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Have you got one of those old ‘septic tank’ thingies?

Have you got one of those old ‘septic tank’ thingies?

2020 deadline allows property owners to upgrade their tanks With Mike Papps, partner, BCM Rural Property Specialists, Winchester The deadline is fast approaching to meet new environmental regulations standards requiring many rural homeowners to upgrade their septic tanks. Installing a new septic tank which discharges into a watercourse has been banned for many years; however, […]

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City streets of Portsmouth are paved with opportunity

  ‘Too many people concentrate on investment growth’   A report on The News’ website about the 10 most expensive Portsmouth streets in which to buy a home came as no surprise to local estate agent Colin Shairp. Colin, director of Town and Country Southern and Fine and Country Southern Hampshire estate agencies based in […]

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You just can’t beat a ‘traditional agent’

You just can’t beat a ‘traditional agent’

‘We also have the expertise to juggle all the balls and not drop them’ By Colin Shairp, director, Fine and Country Southern Hampshire   Some estate agents are reporting sales fall-through rates of a third but to me that statistic represents two things: major disappointment for vendors and a terrible waste of energy by agents. […]

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Going, going, gone!

Going, going, gone!

Clive Emson auctioneers Gosport flat sells for £84,000 – £14,000 above estimate   A two-bedroom flat in Gosport went under the auctioneer’s hammer when Clive Emson held its landmark 100th auction on Friday, March 24 at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl. The ground-floor garden flat at 68 Gordon Road sold leasehold for £84,000, which was £14,000 above […]

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The risk and the reward

The risk and the reward

Keeping to our word – and hoping clients do the same By Colin Shairp, director, Town and Country Southern and Fine and Country Southern   Contracts can be difficult things – everyone likes them so they know where they are, but you always come up against people who then try to get round them. My […]

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Pearsons opens up in Bishop’s Waltham

Pearsons opens up in Bishop’s Waltham

This latest addition consolidates the coverage of the popular Meon Valley area   Pearsons Estate Agents are delighted to announce the opening of their new office in the centre of Bishop’s Waltham. While the company already has a significant presence across southern Hampshire, this latest addition to the Pearsons network consolidates the company’s coverage of […]

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Welcome aboard Trio will help agency keep its five-star rating   The new year sees three new team members at Town and Country Southern estate agents, and its fellow brand Fine and Country Southern Hampshire in Drayton. New recruit Lara Faber-Johnson Business owner Colin Shairp says the three recruits have been essential to bolster an […]

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Will an extra £2bn really make a difference?

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 […]

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Bidding war reaches £17k above estimate

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 […]

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Mortgage deposit estimates are far too high

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 […]

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