Housing market is losing momentum, Nationwide says

housing market1 Housing market is losing momentum, Nationwide saysNationwide said house price inflation slowed to 9.0% in October on an annual basis, down from 9.4% in September

House price growth is continuing to show signs of slowing down, according to the UK’s second biggest mortgage lender.

Nationwide said house price inflation slowed to 9.0% in October on an annual basis, down from 9.4% in September.

Indicators suggest the market has “lost momentum”, it said.

The trend may continue in the near term, especially in London, Nationwide added.

Monthly house prices rose by 0.5% in October, taking the average house price up to £189,333.

However, Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s chief economist, said: “A variety of indicators suggest that the market has lost momentum.

“The number of mortgages approved for house purchase in September was almost 20% below the level prevailing at the start of the year,” he said.

Despite the gradual slowdown in house price growth, the broader economic outlook remains positive, Nationwide said.

‘Irrational Exuberance’

The figures are the third piece of evidence this week which suggest a cooling of the UK housing market.

Yesterday the Bank of England said that the number of mortgages being approved had fallen to its lowest level in 14 months.

The Land Registry said that house prices in England and Wales had fallen during September, for the first time in nearly a year.

The Land Registry figures include cash sales, which can be a third of the market.

The Nationwide said tougher mortgage lending rules which began in April may be one reason for the slow-down; a fear of higher mortgage rates next year another.

Jonathan Samuels, chief executive of Dragonfly Property Finance, said the “irrational exuberance” in the market appeared to have subsided.

“The new lending rules introduced earlier in the year clearly triggered a slowdown, but since then I suspect some good old-fashioned common sense has also played a role,” he added.

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Spike Milligans House Back Up For Sale

The home of the late great Spike Milligan is back on the market

Milligan lived in Carpenters Meadow, a house designed in the 60s by architect C P McLaughlin, in the final years of his life (from 1988 and 2002) with his third wife Shelagh Sinclair.

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After his death she sold the place, bought a smaller home and then, to the dismay of Milligan’s six children, flogged much of the memorabilia he had collected during his long career as a writer, actor, musician, and comedian.

The kids hit back by contesting Milligan’s will in favour of an earlier version that left them a share of Carpenters Meadow, but they were unsuccessful.

Terence Alan Patrick Seán Milligan died from liver disease at the age of 83, on 27 February 2002. He quipped before his death that he was glad his old friend Harry Secombe had died first because “I didn’t want him to sing at my funeral.”

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He was buried at Winchelsea, East Sussex. His coffin was draped with an Irish flag and his headstone famously reads, in Gaelic because he wasn’t allowed put it in English: “Dúirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite” ( “I told you I was ill.”)

He described Carpenters Meadow, as “the ugliest house in the world,” “bloody awful” and had an alternative nameplate made for it called “The Blind Architect”.

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In 1991 he appeared on Room 101 and told host Paul Merton: “When I saw a photograph, I said to the estate agent, ‘It looks as if it’s made from white stone.’ He said, ‘Yes, it is.’ “But it isn’t. It’s built from concrete blocks. It’s all blank, blank, blank. That’s why I hate it: because I own it.”

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Asked by Merton if there was something he could do to improve his home, Milligan added thoughtfully: “You could set fire to it.”

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This is not Savills’ view of the place: “a substantial property of excellent proportions which occupies an enviable elevated position.” Offers in Excess of  £1,475,000 … those planning improvements are advised to being your own matches.

Carol Smillie’s beach house for sale.

Television presenter Carol Smillie’s beautiful beach house is up for sale.

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Nine years have passed since Carol Smillie’s final appearance on the BBC’s Changing Rooms series but she has only just achieved her own makeover ambition – transforming part of her Scottish beach house into the dream room she always wanted.

“I craved a white space to relax in. Now I’ve created it in an upstairs bedroom,” she says, referring to a converted 19th-century house in rural Ayrshire, which her family has used as a holiday retreat since buying it in 1999.

“The room used to be an old sail loft, so the floorboards and walls were different dark colours where the sails had been left and rotted. But I’ve given it a bleached beachy feel with white floors and white walls. It’s become my place to chill,” says the presenter.

The irony is that Carol, along with her restaurateur husband Alex Knight and their three children aged 12 to 17, are now selling the home. “We bought it as a place for the kids to enjoy old-fashioned growing up – playing on the beach, having the wind in their hair, not sitting in front of a computer. Now they’re the age when they’d rather go to parties,” she admits.

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The property was built in the 1870s as a lifeguard station, but has been modernised by the couple, who added a bedroom and bathroom. It has four bedrooms in all plus a large open-plan ground-floor living area and a wide decking area overlooking the beach.

Its unusual location – in private grounds near the village of Maidens, two miles from the famous Turnberry golf course on the south west coast of Scotland – is the main reason why the family bought it.

Carol says: “We sat outside when it was for sale thinking of reasons we shouldn’t buy it. We told ourselves the beach would fill up with noisy tourists and it didn’t. We said the house would be damp and it wasn’t. So we took the plunge as it’s been a huge part of our lives ever since.”

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The Smillies have visited once a month for the past 13 years and have held regular New Year’s Day parties for families and friends who flocked there for views of the Irish Sea and the Isle of Arran.

“It’s the perfect spot for getting away from it all. The property’s been simple to keep up – we’ve never had a cleaner – and the location has kept its basic old-fashioned quality. There’s no fish and chip shop, no amusement arcade, just the beach and the sea.”

There is history, too. Carol was once stopped by a local woman whose father had made a catamaran in the lounge of the house back in the Sixties. “We invited her father to see the house as it is now and he presented me with a charming video they’d made using cine film of the catamaran being made and launched. It’s a real community like that,” she says.

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Carol has no regrets about leaving Changing Rooms, famous for two-day makeovers with a tight £500 budget. The programme, which ran for eight years, was considered one of Britain’s first reality TV shows and gave the public their initial glimpse of interior design gurus Linda Barker, Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen and Anna Ryder Richardson, as well as Cockney carpenter “Handy Andy” Kane. The format was sold to Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

“The old phrase ‘an Englishman’s home is his castle’ is what made the show a success. Everyone likes to see the latest design for their home, especially if they are shown how to achieve it without huge expense,” says Carol. Her role as host involved coaxing the prima donna designers to stick to their budgets and deadlines.

“We’re all pretty nosy when it comes to wanting to know what other peoples’ homes are like. We judge people by seeing where and how they live. That’s one reason why Changing Rooms was such a success and is still remembered today,” she says.

The family is now concentrating on Alex’s restaurant business – he has three eateries in St Andrews and one in Stirling – with another completely new business venture being announced in the autumn.

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Carol and Alex are not going to replace The Beach House with another retreat. They already have a detached Victorian house in Glasgow and a modern holiday home on the Algarve in Portugal “where there’s at least some guaranteed sun”, she says.

They admit to having mixed emotions about leaving the property, but Carol says it is time to move on. “It’s the end of an era, whether we like it or not. The house needs to be loved by another family, just as it’s been loved by ours.”

The Beach House is on sale for offers over £395,000 through Knight Frank, 0131 222 9600, knightfrank.com and CKD Galbraith, 01292 268181, ckdgalbraith.co.uk. Furnishings are also for sale by separate arrangement.

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Catch The Harry Potter Express – Property with a first class view to Hogsmeade train station

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Goathland train station near Scarborough has seen its fair share of cameras and film crews over the years. The TV series Heartbeat was filmed in Goathland and the station was used for certain scenes. But it was when it was used as the fictional station at Hogsmeade in the first Harry Potter film – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, that it truly attained its place in the locations hall of fame.

Barnet House is a four-bedroom home set opposite the station and enjoys the view down onto one of the most famous platforms in the UK. The house even comes complete with its own slice of train track, though luckily the only trains that chug along it and under the bridge are steam ones on a tourist line.

If a fan of the boy wizard were to buy this property they would be able to look out their window every day and see where all those wizards and witches boarded the Hogwarts Express. And should there be any more filming they’ll have ringside seats watching all the action.

Unfortunately the house itself didn’t appear in the Harry Potter film. Although the cameras were pointing in the correct direction, some mean wizards in the cutting room performed some magic and airbrushed out the house. Must be relatives of Voldemort!

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Cristiano Ronaldo Home Up For Sale

Cristiano Ronaldo Selling His UK Home

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A palace fit for a WAG: Cristiano Ronaldo puts his £5m home up for sale

He’s left Manchester United behind, but Cristiano Ronaldo is still looking for a buyer for his £5million mansion.The player, who recently made an £80million move to Real Madrid, bought the home for Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo Home Up For Sale£4million just 18 months ago. But, despite the slump, the 24-year-old is hoping to make another £1million when it sells.

And who could be a better occupant of the huge three-storey Cheshire home than another footballer?

Manchester City’s new player Carlos Tevez, 25, is said to be very interested in the home, which comes complete with a private pool.

The £150,000-a-week Argentinian has already taken a look around the sprawling five-bedroom property, which stands on acres of prime land.

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The house features a pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

A source told the Daily Star: ‘It is an absolutely stunning place and has everything in it that you could possibly want in a new home.

‘If it was bought by another footballer they will be the envy of their team mates.’

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Ronaldo's leaving the stunning country garden behind.