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We're super excited for the festive season at Anthony James, not least because as the New Year begins we will be heading into a very busy period of selling and renting!
To celebrate December the team put their 'elf-respect' aside to honour our yearly tradition of having a bit of fun with the Christmas Window!
If you pop by you may see our entire team loading up Santa's sleigh with new homes for the New Year. Let us know what you think!
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Anthony James put themselves to work for Children in Need 2019 with a sponsored Bike-athon!
Deciding on a change from our usual bake sale, the full team volunteered to it in turns to keep a spinning bike- generously provided for the occasion by Victoria Leisure- in motion for the full 8 hour work day. The team took it in turns to complete 30 minute stints on the bike throughout the day, with things taking a competitive turn once the boss had logged a high score! Unfortunately for Mark he was soon beaten!
The bike was successfully kept in motion for the full 8 hours and the team smashed last years total of £570 with a final count of £830 raised, taking their overall total to over £3000 raised for Children in Need.
The AJ Team would like to thank all our friends, family, clients and contractors for supporting us again this year and helping us raise such a fantastic total.
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We’ve all heard the saying “the kitchen is the heart of the home”, and this is never more pertinent when you’re thinking of selling. Presenting your kitchen in its best possible light may well secure you a sale, so with that in mind, we have put together some guidance on how to rejuvenate your kitchen without having to spend a fortune.
One of the easiest and most transformative ways to rejuvenate your kitchen is to change the cabinets. Don’t worry about replacing the cabinets themselves; instead, give them a new lease of life by painting them in a fresh, modern colour such as an olive green or pale grey. This will change the aesthetic of your kitchen entirely and certainly make it more photogenic. If you are going to paint your cabinets, then ensure that they are thoroughly sanded and primed before you apply the final colour – this will ensure the final coat adheres nicely to give you a more professional finish.
The surfaces in your kitchen need to be practical and attractive – changing the worktops in your kitchen will appeal to buyers and is a cost-effective way to amp-up the style factor. Laminate worksurfaces are the most cost-effective, but you can also find more luxe materials if you shop around. If you’re really looking to adhere to a budget, then try using a vinyl covering to update your surfaces.
Even if you have a large space to work with in your kitchen, an easy way to transform the space without spending any money is to declutter. Remove the items which you haven’t utilised for a while, such as the bread maker or mixer, and try to keep surfaces clear – this will create the feel of more space and is certainly more modern in feel.
If you are looking to make a big change with a minimum of fuss, then updating your walls in the kitchen is a good place to start. Whether it is a single feature wall or the whole room, decide what you are prepared to take on in terms of a project. For feature walls, think of utilising a textured wallpaper as this can create a striking aesthetic in a room not normally associated with wallpapers (florals and leaves work well to create a natural-feeling space). If you are changing every wall, then choose a light and mellow colour to create a feeling of space and utility – avoid kitsch colours such as blue and green.
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2019 has seen record levels of mortgages approved, with lenders in the market in the midst of fierce competition with one another to win customers, which is providing many of us with the chance to obtain particularly favourable mortgage rates.
The latest figures from UK finance show that the mortgage market in the UK is continuing the current rate of growth, with the number of first-time buyer mortgages up 5.8% year-on-year and home mover mortgages also up by 1.4%. Interestingly, buy-to-let mortgages have also seen something of a renaissance after a period of decline due to government changes with regards to taxation, signalling that there is once more opportunity in the marketplace for those looking to invest.
“It appears that no matter what happens in Westminster, and who can predict what might happen next, that people are still moving or managing to get on the housing ladder,’ said Richard Pike, Phoebus Software sales and marketing director.
“With an increased number of longer-term fixed rate mortgages that have been taken out since the referendum, it is unsurprising that remortgage figures are down. Until the uncertainty that is being felt across the country is over, one way or another, that trend is likely to continue as borrowers look for some kind of certainty, at least for their finances,” he pointed out.
It would appear that the competitive mortgage rates which are currently present in the market are trumping any concerns that people may have with regards to Brexit, and therefore many are making the most of the bargains which are available.
According to Adrian Moloney, sales director at OneSavings Bank, a number of buyers abandoning the wait and see approach. “This has been helped by mortgage rates remaining as competitive as they have been for some time, alongside high employment and improved earnings. In this market, there are bargains to be had and it seems some are making the most of these now,” he explained.