Homes gossip

Ashton Kutcher has been married to Demi Moore since 2005 but is only now cutting his final tie with single life - putting his bachelor pad on the market. The A-list actor bought the Hollywood home in 2004 for £670,000 and has listed it for £1.7 million.

The Sunset Strip house was a renovation challenge for the No Strings Attached star and his father Larry. As well as the compulsory home cinema, it has four bedrooms, a cascading set of pools and a two-storey wine tower for 210 bottles.


Simon Says... "Have a go at Google Sketchup"

It's very easy to feel intimidated about a 3d computer modelling programme, as most people would think them way too complicated to use - it's no wonder after seeing the spectacular computer generated effects 3d modelling programmes can produce for modern movies - and whilst I'm not promising photo real visuals on a par with the latest cinematic blockbuster, I am promising a piece of software that will, at the very least, help you to visualise your latest design concepts.

Property for auction TONIGHT!

DON'T MISS OUT....this property is being auctioned tonight in SCOTLAND!  Call us for further details on 0845 053 6906.


New bridging product

Savills Private Finance (SPF) has today launched an exclusive bridging product for those purchasing a buy-to-let property at auction. This new product will offer borrowers a pay rate of 0.99% (12.5% APR), a product arrangement fee of 0.75% and no early repayment charges.

Product criteria as follows:

Pay rate of 0.99% per month. The overall cost for comparison is 12.5% APR. 0.75% product arrangement fee.

Auction buy-to-let purchase only.

Available for property in London and the South-East only.

Sell your property at auction

Are you interested in putting your property in to auction?

UK Auction List has teamed with some of the leading auction houses within the UK to help you put your property on the market. We aim to make the process as simple, straightforward and stress free for you as possible. There are a lots of advantages to putting your property into auction, with obviously speed of sale being the biggest factor - normally completion is within 28 days!

Help for first time buyers

MSN today reported that local authorities will be able to help first-time buyers struggling to save a deposit get on to the property ladder under a new scheme.

The initiative is aimed at people who could afford monthly repayments on a 95% mortgage but do not have the big deposit that most lenders are currently demanding.

Under the scheme, local councils would step in and provide a security worth up to 20% of the property's value, which would be held with the lender and on which interest would be paid, enabling the buyer to qualify for a lower mortgage rate.

Ready to BTL?

A few words of wisdom in the Sunday Times today to help those people thinking of buy to let...

Flat or house? flats do well in the cities,  but family homes are better in rural areas or near good schools.

Do I splash out on furnishing? generally, classier interiors means classier tenants - but don't go mad.

Should I manage it myself? this will save money - management fees are typically 8-15% of rent - but it means finding a tenant yourself and taking charge of repairs.


Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show, taking place at the NEC 24–27 March 2011, is now bigger than ever!


When will interest rates rise?

The Bank of England today announced it would be holding interest rates at 0.5% - marking a full two years since they were dropped to their current record-low level.

The decision came in spite of continued pressure to raise rates in order to combat high inflation. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose to 4% in January, and is widely expected to remain high for the rest of the year at least.

How to organise your bookcase!

There has been quite a discussion going on in the office today about how best to store books (interesting I know!) and now we thought we'd share some top tips to help you declutter and organise your bookcase!


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