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Gazundering – what it is and how to avoid it

Gazundering – what it is and how to avoid it

When a buyer has their offer accepted, but lowers it before the sale is completed, it is called gazundering. It’s a rotten practice and unfair to the seller but, unfortunately, gazundering is perfectly legal. In this blog, I look at why gazundering happens and what you can do to avoid it. Why does gazundering happen? […]

Why buy property in an East London skyscraper?

Why buy property in an East London skyscraper?

I can’t help but feel excited at the new buildings springing up all over East London. The capital’s skyline has changed so much over the last ten years, with new tall office buildings springing up in the City, and residential and mixed-use developments arriving across the East End. Living in a tall building isn’t for […]

I’m self-employed – will I ever be able to own property?

I’m self-employed – will I ever be able to own property?

It’s a common misconception that lenders won’t give mortgages to people who are self-employed. In fact, that’s not strictly true. Many lenders will consider lending to self-employed borrowers – you could be closer to owning property than you think. I’m not a mortgage broker so everything in this blog is based on my own experience. […]

Marketing property in East London? Here’s why social media is an important part of the plan…

Marketing property in East London? Here’s why social media is an important part of the plan…

When I was first selling property a decade or so ago, internet property searches were in their infancy and social media hadn’t even been invented. But times have changed, and like many East London estate agents, I’m finding that social media is a great tool for selling property. Here’s why…. Social media is a cost-effective […]

Why buy new-build property in East London?

Why buy new-build property in East London?

Dockleys have been working with a number of developers recently to sell new build property in East London. There are many reasons why newly built houses and flats appeal to buyers, from practical matters like brand new boilers to more emotional ones like being the very first person to live there. In this blog, I’ll […]

Buy property at Douro Place, Bow, E3

Buy property at Douro Place, Bow, E3

Dockleys have recently been given the opportunity to sell units in Douro Place, a new development in Bow, E3. Unlike many new build developments, Douro Place is made up of houses, flats and duplexes, each one different. I’ve found that selling units in a boutique development makes a refreshing change! So often, many apartments in […]

Why move to Bow, E3?

Why move to Bow, E3?

I love all of East London (well, most of it!) – that’s why I sell property here. I practice what I preach too and I’ve been living in Bow for the last ten years. Bow has a great location and a great vibe, as well as providing essentials like schools and shops. Here’s why I […]

Is it the right time to buy your first home?

Is it the right time to buy your first home?

Is it the right time to buy a house? Well, I’m an East London estate agent so of course I’m going to say yes! But owning a house carries a lot of responsibility with it so it’s important to do your sums before you decide to become a first time buyer. Fortunately, schemes like Help […]


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