Will an extra £2bn really make a difference?

Expert View by IAN LEE – director of McAndrew Martin chartered surveyors    Q: What difference will the government’s recent pledge of an extra £2bn for affordable housing make? A: Prime Minister Theresa May announced the additional funding at the Conservative Party conference to take its total commitment for affordable housing to £9bn by 2021. She […]

Bidding war reaches £17k above estimate

  ‘There was keen interest, with the final bid at £167,000’ Clive Emson Auctioneers This three-bedroom house in Portsmouth went under the auctioneer’s hammer for £167,000 in a bidding battle on Monday, September 11. The end-terrace property at 54 Ernest Road, Fratton, which fetched £17,000 above the freehold guide price, was among 140 lots being […]

Mortgage deposit estimates are far too high

  More than 75 per cent overestimate deposit needed to buy a new home   More than 75 per cent of people in the Portsmouth area asked to estimate the deposit needed to buy a £250,000 new home massively overestimated how much was needed. Using the government’s Help to Buy scheme, buyers need just £12,500 […]

Quick and instant ways to update your kitchen

By Katie Levell, Houzz Contributor Original article published on Houzz Investing in a new kitchen is very costly and involves an awful lot of upheaval. Instead of embarking on a huge project, consider these snappy ideas and indulge in a little low-stress kitchen refreshment. Photo by Studio Morton Make a feature of your handles It’s […]

Five of the best Portsmouth properties for sale

Ophir Road This lovely property not only has three double bedrooms, but is also packed with stunning original features. With ample living space, it is the ideal home for a growing family. It is situated in a perfect location close to many local amenities and transport links in and out of the city. A perfect […]

Retired, but not retired from life?

Purpose-built complex has first-class facilities Langstone Court, Drayton Living in retirement accommodation doesn’t signal retiring from life – especially at Langstone Court in Drayton. The purpose-built complex, overlooking Havant Road and accessed via Drayton Lane, has facilities that encourage involvement in the community and its many social activities if desired. Communal lounges, a private garden […]