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How Much Rent Can I Afford to Pay?

There are many benefits to renting a property. As well as increased independence and the enjoyment of living in an area that suits you without having to commit to buying, more and more of us are turning to renting every year as a way of testing the property waters and enjoying the flexibility of fast-paced jobs and lifestyles. But how much rent can you afford? If you’re stepping into the rental market or are thinking of finding a new place to live, then it’s a good idea to get your finances in some kind of order. Here we break down exactly what you need to consider before you put that deposit down.
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5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Safe This Summer

Summer has well and truly arrived for 2018, and the entire MoveNow team are happy that it has! The sun is out, the World Cup is on and you can buy an ice cream or beer on every street corner. No doubt you’re already thinking about your summer holiday, but before you get too carried away it’s good to keep in mind that your home will be empty for a while every time you head off to the airport or pack up the car. To keep your home and contents as safe as possible whilst you’re away, we’ve put together 5 easy ways to ensure peace of mind when you’re packing for your trip. Happy holidays!
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The First-Time Buyer Jargon Buster

Buying a house for the first time is a huge step. You’ve spent long hours saving, your little housing fund is now growing nicely, and your entire family is thrilled at the idea that you’re finally “settling down”! You’ve reached the point where you’re ready to put down that deposit and enjoy a space that is wholly yours. Simple, right? Not always! There are lots of phrases thrown about in the housing industry that make little or no sense to the first-time buyer. If you’re new to the property market and struggle with jargon like ‘stamp duty’ or ‘sinking fund’, then read on. We’ve put together the ultimate jargon-buster to help you through the buying process more easily.
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What Makes the Perfect Housemate? We Do Some Digging

Have you ever house-shared? For anyone who’s ever had to share their home with a housemate, you’ll know that house-sharing can be the best thing in the world or the bane of your life. There are certainly perks and pitfalls that come with living with a total stranger. Will they be the type of person who enjoys a cosy night in and goes to bed at 10 o’clock, for example, or will they love a 4AM loud music session? Finding the perfect housemate can sometimes be a process of trial and error, but there are certain common traits that are desirable any time a new person moves in. Can you guess what they are? We’ve broken down the top traits of a ‘perfect’ housemate so that when it comes to finding a new one, you’ll know exactly what to look for. Happy house-sharing!

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Buy-to-Let Mortgages: What Are They And What Do You Need to Know?

Mortgages are tricky things to navigate. Get your mortgage right and you’ll have all you need to make an investment into a home and get onto the property ladder. Get it wrong and you could end up unknowingly committing fraud or have your home repossessed! But buying a property needn’t be all doom and gloom. If you’re looking to purchase a property to rent out rather than live in it yourself, you’ll need a buy-to-let mortgage. Today we break down what this type of mortgage involves and how it works.
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