Catch The Harry Potter Express – Property with a first class view to Hogsmeade train station

Harry Potter Railway House Catch The Harry Potter Express   Property with a first class view to Hogsmeade train station

Goathland train station near Scarborough has seen its fair share of cameras and film crews over the years. The TV series Heartbeat was filmed in Goathland and the station was used for certain scenes. But it was when it was used as the fictional station at Hogsmeade in the first Harry Potter film – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, that it truly attained its place in the locations hall of fame.

Barnet House is a four-bedroom home set opposite the station and enjoys the view down onto one of the most famous platforms in the UK. The house even comes complete with its own slice of train track, though luckily the only trains that chug along it and under the bridge are steam ones on a tourist line.

If a fan of the boy wizard were to buy this property they would be able to look out their window every day and see where all those wizards and witches boarded the Hogwarts Express. And should there be any more filming they’ll have ringside seats watching all the action.

Unfortunately the house itself didn’t appear in the Harry Potter film. Although the cameras were pointing in the correct direction, some mean wizards in the cutting room performed some magic and airbrushed out the house. Must be relatives of Voldemort!

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10 Steps to selling your property.


  • Clean out your home. As soon as you decide to sell your house, thoroughly clean it from top to bottom. Don’t forget rarely-cleaned areas such as baseboards, blinds, roof gutters and window wells. If you don’t have time to undertake a deep clean, hire a maid or a cleaning company. A clean home will help an appraiser see your house in a better light and value it more highly, as well as appealing to buyers.
  • Clear up clutter while you clean. Make your home look more spacious by getting rid of any unnecessary junk. You’ll see a big difference in how your wardrobes look, as well as your garage, porch and bathroom. Buyers want to feel like they’re purchasing sufficient space, and clearing out more of your stuff helps them see themselves in your home. If you can’t bear to part with anything, consider moving the items to a storage unit temporarily.


Have your property valued. As much as you’d like to set the price of your home as high as possible, you have to be realistic. Many for-sale-by-owner listings fail to sell because owners persist in thinking their home is worth more than the market will offer, or because they have already settled on a set amount of money that they want and refuse to budge. Having a professional, third-party assessment of your home’s worth will help you get comfortable with a price range, in addition to providing you with a solid reference point if a buyer or realtor accuses you of setting the price too high.

  • Don’t just rely on the property tax assessment. Many property tax assessments are out of date, and they don’t necessarily reflect the current real estate market.
  • Hire an appraiser. A certified residential appraiser will come to your house, measure the property, take notes and photos, research information about any land parcels, and assemble a list of comparable sales in your neighbourhood to determine the value of your home. A visit from an appraiser will cost you far less than the services of a real estate agent, and the value the appraiser sets will be more accurate. Many banks keep a list of reputable appraisers they contact for refinancing or mortgage loans; ask your local branch manager to refer you to an honest, qualified professional. Once you receive your copy of the appraisal, make a second copy and store it in a secure location. Keep the first copy on-hand to go over with serious buyers.
  • Be aware of the effects of your neighbourhood. If your neighbourhood is undergoing a mini boom of strong residential sales, those transactions will increase the value of your home. Conversely, if your neighbourhood has seen a lot of short sales or foreclosures, your home’s value will be decreased. Try to time your listing so that you’re not affected by distressed sales. For instance, in most areas, a comparable sale can only weigh against the value of your home for 90 days after the sale date. It might be worth it to wait a few months to list your home if you can do it at a higher price.


Have your home inspected. Many standard real estate contracts are going to give the home buyer the right to inspect the property, so be prepared. Have your home inspected before you advertise. Under a general inspection you might be obligated to make major repairs to appliances, plumbing, septic, electrical and heating systems, etc. You can expect your home’s roof and foundations to be inspected, as well. Follow the recommendations and make necessary repairs. Additional inspections requested by the buyer are customarily at their expense.


Know your selling points. Before you start marketing your home, write up a list of special selling points you think will attract buyers. Potential items include good school districts, recent renovations, benefits that have been grandfathered into the property, energy-saving windows or insulation and new appliances. Highlight these items in your ads, when you talk to people about your home or while you’re showing it. Memorise them so that you don’t forget anything.


Time it right. Be aware that the real estate sector sees a noticeable uptick in business over the summer – people prefer to move when it’s warm, and they’re reluctant to have their children change schools in the middle of the school year. Start trying to sell your home in April or May and continue to promote it throughout the summer. If you haven’t sold it by late fall, scale back your efforts and begin marketing more intensely when the weather warms up again.


Market your home. Staking a “For Sale By Owner” sign in your garden is good if you live in a high-traffic neighbourhood, but you can go further.

  • Put up fliers. If local ordinances permit it, place fliers on stoplight poles at prominent intersections.
  • Fish out potential buyers. Call local bank managers, as well as school principals, and let them know that you have a great home for sale if they know a family who’s looking. If you know that a nearby company often relocates workers to your area, contact their recruiting or human resources department and tell them you have a home you’re ready to sell. Do whatever you can to get the word out.
  • Rely on word of mouth. Alert your friends, family and business associates that you’re selling your house. If you need to sell quickly, offer them a carrot – say that if they can find someone who’s looking for a house and that buyer makes an offer, you’ll buy them an expensive bottle of wine, a nice dinner out, or some other reward.


Know how to show your home. When potential buyers or their realtors contact you and want to see the home, try to be as available and flexible as possible. Be aware that many people will want to see the home in the middle of the day, when you might be working. If you can’t be home for appointments, try to arrange for a close friend or family member to be there.

  • Set a peaceful, enticing mood. Before your potential buyers arrive, quickly clean up any clutter. Put away food on the counter, throw dishes into the dishwasher, and gather up laundry. Light a scented candle if you have one, or put a few drops of vanilla on a cookie sheet at put it in the oven at around 120 Celsius. Put some light, soft classical music on in the background. If the weather is nice, open a few windows; if not, light a fireplace or turn the heater up a bit. These extra little steps will make your home seem inviting and calm.
  • Be a good host. This might seem like obvious advice, but some people are so anxious about selling their home that they forget basic etiquette. When your potential buyers arrive, greet them with a firm handshake and look them in the eye. Introduce yourself, and ask and remember their names. As they step inside your home, ask if you can provide them with a glass of water or light refreshment. Hone in on their interests (i.e., do they have kids? Are they empty-nesters?) and talk about the house in those terms. Lead them from room to room without rushing. At the end of the tour, ask if they have any questions or if they’d like to see anything again. Have your contact information ready to give them on a small note or card. Coming off as polite and prepared will make you seem like someone with whom they could enter a real estate transaction with minimal hassle.
  • Keep it positive. Be honest, but do not dwell on the home’s flaws or offer apologies like “Sorry it’s so messy in here!” If you’re selling your house because of a divorce, lost job or other personal tragedy, do not discuss these issues with your buyers, even in jest (i.e., “I could have kept this house if my husband could have kept his pants up!”) Make your entire interaction with them as positive as possible. You want them to leave your home feeling happy and excited at the possibilities.
  • Secure your valuables. Lock up everything truly irreplaceable in a safe location before you open your home to strangers. Don’t let your buyers walk around unsupervised; if they ask for a moment alone, try to give them some privacy in the garden or the kitchen.


Navigate financing. Most sellers assume that the buyer has been through the process and know the stages of buying a home. The fact is, that this is one of the many valuable services that a Realtor would normally provide, but now it is left to You, the seller, to walk them through choosing a mortgage broker to getting to the closing table. By aligning yourself with a local mortgage company first, you are giving the financial advisor leads in return for assisting you with the transaction, a virtual win-win. Mortgage brokers often have clients that are approved but have yet to find a home; this is a great way to tap into their client list to find a qualified buyer. The financial advisor should also estimate the closing costs for your home and give you strategic financing tips for marketing (Zero Percent Down, 2-1 Buy own options, Interest only options or community funding & grants available). Financing can sell a home just as quickly as good staging.


Be prepared to negotiate . If a buyer says he or she likes your home but is not sure about buying it, this is your opportunity to sweeten the deal. Did you notice the buyer looking longingly at your new barbecue? Throw it in. Did they seem dismayed that the fence hadn’t been treated for a while? Say you’ll come down £200 to cover the cost of treating.

Giving up an appliance or making a small concession for home improvements could cost you less than continuing to pay a mortgage on a house you don’t want.


Try to close cleanly and quickly. Once the buyer is making offers and negotiating, try to close the transaction as quickly as you can. Make sure you’ve provided all the necessary disclosure documents required by your state. If you don’t like the buyer’s offer, don’t just say no. Always make a counter offer. Try to accommodate the buyer wherever you can afford to. Also, consider taking the offer to a solicitor for professional evaluation. Once everything is settled, try to move out as quickly as you reasonably can.

Bournemouth targeted by overseas property investors | Planet Property

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No, really…

The area around Bournemouth is now being targeted as a prime spot for overseas investors outside London.

This puts the Dorset town in good company along with Harrogate, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon.

But why Bournemouth?

Better known to most as a refuge for retirees and party political conferences, its beach was last year voted Best beach in the Britain, and, surprisingly, the fourth best in Europe by Trip Advisor.

While it remains a great bucket-and-spade destination, the town has been glamming it up quite a bit lately, with an £11million designer makeover on the seafront at Boscombe, new beach ‘pods’, created by Wayne Hemingway, a pier refurbishment, new water sports academies, bars and restaurants.

Boscombe Beach Pods 009 Bournemouth targeted by overseas property investors | Planet Property

In February, Sotheby’s International Realty opened an office in Bournemouth to sell superhomes to the super rich in the top districts of Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks.

Rumour has it that interest is high and a couple of wealthy Russians have already bought in the area, drawn by the beach and good private schools nearby, such as Sherborne and Canford.

So, what’s for sale? Well, you can forget the traditional Bournemouth beach hut.
How about this modest little family home? Thunderbird, an award-winning property by developers Seven, is on the market for £3.95 million

PHOTO 02 3 Bournemouth targeted by overseas property investors | Planet Property
Or Emporio, a magnificent waterside marine villa for £3.95 million.

PHOTO 01 8 Bournemouth targeted by overseas property investors | Planet Property

Or this Colonial-style beauty for £7.75 million in sought-after Sandbanks, a spit of sand that has been commanding dizzying prices for years now.
PHOTO 01 9 Bournemouth targeted by overseas property investors | Planet Property

Bournemouth targeted by overseas property investors | Planet Property.

How to let your property for the Olympics | Alex Johnson | Independent Property Blogs

    Many people are planning to rent out their property in London during the Olympic Games. A survey by suggests that rental prices in various Olympic boroughs have risen 35 times higher their usual price during the Games – Greenwich, host of the equestrian events and Windsor, close to the Olympic rowing competitions are two particularly popular areas.

    Gary Clark, head of operations at says homeowners should demand a ‘realistic price’. “Although there is clearly a large sum to be made, homeowners must be realistic and not demand excessive rates. Visitors understand there is a premium to be paid for Olympic accommodation, however they still want value for money and marketing your property right will enable you to secure tenancy throughout the Olympic period.”

    Lettings agency Upad have a useful checklist of considerations if you’re wondering whether to let your property

    1. If you are currently letting it to tenants, don’t terminate your existing rental agreement for two weeks of higher rent – good quality long-term tenants are worth their weight in gold

    2. Centrally located properties, waking distance from public transport will do well – remember too that guests will be expecting hotel standard accommodation

    3. As a rule of thumb, look at 2-3 times the standard rental value of the house: a typical three bedroom property in Shoreditch which is convenient for the Olympic Park would let for £600-£800 per week so during the Olympics this would go up to around £2,000, maybe even £3,000.

    4. Some councils – Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Camden – require you to apply for planning permission for lets under 90 days.

    5. By law, you must have a Gas Safety Certificate for the property and your electrical appliances tested. Also inform your insurance and mortgage companies has registered an increase of 161% for the term ‘Olympics’ on its website over the last month. “International demand for short-term property lets in London over the summer is set to be fiercem,” says Nick Leeming, Business Development Director, “With hotel rooms having been booked out months, and in some cases years, in advance short-term property rentals are a great alternative. And many London homeowners looking to escape the capital during the Games are offering up their homes as a way to cash in.” But it’s not just London properties which are in demand of course since there are many Olympic venues around the country.

    With many more tickets to be released next month, Olympic organisers LOCOG believe there will be a sudden rise in demand for accommodation as many people who have not yet bought tickets for events will then be making plans…

    How to let your property for the Olympics | Alex Johnson | Independent Property Blogs.

    Amy Winehouse’s Property For Sale

    amy winehouse11 Amy Winehouses Property For SaleIt’s a three-bedroom semi in Camden Square… with CCTV, security gate, a decent garden for such a central location (although it’s a pity so much of the grass has been concreted over) and the sad and somewhat macabre distinction of being the location Amy Winehouse was found dead last year.

    amy winehouse2 Amy Winehouses Property For Sale

    House Network describe the property as a substantial and impressive three double bedroom, three reception room semi detached period villa with well-proportioned private front and rear gardens, directly overlooking Camden Square and its communal gardens.

    Having only changed hands once in over 40 years it has undergone major structural and cosmetic refurbishment retaining many original features with modern upgrades including, new electrical and heating systems, integrated sound system, CCTV and magnetically secured front gate and an impressive Master Suite with vaulted ceiling. The property measures approximately 2,500ft2.

    amy winehouse3 Amy Winehouses Property For Sale

    There had been rumours that the villa in Camden Square, north-west London, could be turned into the headquarters for the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity set up to support causes close to the singer’s heart.

    The Sun reported a family spokesman as saying: “The Winehouses have decided to put the house on the market, with great regret. Amy loved that house but none of the family felt it appropriate that they should live in it.

    “It was not practical to keep it empty while paying for its upkeep. It is a wonderful place and will be a happy family home for someone.”

    The house is currently on the market for £2,699,950 , selling agents are “the house network” and can be contacted on 0845 199 1000. Additional particulars can be found here.

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    Determining A Fair Rent To Charge

    If you are a first time property owner or landlord then the number one question that may be on your mind is how much you should charge for rent. Whether you are renting out a room, a house, or an apartment the amount that you should charge is the golden ticket decision, because the result of your decision is going to decide if your rental endeavour is profitable or not.

    There are many factors that you have to consider before setting a price that include considering your costs, any mortgage still outstanding on a property, the area the property is situated in, nearby competition and, of course, what you could reasonably expect someone to pay.

    The first thing you need to think about are your costs, because you want to make sure that over time the rent is going to offset your costs. Obviously, you do not want to lose money while renting a house or apartment so the minimum rent that you can consider is going to have to be aligned with the associated costs of being a landlord.

    Things you should include in your costs include the mortgage you may pay on the property, the costs of maintenance, and the cost of landlords insurance. When you add these together this is your minimum rent. The next thing you need to consider is the area that the property you are hiring is located in. Area and region has a lot to do with the equation since every area has its own set average rent.

    Therefore, you need to do some research to determine what the average rent is in your location, and keep in mind factors such as the cost of living and related factors. Cities, for example, generally demand higher rents than suburban areas as do holiday locations since these are seasonal expenses that people will often consider paying more for.

    Of course, while you are figuring out these factors you will also need to consider what competitors around the same area are charging. For this, you will need to be objective and look at properties that roughly offer the same space and amenities that you do.

    By researching competitors you can get a good idea of what to charge, and what people will be willing to pay. Obviously, you will need to offer an extra perk such as easy access to transportation in order to get their attention, or be willing to undercut the competition a bit. Factors such as furnished or unfurnished are also going to play a role in the rent that you can charge.

    Finally, you need to set a rental price that you agree is fair that allows a little room for negotiation if needed. With holiday homes or student rentals you may have to negotiate or offer special deals during certain times of the year, so make sure that your rental price can allow for this so that the person you are renting to will consider the rate a good deal, whilst you know that you have achieved about what you expected from the rent.

    Read original article here.