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What does £202,000 buy you around the UK?

Posted by: Adam Male on 6 October 2015
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The Annual Halifax House Price Index has announced today that the average price of a property in the UK is £202,859. 

The figure is 8.6% higher than it was this time a year ago, with prices in the past three months (July-September) showing a 2% increase. Such a rapid spike in the average price suggests that the booming UK property market is showing no sign of slowing down, and that if you have plans to make a step onto the property market, there is no time to waste. 

But what exactly does the average price buy you in across the UK today? It is common knowledge that London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but what of the rest of the country? Is there anywhere in the UK that a bargain can still be had, or has London’s property price panic crept to the furthest reaches of the country?

At, we represent sellers across the country, and have a clear perspective on property from John O’Groats to Lands’ End, so we are perfectly placed to give you the low-down on where to get the very most for your money. And if you have to be based in the pricey South East, don’t worry – we can still help!

Home Counties

Kent, Sussex, Surrey – Commuter belt heaven! With good train links into London, many of the Home County towns are as expensive as the outer London reaches, and some arguably more picturesque. Generally, the house prices do reflect this – but there are still some bargains to be had.

A three bed terraced house in Rochester, Kent comes in under budget at £198,000 – leaving plenty of change for a state-of-the-art bike to-get you to and from the High Speed rail link, taking you into the centre of London in just 25 minutes. 

A two bed flat in central Tunbridge Wells, just a stone’s throw from the mainline station for just £168,000 would make a great investment property, with a potential rental income of around £850 a month. 

If you would rather be by the seaside, a charming sea-view apartment in Worthing, located in a striking mansion block, represents real value for money. With low annual maintenance costs and a town centre location, the property is ideal for that first hop onto the ladder at just £149,950. 


West Coast

If you don’t need to be near London, enjoy a spot of good weather and maybe the occasional scone, the property market on the West coast is particularly ‘buoyant’. 

With coastal towns catering predominantly to the tourist trades, there is a viable seasonal rental market in these areas, and plenty of properties that are ideal buy-to-let options. For £195,000 in busy Newquay, a town popular with holidaymakers, you could secure two self-contained harbour side apartments. The apartments both boast sea views, and would be able to achieve weekly rentals of around £700 in peak season. 



Just a hop over the water and into Wales, and the property market changes again. 

Just a short distance from the Brecon Beacons, £202,995 in Port Talbot affords you a four bed detached property, with more space than most house hunters would know what to do with! With four bedrooms, three reception rooms, two bathrooms, a selection of outbuildings, a chicken coop and lawns surrounding the property, you certainly wouldn’t be short of green, green grass at this home! 


The Midlands

With more and more development taking place throughout the Midlands, and HS2 planning to make the area a real transport hub linking London to the North, there is no better time to invest in property in this area. Currently, you can get your hands on a three bed semi-detached house in Birmingham, with off-street parking, and a garden, for just £159,950.


The North

If you are looking for an impressive property for an affordable price tag, look no further than Doncaster. You can secure this five bedroom, semi-detached property in Thorne, a waterside village outside Doncaster, for £139,950. The Grade Two listed property has undergone a recent sympathetic renovation, and still retains many of its original features, making this characterful property a real steal. 

If you fancy a spot of pampering up in Liverpool, why not consider a two-bed apartment with a 24-hour concierge? The property’s city centre location puts you right on the doorstep of the vibrant bar, club and restaurant scene, and when you want to relax you can chill out on the communal terrace. The property comes in a touch over the national average at £209,000, but for a property in the centre of the European Capital of Culture, we can’t argue with that!


The East 

If rolling farmland and wide open spaces are a big tick in your box, looking to the East of England is a sure way to guarantee value for money. Priced at £189,950, a three-bedroom semi-detached house backing onto open farmland will be sure to provide unbeatable views all year round, and there’s even two off-road parking spaces, just in case you decided to upgrade the family run-around to something more off-road!



Bursting with period properties, the only problem house hunters have in Scotland is deciding where to start looking! This three bed historic Grade C listed property in the heart of Linlithgow, with easy transport links to both Edinburgh and Glasgow, retains many original features, and whilst slightly over the national average at £210,000 does feature its very own Baronial Tower!


With such a breadth of properties available, whether you need a maisonette in Maidstone or a bungalow in Bangalore, our expert sales team can help you find your perfect home!  

70% of the UK believes the property market is set to rocket again

Posted by: Adam Male on 6 October 2015
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The latest Halifax Housing Market Confidence Tracker has shown that the property market in the UK is as changeable as ever, with nearly 70% of respondents expect property prices to rocket again in the next 12 months, whilst only five percent expect them to drop.  

It is also believed that with an increase in the price of property, an increase in the mortgage rates is inevitable, with 58% of respondents believing that mortgage rates will also be higher in the coming year (up from 48% previously).

It’s not all bad news however - 35% of respondents also expect savings rates to be higher in a year (up nine percent at the time of the last survey), however it seems that people are not planning to spend these savings on property. Two percent more people felt that not being able to raise a deposit was the key barrier to being able to own their own home this year, possibly due to the fact that as house prices increase, as does the amount required for a deposit.

Adam Male, Founder of, believes that the research is a clear illustration of the way the UK market is moving forward, and it is up to everyone to help ensure that the market is kept under control:

“The Halifax House Price Index for September, also released today, has shown that average prices in the three months to September 2015 were 8.6% higher than in the same period in 2014. This significant rise shows that people’s keen aspiration to get on the property ladder is driven by the knowledge that price isn’t going to drop any time soon, and that the sooner they are able to get the first step on the ladder, the better.”



“Our friends in Europe are less driven by purchasing a property, and are more inclined to rent long term, however in our small country we are obsessed by property and the few properties we have available creates an incredible whirl of supply and demand. It is certainly true that now is the time to buy if you can rather than being in the rental cycle – with the hike in interest rates landlords will have no option but to raise rents, and the recent changes in Section 21 legislation will have a direct impact on many tenancies across the country. However, we need to make sure we have enough properties to meet the demand, so that the few that are available are not priced out of the market. As an industry we need to support development where possible, and ensure that the routes to market are affordable for everyone, ensuring that getting that first step on the property ladder is an achievable aim.”'s Spooky Survey!

Posted by: Adam Male on 5 October 2015
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St Alban's residents in a 'hole' lot of trouble

Posted by: Adam Male on 2 October 2015
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Twenty residents of a Hertfordshire street were lefts scratching their heads today when a 20 meter wide sinkhole opened in the middle of their suburban street!

The first sign that something was amiss on Fontmell Close, a quiet St Albans street, came five days ago, with residents noting that a man hole cover appeared to be ‘sinking’.

This was followed by a small hole appearing, which the council had plans to fill on Thursday. However at 1am on Thursday morning, residents woke to the crashing sound of a 20 meter wide hole eating through their street and gardens, rupturing a gas main and demolishing brick walls. The chaos led to the emergency evacuation of six homes and has left a further 50 families without gas, water or electricity. 

It is believed that the 10 meter deep crater opened due to the road being built on the site of a former rubbish dump from the Victorian era. Historically the clay soil had been excavated to make bricks, and the space filled with the town's waste - in time the waste has degraded and compacted leaving an underground cavity which filled with rainwater. This caused a larger void to open, eventually the structure because sufficiently weak that the 'roof' (the road above!) suddenly collapsed in a very dramatic fashion.

There are plans to carry out full archaeological and geological records before repairs take place, however the council believe that they will have utilities back online within the next couple of days and have the hole filled in as soon as possible. 


Stairway to... Clapham?

Posted by: Adam Male on 1 October 2015
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Some estate agents are famous for re-branding small properties as ‘bijou’ or ‘charming’, here at we like to be open and honest, and this London let, which was made famous online by a disgruntled viewer earlier this week is, quite frankly, a cupboard under the stairs.


The current tenants of the property, which is located in desirable Clapham, tried to convince the poor viewer that the advertised space was indeed a fully furnished bedroom, and was worth every penny of the advertised price of £500 pcm, with an additional share of the household bills on top!

The tenants describe their ideal new flatmate as someone ‘friendly, open-minded and outgoing’ who is ‘not looking to stay in their room a lot.’ Although presumably they will be allowed in their room when the Hoover, football boots, coats and washing power are out for the night.

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