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Monthly Archive for: ‘February, 2014’

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Top up your pension with a buy to let in the North West

Priced out of London? Then look to the North West for affordable buy to lets. JANE SLADE reports. Against a backdrop of rising house prices and a booming rental market buy to let continues to produce rich dividends for the private investor and particularly in the North West. This growth has resulted from a rising demand from investors for buy-to-let stock. The …

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Buses that pass in the night

JEFFERY TAYLOR paints a moving picture of life in his corner of London There is a surfeit of buses in London. Thousands are sent out every day, few of us want them. Drivers must fight the boredom and get their own back for feeling unwanted. One of their favourite wheezes is practised just by our favourite supermarket. Especially on a dark, winter’s night. …

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Building a property portfolio after 50

VICKI WUSCHE, author of ‘Make More Money from Property’, explains how it’s never too late to build a property portfolio It really is never too late to start building a property portfolio – however, it may be a little more complicated for some people than others, and it’s true that age is also a factor. So the sooner you start, …

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Retire to a medieval house in the Dordogne

Francophiles beguiled by French medieval villages cannot fail to be seduced by this new stone house that is up for sale in the Dordogne for less than £350,000 Dating from the 12th century, this three-storey, five-bedroom home in the village of Montignac, is ideal for a retired couple seeking space for friends and family in one of the country’s most popular regions for British retirees, the …

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Ten reasons to downsize to Kent

Not everyone is looking for a sedentary lifestyle when they retire or downsize. SUE CARNE, a director of County Homesearch explains what her clients can expect from an active retirement in Kent Making the decision to downsize or retire can be daunting. It’s an important move that you will want to get right, and finding a home that will provide you …

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Time to dig deep for Garden Re-Leaf

Now in its third year, Garden Re-Leaf Day has blossomed into a ‘don’t-miss’ event reports LOUISE MIDGLEY Garden broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh aptly described Garden Re-Leaf day as the horticultural equivalent to Comic Relief. This year’s event takes place on Friday 14 March and will see garden centres, suppliers and gardeners coming together for fun activities and product promotions to raise funds for …

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Finding the right retirement property in the UK

Guy Mossop, the Non-Executive Director of Cognatum which manages 60 top private retirement estate in the UK offers his five top tips for finding the right home in later life Define your criteria “The most important thing to start with is a clear idea of what your needs and wants are and what is most important to you. “Is the location …

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Retirees not ready to stop working

According to new research attitudes to retirement are changing, with nearly one in four saying they don’t feel ready to stop working altogether The research into the ‘Class of 2014’ is Prudential’s seventh annual study tracking the future plans and aspirations of people who plan to become new retirees this year. More than half (54 per cent) will consider working …

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Home Security System

In the last year I have been considering installing some sort of video camera in the house which will add that extra bit of security on the occasions that I am away from home. I knew that the prices had come down and that many of the products were more affordable, but wading through the huge variety of systems available, …

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Mobile phone the size of a credit card

In my quest to find an easy-to-use mobile phone, I came across the Age UK My Phone. This is very different from the vast majority of mobile phones currently available in the fact that it is a phone and nothing else. There is no camera or texting facility. You can’t listen to music or surf the internet. The only thing …

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