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Free tickets to A Place in the Sun Live

A Place in the Sun Live is the official exhibition of the Channel 4 TV show and the largest overseas property exhibition in Europe - the perfect place to help guide you through the buying process and find your ideal property abroad. At the show there’ll be between 100 and 150 exhibitors from all over the world ready to showcase their collection of beautiful overseas homes. Spain will be well represented with agents from all over the mainland, the Canaries and Balearic Islands, and there will be lots of agents from France, Italy, Portugal, Florida and many many more! Alongside the property agents there’ll be the all-important professional services with expert advice on legal, financial, tax and currency. Industry experts will be on-hand to talk you through the buying process and answer any questions you have. At the centre of the exhibition you’ll find The Hub where there will be...
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Big Fine for Property Firm That Let Japanese Knotweed Spread

Japanese knotweed is continuing to cause havoc all around the UK, and in the latest upset, the highly invasive plant species has resulted in a large fine being handed out to a property owner who failed to control an infestation of the weed and allowed it to spread to a number of neighbouring properties. The case came about after Bristol City Council slapped a Community Protection Notice against property developer MB Estate Ltd, after it was reported that a house the company owns became infested with Japanese knotweed. It happened after the fast-growing plant started springing up and growing in the gardens of seven neighbouring properties. The notice was based on the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which doesn't explicitly mention Japanese knotweed and the potential harms it can cause, but it can be interpreted to include the weed because it causes damage to community environments and nuisance...
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How to Design a Gorgeous Kitchen

The kitchen is a space where people enjoy delicious meals and socialize with their family after a long day or have guests over for the holidays. For almost every family the kitchen is one of the most high-traffic areas of the home so it should be decorative but also functional. Discover exciting new ways to change the look of your kitchen while not changing its purpose. 1. Cabinets One of the first things you should consider when updating your kitchen is your cabinets. Are they outdated? If you’re unsure what cabinets are considered trendy or which style would match best in your kitchen you can hire an expert to give you his/her advice on the particular material and style cabinet that would complement your kitchen. Professionals in the cabinet industry understand the rising trends in cabinetry and know which cabinets work well in each type of kitchen. Cabinet trends seem...
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Tips for buying at Auction

This can be an exciting way to secure your dream investment property, particularly as you might bag a bargain and get some great deals; but it isn’t for the faint hearted. Things can happen very quickly in the auction room and you need to have done your homework beforehand in order to bid confidently and avoid paying too much. Looking to buy property is an exciting time. It is even more exciting when you think you may bag a potential bargain. However, you have to be aware and beware when it comes to buying property at auction as you don’t have a lot of time to do the necessary research – but once you’ve bought it, you will have a lot of time to reflect on any mistakes! Typically auction catalogues are released 14 days prior to auction. That means you have just two weeks to view the property, check...
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Free tickets to Grand Designs Live 2019

Grand Designs Live 4 - 12 May 2019, London ExCel Just Do Property are delighted to have been given 100 free tickets for our subscribers. Your JDP ticket code is JUSTDO19 and is valid until 11 May 2019, which is one day before the last day of the show. Go to the booking page to book your free tickets. On the 4th – 12th May 2019, London ExCeL will play host to Grand Designs Live; bringing the height of home and design innovation to London for the 14th year running. Proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, the show will boast a range of new exhibitors and features, as well as all the usual favourites, with design guru and TV broadcaster, Kevin McCloud leading the event. Whether you are starting out on your first renovation, building a new home, redecorating a room, installing a new kitchen or simply looking for ideas, Grand Designs...
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Expert Market Forecast for 2019

  We were delighted to be asked to contribute to the Expert Property Market Predictions for 2019.  The collection of property expert commentary delves into a range of topics moving into 2019. Rolled out for the second year, Brexit’s impact on the market remains a common theme; no surprise there!  Yet, while gauging the exact effects is anyone’s guess, the underlying mantra of ‘keeping calm and carrying on’ prevails across this year’s contributions. JDP's contribution is below.  To see the full Market Predictions report simply click the link here.  Director at Just Do Property, Julie Hanson “It seems highly likely that we will see a further softening of London house prices in the short term prior to the finalisation of any Brexit arrangement. The next two years could be challenging for London but experts believe that 2020 will see the cycle turn. Many have written off London as a ‘busted...
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Lease extensions – don’t get caught out!

The subject of lease extensions can be complicated although as a leasehold approaches a minimum of 80 years to expiry it is something you will need to address. Traditionally leasehold properties are associated with flats although recently we have seen the introduction of more houses sold on a leasehold basis. In this instance we will look at the situation surrounding flats. To put things into perspective, there are freehold and leasehold arrangements:- The freeholder owns the property and the land on which the property is built The leaseholder rents the property from the freeholder with a lease agreement which can be decades or even centuries long 80 YEARS! If your lease is nearing 80 years, then alarm bells should be ringing! The general “tipping point” with regards to the lease holder property is 80 years at which point the sale value will start to decrease and mortgage funding may not...
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4 Ways to revamp your living space

Have you become bored of your living room? Has it become dreary and dull? Does it need a sprucing to bring the room back to life? We have 4 tips that can revamp your living space. Get an Area Rug Rugs are more than just a decoration in a room, indeed, adding an area rug to your living space boasts a range of benefits that can add a new dimension to and really revamp your living space. Comfort and Warmth If your floors are hardwood, tile, or concrete then you will know that they can take the heat from a room and be cold on the feet. Adding a rug is not only more comfortable to stand on than a hard surface, but the softness of the carpet will help to insulate the room. Reducing noise The carpet on a rug helps to decrease the noise in your living space. This...
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DIY 101: Why every home needs a scaffold tower

It is a safe assumption to make that every home will have a ladder – a key DIY item to help you reach high and hard-to-reach places. But did you know that nearly 50,000 people end up in A&E every year as a result of a ladder accident in and around the home? Ladders can actually be really dangerous if you don’t know how to use one safely, or you’re trying to use it for the wrong kind of job. What you need instead is a scaffold tower. Take your cue from the construction and maintenance industries where these are used professionally on a daily basis. Scaffold towers and platforms are made from lightweight, durable metals, they’re easy to assemble and dismantle, transport and store, and are a much safer option for working at height. They’re a useful bit of kit for a wide range of handyman jobs where you’d...
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Why you should invest in a holiday home rather than buy-to-let property

These days, good investment opportunities are few and far between. It used to be the case that you couldn’t lose with property, but the buy-to-let market has cooled off markedly. A housing market in slowdown, extra stamp duty land tax on second homes, stricter mortgage lending requirements and new taxes on rental income – no wonder that many residential property investors and private landlords are on the lookout for new opportunities with better returns. Buying a holiday homes in the UK could be one attractive proposition. Britain has an enviable coastline, and whether you discover the long sandy beaches in Camber Sands, enjoy the rugged beauty of Cornwall or explore the charms of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, there’s much to attract domestic and foreign tourism by the bucket and spadeful. And with Sterling having taken a bit of a battering recently, plus the insecurities surrounding Brexit, we can expect...
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