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New studies show that 82% of property buyers are willing to pay more for a green house. Energy saving improvements can make a substantial difference in the price of the house.

Buyers in the UK would pay more for an environmentally friendly home

Environmental friendliness and sustainability can be targets for anyone thinking a make over of their property. Moreover, as British architect George Clarke puts it, people need to see in their pockets and implement in their home. He actually gave a few tips to The Telegraph from which anyone can get inspired.

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A man travels the world in search of what he needs. He arrives home, and finds it.

George Moore

 

The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own home.

Harold B. Lee

 

A good home must be made, not bought.

Joyce Maynard

 

My home is not a place, it is people.

Lois McMaster Bujold

 

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones…. The ones at home.  

Mother Teresa

 

Home is not where you live, but where they understand you.

Christian Morgenstern

 

An Englishman’s home is his castle.

Unknown author

 

There is nothing like staying home for comfort.

Jane Austen

 

Peace – That was the other name for home.

Kathleen Norris

 

A comfortable home is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.

Sydney Smith

 

Charity begins at home and justice begins next door. 

Charles Dickens

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24 June / 31 Oct – RIDE THE SLIDE AT THE ARCELORMITTAL ORBIT.

178m of slide. Ride the world’s tallest and longest tunnel ride.

 

15 Apr / 30 Sept – ABSEILING AT THE ARCELORMITTAL ORBIT.

The U.K’s highest freefall abseil on the U.K’s tallest structure measuring 262 ft.

 

 

 

21July / 2 Sept – BEACH EAST.

25 Rides and attractions. A beach bar. Live entertainment. Beach volleyball. Kids paddling pool.

 

24 July / 3 Sept – ULTIMATE AQUA SPLASH.

UK’s largest indoor inflatable aquatic experience.

 

1 – 31 Aug – ACTIVE AUGUST.

Throughout everyday in August, a variety of activities will take place across the park.

 

19 / 20 Aug – ELROW TOWN.

A festival of surprise complete with a town square, markets, cafes and a bar. The park will become a vibrant festival for 2 days.

 

19 Aug – BASKETBALL.

Great Britain vs. Greece

 

26 Aug – LIVING ART FESTIVAL.

Celebrate arts and culture in the community with a whole day of fun across the North Park.

 

28 Aug – EAST LONDON WATERWAYS.

Join the celebrations for the restoration of the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

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Pinterest is a good place to go when you’re searching for redecorating ideas. 

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What you’re going to find all over the visual social media platform this month is a calming shade of grey and blue mixed together. It is called Stardew and was launched by Sherwin-Williams suppliers earlier this month.

The specialists in decorations picked up the trend fast and we already could find some recommendations for an interior decor based on the new Stardew color.

 

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Tools for the property market are getting more and more interesting!

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For example, Facebook developed a listings tool to take data from the agency websites and promote it on social media (Facebook and Instagram). Integration is needed between the websites and Facebook, but with some optimization, it should work efficiently.

The functionality is now tested in the US, as the article on EstateAgentToday says.

This is just one of the first steps, but, if things go alright, the project is to develop into a good advertising tool.

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The UK property market does not seem to have a clear path for its development and will be easily influenced by a lot of factors (stamp duty, Brexit). It is hard for anyone trying to draw conclusions and anticipate the future of the sales and lettings market in England.

However, this week we found a couple of information that can form a image of how the United Kingdom’s property market looks now and a bit about how it will look in the future.

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First of all, we have the current image of the typical English street. It is formed mainly of semi-detached houses (32%), detached houses (25%), terraces (26%), and flats (14%). We can anticipate that these structures of houses will be those used for future developments.

Secondly, we know that England tops as one of the most peaceful country around the globe. This should be an important criteria for students, investors and anybody else looking to relocate.

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When it comes to how the country will look in a couple of years, we now have some idea of the projects that will change the entire property market. One example are the recently financed by the Government Build-to-Rent developments that are supposed to create over one million new homes in the future years.

These are some main factors to influence the future of the UK. Keep them in mind when making any decisions in the real estate field.

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England ranks ‘high’ on the peace map of the world.

Vision of Humanity released the new map of the most dangerous countries in the world. Luckily, the UK is at the other end, being ranked as one of the most peaceful in the world.

The entire map is based on three main criteria:

  • the level of safety and security in society
  • the extent of domestic and international conflict
  • the degree of militarization.

United Kingdom is on the 122 spot, from 163 countries in the analysis, far away from the top 20 most dangerous. More details in the article on Atlas and Boots.

 

Source of photo: Vision of Humanity.

Sources:

Most dangerous countries in the world 2017 – ranked

Global Peace Index

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Do you have some extra time this summer and you want to spend it on doing something nice for your living room? We suggest re-modelling the bookshelves and maybe keeping only the books you would recommend in your library.

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Cleaning the bookshelves can give you the sensation that you have been using your entire holiday time smartly.

First step would be to choose from your library the books you would never recommend to somebody else. Pile them up and take them to the closest books re-seller or antiquarian. You could end up with some extra money.

Use the extra money to buy a new bookshelf or maybe try to build one yourself. Here is a great video on how to build an original bookshelf in your living room or open space.

We found some more interesting ideas that you could find interesting on Pinterest.

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“Your home is your castle” or “Your castle is your home”? In some very fortunate cases, the later is also true for real castles and their inhabitants. 

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All across Europe, castles have been built as a sign of fortune and fame. Queens, kings and their children – princes and princesses, lived once in the most fortified and beautiful buildings in their land.

In those times, only royalty could live the fairy-tale of having a home that included: a dance hall, at least one dining room with an enormous table, bedrooms for themselves and the servants, more than one bathroom, a library, dressing rooms, and stables. Well, this is the kind of house you want to play hide-and-seek in as a child.

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However, those fortunate (and we mean this in the most literal way, as in owning a fortune) enough can still live in a castle today. Europe has castles that can be lived in today in countries like Italy, Germany, France, and UK. The largest inhabited castle is the Windsor Castle in Berkshire, for example. One can also sleep in the Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, and maybe feel like the Sleeping Beauty waiting to be awakened by a prince.

These type of properties usually have prices that exceed 2,000,000 GBP. Just like in the case of a normal property, the price depends on the number of bedrooms. An indoor garden the size of a park or a football field rises the value of the property, just like a big balcony might raise the value of an apartment.

If you are one of the potential buyers of a castle, to get a clear picture of what your life will be like, please read this article. It will give you a sense of the burdens, not only the advantages of living in a castle. Like the “agonizing five (5) minute walk to the home from the car” or the “We forgot the butter” problem.

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