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UKAL property auction search

Hi everyone, just reminding you that we've uploaded quite a few new properties for auction into our database this week.  Merseyside, Kent and Scotland being key areas.  London property will start being uploaded over the weekend and from next week more catalogues will be released for all over the UK.

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Random kitchen facts

We just thought we'd share some random facts about kitchen activity that we read about over coffee at the weekend.

Did you know....

6 million people in the UK have injured themselves or damaged their kitchens while trying to copy the recipes of celebrity chefs.

300 hours are saved every year by using a dishwasher instead of washing up the old fashioned way.

5.5 million toasters are sold each year in the UK alone!

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Britain's most expensive streets

London's Kensington and Chelsea is the most expensive place to buy real estate in the UK with half of the most expensive residential streets in the borough. The average price of a property in its Wycombe Square is £5.4 million.

The most expensive street in Scotland is Warriston Crescent in Edinburgh, a row of elegant townhouses next to the Water of Leith, with an average house price of £960,671.

Edinburgh has six of the top ten most expensive streets in Scotland.

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Get Spring Cleaning

If you're preparing to sell your home, don't underestimate the importance of a good wash and brush up. You might think you need new furniture or a new bathroom suite to wow viewers, but often just banishing clutter and giving the place a thorough clean is what's needed. Mess and dirt will deter buyers who find it hard to see past it.

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London property market recovery

The central London commercial property market has begun its recovery from the recession, research has suggested.

Last year saw an overall rise of 14 per cent in rental values across the capital, with the Docklands area seeing headline examples reaching an increase of 33 per cent from December 2009, according to research by Capita Symonds.

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H&M store for Huddersfield

An H&M store is set to arrive in Huddersfield and the commercial property will be measured at roughly 17,000 sq ft.

The new site will create around 20 jobs when it opens in the town's Kingsgate Centre, with the company taking a 10-year lease at an annual rent of £275,000, according to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.

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£50m One Hyde Park retail sell off

The three retail units that form part of One Hyde Park are to be put on the market for £50m – a 3% yield.

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First time buy rise

The number of first-time buyers getting on to the property ladder rose slightly during November to 16,400, after falling sharply in October. For the second month running people buying their first home put down an average deposit of 20%, compared with one of 24% in September, suggesting banks and building societies may have loosened their lending criteria slightly.
 

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Home loans remain stable

The housing market stalled during November with the number of mortgages advanced to people buying a home remaining unchanged, figures have shown.

Around 44,000 loans were lent to people buying a property during the month, unchanged from October and the joint lowest level since last May, said the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

The figure was also 15% down on the number of loans advanced in November 2009, when the market was distorted by people buying lower-value properties rushing to complete transactions before the stamp duty holiday ended.

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