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  • 5 big reasons to sell your UK home now

Reason #1 – The Brexit jitters

Reason #2 – Low mortgage rates

Reason #3 – The Budget & increased regulation

Reason #4 – End of Help to Buy scheme

Reason #5 – Change in direction

Why sell your house now, is it the right time to cash out or should you wait and risk losing out?

UK house prices were on the rise until the economic crash in 2008 sparked by a crisis in the banking sector. Since then house prices have recovered but will they continue with all the uncertainty over the Brexit effect? Also, are economic factors alone the most important consideration when it comes to selling your home now?

In October last year, the Halifax said annual growth in house prices in the UK slowed to the lowest in six years. Have you missed the boat? Maybe, maybe not. If you’re thinking of selling then consider doing it now whatever the motive.

#1. The Brexit jitters


With Brexit uncertainty, there could be a jittery housing market with fewer buyers and sellers around. We’re leaving the EU at the of January, but will it be delayed? And whether or not Britain ‘Brexits’ as scheduled, ongoing trade talks may cause economic uncertainty adversely affecting interest rates. The ‘Brexit effect’ could affect the supply of houses to the market and drive house prices down.

#2. Low mortgage rates

Low mortgage rates
Low mortgage rates

Low-interest rates usually mean low mortgage rates with buyers able to afford more expensive properties. As mortgage rates increase then the cost of borrowing increases too and houses become less affordable. With mortgage rates at not much more than the record low rates since 2008, why not sell whilst buyers can afford your home?

#3. The Budget and increased regulation

The Budget
The Budget

February’s budget could reveal surprises impacting on buyers or sellers, or both. More controls on Landlords and a possible stamp duty surcharge for buyers from overseas could temper house prices. Some Local Authorities already want to impose compulsory registration on rental properties, controls on Airbnb and ‘short let’ properties.

#4. End of the Help to Buy Scheme

End of 'Help to Buy'
End of ‘Help to Buy’

Help to Buy’ is ending in 2023 but some restrictions take effect next year, when Help to Buy will only be available to first-time buyers and homes capped up to regional market values (for new properties). After 2023 (March), there will be no substitute scheme offered by the Government, so get it while you can!

#5. Change in direction

Change of direction
Change of direction

If you’re reading this then possibly something has changed in your life, marriage, divorce, inherited a property or approaching retirement – all good enough reasons for selling where time is of the essence!

Moving on with an old relationship or starting anew are important times in our lives and time is very precious when ill health strikes. Consider the value of your time and try to balance it against potential financial loss or gain. Just how important is it to you to get the absolute top price for your home when selling? Could you be better off selling now for less and moving on with your life?

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What Are Title Deeds? A Beginner’s Guide

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you’re probably going to hear the term ‘title deeds’ quite a lot. This is why you need to know what they are, and why they’re so important.

We answer the question “what are title deeds?” so you can approach your next property transaction with your eyes wide open.

A title deed is a document that formally registers the legal owner of land and property. As well as providing information about the owner, the document also includes a brief history of the property. Other information on a title deed contains details of any mortgages secured on the property, contracts for sales and recent conveyances.

Property burdens

What are title deeds

A solicitor or conveyancer needs to see a title deed before proceeding with the exchange of contracts. This is because the ‘property burdens’ listed on the document must be met. Among the most common property burdens are:

  • Restrictions on extending and improving the property
  • Maintenance and significant repairs to the property
  • Access to the property
  • Restrictions on how the building can be used
  • Whether or not rights to roads on the property exist

Title deeds are now stored digitally on the Land Registry website. This makes accessing them very easy. However, a paper version is usually stored by a solicitor or conveyancer for future reference.

Accessing a title deed

If you ever need to access a title deed, you can do so through the Land Registry. In the first instance, search for the deed on the Land Registry website. You don’t need to own the property to access the document. This means you can check the details of ownership and property burdens before you make an offer.

Download a copy of the title register. You need this to find the title number. You can then complete a deeds request form — available online.

Transferring title deeds

What are title deeds?

It is possible to add and remove names from a title deed. For example, if a new spouse is moving into your home, you might wish to add their name to the deed. Other reasons to change the names on the document include death and divorce.

Follow these steps if you need to amend the information on your title deed:

  • Complete an AP1 form — available on the UK Government website
  • Choose whether to transfer all or just a proportion of the property
  • Confirm your identity
  • Ascertain the fee associated with your particular application
  • Send the full application to HM Land Registry

You may run into a few problems when trying to make a chance to your title deed for the first time. For example, your original deed might be lost or destroyed. This was relatively common before records were digitalised, as documents used to change hands between solicitors and conveyancers every time a property was sold.

You may also encounter a problem known as ‘adverse possession’. This is when your property is standing on land you don’t legally own. This can happen by accident when the property is first registered. You might also discover that ownership of the land on which your property stands is unknown.

If you encounter problems with your title deed, seek legal advice. If you need to sell a house fast, we buy any property. Call us today for a free, no-obligation valuation.

How to Buy a House with a Small Deposit

With house prices higher than ever before — and beyond the means of many — the deposit needed to buy your own home is significant. If you shop around, however, there’s a good chance you’ll find a decent mortgage that requires just a 5% deposit.

If you’re short of cash, there are ways to reduce the deposit required even further. If you need to know how to buy a house with a small deposit, read on.

Choose a guarantor mortgage

Mortgage providers are often willing to accept a greatly reduced deposit for a mortgage guaranteed by a parent or close relative. In the event you fall behind with your repayments, the lender can pursue the guarantor for the arrears.

This is a good idea if your parents have collateral, a good credit score and the means to pay your mortgage should something go wrong. But you need to trust the person. And your relationship should be strong enough to withstand the fallout caused by falling into arrears.

Buy your house at auction

Buy a house with a small deposit

Buying a house the traditional way usually means you end up paying the market price (or something close to it). And because market prices are higher than ever, even a 5% deposit is well beyond the reach of people on a modest income.

But buying a house at auction allows you to avoid some of the legal and administrative costs involved. And don’t forget: there are some great bargains to be found at property auctions — the lower the final sale price, the lower the deposit.

Shared ownership

Shared ownership is one answer to soaring house prices in the UK. It allows people to get on the property ladder when they don’t have the income or deposit to get a mortgage on their own.

In most cases, ownership is shared between the buyer and either the developer or a local authority. You pay your mortgage as normal, but you also pay rent on the proportion of the property you don’t own.

Buying a property this way gives you anything between 25% and 75% ownership. If you’re only buying, say, 50% of the property, you only have to find 50% of the deposit.

A bridging loan

Buy a house with a small deposit

If you’re about to buy a property, the chances are you have a limited pot of cash to cover all your initial expenses and outgoings. A bridging loan doesn’t lower the deposit you need to pay, but it does help you to cover buying expenses for a limited period.

For example, imagine you’re trying to sell a property and buy a new one at the same time. To help you cover all the associated costs — and pay a deposit — you take out a small bridging loan. Once your house sells, you pay the loan back in full.

But a word of caution, bridging loans can be expensive. They should only ever be taken out for a few weeks or months. Once you’ve sold your home, use some of the proceeds to repay the loan immediately. Doing so helps you to pay a hefty deposit while keeping money back for fees and expenses.

Selling a house fast is often essential if you need to raise a significant deposit for a new property. Sell Property Fast Cash can help in that regard. We buy houses directly from owners — without the need to market your home or waste time on price negotiations. As a result, we might be able to complete the purchase of your home within just a few days.

How to Sell a House Fast if You Have Pets

A range of issues can affect your ability to sell a house fast — and one of them is the presence of pets. While your pet might be part of the family, it’s very presence might put prospective buyers off.

Smells, messes and general disruption are just a few of the reasons why a lot of buyers prefer properties that haven’t been home to cats or dogs.

But there are ways to mitigate these biases. You CAN sell a house fast if you have pets — and here’s how.

Keep pets out of view during viewings

Although you might not like it, keeping your pets away during property viewings is the easiest way to overcome this issue. When you have a viewing scheduled, get someone to take your pet for a while. Sometimes, the mere presence of an animal in a home puts buyers off. So remove the pet from the equation — along with its possessions.

Remove and manage smells

sell a house fast if you have pets If you’ve lived with your pet for some years, you may have become immune to the resultant odours. And certain pet smells can be very off-putting to buyers.

The easiest way to manage smells is to avoid carpet and upholstery. If you have them, however, make sure they’re steam cleaned regularly. You might also want to restrict your pet’s access to these surfaces when you’re welcoming prospective buyers into your home.

Remove any pet-related stains from your carpets and upholstered furniture. These issues can affect how people feel about your home generally. If you can’t remove carpet stains, buyers are very unlikely to want to keep the carpet when you move out. And that damages your chances of a quick sale at the best possible price.

You can use air fresheners, but don’t overdo it. Too much can be overpowering. And buyers will wonder what you’re trying to mask.

Repair damage caused by pets

Cats and dogs love to play and explore. Unfortunately, these pets cause damage to various surfaces and items of furniture over time. A cat, for example, might have taken to sharpening its claws on your dining table legs. A dog might like to use your cushions as a toy.

Repair or replace anything that is obviously damaged. Failing that, hide the damage during viewings. They’re all things you’ll be taking with you, so you’re not being dishonest. But the damage might raise concerns among your prospective buyers.

Tidy the garden

A dog at home with owners

Whether you have a cat or a dog, the chances are your pet spends a lot of time outside your home. First impressions count when it comes to selling a house fast. If that first impression involves dog mess, untidiness and chaos, your chances of securing a fast sale diminish considerably.

Clean up any mess, tidy up, repair any external damage and generally “de-pet” the exterior areas of your home.

Bypass the open property market

If your home has obvious signs of a pet’s presence, you may not have the time or money to put things right. But that’s OK, as Sell Property Fast Cash can help. We buy homes in any condition.

We work with cash buyers who are ready to proceed today. And they don’t care about cleanliness and cosmetic issues caused by household pets.

What Are the Benefits of Renting a House?

Most people would prefer to own their own home. Unfortunately, sky-high house prices and strict eligibility rules preclude millions from doing so. But what’s so bad about renting a home?

Depending on your circumstances and your plans for the future, renting might actually be the best option. Not convinced? Here are a few benefits that might change your mind.

Added flexibility

Renting a home gives you the flexibility to move on quickly. If you might have to relocate at short notice, this flexibility could be vital. You can also reduce your costs fast if your income suddenly falls.


If you sign a long lease, you can manage your finances without too much hassle. You have the peace of mind that comes from knowing how much your rent is each month. And even if the rent increases after the initial lease, you always have the option of moving out.

Benefits of renting a house

With a mortgage, an interest rate increase of just 2% can put your monthly finances under strain. If this is the case, you can sell your house fast by turning to Sell House Fast Cash. We buy houses in as few as seven days — helping you to reduce your outgoings as quickly as possible.

Maintenance and repairs

If you rent your home, you’re not liable for significant repairs and maintenance costs. Replacing a roof or a central heating system can be very expensive. If you own your home, the responsibility is yours. If you rent, your landlord must attend to the repairs as quickly as possible.

Move in for less

Most people in the UK need to find a 10% deposit in order to buy a home. And let’s face it; most people don’t have the £20,000 needed to cover the cost of purchasing the average home in Britain. But when you rent, you’re only likely to need a deposit and two months’ rent.

Less risky

If your employment status is less than solid, buying a house represents a big risk. If you lose your job or your income is suddenly reduced, falling into mortgage arrears becomes a serious possibility. And having your house repossessed seriously hinders your ability to obtain credit for several years afterwards.

Not only do you lose your home, but you also lose all the money you’ve invested in it. All the fees you incurred during the purchasing process are also wasted.

Moving away is easier

Benefits of renting a house

You never really know what it’s like to live in a house until you’ve tried it for a while. What happens if your neighbours cause you serious problems? What if your home just doesn’t “feel” right?

If you need to move away quickly, the process is faster and simpler when you’re renting. If you own your house, however, you have to find a buyer first. And the legal process is always subject to potential delays and issues.

If you decided to buy your home but now need to find a buyer quickly, Sell Property Fast Cash can help. We buy houses directly from owners around the UK. We work with partners to complete property purchases within just a few weeks. Contact us today to get the ball rolling on a free, no-obligation home valuation.

A third of tenants worry they wont own a home

The UK is in the midst of a housing crisis. There simply aren’t enough homes being built for the growing population. This is driving house prices up, and keeping millions of people from getting onto the first rung of the ownership ladder

A recent survey revealed that a third of tenants in the UK are worried that they’ll never be able to afford a home of their own. But the problem is much more complex than unaffordable housing. 

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Young tenants struggling on below-average wages are struggling to find affordable rents in the private housing sector. Rents in the UK are also high, and they’re continuing to rise. 

The UK Government has attempted to tackle the issue of buy-to-let mortgages in recent years. An explosion of buy-to-let ownership in the UK has sent both rents and property values skyrocketing. 

Mortgage interest tax relief was removed in an attempt to rebalance the market. But rather than helping tenants and young house buyers, the move reduced the supply of rental properties in many areas of the country. 

Those lucky enough to already have a rental property have also been affected. Many landlords decided to pass on these higher costs to their tenants. The UK Government’s tax changes resulted in some very steep rent rises across the country. 

Unless young people get help with the purchase of their first home, they find it very difficult to afford homes in many areas of the UK. If you’re a young person on an average wage in the south and south-east of the UK, raising the deposit needed to buy your own home might take more than 10 years. 

But even if you have the deposit, your salary may preclude you from buying a home in your local area. One in ten people can’t buy their own home because they can’t get the mortgage they need. Hugely inflated house prices and a dearth of affordable home loans are consigning millions of young people to a life of renting. 

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So what are people doing in order to put roofs over their heads? One in 10 young people is sharing a home with friends or housemates. People are living with parents for much longer than they were just 20 years ago. Indeed, it’s not unusual for reasonably well-paid people to live in the family home well into their 30s. 

Renting homes isn’t as lucrative as it was for landlords just a few years ago. While this has resulted in rent increases, there is a positive aspect to consider. A lot of landlords have reached the conclusion that buy-to-let just isn’t lucrative enough. There is too much red tape. And there are too many costs for too few rewards. As more landlords decide to sell houses quickly, property prices in certain areas may begin to fall. Whether that’s enough to make them more affordable for people on average incomes, only time will tell.

Are utility co’s slowing house building?

The UK needs more homes. A growing population demands them. But until very recently, builders weren’t delivering. But things are improving.

In 2018, more than 190,000 homes were built outside London — within a few thousand of the UK Government’s target. But the capital only delivered half of its housebuilding target.

There are many reasons for the chronic shortage of new homes in the UK. But one that often falls under the radar is the role of utility providers.

You can’t build a new housing development without the support of utility providers. Gas, electricity and communication companies all need to be on board. But these organisations have their agendas and priorities — which don’t always align with national home building initiatives.

New home

The Housing and Finance Institute is well aware of the problem. They are calling for new powers that would speed up building schemes around the country. They say that utility companies aren’t acting quickly enough. And the knock-on effect is holding back the growth of the country’s housing stock.

Utility providers are holding up major building schemes across the UK. And that’s something the Housing and Finance Institute wants to address. The organisation is also calling for a direct say in how, when and where new homes are built.

Gas, electricity and water companies are thought to be responsible for the majority of the delays. But there’s now a fourth player — the broadband industry. The UK Government has big plans for the rollout of superfast broadband. But it seems that the major infrastructure providers aren’t able to keep up with demand.

And this issue us crucial. Fast broadband is now widely regarded as the fourth major utility. If it’s not available in a new housing development, demand for homes there is severely curtailed. Developers and home builders simply won’t start building until they know that a major broadband provider is on board. And this is causing serious delays in construction programmes around the country.

Construction site

According to Housesimple, house prices are now directly related to maximum internet speeds in the area. A home with “ultra-slow” internet speeds of less than 1Mbps could be worth up to 24% less than the regional average house price.

Of course, the issue us nuanced. Broadband infrastructure providers are reluctant to invest in some of the country’s less affluent areas. So the differences in house prices might be more to do with issues such as local schools, crime rates, and local amenities. Nevertheless, homes restricted to Internet through old copper telephone lines are often worth far less than nearby homes with fibre-optic connectivity.

Housebuilders don’t start building on the land they’ve bought until the economic conditions are right. This often leaves swathes of development land standing empty for several years. The issue of broadband connectivity is only going to make this issue worse.

The UK Government may need to intervene in the operations of major broadband providers if housebuilding targets in excess of 300,000 per year are to be met. A fast and stable connection to the Internet is now deemed a necessity rather than a privilege. But it’s clear that house building companies still aren’t on board with that way of thinking.

Selling a house with no access to fast broadband can be tough. If you need to find a buyer quickly, Sell Property Fast Cash can help. Regardless of your broadband speeds, we can buy your house for a fair price — sometimes in just seven days.

Should I Rent or Buy Property?

You’ve probably heard people say that renting a home is like throwing money down the drain. While buying a house is often the sensible economic decision, it’s not always the most practical.

There are benefits and drawbacks to buying your own home. Consider them all before deciding which option is best for you. ‘Should I rent or buy a property?’ is a very complex question, and it deserves a lot of thought.

The benefits of buying a home


You don’t truly own your own home until you’ve paid off your mortgage. But once you have, the property is yours to do with as you wish.

Something to bequeath

A lot of parents take great pride in being able to bequeath a home to their children. The sooner you buy, the sooner your children can benefit.

Generate equity

While there are fluctuations, property prices in the UK are generally on an upward curve. If you’re in this for the long run, a rise in local house prices could leave you with a lot of equity. And you can use this equity to fund other purchases, lifestyle decisions or home improvements.

No one to answer to

When you rent a home, you always have to ask the landlord’s permission before you make home improvements. And even then the answer could be no. When you buy, however, you can pretty much do what you like — unless the work involves major structural changes.

It’s often cheaper

Rental homes in the UK have never been so expensive. The rise of the buy-to-let-mortgage and a chronic shortage of housing has driven rents up significantly in recent years. But when you buy, the only intermediary is the lender. And that’s why owning is usually cheaper than renting your home.

Rent or buy property?

The drawbacks of buying a home

A big financial commitment

Buying a home is a long-term commitment that must be taken seriously. If you don’t keep up with repayments, you could lose your home — and any chance of obtaining credit in the near future.


Fixed price mortgages only last for a few years, after which time repayments can fluctuate in accordance with interest rates. This might complicate some of your long-term lifestyle plans.

Moving might be tricky

If you rent your home, moving doesn’t entail too many complications. Give notice to your landlord, and make plans for the future. Even if you have to wait for your lease to expire, there’s certainty in the process.

But when you own a home, you’re at the mercy of outside forces. There are no guarantees if you need to sell a house fast to fund your next move. Your plans for the future could be determined by the state of the property market at the time. But there are other options, including Sell Property Fast Cash if you need a quick house sale. This national homebuyer purchases property without the need for marketing and negotiating.

Moving home

Maintenance costs

When you rent a home, you don’t have to worry about your boiler breaking down. Big repair jobs are the responsibility of the owner.

Splitting up complicates the issue

If you live with someone, owning a home can become a real headache if the relationship breaks down. Selling a house and dividing the proceeds can be a complex legal issue, but it’s no issue at all if you’re renting (although you’ll both be responsible for rent payments until the end of the lease).

Negative equity

If property prices fall, you might find that you owe more on your home than it’s worth. If you can afford to keep up with repayments in the medium term, this shouldn’t be a major issue. But if you need to sell up and move, negative equity could trap you in your property until house prices recover.

Buying a home is a big step in life. But the pride, security and comfort it delivers are why so many people choose to buy a property of their own.

How Can I Sell My House Fast?

The average house sale takes around three to four months to complete. But if your local property market is depressed, the process can take considerably longer.

What happens if you need to sell a house fast? Perhaps you need to stop your lender repossessing your property? Maybe you need to relocate for a new job. Whatever the reason for needing a quick sale, you need to know what one looks like before you can achieve it.

Finding a buyer

This is often the most difficult part of selling a home. It involves marketing, property viewings and price negotiations. Some buyers may make an offer, then withdraw it soon after. Others will waste a lot of your time without making any offer at all.

Even when you’ve accepted an offer, the buyer needs time to instruct a conveyancer and arrange the necessary surveys and searches. This can leave you, as the seller, feeling helpless. The lack of certainty is difficult to manage when your future hinges on a speedy and profitable sale.

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Then you have to complete the various questionnaires, obtain an Energy Performance Certificate and answer any questions the buyer might have. Make no mistake: this is a lengthy process. If you can get everything done within a month, you’re doing well.

And what happens if a survey highlights some problems with your home. You may have to make repairs or alterations before selling — costing you time and money you may not have.

Exchange of contracts

Once all of the necessary checks and paperwork are complete, a date can be set for the exchange of contracts. Once you’ve done this, there’s no going back.

But what happens if your buyer’s circumstances change before the contract exchange? Their property sale might fall through, or they might lose their job. You’re at the mercy of the buyer. If you need to sell your house quickly, there’s very little you can do to move things along.

Listing your home for sale is only the first stage of a long, drawn-out and unpredictable process. Almost anything can go wrong along the way. And if your house sale is delayed by just a few days, your plans for the future could be left in tatters.

Is there a way to sell a house faster?

The best way to guarantee a fast house sale is to bypass the property market altogether. This way, you don’t have to waste time on marketing, property viewings, negotiations and lengthy conveyancing processes.

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But how do you avoid the property market when selling houses? The answer is simple: you sell to a national home buyer such as Sell Property Fast Cash. 

We work with partners across the UK to buy houses fast. If you accept our free, no-obligation offer, we might be able to exchange contracts with you within the week.

So, selling to a house buying company like Sell Property Fast Cash takes away a lot of the uncertainty and delay, so you can quickly sell your house. And you don’t have to worry about niggling repairs or renovations. We buy houses in any condition.

If you need a fast house sale, contact one of our property experts today. We never make promises we can’t keep, and we never reduce an initial offer at the last minute. And wherever possible, we aim to complete the purchase of a home within a month — often less.

All about buying a 2nd home

More people in the UK own a second home than ever before. In most cases, the second property is an investment opportunity — rented out for an additional income. But some are inherited, and some are bought as a holiday home away from urban sprawl.

If you’re thinking about buying a second home, there are a few issues you should consider before taking the plunge.

Why do I want to buy a second property?

Most people buy a second home as a buy-to-let opportunity. The property earns the owner a steady second income — while appreciating. You may want to buy a small holiday cottage for weekends, or somewhere you and your family can holiday. Some people buy a property with a view to cashing in on it in the future.

Think about your reasons for buying a second home. This should help you decide on the type of property you want.

buying a second home — a cottage

How much will buying a second home cost?

Most second homes are smaller and cheaper than the owner’s principal property. While the cost of buying it might be lower, there are tax implications you need to know about before proceeding.

A second home is referred to as a ‘secondary residence’ by HMRC. Any income you make will be assessed for Income Tax. And if you sell your home for a profit, you’ll be liable for Capital Gains Tax.

There’s also Stamp Duty to consider. Unlike buying your first home, there is no tax-free value on a secondary residence. You not only pay Stamp Duty on the full sale price, but you also pay it at a higher rate.

Can I let my second property?

Not everyone intends to let out their second home at first. Some people inherit property, while others decide running two homes at the same time is unaffordable. This is why you need to know where you stand in terms of the rental market.

The first thing you should do is check with your lender. A lot of mortgages don’t allow letting. You might need to remortgage in order to let out your second home. Even if you decide to move into the second home and let out your primary residence, you’d need to inform the mortgage provider and switch to a buy-to-let loan.

house to let

Do I have time for property management?

As the owner of a rental property, you have some serious responsibilities. You have to make sure your home is safe and habitable. You also have to abide by all the various letting laws in the UK. This all requires managing — as well as time and money. You can leave the day to day management of your rental property to a property company, but this will eat into your income.

Can I develop my second property?

If you have spare cash, you might want to improve and renovate your second property. If you know what you’re doing, you can increase the market value of your home by far more than the cost of renovation.

If the local property market is buoyant, and you’re OK with a little DIY, this might be a good idea. But when demand is even slightly depressed, the risks of property development increase markedly.

Can I use it as a holiday home?

You can use your second property as a holiday home. However, you’ll need to pay Council Tax. You’ll also need to consider the costs of running and maintaining the property. A lot of owners rent out their holiday home for a few weeks each year. This is allowed by most standard mortgages.

If you need to sell a second home fast or raise the money for purchasing one, Sell Property Fast Cash can help. We work with various partners to buy properties quickly and without fuss. In the right circumstances, we can buy a home in just seven days.

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