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Agent Insight: Sarah Smith of Abbotts in Cromer

Thursday 31 July 2014
Tagged: Abbots, agent insight, buying a home, Norfolk, property market, selling your home

For our latest Agent Insight column, we speak to Sarah Smith, property consultant at Abbotts in Cromer, Norfolk.

Could you please give us a brief introduction to your company and the area in which you operate?
Abbotts was established in 1850 and covers the...

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Selling tips: Creating an attractive exterior

Thursday 31 July 2014
Tagged: home improvements, selling tips, selling your home

Most buyers form their first impressions of your property at the front gate, so making sure that they like what they see as they walk up the path is essential.

There are plenty of easy and cheap things you can do to quickly improve the image of your home, such as mowing the lawn and de-...

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Number 13 proves lucky for a family seeking a fresh start

Thursday 31 July 2014
Tagged: Abbotswood Park, Bedford, Bellway Homes, case study, Chrysalis Park, Kings Reach, New Cardington, Shortstown

A working single mother and her two children have found the ideal home in Bedford in which to make a fresh start - despite it being number 13.

Thanks to the government-backed Help to Buy scheme, Claudine Tilman-Brew and her daughter Chloe (21) and son Thomas (15) have been able to move...

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One-on-one interview: Toby Ballard of Strongvox

Thursday 31 July 2014
Tagged: Housebuilder, housebuilding, new homes, One-on-One interview, Strongvox

Marc Da Silva continues his series of interviews with prominent figures from the housebuilding industry by speaking to Toby Ballard, managing director of Strongvox.

Where in the West Country is your firm developing new homes?

At the moment we have...

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Property auction summary - week commencing 28th July

Wednesday 30 July 2014
Tagged: Allsop, Auction House Cumbria, Goldings, property auctions

This week we unearth some of the best property deals secured over the past few days at property auctions in London, Cumbria and Ipswich. 

London

Allsop completed its final residential auction sale before the summer recess last week, raising almost £50m from the sale of...

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Eleven of the best villages near Guildford

Wednesday 30 July 2014
Tagged: area guides, commuters, Guildford, Surrey

Guildford is a vibrant town located 27 miles south-west of London on the A3 London to Portsmouth road. The town is within easy reach of the M25 motorway and boasts regular rail services to London. Guildford is the official county town of Surrey, with a large university population. The historic...

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Mortgage Blog: New building society launches with imaginative range of ‘family’ mortgages

Wednesday 30 July 2014
Tagged: bank of Mum and Dad, Family Building Society, family mortgages, First-time buyers, mortgage blog

The UK's first new building society in more than three decades has opened its doors by offering a revolutionary new ‘family' mortgage. The scheme, offered by the Family Building Society, will allow parents and grandparents to help their children and grandchildren onto the housing ladder...

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Greater support for new homes, says housing minister

Wednesday 30 July 2014
Tagged: First-time buyers, government, housing minister, new homes, NIMBY, Politics, social attitudes

Support for housebuilding has increased dramatically thanks largely to government planning reforms, claims the newly appointed housing minister Brandon Lewis.

In a piece he wrote for a national newspaper's website last weekend, Mr Lewis claimed that there had been a "a changing mind-set"...

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Property auction preview – week commencing 28th July

Tuesday 29 July 2014
Tagged: Auction House London, Bristol, Hollis Morgan, London, Pattinson Property Auctions, Preston, property auction

A wide range of properties will go under the hammer in the coming days. Here are some potentially good residential lots to look out for at auctions in London, Bristol and Preston. 

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Average London rents now double those in rest of the UK

Tuesday 29 July 2014
Tagged: data, HomeLet, HomeLet Rental Index, Landlords, London, market research, Private rented sector, renting, tenants

The cost of renting a property has risen so quickly in parts of the UK that Greater London, the south west and the south east are pushing the boundaries of affordability, according to new findings by the HomeLet Rental Index.

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Selling tips: De-cluttering your home

Tuesday 29 July 2014
Tagged: de-cluttering, home improvements, Landlords, property, selling your home, tips

The task of selling a home can be seriously hampered by a hoarding habit, and it can reduce the sale value by thousands of pounds.

Hoarding has been recognised in recent years as a growing problem for more and more people, and the accumulation of clutter, odds and ends and general rubbish...

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Shelter: Two million young adults can't afford to leave the family home

Tuesday 29 July 2014
Tagged: charity, First-time buyers, government schemes, Help to Buy, property market, research, Shelter, young workers

Almost two million working young adults are living with their parents because they can't afford to get on the property ladder, according to research by the charity Shelter.

The charity used information from the Census to show 1.97m adults aged 20 to 34-years-old haven't yet departed the...

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HCA to fund close to 44,000 affordable homes

Tuesday 29 July 2014
Tagged: affordable homes, buying a home, First-time buyers, HCA, Homes and Communities Agency, housebuilding, housing minister, new homes

A total of 160 affordable housing providers across England are set to benefit from £886m of affordable homes funding, according to initial allocations published by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

A total of 43,821 new affordable homes will be delivered across 2,697 schemes...

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First-time buyer activity at seven-year high

Monday 28 July 2014
Tagged: affordability, buying a home, finance, First-time buyers, Halifax, Help to Buy, mortgages, property

There has been a significant rise in the volume of first-time buyers acquiring property, partly thanks to the fact that mortgage affordability has improved. The government-backed Help to Buy scheme, which enables people to buy property with low deposit from just 5%, has also played a major part...

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Stylist enjoys access to ready-made client base at Pulse in Colindale

Monday 28 July 2014
Tagged: buying a home, Colindale, Edgware Road, Fairview New Homes, mixed-use, Pulse

Business is booming for a London hair stylist who recently relocated her salon from Edgware Road to new commercial premises at the flagship Pulse development in Colindale.

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