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Eco Friendly Houses

Global climate change is the biggest environmental challenge of our generation.

The changing climate affects every living being in a broad variety of ways, as it alters rainfall, influences crop yields, affects human health, causes changes to forests and other ecosystems, and even impacts our energy supply.

Governments and individuals from all around the world are beginning to understand that this is the end of the line and that we must urgently do something about it in order to stop this catastrophic domino effect.

One of the actions we must take among others is the task of building eco-friendly houses as they are designed and built with materials and technology that reduces their carbon footprint.

The benefits of an eco-house are many.

They have minimal heating costs.

They are built from harmful free materials.

Their heat recovery system can eliminate dampness and the moulds that are so often a health hazard.

The air intake filters prevent dust coming in with the incoming fresh air and the internal vacuum cleaner system extracts dust from the house and vents.

As you can imagine eco-houses is the solution of the future for the well-being of our planet, as they build with the philosophy to reduce our environmental footprint.

To live more simply, to minimize energy costs with clever choices while at the same time being in a space where you love to spend your time is a luxury fit for everyone.

These eco-friendly houses have a truly inspired design and give us a taste of how the future is going to look like.

Source: https://guaranteemyrent.com/eco-friendly-houses/

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Conservatory Design Ideas

Used as greenhouses or sunrooms conservatories originated in the 16th century when wealthy landowners sought to cultivate citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges that began to appear on their dinner tables brought by traders from warmer regions of the Mediterranean.

Today a contemporary conservatory can have many different functions as it can serve as an additional living room, a garden room, a spacious dining room or an open-plan kitchen.

Conservatories are the perfect place for relaxation for people who love to gaze their beautiful gardens inside the comfort of a bright and breeze room that can protect them from the hot or the gold weather as they can have excellent thermal efficiency. Modern conservatories are superbly insulated, secure and come in a huge range of designs.

Attached to your house a conservatory can add value to your property because of the extra space that is created and off course because of their elegant design.

Traditional or contemporary the design of your conservatory is a choice that has to be in perfect balance with the style of the rest of your house, while the dimensions of this extra room must be considered according how much of your garden are you willing to sacrifice.

On the following photos you can see some brilliant design ideas for conservatory.

Source: https://guaranteemyrent.com/conservatory-design-ideas/

house prices

At record low the gap of house prices between weakest and strongest performing regions

The second quarter of 2017 saw further convergence in regional price growth. The gap between the weakest and strongest regions (in terms of annual price change) fell to just four percentage points – a record low, according to Nationwide House Price Index.

As Nationwide reported East Anglia was the strongest performing region, with average prices up 5% year-on-year. London saw a notable slowing in growth to 1.2% and was the second weakest region in Q2, just above the North (1.1%).

Annual price growth in Northern Ireland was stable at 3.8%. Scotland saw a slight softening in growth to 1.7%, while Wales was similar to last quarter, at 1.4%.

Average house prices in England fell by 0.3% during the second quarter and were up 2.8% over the last 12 months.

Regions over the last 12 months

Region Average Price

(Q2 2017)

Annual % change this quarter Annual % change last quarter
East Anglia £220,362 5.0% 5.7%
South West £237,525 4.4% 5.4%
North West £155,743 4.1% 5.0%
East Midlands £173,824 4.1% 4.9%
N Ireland £133,449 3.8% 3.8%
West Midlands £180,722 3.6% 4.5%
Outer SE £274,836 3.5% 6.4%
Yorks & H’side £151,947 2.3% 2.5%
Outer Met £362,338 2.1% 3.6%
Scotland £143,673 1.7% 2.9%
Wales £148,018 1.4% 1.2%
London £478,142 1.2% 5.0%
North £125,237 1.1% -0.4%
UK £209,971 2.8% 4.1%

For the first time in eight years, price growth in Northern England (West Midlands, East Midlands, Yorkshire & Humberside, North West and North) exceeded that in Southern England (South West, Outer South East, Outer Metropolitan, London and East Anglia). Northern England saw a 3.3% year-on-year increase, while in the South prices were up 2.6%.

Regional growth rates may have converged, but there are still significant disparities in price levels. This is particularly apparent when looking at prices relative to their 2007 peak. For example, prices in London are 55% above 2007 levels, while those in the North, Yorkshire & Humberside and North West are still lower than their 2007 peaks.

Commenting on the figures, Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s Chief Economist, said:

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“There has been a shift in regional house price trends. Price growth in the South of England has moderated, converging with the rates prevailing in the rest of the country. In Q2 the gap between the strongest performing region (East Anglia, which saw 5% annual growth) and the weakest (the North, with 1% growth) was the smallest on record, based on data going back to 1974. Nevertheless, when viewed in levels, the price gap between regions remains extremely wide.

“London saw a particularly marked slowdown, with annual price growth moderating to just 1.2% the second slowest pace of the 13 UK regions and the weakest pace of growth in the capital since 2012.

Source: http://www.nationwide.co.uk/~/media/MainSite/documents/about/house-price-index/2017/Jun_Q2_2017.pdf

Source 2: https://guaranteemyrent.com/the-gap-of-house-prices-between-regions/

 

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Beautiful haunted properties around the world

Some of the most beautiful historic properties around the world share a paranormal past.

Physical illusions, waking dreams, or real paranormal phenomena, no matter the cause, the houses that follow are perceived as being inhabited by disembodied spirits of the deceased who may have been former residents or were familiar with the property.

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Casa Loma, Toronto

Casa Loma’s long history is full of tales of strange noises, voices, apparitions and invisible grabbing hands. Tourists and staff at Casa Loma have often reported episodes of haunting in this century-old castle. The White Lady seems to be the most popular of the ghosts; a number of guests and cafeteria staff they have witnessed a woman dressed in white haunting the palace. She is believed to be a maid who worked at Casa Loma in the early 1900s.

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William Kehoe House, Savannah, Georgia

Built on Columbia Square in Savannah, Georgia, the Kehoe House was completed in May of 1892. It was built for William Kehoe and his family where they lived for a number of years with their children and it is known that some of their children passed away inside of the house.

The ghosts of children are some of the most reported ghostly occurrences in the house. One of the stories that won’t die is the story of two of the Kehoe children getting stuck in the chimney. Rumors say they were never able to escape and died in that chimney.

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Woodruff Fontaine House, Memphis, Tennessee

Completed in 1871, this house (now a museum) was built for Amos Woodruff, a local businessman.  His daughter Mollie was married in the house and lived here her whole life.  Mollie’s spirit has been seen repeatedly throughout the house and has even interacted with employees.  On one occasion, Mollie appeared to a couple of employees in order to explain that she would like the furniture rearranged according to how she’d always placed it in the house.  Impressions are often left on her bed as if someone were sitting there.  While Mollie’s spirit is certainly kindly, there is a more hostile male entity that frequents the first and third floor, leaving the second to Mollie.  This particular entity greets many people with an overwhelming sense of hostility, and one woman even had her necklace ripped off of her.

Poveglia Island, Venice, Italy

Poveglia has a dark past indeed! This tiny island was used from 1793-1814 as a plague quarantine station and it is said to have hosted over 160,000 infected souls living out their final days and hours, there are whispers that 50 percent of the soil consists of human remains.

In 1922, a mental hospital was opened on Poveglia. Local legend says that one doctor at the hospital tortured and killed many of his patients, butchering them horribly only to later die by falling from, or possibly being thrown off of, its bell tower.

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Château de Brissac, Brissac-Quincé, France

Château de Brissac is perhaps best known as the site of the grisly murder of Charlotte of France. Legend has it that Charlotte, the illegitimate daughter of King Charles VII, was killed by her husband after he discovered her adulterous behavior. The Green Lady, named for the color of the dress in which she died, is said to haunt the castle’s tower.

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Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England

The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall is a ghost which reportedly haunts Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England. It became one of the most famous hauntings in Great Britain when photographers from Country Life magazine claimed to have captured its image. The “Brown Lady” is so named because of the brown brocade dress it is claimed she wears.

According to legend, the “Brown Lady of Raynham Hall” is the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole (1686–1726), the sister of Robert Walpole, generally regarded as the first Prime Minister of Great Britain.

Source: https://guaranteemyrent.com/beautiful-haunted-properties/

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Wat Rong Khun ‘White Temple’, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun, better known as the White Temple, is a contemporary, unconventional, privately owned, art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai Province in Thailand. It is owned by Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed, constructed, and opened it to visitors in 1997.

Sanctuary of Truth, Thailand

Sanctuary of Truth is a religious construction in Pattaya of Thailand.The sanctuary is an all-wood building filled with sculptures based on traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs. The top of the building is 105 meters high, and the building covers an area of more than two rai. It features contemporary Visionary art based on traditional religious themes. The project was initiated as an idea of Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphant in 1981, and is scheduled to be complete in 2050.

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The Temple Of Heaven, Beijing

The Temple of Heaven is an imperial complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing and has been regarded as a Taoist temple.

The Temple of Heaven was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 and was described as “a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world’s great civilizations…” as the “symbolic layout and design of the Temple of Heaven had a profound influence on architecture and planning in the Far East over many centuries.

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Meenakshi Temple, India

Meenakshi Temple is a historic Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the temple city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, in India. It is dedicated to Parvati, known as Meenakshi, and her consort, Shiva. The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2,500-year-old city of Madurai and is a significant symbol for the Tamil people, mentioned since antiquity in Tamil literature. Though most of the present structure was built between 1623 and 1655, it is said that the temple was originally built in the 6th century BC by survivors of the Kumari Kandam.

Candi Prambanan Temple, Indonesia

Candi Prambanan or Candi Rara Jonggrang is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia, dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). The temple compound is located approximately 17 kilometers northeast of the city of Yogyakarta on the boundary between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces.

The temple compound, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia, and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia.

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My Son – Vietnam

My Son is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa. The temples are dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva, known under various local names, the most important of which is Bhadreshvara.

The My Son temple complex is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and in 1999 was recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

Source: https://guaranteemyrent.com/beautiful-temples-around-world/

mortgage

Flat fees for buy to let mortgage dropped to a new low

The flat fees for buy to let mortgages dropped to a new low according to the latest edition of the Buy to Let Mortgage Costs Index, published by Mortgages for Business.

The new data showed that flat fees for buy to let mortgages fell lower than they have been at any point in the past twelve months.

The average flat fee among buy to let mortgage products fell by more than 5% in Q2, down to £1,370 from £1,446 in Q1. This will be welcome news to landlords favoring these fee structures, who stand to save an average of £76 in fees on every mortgage they take.

However, percentage based fees are becoming increasingly common with lenders, likely as a way to keep interest rates low while still allowing profits to scale with larger loans. Percentage based fees now apply to 48% of buy to let mortgage products, having overtaken flat fees on product availability at the start of the year. These products have increased in number in every quarter since Q2 2016.

Commenting on the results, Steve Olejnik, COO of Mortgages for Business has said:

“With interest rates still at exceptional lows, it’s all the more important to make sure you look at any additional charges when taking a buy to let mortgage. It is therefore promising to see a reduction in the average flat fee charged for mortgage products.”

With the percentage fees becoming more common and no change in the prevalence of flat fees, it is only natural that we have seen a reduction in the availability of fee-free options. Just 11% of buy to let mortgage products carried no arrangement fees in Q2, down from 15% in Q1.

The index can be found: http://www.mortgagesforbusiness.co.uk/research-data/buy-to-let-mortgage-costs-index/

Source: http://www.mortgagesforbusiness.co.uk/news-insight/2017/july/buy-to-let-mortgage-flat-fees-reach-new-lows/

Source 2:  https://guaranteemyrent.com/mortgage-dropped-new-low/ ‎

cladding and insulation

Expert panel recommends further tests on cladding and insulation following Grenfell fire

The independent expert panel on safety has advised further testing as the next step to be conducted in helping landlords to ensure the safety of their buildings.

These large scale tests will help establish how different types of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) panels in combination with different types of insulation behave in a fire.

The results of these tests will help landlords make decisions on any further measures that may need to be put in place to make their buildings safe following the Grenfell Tower fire. These tests will be undertaken by the BRE and will not require any new samples from buildings.

Earlier this week the panel brought together a group of technical experts from a wide range of professions and organizations. The group discussed the processes that had been followed to identify whether buildings had ACM panels and the advice provided to building owners on interim measures and agreed that these were the right first steps.

The further tests – which will look at 3 different types of ACM cladding combined with different types of insulation – will be in accordance with British Standard 8414 in line with the panel’s advice. This involves building a 9 meters tall demonstration wall with a complete cladding system – including panels and insulation – fixed to it, and then subjecting it to a fire that replicates a severe fire in a flat breaking out of a window and whether it then spread up the outside wall.

The government has now commissioned the Building Research Establishment to undertake these tests as a matter of urgency. Landlords will be expected to take their own professional advice on what is required for their buildings in the usual way.

Source: Gov UK

Source: https://guaranteemyrent.com/expert-panel-rec…ng-grenfell-fire/

Prague, Czech Republic

The most picturesque cities in the world

Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions that include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín hill and Vyšehrad. Since 1992, the extensive historic center of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

The city has more than ten major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits.

Paris, France

The most picturesque cities in the world

Paris has many important cultural institutions: its Louvre museum is the most visited in the world; its Musée d’Orsay is noted for its collection of French Impressionist art, and its Pompidou-center Musée National d’Art Moderne has the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. The central area of the city along the Seine River is classified as an UNESCO Heritage Site and includes many notable monuments, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sainte-Chapelle, the former Universal Exposition Grand Palais, Petit Palais and Eiffel Tower, and the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre.

Valletta, Malta

The most picturesque cities in the world

Valletta contains buildings from the 16th century onwards, built during the rule of the Order of St. John also known as Knights Hospitaller. The city is essentially Baroque in character, with elements of Mannerist, Neo-Classical and Modern architecture in selected areas, though the Second World War left major scars on the city, particularly the destruction of the Royal Opera House. The City of Valletta was officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.

Florence, Italy

The most picturesque cities in the world

Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called “the Athens of the Middle Ages”. In 1982 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

This city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Due to Florence’s artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium, in the northwest of the country.

Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam and Stockholm, this amazing city is sometimes referred to as “The Venice of the North”.

The historic city center is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO.

Tallinn, Estonia

The most picturesque cities in the world

Tallinn was founded in 1248, but the earliest human settlements date back 5,000 years, making it one of the oldest capital cities of Northern Europe.

Tallinn’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a major tourist attraction; others include the Seaplane Harbor of Estonian Maritime Museum, the Tallinn Zoo, Kadriorg Park, and the Estonian Open Air Museum.

Venice, Italy

The most picturesque cities in the world

Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. These are located in the shallow Venetian Lagoon, an enclosed bay that lies between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture, and artwork. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a World Heritage Site.

Seville, Spain

The most picturesque cities in the world

Seville is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia and the province of Seville, Spain.

Originally founded as a Roman city and now home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Seville is bursting with antique charm.

Source: https://guaranteemyrent.com/picturesque-cities-world/

How to sell your house fast

How to sell your house fast

Putting your home on the market can be stressful and in order to sell your house quickly, it needs to show at its greatest, be marketed well, and priced correctly.

Repairs

Necessary repairs must be done before you place your home on the market. These include major problems such as an outdated electrical system or a leaky roof as well as minor ones, such as sticky windows and leaky faucets.

First Impression

Nothing is more important than a first impression. So consider what a potential home buyer may think as he or she drives up to your property for the very first time.

When your home is on the market, it’s critical that your landscaping is well-groomed and your lawn is mowed 24/7.

De-clutter, simplify and neutralize your home as if it were a model home. Your goal is to create a soothing space that allows buyers to visualize their own family and lifestyle in the home.

Finding a suitable Agent

Find the best real estate agent. Check the online client reviews and feedback on all the agents you’re considering. Make sure they hire a professional to take photos that promote your home’s best features and selling points. Most home buyers start looking for a property online. Make sure that your estate agent has placed the listing on social media to build up demand before it goes on the market.

Just because you want to sell for a certain amount doesn’t mean your home is worth the money you imagined. Do your own research. Get listing price suggestions from a couple of agents, and then listen to your agent when it comes to negotiating.

If you’re seeking a hassle free way of letting your property and guaranteeing yourself rent month after month EVEN if your property is empty, then we promise you’ll be in good hands with Guarantee My Rent. Guarantee My Rent have built up extensive knowledge and experience in the property rental sector. Since this time, our reputation for offering landlords a first class service has grown and we are now recognised as a significant entity in managing properties.

Source: https://guaranteemyrent.com/how-to-sell-your-house-fast/

Landlords energy efficiency

Landlords in England and Wales have less than a year to check or improve the energy efficiency of their properties, as by 1st April 2018 the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Regulations take effect.

The new minimum energy efficiency requirements will apply to both the domestic and non-domestic sides of the PRS meaning that whether a landlord is letting out a commercial property or a house to a tenant, it could be unlawful to do so if the building doesn’t meet the new minimum energy standard with EPC rating of ‘E’.

These new regulations also mean that landlords will not be able to give new leases to tenants, even if they are current tenants, if the property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) band rating of F or G.

The new regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020.

Properties in England and Wales which do not meet the prescribed minimum energy performance standard (MEPS) will be unlawful to be let or leased and their landlords could face penalties of up to £150,000.

Exemptions:

A landlord may be exempt from compliance to the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Regulations and therefore able to legally let a property with an EPC below E:

  • If third party consent is denied (this could be a tenant, lender, planning authority or higher landlord/freeholder);
  • If energy efficiency improvements would negatively impact the value of the property; or
  • If all improvements possible at no upfront cost to the landlord have been undertaken, such as through a Green Deal finance arrangement or other specified means of calculating cost efficient works, and the EPC rating still falls below an E.

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