a homeowner

Alex Goodman – a profile on our Brighton & Hove region Area Sales Manager

To continue with our recent Brighton theme (sponsoring the Fairytale Fair!) we thought we’d write a profile on our Brighton & Hove region Area Sales Manager, Alex Goodman.

Alex is a relatively new and fabulous addition to the team, and he comes with an interesting back story as he was a cocktail waiter in his late teens (see his cocktail blog), and then went on to manage a prominent venue in the centre of Brighton. He grew tired of only being busy on Friday and Saturday evenings so he decided to join his father in the traditional estate agency business he owned. He fell in love with estate agency and over the course of ten years rose to be company director before his Dad decided to sell the business and retire. Alex had wanted to develop a forward thinking business in a new area, and discovered Move Revolution when we were about to commit to expansion in the Sussex coast area. He was drawn to the way the business is run, and felt strongly about being a big part of the businesses plans for growth. The rest is history, as they say!

Alex goes to the Street Diner in Brighthelm Gardens every Friday to enjoy a lunchtime treat. He loves the Japanese and Mexican dishes in particular. The Street Diner’s motto is arrive hungry, leave happy, and it certainly seems to hit the spot!

Alex is a big football fan and although he somehow isn’t a Seagulls supporter (why?!), he is delighted to see them promoted to the Premier League. He’s a keen golfer and enjoys playing at West Hove and Devils Dyke.

In terms of being out for a drink, although he’s not quite so hedonistic as he was in his bar manager days, he’s still a fan of The Cricketers for it’s traditional atmosphere, and also The Office for their huge array of gins!

Alex is a bit of an interiors aficionado and loves modern homes with modern interiors and more traditional homes with more of a classic look. Given a choice, he’d probably go for the modern look. Here are some recent modern interiors from the area, taken by our in house photography team. We think they look incredible!

 

If you’re thinking of moving within the Brighton & Hove region, do pick up the phone and give Alex a call on 01273 921500, he’ll be delighted to help.

source http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/alex-goodman-a-profile-on-our-brighton-area-sales-manager/

Financially Supporting Your Parents: 7 Steps to Take

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It’s a fact: multigenerational households are becoming more common in the United States. In the ’50s, it wasn’t unusual for older adults to live with their grown children and possibly grandchildren. That living arrangement trended downward for several decades, but saw a big upswing between 2000 and 2014. In fact, in 2014, 19% of Americans

Be part of it: Blooming Earlswood 2017

We’re so excited about Blooming Earlswood 2017, and want to encourage you to get your entries in. We can’t wait to hear from you!

In 2016 the atmosphere was fabulous, and on the day of the judging there was a real sense of excitement. We can remember the difficulty of judging as the entries were all of such a high standard.

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Make sure you put 1st July in your diary as this is the date of summer fair at Earlswood School (Junior site on Brambletye Park Road) and the winners will be announced there. If you enter the scarecrow category, we encourage you to bring it along to display on the school field. We look forward to celebrating with you on the day, at what promises to be a wonderful summer fair, with plenty to see and do.

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Until then….

ENTER HERE!

Earlswood

If you’re thinking of moving, give Louise and Damian a call on 01737 888220.

Earlswood-Holborns

source http://moverevolution.com/blog/part-blooming-earlswood-2017/

GUEST BLOG: Rooms by Abbie – practical advice for a successful property sale

We love to bring you great content from our partners, and this time we’ve been chatting with Abbie of “Rooms by Abbie“. She has written this blog for us to share with you, as it’s a hot topic, especially at this busy time of year:

“When it comes to selling property, most people will be hoping for a quick sale at an asking price offer. But how do you achieve this? While most physical attributes, such as the location, orientation of the garden and rooms sizes can’t be changed, there are lots of things you can do to showcase your property so it appeals to the wisest possible audience.

  1. Take the opportunity to declutter

You may not want to hear this, but I promise that decluttering – before you do anything else – will make everything else in the house moving process easier! That may seem like a bold statement, but decluttering means less stuff to store, less stuff to keep tidy for viewings, and less stuff to pack. Now surely that’s worth the effort?!

Before our last house move I sent my husband and then one-year-old daughter to stay with his parents for the weekend, while I painstakingly sorted though all the excess ‘stuff’ in our house. I even tested and threw away all the pens that didn’t work anymore. Yep, unfortunately, that is absolutely true…

Before you start, have a system to follow, some uplifting music, and try not to get side tracked reminiscing over childhood photos and letters!

  1. Complete any unfinished odd jobs

You know those little jobs that you never quite got around to doing, before you no longer noticed them, and the half-finished paint job became part of the décor…? Well, now is the time to finish them! Hanging pictures, replacing cracked tiles, and filling the misjudged hole in the wall next to the curtain pole will all make a huge difference when someone is viewing your house. It may take their perception from “This is a project that I don’t want to take on” to “I can move my things in straight away!”

If, like me, you think your DIY skills may be more of a hindrance than a help, consider hiring a handyman for a day and asking him or her to work through a list of prioritised jobs.

  1. Create a welcoming entrance

First impressions count – sorry for the cliché, but it’s true! When a prospective buyer walks through the front door they may subconsciously make up their mind about your property there and then.

A hallway with shoes to step over or coats to step around may translate that the rest of the house is cramped; a dark hallway may indicate that the whole house has a lack of natural light; peeling wallpaper or yellowing woodwork may give the impression that your property is a ‘project’ and result in a lower offer being made.

To combat this, apply a fresh coat of paint in a light neutral colour, buy a new mat, add a mirror to reflect light, and use neat storage for shoes and bags. Even though you might wear any of your eight coats on a given day (spring is so unpredictable!) hang any surplus items in the wardrobe upstairs – and you can even store the pushchair in the car!

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  1. Smarten up outside spaces

Your priority should be the front of the property, as first impressions are so important. If the pathway up to the entrance is overgrown and the front door is faded and peeling, potential buyers may be put off before they’ve even walked inside.

If you have a back garden there’s no need to book a landscape gardener, but cutting the grass, removing any dead plants and tidying away garden toys will all help make the most of the outside space.

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  1. Ensure each room has a clear function

Sometimes we end up using our rooms in a non-conventional way, mostly because it suits our needs at the time. I think most of us have ended up with a spare room filled with old furniture, storage boxes and an exercise bike that we were absolutely definitely going to use on a daily basis at some point!

People viewing your house will want to imagine how they would live there. So if you currently have an amalgamated playroom / study / dining room, it is best to decide on a function and dress the room accordingly. If you’re not sure of the best solution, your estate agent will be able to advise you what type of room will appeal most to your target buyer, so you can make the most effective changes.

  1. Don’t feel you need to paint the whole house Magnolia

It’s true that the ‘safe’ option is to have neutral walls and floors when selling a property – potential buyers will find it easier to visualise their belongings in a ‘blank’ space and it will seem like an easier transition than if your vibrant teal feature wall doesn’t match any of their furniture.

But, as long as the decoration is in good order it’s probably not worth the time, effort or cost of neutralising your space, at least when you first put it on the market (if it’s not selling this may be something you consider later on). The chances are the new owners will want to put their own stamp on it anyway, and who knows, they might hate Magnolia and be a mutual admirer of teal!

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  1. Present sparkling bathrooms

Without wanting to state the obvious, make sure all bathrooms are clean – as in sparkling clean! It is said that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, and if a bathroom looks dirty the viewer may (consciously or subconsciously) translate this to needing to replace the bathroom, and as a result may put in a lower offer – or decide not to put in an offer at all.

Obviously you don’t want to go to the expense of installing a new bathroom suite, but a good limescale remover, a grout pen to liven up old tiling and a fluffy bathmat will improve appearances and create a better impression.

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  1. Toy storage

It’s likely that if your family home is full of toys, then prospective buyers will be in the same boat. There’s nothing wrong with toys and games being ‘on show’ but at the same time, no-one wants to walk into a room where every inch of space is covered with brightly coloured plastic… except maybe a two-year-old!

This is the opportunity to declutter old toys and books (see point 1 above!) and also move some items to children’s rooms to maximise space in the living areas. Neatly stacked games alongside smart storage boxes won’t cause any offence, but toys spilling onto the floor starts to look cluttered, giving the impression that the rooms are short on storage space.

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  1. Don’t over fill rooms 

Too much furniture, or bulky pieces that are too big for the space, will make a room feel small – even when it is spacious. An oversized coffee table or large ottoman may be practical but if they fill the space in your living area, the room will feel cramped and awkward.

If you want to keep the furniture, either move it to another room (being careful not to overfill that room in turn!) or ask a very nice family member or friend to store it for you for until you move.

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  1.  Maintaining tidiness

So, you’ve decluttered, touched up the paintwork, rearranged your rooms, and neatly stored the toys in preparation for photos to be taken and your lovely home to go on the market. But what happens when someone wants to come round and look at it? Surely keeping your home ‘viewing ready’ is actually impossible?!!

Don’t panic – there are a number of things you can do to help maintain this state…

Tidy as you go – this might sound obvious, but putting toys in boxes, clean washing in drawers and dirty plates in the dishwasher straight away will prevent mess from building up.

Cleaning wipes are really handy for a quick wipe around the bathroom or kitchen floor if you have a short notice viewing. OK, I know they’re not great from an environmental point of view, but it’s only short term, and think about all that recycling you’ll be doing as part of decluttering!

Lastly (and perhaps most importantly) have an emergency I-DON’T-KNOW-WHERE-TO-PUT-IT box! If time is against you, you can put today’s post, your current magazine and the birthday card for your sister into the box – throw a nice blanket over the top for an effortlessly styled accessory to blend into the room!

Good luck with your sale! There are so many variables at stake, but one thing’s for definite – you’re in safe hands with Move Revolution!”

Thanks Abbie!

If you would like a design consultation, see Abbie’s website for details.

If you’re thinking of selling or renting your home, please call the Move Revolution team on 0330 223 1000.

source http://moverevolution.com/blog/guest-blog-rooms-abbie-practical-advice-successful-property-sale/

Trumpcare Part One – How the New AHCA Bill Will Affect Your Healthcare

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Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act (or as many are calling it, “Trumpcare”) by a vote of 217 to 213.  Initially, it was determined by Republican House leadership that the bill was not strong enough to pass a vote. The discussion appeared to be tabled indefinitely.  However, after

How Could the Fed’s Rate Increase Affect You?

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard whisperings of the Federal Reserve’s rate hike last month. This is only the third time since the Great Recession that the Fed has increased rates… and, well, it’s both a good thing and a bad thing. A Fed rate increase means that the economy is

Be part of it: Blooming Earlswood 2017

We’re so excited about Blooming Earlswood 2017, and want to encourage you to get your entries in. We can’t wait to hear from you!

In 2016 the atmosphere was fabulous, and on the day of the judging there was a real sense of excitement. We can remember the difficulty of judging as the entries were all of such a high standard.

rsz_img_0511

Make sure you put 1st July in your diary as this is the date of summer fair at Earlswood School (Junior site on Brambletye Park Road) and the winners will be announced there. If you enter the scarecrow category, we encourage you to bring it along to display on the school field. We look forward to celebrating with you on the day, at what promises to be a wonderful summer fair, with plenty to see and do.

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Until then….

ENTER HERE!

Earlswood

If you’re thinking of moving, give Louise and Damian a call on 01737 888220.

Earlswood-Holborns

 

 

source http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/part-blooming-earlswood-2017/