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Ultimate guide to property valuations

If you're planning to sell your property, you need to know how much it's worth. Having a valuation is a simple but vital early step in moving home. Learn everything you need to know about property valuations in the quick guide.

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5 key things to consider when relocating in retirement

Are you planning for the future? Thinking about moving to a new area? Consider these 5 important factors to help you decide if relocating in retirement is the right choice for you.

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What is a lifetime lease?

Are you searching for your next home? You've probably seen properties advertised with a "lifetime lease" but do you know what this means? Learn exactly what a lifetime lease is, how it works & how it could benefit you.

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How to make the right offer on a house

Finding the perfect property can take time, but when you find ‘the one’ you’ll want to move quickly and make your offer. Learn how to make the right offer and download a free checklist to help you along the way!

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Help with moving house – our free Move Simply service

Moving home can be difficult but did you know that our team could help? Through our Move Simply service they can help you sell your property, find your next home and handle the buying process!

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Moving back to the UK after living abroad

Thinking about returning to the UK after living abroad? Have you considered your options? Read this short guide and discover how we could help you move back to the UK in your retirement.

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Top 4 must-have guides for moving house

Searching for, finding and moving to a new house can be a long process, but we’re here to help make your move easier! Here’s a roundup of our top 4 must-have guides (and FREE checklists!) to help you with your move.

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An alternative option to Equity Release

Thinking about the future? You may want to create savings or pay off past debt but, unfortunately, there are limited options when it comes to financing your retirement. Did you know there is an alternative option to Equity Release?

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How to protect your inheritance with Homewise

When planning your retirement, it's inevitable to be thinking about inheritance. Did you know you could protect and safeguard a percentage of your home’s future value to be passed on as inheritance?

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3 quick tips to finding your new home online

The quickest way to find your dream home is to search online. Use these 3 simple tips to help you find your new home quickly, beat the New Year rush and search for your perfect property right away!

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Moving Checklist: Follow this guide for a stress-free move

Moving home is the start of a new chapter and should be an exciting time. Use this simple guide and print off your FREE checklist to help you plan ahead and prepare for a stress-free moving day.

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How to prepare your house for sale

Preparing to move and sell your house? With this simple and easy-to-follow guide, you can give yourself the best chance of finding the right buyer and selling your property quickly - plus download a FREE printable checklist!

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3 reasons to market your property this Christmas

You’re thinking about a change and looking to move but have you sold your current property? Don’t wait until New Year. Read these 3 reasons why you need to be on the market this Christmas.

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Achieve your moving goals with help from Homewise

Want to find the dream home for your retirement? We can help. Read about how our teams support you through every step of the moving process, helping you achieve the dream move.

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How to calculate your budget

You want to move home and may have started browsing online, but to find your perfect property you need to calculate your budget first. Not sure where to begin? Use our simple calculator to work out your funds.

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3 simple steps to find your dream home

Hunting for the perfect property can be overwhelming and tough searches often result in disappointment. Don’t give up. Take it one step at a time and use this simple plan to help you find your dream home today.

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Renting in retirement? There might be another option

Research has shown that the number of older people moving into rented accommodation has increased by 13% since 2012 but, with renting offering little security, there is another option.

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Getting the most out of a viewing!

It's not always easy but when you're hunting for a new home, it can be difficult not to get too attached early on. Read these top tips to help you get the most out of any visit to a potential new property.

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What do the 2017 manifestos say about pensions and property?

We've been looking through the manifestos of the main parties and have pulled out the points that will most affect our customers.

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Struggling to pay off your interest-only mortgage? Maybe Homewise can help.

As the FCA launches a new investigation into interest-only mortgage lending, we look at how Homewise can help those struggling to repay.

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Cost effective ways to increase the value of your home before you sell

Let's face it, renovating your house to put it on the market is not always realistic. So we've compiled our top, low-budget ways to add value.

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How to filter search results on Rightmove & Zoopla

Learn how to filter your online search and find the perfect property on Rightmove and Zoopla! Plus download a free handy checklist to help you find the home that's right for you.

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How to prepare yourself for the emotional impact of moving home

If you are moving to a new house in your retirement, then you will have a lot of things that need sorting out.

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43% of people live in unsuitable housing

The figures, released by homelessness charity Shelter, showed that more than four in ten people live in homes that do not reach acceptable standards in cleanliness, safety and space.

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How to actually find your dream home in your retirement

Let’s face it, trying to find your dream home can very quickly turn into a bit of a nightmare, but we're here to help. Try these top tips to help with your search today.

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Interest-Only Pressure Builds on Over 55s Homeowners

Up to one in 10 over-55s homeowners across the UK are still paying interest-only mortgages and facing the prospect of clearing their debt when the deal runs out.

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The EU Referendum and the Housing Market: What we Know

Campaigning is almost at an end and uncertainty over the UK’s future in the European Union is still rife. Here’s our summary of the EU referendum and how it’s affecting the property market.

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Interest-only mortgages and the older borrower

Interest-only mortgages are regularly referred to as a ticking time bomb. But what exactly does this mean for older borrowers and what are their options?

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What does 2016 hold for the UK property market?

With housing a key focus of the Autumn statement, it seems that in 2016, all eyes will be on the property market. So, what are we expecting to see, exactly?

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The Wise Guide to… A stress-free move

Here it is. The definitive three-step guide to a stress-free move. Based mostly on my very stressful move last year.

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