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Tips for tenants: Setting up your utilities

Tuesday 22 July 2014
Tagged: advice, bills, broadband, council tax, energy, internet, landlord, letting, renting, tenant tips, tenants, water

So it's your first day in your new home, and you've met a few of the neighbours, wired up the TV, checked the heating works and ordered your first takeaway. Now it's time to set up the utility bills!

Contacting utility companies will probably be the last thing on your mind, and it's...

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Home Improvements: Insulating your garage

Monday 21 July 2014
Tagged: garage, home improvements, insulation, selling your home

The garage is the most important place in your property to insulate: it literally haemorrhages energy otherwise, forcing up energy bills and reducing the value of your home.

If you have a garage integrated in to the rest of your home, you will need to insulate the door or doors leading...

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Weston-super-Mare offers fantastic choice for families

Monday 21 July 2014
Tagged: Bloor Homes, Charles Church Developments, Help to Buy, new homes, Part Exchange, Persimmon Homes, Somerset, St Modwen Homes, Weston-super-Mare

The family-friendly resort town of Weston-super-Mare, famous for its sandy beaches and recently transformed promenade, has a superb range of brand new homes available to suit families with children.

Situated just off the M5 motorway, the town is within commuting distance of Bristol,...

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Mortgage bulletin for week commencing Monday 21 July

Monday 21 July 2014
Tagged: Barclays, Halifax, Help to Buy, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, mortgages, Nationwide, Tesco Bank, Virgin Money, w homes, Woolwich, Yorkshire Building Society

Lloyds Banking Group is making a number of changes to its new-build mortgage range to make it even more simple and straightforward for both first-time buyers and home movers. Mortgages on new-build houses and flats are now be available between 90% and 95% loan-to-value (LTV) through both Halifax...

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Financially savvy 23-year-old becomes young first-time buyer

Friday 18 July 2014
Tagged: case study, First-time buyers, Help to Buy, new homes, Redrow Homes, Shropshire, Telford

After saving up since he started work as a 15-year-old paper boy, shift plant operator Ashley Corke has just secured his very own home - at the age of 23.

By putting aside his hard-earned cash from such an early age, Ashley, who is from Solihull, has been able to become a first-time buyer...

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Improving transport links attract new homes buyers to the Scottish Borders

Friday 18 July 2014
Tagged: Barratt Homes, new homes, Persimmon Homes, Scotland, Scottish Borders, Taylor Wimpey

With its bustling market towns and quaint villages the Scottish Borders is popular with tourists. However, the area's strong sense of community and good quality schooling also make it a great place for families to live. Many people already commute by road from the Borders to Edinburgh and a new...

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Weekly affordable homes round-up

Friday 18 July 2014
Tagged: Adactus Housing, affordable homes, Cornwall, Cumbria, Dorset, Havebury Housing Partnership, Lancashire, Miller Homes, new homes, Northumberland, Persimmon Homes, Shared Ownership, Suffolk

Marc Da Silva takes his weekly look at the affordable homes sector and brings news of developments in Suffolk, Cornwall, Lancashire, Dorset, Cumbria and Northumberland.

New affordable homes in Suffolk

Demolition has begun on the site of an old snooker and bowls club on Chalkstone...

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Mortgage blog: Lenders slammed for trapping borrowers on higher rates

Friday 18 July 2014
Tagged: Financial Conduct Authority, mortgages, Santander

One of the leading figures in the mortgage industry has hit out at lenders that are using new rules to ‘trap' borrowers on more expensive mortgage rates. An increasing number of borrowers have complained about the actions of their lender after the City regulator warned it would not...

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Lioncourt Homes site manager wins national quality award

Friday 18 July 2014
Tagged: Lioncourt Homes, new homes, NHBC, Pride in the Job Awards, Shropshire, Telford

Site manager Danny Tunstall is the toast of Lioncourt Homes, having won a prestigious National Pride in the Job Quality Award from the NHBC in recognition of his outstanding work on all the homes on The Brambles development in Wellington, Telford.

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Property auctioneers’ tricks of the trade

Thursday 17 July 2014
Tagged: property auctions

Property auctions are traditionally an open and transparent process, with benefits for both buyers and sellers. But it is important that prospective purchasers are aware that when conducting a property auction, it is the auctioneer's primary job to ensure that the advantages are stacked in...

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Plan submitted for 45 new homes in Exeter

Thursday 17 July 2014
Tagged: Devon, Exeter, Exeter City Council, new homes, planning permission, Strongvox

A planning application has been lodged with Exeter City Council for the construction of 450 new homes at Sandy Park Farm in Exeter, where activity in the housing market is hotting up.

According to the plans for the proposed scheme, the development would have a mixture of two- and three-...

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Supply is down in London prime market, according to new W.A Ellis lettings report

Thursday 17 July 2014
Tagged: central London, Landlords, lettings, property market, renting, research, tenants

Significant growth in the private rental sector over the past decade now sees 16.2% more households living in private rented accommodation than in owner-occupied properties. In its latest research report, Prime Central London estate agency, W.A.Ellis, in conjunction with Dataloft and Lonres,...

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Tips for tenants: Getting on with your new landlord

Thursday 17 July 2014
Tagged: advice, landlord, Private rented sector, renting, tenants, tips

We've all heard the horror stories, but the relationship between landlord and tenant doesn't need to be a strained one, and with these useful tips you can minimise the likelihood of problems arising.

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Brandon Lewis replaces Kris Hopkins as housing minister

Thursday 17 July 2014
Tagged: Brandon Lewis, government, Housing, Kris Hopkins, Politics, property, reshuffle

Brandon Lewis has been appointed housing and planning minister in the latest government reshuffle.

The Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth was previously undersecretary of state in the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) with responsibility for local government. He...

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"Don't forget your Range Rover" - Letting agent shares strangest items left behind by tenants

Wednesday 16 July 2014
Tagged: Benham & Reeves, funny news, Landlords, letting, renting, strange news, tenants

When the time comes to move out of a rented property, most tenants remember to take...

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