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All the latest from our experienced team here at Moginie James on all the latest news and gossip in the property world

BREAKING NEWS!

BREAKING NEWS!

Stamp Duty has been Abolished for all First Time Buyers up to £300,000

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Moginie James Shortlisted

Moginie James Shortlisted

Our Company has been shortlisted for the '2017 Best Agent in South Wales Region Award' and we couldn't be prouder!

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Gap in the housing act 1988

Gap in the housing act 1988

A cautionary tale for Landlords - Our guest blogger, Lettings Barrister Michael Grant, discusses a gap in the Housing Act 1988.

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Don’t Just Move, Relocate.

Don’t Just Move, Relocate.

If you are thinking about moving to a new area, near or far away, then we’re the estate agent for you.

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

With Autumn swiftly approaching, you should make sure your home is ready for the change. We have compiled a list of 9 jobs to help you get prepared.

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Changes to EPC Rules

Changes to EPC Rules

The Residential Landlords Association has recently confirmed that the proposed changes will be implemented in April 2018.

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Moginie James gets Ty Hafan partnership off to a flying start

Moginie James gets Ty Hafan partnership off to a flying start

Cardiff's leading independent estate agent, Moginie James, has announced Ty Hafan as its charity of the year by releasing balloons across the city. The initial launch took place in Roath Park with Moginie James Managing Director and Emma Sankey from the children's charity.

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Tax Seminar

Tax Seminar

We're hosting another tax seminar!

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Divorce: what happens to the family home?

Divorce: what happens to the family home?

The family home is something special and close to many people’s hearts. A place where memories are made and a place you can always come back to, no matter where life takes you. So when relationships break down and households split, it’s no surprise that there’s a main concern for what will happen to the family home.

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Is the Battle of Low Interest Rates Over?

Is the Battle of Low Interest Rates Over?

2016 will certainly be a year to remember. We sadly said goodbye to an astonishing amount of celebrity icons, then there was Brexit, Theresa May, Donald Trump, plastic fivers, and most importantly (in our world, anyway) record low interest rates. But with the Bank of England continuing to freeze the bank rate at 0.25 per cent, it poses the question: what does this mean for the year ahead?

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Pontcanna Christmas Fair

Pontcanna Christmas Fair

We were delighted to sponsor the Pontcanna Christmas fair yesterday which was held in Plasturton Gardens. The MJ team was on hand to pour the mulled wine (priorities)!

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Helping those in need over the holidays

Helping those in need over the holidays

As Cardiff’s leading independent estate agency, we feel we have a duty to look after our city and our neighbours. As well as working with Cardiff’s Civic Society to protect our green space in the capital, all our branches have been busy collecting for the Cardiff Foodbank.

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CHANGES TO WEAR AND TEAR TAX ALLOWANCE

CHANGES TO WEAR AND TEAR TAX ALLOWANCE

In light of recent tax changes due to take effect in 2017, we thought it might be a good idea to remind all landlords about the changes to the wear and tear allowance that came into operation back in April 2016.

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Rent Smart Wales Q&A Afternoon

Rent Smart Wales Q&A Afternoon

Moginie James want to help all landlords ensure that they are registered and compliant with Rent Smart Wales and the House (Wales) Act 2014 before 23rd November 2016.

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High Court Ruling Not Good News For Landlords

High Court Ruling Not Good News For Landlords

Landlords have failed in their attempt to force a judicial review of the Government’s controversial Mortgage Interest Relief plans. PRS landlords Steve Bolton and Chris Cooper were at the High Court on 12 October asking for the review into the changes to MIR proposed under section 24 of the Finance (No.2) Act 2015, which will stop buy-to-let costs being a claimable business expense.

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Cardiff’s hidden gems for on-the-go young professionals to work from

Cardiff’s hidden gems for on-the-go young professionals to work from

As a young professional, you may be getting to grips with the business way of life and how to make your mark in the working world. There’ll be many obstacles ahead for you, some even as simple as finding a place to work when on the go - but don’t worry, we’ve got that covered for you.

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MJ supports Guide Dogs Cymru

MJ supports Guide Dogs Cymru

You may or may not have heard, but we’ve recruited a new member of staff – a black labrador called Ted.

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New property tax to replace stamp duty

New property tax to replace stamp duty

From April 2018, Land Transaction Tax (LTT) will replace UK Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in Wales. LTT will be payable when you buy or lease a building or land over a certain price. The legislation is intended to be broadly consistent with SDLT in its current form. Decisions on the rate of the new tax will be made closer to April 2018 and will reflect the economic conditions at that time.

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Get Smart: All you need to know about Rent Smart Wales

Get Smart: All you need to know about Rent Smart Wales

Unless you’re new to the role of landlord or agent, you’ll have probably heard about the new law introduced in 2014 requiring all landlords and letting agents of private residential property in Wales, to register themselves and their properties with Rent Smart Wales. But what you may not realise is that the deadline to do this 23 November 2016 is fast approaching and, if ignored, could see you facing legal action.

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The case of Edwards - v - Kumarasamy

The case of Edwards  - v - Kumarasamy

The Supreme Court this week has overturned a Court of Appeal decision which is very important for the letting market, particularly landlords who own leasehold properties in blocks of flats.

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C4 Planning

C4 Planning

The long awaited HMO Supplementary Planning Guidance has now been released for consultation!

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St Edeyrn's Village Launch

St Edeyrn's Village Launch

Persimmon Homes new development at St Edeyrn’s Village is launching Friday 1st July 2016!

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Moving up the property ladder...

Moving up the property ladder...

Buying your first home is often seen as the biggest hurdle you will face on the property ladder, and, while there are obstacles facing second steppers who want to move onward and upward, there are some definite advantages to not…

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Tax news...Update!

Tax news...Update!

When the Chancellor George Osborne announced that he was curbing tax breaks for landlords in the Summer Budget 2015, there was speculation that it would result in thousands of landlords selling up and getting out of the property business. This…

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Landlord Licensing Training day

Landlord Licensing Training day

Moginie James have teamed up with Training for Professionals to provide a Landlord Licensing Training day. The date of the course is Thursday April 21st 2016. Training for Professionals are an authorised provider to run Rent Smart Wales approved courses.…

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Thinking of becoming a buy-to-let Landlord?

Thinking of becoming a buy-to-let Landlord?

In many respects, there has never been a better time to become a landlord. The challenging housing market of the last few years has seen the process of getting a mortgage more difficult than ever, and when you couple this…

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How to remodel your bathroom on a budget

How to remodel your bathroom on a budget

While we are on the way to economic recovery, household improvement costs can still be tough for many people, and non-essential home improvements can prove an expensive luxury. That said, we all need little luxuries from time-to-time, and the good…

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Looking back at the property market over the past year

Looking back at the property market over the past year

Christmas is a great time for winding down, shifting our attentions from meetings to mince pies and from emails to Edam (because who doesn’t love a cheese platter, right?) And as with everything in life, there are winners, losers and…

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Protecting your property this Christmas

Protecting your property this Christmas

In our earlier blog post, we talked about the importance of being properly insured over the Christmas period and remembering that all of those extra gifts will really drive up the contents value of your home. When working out your…

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The importance of being properly insured this Christmas

The importance of being properly insured this Christmas

December has finally arrived and over the next few weeks we can expect to see last minute shoppers elbowing their way through Queen Street and St David�s shopping centre as they purchase their last-minute festive gifts. Homes up and down the

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Beware of unregulated agents!

Beware of unregulated agents!

A word of advice from Martine Harris, Head of Lettings at Moginie James. This morning i met with a lovely lady who decided to rent out a property in Cathays last year – unfortunately, she decided to instruct an unregulated…

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Abandonment, what is it?

Abandonment, what is it?

What is Abandonment? Abandonment is when a tenant leaves the property (usually without notifying the landlord or agent) before the tenancy has ended. Very often this occurs when the tenant owes rent and the tenant may or may not leave…

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Be Smart, Rent Smart! An update on Rent Smart Wales...

Be Smart, Rent Smart! An update on Rent Smart Wales...

Rent Smart Wales, the brand name for the new compulsory registration and licencing scheme for agents and landlords in Wales, will be launched on November 23rd, 2015. From this date, we are told that the Rent Smart Wales team will…

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Buying a property to let to students - is it for you?...

Buying a property to let to students - is it for you?...

It’s term time and if you live in Cardiff, you can’t help but notice the increase in students with top knots and Nikes, mooching about in Roath and Cathays as university life swings into action. As well as wondering why…

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Join us at the Landlord and Letting Show!

Join us at the Landlord and Letting Show!

Whatever your involvement in property, you will find everything you need to help you succeed at the landlord and letting show, taking place at Cardiff City Hall on the 7th and 8th of October 2015. Moginie James will be exhibiting…

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Common home maintenance and what to look out for

Common home maintenance and what to look out for

MJ’s Maintenance Team Manager, Leah, advises us on common home maintenance and what to look out for Keeping on top of repairs around the home can feel like a real chore and it is all too easy to leave them…

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Tips on preparing your garden for a sale

Tips on preparing your garden for a sale

Preparing your garden for a sale… The garden is an important feature of any home, and can play a significant part in securing the sale of a property. When viewing a property, people still judge a book by its cover…

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Freshening up your living space

Freshening up your living space

Nick James, director of Moginie James, on freshening up your living space There is a no doubt about it but after a few false starts summer has arrived, and the housing market is in full spring as sales pick up…

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Top tips for first time buyers

Top tips for first time buyers

Trying to get on to the property ladder? We share our top tips for those looking to buy for the first time… Buying your first home is one of the most exciting – and daunting – milestones in our…

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CALLING ALL INVESTORS AND LANDLORDS!

CALLING ALL INVESTORS AND LANDLORDS!

We’re hosting an investor and landlord event tomorrow afternoon in our brand new Pontcanna Branch, and you’re invited! If you are purchasing an investment property with a view to letting it, or you are already a landlord, come and meet…

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A competition with class

A competition with class

WIN A WEEKEND AT THE OPERA AT ST DAVID’S HALL Fancy winning a pair of tickets to TWO breathtaking operas? Sounds Bellissimo!!! So we’ve teamed up with St David’s Hall to offer one lucky a pair of top-price tickets for both…

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Spread the love

Spread the love

If you’re looking to sell or let your home, then you should probably know the reasons why more of the city’s residents trust Moginie James over and above any other estate agent. See our latest advert in the South Wales Echo!…

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Welcome to the Moginie James Blog

Welcome to the Moginie James Blog

Welcome to the Moginie James Blog, keep an eye out on all the latest gossips, trends & news from the property world. We shall also be dedicating a section to our charities and the work they do to help so…

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