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Estate agents report ‘uplift’ in housing market..

There has been an “uplift” in sentiment in the housing market following the general election, according to a survey of property professionals. Sales expectations had “risen sharply”, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said. House sales rose last month for the first time in seven months, boosted by higher activity in London and the […]

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Fall in inflation raises prospects of interest rate cut..

The UK’s inflation rate fell to its lowest for more than three years in December, increasing speculation that interest rates could be cut. The rate dropped to 1.3% last month, down from 1.5% in November, partly due to a fall in the price of women’s clothes and hotel room costs. December’s inflation rate was the […]

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What will happen in 2020?..

The result of the general election has brought a level of political certainty and a clear route, in the short-term at least, for the Brexit process. Many experts suggest this could play out in the housing market with a release of some pent-up demand among buyers and sellers. People who put off making one of […]

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Banks told to stop short-changing loyal savers..

Millions of savers who leave money in the same account for years should get a better deal under plans published by the City regulator. Under the proposals, banks would have to set a single long-term interest rate for all easy access savings accounts to avoid the loyalty penalty. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said providers […]

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Debt threat stalks households in January..

Shoppers have been warned about the risks of buy now, pay later schemes by a helpline that expects a call about debt every four minutes in January. The Money and Pensions Service, which is backed by the government, said it was gearing up for its busiest period of the year. Many people are receiving debt […]

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House price growth over 1% for first time in a year, Nationwide says..

House prices rose by 1.4% over the course of 2019, according to the Nationwide, marking a relatively static year for property values. The rise in the year to the end of December was the first time the annual increase in prices was above 1% for the whole year. Slow price growth would be welcomed by […]

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Chorlton Park, Chorlton

From start to finish every member of the team was both professional and genuine – it really never felt like anything was too much trouble. I hadn’t sold for some time and the sales team explained the process clearly and organised everything very efficiently. Subsequently they were also brilliant during what was quite a tricky […]

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Consumers’ five biggest complaints revealed by Citizens Advice..

Used cars have again topped the list of consumer complaints after millions of people sought help from a charity for a variety of problems. Citizens Advice, which runs a national consumer helpline and website, said it was contacted regarding 57,000 cases of issues with used vehicles. Second on the list were problems with home improvements, followed […]

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How a Manchester dad built a self storage empire selling empty space..

Meet the man who built a successful self storage business from nothing. “Self storage isn’t exactly rock and roll,” admits Tom Ash, one of the founders of The MCR Self Storage Company Ltd. He’s not wrong. But it’s a booming industry that’s weathered several UK recessions. It’s also one that not many people know that much […]

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Six winter walks to enjoy the stunning countryside near Manchester – with a pub nearby..

Enjoy incredible views and blow away the cobwebs on these crisp winter walks – and they’re all close to a cosy pub, too. The temperatures might have plummeted but as long as you pile on the layers, you can’t beat a beautiful walk on a crisp winter’s day. It’s a chance to leave the mayhem and noise […]