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Help with buying property? These home-buying guides are for you

Settling on your new home is a big decision – but with our help, actually buying it will be a fair bit easier. 

Our home-buying guides are here to take you through the home buying process – offering expert advice and guidance on what you should expect throughout the process. 

So, whether you’re looking for an explanation on how buying a house works, or something more involved, we have the answers that you’re looking for. 

If you have any specific questions about buying your new home, please feel free get in touch for some advice that's tailored to your own situation. 

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First time home buyers’ guide

Includes a timeline to buying a home and a property jargon buster. This first time buyers’ guide is an essential read if you’re new to home buying.


How to make an offer on a house?

What are sealed bids and will an under asking price offer be enough to clinch the sale? We’re on hand to help.


How to buy a flat

From service charges to leasehold vs freehold, there are some things which your should get your head around before you buy.


What do buyers look for in their new home?

Is it the condition of the garden or that all-important third bedroom? We have the answers.


Why move to Walthamstow?

Great value (by London’s standards), Walthamstow has long been considered the location of choice by city-dwellers.


What is a mortgage broker?

All that you need to know about mortgage brokers and how they could help you move forwards. 


Why move to Hornchurch?

With great schools and plenty of green spaces, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better place to live in Essex.


What to do if you find woodworm?

With the right advice, you’ll soon discover that woodworm is an easy issue to remedy.


What to do if there’s damp in your home?

Properties with damp problems are more common than you’d think. So, should you be concerned?


How to buy a house?

Silly question, huh? But buying a house or flat can be harder than it seems – especially if you’re a first time buyer.


What is the timeline for buying a house?

We’ve created a handy timeline for buying a house or flat, so you’ll know roughly what to expect once you’ve had your offer accepted.

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Buying a house or flat? You can count on Douglas Allen to help.

It doesn't matter if you’re buying a house for the first time or you’ve been doing this for years, each and every home-buying experience will be unique – and, with our help, completely seamless.

Douglas Allen Estate Agents have been helping buyers to find their dream home for years. You could say that we’ve become pretty good at it. So, what’s our secret?

Well, in short it's this: our people.

Douglas Allen Estate Agents know your new local area inside and out. We have branches in every part of Essex – each on hand to answer your questions from 8am to 8pm. Collectively, we've pounded pavements, walking the length and breadth of the county – which makes us uniquely qualified to help you.

On our team you've expert mortgage advisors and conveyancers – each on hand to take you through the trickier bits of buying a home. What's more, we have a sales progressor in every branch who will keep you fully apprised about where you are in the home-buying process.

If this wasn’t quite enough, you’ve a whole host of smart features and interactive tools to make buying your new home just that little bit easier.

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Look out for Virtual Tours, professional photography and detailed floor plans – all designed to give your a genuine feel for a property, without even having to step through the door.

Mortgage Matters

No mortgage? We can help. Find out how much you can afford to borrow using our Mortgage Calculator. Better still, get in touch with our advisors.

Home Wise

Aged over 60? You could save up to 59% on your new home with the “Home for Life” lifetime lease from our friends at Homewise.

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You’ll find our latest homes on Zoopla, Rightmove, PrimeLocation and On The Market – or you could look right here on our own property listings page.