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House costs could be added to inflation

The headline rate of inflation could be replaced by a new figure which better reflects the cost of owning a home. The Office for National Statistics said it will be ready to make the change to its monthly announcement on price increases by the end of the year. It would give prominence to a measure […]

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Property Market Trends in Manchester

UK house prices increased by 0.3% in February Annualised house price growth across the UK rose to 4.8% in February Manchester house prices increase by 5.6% over the past year Greater Manchester area sees 4.1% increase in values year on year Salford sees 3.7% increase in values year-on-year Number of homes for sale remains at […]

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Planning granted for Manchester Airport’s

Planning granted for Manchester Airport’s Transformation Programme featuring self-service check-in and quicker security It has been announced today that planning consent has been granted for Manchester Airport’s 10 year, £1bn transformation programme. The Manchester Airport Transformation Programme (MAN-TP) is a series of 60 enhancements that will provide the millions of passengers that use the airport every […]

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Top tips to prepare for an open house

In an age of online house hunting, don’t be misled into thinking buyers won’t take up an open house day opportunity. From looking online, to viewing a property in person and making an offer, open house days are a modern approach to house selling which aims to make the process easier and more accessible for […]

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Buyers of energy-inefficient homes ‘should pay more’

Purchasers of energy-efficient properties should pay less Stamp Duty Land Tax than buyers of homes with a poor energy performance. The suggestion, which could see purchasers of energy inefficient home paying up to £2,500 more Stamp Duty, has come from think tank Policy Exchange. It argues that embedding energy efficiency into the housing market and […]

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Is the market rising or falling? Who knows!

House prices ticked up last month by just 0.3%, according to Nationwide, but slid 1.4% according to Halifax. According to Nationwide, the average UK house price is now £196,930, up from £196,829 in January. Halifax puts the average price at £209,495 in February, but says this is down from January. Nationwide economist Robert Gardner said […]

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Manchester Midnight Walk on Friday 24th June

Join us for walk number 10! Our early bird discount ends soon! Registrations are coming in thick and fast so don’t miss out on a place at this year’s Manchester Midnight Walk on Friday 24th June.  Our Manchester Midnight Walk is back for 2016, and as it’s our 10th one, we’re planning to make it bigger […]

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Interest rates to remain unchanged

The Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has indicated that interest rates are going to stay lower than expected, with a rate rise now forecast for 2017 at the earliest.  With the recent stock market turmoil and the oil price rout showing no sign of abating, Carney has said that “now is not yet the […]

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The Only Way is Up: No.1 Spinningfields Makes Its

Allied London’s £73 million building has been making an impression on the Manchester skyline… If you live or work in a Manchester city centre it’s probably not escaped your attention that there’s a bit of building work going on, to put it mildly.  Down at Spinningfields, Allied London’s £73 million No.1 Spinningfields building has been […]

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Why Move to Manchester?

Career? Property? Prices? Transport? Friendliness? We go on… and on. Once upon a time northerners used to head down to London in search of work, prospects, fame and fortune. But when rental prices rarely dip below £1,000 a month, it can cost £10 and a lifetime of stress just to commute a few miles to […]