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Weekly Metro Columns

Jo Eccles, Managing Director of Sourcing Property, is a widely respected property expert. Jo is the weekly property columnist for London’s morning paper, The Metro. See below for a selection of her weekly columns.


Weekly Metro Columns

Jo Eccles, Managing Director of Sourcing Property, is a widely respected property expert. Jo is the weekly property columnist for London’s morning paper, The Metro. See below a selection of her weekly columns.


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My property won’t sell, what can you suggest?
Building more homes won’t solve the housing crisis
Should I offer my rental property furnished or unfurnished?
Will the ban on letting fees push up rental prices?
Should I make myself scarce for property viewings?
Chance to make my mark and investment
Should I buy a new build or a period property?
I have two offers on my property, which should I choose?
Can I rent a property with pets?
My seller has pulled out of the sale. Is there anything I can do?
What is happening in the London market post Brexit?
How should I prepare my property to sell it this Autumn?
My landlord wants to increase my rent, what are my options?
I can’t find my perfect home, what should I compromise on?
How to make the most of selling via an open house
I’m in a chain, how can I speed up my purchase?
I own a buy to let property. Do I need to pay the extra stamp duty?
I’m having last minute doubts about my purchase
How to make a good rental offer
Negotiating a price reduction
Should I be buying a new build property in the current market?
I want to buy the flat above the one I own
My property isn’t renting out, what can I do?
Sourcing Property’s thoughts on Brexit
What to do if your seller hasn’t moved out on completion day
Why virtual viewings will never replace face to face
My landlord won’t do works, what can I do?
How do I choose a surveyor?
Should I be paying attention to service charges?
What’s really happening with house prices
What impact have the stamp duty changes had?
I’m dealing with a bad solicitor, what can I do?
Whose responsibility is the garden?
Agents who keep their options open
How to choose a mortgage broker
How to spot a good tenant
How will I ever get on the ladder?
How do I go about buying a flat off plan?
I’ve had an offer accepted – what’s next?
Is leasehold or share of freehold better?
I don’t know whether to renew my tenancy
How can I get my child on to the ladder?
Should I enlist the help of a buying agent?
Do I need planning permission before I buy?
Get a move on if you want a second home
Is a penthouse always the priciest unit?
What is a property really worth?
Renting out your own property
Buying at auction
Renting through a private landlord
Chains – patience is a virtue
Tenancy deposits – fair deductions
What makes a good tenancy agreement
Negotiating a rent increase
How to beat the overseas buyers
Buy-to-let tax relief implications
Buying together – how to ensure it’s a good investment
Buying with someone else
What if I have to rent rather than buy?
Paying a fair asking price
Paying a fair asking price
Non-refundable deposit
Selling etiquette
Speeding up the buying process
Viewing etiquette
Off-market properties demystified
Refurbish before selling?
Property Management
Top tenant tips
Slow conveyancing
Short leases
Mortgage survey revaluation
Choosing a solicitor
Offering on a property that needs work
Buying off-plan
Is it normal for a letting agent to charge a renewal fee?
Period property vs new build
A new portal – Onthemarket
Stamp duty changes
London on the rise
Why planning permission is never a given
Making the most out of estate agency relationships
First Impressions
Online vs High Street
The London luxury property market
Property developers not giving UK buyers a chance
Holding firm in the rental market
Going beyond the call of duty
Understanding why a seller is selling
Negotiating discounts
Furnished vs unfurnished
Buying Off Plan
The Wierd and Wonderful World of Property
Property Viewing Tips
Making the most of outside space
Purchases taking longer
Mortgages for the next generation
Down Valuations
Sale Delays
Labour’s mansion tax proposals
Can you print a house?
Home Technology
Open Garden Squares
Inflated prices
Hidden problems with your property
Billionaires – are they good or bad for the London property market?
Buying an investment property
Labour’s rental policy
What is an asking price?
Choosing a property management company
Making a decision
House in mulitiple occupation (HMO) rules
Dealing with bad odours
Selling yourself to estate agents
Renting with a pet
Renting – know your rights
Neighbourly disputes
Relocating to London
Interest Rates
How to vet a managing agent
Amateur Developers
London’s new build market
Why now is a good time to find a rental property
What does 2014 hold for the property market?
Buying in chain
How to choose a solicitor when buying a property
What to consider when hiring a buying agent
NHBC
Contractors
Asking prices
How to win sealed bids
Past owners
Competition in the market
Negotiating with developers
Letting fees
Gazumping
Auctions
The importance of setting timescales
Open House London
The Foxtons IPO
Starting a career in property
Should I avoid leasehold properties?
Is Help to Buy really that helpful?
A new way of selling houses
The rental market needs to change
Buying at Auction
Making price per square foot meaningful
Forgotten spaces in London
Buying for the next generation
Buyers, be on your best behaviour
Make the most of your outdoor space
A new online portal on the way
Buying Off-Plan
Assembling your buying team
The importance of being organised
Why garden extras aren’t always a good thing
Price per Square Foot
Sealed bids – what not to do
Check-in reports
Buy to let
Easter Property Market
Investing in a buy-to-let property
Help to Buy
Bankers’ Bonus Cuts
Lettings Regulation
Mansion tax
What to buy – a new build or a period property?
Ensuring access between exchange and completion
How to appoint a letting agent when you are renting out your property
Battersea Power Station
Expensive Streets
What property you should be buying in 2013
The London Orbital Rail Route
House Price Indices – what do they tell us?
Landlords take note
Small spaces
House Price Increases
Buying Before Christmas
Communal Areas
Mortgage Lending
House hunting and making an offer
House Hunting – Round 2
House Hunting
Avoiding mistakes when renting a property
Buying property for those with disabilities and special requirements
Renovation buys
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