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Phil Spencer’s top ten mortgage tips

RESEARCH: Buying a house is about taking on 25 years of debt. It might be boring but do your research to make sure you have all the information you need so you can make the best decisions. DEALS: There are thousands of mortgages available from different providers and it can be bewildering. Start your search where you are known – with the bank and building society. Next widen your search to include the ...

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This Land is your Land

Moving abroad permanently is a huge but potentially rewarding step. How you cope is down to you and your planning. Like the explorers of old not a lot is achieved without hard graft, perseverance and a little dash of daring. THE act of moving is hell and if you've met anyone who says they actually enjoy the physical aspect of it – well most of us would say they were bonkers. All that mess, all that di ...

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Phil’s Foreword

“Nothing defines us more than where we live.” And that is why we take our job so seriously. When you stop and think about your home you realise it is far more than a place to lay your head at night and somewhere that is warm and dry when the storms hit – both real and metaphorically. Home is the roof over your head, it is the security and sanctuary in your life. It is also the place where ...

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Market Leaders

Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp know all about the housing market – which is lucky for their customers and good for the rest of us who see them in action on TV. Here they reveal their thoughts on the property market today. If last year was not the best for the housing market – and the chill of one interest rate rise led to an icy blast when the effect of the second one started to bite – a ...

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The Quest for Perfection

All of us have a picture in our minds of our perfect home. So how do you take the image and turn it into reality? It could be easier than you think! WE all have an image of our dream home and that perhaps makes the quest for it so frustrating. How can we afford the dream, how can we make a silk purse out of a sow's ear? The reality is far removed from the dream. It is all about compromise and practicality. ...

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Monarch of the Glen

Buying a house in Scotland is more straightforward than in England – but the competition for homes is just as intense. IT looks great in the movies, is the land of golf and whisky and has some of the most fantastic scenery in the whole of the British Isles. What more could you want? Well Scotland offers a whole lot more; plenty of history, culture by the bucket load – Glasgow was a European City ...

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On the Spot

Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp have to ask tough questions of their clients to find out what they want from a property. There are clues in everything the customer tells them – from seemingly mundane likes and dislikes through to opinions on the big issues. So what do Phil and Kirstie's choices tell us as we put them on the spot? Coffee, tea, wine or beer? Kirstie: Coffee. Phil: It depends on the tim ...

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First Impressions: Make Your House Sell

First impressions count, so before you put your home on the market make sure it looks as good as it can, both inside and out Not very long ago the idea of preparing your home for sale was unheard of. You simply put it up for sale, people came to see it and you hoped somebody would like it enough to buy it. But today's buyers are streetwise. They've watched the TV programme, read the magazines and now they w ...

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Moving Day

With a little organisation and plenty of forward planning, moving house need not be the horror story that’s often portrayed. Indeed, you might even enjoy it! You are about to embark on a military operation and your crack team of troops (friends and family, that is) should be on stand-by. However, their arrival will be a sheer hindrance if you don’t have the necessary planning in place. But where ...

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Out, out damp spot…

A creeping menace that lurks unseen in dark corners until the extent of its depredations is shockingly revealed… the very word “damp” is enough to send a chill down the spine of homeowners. We show you how to protect your home from the menace. Something is rotten First thing is to understand the different types of damp and the threat which each poses; how they should be dealt with and how ...

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Get it right the first time

Buying your first home can be exciting and exasperating in equal measure. Knowing what to expect is a huge help, so here’ s an insider’s guide to what’s about to happen… Excitement, fear, doubt and an awesome sense of responsibility are just some of the emotions felt by the first-time buyer about to sign on the dotted line. It’s bricks-and-mortar proof that you are now grown u ...

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