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In this three-minute read, we look at why people planning to sell in 2021 should act now to take advantage of the traditional surge in interest from serious buyers.

If you’re contemplating putting your home on the market next year, there’s one thing you can do right now to maximise your chances of getting a great deal.

Before you get carried away in a giddy rush of festive fever and adorn your house in flashing lights and sparkly tinsel, take a deep breath and pause for just a moment. You may be planning to kickstart the sale of your home in January – once the silly season is over – but there’s a good reason why you shouldn’t wait

The reason is that traffic on property portals skyrockets on the days between Christmas and New Year.

Pageviews on Rightmove, for example, typically increase by around 230% between Christmas Day and 2 January 

What drives this surge in interest?

In this two-minute update, we look at the benefits of exercising and why it could be easier than you think to get moving again.

We’ve been through some historically uncertain times this year.

But with the recent announcements around the highly promising vaccines to combat Covid-19, brighter times have appeared on the global horizon.

During this period of uncertainty, one thing has become crystal clear, and that’s the importance of exercising regularly for your mind and body.

According to the NHS, the benefits include:

Reducing stress levels

Strengthening your immunity

Maintaining a steady weight

Improving your memory and brain functioning

Helping you to sleep better

Increasing feel-good endorphins to boost your mood

Today is World Kindness Day, and we couldn’t think of a better chance to show our appreciation for our community’s good neighbours. A 90-second speed read.

Friday the 13th is usually viewed with suspicion given its ‘unlucky for some’ label.

But this year’s vintage is a time to celebrate and cast aside any superstitions and celebrate World Kindness Day.

And 2020 is certainly the year where kindness and community spirit were needed like never before.

World Kindness Day started in Tokyo in 1998 and has since grown into a global movement of doing nice things for others.

At Cook Residential, we want to take this opportunity to celebrate the kindness and care of the good neighbours who make each other’s lives that much better.

The experience of lockdowns and restrictions this year has highlighted the value of generosity, compassion, and community spirit.

So, let’s hear it for our local heroes, AKA good neighbours.

In this two-minute read, we look at five ways to stave off cravings and eat well this winter.

Many of us turn to food when we’re bored or stressed, so it’s no wonder that the pandemic has played havoc with so many people’s waistlines.

Spending lots of time at home this year, amid ongoing uncertainty, has meant that bad habits have crept in. Do any of these descriptions resonate with you?

The all-day grazer: Mid-morning you reach for the biscuit tin and then keep going – and going. You eat little and often (by that we mean almost constantly) and lose track of how many bourbons/crackers/cookies you have devoured.

Late-night binger: You skip breakfast and stick to a simple eating plan for most of the day – until about 9pm comes and BAM! you snaffle a tub of Ben & Jerry’s at lightning speed.

Zombie eater: You always eat in front of the TV or while on your laptop. You shovel it in on autopilot, unaware of how much you have packed away, if it has any nutritional value or even if it tastes nice.

Afternoon snack fiend: Your mood and willpower plummet mid-afternoon. You start to feel hangry (that is hungry plus angry) and need a sugary snack to give you an energy hit.

If any of these descriptions ring a bell with you, then here are five tips to help get your eating habits back on an even keel.

In this three-minute read, we share our five-point plan for a smooth move in six months’ time.

Moving can be stressful ­– some people rate it right up there with divorce in the aggravation stakes – but there are ways you can take the drama and disruption out of the process.

The first step is to acknowledge that buying a new home is likely to be one of the biggest purchases you make in your lifetime.

And if you plan to sell a property to fund your next move, you’re effectively carrying out two incredibly important transactions in one hit. (No pressure then.)

Given the magnitude of the task, if you want to move in 2021, we advise you to start working towards that goal now.

The process always takes longer than you expect, so use your time wisely now so that you can move when the time is right next year.

Here are five tips to pave the way for a successful move.

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