Author Archives: Nicola Severn

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About Nicola Severn

Nicola Severn's career in marketing communications spans over 15 years, the last 10 of which have been spent in the property and finance industries. As Propertywide's Senior Online Editor, and a homeowner and landlord herself, Nicola's vast experience of the property market allows her to provide a unique insight into the challenges and benefits of buying, selling, renting and letting property. Connect on Google: + Nicola Severn .

Landlords boost returns by following careful purchasing strategy

Tenants and owner occupiers seek different things when acquiring a home, understanding these differences allows canny landlords to tailor their rental properties to meet tenant requirements. This and other planning strategies can help boost landlord returns.

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Properties of the week: Schools walls and halls of justice

As television programmes like Channel 4’s ‘Grand Designs’ perennially demonstrate, the British public are nothing if they aren’t inventive when it comes to converting properties into great living-spaces.

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‘Help-to-Buy’ ISAs Budget announcement provides a boost for first time buyers

Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement on 18th March is designed to to tackle the two biggest challenges for first-time buyers. He sees these as, the low interest that banks pay to savers, and the large deposits required for property purchase. Always … Continue reading

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Properties of the week: The Ultimate Water Features

Although the majority of properties are purpose-built, for those who have a little imagination and time on their hands the UK is teeming with structures that were never intended to be lived in, yet would make great homes.

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Private renters make the most efficient use of UK housing

Households who rent their home privately make the most efficient use of housing stock in comparison to any other tenure, according to figures compiled by Countrywide plc, the UK’s largest estate and letting agent.

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Countrywide encourage government to go one step further in reaction to Budget statement

Following yesterdays’ Budget announcement, Countrywide have praised the Help to Buy ISA & new housing zone proposals but urge the government to go one step further in their approach to housing.

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Buying a home: A simple guide to being prepared

If you’re using your hard-earned savings to help you buy a home, the Foresters Friendly Society has produced a simple guide offering helpful tips to help you plan ahead and secure the home you want as quickly and easily as possible.

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Poor Doors: Guardian report suggests segregation of affordable homes occupants

The Guardian newspaper has reported that some high end developers in the Capital are creating separate entrances and facilities for affordable homes residents.

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