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19/07/18 - Flat Prices Stay Unchanged Over the Past Year

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has stated that millions of flat owners have seen no growth at all in the value of their homes over the past year - this is the first time in six years.

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12/07/18 - Housing Market Remains Slow

The housing market has cooled since the 2016 Brexit vote which ultimately led to a rise in overall inflation and increased uncertainty among investors. Prices remained flat in June and the market was likely to stay ‘sluggish’ over the next few months despite more properties being put up for sale.

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05/07/18 - Government to Invest £420 million to Lift Construction Productivity

The government announced this week, to speed up home-building, that an investment of £420 million of public and private money will be spent on new construction technology.

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28/06/18 - House Price Growth Slows to Five-Year Low

Mortgage lender, Nationwide has recently announced that house prices rose at their “slowest annual rate in five years this month and look set to remain subdued due to modest economic growth and squeezed household budgets.”

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21/06/18 - The Top Reason for Moving Home? A New Job…

A new study compiled by the AA has revealed that more people are likely to move home, especially younger home owners for a new job rather than making money from their property.

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14/06/18 - Increased Number of Sellers but Housing Market Still Weak

House prices have edged up from a 5.5 year low in May and clear signs that more properties are for sale but RICS have stated it’s too early to call a change in the ‘sluggish property market’.

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07/06/18 - Homes Worth £1 Million or More Selling Faster in Harpenden & St Albans

According to Rightmove, the top five fastest selling homes worth £1million or more have all sold in locations outside of London. Cambridge has been identified as the fastest selling location, taking only 45 days on average to secure a buyer, which is twice as fast as the national average.

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25/05/18 - Housing Market Cools Unexpectedly in April

Mortgage lender Halifax has stated that the UK’s house price growth ‘unexpectedly cooled in April’, adding to signs of weakness in the housing market and the consumer economy more broadly.

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17/05/18 - Empty Homes in the UK are on the Rise

The UK’s housing crisis has been partly to blame due to the lack of homes available to first-time buyers, however, new figures released show the number of empty properties in England are rising.

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11/05/18 - Ashtons are the 4th Best Company to Work For in the East of England 2018!

The Best Companies to Work for in the East of England has been announced! The list is based on 75 organisations, from a wide range of sectors with more than 17,264 employees surveyed in the region, with the highest Regional Best Companies Index (RBCI) scores.

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21
2018

Helen Astley

You have a great team! The online feedback system works very well - kept us informed at all times. Thank you to Jon-Paul - knowledgeable,...

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19
2018

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Jul
17
2018

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Jul
12
2018

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Everybody was very helpful & friendly, especially Tracie.

Jul
07
2018

Natalie Dalvarez

Thank you to everyone - a special mention has to be to Louise for her patience and professionalism throughout!

Jul
06
2018

Stephen Latham

All staff were excellent, friendly and professional, keeping us informed throughout the process.

Jul
04
2018

Helen & Graham Hart

Really fantastic service from JP and the team, thank you so much!

Jul
03
2018

Susan & Charles Richardson

Whenever we visited the office we were greeted with enthusiasm, the staff always knew us and what was happening with our house and viewings. Special...

Jul
02
2018

Carol & Matthew Rumble

From first contact Nick, Tracy and all the team have gone above and beyond. They have helped our dream come true. Always on hand for...

Jun
30
2018

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Jun
28
2018

Stuart Middleton

Everyone was excellent to deal with, but special mentions to Cathy and Alix, who were unwaveringly patient and kind, Rob for going the extra mile...

Jun
26
2018

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