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An evening with Ranulph Fiennes

27 May 2015

It’s not often that we stray away from industry matters on our news feed but this needs to be an exception. Last night, on behalf of Marie Curie, a leading charity providing care and support to those with terminal illness, a special evening talk took place with Ranulph Fiennes the speaker. For those who are not aware, Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet, OBE, or commonly known as Ranulph Fiennes, is an English adventurer and holder of several endurance records.  Described by The Guinness Book of Records as “the world’s greatest living explorer” and all round adventurer. The...

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Live like a Duke in Oxfordshire for Free

07 May 2015

Mayfair is nice, but for those who like country living alongside good access to the capital then Woodstock in Oxfordshire is probably nicer. And the nicest place in Woodstock is undoubtedly the Blenheim Palace Estate - birthplace of Winston Churchill - and where you too can live for free in an eight-bedroom Manor House for at least the next 20 years.  The 300-year old Woodstock House on the Estate has been put up for lease for free for anyone who has, however, the £3 million first required to restore it to its former glory. Beyond that the place is...

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UKÕs Most Expensive Rental Locations Revealed

05 May 2015

A survey of property rental prices conducted by Rightmove has revealed the most expensive places in the UK outside of London to rent a two-bedroom home. The results list the 20 most expensive locations, are dominated by the commuter belt towns of Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.Esher, Surrey - the UK’s most expensive rental location outside LondonWith rental prices across Greater London up on average 6% over the past year, where tenants can expect to pay over £2,200 a month for a two-bedroom home, and with over 20 applicants per property in the most popular locations, it is perhaps not surprising...

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Affordability a Key Concern for UK Property Market

04 May 2015

Affordability is the key factor preventing buyers getting on the property ladder new research by KPMG shows, with first-time buyers in the UK needing a salary of over £40,000 to get on the housing ladder. In London the minimum salary level required is almost £77,000, says the report.The analysis, undertaken alongside homeless charity Shelter and titled Building the homes we need, shows that affordable housing has become an issue for all but the above-average earners, which is invariably also driving up rental prices especially in London and the South East.The report’s figures are based on buyers having a 10% deposit...

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