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Fletcher outlines plans to make thousands of new homes

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fletcher Building's house construction business will develop a new Auckland house-panel factory to make thousands of new residences, some for the Government's KiwiBuild.Ross Taylor, chief executive, said in Sydney this morning that...

Costa Navarino reveals new luxury eco-homes for sale in Greece with average sold prices at £5million

Thursday, June 21, 2018

There are 50 plots of land for new homes at the development, which also includes established five-star hotels and one of Europe's best golf courses.

Why did GWR slam the brakes on my bike booking?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

I reserved space for two cycles on a train, but was only sent one ticket

I made a telephone booking with GWR for two return train tickets, including reservations for two cycles, from London Paddington to Plymouth. My tickets arrived, but the reservation confirmation for the second bike was missing.

I rang GWR seven times and wrote once asking for the missing ticket. On each occasion it refused, claiming first that it was not possible to make an advance reservation for a bike (not true), then that it was not necessary (not true on a high-speed train) and “that they do not send bike tickets by post” (not true).

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UK gardeners urged to build ponds as sightings of frogs and toads dry up

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sightings of toads have fallen by nearly a third and frogs by 17% since 2014, RSPB survey finds

People with gardens are being urged to create simple ponds or areas of long grass because sightings of frogs and toads in gardens are drying up.

Reports of toads in gardens have fallen by nearly a third since 2014, while sightings of frogs have dropped by 17% over the same period, according to the Big Garden Birdwatch, the RSPB’s wildlife survey.

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Inside Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's luxury new $16M home

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Earlier this week, she revealed that she'd just moved in with her fiancé Pete Davidson, before they were seen furniture shopping together in New York City.

Can I remove asbestos myself?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Asbestos is difficult to remove safely without the knowledge and experience to do so. So is it possible to remove yourself?

How Can I Dispose of Asbestos Safely?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Asbestos requires specific and safe disposal to prevent fibres being released into the air. We discuss all the rules and regulations around safe asbestos disposal.

Diana Clement: Visitors look for extra details

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Letting property to holiday makers and short-term guests is becoming increasingly popular. But there is much more to the business than the property itself. Success on the short-term holiday market comes down to the host or hosting...

Catherine Smith: Perfection is an asset

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

It's hard to imagine Chamon and Grayson Ford sitting still. The energetic couple bought their Northcote Point house in January 2015 with toddlers Declan and Elliot in tow, but somehow managed to transform the house and garden in...

Sally Beamish obituary

Thursday, June 21, 2018

My colleague Sally Beamish, who has died of a brain tumour aged 54, was head gardener and estate manager of Brantwood, John Ruskin’s former home in the Lake District. Sally was a visionary gardener who recognised and restored the hidden treasure that is Brantwood’s gardens and estate, revealing the extent of Ruskin’s contribution to the practice and understanding of people’s relationship to nature.

Sally joined Brantwood at the age of 24 and made it her life’s work. She found an overgrown estate of 250 acres ripe for rescue, and could see that beneath its surface were clues to a former existence that was as important to Ruskin as his writing and painting.

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Berkeley hits peak profits as it warns of London housing slump

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Luxury housebuilder reports annual profits of nearly £1bn but Brexit jitters remain

The London-focused housebuilder Berkeley Group has announced record annual profits of nearly £1bn, but warned profitswere likely to fall in the coming year by about a third as Brexit uncertainty weighs on the capital’s housing market.

The company, which builds luxury homes in London and the south-east, said a 15% jump in pre-tax profits to £934.9m in the year to 30 April could prove to be the peak as the market remained subdued.

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Berkeley hits peak profits as it warns of London housing slump

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Luxury housebuilder reports annual profits of nearly £1bn but Brexit jitters remain

The London-focused housebuilder Berkeley Group has announced record annual profits of nearly £1bn, but warned profitswere likely to fall in the coming year by about a third as Brexit uncertainty weighs on the capital’s housing market.

The company, which builds luxury homes in London and the south-east, said a 15% jump in pre-tax profits to £934.9m in the year to 30 April could prove to be the peak as the market remained subdued.

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Share white sage, lemon verbena, mint and more at this L.A. herb swap

Thursday, June 21, 2018

As wonderful as herbs can be, and they can be a sublime addition to culinary, spiritual and medicinal purposes, none can match the flavor and aroma of fresh herbs grown at home.

On June 30, Nicole Calhoun and horticulturist Loretta Allison will lead a community herb swap at Artemisia Nursery in...

7 Ways to Keep Your Bedroom Comfortably Cool This Summer

Thursday, June 21, 2018

When the summer heat really sets in, it’s tough to get a good night’s sleep. Here are a few tips to help you find some relief.

International Real Estate: House Hunting in … Hungary

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Budapest’s luxury housing has increased in quantity and quality in recent years, with new high-end properties that reflect a changing city.

International Real Estate: A Villa Designed for Entertaining

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The 4,090-square-foot house, which has a spacious lot with a terrace and a pool, is listed for about $2.9 million.

What You Get: $250,000 Homes in Vermont, Virginia and New York

Thursday, June 21, 2018

An 1850 Greek Revival in Danby, a Sears kit house near the Blue Ridge Mountains and an 1890 Victorian in Margaretville.

What You Get for $250,000

Thursday, June 21, 2018

An 1850 Greek Revival in Danby, Vt.; a Sears kit house in Glasgow, Va.; and an 1890 Victorian in Margaretville, N.Y.

Jazz musician David Benoit swings his ocean-view home onto the market

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Grammy-nominated jazz musician David Benoit has put a $2.998 million price tag on his contemporary home in Palos Verdes Estates, records show.

Set above the street, the tri-level abode offers ocean views from three balconies and a patio. Double glass doors enter into a voluminous step-down living...

Correct facts on tax & rental properties - NZPIF

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The NZ Property Investors Federation has produced research which shows that property investors pay their fair share of tax...

Eva Longoria shears the price of Hollywood Hills compound she bought from Tom Cruise

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Eva Longoria isn’t giving up in Hollywood Hills West quite yet.

She found no takers when she offered her promontory compound for $14 million in November, but the actress-director-producer has relisted the property for $11 million.

That asking price is $400,000 less than when she bought the home...

Last lots in Otaki commercial park

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The last remaining lots for sale or lease are now on offer in the Otaki Commercial Park on the Kāpiti Coast north of Wellington. The sale presents an opportunity to design and construct new premises in the purpose-built business...

Living In: Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Quiet and Neat as a Pin

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The central Bergen County borough is known for big houses, good schools and a rural atmosphere.

Living In ... Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The central Bergen County borough is known for big houses, good schools and a rural atmosphere.

Good Charlotte drummer Dean Butterworth finds a fan for his house

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dean Butterworth, the drummer for Good Charlotte since 2005, has a buyer on the hook for his Woodland Hills home, listed for sale at $949,900.

Classic charm is mixed with contemporary design in the 1991 multiple-story house. The 2,136 square feet of white and bright interiors include a wide double...

Note to news outlets: not every millennial wants to buy a house | James Ball

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

For many of us, giving up on home ownership represents freedom – we’d rather the focus shifted to improving renting

The media has decided to constantly bombard millennials with poor-quality and largely unwanted advice on buying property. We should eat fewer avocados, some warn. We should stop going out or paying for Netflix. According to one article last week, millennials are frivolously spending on cleaners rather than saving for a deposit.

Almost every bit of financial advice to millennials is framed in terms of a deposit – but for those living in London, this could be absolutely terrible advice. Quite a lot of millennials have given up on buying altogether, a decision that for many of us makes absolute sense.

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Overseas investment law change a potential $4b forestry earner boost: Jones

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

An overseas investment law overhaul could boost forestry businesses and add about $4 billion to annual export earnings, says Forestry Minister Shane Jones.The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill, which a select committee reported...

Buster Keaton’s former Italian Revival estate seeks a fresh face in Hancock Park

Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Hancock Park home once owned by silent film stars Buster Keaton and Natalie Talmadge is on the market for $7.399 million.

The two-story estate, built in 1923, opens through an arched doorway to a grand foyer. A period chandelier hangs above, and the staircase is sheathed in wrought iron.

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Why did Sky keep charging me when I changed provider?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

I moved phone and broadband to BT, but then I found out Sky had charged me £1,000

Back in 2013 I switched my phone and broadband from Sky to BT – although I carried on paying Sky for TV services. I realised yesterday that Sky has been billing me for my landline and broadband ever since.

I estimate the overcharge must be in excess of £1,000. BT says it simply switched me over.

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System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan snares a home in Glendale

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Musician John Dolmayan, best known as the drummer for the heavy metal outfit System of a Down, has snagged a 1920s home in Glendale for $2.15 million. That’s $50,000 less than the asking price, records show.

The property spans three-quarters of an acre and backs up to the Verdugo Mountains. In...