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Your chance to own a garden which Henry VIII (probably) used for archery

Alex Johnson

8ffbe7be70be708eb700ed67e61ba293c7ab1c86 300x200 Your chance to own a garden which Henry VIII (probably) used for archeryThis 14th century, Grade I listed, semi-detached, six bedroom house at Blithfield Hall, Admaston, Rugeley, enjoys communal parkland with the other three houses on site, including an archery lawn which Henry VIII is reputed to have sported upon. It’s on with Fine & Country for auction on June 26 with a guide price of £350,000-400,000.

Householders confident about property prices
Around 15% of the 1,500 homeowners surveyed across the UK by Knight Frank and Markit said that they felt the value of their home had risen over the last month, while only 8.6% thought the value had fallen. Londoners were, unsurprisingly, the most bullish, though slightly down from their May optimism. They were followed by those in the East Midlands. Those aged over 55 were the most confident that the value of their home will rise by June 2014.

Gráinne Gilmore, head of UK residential research at Knight Frank, said: “After three years of fairly bleak housing sentiment, June’s data suggests that the market has turned a corner. London leads in terms of house price expectations, but it is interesting to note the increase in confidence across most other regions. This coincides with initial evidence of some ‘green shoots’ of recovery in regional economic activity in the UK. It seems clear that more upbeat economic data coupled with the Government’s multi-billion pound plans targeted at the housing market and record-low interest rates, have contributed to a sustained improvement in households’ expectations for property values.”

Another week, another new property portal
Hard on the heels of the announcement about Agents Mutual comes the announcement from Nethouseprices.com that they too are setting up a 100% agents-owned and controlled portal, though it is at the moment without a name.

Green in Cardiff
Principality Commercial and developer LivEco have created an interesting development of eco-homes on the edge of Cardiff. Their site of nine dwellings at Great House Farm in St Fagans includes the largest ‘green’ residential roof in the city, rainwater harvesting and ultra energy-efficient heating and lighting systems. The super-insulated buildings include an eco barn restoration along with the purpose-built properties and also have green Sedum living roofs, heat pumps, high-performance windows and doors, water-efficient sanitary systems, smart meters and low energy lighting throughout. There is also an electric car charging point. The picturesque landscaped gardens and communal grass lawns feature an ancient medieval village pond which has been saved and protected as a wildlife nature reserve.

Mortgage roundup
* Tesco Bank has expanded its mortgage range with the introduction of 85% LTV fixed rate and tracker mortgages. The new products offer rates starting at 3.29%, 3.59% and 3.69% for two year, three year and five year fixed rate products and 3.25% for a two year tracker.

* The Cambridge Building Society was a winner at the annual Moneyfacts awards held at the London Marriott Hotel, scooping up the ‘Best Service from a Mortgage Provider’ award and was also highly commended as ‘Best Online Mortgage Provider’ and received commendation as ‘Regional Lending Provider of the Year’

* A new series of mortgages has been launched by Norwich & Peterborough Building Society, including its lowest ever two-year and three-year fixed rate products. The two-year fixed rate is available at 1.89% up to a maximum of 65% loan to value, with a £995 product fee. Meanwhile the three-year fixed rate is 2.34%, also up to a maximum of 65% LTV, with a £295 fee. The two new products are among a raft of reductions made to fixed rate and tracker mortgages available from the mutual, with cuts of up to 0.30% across the range.

* As part of Skipton’s 160th birthday celebrations, the UK’s fourth largest building society has launched a new two-year fixed rate mortgage. The Special Edition Two-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage comes with a 3.99% rate, fixed until 31 July 2015. It is available up to 90% Loan to Value (LTVs). It comes without any application or completion fees, and, in celebration of the Society’s 160th birthday, people will receive £160 cashback after they’ve completed.

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