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10 Secrets to achieving show home style.

Wednesday 20th July 2016

At Lancaster Samms we focus on marketing in a big way employing professional property photographers to showcase your homes best features. How you display your home can make a huge impact when attracting buyers to put in an offer and can also make a difference to the offer level. Below are 10 top tips when staging your home for… Read More

The "Bishy Road" effect

Thursday 2nd June 2016

Bishopthorpe Road or ‘Bishy Road’ as it has become known to the locals, is an area that is growing rapidly in stature and popularity. Historically, the area was developed to house workers for the railways, then for the famous Terry’s chocolate factory, originally on Clementhorpe, then later on Bishopthorpe Road. This lead to a high proportion… Read More

20 biggest buyer 'turn offs' and what to do about them

Saturday 14th May 2016

The 20 biggest turn-offs for homebuyers has been revealed in new research. Gocompare’s findings show how some simple home improvements could help you sell your home faster. So let’s take a look at what household sins buyers hate the most and what you can do about them. 20. Cluttered rooms (16%) Buyers don’t want to have… Read More

Property prices during Queen Elizabeth II's lifetime.

Thursday 21st April 2016

In recognition of Her Majesty the Queen turning 90 today, we take a look at the change in landscape of the property market during that period. Since her birth in 1926, average UK house prices have risen from a modest £619 to £291,504 (based on data from ONS). This represents an incredible 471 fold increase… Read More

10 handy tips when viewing a property

Monday 7th March 2016

Would you spend just 20 minutes viewing a property that is going to be your home for many years? Some buyers do – and live to regret it. Here are 10 handy tips when viewing a property. 1. Explore the local neighbourhood – remember the old adage – the three most important factors are location… Read More

Beat the April stamp duty hikes!

Thursday 14th January 2016

You may have heard about the stamp duty changes that were announced in the Autumn Statement in 2015. If you haven’t, stamp duty rates are set to rise a whopping 3% on all buy to let purchases. Read More

York - Where the smart money bought

Monday 2nd November 2015

Savvy property investors who moved into the buy-to-let space 12 months ago and have reaped the rewards from buying in areas that combined sensible house prices with subsequently soaring rents. Read More

41 Reasons Living In York Ruins You For Life

Tuesday 18th August 2015

If you are visiting our website, this probably means that you either live in York or would like to live in York? Either way, the link below showcases both outstanding photography as well as some of the main reasons we all love this great city so much. Enjoy! http://www.buzzfeed.com/jobarrow/york-is-the-best?utm_term=.ytxQ7e0Pkm#.gom1oO279 Read More

Happy at Home

Thursday 13th August 2015

York has once again been named as one of the happiest places to live in Great Britain. The rightmove ‘Happy at home index’ asked nearly 25,000 people to rank 12 distinct factors about where they live. York ranked 4th out of 130 places in Great Britain with neighbouring Harrogate taking the number 1 spot. Safety… Read More

York tops the capital growth list according to recent research

Wednesday 8th July 2015

York has been named as the number one location when it comes to capital growth in the U.K with the rest of the top 5 areas all from the South East. The housing market in York has always stood out when compared to other cities in Yorkshire and indeed the North but latest research suggests… Read More