House prices UK: Do you have to pay the asking price? How much below it can you offer?  | Property | Life & Style

GETTY The market stagnates due to a battle of wills between ambitious sellers, and buyers haggling harder However, the gulf in activity between the North and South continues, with topline figures masking the complexity of what’s really happening on a regional basis.  According to the report, the average asking price has now hit £309,439 which is a marginal increase of 0.4 per cent on May’s figure of £308,075 and up by 1.7 per cent on May 2017 and is the third consecutive month that asking prices have increased. The numbers…

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Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer reveal smart meters can save Britons £560 million a year | Property | Life & Style

According to television duo Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer, Smart Meters are the way forward when it comes to tracking spending and saving money on your energy bills. The duo appeared on Sky News this morning to announce their tour, which will focus on the national rollout of smart meters. The Smart Energy tour will visit 10 cities in the UK to encourage homeowners to use smart meters. According to the duo, smart meters can save Briton’s £560 million a year as a nation. Savings per household can differ, but on average…

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Property: The simple changes that can add £5000 to your property’s value | Property | Life & Style

Home improvements can be a minefield, knowing which ones to make that are actually worth homeowner’s time and which ones actually won’t increase a property’s value. With so many simple improvements Britons can make to their homes, it can be difficult to know which ones to embark on. However, when selling a home, simple home improvements that are cost effective to implement can actually whack on a few thousand pounds to the asking price. A new report by McGregor gardening experts and hybrid estate agents Emoov has revealed the five…

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Selling your home: The top UK cities for selling a £1 million property fast | Property | Life & Style

With taxes, stamp duty, uncertain buyers and agency fees, it can be difficult to sell your home, especially when it falls into the price bracket of £1 million or more. A recent report by Rightmove has revealed the top places in the UK for shifting homes quickly on the market for £1 million. The Office of National Statistics reported that the average selling price of a home in the UK is £224,000, a much lower amount than those with a £1 million asking price. These homes sell in an average…

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Ants: How to get rid of ants with a £1 household item in your kitchen | Property | Life & Style

Ants in the home can be an annoying and unhygienic issue, particularly when the pesky insects enter your kitchen. During warm weather or periods of rain, they are more likely to come into your house. They can cause damage to property and plants, as well as rendering food inedible. However, there is one brilliant household solution to get rid of them: white vinegar. A solution containing white vinegar is said to keep the pests at bay in your home. According to Top 10 Home Remedies, you can get rid of…

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Property prices are still rising | Property | Life & Style

Property values in May were 1.9 percent higher than a year earlier, experiencing slower growth than the 2.2% annual increase in April. Russell Galley, managing director, Halifax, said: “The month-on-month figures are more volatile than the quarterly or annual measures. “In the three months to May, house prices were 0.2 percent higher than the previous quarter and on an annual basis they are 1.9% higher. “Both of these measures have fallen since reaching a recent peak, in the final months of last year. “These latest price changes reflect a relatively…

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