Stamp duty changes in the Chancellor’s speech

Will post more details shortly. He says he's cutting stamp duty for 98% of home buyers
In effect from midnight tonight. Each tax rate (and there are new ones) will apply only to the particular slice of the selling price to which they apply, not the whole value of the property (as at the moment).
Purchase price of property Rate of SDLT (percentage of the total purchase price) £0 - £125,000 0%
£125,001 - £250,000 1%
£250,001 - £500,000 3%
£500,001 - £1 million 4%
Over £1 million - £2 million 5%
Over £2 million 7%

12% rate for most expensive houses

Stamp duty rates Mr Osborne spelled out the new stamp duty rates.
No tax on the first £125,000 paid
2% on the portion up to £250,000
5% up to £925,000
10% up to £1.5 million
12% on everything above that.
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Indoor tents to cut heating costs

Indoor tenants to cut heating cost Just think of it as a version of the four post bed that provided walls and a roof over the sleeping area.
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Govt to build houses Shock!

UK pilots hands-on homebuilding to help ease housing shortage If developers can make money doing it then why can't the government? (OK probably hundreds of reasons why, but the theory is good. If we need more houses then they need to be built)
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Home being built from shipping container to house family for Christmas

Home being built from shipping container to house family for Christmas Irish news story - The 40ft long by 8ft wide container is undergoing extensive refurbishment and will be donated to the St Vincent de Paul charity in the hope of housing a family in time for Christmas.
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Abandedon mansions

Article on the BBC about what becomes of Britain's abandoned mansions. Some lovely photos. Well worth a look
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Europe’s largest private residence

Europe's largest private residence is for sale! Daily Mail story on it Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham in South Yorkshire, is not merely our most palatial stately home (at double the span of Buckingham Palace, palatial is the only word), it is, in fact, five stately homes bolted together. It's not listed on rightmove yet!
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Record number of pictures on rightmove? has 142 pictures! The place does have: Fabulous entertainment/leisure complex with games/entertainment suite, cinema room, swimming pool, relaxation area/bar, changing rooms, sauna, and gymnasium Beautifully landscaped gardens with sun terraces, seating areas and tennis court Substantial garage block with parking for 9 vehicles
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Tiny little houses

Mad little cabins and tree houses! Inspiring!
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Railway carriage house for sale

Railway carriage house and land for sale - It’s the ultimate train spotter’s paradise – a converted pair of Great Eastern railway carriages in South Wootton near King’s Lynn now makes an inviting home which is going for sale under the hammer,
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Do you have Christmas lights?

Decorating your house for Christmas is a wonderful thing to do! You don't need to have children as an excuse to put up a tree or string the house with lights. Enjoy Christmas as much as you can with some of the great seasonal offers they have at John Lewis. 233392637alt4 233394364John Lewis have some wonderful Christmas lights
Whether you're after indoor or outdoor lights, they've got some lovely designs as well as LED line lights to enable you to decorate around the items in your home or garden. There are some really fun items like the light up John Lewis Wooden Deer Head, or the John Lewis Light Up Church. Both of these will add a real touch of Christmas celebration to your home.
If you want more than just Christmas lights, then John Lewis has a huge Christmas section worth a browse. They sell real trees as well as artificial!
Design your Christmas with style with the Christmas Past range of elegant and stylish decorations that will give your Christmas a really traditional feel. Their Vintage Vibrant style is lovely too, bright bold colours and shapes you'll remember from no so long ago!  The croft collection is silver and white themes that will be an elegant and understated style you will love too. Copenhagen is their scandi style in simple designs and elegantly bold colours of black white and red.  The festive friends collection will appeal to anyone with a younger audience to impress, cheery bright festive snowmen, reindeer and santas.
They have everything your house needs for Christmas including Christmas trees, all the decorations you'll ever need - baubles and tree decorations galore. Tree skirts to finish off the beautiful tree. Wreaths and garlands for your door, so everyone who visits knows just how much you love Christmas from the moment they reach your front door. Table decorations and crackers for the best dinner of the year, candles to light and all sorts of lovely accessories.
They have advent calendars for the children to start the countdown off - make sure you order them so they're there from the 1st December. Plus stockings and sacks to stuff with presents. Their children's toy section is awesome too, and well worth a look for all those presents to stash under the tree! They have everything you need to wrap the presents up. And for the grown ups they have amazing gift ideas for everyone.
You could get everything you need for Christmas from John Lewis!
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