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Preparing for a mortgage appointment

Preparing for a mortgage appointment At your mortgage appointment, our financial advisers will assess and make recommendations on the best mortgage solutions available to you. They do this by taking important financial information that is needed to advise and every lender will ask for.     Lenders will evaluate if you can afford mortgage repayments, […]

What’s on in Durham this October half term

What’s on in Durham this October half term? Half term is creeping up on us quickly. You might be full of ideas to keep the children entertained (witch-ful thinking), but if you’re looking for something to boo-st the activity plan, look no further. Creepy, creepy crawlies day at The Bowes Museum, October 28th  Create some […]

When is the best time to market your property?

When is the best time to market your property? Selling your home can be a challenge even under the most ideal circumstances. So, as we enter an uncertain and ever-changing property market thanks to Brexit, it is even more important to consider the best time to put your house up for sale.  So, what is […]

Success for ‘Tour de Branch’ our Charity Bike Ride

  After months of organisation and training, our biggest event of the year, the Tour de Branch, finally rode into town.  On Sunday 25th August, our team of 31 cyclists, made up of staff members, family and friends, all set off on the challenging 42-mile ride from our office in Chester-Le-Street down to our Darlington […]

Work in progress

Work in progress   All good things must come to an end, and September marks the end of the Summer holidays and the start of a new school year. To help your children do their best, it’s worth thinking about where they’re working at home – is it in a bedroom? At the kitchen table? […]

Tips for the perfect summer BBQ

Tips for the perfect Summer BBQ Summer is here and we know that this season means one thing – it’s BBQ time. Fulfilling the role of the perfect host can seem like a daunting task, so we’ve pulled together some top tips to ensure that you are in-the-know on how to host a stress-free, delicious […]

Buying FAQs

Are you considering buying a property, but aren’t sure where to begin? Have a read of our commonly asked buying-related questions:   I want to buy a property – where do I start? Firstly, you’ll need to establish your budget and how you will finance the purchase. If you are going to need a mortgage it […]

Tips for increasing the value of your home

When trying to increase the value of your home, bigger isn’t always better; perhaps you live in a flat that can’t be extended, or don’t have the budget for a remodel.   We’ve brought together some handy tips for boosting the appeal of your property before it’s put on the market, without the scary price […]

Why buying a house might be better than renting

If you can’t decide whether to buy or rent, it’s worth remembering that although renting has its benefits, investing in a home of your own can be just as advantageous. Why? We hear you ask.   You can live by your own rules Renting means abiding by a landlord’s rules and needing to ask permission […]

Keeping your home safe while you’re on holiday

Going on holiday is always exciting, whether you’re going someone tropical or staying here in the UK. The last thing anyone wants is for their home to be broken into while they’re off enjoying themselves; that’s why we want to share some tips on how to keep your home safe, so you can rest assured […]