In case you missed it: Why are coach-loads of Chinese tourists visiting an Oxfordshire village?

Tourists have been taking pictures of gardens, houses and have been knocking on the locals’ doors to take ‘selfies’ with them. Some tourists have sat on benches in people’s gardens whilst eating their packed lunches.
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In case you missed it: An entire British village is up for sale – and it is going to the kindest bidder!

The village comes with an historic hall that has 21 bedrooms, 42 houses, a restaurant/pub, a sports pavilion with playing fields, a mechanics garage and over 2,000 acres of countryside.
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NEW SERIES: 10 defects that could be hiding in your home – a surveyor’s view

Defect 3 – Rising Damp
In part 1, we covered, last month it was water ingress, and this month we’re going to take a look at rising damp, which is defined as the upwards flow of moisture through a permeable wall structure.
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Mortgage Market Update

Various sources are claiming that now is as good a time to buy a property as there has ever been, with interest rates low and the property market surging forward. We have compiled stats from various sources around the country to give you a complete view of the mortgage market, in case you are looking to invest…
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A surveyor’s guide to home maintenance – Drainage

Drainage faults are a common source of water ingress, so keeping your drainage systems in good order is essential to maintaining a dry house.
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A valuer’s perspective on corporate property investment

A business must achieve a balance between capital growth, yearly return and risk-management. A number of options exist, but many – including dabbling in the stock market – might be considered too risky.
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Is our green countryside being sacrificed for new housing?

There is a huge debate between those who think that the country does not have enough housing, and those who believe that our countryside should be protected.
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Is the financial cleansing of St. Ives a little fishy?

83% of residents of St. Ives in Cornwall voted in a referendum to ban the sale of newly-built second homes to non-locals. The ban, however, cannot be implemented as Cornwall County Council have to decide whether or not to adopt the policy.
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