RICS launches new guide to measuring property

The inaccurate measuring of property in the UK has led to new guidelines being introduced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). A consistent method of measuring houses, flats, and other property types for sale and letting means buyers and renters can rely on accurate information about the homes they’re considering.

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Things to consider before you put up Christmas lights

Twinkling lights and festive decorations are the best ways to bring Christmas ambience into your home and the community. Kids love the displays on properties around the area, and some homes go all out with hundreds of lights to make it a special time for all. However, although this is the season for good tidings, for some outlandish displays and bright illuminations well into the night can cause tension amongst neighbours.

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November Property News round up

As we enter the final weeks of yet another year, it’s time to look back at the month of November and highlight any interesting and important property news stories. As in most months, there have been plenty to catch the eye, including news that the north-south property price divide is set to narrow over the next five years.

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Is the Reintroduction of 100% Mortgages a Good Idea?

If you’re planning to buy a home, one of the most difficult parts of the process is saving up for a deposit. Most mortgage lenders will ask for anywhere from 20 per cent or more of the property’s value as a deposit, which means a lot of saving for most people – unless you can get yourself a 100 per cent mortgage.

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Is Manchester The New "Place To Buy"?

House prices have begun to flatline across the country in recent months. Property values in ever-reliable cities such as London have failed to match expected growth rates, instead remaining almost static. However, there are plenty of places around the UK where house prices are still continuing to rise. Manchester is one such city, with property prices increasing at a healthy 6%. Landlords looking to invest in property that’s going up in value should explore their options in the North.

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