How important is a south-facing garden? It is a long-held belief that it is a great advantage when selling a home but in a survey by insurance company Direct Line it was found to add, on average, just £800 to the value of a property.

The Guardian recently asked Kirstie Allsopp, the television presenter best known for her property shows such as Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location, what she felt were the top five myths about adding value to a property.

Gloucester Council have said recently that they are considering fining Estate Agents that leave Sold or Let By boards on properties for too long. So what is the legal standpoint regarding these boards and how long is ‘too long’?

The relevant piece of legislation is The Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations and it makes four main stipulations:

Christmas time gave local school children a great opportunity to enter into Farr and Farr's drawing competition.  Pupils from Milestone School & Elmbridge School were excited to enter their artistic creations.  

There is some good news, at last, for first time buyers. The government has introduced a brand new savings scheme to help buyers put together a deposit to buy their first home.

The savings plan is known as a Help to Buy ISA and under it the government will boost savings by 25% to help first time buyers get on the property ladder. That means for every £4 saved, the government will contribute a further £1.

Chartered surveying firm e.surv has calculated that mortgage lending throughout 2015 rose by a significant 12.5%.

The survey found a small dip of 3.1% from November to December, but over the second half of the year taken as a whole, mortgage approvals averaged 69,572, rising from an average of 64,047 for the first six months of 2015. Over the whole twelve month period this meant total mortgage lending for house purchases increased by 12.5%.