House hunters browsing listings in the Beverley, East Riding area are doing a double take after one home owner decided to dress as a panda called Vinny to help market his property.
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The average price of a home in Britain’s seaside towns has risen by a third over the past ten years, according to research by Halifax, which is leading many older people to rent by the sea when they retire, says Peter Girling, Chair of Girlings Retirement Rentals.
Halifax found that the average seaside property price is now £208,729 compared to £159, 522 in 2005, with the UK’s most expensive seaside town Salcombe in Devon with an average price of £672,874, followed by Sandbanks in Dorset with an average of £614,726. Continue reading
Around one in four estate agents across the UK have quietly pulled their listings off some of the UK’s major property portals like Zoopla, Rightmove and Primelocation.
Why? To instead put them on a new website called OnTheMarket that they themselves own a share in. Continue reading
A new ‘dating’ website aimed specifically at matching UK homeowners and estate agents is now online at www.placeonthemarket.co.uk
It’s estimated that the UK now has around 800,000 available homes for sale or to rent at any given time and Place on the Market aims to make it easier for owners and estate agents to get together. “We believe the right relationship with your estate agent makes you happy,” says a spokesperson for Place on the Market. “And everyone needs a little happiness during moving home, one of the most stressful periods of your life.” Continue reading
The latest Downsizers Report from Lloyds Bank shows how trading down from a detached house to a bungalow or a semi-detached house could raise a significant amount of cash.
Those moving to a bungalow can free up £103,715 on average, with those moving to a semi-detached house standing to raise even more money, up to £121,686. Continue reading
Today, Monday 26th January 2015 sees the launch of controversial new property portal OnTheMarket.com
Founded by; Savills, Knight Frank, Strutt & Parker, Chestertons, Douglas & Gordon and Glentree Estates this new entrant is their attempt to break the duopoly currently held over estate agents by Zoopla & Rightmove. Continue reading
At the current rate of house price growth (10% a year) the buyer of an average UK home will be subject to a 3% stamp duty tax rate before the end of 2016 according to a new report from haart estate agent.
An acute shortage of supply has eased as new homes for sale increased 5% annually and new buyer demand fell by 1.8%. Continue reading
As the traditional Easter home moving season gets under way leading independent agent haart will be selling in excess of 300 homes by the Open House system this holiday weekend.
Open houses are now part of the strategy when it comes to selling houses in this market of unprecedented buyer demand and acute stock shortage. Continue reading
The chancellor should use next month’s budget to make better use of existing homes, increase house building and encourage higher standards of housing.
The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) says the government should consider removing stamp duty when older home owners who receive Pension Credit move to smaller properties, which would make downsizing more affordable for older people on low incomes and free up bigger homes for larger families. Continue reading