Free mansion!

Free mansion if you can afford the £3M repairs it needs - Telegraph Story
An historic manor house with "the finest view in England" is being offered for free - although it does need £3 million of repairs. The 300-year-old private home overlooking the Blenheim Palace estate is being offered to any tenant who can afford to spend £3 million over the next 20 years restoring it to its former glory.
Woodstock House is the largest private residence on the 2,000-acre Oxfordshire estate, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
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I love wallpaper discount

Offer: 15% off Graham & Brown range
Start date: 30/04/15
End date: 18/05/15
Get 15% off the entire Graham & Brown range.
No voucher code is necessary to redeem this offer, as savings will already be applied to products on the I Love Wallpaper site.
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What estate agents say and what it really means

Translating estate agent speak is something we all have to do each time we read an advert for a house to buy or rent. House Simple have a lovely infographic that'll make you smile What estate agents say and what it really means
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New property portal on it’s way

http://www.onthemarket.com/ is due on 26th January. OnTheMarket.com will be a new place to view hundreds of thousands of properties to buy or rent all over the UK. Every property will be on offer from locally based estate or letting agents. One of my local estate agents has sent an email about it. Will it be a threat to rightmove? I don't know!
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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).
Currently:
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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