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Most reduced properties for sale revealed with values cut by up to 50%

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The most reduced properties for sale have been revealed, proving a window shopping opportunity for homebuyers hoping to bag themselves a bargain.

The asking prices on the properties for sale on Zoopla have been cut from between 40 per cent and 50 per cent.

In one case, it translates into a reduction of almost £1million on a Grade II listed Georgian manor once owned by the aristocracy.

The most reduced properties for sale have been revealed, including this £900,000 Grade II Georgian manor once owned by the aristocracy (scroll down for more details)

The most reduced properties for sale have been revealed, including this £900,000 Grade II Georgian manor once owned by the aristocracy (scroll down for more details)

Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘Despite house price growth across the UK currently sitting at 8.4 per cent, there’s still a chance to grab a bargain in locations across the country with some properties currently benefitting from price reductions of up to 50 per cent. 

‘If you’re on the hunt for a reduced property, ensure you frequently check online to spot properties that are recently reduced and don’t forget to set up email alerts for properties that match what you’re looking for.’ 

The four most reduced properties for sale…

1. Five-bed house, Lower Shiplake, £1.25m, down 50%

This property for sale in the Oxfordshire village of Lower Shiplake has seen its asking price cut in half to £1.25million

This property for sale in the Oxfordshire village of Lower Shiplake has seen its asking price cut in half to £1.25million

The modern bungalow boasts five bedrooms as well as a large kitchen with white units and a seated eating area overlooking the garden

The modern bungalow boasts five bedrooms as well as a large kitchen with white units and a seated eating area overlooking the garden

The property has a large lawn area in the garden with mature trees, a patio area, and it is close to the River Thames

The property has a large lawn area in the garden with mature trees, a patio area, and it is close to the River Thames

This five-bedroom bungalow for sale is in the Oxfordshire village of Lower Shiplake has seen its asking price cut in half.

It is currently on the market for £1.25m, and is close to the River Thames as well as local amenities, including Shiplake train station, a convenience store and a local butcher.

2. Four-bed house, Pontypridd, £250k, down 44%

This four-bed property is in the Welsh town of Pontypridd and is for sale for £250,000 having seen the asking price cut by 44 per cent

This four-bed property is in the Welsh town of Pontypridd and is for sale for £250,000 having seen the asking price cut by 44 per cent

As well as the three-bedroom detached house, there is a separate one-bedroom semi-detached cottage included in the sale

As well as the three-bedroom detached house, there is a separate one-bedroom semi-detached cottage included in the sale

The property has some green space that could be transformed into a easily accessible and comfortable garden

The property has some green space that could be transformed into a easily accessible and comfortable garden

If you fancy a renovation project, this four-bedroom property in the Welsh town of Pontypridd is for sale for £250,000, having seen the asking price cut by 44 per cent.

As well as the three-bedroom detached house, there is a separate one-bedroom semi-detached cottage included in the sale.

One of the properties was designed and built by an artist in the 1960s, where he lived and worked for five decades.

3. Five-bed house, Bretherton, £895k, down 40%

This detached house is in the Lancashire village of Bretherton is on the market for £895,000 and has seen its asking price cut by 40 per cent

This detached house is in the Lancashire village of Bretherton is on the market for £895,000 and has seen its asking price cut by 40 per cent

The pristine property has a shiny kitchen with black cabinets and an island with a contrasting white worktop area

The pristine property has a shiny kitchen with black cabinets and an island with a contrasting white worktop area

The luxury home is detached and boasts five bedrooms as well as an acre of garden that currently includes a trampoline

The luxury home is detached and boasts five bedrooms as well as an acre of garden that currently includes a trampoline

This detached house in the Lancashire village of Bretherton boasts five bedrooms and an acre of lawned gardens.

The property has been finished to a high standard, including an open plan family dining kitchen and living area.

It is on the market for £895,000 and has seen its asking price cut by 40 per cent.

4. Ten-bed house, Shotley, £900k, down 40%

This ten-bedroom property in the Suffolk village of Shotley is a Grade II Georgian manor once owned by the aristocracy

This ten-bedroom property in the Suffolk village of Shotley is a Grade II Georgian manor once owned by the aristocracy

The interior of the house includes this living area with wood beams, tiled flooring and exposed brickwork with a fireplace

The interior of the house includes this living area with wood beams, tiled flooring and exposed brickwork with a fireplace

The large manor house is currently on the market for £900,000 after having had its asking price cut by 40 per cent

The large manor house is currently on the market for £900,000 after having had its asking price cut by 40 per cent

This ten-bedroom property in the Suffolk village of Shotley is a Grade II Georgian manor once owned by the aristocracy.

It is between the Orwell and Stour estuaries, which were used in medieval times as an assembly point and safe anchoring for the naval fleet.

The house is currently for sale for £900,000 after having had its asking price cut by 40 per cent.

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Bluewater grows its entertainment offer (GB)

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Landsec has announced the opening of a third ‘UK first’ attraction at Bluewater, Kent as the destination expands its partnership with Hangloose Adventures. Skydive, a free-fall experience not found anywhere else in Europe, and the UK’s only outdoor skydive machine has opened at the centre. It follows on from Europe’s biggest purpose-built giant swing, standing at 46-metre tall, which opened at Bluewater earlier this month.  

 

The announcement builds on a successful first year for Hangloose’s initial attraction Skywire, the longest zip wire in England, which has welcomed 30,000 guests since launching at Bluewater last June. Landsec will continue to work with Hangloose to expand its offering, with up to five more experiences set to open at the centre by 2024: a bungee tower, giant slide, clip and climb, waterdrop boulding wall, and Via Ferrata, a route-marked climb using metal rails and rungs embedded in Bluewater’s cliff walls.

 

Mark Warne, Brand Account Director F&B and Leisure at Landsec commented: “Delivering new experiences which are unique to Bluewater is central to our overall offer for guests. Hangloose’s innovative concept raises the bar when it comes to leisure attractions and draws guests from across the UK to Kent. By partnering with Hangloose to grow their business and create shared value, we’ll be able to give guests even more exciting experiences every time they visit.”

 

Brian Phelps, MD of Hangloose Adventure, said: “Since the beginning, we’ve worked closely with Landsec to grow our leisure concept and drive performance, putting us in a unique position where we’re able to expand our offer after only a year. We’ve enjoyed great success at Bluewater so far and are already thinking about how we can provide even bigger and better experiences in the future.”

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Author with immaculate house offers ten tips for a clean home

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Is this the secret to NEVER having to clean? Houseproud author claims she saves hours by sticking to a ten-step mantra – including banning chairs in bedrooms, wiping as you cook and only ironing shirts and dresses

  • UK writer Natali Juste Simmonds says she’s cracked keeping a home clean, by sticking to a few simple ground rules – and making sure family members comply
  • She shared top ten tips for keeping a home spotless with her 20,000 followers
  • Among them are ditching a toilet brush in the bathroom, not having a chair in the bedroom and cleaning  the kitchen while you cook

A houseproud author has revealed her ten essential tips for keeping a house spotless – saying simple ground rules for family members and cleaning as you go means never wasting time on dull chores. 

Writer Natali Juste Simmonds, who was born in the UK but now lives in the Netherlands, penned her top ways to keep on top of cleaning on Twitter, saying she has time to focus on her writing because she follows her own advice about dodging ‘thankless’ cleaning tasks. 

The author of a series of paranormal romance novels told her 20,000 followers on Twitter: ‘I know so many people who spend hours cleaning up after their family every day, but I refuse to. 

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UK writer Natali Juste Simmonds says she's cracked keeping a home clean, by sticking to a few simple ground rules - and making sure family members comply

UK writer Natali Juste Simmonds says she’s cracked keeping a home clean, by sticking to a few simple ground rules – and making sure family members comply

‘It’s boring and thankless. I prefer to write. Yet my house is spotless. Here are 10 ways to keep on top of s*** so you don’t have to clean for hours.’ 

Sharing her ‘tough love’ mantra, she said that the key to keeping a home clean is making sure every family member is engaged, saying learning how to tidy is a lifeskill that everyone needs – and no-one should get away with not doing it. 

Natali wrote: ‘Train everyone in the house to do the following (cats are the exception). After a while these habits will become routine, but you MUST stick to them and make sure no one is let off the hook.’ 

Among the tips are filling a bag with things that are in the wrong place at the end of every day and placing them back where they belong. 

Tidy home, tidy mind: The Netherlands-based writer shared her top ten tips for keeping a home spotless with her 20,000 followers on Twitter - saying that making sure everyone in the house pulls their weight is key (Pictured: An office area in Simmonds' home)

Tidy home, tidy mind: The Netherlands-based writer shared her top ten tips for keeping a home spotless with her 20,000 followers on Twitter – saying that making sure everyone in the house pulls their weight is key (Pictured: An office area in Simmonds’ home)

The writer also claims having a toilet brush doesn’t help keep a loo clean and dousing it with bleach instead is a more reliable way to ensure it’s sparkling. 

And getting used to wiping down mirrors after using a sink also helps, she claims, writing: ‘Keep a dry cloth next to the bathroom sink. Every time someone uses the taps or brushes their teeth, wipe down the counter and mirror. Takes literally 2 seconds. No cleaning toothpaste stains off counters.’

Teaching kids to pull their weight around the house is key to success, and equality reigns supreme in the Simmonds house. 

Among her top tips are ditching a toilet brush in the bathroom - using just bleach instead; not having a chair in the bedroom - to prevent people leaving clothes on them - and cleaning the kitchen while you cook (Pictured: Simmonds' very tidy office)

Among her top tips are ditching a toilet brush in the bathroom – using just bleach instead; not having a chair in the bedroom – to prevent people leaving clothes on them – and cleaning the kitchen while you cook (Pictured: Simmonds’ very tidy office)

‘If one kid lays the table, the other clears. If one hangs out the washing, the other collects. I don’t say “I need help with dinner” I say “who will chop the veg and who will wash up?” Its called a presumed close. I have no option, why should others in my house?’

The author, who has written books including the Indigo Chronicles trilogy and the Blood Web series, admits that having a cleaner is still useful…because they can help keep on top of areas where grime quickly builds, including fridges and ovens – but she suggests ditching a takeaway a week to cover the cost. 

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DIA Group closes 25 Minipreco stores in Portugal

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DIA Group has closed 25 Minipreco stores in Portugal, resulting in the loss of approximately 159 jobs. The retailer said the closures are the result of ‘the effort to adapt, modernise and balance the operations of DIA Portugal, with the aim of better preparing the company for current and future challenges arising from the current economic situation in the country,’ according to media reports. In the last two years, the multinational company operating in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and Argentina, accumulated losses of over €620m.

 

In Portugal, net sales reached €283.1m in the first half, 4.5% below the €296.3m generated in the same period last year, due to the reduction of stores and mobility restrictions. DIA Group confirmed its intention to continue to invest in Portugal. The company hopes to adjust its operation to the current reality in order to ensure the future success of the company.

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