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Phil’s Foreword

Dear readers, The housing market is continually about surprises and changes. Areas see huge rises one year and then struggle the next – in part, the uncertainty is what keeps it fascinating. For a man whose career consists of helping people move, I have to own up to the fact that it is not an experience I like – and I did it for probably the third time in my life last year. This year – 2007 ...

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Viva la renovation

Buying, and then renovating, a run down property to sell on afterwards is one way to make money – but for all the big profits you hear about, remember that success needs thorough planning... The way to make a profit out of property renovation or development is by being steely-eyed when it comes to controlling your money.It’s important to understand that renovation projects are part of a business ...

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Superior interiors

Kirstie Allsopp describes her favourite interior design features and gives her advice on creating enviable home style You own a great house and want to make a big impression for visitors. As you know, the right interior design can have a dramatic effect on the wow factor of your property. But before you go wild with grandiose style statements, perhaps its best to start with a clean slate. Then, and only the ...

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Kirstie’s Foreword

Dear readers,It’s been an eventful year for me – the birth of my first child, a bouncing 11lb boy – and time away from the television.Yet the issues I’m passionate about remain unresolved ­and are perhaps getting worse. Over the years on Location, Location, Location I’ve seen the ages of first-time buyers rise and rise from the mid-twenties to the mid-thirties.That’s no ...

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Hot Property

The presenters of Location, Location, Location, Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp, offer their views on the state of the housing market today and reveal their thoughts on the situation facing first-yime buyers... What are your thoughts on the state of the housing market in 2007 in light of the interest rate rise in January and climbing inflation? Phil: Prices can’t go up at the same time as interest ra ...

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Meet team Kirstie & Phil

Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp have become an enduring TV partnership – but just what is it about each of them that makes it work so well on television? The world of television can be a fickle business, one day you’re a star, the next you’ve been all but forgotten – not recognised in one of those ‘where are they now?’ columns.Given that enduring relationships are few and ...

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Increase the value of your home

We all know we could improve our homes to increase their value by making small changes – but where do we start and how much will it cost? Often it’s the smaller, cheaper improvements that can offer higher returns than the more expensive ones. The larger and more expensive jobs – such as converting the loft – may seem like attractive extras to buyers. However, in reality, they are oft ...

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The art of buying and selling

Property expert, Phil Spencer, reveals the tricks of the trade when it comes to buying and selling your home...As Phil Spencer will tell you, buying a home is one of the biggest investments of your life. Getting it right is about doing the research, spending lots of time going through everything with a fine-tooth comb and knowing what you want right now – and in the future also.Phil advocates house buy ...

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Make a Smart Move

Kirstie Allsopp gives her top advice for anyone thinking about moving house – from how to choose your removal company to practical advice for packing up. It’s all here...Moving is an expensive business and there’s no getting away from that, but with the right planning you can make it a less stressful experience – and maybe even save some money. The move Of course, there’s the mov ...

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The People’s Show

One of the main joys of Location, Location, Location lies in helping people achieve their dreams. When that happens, presenters Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer are happy people... Sometimes you get what you wish for and Phil Spencer is one of the lucky ones. Along with co-presenter, Kirstie Allsopp, Phil spends much of his time on top show, Location, Location, Location, battling to find people their perfec ...

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Foreword

Kirstie's Welcome The housing market and politics have been high on the agenda in the last 18 months. As prices have not forged ahead as much as they have done in recent years so the mechanics of the house buying process have come more to the fore. The level of Stamp Duty has long made me rage simply because it is so unfair ' particularly on those trying to make a move onto the housing ladder. Nothing has h ...

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City Living

City Living Town or country? It is a question many of us ask ourselves. Would we like to live in a vibrant, moving and exciting city, or would we rather snuggle up by a log fire in a cottage and wake up to the sound of bird song?Some people are townies, others out-and-out country squires and dames. In the end you are one or the other. Yet Britain's great cities of old are making a pitch for our attention fi ...

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Must Have Furnishings

If you need to update your home, look no further than our inspirational guide to the latest looks and how to achieve themTEXT Melanie Whitehouse PICS Arcaid There's always a connection between fashion and furniture, and if you think how popular the colour green has been on the catwalk you won't go far wrong if you incorporate it into your home this spring. Fresh blues are also a current favourite but it see ...

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Dream Destinations

Imagine if you could buy a house anywhere in the world and money was no object. Would it be a cosy log chalet in the snow, or a seafront mansion somewhere hot? Here are a few luxury holiday home destinations that might help you decide Barbados Barbados is not for those who want to get away from it all, but for those who want a beautiful location with beautiful people. It has a lot in its favour. It's hot, h ...

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But to Let

It is not difficult to see the attraction of buying to let. Property, even in gloomy times, seems so safe. It's a real investment that you can touch and see. And if the going gets tough, you just ride the storm because such is the history of the property market that in the long run it will always provide a good return. In recent years the market has boomed thanks to a combination of more stable mortgage rat ...

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Up, Close and Personal

Buying a house is fraught enough, doing it in front of a prying TV camera must make it even more nerve-wracking but as KIRSTIE ALLSOPP reveals in this EXCLUSIVE interview help is at hand. In these days of all seeing reality TV and fly on the wall documentaries perhaps the most interesting stuff is the stuff you don't see. We're not talking Dennis Norden's 'It'll Be Alright On The Night' bloopers, but the bi ...

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State of the Nation

Today's first time buyers are not being given a fair chance and in an EXCLUSIVE interview KIRSTIE ALLSOPP explains what has gone wrong and what can be put right Never one to shy from an issue and with a known, passionate and very public dislike for the draining power of Stamp Duty, Kirstie Allsopp is prepared to fight her corner for the benefit of homebuyers throughout the land.If she sees people getting a ...

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The Great house buying Mystery

The last year has been a strange, sometimes fearful and unpredictable time in the housing market but as PHIL SPENCER argues, the system of buying and selling houses needs an overhaul to take away that fear factor. In the end it was the golden goose that never was as property was withdrawn from the list of potential investment opportunities for those people building an alternative pension portfolio.The self- ...

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That’s your lot.

© Nick Kane Buying at auction is one way of breaking the shackles of the normal homebuying process and you can pick up a bargain. But to be successful you need to be preparedIt's quick, it's exciting and it takes some nerve ' we're talking about buying a house at an auction. Get it right and you can make some great deals ' get it wrong and you can end up in big, big trouble.There are golden rules to bu ...

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Home Buying & Selling Tips

Home Buying & Selling Tips Finish off small DIY jobs. Before a buyer steps into a house, they will have already formed an impression. A well-kept garden, pathway and fence make the place more attractive. To prevent rooms looking too bland use strong colours for accent walls. Take the 'you' out of the house by removing personal items, such as family photographs. A regular lick of paint will keep a proper ...

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