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Quick Guide to our Assisted House Sale

Assisted House Sale

Selling your home can be a daunting process – how buoyant is the marketplace? Will you get the price you want? How long will it take to find a buyer? These can all be worrying questions. There is, however, a way to get a fair price for your home, quickly and totally hassle-free – irrespective… Read more »

What Is a Property Cash Buyer?

Quick House Sale In South Wales

“Property cash buyer” This is a term used for individuals and companies which can deliver a fast sale on your house by paying you cash for your property. A reputable property cash buyer will buy any home in the UK for cash and generally speaking, can complete the purchase very quickly. Property cash buyers can sometimes… Read more »

Tips for first-time property sellers

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When it comes to property purchases, there’s plenty of help available to first-time buyers. Whilst new buyers may need additional advice and support, first-time sellers may also need extra assistance to ensure that they get a fair price for their property. If you’re considering selling a property or are advertising your home for sale, there’s… Read more »

A guide to selling your house privately


There may be several reasons why people choose to sell their properties privately. One of the most common reason is to avoid costly estate agent fees. If you are considering selling your house privately read this first. Selling a house privately can be slightly more challenging than putting it on the open market via an… Read more »

Property Auctions – The Good, The Bad & The Outrageously Expensive


Each February, property auction houses send out their catalogues ready for the first sales of the year. All part takers with the same objective in mind, that being to sell their house fast. Last year was far from smooth sailing, with the introduction of additional stamp duty for investors making “flipping” properties less attractive, particularly… Read more »

Capital Gains Tax on Inherited Property

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Capital gains tax when selling an inherited property Selling an inherited property can be one of the most stressful experiences of any person’s life. Along with the usual stress that is associated with selling a property, putting an inherited property on the market will likely conjure up many additional emotions. On top of all this,… Read more »

Sell Your Home Quickly – What Can Delay A Sale

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There are many reasons why you may want to sell your home quickly. Unfortunately, there are also countless ways in which this may not prove possible. It is often a daunting prospect to plan the sale of a property, especially if you need to sell quickly. So let’s go through some of the problems you… Read more »

All you need to know, for a fast house sale

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Easy to follow guide to securing a fast house sale Whatever reason you have for wanting to sell your house quick, getting an interested buyer to make an offer can be a challenge. It could be that you are becoming frustrated with the long drawn-out process of selling a house with a traditional estate agent…. Read more »

Why can’t I get a remortgage?

When you need cash in a hurry, accessing the money tied up in your South Wales property can be an ideal solution and a remortgage can be the answer to your cash flow problems. If you are struggling to remortgage your South Wales property, there could be a number of reasons this is happening, and… Read more »

Home Design On A Budget: The Bathroom Makeover


If you’re a regular reader you may be aware of our Home Design on a Budget series. It’s a series of posts that tackle the all-time home improvement dilemma: the best ways to redesign your home, without spending a fortune. The series aims to provide tips to improve your home, either to make it more… Read more »

Top Online Tools To Renovate Your House

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Updating or redesigning your home is a daunting job. There are many components, and big jobs almost certainly require help from the professionals. Finding adequate inspiration, getting clued up on legalities, planning an extension or even calculating the costings. All these things require care, attention and planning. So what are the best online tools to… Read more »

Home Design On A Budget: The Kitchen Makeover

Kitchen design on a budget with Mark King Properties, Cardiff

Last month at Mark King Properties, we looked at home design on a budget. Our written article discussed how to add style (and potential value!) to your home, without a considerable expense. Home design On A Budget: The Kitchen Makeover Whether it’s in preparation for sale, or to improve the appearance of your home, then… Read more »

What to ask when viewing a property

What to ask when viewing a property

What To Ask When Viewing a Property: The Ultimate Checklist You’ve decided to make the move. Whether you’re moving home or buying a new property for your portfolio, you’ve got a lot of work to do. And you have a lot of questions to ask! Here is our guide on what to ask when viewing… Read more »

Home Design on a Budget

There are so many reasons why you might want to spruce up your home, on a budget. Perhaps you’re looking for a quick sale? Or you want to freshen up the look and feel of your home without spending a fortune? Today on the blog we’ve summarised ten great ways to improve your home design… Read more »

How much is your neighbour’s house worth?

How much is your neighbour’s house worth? One of the craziest things you’ll find when looking to buy or sell a house in South Wales is the fluctuations in house prices from one road to another. Tell me again why the neighbour’s house is worth more than my house? Simply put, in South Wales house… Read more »

House Repossession – Knowing your Rules and Rights

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Is your home under threat of repossession? If you are dealing with house repossession knowing your legal rights will be a key advantage to you. The full house repossession procedure can be long winded, complicated and undeniably stressful. Usually situated from a set of unfortunate circumstances, a house repossession is a legal ordeal, leaving the homeowner… Read more »

Tips For Selling Your Home To A Property Cash Buyer.

Tips For Selling Your Home To A Property Cash Buyer.

If you are looking to sell your property here are our top tips for selling your home to a property cash buyer. Considering a property cash buyer could prove beneficial for many reasons, and knowing what to look for is key.  The recent recession has shaped and changed the way emerging property buyers and sellers… Read more »

How to get your home ready to sell


Selling your home can be an intense process, but also an exciting one. You’re packing up and moving out and hopefully onto bigger and better things! But first, you have to get your house ready to make it attractive to buyers, so that it sells and your house sells fast. Instead of feeling like it’s… Read more »

7 Top Tips For a Stress Free House Move

7 steps to a stress free house move

They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things that people will do in life: Having a child and getting married being the other top two stressful events you will experience in your life. But how can you make what should be an exciting time, stress-free? If you have just been through… Read more »

What makes a house a home?


What makes a house a home? In the modern world, the places we live come and go. People are sometimes selling homes quickly and often in search of the house they can call a home. It is not uncommon for the ordinary citizen to move up to 4 times throughout their life. But what makes… Read more »

Dream big: some of the best locations to live in Wales

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If you’re looking to buy property in Wales, you’ll be spoilt for choice. As an incredibly diverse country with a fascinating history, Wales encompasses everything from beautiful wildlife reserves to bustling city life. Whether you’re looking to live by a Roman amphitheater or in the middle of the city center, Wales can provide you with… Read more »

Who wants to buy a South Wales beach?

A beach In South Wales UK

If it is one thing Wales has in abundance, it is beautiful homes, historic landmarks, and enviable open spaces. But how would you like to be the proud owner of one of the best views the country has to offer? The gorgeous 2.2 acre Saundersfoot beach in Pembrokeshire was put on the market this summer,… Read more »

Five ways to utilise your new home’s money-making potential

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If you’ve just bought a property in Wales, congratulations! It’s said that buying a home is up there with the most stressful things that a person will do in their lifetime. With so many people in South Wales looking to sell a house quickly, there is not a lot of people buying property in Wales… Read more »

Welsh property is the only one on the up

Welsh property is the only one on the up in 2017

You might be forgiven for thinking that house prices are at a record high and that if you’re not already on the property ladder, you may never get your chance. You might be looking to buy your first house now or even sell your house fast. However, research from house price experts Zoopla shows that… Read more »

Top tips for selling your property in Wales

Top tips for selling your property in Wales

So you’re thinking of selling your house or flat in Wales? If so, you’ll no doubt want it to sell quickly, smoothly and for the best price in order for you to make the next move on the property ladder. The Welsh property market is on the up There are some key things you can… Read more »

10 top questions to ask when buying a home


We all know that buying a home is probably the most expensive single purchase we will ever make, which leaves us scratching our heads at the fact that on average, we spend around 30 minutes viewing the house before deciding to buy it. People spend longer choosing holidays or cars than they do inspecting a… Read more »

3 quick exterior tips that could add value to your home!


When it comes to selling your home you already know that first impressions really do matter. Word is that the average would-be buyer takes less than ten seconds to decide if a property is for them, so making a positive initial impact is absolutely essential if you don’t want to be fighting an uphill battle… Read more »

5 ways to save money when buying a property

5 ways to save money when buying a property

Buying a house, whether for yourself or as an investment, can be an expensive and stressful process full of a number of different loopholes and hurdles. However, it doesn’t always have to be this way and often there are little hacks you can introduce to the process to help save you money when buying a… Read more »

Odd ways the price of your home could be affected

Local Country Pub

We all know that location plays a key role in determining just how much you’ll be able to sell your property for, but what about other aspects that can have a huge impact on your valuation? From messy children to the lack of a decent pub down the road, we’ve had a closer look at… Read more »

Online Estate Agents Vs Property Cash Buyers

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One offers a fast, direct and hassle-free method of selling a property, the other can be a more drawn out process, but with potential savings at the end of it. So, which is the best way to sell a house: through an online estate agent or a property cash buyer? Let’s look at the pros… Read more »

Will Brexit affect my house sale?

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In the last few weeks, Google has recorded a huge number of searches on the term “How will Brexit affect…….?” High on the list of topics attached to this question is the repercussions for property prices and mortgages. So now Article 50 (what is Article 50? click here to learn about it) has been triggered,… Read more »

House selling stress and why mock biscuit-baking “sucks”

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Come the day when you need to downsize, upgrade or move locations, then you are faced with one of life’s most stressful adventures – selling your property. Research has shown that almost two-thirds of people in the UK (who have moved recently) put it at the top of their stress league table, meaning it beats… Read more »

Your route to a fast house sale in Cardiff

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These days, there are plenty of reasons that you might have to look for a quick house sale and it goes without saying that the traditional routes can be time-consuming and stressful. If you’re thinking ‘I need to sell my house fast’, and you live in Cardiff or the South Wales area, then we can… Read more »

Is a simple house sale possible?

Sell House Fast

The process of bringing a property to market is rarely a quick one. What’s more, at the end of it, the seller is not guaranteed to get a sale, let alone a fast house sale. When you add in the stress of viewings, the hassle of inspections, the pressure of contract negotiation and the various added expenses… Read more »

5 main reasons why house sales fall through 2016

5 main reasons why house sales fall through 2016

If you are looking to sell your home quickly, securely and free from concerns about sale completion, a cash sale could be for you. Data released earlier this year demonstrated that one in four house sales fell through in 2015. This could be for a variety of reasons, but most of these can be solved… Read more »

Why choose the quick house sale route – 5 Top Reasons

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There are a number of reasons as to why you may be considering how to sell a house fast. The one that is most obvious (even from the title of this blog post) is speed. Choosing to deal with a property cash buyer will normally provide you with the best solution, which will ultimately result… Read more »

Are low interest rates good for a quick house sale?

Are low interest rates good for a quick house sale?

On the face of it, news that interest rates in the UK are now at their lowest level since the founding of the Bank of England in 1694 is quite depressing, especially for those intending to save money. But in the world of investment, some are effected positively, and some are effected negatively, and as… Read more »

With property prices stalling, a quick cash sale could be right for you

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Consumer confidence has fallen sharply in the property market after Brexit, according to the Daily Mail The ING international survey on homes and mortgages found that one-quarter of homeowners expect prices to fall in the next 12 months, while less than half were optimistic about the value of their property increasing by summer 2017. Additionally,… Read more »

6 outstanding reasons to sell your house to a cash buyer

6 outstanding reasons to sell your house to a cash buyer

Long recognised as one of life’s most stressful processes, moving house has earned this reputation mostly through the pain involved in selling. You’ve probably been through it yourself or at least know somebody who has: house buyers change their mind. Issues crop up on the survey meaning that lenders or buyers decide to back out…. Read more »

Landlords looking to sell houses fast following the Brexit

Brexit effect on the UK Property Market

Hi Guys, My name is Mark King, I’m a Cardiff based property buyer. Just wanted to catch up on what is happening in the South Wales Market at the moment. We are getting a lot of calls from landlords and investors that are looking to sell on at the moment. A lot of people are… Read more »

How to sell a house in a changed South Wales Property Market

How to sell a house fast in south wales

My name is Mark King and I am a Cardiff-based property buyer. I buy properties throughout the South Wales region. I’ve been in the business over 20 years and have bought over 700 properties in that time. How to sell a property following the recent Brexit. Part of my short series on Brexit, I want… Read more »

How the Brexit is affecting the property market

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My name is Mark King and I am a Cardiff-based property buyer. I buy properties throughout the South Wales region. I’ve been in the business over 20 years and have bought over 700 properties in that time. Brexit and how it is affecting the property market The word on everyone’s lips in the industry at… Read more »

How has Brexit affected the future of the UK property market?

The UK Brexit, How will the Brexit effect the UK Property Market

Since the UK voted to leave the EU in June’s referendum, politicians, economists, financial bodies and us property experts have all been overrun with conflicting messages about how Brexit will impact the UK property market. Even prior to the vote Chancellor George Osborne warned that a vote to leave could impact housing prices, Prime Minister… Read more »

How Much Is My House Worth?

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Do you ever ask yourself “How much is my house worth?” Do you find yourself asking “How much is my house worth”? Are you considering moving house? Upsizing or Downsizing? Or perhaps you are doing a bit of renovation work this springtime? From double-glazing to outdoor space, all these things will play a significant part… Read more »

Jargon Buster: Wills and Probate

Wills and Propbate - Learn the complex terms used

Learn about the complex terms used when discussing Wills and Probate Administrator – Someone who is responsible for dealing with the financial affairs of a person who has died and a will does not exist. Affidavit – A written paper, signed under oath that enables you to claim property as an inheritor. Assets – Things that have value… Read more »

The Advantages of Selling Your House for Cash

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There are several advantages when selling your home for cash. The Quick House Sale Process Mark King can buy your home for cash in just 7 days. Therefore, if you’re looking to sell your house fast, you’ve hit gold. In just 7 days, we offer a cash completion service, with no delays whatsoever. First of… Read more »

If UK Exit The EU, Will House Prices Fall?

UK exit from the EU

UK exit from the EU could result in house prices dropping by 5% Current UK Housing Market As Part Of The EU Britain joined the EU in 1973, and since then we have seen a significant increase in property value estimated at 2000%. However we are now approaching threats with the uncertainty of the referendum…. Read more »

Trade Secrets of a Property Cash Buyer – Part 7 – Selling a home with non-standard construction.

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One of the issues that I commonly see, particularly with an ex-local authority property or an ex-council property, is that they are not made of what is called a ‘Standard Construction’ What is standard construction? Generally speaking, a standard constructed property consists of brick and/or block walls under a tiled pitched roof sat on concrete… Read more »

Trade Secrets of a Property Cash Buyer – Part 3 – Rent to Rent


My name is Mark King. I am a Cardiff based property buyer. I’ve been in the business for over 20 years, and bought approximately 700 properties in that time. 
I am doing a series of blogs based on some of the trade secrets, scams and fibs you may be been told or have personally encountered… Read more »

Trade Secrets of a Property Cash Buyer – Part 2 – Liar Buyers.

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Hi Everyone. This is part of my series on property buyer scams. Part Two –Today I will be discussing the current scams that I have come across within the property cash buyer industry. One that has been going on for a really long time is the high offer and then cutting it at the last… Read more »

Trade Secrets of a Property Cash Buyer – A mini series Part 1


Video Transcription Hi There, My Name is Mark King. I am a Cardiff based property buyer. I buy properties throughout the South Wales Region. I’ve been in the business for over twenty years and I’ve bought over 700 properties in that time. What I want to do is show you, over a couple of video… Read more »

How to sell a house fast? How much is my house worth?

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Mark King, South Wales property expert, reveals the two most common questions asked of a property expert in 2016. 1. How to sell a house fast? 2. How much is my house worth? How To Sell A House Fast is the most common question I am faced with. For many selling their home the struggle… Read more »

Will South Wales Millionaire Sell His House Fast?

Which Super Star Will Make local Millionaires Wales Home Sell Fast

Local millionaire businessman Wayne Devine lives in a truly spectacular 8 bedroom home in Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales. A home which 13 years ago sparked a Super Star bidding war that made the mansion sell faster than the estate agent, Richard Morgan, of Watts and Morgan, was expecting. The home sold so fast that… Read more »

Why The UK Housing Bubble Is A Very Real Concern

The UK Housing Bubble 2016

Property Experts Speak Of An Unsustainable Bubble The UK housing market could be heading for a crash suggests leading property market experts, as 2016 is predicted ‘unsteady’ for all involved. The UK housing bubble is a very real concern. We are all aware that UK house prices have been fiercely increasing since the critical fall of… Read more »

How To Sell A House With A Structural Issue


Selling a property with a structural issue can be a stressful process for both buyer and seller. Property surveys are complicated and notoriously time-consuming, potentially damaging your ability to sell your house quickly. What to do if your property survey has revealed hidden secrets Structural problems can be hard to spot but they can also be… Read more »

Swansea Property Market – What To Expect in 2016

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Swansea property market 2014 The Swansea property market has been up and down over recent years. In January Swansea saw the biggest annual house price fall with a 6.6% drop. There was a 14% rise in repossession sales, being the highest figure across the entire U.K. My name is Mark King and I have over… Read more »

Are you looking for a fast house sale in Cardiff

Fast House Sale Cardiff

Fast cash house sale available in Cardiff Cardiff is a town rich in ancient history. Achieving the Capital status in 1955 and the biggest city in Wales, Cardiff has a range of unique amenities, diverse shopping facilities, vibrant entertainment, delightful rolling countryside and plenty of Welsh culture and charm. Learn more about Cardiff and its… Read more »

Step by Step Guide To a Quick House Sale

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If you want to sell your house fast you need expert help. House sales can be complicated and long-winded and the idea of a smooth, safe and successful house sale is gloriously attractive. If you are thinking about selling your property in this way it is wise to gain a full understanding and consider all of your potential options…. Read more »

How to Choose the Best Removal Company

Choosing the right removal company Mark King Properties

Choosing the best removal company Step 1 : Do Your Research Step 2 : Use Recommendations Step 3 : Check Insurance Details It’s unlikely that a removal company will be insured against broken items, unless you ask the movers to pack your belongings for you. Therefore it’s important to find out if a company is licensed and… Read more »

Selling a House: The Costs Involved

A Semi Detached House In South Wales

There can be many unexpected costs involved when selling a house. Estate Agent Fees Many people turn to the services of an estate agent when they’re trying to sell their home, and it’s no wonder why: It seems much easier than trying to sell privately. But, did you know that there are charges that come… Read more »

How to: Downsize Your Home

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A simple guide on how to downsize your home Make Lists When it comes to downsizing, lists are extremely helpful in the initial process. Why? Well, you can form lists of what you love and what you can’t live without, which will in turn, determine what you should get rid of. There’s a difference between… Read more »

Selling Your Home Privately: The Benefits

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There are plenty of benefits when selling your home privately. Missed Opportunities Do Not Exist If your dream home comes on the market but you haven’t yet managed to sell your home, you could find yourself saying goodbye to that chocolate-box home you’ve always longed for. However, if you choose to sell your home quickly,… Read more »

Prenuptial Agreements: Everything You Need to Know

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Everything You Need to Know About Prenuptial Agreements Whilst a prenuptial agreement, also known as a prenup, may not be the first thing one thinks of when tying the knot or buying a property, it should certainly not be overlooked. As unromantic as it may sound, a prenup can protect your assets. Here you can learn… Read more »

We Buy Any Home

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I am a Property Cash Buyer. I will buy any house for cash. If you’d like to sell your house fast then you’ve come to the right place. We Buy Any House in South Wales, so we can help you get rid of your property faster than you can say Mark King. Well, maybe not… Read more »

The Most Expensive Areas to Buy Property in Wales

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Where are the most expensive areas to buy property in Wales? Lisvane Situated in the north of Cardiff is the affluent community of Lisvane. The beauty of this sought-after area is that it’s just a stone’s throw away from the city center, yet it still has that semi-rural feel. Sam James, who works at Savills… Read more »

The Cheapest Areas to Buy Property in Wales

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Wales has both expensive and cheap property areas Tonypandy Situated in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf is Tonypandy. And it is in this area that one of the houses went on the market earlier this year for a guide price of just £7,000. The house stands on Oak Street, Clydach Vale, which has… Read more »

The Types of Houses I Buy

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As a property cash buyer I buy all types of property across South Wales. The Condition Doesn’t Count I truly understand the pressure to sell a property quickly and that’s why I offer a 7-day completion service. I will also buy your property regardless of its state, so even if your house is in the… Read more »

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