First time buyer? These are the most affordable cities in the UK

First time buyer? These are the most affordable cities in the UK


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Getting your foot on the property ladder can feel like an impossible task. Only recently it was announced that the Help to Buy ISA will be dropped later this year, and according to a study by Lloyds bank the average house price in the UK has increased from £180,548 in 2013 to £248,233 in 2018 – while earnings have risen by just 11% over the same period.

Fair to say that things aren’t looking great for first time buyers.

But price comparison site Comparethemarket.com has reviewed the average price of a property in 29 cities and towns across the UK to determine which places are viable options for those wanting to buy their own home – and which ones, well, may not be.

At the top of the least affordable cities list is London (quelle surprise) with an average deposit coming in at just over £72,000. Gulp.

However, once you branch out from the capital things are a little less eye-watering, with Bradford and Kingston upon Hull offering much more affordable housing.

Bradford

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Top 10 Most Affordable UK Cities

1. Bradford

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £133,437

Deposit needed: £13,344

2. Kingston upon Hull

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £137,774

Deposit needed: £13,777

3. Stoke-on-Trent

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £139,586

Deposit needed: £13,959

4. Liverpool

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £163,630

Deposit needed: £16,363

5. Bolton

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £163,879

Deposit needed: £16,388

6. Glasgow

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £175,223

Deposit needed: £17,522

7. Wolverhampton

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £185,333

Deposit needed: £18,533

8. Aberdeen

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £192,270

Deposit needed: £19,227

9. Derby

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £194,230

Deposit needed: £19,423

10. Leeds

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £196,821

Deposit needed: £19,682

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Top 10 Least Affordable UK Cities

1. London

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £723,694

Deposit needed: £72,369

2. Brighton

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £406,644

Deposit needed: £40,664

3. Reading

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £363,731

Deposit needed: £36,373

4. Bristol

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £310,938

Deposit needed: £31,094

5. Bournemouth

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £284,272

Deposit needed: £28,427

6. Edinburgh

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £277,528

Deposit needed: £27,753

7. Luton

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £265,819

Deposit needed: £26,582

8. Southampton

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £239,617

Deposit needed: £23,962

9. Northampton

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £238,724

Deposit needed: £23,872

10. Portsmouth

Average price of a one-bed apartment: £237,588

Deposit needed: £23,759

Brb, moving to Bradford.

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Londoners are the ‘UK’s worst neighbours’ apparently

Londoners are the ‘UK’s worst neighbours’ apparently


Oh dear.

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There are heaps of reasons to live in London – the best breakfasts and nail salons and afternoon tea! Plus, London Dog week is a thing.

But there’s one thing you might not want to move to the capital for – and it’s not the cost of renting for once.

It’s your potential neighbours. A new study reveals that they’ve been voted the worst in the UK and dubbed the least considerate individuals.

The research, conducted by Duette, surveyed 2,400 Brits over the age of 18 who rented or owned their homes. It found that Londoners were rated a measly 4.1/10 when it comes to considerate neighbours, and deemed the least likely to start a conversation with those on their street.

On the other hand, those in Cardiff believe that their neighbours are more than adequate, scoring an impressive 8.1/10. Why? Because they’re more likely to help each other out by checking on their homes while away on holiday or watering plants.

Here are the cities that came out on top when it comes to considerate neighbours:

Cardiff – 8.1/10

Manchester – 7.9/10

Gloucester – 7.7/10

Exeter – 7.5/10

Worcester – 7.4/10

Newcastle – 7.2/10

Truro – 7.1/10

Norwich – 7/10

Birmingham – 6.8/10

Leeds – 6.7/10

Reading – 5.4/10

Liverpool – 5/10

Glasgow – 4.8/10

Bristol – 4.5/10

London 4.1/10

The study looked to find the most mindful communities in the UK.

Sunny Matharu, a Duette spokesperson said: ‘Having nice neighbours can make a huge difference; not only can you turn to them for help when you need it, such as when you go away, but it’s always someone to smile and wave at, sometimes talk to, and you never know who’s day you might be making by being kind.

‘Bad neighbours are never ideal, especially when all involved are arguing. For the sake of all involved, any issues should be discussed and resolved – it shouldn’t lead to someone having to up and move in order to feel settled and comfortable.’

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Yankee Candle launches a Sunday Brunch collection and it is dreamy

Yankee Candle launches a Sunday Brunch collection and it is dreamy


We’re sold.

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Credit: Yankee Candle

If you’re a big brunch fan, you’ve probably been to a fair few of the best breakfast hotspots – but if you’re hosting your own at-home boozy brunch, we’ve got just the thing to help you set the scene.

Yankee Candle have launched a Sunday Brunch collection and it looks absolutely dreamy.

There are seven new fragrances for ‘those casual moments spent around a well-worn table where everyone is welcome to pull up a chair and sit a while’ so that summer is well and truly in the air.

There are so many scents to choose from – Blush Bouquet, Sweet Morning Rose, Floral Candy, Belgian Waffles, White Strawberry Bellini, Grilled Peaches and Vanilla, and Honey Lavender Gelato. There’s something for everyone, too, with the flavours available in large jars (£23.99), medium jars (£19.99) and small jars (£8.99) as well as tea lights and wax melts.

Hannah Jenkins, the EMEA Marketing Director for Yankee Candle, said: ‘Whether you prefer a stack of Belgian waffles oozing with maple syrup, or a chilled Bellini while catching up with friends over a leisurely weekend get together, our new range of brunch-inspired fragrances add an extra special touch to your table no matter what you’re toasting.

‘Our fragrance experts have used extensive research to create each of the seven unique scents in this new range which can help create just the right mood for an indulgent brunch gathering.

‘Each fragrance helps to provide a fresh, bright and enticing aroma which will set the tone all day long, from the moment you turn on the oven to that final sip of your Bellini.’

We’ll take one of each, thanks.

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These cool kids brands are fit for a royal baby and we’re obsessed

These cool kids brands are fit for a royal baby and we’re obsessed


All of these products please.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child together any day now, with the royal baby due this month.

‘Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,’ the royal couple announced last year via the Kensington Royal Instagram page. ‘Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.’

The future arrival, referred to as the couple’s ‘little bump’, is already one of the most talked-about people in the world, with the public speculating about everything from baby name predictions and god parent choices to nursery colour palettes and how royal protocol will be broken.

One of the most talked-about parts of the future royal’s arrival however is how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are preparing for their child in terms of accessories and decor, with the royal couple recently relocating to their new and freshly renovated Frogmore Cottage home.

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Yes, it turns out the Meghan Markle effect surpasses the Duchess’ wardrobe and also seems to cover baby brands, from interiors to technology.

But what baby brands are fit for a royal? From Rachel Riley and Il Gufo to Joolz and TeddyOne, we’ve taken a look and compiled some of our favourites.

When welcoming a baby, there are so many things to worry about, and finding the right baby brands and products shouldn’t be another thing to add to your list.

So we’ve done the hard part for you. From prams and artisan baby baskets to teddies and night lights, here are some on-trend baby brands and their products to browse.

So get involved with the royal baby fever, sit back and scroll…

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Lidl launch air purifying plants for UNDER £3

Lidl launch air purifying plants for UNDER £3


Yaaaaaaaaaaaassss!

Words by Maisie Bovingdon

Lidl has done it again.

The high street store has had us swooning over its range with Heidi Klum and sipping on their bargain prosecco – even the hangover free version – and now it is giving us a whole new lease of life, quite literally.

The label is set to launch a new range of five plants this week, which promise to improve air quality by reducing the pollutants in our home to make for a toxin-free zone.

Not just a pretty f̶a̶c̶e̶  leaf.

The collection will include Aloe Vera and Areca palm as well as the Spider plant, which also act to reduce humidity in the room; perfect for the balmy summer nights around the corner.

The packaging is equally as eco-friendly as each plant is wrapped in a brown paper sleeve – what more could we want?

The plants cost just £2.79 and will be available to buy from Sunday 14th April.

The news of their upcoming launch comes almost one year after the success of their house plants, which hit stores last June.

Last year’s launch saw the release of a Phoenix plant, Passion Flower Pyramid and Yucca and, if you’re a fan of Bear Grylls, you’ll know Yucca is highly sought after when stranded in the Amazon rainforest.

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I redecorated my lounge and here are the before and after pics

I redecorated my lounge and here are the before and after pics


A year ago, my husband and I did that adult thing of getting on the property ladder. It took us almost a year between deciding on a location (easy to commute from, that we could afford etc), being outbid on houses, sales falling through and finally moving in, but that’s another story altogether.

Having rented for years, I really wanted a place that we could put our stamp on, without going to the extreme of a project house as we just wouldn’t have the time or the energy to do it up.

The house we finally found was the perfect blank canvas, there was nothing wrong with it but the interiors were a little bland for our taste, and generally needed a little TLC. Whilst we ultimately want to do it all up, we’ve started with the lounge and dining area for now, and after a month of work, here are the before and after pictures.

Dining room decorating ideas

The way the downstairs area was set up made it look a little bit pokey. They were was a long hallway from the front door into a dining room, and then a living area through a small archway. So we decided to knock down a wall separating the hallway and the dining area, and make the archway bigger between the two rooms bigger, to end up with a more open space.

The original wooden floors weren’t in a great condition either, so we got some engineered wooden flooring put down too. As for the walls, we fancied something bold, so opted for Farrow & Ball’s Calke green everywhere.

Although it feels like we didn’t take away that much wall, we were really surprised by how much bigger the room seemed.

Lounge decorating ideas

Disclaimer: I hate carpet. I don’t like the look of it, or the fact it’s a pain to hoover and probably is a lovely home for mites and bacteria. So that went, and the parquet running the whole length of the house helped with the space issues.

There was a condemned door in the room that we had filled in, so that we could hang some wall art too, most of which we got from Society6. Once we saw the new room, we also realised our old sofa wasn’t the right style for the new space, which was a bit more mid-century, so we ordered the 3 seater Scott sofa from Made, in petrol green.

On the other side of the room, we had shelves and cupboards on each side of the fireplace. We realised we didn’t need quite so much storage, so we reduced the number of shelves and got rid of one of the cupboards, which made it feel more airy. For the remaining cupboard, our builder built custom doors, and we ordered some new handles off eBay to make them look a little bit more put-together.

I had seen a marble-encased fireplace on Pinterest, which I was really keen on recreating, and instantly added a luxe feel to the room.

Reading corner ideas

One of the things I wanted the most in the redesign was a reading nook. With that in mind, we got rid the little cupboard (it was just an excuse to not throw away things we didn’t need), so I could move my armchair back slightly, making better use of the space. I also added in this Made wall light to make reading easier, plus it fitted in nicely with the other retro lamps we had.

Hallway decorating ideas

The original hallway was the biggest bugbear, because it was needlessly long and dark. I feel in love with the Insta-famous lily pad tiles on Instagram, and managed to find them a bit cheaper on the Little Tile Company. And instead of completely filling up the space where we had the old door, we had our builders put in the STALL shoe rack from Ikea. It does come with legs, however we chose not to add those as having space underneath it makes the hallway neater and airier.

We added coat hooks above it to maximised the space.

The result

It took about a month in the end to completely transform the downstairs living space, and between the labour and materials, we probably spent around £15k, as it involved a lot of structural work, re-plastering etc. I do think it’s useful to share the cost as we had know idea how much it would all be when we were planning this.

We also had most of our furniture (apart from the new sofa) already, so didn’t need to get anything new, however we originally bought most of it from Made, Danetti, Swoon and for homeware and accessories, Oliver Bonas, La Redoute and Zara home.

Also worth noting, when you are buying furniture from places like Made and Swoon, there is often a long waiting period (our coffee table took a few months to arrive), as they are custom made in small batches, so make sure you plan ahead.

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First-time buyer? This is the best city to get onto the property ladder

First-time buyer? This is the best city to get onto the property ladder


Noted.

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Buying your first property can feel like a distant dream – especially when you’re being told that you might never afford your own place because of your millennial love of lattes. Sigh. No wonder so many of us are thinking of leaving it all behind and looking at moving abroad instead.

However, if you’re not keen on upping sticks and want to stay here in the UK, it might be worth taking a look at MoneySupermarket’s First-Time Buyer Index to see which British cities come out on top for those who want to get their feet firmly on the property ladder.

The report looks at 35 cities and compares them against the most important factors for anyone looking to purchase their first property – job opportunities, average salary, disposable income, rate of contents theft and average cost of a one-bedroom.

And the city that has been selected as the most first-buyer friendly is Bath. Why? Because it scores highly for jobs per capita and leaves individuals with a large disposable income. In second place is Wolverhampton as a result of rising salaries, and in third place is Chester thanks to the increase in affordable housing. According to the report, the average cost of a one-bedroom is £106,050 (ahem, a pretty painful truth for London-dwellers – sorry).

Aberdeen and Derby come in at fourth and fifth place respectively.

So which cities are best avoided? Surprise, surprise – the capital came last, with one-bedroom properties a staggering £355,094 above the national average. Next up is Birmingham, as disposable income has dropped by 22%, and the third-worst is Sheffield due to the lack of job opportunities per capita.

Leicester and Edinburgh finish up in the bottom five, too.

So there you have it. If you want your own pad, Bath is the place to take the leap and make that commitment.

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Primark launches the cutest Alice In Wonderland themed homeware

Primark launches the cutest Alice In Wonderland themed homeware


Want.

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We currently have our eyes on a fair few homeware collections. We’re obsessed with the ASOS SUPPLY homeware collection, which includes everything from decorative hanging planters, cute kitchen and bathroom accessories, cosy throws, sheets and rugs. We want everything from the ASDA sausage dog homeware collection, because who doesn’t want a pup cushion? And the Le Creuset Ultra Violet collection is purple perfection.

But if that’s not enough, listen to this: Primark has launched an Alice In Wonderland collection and it’s beyond cute.

It includes trinket trays, cushions, throws and candles to complete your home and turn it into a Disney dream.

The trinket tray is shaped like a cup from the Mad Hatter’s tea party with a pretty illustration of Alice herself.

It even comes with its very own saucer.

There’s also a patchwork-style Alice scatter cushion, in pink, blue and purple, and a fleecy soft purple throw covered in polka dots and flowers.

Lastly, there is a white mug candle that comes in various colours and has a lovely floral print.

Prices start at £5, and if you choose to buy everything in the collection it’ll cost you less than £25.

Bargain.

Last year, Primark released another Alice In Wonderland line, which included many themed accessories such as Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit, and ‘drink me’ bottle purses.

We’ll take one of everything, thanks.

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ASDA launches a sausage dog homeware collection and we want everything

ASDA launches a sausage dog homeware collection and we want everything


All of the yes.

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We’ve been absolutely spoilt this year when it comes to homeware collections. Last month we were more than a little excited to find out that ASOS Supply is now a thing, a homeware range that quite literally has something for everyone – think decorative hanging planters, cute kitchen and bathroom accessories, cosy throws, sheets and rugs.

On top of that, the Le Creuset ultra violet collection dropped, with everything from beautiful purple egg cups to their iconic casserole dishes in the bold and bright hue.

But if you want even more interiors inspiration, look no further than ASDA. The supermarket has launched a sausage dog homeware collection, and we want everything.

That’s right – for the dog obsessed among you, there’s the option to pick up some sausage dog bedding sets and kitchenware from George at ASDA.

There are quilt covers and matching pillowcases with white and yellow pups printed on them, with single sizes coming in at £10, doubles selling for £12, kings retailing at £14 and super king sets are just £16.

If your bed isn’t pooched up enough, you can also invest in some sausage dog cushions to really set it off. For just £7, it’s all very on trend in mustard yellows and muted greys. There’s even a ‘woof’ cushion in the set, and it’s a necessary addition to any bedroom.

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You can also get your hands on a fluffy grey throw for £6, or some doggy themed rugs, with prices dependant on size and starting at £25.

And if you want this beautiful theme to continue into the bathroom, there are even some yellow and grey sausage dog towels to add to your collection, and they’ll set you back between £4 and £9.

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Credit: ASDA

Finally, you can add the print to your kitchen cupboards with cute glasses and mugs.

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Credit: ASDA

Erm, could there be a more perfect homeware range?

We’re actually in love.

And we’ll take two of everything, thanks.

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Le Creuset releases new ultra violet collection and we’re in love

Le Creuset releases new ultra violet collection and we’re in love


Happy Valentine’s day to me

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Credit: Le Creuset

The ASOS SUPPLY homeware collection launched this month, and we’ve never been more grateful for premiere delivery (and Klarna, for that matter). From cute elephant trunk hooks to abstract print rugs, there’s something for every millennial.

But if you’re looking for some proper grown-up kitchenware, your wishlist will undoubtedly include at least one thing from Le Creuset. From their iconic casserole dishes to their signature grillet pans, the colourful brand is absolutely winning when it comes pieces that are both fun and adulting-friendly.

The kitchenware pros have just released Ultra Violet, an ‘ultra-vibrant, ultra-gorgeous, ultra-modern’ collection that is – you guessed it – all violet. But it’s not just any old purple hue, it’s ‘bold, bright and brimming with attitude’.

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Le Creuset said: ‘Add vibrancy to your kitchen with Ultra Violet, a new purple inspired colourway that is totally on trend. Sometimes a colour just chimes with the mood of the moment: right now, the shade of our times is Ultra Violet.

‘No ordinary purple, it’s bold, bright and brimming with attitude. Modern and stylish, it’s a cool and confident pop of colour in your home.’

Prices start at £8.50 (bargain), with egg cups, stackable ramekin dishes and handle gloves for less than a tenner. If your budget stretches a little further, you can pick up a grand mug for £17, or a boujie butter dish for £30. Oh, and there’s a rather charming purple tea pot for £45 if high tea is your jam.

And if you really want to push the boat out, you can invest in one of the brand’s iconic casserole dishes. Price varies depending on size and style, but the most expensive could set you back around £275. Sounds pretty steep but if you consider the cost per use then it’s definitely a worthy purchase.

How many weeks until payday, again?

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