RICS Spokesman reminds property purchasers of the importance of a home survey

For most people, the family home is both their greatest asset and largest investment. Choosing that home is likely to be one of the hardest decisions of your life and yet many people still enter into transactions without being fully aware of what they are buying.

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Could your next step on the property ladder put you in deep water?

You may not have thought much about it, but in a difficult static housing market more people are opting for the value-for-money and quiet surroundings afforded by living in a houseboat. Could your future lie on the calm waters of Britain’s lakes and canals?

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10 Questions on…. Solar Power

With the introduction of various Government incentives to turn your home ‘green’, including Feed-in-Tariffs introduced on 1 April 2010 and Renewable Heat Grants introduced on 1 August this year, we are taking a look at the different options available to a homeowner to produce your own energy and reduce your bills.

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DIY man walls himself up in cellar of building

A German DIY enthusiast trapped himself in his cellar for two days after ending on the wrong side of a wall he was building.

The man, 64, was sealing off the cellar at his home in Gumperda, near Leipzig, to save on heating bills.

Police suspect he was too proud of his creation to knock it down, so he used a jackhammer to tunnel his way to freedom through his neighbour’s home.  Unfortunately, he had been feuding with the neighbours for months and as he emerged he was met by police who are considering charging him with disturbing the peace.

Source:  The Daily Telegraph 26th November, 2010

Homelessness – The Andrew Ludlow Awards

The annual Andrew Ludlow awards is a scheme that rewards the hard work of a short listed group of six innovative schemes, each aiming to tackle the problem of homelessness in London. With £50,000 available for a winner and two runners up, this is a valuable source of funds in the fight against destitution that, it seems, may only get harder.

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