House Prices Increase by 1.3%

Data released by The Office for National Statistics states that house prices in the UK have, on average, increased by 1.3%; a strong position considering the political uncertainty sweeping the UK in 2019. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland saw an average of 3% with England averaging at 1%, with a quick comparison to last year showing an average price rise of £3,000.

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New Year New Home

There is often speculation as to when is the best time to sell your home. Sellers often wait for certain times in the year that may be construed to be better than others. If you feel like you are ready to sell, you should seek a valuation and consider whether it is the right time for you, as it may well be right now.

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Tips to Sell your Home this Christmas

There are some things that the British public simply cannot believe at this time of year; how cold it is, how dark it is and, above all, that it’s nearly Christmas. Nevertheless, Christmas is indeed upon us and if you are selling your home, or thinking of selling your home, you may be under the impression that it’s not the optimum time to bag a sale. Our top tips to sell your home at Christmas will show you that not only is it possible to sell your home during the festive season, it is a doddle.

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Baby, it’s cold outside!

84% of all new build properties sold across England and Wales in 2019 to date sold with the highest energy rating of A/B, the figure for re-sale properties is just 7%.

However, re-sale properties sold in 2019 with an A/B rating have attracted a 8.6% price premium, the equivalent to £24,000 compared to those sold with the average UK energy rating of D.

Installing a new boiler, central heating, cavity wall or double glazing are all liable to offer an immediate return on investment if you’re looking to make your home cosy this Christmas.

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welcome alix!

I wanted to give Alix Johnstone a warm welcome as she joins our Didsbury team and starts her journey with us as a Lettings Negotiator. I am so happy to have Alix on board and if you have any queries lettings related, please give myself or my team – Jordana and Alix a call – 0161 249 5160

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**buy to let investment deal**

This two bed property which has been fully refurbished and is available for sale with Edward Mellor at offers over £110,000 – giving a potential rental yield of over 7%!!

This property is located within walking distance to Stockport Road which offers fantastic public transport links into Manchester on the ‘192’ bus link, which also goes into Stockport Town Centre.

It’s positioned within the A6 corridor which is a growing community and local residents enjoy the thriving Levenshulme / Longsight markets and Crowcroft Park.

//www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-86583335.html

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parsonage christmas fair

24 November 2019 , 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

Christmas starts here! Stalls selling books, decorations, jewellery, paintings, cards, prints, mugs, coasters, cushions and toys – in short, a huge array of unique gifts!

There’ll also be tasty food from the pop-up Alpine Cafe, including a warming bean cassoulet, hot dogs and wonderful cakes and hot drinks.

Come and tell Father Christmas your Christmas wish too – £3 per child, which includes a gift and a home-made cracker.

And call in at St James’s Church between 2pm and 4pm, where you can try your hand at bell ringing or buy tasty conserves.

A lovely family day out at the Parsonage – entry £1 donation (adults) https://thedidsburymap.co.uk/event/parsonage-christmas-fair-2019/

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Didsbury’s big switch on

21 November 2019 , 6:50 pm – 8:00 pm

This year’s switch-on fun kicks off at 5.30, with free craft activities for children in the library (under 8s must be accompanied).

Then, it’s everybody out onto Wilmslow Road for the countdown to Christmas (from 6.50pm)!  Enjoy live music from Manchester Contemporary Youth Choir and festive fun hosted by our brilliant MC, Andrew Simcock. He’ll be announcing Didsbury’s Christmassiest windows, before welcoming a Very Special Guest (the clue’s in the picture!), who’ll arrive in style for that all-important lights switch-on. Drinks and nibbles, kindly provided by local traders, will add to the seasonal cheer.

Afterwards, it’s all round to Home Community Cafe for mulled wine, hot chocolate, cupcakes, mince pies and tasty treats. https://thedidsburymap.co.uk/event/carols-lights/

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Didsbury gin festival

Gin mixologist Hilary has carefully selected a range of gins to suit all tastes, which will be available on the bar under the headings Local, Fruity and World Gins. Hilary has worked closely with Peter Spanton Beverages, who specialise in premium choice tonics. Check out their fabulous range of classic and unique flavours.

These are all laid out in the drinks menu, with a description and the suggested “perfect mix” of tonic or other mixer & garnish to pair with your choice of gin.

Street Food is available with single or sharing options, along with music provided by talented local musicians.

The gin exhibitors will be selling their products on the night. Why not try before you buy, as all their gins are available from the bar. You can order at any point during the evening and your bottle(s) will be ready for you to collect as you are leaving.

Please note: The bars operate on a token system which can be purchased on the night from the Entrance Desk. Vouchers can be bought in multiples of £5 and are worth 1 measure (25ml) of gin plus tonic and garnish.

Didsbury Gin Festival is much more than just a gin drinking session; it is an opportunity to socialise, discuss, exchange ideas and most of all have fun!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/didsbury-gin-festival-tickets-76655419423

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How to increase your kerb appeal

Making a good first impression is key when presenting your home for sale. Potential buyers and renters are always extra vigilant when it comes to viewing properties, from the front gate to the back garden, meaning it’s even more important to present your home in its best light from the off. But even if you’re not looking to sell up, there’s something to be said for sprucing up the front of your home. 

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