What do buyers and renters find essential in the current climate?

by Pygott & Crone on 6th May 2021

More than a quarter of UK homeowners and renters have claimed that their property priorities have changed since the COVID-19 outbreak

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£150m ‘Help to Build’ scheme to be launched

by Pygott & Crone on 6th May 2021

The government has announced a new ‘Help to Build’ scheme in a bid to make it easier and more affordable for people to build their own home

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What you need to know about the 95% mortgage guarantee scheme

by Pygott & Crone on 6th May 2021

A new mortgage guarantee scheme was announced this spring, with the goal being to help first-time buyers and aspiring home movers purchase a home with a smaller deposit

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Majority of transactions since May 2020 backed by mortgages

by Pygott & Crone on 6th May 2021

Aside from the market boost provided by the extended stamp duty holiday, it’s clear that the property market is seeing high levels of activity due to the continued low rates of borrowing for mortgages

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Why most landlords are not planning to increase rents in 2021

by Pygott & Crone on 6th May 2021

As the easing of lockdown restrictions continues, it would seem that tenants are beginning to return to cities and resume their ‘normal’ lifestyle routines, drawn by reopened venues and attractions

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How your street name could affect property prices

by Pygott & Crone on 6th May 2021

A recent report has analysed property sales across England and Wales in order to determine the most popular and expensive street names

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Tenant demand continued to rise at the start of the year

by Pygott & Crone on 6th May 2021

The number of prospective tenants registering with agents rose for the third consecutive month in March, as many homebuyers either chose to delay their purchase plans or decided to rent in between their next house sale and purchase

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How much hidden equity is in your home?

by Pygott & Crone on 6th May 2021

It has been reported that almost half of homeowners are undervaluing their homes, including some cases where the properties were worth nearly £50,000 more than they realised

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Updated guidance on possession action from the government

by Pygott & Crone on 6th May 2021

Landlords need to be aware of and follow the guidance set by the government on coronavirus and renting, which contains advice on possession proceedings, health and safety, maintenance and repairs

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A third of UK households predicted to move this year

by Pygott & Crone on 6th May 2021

As restrictions start to ease, almost a third of UK households are making plans to change their living arrangements, following their lockdown experiences

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12 cleaning tricks at the fraction of the cost!

by Pygott & Crone on 6th May 2021

From your oven to your bathroom, if you love to take pride in your home, you’ll want to know all the cleaning tricks and hacks to keep your home sparkling for a fraction of the cost

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One in every 50 homes has been sold in 2021

by Pygott & Crone on 6th May 2021

The housing market has had its fair share of ups and downs over the past year

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Take a look at our refurbished branch in Spalding

by Pygott & Crone on 21st April 2021

We are pleased to announce that the refurbishment works to our branch on Bridge Street in Spalding are now complete, and we are now welcoming customers back into branch

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Expanding Pygott & Crone Residential Services into Gainsborough.

by Agne Paskeviciute on 16th April 2021

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we are pleased to see excellent levels of business throughout our Residential, Lettings, Commercial, Agricultural departments and Financial Services

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Home improvements to help boost your house price

by Pygott & Crone on 7th April 2021

Whatever your budget, there are plenty of ways you can add value to your property before selling this year

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The top 10 scents to have in your home

by Pygott & Crone on 7th April 2021

There are many steps you can take to help attract prospective buyers, including cleaning and clearing away clutter, but what you may not know is that certain scents could help showcase your home and encourage buyers to put in an offer

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Half of tenants have no home insurance

by Pygott & Crone on 7th April 2021

A recent report conducted by Nationwide Building Society has shown that 48% of the UK private renting population have no home insurance cover at all; which roughly amounts to 2

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Housing market sees the strongest spring for home sellers in a decade!

by Pygott & Crone on 7th April 2021

Many of us have been thinking about selling our homes in recent months, with a record number of buyers enquiring about properties on Rightmove

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The key trends we have noticed during the pandemic

by Pygott & Crone on 7th April 2021

A year of being homebound has given us a lot of time to reflect on what’s important in our personal and professional lives, and we’ve seen a huge shift in attitudes within the property sector too

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Surge in holiday let enquiries due to stamp duty holiday

by Pygott & Crone on 7th April 2021

 
Properties bought for the purpose of holiday lets have grown in popularity since the introduction of the stamp duty holiday, with the extension giving investors until June to see savings for homes worth £500,000 and until September for those worth £250,000 and under

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Strict new fire regulations for HMOs and multi-tenancy buildings

by Pygott & Crone on 7th April 2021

The Home Office recently announced their intention to increase fire safety measures, stating that landlords of HMOs (House in Multiple Occupation) could face unlimited fines if they fail to comply

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Residential transactions 23% higher due to stamp duty and vaccine news

by Pygott & Crone on 7th April 2021

February saw a total of 147,050 residential transactions according to HMRC, which is a 23% increase from January’s total and a whopping 48

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Over 290,000 are now homeowners due to the Help to Buy scheme

by Pygott & Crone on 7th April 2021

The Help to Buy scheme was introduced by the government with the aim of helping first-time buyers get onto the property ladder; designed mainly to overcome the barrier of people not being able to save a large enough deposit to qualify them for a mortgage loan

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Mortgage agreements for early 2021 at their highest since the financial crisis

by Pygott & Crone on 7th April 2021

Mortgage approvals have reached a 14-year high, propelled by last year’s property market boom

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Lockdown helped third of UK homebuyers get onto property ladder

by Pygott & Crone on 7th April 2021

As challenging as the last 12 months have been for all of us, for many different reasons, there have been some positive stories and developments that have emerged during this unprecedented time

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Chain-free property listings boom as sellers opt to rent ahead of their next move

by Pygott & Crone on 7th April 2021

Recent data from Rightmove suggests that there has been a sudden increase in the number of chain-free properties listed on the market, due to sellers being more willing to rent before they purchase their next home

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What you need to know when investing in a buy-to-let property

by Pygott & Crone on 7th April 2021

Investing in a buy-to-let property is a dream that many of us will have at one point or another

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The impact of our fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support

by Pygott & Crone on 30th March 2021

At Pygott & Crone estate agents we pride ourselves on the amount of support we have given to our local communities and charities through a range of initiatives, events, and challenges

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The demand for property is as strong as ever

by Pygott & Crone on 24th March 2021

What effect has the stamp duty extension and vaccine rollout had on the property market? Well at Pygott & Crone we’ve seen a progressive increase in activity and strong transactions through the first quarter of 2021, which has highlighted the fact that demand is outstripping supply across Lincolnshire and the East Midlands

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Welcoming our new Spalding Residential Valuer.

by Agne Paskeviciute on 17th March 2021

Pygott & Crone are pleased to welcome Jodi Ingamells to our valuation team! We have seen steady development in the residential business in Spalding, and we are pleased to continue to expand and develop our team to provide the highest standards of service to our customers

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750,000 buyers have seen stamp duty savings so far

by Pygott & Crone on 4th March 2021

It’s been estimated that 600,000 homebuyers agreeing a sale from May 2020 onwards will not pay any stamp duty at all and are set to be saving £5 billion in total – that is an average of £4,660 each, according to Zoopla

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Our reaction to the Chancellor's Budget

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd March 2021

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has today announced his much-anticipated Budget; but is it good or bad news for the estate agency industry

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How much could you save by re-mortgaging?

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd March 2021

Homeowners whose fixed rate mortgage deal has ended could save hundreds by just re-mortgaging!

When a fixed mortgage deal ends, you are usually automatically put onto the lender’s Standard Variable Rate (SVR), which can cost borrowers more each month in repayments than if they actually re-mortgaged onto a new fixed rate deal

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How many tenants have a good relationship with their landlord?

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd March 2021

According to a recent survey, around 75% of tenants reported having a good relationship with their landlord and letting agent

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Good news for first-time buyers as lenders allow smaller deposits

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd March 2021

Over the last 12 months, first-time buyers have found it more difficult to move forwards with their purchase plans, as low-deposit mortgages became increasingly scarce

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Landlords urged to comply with electrical safety regulation or risk fines

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd March 2021

What are the new electrical safety standards?

The new electrical safety standards require landlords to ensure the safety of all electrical wiring and fixed electrical installations are tested and signed off for each of their properties

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How you can get negotiation-ready

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd March 2021

According to a recent source, 30% of surveyed homeowners stated that they didn’t attempt to negotiate on the price when purchasing a home

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How to maximise what you can see without physically viewing

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd March 2021

It goes without saying that COVID-19 had a massive ripple effect on the world, and of course, the property market wasn’t left untouched by this

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Why did virtual viewings surge in January?

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd March 2021

Online property viewing activity continues to surge due to stay at home demands from the UK government

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The government’s multi-billion pound intervention to end unsafe cladding

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd March 2021

After the tragic incident of Grenfell tower in 2017, a massive investigation was launched to determine what caused the fire to spread so rapidly, resulting in an outcome that blamed the poor quality of the additional external cladding used to hold the building together

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Rental growth picks up for the sixth month in a row

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd March 2021

The rental market has picked up for a consecutive sixth month, suggest sources in the property sector, with reports showing a 4

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10% price surge for detached homes due to house hunters demanding more space

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd March 2021

Since the property market reopened last summer, we’ve seen a market boom that’s led to record activity for new listings and sales agreed in the UK, as homeowners rush to find somewhere more suited to their lockdown needs and lifestyle

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Looking ahead to the spring with new plans and projects

by Pygott & Crone on 2nd March 2021

Spring is now just around the corner, a season with which we all associate new beginnings, new plans, and new projects

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Buy your replica shirt direct from Pygott & Crone

by Pygott & Crone on 1st March 2021

We are passionate about supporting our local communities in a variety of ways, with sponsorship of sports teams being one of the many ways in which we support our local area

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Eviction ban “more balanced” than past examples

by Pygott & Crone on 24th February 2021

Just after we started 2021, Housing Secretary – Robert Jenrick – announced an extension on the ban preventing tenants from being evicted

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Buyers have a second chance at stamp duty savings

by Pygott & Crone on 24th February 2021

Initially announced in 2020, the stamp duty holiday was intended to aid homeowners through the buying process during the pandemic

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Looking to move? We are open for business and dedicated to keeping you safe.

by Agne Paskeviciute on 18th February 2021

As England continues its third lockdown, we want to reassure our customers or anyone thinking of moving house that we’re open for business and Pygott & Crone are continuing to operate to strict Covid guidelines

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What do tenants really want during the pandemic?

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd February 2021

The latest data from Zoopla has revealed the most common search terms from tenants between July and September 2020, with the findings showing a shift in attitudes as more people look for places they consider to be ‘pandemic proof’

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Where are the best universities for a buy-to-let investment?

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd February 2021

Since the closing of universities and businesses last spring, the property sector has seen highs and lows across the UK

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Half of tenants worried about their housing situation

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd February 2021

It’s recently been found that 50% of UK tenants have expressed anxiety about their housing situation, with the most common concerns including unemployment and rent increases

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How to decorate your rented home without making permanent changes

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd February 2021

When decorating a rented property, there are many things you must bear in mind when making any dramatic changes, including getting the landlord’s permission

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Latest eviction ban “more balanced” than past examples

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd February 2021

Just after we started 2021, Housing Secretary – Robert Jenrick – announced an extension on the ban preventing tenants from being evicted

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Market activity remains high despite stamp duty deadline

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd February 2021

Initially announced in 2020, the stamp duty holiday was intended to aid homeowners through the buying process during the pandemic

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Tips to speed up your home move

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd February 2021

As the stamp duty holiday reaches its deadline, a huge number of sales are being agreed

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How the pandemic impacted the housing market

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd February 2021

It would be somewhat of an understatement to say that the pandemic led to confusion and uncertainty for businesses last year

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How to conduct property viewings safely in lockdown

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd February 2021

Since the first lockdown last March, the housing market has managed to successfully adapt to the changes being made and evolve to offer homeowners safer ways to buy or sell

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Help-to-buy extension has been confirmed

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd February 2021

The deadline for the current help-to-buy scheme is set to be extended by a further month – taking it to the end of March – in order to take into account delays to the sector caused by the pandemic

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Decorating mistakes that could stop your home from selling

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd February 2021

With the property market seeing a lot of demand, sellers need to present their homes in the best possible light to beat the competition

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House-buying behaviour continues to be shaped by working from home

by Pygott & Crone on 3rd February 2021

With the number of vaccine jabs administered in the UK now over 10 million, we can start to imagine a future beyond the pandemic, but it’s expected that the ‘new norms’ many of us have adopted will have lasting effects in our day-to-day lives

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The increased demand for rural and coastal properties explained

by Pygott & Crone on 11th January 2021

Since the initial lockdown in March, the demand for rural properties has increased massively due to changing property priorities and working habits

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How to set achievable goals with your home

by Pygott & Crone on 11th January 2021

Setting New Year’s resolutions is a long-lived tradition, however, this year is set to be slightly different

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The updated 'how to rent' guide for tenants and landlords

by Pygott & Crone on 11th January 2021

As a landlord, there are a number of legal requirements to be complied with prior to letting out a property

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Your property investment checklist

by Pygott & Crone on 11th January 2021

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on many aspects of our lives over the past 12 months, but the property investment sector has stayed somewhat consistent

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Top tips for first-time buyers saving for a deposit

by Pygott & Crone on 11th January 2021

Buying your first home is an extremely poignant event in anyone’s life and being able to put down a significant deposit is vital to stand you in good stead for your future repayments

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2020: A year where everything changed

by Pygott & Crone on 11th January 2021

 
As we all make preparations for the year ahead, we’ve brought you a month-by-month recap of 2020’s property market highs and lows

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Which room in your home is the best value for money?

by Pygott & Crone on 11th January 2021

Faced with a third lockdown, how are you maximising your time to your advantage?

Whilst it might be the furthest thing from your mind right now, making home improvements is the perfect way to spend all of that extra time indoors

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UK property market set to grow 4% in 2021

by Pygott & Crone on 11th January 2021

As we come into the new year, the housing market is forecast to continue its positive state, according to Rightmove

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How landlords can cut down on emergency callout costs

by Pygott & Crone on 11th January 2021

Emergency property issues are costing landlords billions every year, according to research from Direct Line

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Steps to beat the January blues

by Pygott & Crone on 11th January 2021

With another lockdown keeping us indoors, it is understandably a difficult time for many of us to find the motivation to plan ahead and commit to seeing through our resolutions for a healthier, happier and more productive 2021

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Surge in homeowners keen to move this year

by Pygott & Crone on 11th January 2021

 

COVID-19 has caused a major shift within the property market regarding buyers’ and sellers’ attitudes

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Your guide to understanding your property's value

by Pygott & Crone on 11th January 2021

If you are planning to sell or rent your property, then it’s important to get an accurate estimate of how much the property could be worth

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Pygott & Crone Named a Relocation Agent Network Platinum Member

by Agne Paskeviciute on 8th December 2020

Local estate agent, Pygott & Crone is celebrating today after being named a member of Relocation Agent Network’s Platinum League for a third year running

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Winter maintenance suggestions to safeguard your property

by Pygott & Crone on 7th December 2020

As we’re in the midst of winter, and the cold weather is now in full force, you need to be informed on how to protect your home against any potential seasonal damage, as well as reduce unnecessary spending

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New year, new buyers

by Pygott & Crone on 7th December 2020

While Christmas is the time for overindulging, spending time with family and watching all the classics, it’s also a really reflective season

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Together we've raised £68,000 for the British Heart Foundation

by Pygott & Crone on 7th December 2020

We are delighted to report that the #BHF100K campaign has been a tremendous success

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Ways to cut the cost of home insurance

by Pygott & Crone on 1st December 2020

Home insurance can be tricky to navigate, as there are lots of elements to understand when it comes to finding the right policy and making a claim

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How to get your home ready for Christmas

by Pygott & Crone on 1st December 2020

With Christmas on its way, our homes will soon become the hub of the season

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Can landlords meet the new guidelines on right to rent

by Pygott & Crone on 1st December 2020

Whilst these would ordinarily have been conducted via face-to-face meetings, right-to-rent checks have temporarily been altered to make it easier and safer for landlords and tenants

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Your stamp duty and mortgage holiday questions answered

by Pygott & Crone on 1st December 2020

As we emerge from the country’s second lockdown and pick back up with the tier restrictions, we’re seeing yet more reports of possible job cuts and unemployment concerns up and down the country

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House prices soar in 2020

by Pygott & Crone on 1st December 2020

Since the start of the year, house prices have soared 7

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Keeping your home safe and well ventilated during winter

by Pygott & Crone on 1st December 2020

Considering that winter is the ‘spike’ season for insurance claims – as it’s where the majority of problems occur regarding home maintenance – there’s never been a better time to implement safety precautions in and around your home

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Protection for tenants this winter

by Pygott & Crone on 1st December 2020

As we emerge from a second national lockdown in England and return into the tiered system, housing secretary – Robert Jenrick – has confirmed tenants will remain protected over winter

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Ten tips to saving money when moving home

by Pygott & Crone on 1st December 2020

Whilst we’re all aware of the costs associated with moving, not all of us will know the money saving solutions used by savvy sellers

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The EPC rules and what they mean for tenants and landlords

by Pygott & Crone on 1st December 2020

Introduced earlier this year, revisions to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) on rental properties have meant that landlords are unable to let a flat or house with an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating below an E

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Top tips for moving at Christmas

by Pygott & Crone on 1st December 2020

Whether you’re a seasoned mover or it’s your first time, relocating to a new house is an extremely exciting process – even if there happen to be a couple of bumps along the way

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How to make the most of a small kitchen

by Pygott & Crone on 1st December 2020

 
Having gone through two lockdowns, the most desirable factor that’s attracting attention from buyers and tenants right now is a property with plenty of space

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What impact has COVID-19 had for landlords?

by Pygott & Crone on 4th November 2020

Since the pandemic hit the UK earlier this year, landlords and tenants have felt the financial strain

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Top tips for landlords on protecting your investment

by Pygott & Crone on 4th November 2020

Right now, interest from tenants is rapidly growing across the country, with many deciding to delay buying or coming to the realisation that they need to find a rental with more space

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10 cost-effective hacks for keeping your property warm and cosy

by Pygott & Crone on 4th November 2020

With much of the UK workforce now operating under lockdown again, it’s estimated that we’ll see a collective hike of almost £2 billion on our energy bills at home

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What to do if your home is not selling

by Pygott & Crone on 4th November 2020

Each sale experience is different from the last, so it’s important not to be alarmed or lose heart if you come across any unexpected delays during the process

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Five storage solutions to make your property attractive to buyers

by Pygott & Crone on 4th November 2020

With the property market still as busy as ever, with lots of choice for potential buyers, the key to a successful sale is making your house stand out

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Your DIY questions answered

by Pygott & Crone on 4th November 2020

Online searches for ‘DIY’ hit a 16-year high during the UK’s first lockdown, as we found new ways to spend our time

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Why you should consider buying or selling before Christmas

by Pygott & Crone on 4th November 2020

There are a wide range of influences that can prompt people to buy or sell in the run up to Christmas

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