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Holidays are over – in more way than one

All good things must come to an end, and that goes for the stamp duty holiday too. We’ve written about this market-boosting scheme here and here, but, as of the end of September, it will draw to a close, reverting to being payable on properties over £125,000 in October. The holiday was intended by Chancellor […]

Three things the Venture team have been digging

It’s Summer and that means one thing – getting out and about. Whether it’s walking our pooches or getting away from it all with a mini break, the Venture team love getting outdoors and enjoying the warmer weather. In the ninth instalment of our exciting feature, lettings consultant Hope Macdonald from our Darlington office has […]

Three things to do this Summer

With the weather (apparently) warming up, the Covid vaccination drive in full swing and restrictions easing across the country, we’re all ready for a little fun. We’ve rounded up our top three things to do in the North East this Summer – although I’m afraid we can’t guarantee the weather. Turning back time at Beamish […]

The craziness of Darlington’s lettings market

Venture Lettings Manager Matthew Laverick-Elliott has worked in the industry for over a decade and during that time he’s never experienced the rental market to be as competitive as it currently is. In this blog, Matthew discusses his thoughts on the market and shares his advice to landlords and renters.  Pre-Covid, we generally worked on the assumption that […]

Preparing your garden for Summer

With the hot Summer days finally upon us, it’s going to be one to remember! From BBQs to parties and alfresco dining, we’ve put together some top tips to make your garden the ultimate party location. Take care of the greenery Giving the lawn a quick trim will make all the difference when sprucing up […]

Changes to the stamp duty holiday

Last June, the government introduced the stamp duty holiday to help boost the property market, meaning that customers no longer had to pay stamp duty on their house purchase if it was less than £500,000. It worked; since its introduction, the property market has enjoyed a significant increase in new buyers. However, from the start […]

Top tips on saving for your first home

So, you’ve decided to take the next step and get yourself on the property ladder, but what happens next? Saving for your deposit isn’t the easiest job, although it doesn’t have to be difficult! We’ve put together a list of tips to help get on the road to your new home… Set a goal It’s […]

Taking the pressure away from being a landlord

Having a portfolio of properties in your name is a brilliant long-term investment but being a landlord can be time consuming, and sometimes confusing, as there’s a lot of paperwork and maintenance involved. Sometimes you need an expert (or a team of them) to help take the pressure off and assist you through your exciting […]

Three things team Venture have been digging

As the sun finally decides to shine and we head towards Summer, many of us are looking forward to spending this glorious time of year with friends and family (fingers crossed). In the eighth instalment of our exciting feature, property valuer Nicola Coates from our Crook office has been walking us through what she’s been digging… […]

Five places to explore in the North East

The North East is well-known for its fascinating history, scenic coastlines and inclusive culture, making it the perfect place to explore. For National Walking Month, we have created a list of our top five favourite places to stretch our legs. Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland Overlooking Embleton sands, the 14th-century ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle were built between […]