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House sellers ‘face £10k average price drop before a sale is agreed’

House sellers ‘face £10k average price drop before a sale is agreed’

House sellers across England and Wales are typically agreeing sales at around £10,000 less than the asking price, according to a property website. On average, properties are selling for 3.86% less than the asking price – equating to £10,623 in cash terms – Zoopla found. Zoopla, which compared asking prices with selling prices using data […]

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Woman offers six-bedroom Georgian mansion in Scotland for just £25

Woman offers six-bedroom Georgian mansion in Scotland for just £25

A mother is offering her £1.7 million six-bedroom Georgian mansion, with a nine-hole golf course and 32 acres, as a competition prize. Donna Pirie, 54, hopes sales of £25 tickets for her home, Johnston Lodge, in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire, will raise £1m for charity. The fully-furnished home was built in 1780 and comes complete with snooker […]

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Is your roof ready for the rigours of winter

Is your roof ready for the rigours of winter

Spend some time, money and effort now to make sure your home is up to the rigours of winter weather, says Julia Gray. 1 – No one wants a home with a leaky roof, so keep an eye on yours – if you can see some or all of the roof from the ground, you […]

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Tax magic can bite you back – Lenders are frowning on clever schemes

Tax magic can bite you back – Lenders are frowning on clever schemes

In recent years, the definitions of the self-employed and employed have become increasingly blurred. There are many different structures that accountants are coming up with to try to minimise their clients’ tax bills. One example of this can be seen happening often at the moment with many small firms making all of their staff unemployed, […]

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Worried about interest rate rises? Rent out your driveway

Worried about interest rate rises? Rent out your driveway

If you’re a driver and a homeowner worried that interest rate rises could see the cost of your mortgage shooting up, you might be looking for ways to offset any additional cost. One solution you might not have considered, is to make your empty driveway work for you. If you drive to work the likelihood […]

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Thousands of new homes in Lancashire bought thanks to scheme

Thousands of new homes in Lancashire bought thanks to scheme

A Government initiative is helping thousands of families in Lancashire to get on to the housing ladder. New figures released by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) reveal a total of 3,459 homebuyers in the area used the Help to Buy scheme since it was launched four years ago. Within the county, the districts which […]

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Modern men now spend more on styling their homes than women

Modern men now spend more on styling their homes than women

Modern British men now spend more on styling their homes than women, according to a new poll. New research has discovered the average male forks out £1,304 a year on soft furnishings, scented candles and homewares, whereas women spend slightly less at £1,141. The poll shows a generational shift, with 87 percent of men saying […]

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Five tips for refreshing bathrooms

Five tips for refreshing bathrooms

An ugly, dated or barely functioning bathroom or shower room can make home life miserable, so how can you improve yours? Asks Julia Gray. l. If the bathroom suite’s fine, changing the tiles may be all that’s needed to give the room a great new look. The easiest and quickest way to remove tiles (and […]

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Cost of making a house feel like a home ‘is £15,419 on average’

Cost of making a house feel like a home ‘is £15,419 on average’

Britons spend an average of just over £15,000 transforming a new house into a home, research suggests. Home owners typically spend £15,419 putting their own stamp on a property after they first move into it, a survey from Sarah Beeny’s estate agent Tepilo.com found. The living room is most likely to be tackled first after […]

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Find your perfect housing match

Find your perfect housing match

Going back into the singles market after a period of life spent in a relationship can be difficult, troublesome and unnerving. Dating in 2017 is a lot different from 10 years ago – never mind 20 or, heaven forbid, 30. Society, expectations and even the rules of the game have moved on. Those entering this […]

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