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COUNTRY HOUSE PRICES TO CONTINUE TO RISE IN 2014 Latest data from Knight Frank reveals that prime country house prices are set to continue increasing through 2014 after rising again during the final quarter of 2013. The average price of a prime country house in England increased by 1.4% in the final quarter of 2013 – the biggest quarterly increase in prices in more than three years. On an annual basis, prices have risen by 3.1%.

Visit the new Karndean Designflooring showroom today, now However Knight Frank said that price performance was becoming increasingly dependent on the value a property: homes worth under £2m increased by an open atofCarpet Barn average of 1.7% over the last three months, while price growth for properties


in the higher price brackets was more muted. Higher stamp duty charges for £2million+ properties, introduced at last year’s Budget, were a key driver behind stronger growth from the lower price brackets. The average value of a home worth between £2m and £3m rose by 1%, while the price of properties worth between £3m and £4m climbed by 0.4% between October and December. However, the average price of a home worth between £4m and £5m fell by 0.3% over the same time period. Despite this, prices of “super-prime” £5million+ homes proved more resilient due to low stock levels increasing by 2% in Q4. According to Knight Frank, demand in the market remained strong with more new applicants registering and property viewings increasing over the same period. Knight Frank said that better economic conditions and the improved buyer confidence meant that the prime country house market should grow by an average 3.5% this year.

2013 has seen the market pick up month on month after a slow and late start Rupert Sweeting, Head of Knight Frank Country.

NAEA PREMIERES TELEVISION ADVERTS The National Association of Estate Agents is hitting the small screen with a television advert aimed at reminding consumers of the importance of choosing a licensed agent. Adverts for the NAEA are being broadcast on channels including ITV4, Home, Sky Atlantic, Sky Livingit and Discovery Home & Health. Separate adverts Classic promoting of theTile. Association of Residential Letting Agents are Limedmembers Oak KP97, Knight 12 year guarantee. airing on the same channels from next week.

Protecting your home and loved ones is always important. However, if ever you own a small business there’s a bright way to buy life insurance for yourself and your key employees. With a relevant life policy the business makes the payments, not the person who’s covered. That means you won’t pay any national insurance contributions or income tax on the premiums but you still get the benefits of corporation tax relief. And that all adds up to big tax savings. So if you’re thinking of life cover for yourself or your employees, talk to Debbie J Boyes about relevant life policies and see how much the taxman could save you.

CALL DEBBIE J BOYES NOW FOR ADVICE ON 01202 874100 Debbie J Boyes Professional Mortgage Advisors Tel 01202 874100 Fax 01202 874101

Karndean Knight Tile is available from your local stockist and expert: The organisations said the campaigns have been designed to reflect the importance ofCarpet sound choices an agent to work with on any aspect of Barn &when Bed appointing Store property11ownership or rental. Cobham Road

Ferndown Industrial Estate Bournemouth BH21 7PE of the NAEA, said: “We are delighted with Mark Hayward, Managing Director T: 01202 872240 the finished product and we’re really looking forward to the first airing of these adverts.Carpet “It is essential that consumers, Barn & Bed Store whether buying or letting, look for NAEA and ARLA for peaceHeath of mind throughout Unitlogos 3 Mannings Retail Park the process. These advertisements were commissioned to help the public avoid unscrupulous agents who Yarrow Road may, sadly, not have Poole BH12their 4QYclients’ best interests at heart.” Knight Tile T: 01202 723162

Debbie J Boyes Professional Mortgage Advisors is a trading style of Willowlace Ltd. Registered Office: 145 Christchurch Road, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 8TA Registered in England No 8345357.

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