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Garden is the top priority for two-thirds of buyers

Over two-thirds of homebuyers say a nice garden is the most important

thing they look for when searching for a house, according to Alliance &


The bank&#39s movingimproving index has found that a well-kept garden is

likely to sway the decision of the majority of house-hunters, with many

people looking to move from cities to more rural surroundings.

Dispelling the myth that only the elderly are interested in weeding and

pruning, A&L found that 64 per cent of people in their 20s and 68 per cent

of people in their 30s cite a garden as the most important factor when

deciding where to live. Only 50 per cent of those aged over 50 put gardens

highest on their list of priorities.

However, gardens pushed out double glazing (61 per cent), a garage (49 per

cent) and off-street parking (39 per cent) as the most important factor for

homebuyers. Only the number of bedrooms (67 per cent) was more important

for those searching for a new home.

Head of mortgages Tim Hague says: “The popularity of TV programmes such as

the BBC&#39s Ground Force have shown people how to create relaxing and

enjoyable gardens and therefore homebuyers now consider a garden to be a

very important feature.”



Standard Life Bank hooks up with IFonline

Standard Life Bank is the latest lender to join the IFonline trading platform, bringing the number of lenders committed to the site to 50.Standard Life Bank will now be able to accept electronic applications through the IFonline platform.IFonline marketing director Mike Douglas says: “There should be no doubt in the minds of intermediaries which system […]

Norwich & Peterborough – Six Month Fixed Rate Bond

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Review reports to be quarterly as small firms flag

IFA firms will have to make quarterly progress reports in the pensionreview bec-ause small advisers are having difficulty sticking to thetimetable. The announcement was made in the FSA&#39s annual report addressing concernsraised by the Financial Services Consumer Panel about IFAs&#39 progress onphase two. Small IFA firms represent only 5 per cent or 4,500 of the […]

Halifax and BoS decision delayed for three weeks

Halifax and the Bank of Scotland will have to wait another three weeks until they learn if they will be allowed to merge.The Office of Fair Trading has announced it will delay its decision about whether the two banks will be allowed to join for three more weeks. It had been expected to make a […]

Auto-enrolment: tips for employers

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has released advice on communications for employers, including three tips to help you with your auto-enrolment duties. 1. Allow enough time to select your pension schemeIt’s recommended that you start to prepare for auto-enrolment at least 12 months in advance of your staging date; additionally, give yourself time to choose the […]


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