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All the fun of the Country Living Christmas Fair

All the fun of the Country Living Christmas Fair

This weekend sees the return of the Country Living Christmas Fair at The Harrogate Convention Centre. The event, which includes local artists, makers and suppliers, is a must-visit for those looking for gift, decorations and locally-sourced food and drink. The fair, which runs until December 8, features 350 exhibitors, craft workshops, cooking demonstrations in the […]

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Homes across northern England to be auctioned with nil or £1 guide prices

Homes across northern England to be auctioned with nil or £1 guide prices

A total of 26 homes with rock-bottom guide prices of nil or £1 are going under the hammer at Bond Wolfe Auctions’ next auction in Birmingham on Wednesday 11 December. The low prices are on properties from County Durham, Cumbria, Doncaster, Grimsby, Hartlepool, Liverpool, Newcastle, Rotherham, Saltburn and Sunderland. The bargain tags have been tied […]

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We ask a leading UK expert for advice on how to make your home more flood resilient

We ask a leading UK expert for advice on how to make your home more flood resilient

The devastating effect of flooding was brought home in distressing scenes from South Yorkshire this month. With meteorological winter, which begins on December 1, set to bring more wet weather, we asked flood resilience consultant Mary Dhonau for some advice. Mary is one of the leaders of the Defra Property Resilience Round Table and says: […]

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Selling homes via modern method of auction is on the rise

Selling homes via modern method of auction is on the rise

Recessions have proved devastating for the property industry but adversity can sometimes spur on entrepreneurship. For Jamie Cooke and Ben Ridgeway the result was a great idea that has revolutionised the way some properties are sold. The friends, who both studied surveying at Northumbria University, graduated just as the economic downturn hit in 2008. Unable […]

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Calderdale and Richmondshire top Yorkshire house price growth league

Calderdale and Richmondshire top Yorkshire house price growth league

Analysis of the latest Land Registry figures shows that Calderdale, which includes Halifax and the surrounding villages, had the highest house price increases in Yorkshire. Values rose by 6.8 per cent between September 2018 and September 2019 bringing the average price to £153,492. Richmondshire, which includes Swaledale and Wensleydale, saw the second greatest gain with […]

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Ilke Homes and its prefabulous revolution

Ilke Homes and its prefabulous revolution

Factory-built homes specialist Ilke got an early Christmas present this week when the government agreed to invest £30m in the business. It’s a ringing endorsement for the modular housing firm, which started production last year at its headquarters in Flaxby, near Knaresborough. It is now one of the leading lights in an off-site construction revolution. […]

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Pudsey house prices boosted by the city

Pudsey house prices boosted by the city

Estate agent Alex Rex didn’t need to be convinced of Pudsey’s growing popularity with would-be buyers but a quick check on house price performance confirmed it. “The latest figures from Zoopla show that prices in the LS28 postcode area have risen by four cent over the past year. There’s a high demand and most properties […]

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Estate agency revolutionised by proptech but the human touch is vital

Estate agency revolutionised by proptech but the human touch is vital

Like most businesses, estate and letting agencies have been forced to embrace new technology. Over the last 20 years, they have switched on to property portals, digital conveyancing, video tours and property management software. A whole industry has sprung up around the sales and lettings sector with entrepreneurs and IT specialists looking to find new […]

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Buying a holiday let can offer tax advantages

Buying a holiday let can offer tax advantages

HMRC has recently been targeting the buy to let market, cutting into margins by limiting interest relief and increasing capital gains and stamp duty land tax. So might it be time to think again about holiday letting? This is one area in the property market where there are still some tax advantages to be had, […]

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Top tile trends on display at Lapicida exhibition

Top tile trends on display at Lapicida exhibition

The practicality and longevity of porcelain and ceramic tiles has never been in doubt but thanks to a new design-led focus, their beauty and versatility has now come to the fore. Yorkshire-based Lapicida, which sells to both trade and public, is showcasing this in a spectacular new exhibition at its Knaresborough headquarters. It is an […]

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