Polish shale gas collapse provides stark warning to UK investors

Investing in the next big thing early is an investor’s dream. Huge capital growth kicks in as the product begins to take off, dividends increase as the company makes heavy profits and the risk initially involved in taking the plunge erodes away…
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Sailing’s Formula 1 provides economic boost to Cardiff

Next month, the fifth round of the Extreme Sailing Series is coming to Cardiff Bay. This is an international event, constituting sailing’s version of Formula 1. Exceptionally fast catamarans, sailed by some of the best racers in the world will compete in close proximity to the centre of cities and harbours, with view-points for vast numbers of spectators.
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Gas Safety Trust Poll Provides Alarming Results

The Gas Safety Trust instructed OnePoll to conduct an online survey of some 2,000 people to ascertain whether property owners and tenants had any idea of the dangers of gas equipment. The results were fairly disturbing…
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Mortgage Lenders are now being accused of discrimination as mortgage application is rejected because 48 year old’s husband is too old

Victoria Wallace and her husband of 17 years, Sean, have unfortunately been denied the ability to jointly own their marital home after they had a mortgage application rejected on the basis that Sean was deemed “too old”.…
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In case you missed it…..

Romanian man has his entire house stolen and replaced with a field of crops

Hexham, Northumeberland - rural viewIf you’re in the market for a holiday home it may be wise to avoid purchasing on the Danube Delta in Romania, after one unlucky owner returned to his, only to find it had been stolen and replaced with a field of ready-to-harvest crops…
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Portsmouth’s Americas Cup Boost

IMGP7535Following a boost of virtually £9m via mainly central government funding, with additions from Portsmouth City Council, the planning approval for the new base for Sir Ben Ainslie’s Americas Cup Challenge is to be sited on the old camber dock site at Portsmouth…
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Does commuting save you money?

With the average house price in London’s Zone 1 and 2 currently at over £640k, it can make sense to live a little further away and have a cheaper property. Of course, the rail fare will cost you quite a bit, and there’s the travelling time to take into account, but will that add to your quality of life or detract from it?…
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Supreme Court gives Preliminary Ruling on Monk Evictions

The Supreme Court is reputedly set to reject a challenge to the rule in Monk on notices to quit given by joint periodic tenants. The case referenced above saw a seven-judge panel hear a challenge to the 1992 ruling from a man left stranded in a property after his wife terminated the joint tenancy and left him. We look at the challenge, which asked what impact, if any, the European Convention on Human Rights might have…

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The Property Market Monthly Fact File – July 2014

The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our Chartered Surveyors and the propertysurveying.co.uk team; collating survey data, statistics, trends and information from the property market. This aims to provide a single place where anyone with an interest in UK property can find the information they need.

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A Tale of Two Countries

There has been much publicity over the last month regarding the state of the booming Luton Bedfordshirehousing market. When closely analysed, however, the housing market itself has seen remarkable internal differences; with mild to modest increases in the vast majority of the country and the affluent South East surging ahead. The differences are sufficiently pronounced almost to suggest a tale of two different countries, rather than different areas within the same economy. What then can be done to rebalance this differential and bring the two halves of a broken country back into a single whole?

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