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NAEA chief warns that brick shortages could

A shortage of bricks has helped push up house prices, the National Association of Estate Agents claimed this morning, and could lead to a “lifetime” of high house prices and falling levels of home ownership. The organisation said that the UK needs 1.4bn bricks in order to resolve the housing shortage. That is the equivalent […]

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JP & Brimelow the professional!

The NAEA are among the UK’s leading professional bodies within the property industry and JP & Brimelow are one of the 13,500 members that adhere to the strict rules of conduct to ensure that we offer the highest level of integrity and service, while the NAEA qualifications meaning you the public can be sure they […]

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New Build Properties

Buying a new property rather than an older home may not have occurred to you. But it shouldn’t be ruled out as there are many advantages. A distinct advantage of buying a new property, especially if you are a first time buyer, is the lack of a chain. You will be buying from a developer, […]

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House Viewing

It is likely to be the biggest purchase you will ever make, so ensuring you ask the right questions when viewing a potential new home is essential. The NAEA has five key tips to remember when viewing a property: Spend some time thinking about what it is you want from your new home – What […]

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Why is Champagne Usually Much More Expensive than Prosecco

This is certainly a question that many of us find ourselves asking, especially when we are planning that wedding or an important event or standing at the bar / supermarket checkout with our credit card ready to pay the bill! I would say it is exactly like most things in life, just as if you […]

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Some taking ‘too much’ from pension pots, ABI warn

A minority of those aged 55 and over are withdrawing too much from their pension pots, the industry has warned. However, after the first full year since pension freedoms began, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) said most people were being sensible. Well over half of those withdrawing money from their pots in the first […]

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Home ownership falling in major English cities

Major English cities – particularly Manchester – have seen the sharpest falls in home ownership since a peak in the early 2000s, analysis suggests. The Resolution Foundation said homes were becoming increasingly unaffordable for struggling potential buyers. The proportion of home owners dropped from 72% in April 2003 to 58% this year in Greater Manchester, […]

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How to grow vegetables in wet summers

Peppers may sulk, tomatoes will grow too green and hide their fruit, but some things thrive in such weather, says Alys Fowler. What do you do when the days are slate-grey and muggy, when the pavements are damp-stained and puddles are slicked with substances you don’t care to think about? You make the most of […]

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How to rain-proof your barbecue

Planning a barbecue but worried about the weather? Don’t be put off: follow these tips for great grilling come rain or shine. Plus: recipes you can cook in the oven or over coals. When it comes to great British sports, barbecuing in the rain is right up there with aggressive queueing and passive-aggressive apologising as […]

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Personal insolvencies ‘rise by 22%’

The number of people being declared insolvent has risen by a fifth on a year ago – but low interest rates mean the total is still comparatively low. A total of 22,503 people were left with unmanageable debts in the second quarter of the year, official figures from the Insolvency Service show. That was a 22% […]