Finding the upside to downsizing your home

10:35am Wednesday 6th November 2013

Just under a quarter (24 per cent) of home buyers are choosing to downsize by purchasing a smaller property than the one they already live in, according to recent figures from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA).

Transform your kitchen into a hot hub of the home

Bournemouth Echo: It doesn’t have to cost a small fortune to give your kitchen a makeover. Simply by replacing door fronts, worktops and floor can breathe new life into a tired-looking kitchen

10:33am Wednesday 6th November 2013

Replacing your home’s kitchen can seem a costly, lengthy and disruptive process.

Housing market boost continues

8:23am Monday 9th September 2013

Britain’s resurgent property sector is enjoying its best market conditions for six years as the housing revival gathers pace, according to a report.

Pundits revise property prices upwards

2:48pm Thursday 25th July 2013

At the start of the year, housing market experts generally agreed that any increase in prices across the country would reach two per cent at most.



5:14pm Friday 3rd May 2013

The Government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme which was launched on 1st April is a fantastic opportunity for those looking to purchase a brand new home with only a 5% deposit. Unlike previous schemes, it is available to all purchasers, not just first time buyers, and can be used to purchase new homes up to the value of £600,000. And, even better, there is no restriction on the maximum amount someone can earn to be eligible.

Property market ‘may be improving’ finds new study

9:39am Friday 22nd March 2013

Britons believe that mortgages are at their easiest to come by for at least five years, research by building societies has found.

Make your money go further

Bournemouth Echo: Improve your living space to suit your lifestyle or boost resale value

9:38am Friday 22nd March 2013

You do home improvements to make your home more suited to your lifestyle and taste, but unless it's your forever home, you may also be interested in what would make it more sellable and valuable when you come to sell.

It’s all change on the home front

Bournemouth Echo: Changing the layout of your home can be expensive and challenging, but the transformation could be worth the effort

11:54am Tuesday 5th March 2013

If you have a house or flat with a bad layout, or you’re thinking about buying one, changing the layout can be expensive and won’t necessarily be easy, but it could transform your home life.

Avoid falling prey to rogue agents

12:14pm Thursday 14th February 2013

As more and more people turn to renting, the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) is warning would-be tenants to watch out for rogue letting agents.

Conserve water and save cash

Bournemouth Echo: Collect water in a butt from your gutters to save water for the garden – especially handy if there is a hosepipe ban in the summer

10:00am Monday 11th February 2013

After so much snow, excess water is a problem, if anything, but it probably won’t be long before we’re being told to save water because of a drought.

Create your own love nest

Bournemouth Echo: Sera Hersham-Loftus has created wonderfully romantic and dreamy rooms for celebrity clients including Sadie Frost and Yoko Ono

11:00am Saturday 9th February 2013

There’s something of the diva about Sera Hersham-Loftus, as she lounges on a daybed covered in a profusion of silk throws and embroidered cushions.

Rental growth expected to slow down this year

2:00pm Thursday 7th February 2013

The upward pressure on private rents is predicted to cool down this year.

Local experts essential to help buyers and sellers

Bournemouth Echo: Property expert Kate Faulkner

9:45am Thursday 7th February 2013

With property prices being so different on a regional basis, never before has it been as important to secure the help of local property experts before you make your decision to move – or indeed to stay put, writes property market analyst and commentator Kate Faulkner.

Connells announces record new homes sales

Bournemouth Echo: Tom Bateson - Regional Director Connells New Homes

10:51am Friday 1st February 2013

Last year Connells Southern Region sold in excess of 350 new homes units on behalf of house builders and housing associations, an increase of 22% on 2011 figures.

Landlords should welcome social housing benefits

9:08am Thursday 31st January 2013

Landlords are being urged not to turn their backs on social housing tenants.

Optimism is growing as house prices level off

10:26am Wednesday 30th January 2013

The housing market started 2013 in “better shape” than it has been in either of the previous two years, property analysts have said.

North west is top region for rental returns

Bournemouth Echo: James Davis, CEO of online lettings agent Upad

9:23am Thursday 24th January 2013

Location is one of the key issues facing prospective landlords when deciding to purchase a new buy-to-let property.

Shift in attitudes towards renting over the past decade

9:05am Thursday 17th January 2013

Publication of the latest England and Wales census figures painted an accurate picture of the UK housing market today and indeed how it has changed over the last decade.

Top New Year’s resolutions for landlords

12:20pm Thursday 10th January 2013

1. Make time to talk

Gascoigne Halman crowned Sunday Times silver winner

Bournemouth Echo: From left, Rebecca Adlington, John Halman, Peter Higham and Athena Hubble, sales director at Zoopla Property Group, at the awards ceremony at the Lancaster Hotel in London

11:57am Thursday 10th January 2013

Local independent estate agent, Gascoigne Halman, has again been successful at the Estate Agency of the Year Awards, which are run in association with The Sunday Times and The Times.

Calling all tenants – have you got the X Factor?

9:54am Thursday 3rd January 2013

By 2016 demand for private rented accommodation could reach one in five households, resulting in a need for an additional 1.1 million rental homes, according to a recent report by Savills.

Making a good impression on your potential landlord

1:15pm Tuesday 27th November 2012

Finding a place to rent can be very stressful, particularly if you do not go armed with the right information.

Key questions to ask landlords when looking for a place to rent

10:53am Thursday 15th November 2012

Renting is becoming more and more popular, but before committing yourself to a tenancy it is vital you know what to expect from your landlord and the home.

Save money with proper property maintenance

9:13am Thursday 25th October 2012

A high level of quality, professional and thorough ongoing maintenance is of the utmost importance for landlords to protect their property investment.

More than half of UK landlords care about tenants’ gender

10:09am Thursday 18th October 2012

Finding the right place to rent can be tough as it is – so what if something as simple as your gender turned out to be a deciding factor in whether you get the keys to your ideal new pad?

Top 10 reasons for buying retirement property in 2012

9:50am Thursday 11th October 2012

Twenty years ago, the prime reason for downsizing or moving was to be closer to families and grandchildren, whereas today’s generation of retired people are primarily moving to improve their own lifestyles.

Letting agents that go the extra mile

10:37am Thursday 4th October 2012

A great letting agent has much, much more to offer than simply setting up a tenancy. They can help landlords find the perfect tenant, perform credit checks, gather references, organise deposits, arrange viewings and compile inventories.

Letting agents that go the extra mile

10:30am Thursday 4th October 2012

A great letting agent has much, much more to offer than simply setting up a tenancy. They can help landlords find the perfect tenant, perform credit checks, gather refer-ences, organise deposits, arrange viewings and compile inventories.

New homes more popular than ever

10:04am Thursday 27th September 2012

Seventy nine per cent of house-hunters would prefer to buy a brand new home, as opposed to renting or buying a second-hand property, according to a new Barratt Homes survey.

Risk of landlords being under insured

Bournemouth Echo: Eddie Hooker of Total Landlord Insurance

10:03am Thursday 27th September 2012

It would appear that a number of landlords are failing to update their property insurance cover levels, with some taking the view that so long as they have a policy they will be protected.

It’s always a good time to buy or sell property

9:36am Thursday 20th September 2012

For anyone buying or selling a property , it doesn’t really matter too much what’s happening market wise, writes property market analyst and commentator Kate Faulkner.

Property investment tips

Bournemouth Echo: Property investment tips

10:09am Thursday 13th September 2012

With interest rates possibly staying at rock bottom levels until 2016, small investors could be tempted to withdraw savings from poorly paying banks or building society accounts to invest in bricks and mortar.

Modest house price rise played down

10:23am Monday 4th April 2011

House prices increased modestly in March but the positive figures are unlikely to mark the beginning of a strong upturn for the market, Nationwide has said.

Bank holds record low interest rate

3:12pm Wednesday 16th March 2011

The Bank of England has refused to bow to pressure over surging inflation and held interest rates at their historic low of 0.5%

Bank edges closer to hike in rates

12:51pm Tuesday 1st February 2011

The pressure of soaring inflation saw the Bank of England edge closer to an interest rate hike days before figures revealed a shock reversal in economic growth in the UK.

House prices fall 3.4% in year

9:57am Tuesday 11th January 2011

House prices fell by 3.4% during 2010 after sliding by 1.3% in December alone, Halifax has said.

House prices up slightly in 2010

12:17pm Tuesday 4th January 2011

House prices edged higher in 2010 but are still expected to drop in the first half of 2011, mortgage lender Nationwide has said.

Bank keeps interest rate unchanged

12:54pm Thursday 9th December 2010

The Bank of England has ended the year as it began as it left its emergency support for the economy unchanged.

Average home prices down once more

Bournemouth Echo: House prices down by 0.3% during November, according to Nationwide

9:19am Friday 3rd December 2010

The recent run of house price falls have wiped out most of the gains seen to property values during the past year, figures have revealed.

Living cost 'higher in rural areas'

10:39am Tuesday 23rd November 2010

Rural families are struggling to make ends meet and typically need to spend 10-20% more than city dwellers for an acceptable standard of living, research shows.

Interest rates held at historic low

Bournemouth Echo: The Bank of England has again held interest rates at a record low of 0.5%

9:31am Monday 8th November 2010

The Bank of England has chosen not to follow US counterparts into another round of emergency measures to prop up the economic recovery.

House prices fell 3.6% last month

Bournemouth Echo: The UK house market suffered a major jolt as figures from Halifax revealed prices slumped 3.6% in September

9:45am Thursday 7th October 2010

The UK housing market has suffered a major jolt as figures from Halifax revealed prices slumped 3.6% in September - the biggest monthly drop since figures were first compiled in 1983.

Housing market stalls in the North and storms ahead in the South

11:24am Monday 4th October 2010

A North/South divide is emerging in the housing market with sales racing ahead in southern regions but remaining sluggish in many parts of the north, new figures show.

Housing market heading for double dip

4:36pm Wednesday 1st September 2010

THE housing market is heading for a double dip as mortgage lending slumped, while thousands of people who bought a home at the peak of the market could remain trapped in negative equity until 2014.

Housing supply outstrips demand

Bournemouth Echo: Property professionals say house prices are falling

10:47am Tuesday 10th August 2010

Property professionals saw house prices fall for the first time in a year last month and expect further declines as demand weakens, according to new research.

House prices fall in July as buyer demand remains weak

10:53am Tuesday 3rd August 2010

AVERAGE UK house prices fell by a seasonally-adjusted 0.5% in July, according to figures released by Nationwide Building Society.

Estate agents hail demise of HIPs

Bournemouth Echo: Estate agents have welcomed the scrapping of Home Information Packs

10:49am Tuesday 25th May 2010

Estate agents have welcomed the news that controversial home information packs (Hips) are being scrapped with immediate effect.

House prices rose 10% last year

9:36am Tuesday 4th May 2010

Annual house price growth reached double figures for the first time in nearly three years during April, research has shown.

Fixed mortgage rate touches 4.63%

4:11pm Tuesday 27th April 2010

Fixed-rate mortgage deals have fallen to their lowest level for a year as competition continues to return to the market, research has shown.

House rises 'ease' pre-election

1:12pm Tuesday 13th April 2010

Homeowners rushing to put properties on the market before the General Election sent selling activity to its highest since May 2007 last month, according to a survey.

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