Month: August 2014

5 Top tips for first time buyers looking to decorate their new homes! Courtesy of Interior Designer Jo Hamilton and

Neutral base
Opt for neutral colours for any big money items, sofas, beds, kitchens, etc.  Tastes and trends change, so it’s good to keep to a simple base that will stand the test of time.  A bright red kitchen might look great initially but you may well go off it in a couple of years’ time.  A neutral base gives the opportunity to have fun with accessories and they can easily be swapped over if need be.

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David Wilson Plan New Homes on Ashlawn Road Site…

Controversial plans to build 860 homes and a primary school in Ashlawn Road have been met with anger from residents. A campaign group has been launched to stop the development, which has now been submitted to Rugby Borough Council for approval. David Wilson Homes is proposing to build homes, a primary school and associated infrastructure on land between Ashlawn Road and the Hillside estate – close to the landmark water tower. Cllr Bill Lewis, chairman of Stop Ashlawn Road Development, believes the proposed development is in the wrong place.

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Super State Schools add Premium to House Prices

Parents planning to live nearby to one of England’s top state secondary schools may have to pay a significant price premium, research by Lloyds Bank suggests.  Average property prices in the postal districts of the top 30 state schools in England – defined as those secondary schools that achieved the best GCSE results in 2013 – have now reached £268,098. This is on average £20,955 (8%) higher than their county averages (£247,143), as calculated by Lloyds.

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Buyer Sentiment Index makes interesting reading

A third of UK households perceive that house prices are still rising this month, albeit at the slowest rate since March; this is according to the latest Senitment Index carried out by Knight Frank and Markit. Some 28.9% of 1,500 households taking part in the research said that they thought the value of their home had risen over the last month, while 5.3% reported a fall.

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12% House price growth predicted this year

After it has been widely documented that the UK housing market has recovered significantly during 2014, CBRE now reports that house price growth will in fact reach 12% by the end of the year. In its latest Regional Land Report, the global property services firm has also suggested that the market will remain strong for at least the next five years.

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Local Shops for Local People!

In his monthly column in the Rugby Advertiser, Paul Miles Rogers of the Federation of Small Businesses discusses the positive effects of buying local and how small businesses can benefit from securing council contracts.

As we know, small businesses are the engine room of the economy, employing more than half of all private sector workers and contributing 50 per cent of UK GDP – in other words 50 percent of how much is produced, spent and the income generated for the economy. It is therefore vitally important that local councils consider their needs, particularly when they are sourcing suppliers.

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