We are delighted to announce that Sophie Bullock, Director of Aston Knowles, wins the RICS Young Surveyor of the Year. Sophie launched Aston Knowles Chartered surveyors and Estate Agents in 2014 and since this time has sold over £64m worth of Sutton Coldfield’s finest properties. Whilst reading her entry the judges were impressed with the
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2017 – Residential Housing Market Predictions

In 2016, national house price growth was up 6.9% according to the Office for National Statistics, making the RICS economist, Mr Rubinsohns 6% growth prediction to be the most accurate of the experts. With the average house price in the UK at £217,000 (£474,000 in central London). Despite the unexpected referendum result which caused the
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There is currently a lively debate raging within the property world regarding the merits of traditional high street agencies versus Internet based estate agents. Local firm, Aston Knowles Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents demonstrates that traditional property services are still in high demand. On the 2nd January 2014 Aston Knowles took over of the prestigious
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Why do I need a survey?

  If you buy a property and then discover that it has serious structural problems or major building defects you could find that you’re landed with significant, unexpected expenses, not to mention the hassle of having building works carried out straight after you move in to your nice new house! Instructing a building survey will
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2016 Budget update for Property

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  • March 18, 2016
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  • 2016, budget, developers, landlords, property, Tax,
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Property developers and landlords The Chancellor previously announced two measures which caught investors by surprise however, there were no further announcements this time around. Firstly, the cut to mortgage tax relief (relief Landlords can claim on mortgage interest) will be set at the basic rate of tax – currently 20% and secondly the 3% stamp duty
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2015 Budget Update

As with any budget, there will always be winners and losers, so how will the 2015 budget affect the property market and how will you fare? The biggest impact will be felt by landlords as George Osborne has pledged to cut tax relief on mortgage interest for private rental properties.  By 2020 you won’t be
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Sutton Coldfield Premier Agent Aston Knowles, sponsored Triathlete storms over the finish line at Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire at the weekend to pick up his ticket to the World 70.3 Finals in Zell Am See-Kaprun in Austria later this year. Local triathlete Ian Dempsey from Aldridge took part in the 70.3 Ironman event on Sunday completing
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What are the Conservative governments residential property policies?

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  • May 8, 2015
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With the UK on course for a Conservative government the property market looks set to continue to be prosperous. What are the Conservative governments residential property policies? • Everybody is aware that there is a severe shortage of houses in the UK and each party has put forward their proposals. By 2020, the Conservatives have promised
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Stamp Duty Market Update

Stamp Duty Update from Aston Knowles From midnight on Wednesday 3rd December stamp duty will no longer leap at each threshold but will rise gradually. Previously buyers paid the percentage above thresholds on the entire purchase price. With the new system, the higher stamp duty levels will only be charged on the amount above each
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