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August 25, 2016 Toby
  • Although, seating can be quite specific to a room due to the organic flow of the space, experimenting with the furniture you use, and the placement of these key pieces can completely change the aesthetics of a room. Glance through these stunning living room seating arrangement ideas for some furniture layout. Colourful seating Colour is always a good idea, it brings personality, beauty, and individuality without the need of much of anything. Consider multiple different hues that look good together but don’t necessarily fit in the same family. Instead, of using only one or two colours to create a look ...
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  • Located just 5 miles outside Perth, Bridge of Earn is set in the beautiful Perthshire countryside with some truly amazing views. This is where our latest development is located with stunning detached 3 and 4 bed houses and semi-detached villas, all ideal for modern family living. Each house is built to a high standard with neutral interiors and exceptional finishes to allow you to move straight in and bring your own character to your new home. Everything from the thermostatic shower in the en-suite to the multi-point locking system has been chosen to make moving and living in your new ...
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  • Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a convenient location close to transport links, yet still have the luxury and comfort of a beautiful sandy beach close to your home? With our new properties in Irvine, North Ayrshire, it’s now a very affordable reality. Your new property in a much-desired location close to sandy beaches and modern amenities It’s hard to find such a great location that’s close to scenic beaches and modern shopping centres. At our new builds in Irvine, you’ll get the best of both worlds. Irvine is a wonderful location that boasts not only close to golden ...
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  • In Greenock Scotland, we’re offering stunning new apartment builds with beautiful waterfront views and a convenient location to boot. Equipped with a gorgeous balcony and views from the town’s esplanade, this is a luxurious location that will enhance your life and bring you to new levels of comfort and style. One of the most convenient locations in Greenock The new waterfront developments are located in one of the most convenient locations around. With nine railway stations in Greenock that provide services to Glasgow, Gourock and Wemyss Bay, there’s no shortage of easy transportation links. There are even ferry routes that ...
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  • Within Commuting Distance to Glasgow and Edinburgh If you want to live in style in the heart of Scotland, then our new 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in Laurieston are the perfect match for you. They’re ideal for commuting to Glasgow and Edinburgh for work, making them perfect for professionals and small families. You’ll also get a fantastic new furniture pack for your new home, giving you extra added style and comfort. Contemporary Apartments in the Heart of Scotland Laurieston is at the heart of the central belt of Scotland. It’s minutes away from the beautiful new Helix Park which ...
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  • Whether it’s your first garden or a new hobby, here are some great tips for gardening beginners: Build a portfolio – Keep tabs on your garden. Create a scrapbook using an inexpensive photo album and add your plant tags and sticks to it each season. Then, make it as detailed as you’d like by adding information as to where the plants were purchased and where the plant was in your garden. Add your own artistic flair with sketches of your garden or photographs. Create a non-stick shovel – Spray your favourite garden shovel with a silicone or Teflon lubricant to ...
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  • Ayrshire is a historical region in the south-west of Scotland, known for its ancient castles and fresh seafood. It’s a wonderful region full of many places of interest, but wouldn’t it be great to settle down in such an iconic location? If you’re looking to move your family to a more relaxing area, or if you plan to start a family soon and want the ideal conditions to raise your kids, then why not consider a home in Kilmarnock in Ayrshire? Convenient locations with excellent transport links The new build homes we offer are situated in central Annandale, approximately 10 ...
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  • As hard as it is to imagine in Scotland, we’re having a heatwave. With temperatures threating to soar to 30 degrees’ centigrade tomorrow we thought we’d offer a little advice on how to stay cool in the heat. Cover up As soon as the sun takes it’s hat off we’re out in the least amount of clothes trying to catch a tan, however, one of the ways to stay cool is to wear long loose clothes made of natural fibres to help protect your skin from some serious burning. Don’t Fan Yourself The obvious thing to do in hot weather ...
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  • We always find it very interesting to see some of the most unusual designs that people build when designing their property and Grand Designs homes on Channel 4 is one of the best shows to view these weird and wonderful designs. To quote the famous ‘looking through the keyhole’ television show, I can’t help but say – “who lives in a house like this?” Here are just a few of our chosen favourites, which ones did you like most? The Arched Eco Home appeared in series nine and was inspired by a fourteenth-century technique, it was constructed from 26,000 handmade ...
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  • The fully online payment system also cuts the risk of fraud by eliminating the need for back and forth emails related to mortgage payments. One of the most stressful and uncertain stages of buying a house may soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new digital mortgage payment platform which launched with the UK’s first mortgage completed online. Usually, a mortgage lender transfers the balance of the mortgage to the buyer’s solicitor with the buyer also sending their deposit across before the solicitor completes all final checks and then sends the money to the seller’s solicitor. With ...
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  • Aldermore bank is the latest lender to give older borrowers the chance to take out a home loan or remortgage in later life A mortgage you can have until you are 99 years old was launched this month. It’s the latest in a string of home loans aimed at satisfying the growing demand for “later life” borrowing, with deals that last well into retirement. Challenger bank Aldermore says it will now let people carry on holding one of its mortgages until they are 99, and its maximum age for a new borrower applying for a home loan is an impressive 85. Its ...
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  • Mortgage debt accounts for more than 80% of total UK household liabilities, so selecting the right mortgage deal is one of the most important financial decisions home buyers have to make. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) plans to make it easier for mortgage borrowers to shop around after it found that nearly one in three people fail to find the cheapest mortgage deal. On average buyers could be saving £550 per year by being able to identify the cheapest mortgage deal, however, about 30% of buyers fail to find the right mortgage and many are now classed as ‘mortgage prisoners’ ...
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  • For those of us who have indulged in the virtual assistant in your living room, and I must admit I’m one of them, it never ceases to amaze me how much information I can gleam without having to move from my sofa. Now Mortgage Brain has launched Mortgage Skill on Amazon Echo, that’s right now you can ask Alexa to search for a local mortgage adviser for you and after a few simple questions she will search through over 10,000 mortgages and provide you with the details that match your requirements. Not only will she provide you with product details ...
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  • Whether you’re buying your first home, getting married or just looking for your own place, you are bound to have a list of necessary essentials to add to your shopping list. Before you go off on a massive shop, take a moment to plan and think about what‘s required so you can avoid any unnecessary buys and save money. In the kitchen – choose some hard-working multitasking tools, no need to buy an array of utensils when a pair of tongs, a few wooden spoons, a spatula and a ladle can cover most things. Some good quality pots and pans, ...
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  • On Wednesday the 4th of April it was announced that the Help to Buy (Scotland) Scheme has been extended until April 2021. Help to Buy (Scotland) is a Government run scheme that can help you buy a new build property without having to fund the whole purchase price Since its launch in 2013, Help to Buy has helped more than 12,000 households purchase a new home, and with an additional £100 million being provided over 2019, 2020 and 2021, this will help up to 4,000 more households purchase a new home. While Help to Buy is available to first-time buyers ...
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  • With the good weather just around the corner (we hope!), it’s time to spruce up your garden and prepare a space for those barbeque party evenings. Adding an enticing outdoor living space not only helps to increase the value of your home, but it extends your indoor space by providing an area for dining, barbequing or lounging. Decking is one of the most popular outdoor projects that seems to have been fuelled by the abundance of new durable furniture, accessories and unique shade options as well as all the smart technology available that lets you watch movies and catch up ...
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  • If you’re starting to feel a little restless where you are but not sure what’s causing it, and you’ve lost interest in decorating your current home, then maybe it’s time for a change of property. Moving to somewhere new can re-energise you and open up areas that you didn’t know existed, whether it’s a city location or a quieter rural area, changing address could be the answer, but how do you know when the time is right? The first thing to consider is how good a shape your finances are in if you’re in the black and have dealt with ...
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  • Look outside. The snow is melting, the flowers are blooming, and the birds are singing. Springtime is here, and we all know what that means: spring cleaning. Yes, it’s that time again time to roll up your sleeves and spring clean your house, ready for the warmer months! There’s nothing better than throwing open your windows and doors after a cold winter, donning your rubber gloves and giving your house a much-needed once over. Here are some spring cleaning tips for making your own non-toxic homemade cleaners, useful repurposing ideas and just general clever cleaning ideas to make cleaning and ...
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  • 18th February 2018
    Spotlight on Irvine
    Set to be Glasgow’s ‘Brighton’, Irvine was recently named the most improved place in Scotland, a drive that North Ayrshire Council and local community partnerships are working together on to provide the Irvine Vision. As the last of the five ‘New Towns’ Irvine was already quite sizeable and had been a Royal Burgh since 1372, unlike most new towns that were built from nothing or stripped of any history, Irvine has managed to combine the old and the new successfully, not losing its eloquent history and yet merging the new and vibrant style. Sitting on the coast of the Firth ...
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  • Wouldn’t it be great if you could stay in your current home until your new home is ready? Well with our PART EXCHANGE incentive you can, and right now we are having a PART EXCHANGE EXTRAVAGANZA at our RIVERGATE@ANNICK ROAD development on selected 3 & 4 bed villas. Just imagine – No Fuss, No Fees and you don’t have to leave your home until your new one is ready. There are many circumstances when Part Exchange is a preferred option particularly when you want to move without all the stress or maybe you’ve seen the home of your dreams and ...
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  • With most of us going paperless in this digital world, and internet and mobile banking making it easier for us all to manage our accounts, savings and payments, it’s no surprise that these banking changes will allow third-party businesses to access customers financial information, providing the customer gives permission. However, it’s not all scary, there are benefits for letting third parties have access to your financial position. For instance, being offered better deals on mortgages, loans, cheaper utility bills, broadband, etc. Allowing these companies to analyse your spending habits can help you secure better deals. Open banking shows a shift ...
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  • Wouldn’t it be great if you could stay in your current home until your new home is ready? Well with our PART EXCHANGE incentive you can, and right now we are having a PART EXCHANGE EXTRAVAGANZA at our CALDER GROVE development on our last remaining 3 & 4 bed villas. Each property comes with inclusive extras such as carpets and vinyl, lighting and blinds throughout. Just imagine – No Fuss, No Fees and you don’t have to leave your home until your new one is ready. There are many circumstances when Part Exchange is a preferred option and a small ...
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  • Who doesn’t want the luxury of a massive kitchen with lots of space and masses of storage, however, sometimes that isn’t within our budget, but there’s nothing to say that with a little careful planning you can’t expand your Kitchen space both visually and physically and increase your storage. Here are a few ideas to help you get started: Having an island in the kitchen can be great especially for storage, but sometimes the cupboards can be very deep making it difficult to reach everything – so why not have the cabinets open from both sides making things easier to ...
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  • Last year saw our deco take on tropical prints, jungle styles and everything metallic, but what trends are planned for this year? Here is an idea of what is in store for 2018. Bold colours – that’s right we’re set to be bolder this year with strong colours both on walls and furniture. Striking green, strong navy and moody violet will be just some of the colours you’ll see this year, gone is the neutral grey and safe beige making way for the rich shades that make up a Spring/Summer palette. Dark Woods – moving away from the pale beech ...
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  • 19th December 2017
    Twelve Stains of Christmas
    The holidays can bring joyous moments. Those fireplace gatherings also can leave soot behind, decorated trees produce sticky sap, and those bûches de Noël can leave chocolate stains on the tablecloth. But don’t let these things get you down. Here’s how to beat the 12 stains of Christmas.   Christmas tree sap. To remove tree sap from a rug, carpet or fabric, place some dishwashing detergent on your fingertip and rub it into the sap. Continue rubbing until the sap starts to break down. Wipe the area with a wet cloth until all the sap is removed. Then, rinse the entire area ...
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  • With all that Turkey left over what better way to make use of all that extra food than to have friends over for a party. But before you start sending out the invitations here are some tips on how to make your festive house party special: Finger Foods Galore To encourage mingling, skip a sit-down dinner and offer plenty of finger foods. Label each food so guests with dietary restrictions know what they can safely eat. If you’re going all-out then you might want to match your food to the festive theme. Or maybe you just want to have an ...
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  • The bow, the finely creased edges, the deftly wrapped box — a beautifully wrapped present can indicate that someone really took the time to find the perfect gift. Meanwhile, your present to them looks like a toddler got tangled up in wrapping paper and then took a nap. Well, don’t turn to the old gift bag and tissue paper cop-out just yet. Our wrapping tips and tricks will make you into a wrapping genius. Get The Right Tools For The Job Scissors and tape are fine, but if you’re serious about becoming a better gift wrapper, then buy the right ...
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  • You’ve sold your existing property, you’ve got your mortgage sorted out and you’re about to pick up the keys to your new home – you can imagine the added pressure of moving home at Christmas between shopping for presents and organising Christmas day dinner. However, with careful planning, it doesn’t have to be that stressful. We all dream of a white Christmas, playing in the snow with the family and building a snowman, but snow on the day you’re moving can be a hinderance, so make sure you have plenty salt to put on your path, driveway and even the ...
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  • 21st November 2017
    Living in Laurieston
    More and more people like to separate their home life from their work life, which is why living and working in the same town doesn’t have the same appeal that it used to have. With better road links, more advanced public transport and even the ability to work from home with today’s technology, it’s not surprising that people want to move out of the city where they work to enjoy a more relaxed way of life. The good news is you don’t have to move out to the wild countryside, at Laurieston you can experience the best of both worlds. ...
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  • As we enter November the weather has a definite chill to it, so how do we stay warm without burning the bank balance? With the increase in interest rates and energy companies continually putting up prices, it’s a good idea to adopt some simple tricks to keep your home warm without costing a fortune. Here are some winter warmer tips: One of the key places most houses lose heat are the windows, even with double glazing the best way to ensure you keep in the heat is by hanging warm, thick and thermal lined curtains. If you don’t want to ...
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  • 27th October 2017
    The witching hour is here
    It’s that time of year again when the ghosts and goolies are trick or treating at your door, but are you suitably prepared, are your spooky decorations set to greet or scare them as they wind their way up your path? If you haven’t decided yet about your Halloween decorations, we’ve got some inspirational DIY ideas for you. You can make these decorations yourself or maybe ask for some help from Mum or Dad. Whether it’s indoor or outdoor decorations make your Halloween special. From pumpkins, ghosts and spiders to bats and skeletons create that horrible holiday atmosphere ...
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  • Over the last 5 years’ the number of first-time buyers has grown to 36% of all housing sales, but what triggers a first-time buyer to make that move onto the property ladder. The main trigger is to own your own space, make your mark and not waste money renting with nothing at the end of it. The other main triggers are getting married and having children. Most first-time buyers believe they will purchase a 2- 3 bed semi-detached home with a garden in the region of £167k, they will generally search within a 10 mile radius of their family and ...
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  • Your utility room doesn’t have to be a place where you just leave muddy boots or clean the dogs’ paws, even the tiniest space can be turned into a practical and functioning area. It may be one of the smallest rooms in the house but you can pack a lot of storage and work surface solutions into small areas. Out of sight design Laundry is inevitable but it doesn’t have to take over the house, even your utility room can look clean and spacious with clever design. Have your washer and dryer integrated and concealed with a door, build a ...
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  • If you’re looking for a good buy and hoping to move in for Christmas then maybe you should check out our incredible offer at Calder Grove, Caldercruix. This stunning 4 bed detached family home sits on a generous corner plot with lots of garden space and comes with an integral garage. The interior consists of generous living space and has French doors leading from the dining room to the rear garden. As well as this plot having been discounted it also has Shared Equity which means you could own this family villa for as little as £116.60 per week, that’s ...
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  • Moving home is one of the most stressful things we can do, that’s why it’s always best to make a checklist of everything you need to remember. Here’s our quick list of helpful advice: Find out who the local removal companies are and get a few quotes. If possible ask your friends and family who they used and gather recommendations.   Start collecting boxes and packing materials, hold onto newspapers and any boxes you receive or ask your removal company if they have any packing crates or wardrobe boxes that they can deliver to you a few weeks prior to ...
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  • When your children have flown the nest and there’s just the two of you rattling around in that big empty house, that’s the time we start to think about downsizing. However, the fear in our mind is that downsizing can create an abundance of worries and problems which often stops us making what could be one of our better decisions. The main worries we have are not having enough room for family and friends to come and stay or having no space to keep all those memorable items we’ve gathered over the years. Downsizing doesn’t have to be a fear ...
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  • If you’re looking for an apartment in Central Scotland then you’ll be hard pushed to find anything better positioned than these stunning new 2 bed contemporary apartments at Helix Rise, Laurieston. We’ve now released the second Phase at this development with prices starting from only £119,950 which could equate to less than most rented properties of the same size in the area, making this an ideal opportunity to step onto the property ladder. This historic village is just 1.5 miles from Falkirk town centre and is surrounded by some astounding attractions including the world’s largest equine sculptures, the Kelpies, two ...
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  • It’s still Summer and the sun is still shining, so here are some top tips on how to enjoy the rest of Summer, treat yourself and have some fun in the process while staying fit.   A morning workout Set your alarm and do that workout first thing in the morning, let’s face it as the day goes on you are less likely to do it, so kick start your metabolism and get those endorphins moving to have an awesome day ahead. Packed lunch Whether you’re going out or staying in getting, into the habit of preparing lunch early will ...
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  • Are you concerned about the environment? Do you want to save money on your electricity bills? Almost every day we hear or read articles on the environment and the importance of energy efficiency, making the air cleaner, reducing pollution etc. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in making the country a better place to live in and if it’s saving on my energy bills, then count me in. However, when Ogilvie Homes decided to put solar panels on all their properties at their new development in Alva, I started to consider why we should use solar power. The obvious reason for ...
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  • This weekend we have just launched our latest new homes development in Alva, Clackmannanshire. A beautiful collection of 2 & 3 bed semi-detached and 3 & 4 bed detached family villas surrounded by open space and greenery and situated at the foot of the fabulous Ochil Hills, perfect for family living. Alva, known as one of the Hillfoot Villages, was once the centre of textile manufacturing and changed weaving from a cottage into an industrial business. The Mill Trail Centre which is next to one of the two main public parks, Cochrane Park, is housed in the old Glentana Mill ...
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  • When buying a new home, a woman’s approach is often different from a man’s, they have a more emotional view, where most men deal in the facts. Although I hate to use this old stereotypical statement, it’s true, however, it turns out that the emotional view often leads to a better buying decision. Women look at the interior, how the master bedroom feels, what the view from the window looks like, how close the nearest schools are, what the traffics like, how cosy the house feels, they even envisage the décor for each room, whereas for men, size matters, big ...
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  • Having friends round for drinks in the garden doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down, in fact with these warm Summer nights you can party on in the moonlight. With a little creative input and some planning, you can turn your garden into a magical place for friend and family to hang out. As night falls the strong vivid colours of the flowers can be a little lost, so focusing on the senses rather than the sight becomes more appealing, plant wonderful smelling bushes and flowers or even herbs and fruits that you can touch and taste. ...
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  • Having friends round for drinks in the garden doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down, in fact with these warm Summer nights you can party on in the moonlight. With a little creative input and some planning, you can turn your garden into a magical place for friend and family to hang out. As night falls the strong vivid colours of the flowers can be a little lost, so focusing on the senses rather than the sight becomes more appealing, plant wonderful smelling bushes and flowers or even herbs and fruits that you can touch and taste. ...
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  • If you’re thinking feature walls you’re probably thinking 1990’s, but whilst home makeover programmes on TV brought this new decorative trend to the fore, it has been seen less and less until recently. This time, however, it’s more about using colour and texture on walls as opposed to fancy wallpaper. Let’s look at some ideas to bring a new modern twist to the featured wall. Whilst a dark bedroom can be cosy, a bright white maintains a crisp spacious feel to the room especially if you compliment it with a charcoal grey featured wall to add both warmth and atmosphere. ...
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  • Hot Summer days, warm Summer nights and easy outdoor living is what we all look forward to in June and July, but it’s also important to have some relaxing space indoors to chill and regroup. Here are some ideas to create an indoor style whilst giving it an outdoor feel: Summer is the perfect time to let go of the clutter, create more space and bring Summer colours into the room with pastels and florals. If you think about lying on the beach and reading a book then why not create that same atmosphere inside by putting away all ...
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  • There are many additional expenses incurred when moving home and whilst we cannot control some of these, there are some expenses we can cost save on. > Before moving into your new home is the perfect time to declutter, especially if you are downsizing. By getting rid of all the things you don’t need or use anymore you’ll have less to pack, saving you time and with less boxes you may also save money on removal companies. You could also make some money by selling your items online or at a car boot sale. > When deciding on your moving ...
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  • Feeling hot, hot, hot? Then it’s likely your pets are too! Sweltering Summer days are on the horizon with some of the highest temperatures so far, this week 29C! Read our tips on how to keep your furry buddies from overheating before you head to the pool to cool down on tropical Summer days yourselves!Water First and foremost, keep your pet hydrated. This is obvious, but pets go through water quickly in the summer, so keep an eye on the water bowl at all times and refill as necessary. On particularly hot days, try adding some ice cubes to the ...
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  • 19th May 2017
    Last is often best
    Sometimes people are concerned as to why the last property on a new development hasn’t been sold yet, but often this can turn out to be the best option to buy. Think about it – the development is finished, so no construction noise or heavy vehicles trundling past your front door, no dust and muck from the roads and no viewers peeking into your garden to see what you’ve done with your new home. Also, often the last property has some added extras included in the price. This is certainly the case on plot 42, the last remaining 3 bed ...
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  • It’s interesting to see the evolution of the Scottish housing market over the years and how the concept of the family home has changed, although still reflecting the basic function of a home in providing shelter and privacy to all who live there. You could easily fill a novel describing the history of the family home over the decades, but as I don’t plan to write a novel, let’s look at a shortened summary of how things have changed over the last century. From the 1930’s through to the 1990’s the standard theme of design was to have separate rooms ...
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  • Most of us only think about the rubbish when we’re trying to remember which bins go out on which day, however with bins for paper and bins for glass, bins for food and bins for general waste, it’s getting harder to find a space in the garden to hide these unsightly containers. We thought we’d share some smart and stylish ways you could store your bins:- If space is limited why not combine a wooden shelter, screening the bins from the road whilst doubling as a stylish contemporary fence/wall. Why not create a wildlife haven by building a wooden structure ...
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  • Look outside. The snow is melting, the flowers are blooming, and the birds are singing. Spring time is here, and we all know what that means: spring cleaning. Yes, it’s that time again time to roll up your sleeves and spring clean your house, ready for the warmer months! There’s nothing better than throwing open your windows and doors after a cold winter, donning your rubber gloves and giving your house a much-needed once over. Here are some spring cleaning tips for making your own non-toxic homemade cleaners, useful repurposing ideas and just general clever cleaning ideas to make cleaning ...
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  • With Easter weekend upon us, here are ten interesting facts you may or may not know about Easter:   The average household spend on Easter treats for family and friends is £75 In the UK every child receives on average 8.8 Easter eggs per year – based on the recommended calorie count for one week, that almost doubles it. The first chocolate egg produced in the UK was created by Fry’s of Bristol in 1873. Florida produced the largest Easter egg hunt with 9,753 children searching for 501,000 eggs – I estimate that at 52 eggs each, now that is ...
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  • In September 2015, the Scottish Government launched a new Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme preceding the previous one. This would allocate funding to the new build property market over a three-year period. The original plan was to reduce the threshold you would receive help with each year from £230,00 down to £175,00. The scheme offers house buyers the opportunity to buy an affordable new home from builders participating in the scheme. Part of the budget was allocated to a ‘Small Developers’ Group’, of which Ogilvie Homes is part of, meaning everyone would have the opportunity to get a foot on ...
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  • Are you desperate to move house but worried you can’t sell your existing home?  Worry no more! There is a way to take all that stress away – Part Exchanging your home for a new Ogilvie Homes property can eliminate all that hassle, meaning all you need to do is concentrate on moving. Are you eligible for the Ogilvie Homes Part Exchange incentive? To take advantage of this incentive the current value of your existing home cannot exceed 70% of the value of your new Ogilvie Home. Your property must be in good condition, any alterations or extensions you ...
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  • Thank you to everyone who participated in our #AllAboutTheHome Spring Giveaway Huge congratulations to the 14 winners of our Handy Harry’s #AllAboutTheHome Spring Giveaway! In true Ogilvie style, we brought you another FANTASTIC giveaway this Spring! Within minutes of launching our highly anticipated annual Spring Giveaway, we’d already received a handful of entries! To recap, we encouraged our audience to name various household items, taken from our ShowHome images, uploaded on to our Facebook app and giveaway webpage for a chance to WIN a £25 B&Q E-Voucher.  To recap, here’s a list of our 14 WINNERS: 1.Tracey Bright 2.Samantha ...
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  • In true Ogilvie style, we brought you another FANTASTIC giveaway this Spring! Huge congratulations to the 14 winners of our Handy Harry’s #AllAboutTheHome Spring giveaway and thank you to everyone who participated! Within minutes of launching our highly anticipated annual Spring giveaway we’d already received a handful of entries! To recap, we encouraged our audience to name various househ old items, taken from our ShowHome images, uploaded on to our Facebook app and giveaway webpage for a chance to WIN a £25 B&Q E-Voucher.  To recap, here’s a list of our 14 WINNERS: 1.Tracey Bright 2.Samantha Buntain ...
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  • With Mother’s day coming up it’s time to start thinking about gifts, but what can you buy that’s different to the usual chocolates and flowers? Well, here are some unusual gift ideas to light up your mum’s face on her special day. With the recent resurgence of the new adult versions of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books, ‘Five forget Mother’s Day’ offers a great read.   Or why not surprise Mum with her own personal spoon when she comes to dinner on Mother’s Day. She may have always been a lady to you, but why not give her ...
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  • Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Spring Budget and revealed plans for next year and beyond. But what does all this mean to you, how will it affect us all? Has he kept his promise of making the economy stronger and fairer, make it work for everyone? Whilst your initial question might be “Am I going to be worse off’  you might be surprised that there is actually some good news in this Spring Budget which will save you money. One of the positive points is that the amount of money you earn without paying tax is going up to ...
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  • With over a third of new homes outside of London being bought with the assistance of the government Help to Buy scheme, it goes to show the importance for young couples and families to be given help to step onto the property ladder. That’s why the continuation of the Governments Help to Buy scheme is essential, not just to aid buyers but to allow builders to continue to provide quality homes for everyone. Currently, the scheme is available on new build properties from participating home builders up to the value of £230,000, but after the 31st March 2017 to 31st ...
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  • Caldercruix, the home of our Calder Grove development, is becoming a sought after area of North Lanarkshire to bring up a family and enjoy the community spirit. There’s a choice of highly rated primary schools. With a local Golf Course and Country Park in the neighbouring village of Plains. Also in Caldercruix you will find a new rail link which gives you access east to Edinburgh and west to Glasgow both within 30 minutes. The nearest town is Airdrie with its shops, bars, restaurants and excellent leisure facilities a short drive away.  Let’s take a further look into what makes ...
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  • With house prices rising, deposits greater and salaries staying the same, it’s hardly surprising that the Bank of Mum & Dad is Britain’s best loved financial institution. For the first time in generations home ownership is at its lowest ever, therefore aspiring homeowners find it impossible to buy without help from family. On average families contributed 37% towards the home of their loved ones, some releasing the equity in their own home to foot the bill and taking advantage of lifetime mortgages as the ideal solution. As an interest-free loan, some parents are protecting their investment by suggesting that young ...
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  • 15th February 2017
    Kitchen trends for 2017
    As the kitchen tends to be the place we accumulate the most I thought it might be interesting to look at the new trends for 2017. Recently kitchens have taken to being clean and almost clinical, however, trends are changing and this year we expect to see more colour included particularly on lower cabinets and islands such as navy, deep charcoal taupe and black, with upper remaining light colours to compliment. You’ll also see tones of ruby reds, emeralds, turquoises, sapphires and golds appear on backsplashes, fabrics and hardware as homeowners look to personalise their kitchen space. Kitchen surfaces will ...
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  • With so many magnificent apartments and stunning houses to choose from, it’s difficult to know which option is best when buying, so we’ve put together some pros and cons for both to help you decide. There are many different things to consider when deciding on whether you should buy an apartment or a house. Are you single or married? Do you have children? Are your children young or teenagers? Are you retired? Are you looking at buying in the city? Is your partner away a lot leaving you on your own? Still not sure which is best? Let’s look at ...
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  • Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race! Aboon them a’ yet tak your place, Painch, tripe, or thairm: Weel are ye wordy o’a grace As lang’s me arm. It’s a Scottish tradition on 25th January to celebrate the great Scottish poet Robert Burns, so in honour of all things Scottish I thought it would be fun to look at how you could ‘Scottify’ your new home with some classic tartan décor. Over the years Scotland’s traditional dress has migrated from clothing to stylish décor for the home. With the first tartan dating, back to the 3rd ...
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  • With the dark nights and the winter chills there’s nothing better at this time of year than curling up on the sofa and watching a good movie, however, gone are the days of simple televisions and a decent sound system, with changing technology television screens go larger, sound systems become clearer and movie channel options provide greater choice every day. The traditional family lounge is dominated by large screen TV’s that become the focal point of the room when previously it was the homely fire we all sat round and even managed a family conversation. Why not reclaim the ...
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  • Planning your Christmas menu? What are you going to make first? Let it be cookies, cakes, pies, warm stews, hearty meals, and plenty of snacks and dips too, tis the season to go all out with your Christmas spread. After all, it’s the most magical time of the year! Whether you’re vegan or you know someone who is—or you just want to “test out the waters” – we thought we’d share our favourite vegan recipes this Christmas from one of the nation’s favourite celebrity chefs that are irresistible and meat-free for you to enjoy your festive family and friends get-together ...
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  • For our annual Christmas Charity campaign, we have chosen to raise funds for Canine Partners, a registered charity that assists people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and quality of life through the provision of specially trained dogs, whose well-being is a key consideration. We have set up a unique online advent calendar on our website and will donate 50 pence for every ‘Like, Share and #PetsThatSparkle Comment’ on any of our fun, festive social media campaign posts across Facebook and Twitter. Another 50 pence will be donated for each festive pooch entry uploaded. The decision to donate to ...
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  • With December, underway and the most wonderful time of the year upon us, what better way to enjoy the festivities than to take advantage of the range of Christmas markets, open air ice rinks and magical special events for all ages happening right this very second surrounding our developments across the Central Belt of Scotland. Our luxury 1 & 2 bed apartments within our Helix Rise & The High School development are located in the heart of Stirling. In Edinburgh, our new home-buyers within our Dovecote Steadings development in East Lothian, and house hunters, can enjoy all the festivities mentioned ...
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  • Pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ or ‘hue-gah’’, this word is becoming increasingly recognisable which was originally a Norwegian term for wellbeing. The idea behind Hygge really comes alive in the harsh & bracing cold season Scandinavia is renowned for. These bleak winters demonstrate the power of Hygge even further, as even in the depths of the country’s coldest months when there is very little daylight, Denmark’s inhabitants remain the world’s happiest people! For us, Hygge is all about self care combined with connection with other people & creating an environment that feels cosy & safe. If you find the autumn & winter seasons ...
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  • The bow, the finely creased edges, the skillfully wrapped box — a beautifully wrapped present can indicate that someone really took the time to find the perfect gift.    Meanwhile, your present to them looks like a toddler got tangled up in wrapping paper and then took a nap. Well, don’t turn to the old gift bag and tissue paper cop-out just yet. Our wrapping tips and tricks will make you into a wrapping genius. Get The Right Tools For The Job Scissors and tape are fine, but if you’re serious about becoming a better gift wrapper, then buy the ...
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  • Whether you are after exciting street food or a five-star restaurant experience, there are some incredible dining experiences in Stirling and at great prices! Homebuyers who massive foodies (like us!) are in for a scrumptious treat street since our fabulous High School and Helix Rise developments located in the heart of Stirling City Centre are just a short walking distance and drive from the highly-recommended restaurants listed below: Maharaja If you are looking for something spicy, check out the Indian restaurant Maharaja. Fresh ingredients and spices are used to recreate some of the finest dishes from India; you can choose from ...
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  • As the Christmas countdown looms, many house hunters may be tempted to put a halt to their moving plans and send dreams of a new home into hibernation until the New Year. However, we are offering homebuyers the chance to sell-up, settle in and hang their stocking, all in time for the festivities! With a wide range of brand new homes available for this December, the option of our fantastic Part Exchange plan makes moving home easier than the usual way in which home movers put their house on the market. Don’t forget, we’re still offering Help to Buy across ...
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  • A #SPOOK-TAKULOUS #OGIL-WEEN giveaway campaign it was indeed! In true Ogilvie style, safe to say we took our loyal and FANG-TASTIC fans on a 2-week ghoulish ride to be in for a chance of winning a BOOTI-FUL #trickortreat surprise! Thank you all for your support and participation throughout our Autumn campaign. This was our very first Halloween themed giveaway for our Autumn campaign and we were very excited to launch it. The campaign ran for 2 weeks from October 10th – 23rd October and each week, 3 runners-up and a main prize winner were chosen to WIN an #OGIL-WEEN ...
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  • As many homeowners and house hunters know, with the Government-backed Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme you may only require a minimum deposit of 5% to buy your dream ‘Ogilvie’ starter home or a family sized villa. You can apply for an equity loan from the Scottish Government of up to 15% of the value of the property, which means you would only need a mortgage of 80%. The scheme is perfect for first-time buyers hoping to buy their first home. But hurry – the maximum price for homes included within the scheme will reduce each year as follows: Timescale Maximum ...
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  • Autumn is the best time of the year to incorporate earth tone colours into your home decorations. The return of cooler temperatures, autumnal colours, and nature changing before our eyes are all the evidence that autumn is officially here! There are so many ways to decorate your home in a tasteful and festive way for fall. Pumpkins, gourds, fall foliage, and pinecones are a handful of popular themes that can serve as inspiration. Bring the warm colours of autumn into your home with these 5 beautiful and simple decorating projects: Simple 10-minute Rustic Mantel Simple and rustic, this quick-to-make arrangement ...
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  • 20th October 2016
    Top 5 Home Security Tips
    How safe is your home now the dark months are here? To mark #NationalHomeSecurityMonth, which runs throughout October, here are our top 5 tips to boost your home security: Be careful with social media It may sound overly cautious, but remember if you’re away from home a couple of days or going on holiday, by checking in at the airport on Facebook and posting holiday snaps on Instagram, you’re advertising the fact that you are not home. Your activity online can reveal more about where you are and what you are doing than you may realise. Did you know that when ...
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  • For those nearing retirement, it’s common to consider downsizing as a way to free up some extra cash and move to a more manageable-sized home. Downsizing is reportedly the main motivation for people selling homes in 9 out of 10 regions in the UK. But even though most people downsize to make life easier, the moving process can still be time-consuming and stressful particularly if you’re over 50. Whittling down a lifetime’s worth of belongings for a move into a smaller home can be a difficult and emotional task. So how can you decide what to keep and what to ...
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  • 30th September 2016
    Top Smart Home Gadgets
    Looking to make your home just a little smarter? While still in its infancy, the number of smart home products—devices that let you control your lighting, thermostat, or even your crock pot from your smartphone—is rapidly growing. Whether you want to tech up your home with a smart thermostat, coffee machine security camera or something else entirely, we’ve got the best gadgets for you here: Wake up and smell the coffee iKettle: £77.90, Amazon Hanging around the kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil is a thing of the past. Whether you’re super efficient or ultra lazy the iKettle ...
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  • As the autumn leaves begin to fall, many of us want our energy bills to fall as well. But often, this is not the case. As the weather grows colder and winter settles in, how can you keep your energy and heating costs down? Fortunately, there are certain things you can do to help you save on energy during the autumn season: Practical tips Set your heater so that it warms the room, without overheating it; every 1°C higher may lead to an increase in energy usage by 10% or more Replace light bulbs. Switching to CFLs or LED bulbs ...
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  • 19th September 2016
    A Life Hack For Sleep
    In case you haven’t heard, sleep is absolutely crucial to your health! Nothing is more satisfying than a good night’s sleep. You wake up feeling fantastic, working better and moving better but getting a good and full night’s sleep is a tricky task for many people. According to a report released earlier this year (Jan 2016), almost half of British women (46%) and 36% of men say they have trouble sleeping. Our fast-paced, 24/7, technology-driven lives certainly don’t help when it comes to switching off. Late-night work emails, Netflix drama binges, disruptive blue-screen light, all conspire to make us feel ...
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  • 12th September 2016
    Autumn-Inspired Fireplaces
    Whether you prefer autumn colours gracing your interiors or you prefer an unconventional colour palette with autumn highlights, your fireplace is the perfect place to convey your style. Here are some decorative ways to highlight your autumn fireplace, and set the tone for the seasons to come. Whether you are utilising your fireplace now, or if you are waiting until the first cold snap, feast your eyes on these inspirational fireplace ideas: • Candles, candles, candles A blazing fire adds the best cosy feeling to a living room in the wintertime. But since we’re in fall, a time that is ...
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  • #OgilvieAdventure it was indeed! In true Ogilvie style, safe to say we took each other on a WHIRLWIND SIX-WEEK SUMMER ADVENTURE! Thank you all for your support throughout our Summer #OgilvieAdventure competition. Within minutes of launching our highly anticipated annual Summer competition we’d already received a handful of entries! You all showed immense enthusiasm submitting your FABULOUS entries of your very own family adventures! Thank you, once again! To recap, here’s a list of our 6 weekly PRIZES and WINNERS: Week 1: Lynsey Buchanan won a Family ticket for 4 to BLAIR DRUMMOND Safari Park Week 2: Lorna Lyons won£60 ...
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  • Having just finished our 7 week Ogilvie Adventure competition on our Facebook page, we thought we’d keep the theme and give you some tips on how to make moving home an adventure. It’s easy to think of moving as a horrible upheaval, but why not turn it into an exciting adventure especially for the kids where parents can make it a positive experience. We all know that moving home carries a certain amount of anxiety for you and your children, but don’t deny how you feel, explaining your feelings will not only help them to understand but encourage them to ...
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  • We all got that little space in our home that we don’t utilize, so how can we turn it into something functional. Well here are some cool ideas that are both practical and stylish. > With as little as 30 by 30 inches of floor space you can stack a compact washer and dryer to transform that space into a laundry room, you could even put them in the bathroom and with tiled floors it’s perfect for dealing with any accidental spillages. > With more and more of us working from home, trying to find a quiet corner can be ...
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  • Not so long ago it was quite the thing for grandparents to sell the family home and head off to a picturesque cottage in the country or  trip to places far and wide, but nowadays you’ll find more and more grandparents collecting the grandchildren from school or looking after them a couple of days a week to help their working parents. With the ever rising cost of childcare, there is an increase in those grandparents now retired deciding to relocate closer to their children and play a larger role in family support. The cost of sending a child under two ...
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  • Stirling may be famous for its castle, monument and historical battles, but over the years this prime location in the heart of Scotland has evolved into a contemporary cultural hub providing a beautiful backdrop with a modern outlook. Thanks to an impressive contrast of ancient historical sites, a vibrant cosmopolitan city centre and wealth of stunning rural areas, Stirling is a ‘must see’ location. With this geographical advantage, low crime rate, excellent health care facilities and quality schools, Stirling provides an exceptional quality of life for those residing and looking to step onto the property ladder in the area. The ...
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  • Congratulations, you’ve finally secured your dream ‘Ogilvie Home’ and can finally move in. So what’s next? Hosting a housewarming party of course! You’re finally ready to invite friends and neighbours into your new house, but before you send out invitations, follow our tips on how to make your party special: Have a Guestbook Before your guests arrive, set up a fun and brightly coloured guest book and place it by the front door. Ask your guests to sign it and add their contact information as well as any great tips for your new neighbourhood, your new building, or if you’re ...
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  • Feeling hot, hot, hot? Then it’s likely your pets are too! Sweltering Summer days are on the horizon with the highest ever temperature to grace the UK last week at 38.5C! Read our tips on how to keep your furry buddies from overheating before you head to the pool to cool down on tropical blast Summer days yourselves! Water First and foremost, keep your pet hydrated. This is pretty obvious, but pets go through water quickly in the summer, so keep an eye on the water bowl at all times and refill as necessary. On particularly hot days, try adding ...
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  • Feeling like you need a new adventure? Lucky for you, our highly anticipated Summer Facebook #OgilvieAdventure campaign is back, BIGGER and BETTER than ever, where so far we’ve announced our winner of Week 1, winning a fabulous family ticket of 2 Adults & 2 Children to a roaring fun filled day out at Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park! Within the first week of launching our Summer #OgilvieAdventure campaign, we’ve received a fantastic response and you’ve uploaded some great photographs showing us your own family adventures. With the first prize already claimed, we still have 5 more great family adventures ...
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  • It’s the summer time and that means WEDDINGS! With wedding season in full swing, many newlyweds may consider buying their first home together (unless you have already purchased a property together!). Buying a property together as newlyweds could be your largest expense which shouldn’t be taken lightly. That’s why it’s important to research and make all the right moves when preparing for, searching for and ultimately buying a home. Consider the following tips to help you manage your money like a pro team: Assess Your Financial Situation It is wise to first look into your financial situation. Do you have ...
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  • Did you know that cooking with your kids boosts their development? Kitchen play can be fun and empowering for kids and you don’t have to wait until they’re old enough to be on MasterChef Junior to get them cooking! Stir the pancake mix, measure one cup of water, roll out the dough…all of these cooking tasks help kids develop necessary academic and cognitive skills. Without knowing, you are preparing them for success in school and in life each time you let your child help you prepare a meal. Read on to discover how kitchen play helps kids learn lessons applicable ...
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  • Voters have voted in favour of Brexit meaning that in the coming months, British and European leaders will begin negotiating the terms of Britain’s departure which affects the British economy, immigration policy, and lots more. It will take years for the full Brexit consequences to become clear. But here are some our initial thoughts and the most important changes we can expect in the coming months: The Homeowner The consensus among British property analysts appears to be that the Brexit will lead to either a slowdown in property price growth, or an outright fall in prices. Prior to the results, British ...
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  • This weekend, 18-19th June, the Scottish P1 Marine Motorsport heads to Greenock, Scotland, yes the world’s largest marine motorsport event will take place on the waterfront alongside our new luxury development of 2 & 3 bed apartments at Eldon Street, Greenock. With an estimated crowd of over 30,000 people due to embark on the esplanade for two days of family fun and an exciting battle of fast and furious powerboat racing and jet ski displays, as well as live commentary, TV coverage and a champagne podium, Greenock, Scotland is the place to be. If you would enjoy waking up to ...
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  • Sizzling Barbeque Toppings on the Grill Ah, summer! There’s nothing us Brits love more than a good old-fashioned Barbeque. Whatever the weather, nothing beats gatherings of friends and family enjoying sizzling tasty treats. Dust off the old grill and put those good spatula-wielding folks (let’s call ’em what they are: dads) in good use. Branch out this summer and try something different to your main Barbeque staples by experimenting with a bunch of creative toppings! Add a global spin on your perfectly grilled hot dogs: Hummus toppings makes a tasty Mediterranean style dog or salsa or guacamole with a hint ...
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  • With Father’s Day fast approaching (June 19th to be exact), wouldn’t it be nice to do some pre-planning and get him a present he’ll actually like? Whether dad is a full-blown foodie or style-conscious, our ideas will save you time in buying yet another pair of socks and monogrammed mug! For the Fitness Fanatic Dad Fitbit Black ‘Charge’ wireless activity and sleep tracker wristband, £90, Debenhams Has dad been dropping hints this year that he wants to get into shape? Splurge out on the ultimate fitness accessory of 2016. Each model is equipped with the latest technology, ensuring dad stays ...
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  • If you haven’t sold a house in the past decade, brace yourself. Today’s buyers are demanding and want to view houses on their own schedule. The list below should give you some actionable steps that you can take TODAY to help you sell your home and set you apart from the crowd: Go Green: Buyers will never even see your home’s interior if the exterior scares them off. #FunFact, curb appeal increases sales prices by up to 17%! You want your house to say “welcome” to prospective buyers, not, as Oz said in the “Wizard of Oz,” “Go away!”. Be ...
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  • Many people still believe that renting is more economical than buying and many first-time buyers are worried about finding the deposit, but with rental costs going up is it really cost effective to rent. A recent survey based on a cost of living study shows that mortgage payments are cheaper than rents in 48% of Britain’s towns and cities with savings as much as £600 per month. The divide between the North and South means that buying in places such as Glasgow and Birmingham works out much cheaper than renting, however in the far south of Britain, renting still has ...
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  • What is Stamp Duty? Stamp duty land tax (or Land and Buildings Transaction Tax in Scotland) is a lump-sum tax that anyone buying a property or land costing more than a set amount has to pay. The rate you’ll pay the tax at varies based on the price and type of the property. This government charged tax is based on the sale of property, but only the buyer will pay stamp duty, not the seller. The tax is designed to cover the cost of the legal documents for the transaction, with the main document being the ownership title of the property and ...
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  • Whether you are buying or selling it’s important to be aware of some of the negative factors that can have an impact on the value of your property. From the local pub to the toys on the floor of your children’s bedroom, these are just a couple of issues that can have a shocking effect on the buying or selling price of your home. Having a rowdy local pub with party dwellers spilling out onto the street at night can definitely have a negative impact on your house price, however, on the other hand if your ‘local’ is an upmarket ...
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  • The world is changing, we’re all more conscious of protecting our environment and making it a cleaner and safer place for our children and our children’s children, so if you are not already in this group then now is the time to get on board. Whether you’ve just moved into your new home or are about to move, now is the time to go green and become more sustainable. As a leading home builder across Scotland, we believe in sustainability and encourage all our home owners to become more environmentally friendly. Here are a few ideas on how to go ...
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