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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 […]

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Manchester and Salford: So What’s The Difference?

Lots of out of towners don’t get the difference between Manchester and Salford. Stephen Lewis understands why. Someone stopped me in town the other day asking for directions to Salford. I couldn’t answer, despite the fact that I was born in Manchester and have lived here most of my life (including 15 years in Salford). […]

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Bike Sharing – The Manchester Way

When it comes to cycling, Manchester’s got a lot going for it. When it comes to cycling, Manchester’s got a lot going for it. It’s relatively flat, has 357 miles of bike routes including 84 miles of traffic-free paths and 62 miles of routes separated from roads. It’s got bike cafes and cycle hubs and […]

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Banks report new year buy-to-let rush

Major banks have provided more evidence of a burst of activity in the UK mortgage market by landlords keen to avoid a stamp duty rise. In January, gross mortgage borrowing from the High Street banks rose to its highest level since mid-2008. The number of mortgages approved for house purchases was 27% higher than a […]

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Be first to see new and exclusive properties

Many agents advertising at OnTheMarket.com are launching their new-to-market properties exclusively here first.* Find out how to be first to see these new and exclusive homes Thousands of estate and letting agents have moved their properties from other websites to advertise at OnTheMarket.com and many are choosing to launch their new-to-market properties exclusively here first: […]