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The Perfect Date

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Growing financial risk for ‘go-it-alone’ landlords

Growing financial risk for 'go-it-alone' landlords
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What happens during the process of selling a house?

Durrants what happens during the process of a house sale.
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East Suffolk supports replacing Class Q barns with new dwellings in new SPD

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Chasing Shadows

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Time to Move

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New planning use class for short-term lets to come into force

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Mid Suffolk Call for Sites underway

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Durrants Charity Quiz Night Success

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Out of the mouths of babes

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House of Your Dreams

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NFU Christmas Drinks

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A Cunning Plan

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Selling your home in a tough market

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Soft Landing

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A spanner in the works

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Spot the difference

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Government consults on permitted development rights

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Let’s hear it for bungalows

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What is the housing market doing?

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Our guide to the Renters Reform Bill

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Introducing George Berry

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Be A Medal Winner

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Branch focus: Beccles

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King Of All He Surveys

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Durrants are the perfect partner for new homes

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Durrants donates play equipment to Bungay pre-school

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A guide to the process of creating a Neighbourhood Plan

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Spring into action

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Jasmine Philpott featured in new motorsport podcast

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Visit our Open Day at Manor View, Halesworth

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Investing in property? Here are 10 top tips!

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Spring promises more choice for the housing market

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Success for Durrants clients as sites selected in housing plan

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Negotiation not Obduration

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Are there benefits to overpaying a mortgage?

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Will house prices decline this year?

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Get your home ready for spring with this checklist

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Durrants sponsors River Waveney Trust project

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Things that landlords need to know in 2023

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Where should property investors put their money in 2023?

Durrants Where should property investors put their money in 2023? Article
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Ditch the Compass

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Update on Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMs)

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Introducing Felicity Thornett

Felicity Thornett Chartered Surveyor
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Consultation for a new NPPF is underway

NPPF consultation is underway
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If wishes were sales, sellers would move

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The new interest rate rise is set to do good things for the housing market

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Santa visits Wymondham Rugby Club minis

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Durrants Christmas Jumper Day beats charity target

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Race report: Scottish Borders Hill Rally

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Make Do

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Celebrating Beccles Switch On

Celebrating Beccles Switch On
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Durrants at the heart of Halesworth Christmas Lights

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Durrants Reydon property receives national interest

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What has happened in the property market during the last 50 years?

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World Town Planning Day

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Durrants support Harleston fireworks

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Durrants are proud to once again sponsor the Harleston Fireworks display, which is being held on Friday 4 November 2022 at The Harleston Sancroft Academy.

The event has been kindly organised by Dan MacDonald and will raise funds for the Harleston Sancroft Academy.

Gates are open from 6pm with music, drink and food available before the fireworks at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased on the night for £5.00 with under 5’s free.

 

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Opposing Forces

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Race report: 24th – 25th September – Stone Enduro

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Durrants annual Charity Clay Shoot

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Cookley & Walpole Community funding

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Henham Steam Rally

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Durrants sponsor in-house Planning Consultant on Dakar Rally mission

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The A to D of the Property Market

The A to D of the Property Market Article
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March the Month for Prostate Cancer UK

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Durrants overturns planning refusal for rural workers dwelling

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CLA East: A zero-carbon performing home

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Durrants at Henham Steam Rally this weekend

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Hot box

Property search in Norfolk

Dominic Parravani of Durrants looks at the human side of buying and selling a home.

In the days before technology invaded the estate agency industry – flooding it with helpful and not so helpful ‘proptech’ – estate agents kept buyers’ details written on index cards that were stored in plastic boxes. These were called hot boxes in the trade and all estate agents had them.

Depending on how long buyers had been looking for a property, each card bore the scars of persistent scrutiny and revision. The cards told the stories of individuals or families. Notated were names, contact details, price range information, aspirations, desires, and even dreams. The longer the search, the fuller, more dog-eared and coffee-stained the cards became until they formed part of their subjects’ stories reflecting the struggles to make dreams come true.

Why so much detail on the cards?  Because how on earth can you find what someone truly wants in a home unless you’ve asked them and understood their answer?

Nowadays the computer has long overtaken the hot box. In some ways it’s an efficient change. But in other ways it depersonalises the process. You can’t get much more personal than a home and its occupants. A hot box was a list of human beings being human and looking for their safe place.

Strokes on a keyboard rather than scribbled notes have replaced the hot box – the lowest of low tech. But all is not lost. Because the best estate agents still have hot boxes, it’s just that these days they keep them in their heads. They haven’t needed them much over the past few years. But now they are being pressed back into service as the market changes in favour of buyers.

So, when you’re looking for someone to sell your home check out several agents. Find out what they think your property is worth and why. But also discover if their head is a hot box. Ask who’s buying, what they might be able to pay, and why they might want your house. This knowledge is basic estate agency. If someone has to use a computer to match home with buyer they’re in the wrong job, because it still needs a human to understand what another human wants and why.

Durrants would be delighted to provide a free market valuation of your property. To find out what makes Durrants different book a free valuation today.

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Durrants submits representations to East Suffolk rural housing SPD

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Government announces intervention in Nutrient Neutrality challenge

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One for the Road

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Introducing Gabrielle Wones

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Fundraising success for Diss Community First Responders at Carnival

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Durrants at the Royal Norfolk Show

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Rural Housing Week shines a spotlight on affordable housing

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Events…

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Durrants sponsors the Southwold Arts Festival

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Recent planning trends highlight the importance of hiring the right professionals for your project

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Durrants achieve approvals after Norfolk councils promise swift action on Nutrient Neutrality

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The Levelling Up Bill: A Summary

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Durrants donates to Benjamin Foundation in Thetford

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From concept to completion – Durrants Building Consultancy

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Build Back Better

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Potential delays to planning applications in Norfolk following Nutrient Neutrality announcements

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Top tips for selling your home

News Article Selling your home
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Great live music coming to Southwold

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Durrants to fundraise for Diss Community First Responders at Carnival

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Here be Dragons

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Spring into action

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As we head into spring, Dominic Parravani of Durrants looks at what’s required to win the race to buy a home.

Markets are forever in flux. So our handling of markets must be flexible.

We can buy, hold or sell in the stock market depending on conditions. In a fruit and vegetable market we can buy the freshest produce early in the morning at the full price. Or we can purchase what no one else has bought at a cheaper rate in the late afternoon.

The property market is also in constant flux. There are occasions when there is a lot of stock and buyers have so much choice they can take their time and sometimes make low ball offers.

But we are not in that market now. In many areas around the UK it is quite the opposite. Figures show that generally there are twice as many buyers as there are properties to buy. This is hard enough for buyers. But, in hotspot areas, there are many more buyers per property – result, a feeding frenzy.

So forget a leisurely, late evening, glass-in-hand, browse through your preferred property portal. It is not going to help very much. Because by the time a property gets onto a portal nowadays, the early bird will have already caught its worm.

Serious buyers behave differently in this sort of market. They know they need to find a property before it ever reaches a portal. And the best way to do this is to get to know their local independent estate agent so they can be first in the queue for the pick of the properties.

You see the experienced local agents know their own market best. Years of working in their area mean they know local people and – crucially – often hear first when someone is about to make a move. Then they carefully match those who want to sell with those want to buy. Property portals don’t do that.

If you are serious about buying this spring, get to know your local, well-established estate agent. You will find their knowledge and experience provide the very best in buying advice. And if you are selling, their knowledge, experience – and list of buyer contacts – is vital in a hot market.

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Make sure you take a meter reading today

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Durrants to sponsor Diss Carnival 2022

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Introducing August Atkinson

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Swings and Roundabouts

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Chained Up

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Wymondham Rugby Club support

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Over £1,000 raised for charity by Durrants clay shoot

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Durrants sponsorship of Southwold Rugby Club reaches across the world!

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Predicting the Present

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We’re still open and here to help

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