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    Number of homebuyers aged 18-35 drops 21pc as Millennials continue to be squeezed out of property market

    The so-called silver economy appears to be the driving force behind growth in the UK housing market, with those aged 66 and over the only age group to see an increase in the number of property exchanges over the past quarter.  Although the period between April and June has seen 17,000 (6.2pc) fewer home moves overall, there were 1pc more homemovers aged 66 and over […]

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    Stamp duty receipts have soared since reforms which have helped to paralyse the property market 

    Across the whole of London, revenue increased by just 1pc, but it was boosted by a 9pc jump in revenue from the outskirts of the capital.  Stamp duty raised in Kensington and Chelsea was more than that raised in the North East, Yorkshire & Humberside, and Northern Ireland put together, and 36pc of purchases there last year were additional homes, […]

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    The Big Move: finding myself a new tribe at the rural school gate (apparently the builders don’t count)

    Maybe leaving London for the countryside is just what the doctor ordered. Not only is this the chance to reinvent myself as an organised mum – complete with a drawer of stacked Tupperware and family wall planner – but maybe it will also unearth my inner Charlie Dimmock. New me was put to the test when Moving Day […]

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    Putting the fun into functional: how to decorate your children’s room with style

    On the walls, Hibou Home’s collections are whimsical without being sickly, while Graham & Brown’s mix-and-match wallpapers in spots, stripes and stars are an easy way to make an impact. Alternatively, large wall decals are perfect for creating a bold statement – and, crucially, they are easily removed. Look outside the dedicated children’s brands to […]

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    Parents pay 45pc premium to live close to top-performing English state schools

    Average property prices in the postal districts of the top 30 state schools in England – defined as the secondary schools that achieved the best GCSE results – were on average £43,490 (12pc) higher than other locations in the same county, Lloyds found. Homes close to the Henrietta Barnett School in Barnet command the second-highest premium of £367,632, or […]

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    Watchdog outs estate agents who collude to ‘make sure we all keep our fees up’

    A investigation into estate agents has uncovered the sordid details of a price-fixing cartel designed to enrich agents at the expense of consumers.  The Competition and Markets Authority probe exposed how a group of estate agents in Burnham-on-Sea, in Somerset, agreed to fix minimum commission rates on residential property at 1.5pc. They aimed to “drive […]

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    Asking prices in London fall by 2.9pc dragging down average UK property prices 

    House prices in the UK fell by 1.2pc in September, the third fall in the last four months and the first monthly fall for this time of year since 2013. The drop was “exacerbated” by London’s tumbling asking prices, which have fallen an average of £18,000 since last month, Rightmove said.  The property portal’s monthly index shows asking […]

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    The birthplace of the Bronte sisters is now a busy cafe (and it’s for sale)

    Now that Mark and Michelle have two children – Mariella, three, and Theodora, one – they are looking to sell the coffee shop. “We’ve got another business in the village, a hair salon that Michelle runs. It’s come to the point where one has to go, and unfortunately you can’t get rid of kids that […]

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    Dulux’s colour of the year, Heart Wood, soothes against the ‘instability’ of the world

    Dulux has been trend forecasting for 25 years, via an internal campaign called Colour Futures, but has only broadcasted its findings for the last five. Every year in Amsterdam, Dulux’s parent company AkzoNobel brings together its colour experts from 80 countries, plus other professionals, from social and economic forecasters to architects and tech leaders, to […]

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    Urban oasis: lakeside sites are the latest must-have for city developers 

    This added value is one of the reasons lakes have been specifically included in the master plan for a huge development in north Lincolnshire. The aptly named Lincolnshire Lakes scheme will create five new villages with around 6,000 homes just west of Scunthorpe. Scheduled for completion by 2028, alongside new transport infrastructure, employment and commercial […]

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