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Five homes for sale that have been in the same family for at least 50 years 

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Homes that have been in the same family for decades can provide a special opportunity for buyers.

They tend to have been kept in the same family as there is something desirable about them – perhaps the location or the amount of space they offer.

They may also provide a chance to add value if buyers are able to add some modern features.

This Wiltshire home for sale (pictured) has been in the same family for more than 100 years (scroll down for more details)

This Wiltshire home for sale (pictured) has been in the same family for more than 100 years (scroll down for more details) 

Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘Properties that have been kept in the same family for several generations tend to be hugely sought after.

‘Often families have kept hold of properties because they are particularly special – and so they invite a lot of interest when they come to market once more.

‘In addition, properties that have been in the same family for decades can often present prime renovation opportunities – all the while benefiting from beautiful original features.’

He suggests there are unique ways of secure such properties for sale, which can be in high demand.

He said: ‘For the sellers involved, they may have an emotional attachment to the property and be keen to ensure the new buyer will look after the property. 

‘Consider writing them a letter to put them at ease and share more about your hopes for your potential new home.’

We take a look at five homes for sale online that have been in the same family for at least fifty years, including this first one that is on the market for the first time in a century…

1. Five-bed house, Salisbury, Wiltshire, £1.6m

This Grade II listed property (also see above) in the village of Lake in Wiltshire, near Salisbury, has been in the same family for more than a century

This Grade II listed property (also see above) in the village of Lake in Wiltshire, near Salisbury, has been in the same family for more than a century

The five-bedroom house is on the market via Savills estate agents, with a price tag of £1.6million

The five-bedroom house is on the market via Savills estate agents, with a price tag of £1.6million

The property sits in almost an acre of land that includes three garages and two stables

The property sits in almost an acre of land that includes three garages and two stables

This Grade II listed property in the village of Lake in Wiltshire, near Salisbury, has been in the same family for more than a century.

It sits in almost an acre of land, with five bedrooms, three garages and two stables.

It is the first time that the property has ever been advertised for sale on the open market and it is currently being sold via Savills estate agents for £1.6million.

2. Four-bed house, Warsash, Southampton, £770k

This four-bedroom property for sale in Southampton has been in the same family for 55 years

This four-bedroom property for sale in Southampton has been in the same family for 55 years

The house is being sold by Brook Independent estate agents with a price tag of £770,000

The house is being sold by Brook Independent estate agents with a price tag of £770,000

The established garden at the rear of the property includes an outdoor seating area

The established garden at the rear of the property includes an outdoor seating area 

This property for sale is called Fern Cottage and it has been in the same family for 55 years.

It boasts an established garden with shrubs, perennials and miniature fruit trees, and an outdoor seating area covered in wisteria.

The four-bedroom house is being sold by Brook Independent estate agents with a price tag of £770,000.

3. Four-bed house, Illogan Highway, Cornwall, £600k

This property is in the village of Illogan Highway in Cornwall has been in the same family for 90 years

This property is in the village of Illogan Highway in Cornwall has been in the same family for 90 years

The four-bedroom house is on the market for £600,000 and is being sold Bill Bannister estate agents

The four-bedroom house is on the market for £600,000 and is being sold Bill Bannister estate agents

The property requires money to be spent on some updates, including in the bathroom

The property requires money to be spent on some updates, including in the bathroom

This village property in Cornwall has been in the same family for 90 years and requires updating.

It comes with a garden and a vast array of outbuildings that provide huge potential subject to planning permission.

The four-bedroom house is on the market via Bill Bannister estate agents for £600,000.

4. Three-bed semi-detached house, Sproatley, Yorkshire, £200k

This property in the village of Sproatley, in Yorkshire, has been in the same family for the past 50 years

This property in the village of Sproatley, in Yorkshire, has been in the same family for the past 50 years

It is being sold by estate agents Reeds Rains and comes with a price tag of £200,000

It is being sold by estate agents Reeds Rains and comes with a price tag of £200,000

The semi-detached house has three bedrooms and there is a garden at the rear, with a lawn

The semi-detached house has three bedrooms and there is a garden at the rear, with a lawn

If you have a smaller budget in mind, this three-bedroom semi-detached property in the village of Sproatley, in Yorkshire, has been in the same family for the past 50 years and has a price tag of £200,000.

The same family have been living at the property since it was new, and has been well looked after – although it does require some cosmetic updating. It is being sold by estate agents Reeds Rains.

5. Five-bed semi-detached house in Broadstairs, Kent, £700k

This five-bedroom property in the coastal town of Broadstairs is on the market for the first time in more than 50 years

This five-bedroom property in the coastal town of Broadstairs is on the market for the first time in more than 50 years

The spacious kitchen includes bespoke cabinets and space for a large table and chairs

The spacious kitchen includes bespoke cabinets and space for a large table and chairs

The Grade II listed property was built around 1850 and is being sold by Votta estate agents for £700,000

The Grade II listed property was built around 1850 and is being sold by Votta estate agents for £700,000

This five-bedroom property in the coastal town of Broadstairs is on the market for the first time in more than 50 years.

The Grade II listed property was built around 1850 and is known as 1 Dumpton Farm House. It is being sold by Votta estate agents for £700,000.

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Former US presidential candidate Bob Dole dies aged 98

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Bob Dole, the long-time Kansas senator who was the Republican nominee for president in 1996, has died from lung cancer. In a statement, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, founded by Dole’s wife, said: “It is with heavy hearts we announced that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died earlier this morning in his sleep. At his death at age 98 he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years.”

In late February, Dole announced that he had advanced lung cancer and would begin treatment. Visiting him, President Joe Biden called Dole his “close friend”.

On Sunday the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, like Biden a Democrat, ordered flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff.

Born in Russell, Kansas in 1923, Dole served in the US infantry in the second world war, suffering serious wounds in Italy and winning a medal for bravery.

His wounds cost him use of his right arm but he entered state politics and soon became a longtime Republican power-broker, representing Kansas in the US House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969 and in the Senate until 1996. He had spells as chairman of the Republican National Committee and as Senate minority and majority leader.

In 1976 he was the Republican nominee for vice-president to Gerald Ford, in an election the sitting president lost to Jimmy Carter. Two decades later, aged 73, Dole won the nod to take on Bill Clinton.

Against the backdrop of a booming economy, the Democrat won a second term with ease, by 379 – 159 in the electoral college and by nine points in the popular vote, the third-party candidate Ross Perot costing Dole support on the right.

Dole received both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest US civilian honours.

In the Trump years and after, Dole came widely to be seen as a figure from another time in Republican politics.

On Sunday, the political consultant Tara Setmeyer, a member of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, tweeted: “I cast my first ever vote for president for Bob Dole in 1996. A war hero with a sharp sense of humor ? another piece of a once respectable GOP gone.”

However, Dole remained a loyal Republican soldier, telling USA Today this summer that though Donald Trump “lost the election, and I regret that he did, but they did”, and though he himself was “sort of Trumped out”, he still considered himself “a Trumper”.

Dole called Biden “a great, kind, upstanding, decent person”, though he said he leaned too far left.

He also said: “I do believe [America has]lost something. I can’t get my hand on it, but we’re just not quite where we should be, as the greatest democracy in the world. And I don’t know how you correct it, but I keep hoping that there will be a change in my lifetime.”

On Sunday, Jaime Harrison, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, said: “Sending heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of Senator Bob Dole. We honor his service and dedication to the nation. May he Rest In Peace.”

– Guardian

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Bournemouth is the most popular coastal town for buyers, says Rightmove

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The most popular seaside location for house hunters this year has been Bournemouth, new research has revealed.   

Rightmove identified the top ten most in-demand coastal areas in Britain, based on the highest number of buyer enquiries via its website.

The Dorset resort is the most popular, followed by Southampton, Hampshire and Brighton, East Sussex, with the South coast dominating the list. 

Rightmove has identified the top ten most in-demand coastal areas in Britain

Rightmove has identified the top ten most in-demand coastal areas in Britain

The top ten list also includes Blackpool, Lancashire – a coastal resort known for its amusement arcades and donkey rides – where prices have increased 8 per cent in the past year to £137,301.

It compares to the average house price in the top 10 locations, which rose 6 per cent this year. 

It is just ahead of the national average rise of 5 per cent, from £318,188, to £333,037. These figures are based on an average between January and November 2020 compared to January-November 2021. 

At the same time, Rightmove provided a list of coastal locations that have seen the biggest increases in house prices this year.

Padstow in Cornwall topped that list of coastal hotspots, with prices rising 20 per cent this year, from from £548,382, to £658,588.

The most popular seaside location for house hunters is Bournemouth (pictured), according to Rightmove

The most popular seaside location for house hunters is Bournemouth (pictured), according to Rightmove

AVERAGE ASKING PRICES IN COASTAL HOTSPOTS 2021
Rank Location Average asking price 2021 Average asking price 2020 Average asking price increase 2021 vs 2020
1 Padstow, Cornwall £658,588 £548,382 20%
2 Whitby, North Yorkshire £254,218 £217,620 17%
3 St. Ives, Cornwall £473,161 £411,484 15%
4 Porthcawl, South Glamorgan, Bridgend (County of) £307,051 £270,505 14%
5 Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire £173,612 £153,140 13%
6 Newquay, Cornwall £317,846 £281,204 13%
7 Filey, North Yorkshire £214,617 £189,914 13%
8 Pwllheli, Gwynedd £222,607 £197,213 13%
9 Brixham, Devon £299,127 £266,604 12%
10 Preston, Paignton, Devon £303,684 £272,029 12%
Source: Rightmove       

It was followed by Whitby, in North Yorkshire, which came second, with prices rising 17 per cent from £217,620, to £254,218. 

Cornwall’s St. Ives is in third place, with average values rising 15 per cent from £411,484 to £473,161.

A house with a good sea view and location will cost you, as it will probably be worth at least 40 per cent more than the equivalent inland, if not more.

Robin Gould – Prime Purchase 

Robin Gould, director of buying agency Prime Purchase, says: ‘Many people love the idea of living beside the sea, even more so since the pandemic struck and we have all been spending more time outside. 

‘However, a house with a good sea view and location will cost you, as it will probably be worth at least 40 per cent more than the equivalent inland, if not more. 

‘A frontline house is arguably worth 30 per cent more than one immediately behind it.

‘I recently bought a “frontline” house near Polzeath in north Cornwall for a client, which was right on the cliff top with stunning coastal and sea views.  

‘Although the house itself was very “vanilla”, most people would have forgiven it anything to have that ever-changing, interesting view.’

Also among the most popular coastal locations for homebuyers is Brighton (pictured)

Also among the most popular coastal locations for homebuyers is Brighton (pictured)

QUICKEST COASTAL MARKETS TO FIND A BUYER
Rank Location Average asking price 2021 Average time to find a buyer 2021 (days) Change in time to find a buyer 2021 vs 2020 (days)
1 Saltcoats, Ayrshire £111,419 19 -35
2 Troon, Ayrshire £178,666 22 -8
3 Westward Ho, Bideford, Devon £297,138 24 -46
4 Ayr, Ayrshire £161,301 25 -15
5 Kessingland, Lowestoft, Suffolk £219,538 25 -22
6 Littlehampton, West Sussex £364,180 26 -28
7 Goring-By-Sea, Worthing, West Sussex £396,078 26 -23
8 Marske-By-The-Sea, Redcar, Cleveland £181,882 28 -15
9 Canvey Island, Essex £308,261 28 -23
10 Weymouth, Dorset £283,585 29 -25
Source: Rightmove       

The red hot property market this year has translated into the time it takes to find a buyer hitting a record low number of days.

The average time find a buyer across the whole of 2021 is 44 days, 15 days quicker than the average in 2020.

Saltcoats in Ayrshire is this year’s quickest coastal location to find a buyer, at 19 days on average.

Troon in Ayrshire came second at 22 days, and Westward Ho, in Bideford, Devon was third at 24 days.

Calshot beach was included as Southampton, which features in the top ten most in-demand coastal areas in Britain

Calshot beach was included as Southampton, which features in the top ten most in-demand coastal areas in Britain

THE INCREASE IN COASTAL SEARCHES IN 2021
Rank Location Average asking price Increase in searches 2021 vs 2020
1 Morecambe, Lancashire £164,424 32%
2 Blackpool, Lancashire £137,301 21%
3 Great Yarmouth, Norfolk £194,066 15%
4 Swansea, Wales £180,603 15%
5 Saltburn-By-The-Sea, Cleveland £227,611 15%
6 Southampton, Hampshire £249,053 14%
7 Llandudno, Conwy (County of) £235,316 13%
8 Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, South West Wales £319,587 12%
9 Southport, Merseyside £215,838 12%
10 Scarborough, North Yorkshire £191,879 12%
Source: Rightmove     

Meanwhile, Morecambe, Lancashire saw the biggest jump in coastal buyer searches compared to last year, up 32 per cent, followed by Blackpool, up 21 per cent, and Great Yarmouth, up 15 per cent.

Tim Bannister, of Rightmove, said: ‘After a year where coastal locations really captured the imagination of British buyers, it’s interesting to reflect on how the overall picture looks at the end of the year.

‘In terms of average asking price growth, homeowners in Cornwall and Devon are the real winners this year, with properties in some areas outpacing the national average, though this does mean that it is increasingly difficult for some locals to get onto the ladder.

‘The speed of this year’s market really is astounding, seen in the time to find a buyer in some areas, particularly in Scotland.

‘Overall, this has been the year that either through changed lifestyle priorities, or the ability to work remotely, living in coastal areas has become possible for more buyers, which is reflected in the data we’re seeing in this study.’

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All international travellers arriving into the UK will be required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test – while Nigeria is being added to the British government’s travel red list, British health secretary Sajid Javid has said.

Mr Javid said the government had decided to move after receiving new data about the spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, which emerged in southern Africa.

“Since we have learned of this new variant our strategy has been to buy time. We have always said we will act swiftly should new data require it,” he told broadcasters on Saturday.

“Over recent days we have learned of a significant number of growing cases linked to travel with Nigeria.

“There are 27 cases already in England and that’s growing. Nigeria now is second only to South Africa in terms of linked cases to Omicron.”

Mr Javid said that the number of cases of Omicron in Britain had now risen to about 160.

Under the new rules, from 4am on Monday only British and Irish nationals travelling from Nigeria will be allowed into the UK and they must isolate in a government-managed quarantine hotel on arrival.

And from 4am on Tuesday, anyone travelling to the UK from countries not on the red list will be required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test a maximum of 48 hours before leaving, regardless of their vaccination status. – PA/Reuters

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