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Icon Relocation sponsors Carols in the City

18 December 2017

Here’s some photos of us at Carols in the City at Southwark Cathedral. The event was to support Marie Curie UK and we sponsored one of the performances by Lucy Crowe.

The event was hosted by Jim Carter, famous for his role in Downton Abbey. We were lucky to rub shoulders with the likes of Rula Lenska, Martin Shaw and Tara Fitzgerald.

We love being apart of this event every year during Christmas and helping the less needy especially during this time of the year. The photo is of Ben Carters wife, Lee with Jim Carter at the...

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UK property market: The good, the bag and the ugly

15 December 2017

With Father Christmas all but ready to visit homes across the UK, we’ve compiled our annual lists to give him a hand based on the increase or decrease in property prices since last December.

The Good:

Swale in Kent has seen prices increase by 14.4% since last Christmas, the largest across the nation. East Northamptonshire (12.7%), Oadby and Wigston in Leicestershire (12.4%), and Cambridge (12%) have all also enjoyed strong growth at 12% or higher.

Swale, Kent 14.4% East Northamptonshire 12.7% Oadby and Wigston, Leicestershire 12.4% Cambridge 12% Torridge, North Devon 11.8% Corby, Northamptonshire 11.7% Test Valley, Hampshire 11.7% West Somerset...

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The UK housing market is 'flatlining' while prices in London continue to fall

14 December 2017

The UK housing market continued to flatline in November. Price falls are still falling in London, according to the RICS monthly UK residential market survey. RICS chief economist Simon Rubinsohn said the national slowdown is being driven by factors including the run-up to Christmas and Brexit-related uncertainty. LONDON — After years of runaway growth, the UK housing market is flatlining.

A monthly survey by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors showed its index fell to zero in November from +1% in October, broadly consistent with no national price change over the period, while price falls are now widely-reported in London.

Here’s how it breaks down...

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UNITED KINGDOM | Several Changes to Tier 1, Tier 2, Permanent Residency, and Entry Rules

12 December 2017

On December 7, the British government published a “Statement of Changes” to the United Kingdom’s Immigration Rules. The most notable among them for companies and their foreign employees include the following. Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) - As we reported previously, the number of visas available under the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route will increase from 1000 to 2000 per year. Internationally recognized global leaders in science, digital technology, the arts and creative sectors, endorsed under the Exceptional Talent route, will be permitted to apply for settlement after three years. This brings the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category in line with the...

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London property market likely to continue price drop in 2018

11 December 2017

London’s property market is in for another rough ride next year, according to a leading UK property website.

Home values in the British capital are likely to fall another 2 percent in 2018 after a 1.8 percent decline this year, Rightmove said on Monday. In December alone, prices dropped 3.7 percent in London and by 2.6 percent nationally. The month usually sees a big seasonal slump.

“Economic and political uncertainty tend to weigh more heavily on the capital,” said Miles Shipside, Rightmove director. Next year UK property “will continue the 2017 trend by being a real mixed bag of different price pressures...

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The average home deposit for first-time buyers in London is set to hit nearly £250,000 within 10 years

07 December 2017

  • The average first-time homebuyer deposit in London could soar to an eye-watering £250,000 within a decade — a 75% rise.

  • The data reflects the growing difficulties first-time buyers in London face trying to get onto the property ladder.

LONDON — The average first-time buyer deposit in London could soar to an eye-watering £250,000 within a decade, according to new research from broker L&C Mortgages.

The firm said average deposits in the capital could rise from £140,000 this year to £245,000 by 2027, which represents a 75% rise. Nationally, average deposits could rise from £52,000 to £81,000 in the same period, nearly a 60%...

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EU expats in new rush for UK citizenship

04 December 2017

The number of EU nationals applying for British citizenship has more than doubled in the year since the Brexit referendum, according to official figures. EU applications for citizenship on the rise

In the year to September, 32,856 people from other EU nations applied for citizenship, an increase from 15,766 in the previous 12 months – a rise of more than 108 per cent. Meanwhile, the number of people from elsewhere in the world seeking citizenship fell by 17 per cent to 104,430 over the same period. It meant that applications from EU nationals accounted for almost a quarter of the 137,286 registrations over the...

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