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PLANTING MASTERCLASS IN LONDON’S FAVOURITE VILLAGE

23/05/2018

A lack of garden doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the benefits of plants and flowers at home.

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HOW FIRST-TIME BUYER JAMIE MEAD BOUGHT AT GREENWICH MILLENNIUM VILLAGE WITH LONDON HELP TO BUY

29/01/2018

Greenwich was recently revealed to be one of the top ten most sought-after London boroughs by Zoopla, with the volume of enquiries 28% higher than the London average. Thanks to the launch of London Help to Buy, first-time buyer Jamie Mead (27) was able to purchase a brand new one-bedroom apartment in the borough, at the popular Greenwich Millennium Village, SE10.

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THE BEST OF KENT BY SOPHIE FITZGERALD

22/01/2018

Our Kent developments are perfectly located across the county and are ideal for both commuters and families.

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HOW BROOKE AND LEWIS BOUGHT THEIR IDEAL HOME AT KINGS PARK WITH LONDON HELP TO BUY

19/01/2018

With the average age of a first-time buyer in the UK now at 30 years old, many people are continuing to rent or live with their parents. However, bucking this trend are Brooke French (24) and Lewis Taaffe (25), who recently purchased their first home together at our Kings Park development in Harold Wood, using the Government-backed Help to Buy London Scheme.

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REGENERATION THROUGH COLLABORATION BY GRAHAM CHERRY

17/01/2018

Everyone has a stake in good planning. National and local partners should champion positive role of creating strategic partnerships that will coordinate and stimulate the delivery of homes within places that create healthy and inclusive communities. Delivering the right homes in the right places can generate significant wider benefits.

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HELP TO BUY OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2018 AT COUNTRYSIDE BY HEATHER HOLL

11/01/2018

Since its introduction in 2013, Help to Buy has helped over 150,000 first time buyers secure their first home, and thousands more families take a step up the ladder. Allowing home buyers to secure a brand new home with just a 5% deposit, this financial lifeline has proved very popular with our customers too, with almost half of our customers using the scheme to purchase a Countryside home.

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BUYING WITH THE HELP OF THE BANK OF MUM AND DAD BY HEATHER HOLL

08/01/2018

Looking to buy a new home but don’t have enough for a deposit? This is a challenge many first time buyers are familiar with. However, with a little help from a parent or family member, Countryside has made getting onto the property ladder and owning your own home much easier.

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POPULARITY OF HOUSE HUNTING OVER CHRISTMAS - BY TRACEY MAYNE

07/12/2017

New research from Zoopla has revealed over 7.2 million potential house buyers visit properties between Christmas and New Year, with a staggering 60% increase in property related searches.

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CUTTING OUT COFFEE HOUSE CHAINS HELPED US SAVE FOR OUR HOME

28/11/2017

Savvy saving and cutting out her morning latte helped self-confessed “big-time shopper” Elisha Marsland save for her first home with fiance Mike Kirkham in less than a year.

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MUCH MORE THAN A HOMEBUILDER - BY ANDREW CARRINGTON

20/10/2017

At Countryside, we do more than build homes. Whilst we pride ourselves on our credentials as a leading homebuilder, we are also proud to be a ‘placemaker’.

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EARLY BIRDS IN STOCKPORT SNAP UP NEW BRINNINGTON HOMES

18/10/2017

Savvy Stockport home buyers have already snapped up 30% of the new three-bedroom homes at Countryside’s upcoming Blackberry Vale development in Brinnington, Stockport. Prices start from £159,950.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A COUNTRYSIDE GRADUATE - BY LIAM D’UNIENVILLE

13/10/2017

We are proud to offer an annual Graduate Scheme which commences every September and continues over a two-year period.

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COUNTRYSIDE BUILDS FRIENDSHIPS AT HEYFIELDS

11/10/2017

One in five houses in Britain are semi-detached*, meaning that 20% of UK house owners share walls, a garden, or even a driveway with their neighbour.

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CUT THE COMMUTE FROM YOUR COUNTRYSIDE HOME - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

09/10/2017

The daily commute to work can have a huge impact on quality of life, with new research revealing that the average Brit loses 16 days a year commuting to and from work, leaving two-thirds of workers willing to relocate to make their commute shorter.

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RIGHTSIZING NOT DOWNSIZING - BY LISA HILL

29/09/2017

The prospect of downsizing is becoming an increasingly popular choice, with research from Prudential showing that nearly half of over 55s plan to downsize to a smaller property in later life. However, downsizing is not just about moving into a smaller property, it’s about rightsizing to a home which suits your needs.

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17 YEARS LATER AND WE STILL LOVE ST MARY’S ISLAND - BY GRAEME AND AYSHEN ROUSE

19/09/2017

In 1999, we moved into our first home on St Mary’s Island. Having fallen in love with the landscape and realising its full potential, we knew that we had found a permanent home and location at St Mary’s Island.

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FOUR FABULOUS WAYS TO DECORATE YOUR CHILDREN'S BEDROOM - BY JACKIE LEE

14/09/2017

Designing a child’s bedroom gives the opportunity to inject some fun and creativity into the home, and with a few steps can provide a playful space for your child to spend time relaxing. At Countryside, we have taken the time to decorate our show homes to showcase the endless options that interior design can offer, and to give some inspiration to those who are looking to inject some character into their home.

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BEAULIEU KEEPS COMMUTERS CONNECTED - BY MATTHEW AND KEELEY WILLIAMS

07/09/2017

The undeniable rise in living costs has led to young professionals searching outside of London for their dream home. With excellent commuter links, Chelmsford is one of the top 25 commuter towns based on train times, cost, life satisfaction and house prices.

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OPTIONS AND TIPS FOR JOINT BUYERS – BY INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL ADVISOR, ANDREW LOCK AT LARKBRIDGE MORTGAGES

01/09/2017

For many, getting on to the property ladder can seem like an impossible goal. This was confirmed by recent research by Aldermore Bank, which found that 65% of prospective first-time buyers believe owning their own home is currently unachievable. At the same time, a report by CBRE revealed that 61% of millennials expect to own their own home at some point in their lives. For many, the far-off dream could become a reality a lot sooner than they think, if the following options are considered.

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TOP TIPS TO FILL AN OPEN SPACE - BY ROB BURTON

17/08/2017

Open-plan living spaces are still incredibly popular, catering to a more relaxed and communal way of living. From kitchen/dining rooms, dining room/living rooms, to an open-plan ground floor, the traditional barriers of walls and doors are being broken down to create a more inclusive and inviting environment.

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HOW THE NIGHT TUBE HAS REVOLUTIONISED LONDON TRAVEL - BY RAYNE PERRY

07/08/2017

In 2016, the Night Tube service launched across London, revolutionising travel for Londoners and tourists alike, on some of the most popular routes.

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COST EFFECTIVE ACTIVITIES TO DO THIS SUMMER - BY MUSTAPHA MEDAJAOUD

31/07/2017

We all know how important it is to make the most of summer here in the UK. Whether it’s getting out in the evenings and at weekends to make the most of your free time, or finding ways to entertain the kids during their six-week holiday, enjoying summer shouldn’t break the bank. Why not take a look at the low-cost suggestions below, to help you make the most of the summer!

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NATIONAL PARKS WEEK 24 – 30TH JULY 2017 - BY LIZ BALL

24/07/2017

Summer is all about going outside in the fresh air and enjoying the parks available in your local area. Local parks offer a great range of activities, from relaxing with a book to organised runs and community fun days for you and your family to enjoy together. A large number of our developments provide stunning parklands and open spaces to be enjoyed this summer.

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THE HEART OF THE GMV COMMUNITY AT THE 2017 SUMMER FAYRE - BY TRACEY MAYNE

21/07/2017

On Saturday 15th July, the GMV Residents Association held their 2017 Summer Fayre at Southern Park.

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FIND OUT WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A COUNTRYSIDE TRAINEE - BY VICKY MCLEAN

12/07/2017

Vicky McLean, a Trainee Assistant Site Manager, gives an insight into working for Countryside.

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SISTERS KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY WITH BANK OF MUM AND DAD AT ST PAUL'S SQUARE - BY LUCY AND SOPHIE MASON

29/06/2017

Last year, 20 home buyers relied on the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ as a means to fund all, or part of, their journey to get onto the property ladder. It’s becoming increasingly common for financial help to come from a family member, be it parents or grandparents. Which is why we’ve come up with a ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ scheme, in appreciation of this huge act of generosity. Countryside will gift £2,000 back to the parent or family member who provided the deposit, as a thank you.

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COUNTRYSIDE'S ANNUAL TOUR DE SITES CYCLE CHALLENGE RAISES FUNDS FOR THE ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY - BY LAURA MURRAY

28/06/2017

In celebration of the Tour de France race, 105 members of our team donned their cycling gear and took to the roads to cycle 50 miles. Touring our new and existing developments across Essex the ‘Countryside Tour De Sites’ was one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, and it didn’t disappoint, raising just over £7,000 for The Alzheimer’s Society.

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5 CROWD PLEASING AND TASTY PICNIC RECIPES - BY LISA HILL

22/06/2017

Nobody does a picnic like the British. From teddy bears picnics to Pimm’s in the park, there’s a reason picnicking is so popular. It’s a cost-effective way to get the kids out of the house over the summer, and it’s a great way to meet up with friends and family.

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PERSONALISED GIFTS FOR THE HOME TO MAKE FOR YOUR DAD THIS FATHER'S DAY - BY JACKIE LEE

13/06/2017

Finding the perfect gift for Father’s Day is always a struggle – especially when they ‘don’t want anything’! This year, why not do something a little different and create a personalised present he’ll be delighted to receive. Choose one of our three homemade gifts to make your dad happy this Sunday!

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FIVE EASY WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT - BY ELEANOR FENTON

07/06/2017

As we all know, there are many ways to help reduce our carbon footprint and the impact we each have on the environment. At Countryside, we create homes and communities which offer lots of ways that people can help reduce their carbon footprint. After all, saving the planet is a big job, but every little helps. Below are some simple steps to help you make the world a greener place.

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SIX TOP TIPS FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER SOIREE - BY TRACEY MAYNE

31/05/2017

The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here…summer time! For those that have been fantasising about BBQ’s since January we have put together some top tips for the perfect garden get together.

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A MOVER'S CHECKLIST - BY SOPHIE FITZGERALD

19/05/2017

Worried about moving or just don’t know where to start? Don’t panic we’re here to help! Covering everything from preparing the move to unpacking and decorating, here are our top tips for moving home.

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NEW TO OFF-PLAN BUYING? HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

19/05/2017

Buying off-plan means that purchasers buy their home before the build has been completed. All of the homes at Countryside are available to purchase off-plan. When we launch a new development, the marketing suite and show home will be ready for potential purchasers to visit and take a look around.

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HAPPY FAMILIES AT HORSTED PARK - BY ESTEBAN AND MATHILDE CORDERO

18/05/2017

To celebrate new homes week, Esteban and Mathilde Cordero have shared their experience of buying a brand new home at our Horsted Park development in Chatham, Kent. They used Help to Buy to purchase their forever home, as rising rent and their growing family meant that their old apartment was no longer practical for them.

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STRATEGIC SCHEMES THAT OFFER MORE THAN JUST HOMES - BY LIZ BALL

18/05/2017

If you’re searching for your perfect home, New Homes Week is a brilliant way to find out why buying a new build home could be the right decision for you. With the latest in energy-saving measures, efficient central heating and top quality build techniques, there are many positives to choosing a new build home. But what else can a new home offer?

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WORKING WEDNESDAY : WHO'S BEHIND NEW HOMES - BY PAUL ADAMS

17/05/2017

We sat down with Paul Adams, Project Manager at King’s Park to find out more about his day to day roles and responsibilities and what goes into creating a development of new build homes.

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THE ADVANTAGES OF BUYING A NEW BUILD HOME - BY AMY BAINES

15/05/2017

It’s New Homes Week! Offering a fantastic opportunity to explore the numerous reasons why you should buy a new build home, New Homes Week is organised by the Home Builders Federation, and below we have put together some of the main benefits of buying a new home with Countryside.

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CUPID STRIKES AT BROOK VALLEY GARDENS - BY SAMANTHA KOZLOWSKI

12/05/2017

After wanting to move out of the city to raise their daughter, Samantha and Benji instantly fell in love with Brook Valley Gardens in Chipping Barnet. Their new home ticked all of the boxes and with a baby on the way, they were keen to get settled in right away!

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DECLUTTER YOUR HOME: 6 TIPS FOR A STRESS FREE SPRING CLEAN - BY JACKIE LEE

05/05/2017

Despite attempts to keep a clean and tidy household, our busy lives can sometimes get the better of us. It’s not always easy to maintain a decluttered home, especially if there’s more than one person occupying it!

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HOW WE FOUND OUR FOREVER HOME - BY MR AND MRS SAUNDERS

21/04/2017

Having lived in rental accommodation for eight years on St Mary’s Island in Kent, residents Mikaela and Martin Saunders were keen to buy their own home to make their residency permanent.

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FIVE TIPS TO ENSURE YOUR PET IS HAPPY IN ITS NEW HOME - BY AMY BAINES

14/04/2017

Moving home can be a stressful time for all involved, but it is important to consider your beloved pet when going through this change.

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5 SPACE SAVING TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE - BY ZOE PAPWORTH

07/04/2017

National Gardening Week takes place from 10th – 16th April and is designed to encourage gardeners of all abilities to grow more plants and spend more time in their garden.

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ON THE BUSES IN BEAULIEU

03/04/2017

Residents at Beaulieu, the development by Countryside and L&Q in Chelmsford, will now benefit from a new bus service which commenced on 2nd April to make travelling to and from Chelmsford a great deal easier.

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WHY RENT WHEN YOU CAN GET A MORTGAGE AT GMV - BY SAM OTTERBURN

31/03/2017

Sam Otterburn, one of our new residents at Greenwich Millennium Village has been kind enough to share his experience of the London Help to Buy scheme when purchasing his new one bedroom apartment at this exciting development.

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WHY BUY NEW? - BY EMMA FEARN

24/03/2017

House buyers looking to buy a new home are drawn by the fantastic opportunity to have a ‘blank canvas’ to personalise themselves, according to a report by the National House Building Council Foundation (NHBC).

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MEET THE WOMEN WORKING HARD IN HOUSE BUILDING - BY REBECCA WORTHINGTON

08/03/2017

In celebration of International Women’s Day today, Group Chief Financial Officer and Head of the Women in Business Group for Countryside employees, Rebecca Worthington highlights the important roles that women play in what is typically considered a male-dominated sector.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A TRAINEE SITE MANAGER APPRENTICE - BY SUPANJA DAVIES

02/03/2017

With National Apprenticeship Week well underway, where the industry recognises the dedication and commitment of our apprentices, Trainee Site Manager at Acton Gardens and Ealing Apprentice of the Year 2016, Supanja Davies explains her apprenticeship experience with Countryside so far.

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6 TOP HOUSE BUYING SCHEMES FOR A SMOOTH MOVE - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

27/02/2017

Moving home can sometimes prove challenging for existing homeowners. As property chains form, the chances of a broken link unfortunately increase, which can cause uncertainty. At Countryside, we offer multiple schemes that are available on selected properties to ensure that our buyers’ move is as smooth as possible. After all, moving house is an exciting moment and stressful emotions shouldn’t overpower the positive ones!

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7 FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A NEW HOME - BY HEATHER HOLL

16/02/2017

As the biggest purchase that most people ever make, buying a new home is both extremely exciting and ever so slightly daunting. With many factors having a significant impact on the market value of the property both at the time of purchase and in years to come, below is a list of key things to consider to help ensure the home you buy is a safe investment.

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TOP TIPS FOR ENCOURAGING BIRDS INTO YOUR GARDEN - BY LIZ BALL

02/02/2017

Feed the Birds Day is on 3rd February, and what better way to participate than to encourage wildlife into your garden. This special day was created to help wild birds survive the winter, and inviting them into your backyard will create a garden that is beneficial to both the birds and your family.

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SPORT FLOURISHES IN CHELMSFORD SCHOOLS THANKS TO PARTNERSHIP

31/01/2017

In helping and encouraging youngsters to increase and improve their participation in exercise and sport at all levels, the Chelmsford School Sports Partnership (CSSP) has gone from strength-to-strength since launching in 2003 and is one of the most successful in the country.

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FITNESS WORKOUTS & EXERCISE ROUTINES YOU CAN DO AT HOME - BY AMANDA NESBITT

27/01/2017

You don’t need an expensive gym membership or a personal trainer to get fit in 2017. Working out at home is more common now there is access to thousands of workout videos at the touch of our fingertips. This is brilliant for those who don’t have time to make the journey to the gym, have little ones to look after or simply don’t want the added pressure of exercising in front of others.

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TOP TIPS FOR A TIMELESS INTERIOR - BY AMY BAINES

20/01/2017

A timeless décor is one that will withstand years of changing styles and will transcend through those changes. By starting with a neutral palette, you can easily adjust accents throughout your home to match the season or to incorporate your favourite new colour whilst still accomplishing an elegant, timeless look. 

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5 QUICK WINS TO MAKE YOUR HOME GREENER - BY AMY BAINES

10/01/2017

Today is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day and we have some helpful tips to help you make a few simple changes around your home to enjoy a greener lifestyle!

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ALTERNATIVE DINING TABLE CHRISTMAS DECORATION IDEAS - BY MARCUS OF THE CHRISTMAS DECORATORS

22/12/2016

One of the best things about Christmas has to be indulging in all of the delicious food! No matter how many people are gathered around your table, there’s no harm in adding a magic touch with some beautiful homemade decorations! Below are three simple, alternative dining table decoration ideas you can try out to impress your guests this festive season.

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LAST MINUTE WAYS TO LIGHT UP YOUR LOUNGE THIS CHRISTMAS - BY MARCUS OF THE CHRISTMAS DECORATORS

20/12/2016

Adding last minute decorations to your lounge can make your Christmas feel truly magical. Touching up your mantelpiece or including a splash of sparkle in everyday items are brilliant ways to make your decorations go that extra mile. Here are some tips for lighting up your lounge this week:

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EASY WAYS TO CREATE A FESTIVE FIREPLACE - BY MARCUS OF THE CHRISTMAS DECORATORS

07/12/2016

Christmas is almost upon us and we appreciate that parents want to make each year a magical experience for their children.

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE STAND OUT FROM THE REST THIS CHRISTMAS - BY GUY LAMBERT

25/11/2016

Getting the decorations up really sparks everyone’s excitement for Christmas. Winter no longer seems dark and dull now that pretty tree and fairy lights are starting to pop up everywhere! When it comes to decorating your home, there really is no right or wrong way to do it though. Here are some easy ways to help make your house stand out from the rest this Christmas!

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HOW PART EXCHANGE HELPED US GET OUR DREAM HOME - BY ALEX STOLLERY

05/10/2016

After nine happy years at Countryside’s Beaulieu Park development in Chelmsford, Alex and Jane Stollery have recently used Countryside’s Part Exchange scheme to upsize into a larger family home for them and their two children at Beaulieu Chase in the city. Here Alex explains how the scheme proved an ideal solution for them.

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HOW TO UTILISE UNUSED SPACE IN YOUR HOME - 6 USEFUL TIPS - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

28/09/2016

Most of us have a room or two in our homes that we could make better use of? Below are six ways to utilise that unused space to create an exciting and practical new area in your home.

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7 TOP TIPS TO CREATE A FABULOUS INTERIOR - BY JON PILLING OF ABODE INTERIORS

22/09/2016

Whether you have just moved into a new build home or you have fallen out of love with the interior of your current home, starting from scratch with interior design can be a daunting concept. So here are my top tips to creating your own amazing interiors accompanied by a timelapse film (below) which shows us doing just that for Countryside in one of the new show homes at St Luke’s Park in Runwell, Essex!

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MORTGAGES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN SECURING THE PAPERWORK

15/09/2016

For a first time buyer in particular, applying for a mortgage can be a daunting process. It’s not just about the amount of paperwork that you need to fill out but the terminology you may hear from your mortgage lender or financial adviser. What does it all mean?

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12 EASY WAYS TO PERSONALISE YOUR NEW HOME, ONE ROOM AT A TIME - BY JAMIE WOODROW

01/09/2016

So the move from your old house to the brand new one is done, meaning the hardest part is over! Although unpacking may seem like a never ending task, it’s the next unavoidable ‘to do’ on the list that will transform your brand new empty house into your lovely new home.

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10 WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING - BY GUY LAMBERT

25/08/2016

Having a baby is a very exciting time, but there are a lot of things to consider before you bring your bundle of joy home for the first time! We have put together some useful tips on how to organise your home for your new baby.

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BRINGING THE OUTDOORS INDOORS: FIVE CREATIVE TIPS FOR A NATURAL THEME IN YOUR HOME - BY GUY LAMBERT

11/08/2016

A top interior trend for 2016 is for people to decorate their homes with ‘natural’ accessories from their gardens. Helping to create a calming living environment, this trend for bringing the outdoors indoors can be achieved quickly and easily with some of the ideas below.

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READY, GET SET, GO! TEN WAYS TO STAY ACTIVE THIS SUMMER - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

04/08/2016

Yet again, the Olympics has come around in a flash as late tomorrow sees the start of the Rio 2016 Games. Has talk of the Olympics inspired you to take up a new sporting hobby? Maybe Andy Murray has encouraged you to dust off the tennis racket and get down to your local court? Either way, it’s important to stay active during the summer holidays and some may need a little more inspiration than others.

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FIVE HOME PROJECTS FOR LITTLE HELPERS TO DO IT THEMSELVES - BY GUY LAMBERT

28/07/2016

While children are starting to enjoy their longest school break, parents may be thinking about how they will be keeping them occupied! For adults a school holiday is normally the ideal time to get stuck in to those long avoided DIY or garden projects that you’ve been meaning to start, but haven’t quite got round to, so why not ask for a helping hand!

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BUDGETING TIPS AND TRICKS FOR FIRST TIME BUYERS MOVING HOME - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

14/07/2016

Buying a home is likely to be the most exciting yet expensive purchase you will make during your life. However, the long-term benefits of investing in bricks and mortar far outweighs the initial spend that you will make when stepping onto the first rung of the property ladder.

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SIX GREAT WAYS TO BUY A NEW HOME THIS SUMMER - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

07/07/2016

Whether you are a first time buyer or homeowner looking to move up the ladder, when it comes to buying a new home, many purchasers need some sort of assistance even when mortgage rates are as attractive as they are now. This is why Countryside offers a range of initiatives to give our customers the support they need to help make sure their move goes as smoothly as possible.

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ALFRESCO DINING WITH GALVIN: TIPS FOR A STAR QUALITY BARBECUE - BY CHRIS AND JEFF GALVIN

29/06/2016

At Countryside we don’t just make great inside space. Landscaped gardens, balconies and roof terraces all feature too. So with barbecue season upon us why not head for the great outdoors and organise an outstanding alfresco experience.

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TOP TIPS FOR UPSIZING YOUR HOME - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

23/06/2016

If you are soon to be starting a family or a new job has allowed you to buy a bigger property, there are a number of important factors to consider when upsizing to a new home. Here are our top tips for upsizing to a bigger, brighter new home.

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SIX CREATIVE STORAGE IDEAS FOR OPEN PLAN LIVING - BY GUY LAMBERT

09/06/2016

With a large open plan space comes the endless possibilities of how to furnish it. But don’t be tempted to fill it with furniture you don’t need – use it wisely! There are many ways you can utilise a large space for clever storage without overcrowding or disturbing the current arrangement of your communal rooms.

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FIVE TIPS FOR CREATING INNOVATIVE WORK SPACE AT HOME - BY GUY LAMBERT

01/06/2016

Many of us dream of the ideal work/life balance where we can set our own schedule and work from home. According to a recent TUC report, nearly 1.5 million of us in the UK are now ‘living the dream’ by working from home.

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LOVE YOUR LAWN IN 8 SIMPLE STEPS - BY MATT REYNOLDS

26/05/2016

Your lawn really is an eye catcher for those that are taking even the smallest of glances at your garden. Whether it covers a large and spacious rear garden, or a small area in your driveway, a well-kept lawn will always get noticed. With the summer months almost upon us, and the prospect of BBQs ever more real, why not follow my eight simple steps that will help keep your lawn happy and healthy lawn throughout the summer months.

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HOW TO SAVE FOR A DEPOSIT - FIVE TIPS FROM A FIRST TIMER BUYER - BY MALCOLM RITCHIE

24/05/2016

First time buyers Malcolm Ritchie (37), a paramedic from London and his girlfriend Morgan Levick (29) a flight attendant, have recently celebrated buying a spacious, two-bedroom apartment at Countryside and L&Q’s Acton Gardens development in West London, using the Government’s Help to Buy Scheme. Malcolm has been kind enough to share with us his top tips on how to save for a deposit.

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FINANCE FRIDAY: MORTGAGE ADVICE FOR FIRST TIME BUYERS - BY PAUL NYE

20/05/2016

When it comes to buying a home, first-time buyers have a lot to get their head around. From which mortgage deals are the best, to how to read the small print there are many questions that need answering. We put the key questions to Paul Nye, a Director of Stonebridge Group, one of the UK’s largest mortgage brokers, as part of New Homes Week.

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THE VALUE OF GOOD DESIGN - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

18/05/2016

Legendary American architect, Frank Lloyd-Wright, once said ‘All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable.’When it comes to striking architecture and design, I often think of European Gothic masterpieces, Victorian grandeur or Art Deco that can be seen all across North America. These pieces stir the imagination, inspire us and elements, I’m sure, would often crop up in many people’s dream homes.

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THE BENEFITS OF ULTRA FAST BROADBAND AT BEAULIEU - BY ANDREW CARRINGTON

17/05/2016

As more homes are built across the country, the provision of high quality technological infrastructure in developments is becoming as important as the social and physical infrastructure required to create a new community. Whilst the early provision of schools, parks and play areas remain key to the creation of a neighbourhood of lasting value, we are also looking to adopt the latest technology to ensure our residents can enjoy a modern, connected home with the next generation of broadband speed.

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GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS IN 5 SIMPLE STEPS - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

16/05/2016

It really is important to get to know your neighbours. I’ve always found that if you need help or something’s wrong, it’s good to know that there’s someone who can help you who is just next door. Aside from the favours that you and your neighbour can help each other with, such as keeping an eye on your home when you’re away, it’s a great way of creating a sense of safety, security and community.

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THE SIX KEY BENEFITS OF BUYING A NEW HOME - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

12/05/2016

Gone are the days when buying a new home means sacrificing on personality. There’s a lot more variety from spacious apartments to family-friendly houses and townhouses, whether you are a first-time buyer, upsizing or downsizing there are countless designs and styles to choose from in all price ranges. Importantly these homes will be designed for modern living with light filled spaces, especially if you choose a new home from Countryside.

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FIVE ROOM BY ROOM TOP TIPS FOR A GREENER HOME - BY GUY LAMBERT

27/04/2016

From February 1st to April 30th 2016, the nation has been encouraged to go green for a week. National Green Week is an annual event that invites people to take part in sustainability focused activities to reduce their carbon footprint.

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SEVEN SAVVY, SPACE SAVING GARDENING TIPS - BY MATT REYNOLDS

14/04/2016

If you have a small garden, patio space or even just a balcony, it shouldn’t mean that you have to compromise on beauty! Whether its vegetables, flowers or herbs you wish to grow in your garden, these top space and money saving tips will definitely help you on your way to having an impressive display by the time that summer comes around.

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FIVE IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER AS A FIRST TIME BUYER – BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

07/04/2016

Buying a new home is an exciting moment in anyone’s life, especially for the first time. There are many things that need to be considered and below we have put together the top five things to consider.

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10 SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE WAYS TO TRANSFORM YOUR HOME THIS EASTER - BY JAMIE WOODROW

23/03/2016

Although DIY may not be everyone’s favourite task, the Easter weekend provides the perfect opportunity for a little spruce up here and there around the house. There are ways in which you can embrace the spring and add some more colour and light into your home without taking too much relaxation time out of the upcoming Bank Holiday.

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EIGHT WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR GARDEN FOR SPRING/SUMMER - BLOG BY MATT REYNOLDS

03/03/2016

It’s safe to say that there is one thing that is looking forward to warmer weather even more than you are…..your garden has been freezing and bare for the past four months and it’s time to finally give it some TLC.

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SIX ESSENTIAL SPRING SUMMER INTERIOR TRENDS OF 2016 - BLOG BY JON PILLING

25/02/2016

If you like to freshen up your home and stay on trend throughout the year, you’ll no doubt want to look at the upcoming trends that will slowly but surely be edging in to our homes throughout spring and summer.

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EIGHT IDEAS FOR DECORATING YOUR CHILDREN’S ROOM - BLOG BY GUY LAMBERT

18/02/2016

If you’ve just moved into a new home or want to improve the one you have, personalising your child’s room is key to helping them love where you live. A bedroom is important to a child of any age. It’s their own sanctuary where they can retreat to if their siblings are getting on their nerves or they just need a little privacy.

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NEW HOMES TAKE PRESSURE OFF HOUSING STRUGGLE IN ESSEX - BLOG BY GERALD SEARLE

10/02/2016

Essex is becoming a hotspot location particularly for those people who want to move out of London. There are good reasons for that. With home buyers increasingly wanting to feel like they’re living in the country Essex ticks the boxes.

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GET ON THE GREEN SCENE FOR NATIONAL GREEN WEEK - BLOG BY GUY LAMBERT

04/02/2016

New build homes are much cheaper to run and will lower your household’s carbon footprint, but whether you have a new home or an old one there are still many ways in which you can make your home greener.

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MAKING BUYING IN LONDON EASIER WITH NEW HELP TO BUY LONDON - BLOG BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

26/01/2016

Property prices in London have risen higher and faster than anywhere else in the country, making it more challenging than ever for aspiring homeowners in the capital to buy a home of their own. For many people living in London, rising prices have made home ownership seem unattainable.

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SIMPLE WAYS TO ENCOURAGE WILDLIFE IN YOUR GARDEN - BLOG BY MATT REYNOLDS

21/01/2016

Increasing the biodiversity of your garden doesn't have to be hard, or compromise the way it looks. Whether its bees, bugs or birds, we all know that wildlife has a positive effect on our gardens.

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THE MORTGAGE MARKET OUTLOOK FOR 2016 - BLOG BY PAUL NYE

19/01/2016

Commentators have long speculated about an imminent rise in bank base rates only to see their predicted date come and go without change.

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CAMBRIDGE REMAINS A STRONG INVESTMENT FOR 2016 - BLOG BY DAVID BENTLEY

12/01/2016

The limited supply of new homes in Cambridge versus high levels of demand has been the main factor in driving house price growth in the city. There are numerous reasons why the city’s property market is a safe bet and we predict that growth will continue in 2016.

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WHY THE HOUSING MARKET IN 2016 WILL BE STRONG - BLOG BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

06/01/2016

The housing market has enjoyed a vibrant few years and I see no reason why 2016 will change that.

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SEVEN WAYS TO BRIGHTEN UP YOUR HOME AFTER CHRISTMAS - BY GUY LAMBERT

06/01/2016

The Christmas tree has been taken down, the decorations packed away until next year and the last traces of the festive season have been cleared up. Your home might be feeling just a little bit bare and gloomy, which is why it’s the ideal time to give it a refresh to help you embrace the New Year in style.

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HOW TO DECORATE YOUR MANTELPIECE WITH YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS GARLAND - BY MARCUS OF THE CHRISTMAS DECORATORS

07/12/2015

Your mantelpiece is the focal point of your room, so why not make a feature out of it? You can buy Christmas garlands but it’s easy to make an amazing one of your own that will really add to the Christmas look in your living area.

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TOP TIPS FOR DRESSING YOUR TABLE FOR CHRISTMAS - BY MARCUS OF THE CHRISTMAS DECORATORS

07/12/2015

Do you have masses of guests round on Christmas Day and throughout the festive season? Or are your festive celebrations are on a smaller scale? Regardless of the number of people joining you over the holiday season, you will hopefully be tucking in to a delicious Christmas dinner and other special meals with family and friends. For that extra festive feel, why not follow our top tips on how to make your table extra special this year and take a look at the accompanying video.

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HOW TO DRESS YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE FOR STUNNING EFFECT - BY MARCUS OF THE CHRISTMAS DECORATORS

30/11/2015

With less than a month to go until the big day it’s time to tackle the big Christmas feature: your Christmas tree! Most people in the UK buy their Christmas tree during the second week of December, especially if they’re buying a real one to prevent needles dropping too soon. However, if you want to avoid the tricky business of finding a good real tree and avoid the mess, it’s possible to invest in a quality artificial one.

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HOW TO MAKE A FABULOUS CHRISTMAS WREATH - BY MARCUS FROM THE CHRISTMAS DECORATORS

23/11/2015

So Christmas is approaching fast and it’s definitely time to start thinking about dressing your home. A Christmas wreath is a lovely way to welcome guests and visitors to your home at this time of year. They are really fun and easy to make, and display on your front door, especially with our special tips and tricks in this blog and the accompanying video below this image.

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HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE PENSION REFORMS - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

12/11/2015

New legislation introduced in April means that over-55s now have real freedom over how they take an income from their pensions, permitting them to cash-in their pension pots and invest this money as they choose, making buying an investment property a realistic opportunity.

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HOW TO DECORATE YOUR FIRST HOME ON A BUDGET - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

05/11/2015

When you finally get your foot on the property ladder and move into your first home, it is nice to be able to put your own stamp on your home and add some personal style. Here are my simple ideas on how to add interior style on a budget:

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NINE TIPS TO HELP YOU DECLUTTER BEFORE YOU DOWNSIZE - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

27/10/2015

If you are thinking of downsizing your property, you are probably wondering how you will fit all of your possessions into your new smaller home. All of us accumulate belongings over the years – and if the thought of sifting through it all makes you uneasy, here are my nine practical and effective steps to decluttering before you downsize:

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UPDATE YOUR HOME WITH THE LATEST AUTUMN/WINTER INTERIORS TRENDS - BY ELLEN LEEDHAM

22/10/2015

As autumn sets in, the days get shorter and Christmas is round the corner, it is time to create a cosy and welcoming atmosphere in our homes. Here are some top tips from Suna Interior Design on how to use current interior design trends to achieve a chic but homely look that will keep the chill off as the nights draw in.

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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME ESPECIALLY FOR YOUR CHILDREN - BY GUY LAMBERT

14/10/2015

Moving house is a big step for everyone involved, especially your children. Moving from familiarity to the unknown may be daunting for your little (or not so little) ones, but don’t let that put a downer on the move. I’ve moved twice with my young family and whilst it’s been made easier by staying in the same area, here are my nine simple steps to take when helping your children adjust to life in their new family home.

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SEVEN TIPS ON WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A NEW HOME - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

08/10/2015

If you are thinking about buying a new home, you mustn’t forget the all-important details to look out for! Everyone’s requirements are different, whether it’s a spacious garden, plenty of storage space, a quiet neighbourhood, or a thriving community, but here are my top tips everyone can keep in mind when looking around a new home.

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR GREENERY FROM FEELING BLUE THIS AUTUMN/WINTER – BY MATT REYNOLDS

30/09/2015

So autumn is now with us although with all this lovely sunshine perhaps it does not feel like it just yet! Although it may feel like all your hard work during the summer in the garden should be tailing off as we enter autumn, there is still much to be done to keep your garden looking great.

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7 TOP TIPS FOR SELLING YOUR HOME - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

24/09/2015

With an average of eight potential buyers per house on the market, it’s a fantastic time to sell your home. However, selling can still be a stressful experience. To really maximise the potential value of your home and get it sold and off the market as quickly as possible there are plenty of things you can do to make your property the home of someone’s dreams!

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10 WAYS TO SAVE A DEPOSIT FOR YOUR FIRST HOME - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

10/09/2015

Buying your first home is a big step in your life: finally getting the keys to your very own property is an exciting moment that makes the journey to get there all the more worthwhile. However, for many first time buyers, rising house prices and high initial deposits can make it seem like an impossible task, but no one should lose hope!

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SIX WAYS TO HELP YOUR PETS ADJUST WHEN YOU MOVE HOUSE - BY GUY LAMBERT

03/09/2015

According to Pet Plan, we are a nation of animal lovers, with over 24 million pets in the UK! Whether its cats, dogs, birds or rabbits, pets can often be central to our lives and we all know it’s important to give animals a stable and welcoming place to call home. I know how important our dog is to my family - just ask my sons! So, what happens when you move house?

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OUR 5 TOP TIPS FOR CREATING A VIBRANT GARDEN THIS SPRING - BY MATT REYNOLDS

22/04/2015

Gardens can be just as unique and varied as the interior of a home, with some creative people using their garden as an extension of their living space, whilst others prefer to grow fruit, vegetables, herbs or flowers. Whichever you prefer, spring is the ideal time to get your garden ready for the summer and to bring some colour back.

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WHAT THE PENSION REFORMS MEAN TO THE PROPERTY MARKET - BUY-TO-LET BABY BOOMERS BECOME BIG NEWS - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

07/04/2015

The Government has introduced pension reforms which have given the over-55s, ‘the baby boomers’, a great opportunity to invest in property and enjoy excellent returns from their pension savings.

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WITH HELP TO BUY AT ITS PEAK, IT’S THE PRIME TIME TO BUY - BY PETER VELLA

15/01/2015

2015 has kick-started with the welcome news that sales through Help to Buy have hit more than 73,000 since its launch in 2013. It’s surely not a coincidence that it was also recently revealed that the number of first time buyers in the UK rose last year to its highest since 2007.

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HOW YOU CAN MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR OUTSIDE SPACE - BY MATT REYNOLDS

11/08/2014

To help you make the most of your garden, patio, backyard or balcony Matt Reynolds, Countryside’s Senior Landscape Designer gives his handy tips.

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