10 May

Let’s move to Hornsey, north London: pricey, yes, but not bad for these parts

Slightly more affordable than its posh neighbours, and it still has a ‘proper’ high street, nice parks and stout Edwardian pubsWhat’s going for it? I like a hill. I live on a hill. I get claustrophobic in the vast, mostly hill-free (or...

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09 May

Harron Homes ignored snagging issues for 18 months

The developer failed to fix the problems in time, so now my new home’s warranty has lapsedIn 2017 you wrote about the seven-month delay in the completion of our new house by Harron Homes and intervened when they ignored snagging issues for...

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09 May

Foreign buyers snap up Sicilian homes at €1 auction

Houses sell for €1,000 to €25,000 in Sambuca strategy to entice new familiesThe Sicilian town that put its empty houses up for sale for €1 each to try to reverse its decline, has sold 16 of them to foreign buyers. Though they...

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08 May

UK house prices for April show biggest jump for two years

Prices up 5% in three months to April against a ‘particularly low’ level last year, says HalifaxUK house prices grew in April at the fastest annual rate in more than two years according to figures from Halifax.The mortgage lender said prices rose...

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07 May

Purplebricks needs to conquer the UK before becoming a world leader | Nils Pratley

Departure of online estate agent’s chief executive seems to signal reality biting after share price fallA year ago, Purplebricks’ boast about being a “world-leading” competitor to traditional estate agents sounded cheeky, but not hopelessly so. The would-be UK disrupter had launched in...

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07 May

Purplebricks boss exits as online estate agent scales back expansion

Michael Bruce steps down as chief executive after firm admits it grew in US too quicklyPurplebricks has ousted its chief executive and said it would pull out of Australia and scale back its US business after the online estate agency admitted it...

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06 May

I sold my home to a neighbour – do I have to pay the agent's fee?

The estate agents did all the marketing but I sent them the local couple who wanted to buyQ A few months ago I agreed to have the photographs done and marketing literature for my home prepared by an estate agent in readiness...

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04 May

Property: is this an ethical alternative to buy-to-let?

If you’re keen to invest your cash but want to be sure it’s doing some good, Reap is worth a lookIt’s described as an ethical alternative to buy-to-let aimed at those keen to invest in housing but who want their money to...

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03 May

Let’s move to Oswestry, Shropshire: chocolate-box pretty with skeletons in its past

It has seen battles aplenty and the scars are there, if you care to lookWhat’s going for it? With its red-brick Georgian townhouses, porticoed coaching inns, award-winning bookshop and black-and-white half-timbered cottages, Oswestry looks harmless, as pretty as a picture, as if...

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03 May

Houses out of the ordinary – in pictures

If you like quirkiness or interesting period structures, here are some homes from the Scottish Borders to Bath Continue reading… Continue Reading

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