Gerard Depardieu once said that ‘everyone has taste, even if they don’t realize it’. He was apparently speaking of food, but his theory may hold good for broader applications. We took a brief peek at his own home (see left) to ascertain his taste in interiors before examining the interiors of a few properties that are, unlike Monsieur Depardieu’s, currently up for sale on the Propertywide portal.
The independent energy provider First Utility have argued that all energy suppliers should be compelled to do away with standard variable tariffs. At present, of all the customers with the big six energy firms, just below 70% of them are on this type of tariff and are therefore being overcharged £235 per annum.
In a report conducted by Rightmove, it has been revealed that the average price for a home in the United Kingdom is just £30 short of the all-time record amount. Rightmove went on to forecast that the peak average price would be supplanted in the near future.
Tenants and owner occupiers seek different things when acquiring a home, understanding these differences allows canny landlords to tailor their rental properties to meet tenant requirements. This and other planning strategies can help boost landlord returns.
As television programmes like Channel 4’s ‘Grand Designs’ perennially demonstrate, the British public are nothing if they aren’t inventive when it comes to converting properties into great living-spaces.
Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement on 18th March is designed to to tackle the two biggest challenges for first-time buyers. He sees these as, the low interest that banks pay to savers, and the large deposits required for property purchase. Always an advocate of home-ownership, it is no surprise that this ‘Help-to-Buy’ ISAs attempts to tackle both issues.
Although the majority of properties are purpose-built, for those who have a little imagination and time on their hands the UK is teeming with structures that were never intended to be lived in, yet would make great homes.
Households who rent their home privately make the most efficient use of housing stock in comparison to any other tenure, according to figures compiled by Countrywide plc, the UK’s largest estate and letting agent.
As part of the government’s “starter homes” plan, people under the age of 40 and looking to purchase a home for the first time can now get up to 20% off the original price. It is an initative which looks to grow the ownership of homes in England and promotes construction on “brownfield” sites.
If you’re using your hard-earned savings to help you buy a home, the Foresters Friendly Society has produced a simple guide offering helpful tips to help you plan ahead and secure the home you want as quickly and easily as possible.