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Access to public transport and property values

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While UK house prices are high, certain features are deemed important enough for buyers to go to any lengths to meet the asking price. For example, broadband speeds and proximity to public transport are two vital factors that have significant influence on what buyers are willing to pay. Research conducted by the Nationwide Building Society reveals that property prices rise dramatically when the properties in question are situated near to a tube station, and that a seemingly small distance can ma...

Guide to broadband for home movers

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There’s always a lot to think about when moving home, and these days that includes not just the usual address changes and dealing with utility suppliers but ensuring that you’ve got broadband sorted at the new place too. But with a little bit of planning and some research you can make the process go a lot smoother and eliminate some of the stress from moving day. How fast can you go? When you move home there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to get the same speed, or even use the same provid...

Home improvement ideas for extending your home

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As housing prices in the UK continue to rise, the option of purchasing a brand new home is ruled out for many. Fortunately there are ways to make an old home feel new. Expanding your home instead of purchasing a new one will not only be more affordable, but it will also increase its value in the long run. It also means a change of scenery without you having to actually uproot your family. No need to find new schools for your children, or to register a new address with various authorities. You p...

How to build an eco-home on a budget

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With domestic buildings in the UK accounting for 12% of the nation's carbon emissions, it's clear more needs to be done to promote energy-efficient homes. With that in mind, the UK government has declared that all homes must be zero carbon by 2020. But that's not the only reason for the rising popularity of eco-homes. They simply make sense; not only for the environment, but for the home owner as well. According to diynetwork.com, the energy efficiency of eco-homes can reduce energy bills by a...

Can the Bank of England save the UK property market?

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Rising property prices have sparked fears that the current UK housing boom is heading for a bust, prompting Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, to ask for greater power to intervene in the UK housing market. His request has been granted, but how effective will these new powers be, and what does it mean for home buyers and government schemes such as Help to Buy? We take a look at this story in more detail. Learning from the lessons of 2008 Carney claims that the 2008 housing crisis co...

Scaling down for the golden years

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When your children have moved on and your nest feels emptier by the day, it might be time to scale down to enjoy the golden age of retirement without all the hassle. Many retirees have found that moving to a smaller property forces them to scale down on their possessions too, which leads to a better quality of life and an appreciation of life’s simple pleasures. It mustn’t be forgotten, however, that selling your property and moving on is not without its costs. We give you our top tips for decid...

How digital marketing benefits the property industry

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Nowadays, consumers prefer making most purchases online from the comfort of their homes, but the property industry need not fear the rising prominence of digital services. No one will ever be able to download a home from a server, and while the internet can certainly be used to find and view properties, few would be willing to make such an important financial and emotional investment without the professional advice only industry experts (estate agents) can provide. Property remains one of the ...

Property price crash – is it looming?

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The London property bubble is insane – there is no other word for it. As the Guardian reported recently, “some boroughs [have] witnessed [a] 30% price growth over the last 12 months, [taking] the average home price to within a whisker of half a million quid”. In fact, some London properties are almost priceless, with London recently overtaking Hong Kong as the most expensive city in the world to relocate employees to. And when there is a bubble, people expect it to burst. But with so many eager ...

How to beat condensation this winter

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It’s easy to disregard the droplets of water on your bedroom windows when you wake up on cold winter mornings, or that run down your kitchen windows when you’re cooking a hearty winter stew. But ignore the moisture at your peril. Condensation can cause long-term damage to your home, not to mention your health, which is why the Property Care Association is determined to help the UK tackle condensation this winter. The Property Care Association (PCA) has published an eight-page guide which provid...

High value for homes near top schools

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Education, education, education – the platform upon which Tony Blair was elected as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1996. Education is and always will be a top priority for parents throughout the UK, as is evident by the rising value of homes in areas with close proximity to top-performing UK schools. Let's take a closer look at how school location affects property prices. The price of admission According to PropertyWire, close proximity to any of the top 50 schools in the UK is enough...

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