Property features

Demand takes off - and so do the prices

July 18, 2014

How good is it? If you are a property developer, the answer is very good. If you are an estate agent, the answer is - often as not - even better. In fact, if estate agency sales are one sign of a good market, then so are the reports coming out of the property industry.

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Tasty trends for dining rooms

By Simon Barry, July 18, 2014

The 21st-century home can be filled with gadgets. Electronically operated cupboards that close soundlessly and ovens with controls based on the iPhone; a television built into the foot of the bed, appearing and disappearing at the touch of a button; a media room with smart TV and computers; an electric loo flush and seat...

One room, however, seems unaffected by wizardry - the dining room.

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Best seats for summer sports fans

By Anthea Gerrie, July 18, 2014

For once, amazingly Wimbledon didn't open to rain this year and the fact that both the tennis and the World Cup coincided with a heatwave was a wake-up call to garden-owners who found themselves obliged to stay indoors to follow the action.

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It's all coming back to me now

By Anthea Gerrie, July 18, 2014

It's back to the future this summer.

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Surprised by a cash cow?

By Elisa Cowen, July 18, 2014

If you are down-sizing or re-designing, you may find yourself with some furniture to sell. Do some research if it is in good condition or you suspect it might be valuable, especially if it's from a collectible period or a famous manufacturer.

Guy Savill from Bonhams says that "different factors affect different periods.

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The family reunion

July 18, 2014

Open-plan living has caught the imagination of the British public. But are traditional homes with separate kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms really so bad?

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Fancy moving into Hogwarts?

July 18, 2014

Restoration specialist Comer Homes has released 26 new homes for sale at its Royal Connaught Park scheme in Bushey. The homes, including 11 houses, are set among the grade II listed Victorian Gothic building complex.

Marlborough House, formerly the school's sanatorium, has been converted into five two and three-bedroom homes.

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Weather sunny, wish you were here?

By Charlie Jacoby, July 10, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like summer and, while those homeowners with outside swimming pools are perhaps ruing the day they installed them, the rest of us, tired of asking for a free swim, are perhaps wondering how much a house with a pool will cost. The answer is: a lot.

There are only two homes remaining of Banner Homes' seven properties at Bentley Priory - and both have indoor pools.

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Auctions buoyant but buyers choosy

By Charlie Jacoby, June 12, 2014

A snooker hall and a houseboat were among the more striking lots at this month's fast-moving auctions. And it is not only the properties that are moving. David Margolis has joined auctioneer Acuitus.

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Where in the world should I invest?

By Charlie Jacoby, March 31, 2014

A combination of peaceful neighbourhoods and government advantages such as tax-haven status puts Barbados on the holiday property investment map.

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