BACK TO SCHOOL (UNIFORMS)

£3,485 is the estimated average cost of school uniforms for a child over the course or their school life (Reception to Year 11). The cost is equivalent to 4.31 months’ of a mortgage repayment or 3.31 months’ of average rent, although there are substantial regional variations. Across the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber,…

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TOP TEN MORTGAGE LENDERS

The UK’s top ten mortgage lenders lent a staggering £211.3 billion in 2018, increasing their market share to 78.7%, up from 77.1% in 2017. The top seven lenders retained the ranking they held in 2017, according to data released by UK Finance. The Yorkshire Building Society and Virgin Money swapped places in 2018, with Clydesdale…

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THE MILLION POUND MARKET

There were 14,794 homes sold across England and Wales in the past 12 months priced at £1 million or more. This equates to just 1.7% of all sales, and just under £26 billion in value. As in previous years, the tally of properties selling at or above the £1 million threshold was greatest in London,…

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The Fall of the Dining Room

The trend away from formal entertaining has accelerated in all but the highest echelons of society. Yet most older homes were built to a style that demands that we eat away from the utilitarian kitchen. So what happens now? Tremendous advances in kitchen design means that we are as proud today of our kitchens as…

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