Key to your dream home | Property | Life & Style

“You can have a huge amount of fun putting in the features that work for you. It can get your heart singing,” says Tim Lawson, MD of Property Pathfinders (01285 653190; propertypathfinder.com), which specialises in surveys and project management. “It is much more cost-certain to build from new than refurbishing a property,” he adds, although he says there is much pleasure to be had from buying a doer-upper, too: “One of the great things about historic buildings is the craftsmanship and skills you come across.” There is an enormous “but”,…

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Property news: Gazumping crackdown reassures couple who lost dream home | Property | Life & Style

Senior technical specialist Maria, 33, and Kieron, 30, a manager at a pharmaceutical firm, had an offer accepted on a three-bed semi in the Aigburth area of south Liverpool. The owners had conducted the viewing and the two couples got on well – having similar careers. The £325,000 offer was accepted. “It was the home we’d been searching for for months,” said Maria. “As soon as the agent called to say it was a yes we began making plans.” However, within two weeks their dreams were dashed when the agent…

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