First-time buyers schemes to help millennials afford first home | Property | Life & Style

But a national survey of first-time buyers by developers Countryside claims two thirds of under-24s are saving for deposits to buy a home and 92 per cent of respondents are planning to use the government’s Help To Buy scheme, which has been guaranteed until at least the end of 2020. Help To Buy (there are different versions depending on where you live) plus the recent stamp duty exemption for first-time buyers in England and Wales are to thank for this more positive outlook but there are also affordable homes available…

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Property retirement advice: How to make money from your home trick | Property | Life & Style

Property can become a tricky issue once you enter retirement, with many of us scratching our heads over the best option.  Eliot Castle, CEO and founder of We Buy Any Home, has outlined his advice on how you can make a substantial sum of money through being clever with your property choices. His advice includes a clever trick of downsizing quickly by using a private home buying company, which can see you sell your property in as little as a week. However, he outlined a number of alternative options too.…

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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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World War 2 bunker transformed into swanky holiday home – would YOU buy it? | Property | Life & Style

While it may not look like much from the outside, the unusual property may just be the most luxurious underground bolt hole in Britain. The beautiful six-bed property which lies in a Cornish meadow just ten minutes drive from Land’s End, is so well camouflaged by its grass-covered roof it looks like a mound in the middle of field. Far from what would be expected inside a bunker, the gorgeous holiday home features a large open-plan living room that effortlessly straddles the line between modern and traditional. The space is…

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The Ideal Home Show make a smart technology property move | Property | Life & Style

EXPRESS Visitors of the The Innovation Home at the Ideal Home Show can play with tech on a mobile app It features devices such as security cameras, window and door sensors that alert you to break-ins, as well as plugs and lightbulbs that switch themselves on.  But while this may look like the future to many of us, these innovations are all available at DIY and department stores for you fit yourself if you have wifi and a smartphone to download the necessary app.  John Lewis even has dedicated smart…

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Cracking Easter ideas: Affordable Easter accessories for the home | Property | Life & Style

Well some might think so but the truth is that painting eggs is an Easter tradition going back centuries and hanging them from a few artfully arranged twigs looks lovely. Easter crackers? Aren’t they just a bit of fun in the same way that painted hens’ eggs became pastry and sugar eggs in 19th-century Germany and eventually chocolate eggs. The Easter Bunny, by the way, is another continental tradition that started out as a reference to the spring hare’s prolific life cycle and, once exported to America by German migrants,…

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