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How will the cost of living increases impact me?
There’s so much information out there right now about increases to the cost of living, that it can be difficult to sift through everything, so here’s a summary of what’s changed, the impact this will have, and the helpful resources that are available to you.
Avoid this costly mistake when searching for a new property
When it comes to shopping, it’s likely that you already know what you’re looking for before you even start searching. Searching for a dream home this is no different, but there is one important item that is left off most lists, and it can cost...
Plan your move with help from loved ones this Christmas
Christmas is the ideal time to plan your move. Spend time with family & begin your search in time for the Boxing Day boom! Make the most of the current sellers' market & secure your dream home in 2022.
3 reasons your property should be on the market before Christmas
Selling a property? Discover why, if you're not on the market yet, you could be missing the best opportunity of the year! Get ahead of the rush & ensure your property shines in the search results...
Is the Home for Life Plan right for my parents?
Are your parents thinking about moving? Learn how Homewise could help them afford the perfect property and support them throughout the moving process.
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.
How to find (and secure) your ideal home in a sellers’ market
It's a competitive market and buyer demand is higher than ever. Learn how we could help you find the perfect property and beat the competition, all as part of our free service.
Will I benefit from the Stamp Duty holiday?
If you're considering moving home in 2021 there's still time to save thousands, thanks to the Stamp Duty holiday extension! Find out just how much you could be saving on your dream home.
New year new home: Securing the perfect property for 2021
Now is the perfect time to buy, sell and take advantage of the Stamp Duty holiday; and secure your dream home for the new year ahead. Find out why.
Do I continue to pursue my retirement dream?
Our homes are our sanctuaries, but if you're thinking of selling up and moving home there's no need to delay your plans! Now is the perfect time to reflect, research and plan for the future.
Avoid these two mistakes & secure your dream home
Searching for the perfect property? Don’t fall foul of these 2 mistakes - avoid choosing a 'dream home' that could be a hidden disaster, and grab a free printable checklist!
Stamp Duty Holiday: What does it mean for your move?
Rishi Sunak’s most recent announcement surrounding the Stamp Duty Holiday could save you thousands - take advantage of this time and move to your ideal home for life!
How can I get my home valued during Coronavirus?
Worried your move may go on hold? Don't worry, the dream is still in reach! Discover how Estate Agents have adapted and can still value your property during Coronavirus.
How can I view properties for sale during Coronavirus?
Searching for your next home? Learn how online, virtual, viewings can offer the perfect solution for you to view prospective properties whilst in isolation and during Coronavirus.
How to achieve a swifter sale - 3 mistakes to avoid
Learn how to avoid common mistakes when selling your home. Attract more viewings and enjoy a swifter sale by following the tips in this quick guide.
The ultimate guide for understanding your property value - and improving it!
Let this quick guide make selling your home stress free. Understand your property’s worth and take low-cost steps to improve its value and desirability.
Help with your property search – our free Viewing Days service
Deciding on a new property is a big decision. That’s why our Property Consultants are available to accompany Homewise customers during their viewings, to ensure they find their perfect home.
Advertising a park home for sale: where to live next?
If you're planning for the future and thinking about selling your park home, you’ll need to know what options are available for your next home. Should you rent, buy or something else?
How to take the best photographs to sell your property
Selling property is competitive and the photographs you share are vital to a successful sale. Learn how to take the best photos of your home and achieve a quick sale at the best price.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 and help find and secure your next home!
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.
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.
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?
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?
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.