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FIRST-TIME BUYER STAMP DUTY RELIEF STARTS TO MAKE AN IMPACT – BUT MORE HELP IS NEEDED..

Key Findings Sales to first-time buyers rose in February The number of house-hunters fell in line with the supply of available properties Sales to first-time buyers (FTBs) and sales per branch The Chancellor’s FTB stamp duty relief seems to be having the desired effect, as sales to the group rose to 29 per cent in […]

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Bank vote hints at interest rate rise in May..

The Bank of England has left the door open to raise UK interest rates in May after making no change this month, holding them steady at 0.5%. Two members of the Bank’s nine-member Monetary Policy Committee – Ian McCafferty and Michael Saunders – backed an increase in rates to 0.75%. That was a departure from […]

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A blueberry muffin ‘could have day’s worth of sugar’..

Some blueberry muffins sold by cafes and supermarkets contain more than the recommended daily intake of sugar for adults, researchers have discovered. An analysis by Action on Sugar and the Obesity Health Alliance in January found the cakes could contain up to eight teaspoons of sugar. The recommended daily limit for adults is seven – for children […]

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National Insurance Credits: Tens of thousands still missing out on pension perks..

As many as 90,000 grandparents and family members are missing out on a little-known perk that can increase their State Pension. National Insurance Credits for those who look after young children can be worth up to £230 a year in retirement. Insurance firm Royal London said 90% of those eligible were failing to claim the […]

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Has flexible working changed the property market?

Defining the modern working week in 2018 isn’t a straightforward process. As we embrace technology, the lines between daily commutes to work and working from remote locations become less transparent. From a property perspective, this means people with flexible working patterns can be more selective about the location of their next home. But what does […]

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Fabulous new development featuring-Costa Del Sol’s ..

Fabulous new development featuring 215 exclusive homes specially designed for enjoying the Mediterranean lifestyle, located on the New Golden Mile, Estepona. The south-facing position and the spacious terraces ensure an optimum use of sunlight. Inside, the meticulous layout is focused on enhancing social life and preserving the privacy of the most intimate rooms of the […]

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Prices hit record highs in first-time and second-stepper sectors..

Our House Price Index was released to the media this morning and gives a picture of house prices and activity over the last month. Average asking price of newly-marketed property jumps by 1.5% (+£4,503) this month as strong demand from home movers in the first two months of the year now feeds through to stronger […]

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Where are the UK’s youngest and oldest city populations?..

Cities are often thought of as places for the young, but the reality is that many have an ageing population. What difference does the age of a city’s residents make? Over the past two decades, the average age of a UK resident has risen by two years, to 40. Within 30 years, one in four people […]

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Can kids hold pens in the digital age?..

Children’s habits are changing. Where once a toddler might have played with bricks, now they are more likely to play on an iPad. Such devices can provide a welcome distraction for busy parents and an attractive source of sensory stimulation for young children but does it mean that children are not developing the fine motor […]

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Top tips for reducing condensation..

Condensation can be a headache for property owners and, if you do not get on top of the problem, it can quickly get on top of you.  Condensation tends to be slightly more common in older properties than new-builds, although it is regularly found in both. Preventing and combating condensation – which basically occurs when […]