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Meet our Rap For A Cause winner: Charlie Chyps

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Kent-based children’s hospice chYps is to receive a £10,000 donation thanks to the rapping efforts of a seven-year-old boy who lost his younger brother to a rare form of cancer.

Charlie, Tony and Oscar Saunders

Scores of contestants battled it out in the online competition in which Dartford-based Charlie Saunders and his father Tony Saunders – rapping as “Charlie Chyps and Divvy Dad” – won the contest with more than 6,000 public votes. They rapped in memory of Oscar Saunders who was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma and passed away last year shortly before his third birthday.

The competition was held in conjunction with a recent advertising campaign in which a number of characters rapped about their property needs.

The contest was closely fought, with Leeds-based 11-year-old Dylan Broadbent – rapping as “Dylz” – in a second place. He was representing The Christie Charity which funds projects at Manchester’s specialist cancer hospital The Christie Foundation Trust.

Both raps received huge online support, including tweets of support from Russell Brand, Mick Jagger, Smiths’ guitarist Johnny Marr,  and comedian John Bishop.

Charlie entered the competition to raise funds and awareness for chYps, the Kent-based children’s’ hospice that looked after his younger brother Oscar during his battle with cancer. By providing homecare, chYps supported the Saunders and allowed them to spend us much time as possible away from hospitals while Oscar was gravely ill. The £10,000 prize is being donated to support chYps’ respite service.

Leigh’anne Saunders with her sons Oscar and Charlie

“Losing Oscar was an incredibly traumatic experience, but without chYps it would have been a hell of a lot more traumatic,” Tony Saunders told

“I kept saying to Charlie, if we get to number one we’re really lucky, but at least we’re doing it for the right reasons.

“If it wasn’t for chyps and the fact they provided treatment at home, we would have been at the hospital non-stop for 18 months. But instead I was still able to run my business and pay the mortgage, Charlie was still able to have a life and go to school.”

Tracie Dempster, Head of Care at chYps said the charity was thrilled to be benefitting from the competition.

“Winning this £10,000 is absolutely amazing and will support the chYps service in so many ways. Much of our service is funded through charitable donations and core services that each family needs, such as specialist nurses that deliver cancer support and chemotherapy rely heavily on monies from the public.

chYps children’s hospice helped care for Oscar Saunders at home

“This £10,000 will help fund our chYps respite service, which is offered to all families. Just imagine what a difference a trip to the seaside could have on a child at the end of their life with competent staff to look after the child for the whole day. We are so thrilled to have won the money and are so grateful to Tony and Charlie for winning it for us in memory of Oscar.”

June 1, 2012 at 12:02 AM Leave a comment

Download our new iPad app now

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Put home hunting at your fingertips by searching for your next home with’s new iPad app.

The newly launched  app makes use of the iPad’s GPS functionality so you can find and review homes on the move before mapping a route to get to them for a viewing.

The app also gives you pinch-enabled floor plans so you can zoom in and out with ease, as well as access to full property information and photos for each home for sale or rent. You’ll also be able to save or forward your favourite properties and contact estate agents directly to arrange a viewing.

Download the app now and take your property search to the next level.

April 25, 2012 at 4:08 PM Leave a comment

See a Granny rap about finding a new home

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Meet Granny. She’s the latest member of the Rapping Family and she’s getting lyrical about finding a new home.

See Granny rap now.

Granny is part of our new £5 million advertising campaign. She follows in the footsteps of our rapping expectant parents who premiered on ITV at the weekend.

Granny isn’t going to be on the telly until next month, but you can see her spitting some rhymes about her property likes (it’s got to be nice and cosy, local and close to the postie) now.

Sign up to our campaign site and see our Rapping Family ads before they go live. You’ll also be among the first to hear about our new competition and how you can win some exciting prizes.

Check it!

January 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM Leave a comment

FindaProperty TV ad: Who’s taken over our site?

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Meet our house hunting expectant parents. They’re two of the rapping stars of’s latest advertising campaign and from today they’ve taken over our main site.

They’re the first part of our fun new £5 million advertising campaign aimed at spreading the news that is the UK’s most helpful property website – whether you’re renting, selling, or buying.

For the time being, our expectant parents are confined to your computer screens, but come Sunday January 8, you’ll see them on TV  rapping about the need to find a bigger home before their new babies arrive. If you can’t wait until then, we’d like to give you a sneaky peek of the first TV ad (before everyone sees it on Sunday). Scroll down to see the ad now.

And if you’ve noticed the strong family resemblance between our expectant parent rappers then you’d be right on the money. Both characters are played by RADA-trained actor Ross Green who stars in our campaign (he plays nine different characters across three separate TV ads). Excited? You bet we are.

We’ll soon be launching a new competition to go along with the campaign and we think you’ll dig the prizes (they’re pretty outrageous!). Keep in touch by leaving us your details here.

In the meantime, our expectant parents are pleased to meet you too.

January 5, 2012 at 5:18 PM Leave a comment

Merry Christmas … plus the property year in review

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As 2011 draws to a close we’d like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year.

Property festive: We wish you a merry Christmas

Here at we’re also pausing to reflect on what’s been a very busy year on the property front and to pick out some of the top stories of the year.

First-time buyers

The endangered species of the property market, first-time buyers faced a tough year on the home front. Even though interest rates remained at historic lows and prices held steady or in many cases came down, those looking to take that first tentative step onto the property ladder and buy a home were rarely seen.

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) reported there are now 200,000 FTBs a year compared with around 500,000 before 2008. And it’s a story of affordability. The CML says the average deposit for a first-buyer home is now 20%, which means finding a national average deposit of at least £25,000, or significantly more than that in London and some other cities.

Housing minister Grant Shapps recognised the problems faced by first-time buyers when he launched the goverment’s new housing strategy earlier this year, saying an “entire generation” have been blocked from the housing ladder and pledging to put this group at the centre of Government efforts to get the property market moving again.


The UK’s move towards being a nation of renters, rather than buyers, was probably the biggest single property story of the year. research found the typical national monthly rent reached £890 in October – the highest average we’ve ever recorded for a home to rent– which accounted for 46 % of average monthly household net earnings. Renting was further thrust into the spotlight by homelessness charity Shelter and their disturbing landmark report into the affordability of the private rental sector.

Latest figures for December show rents are down slightly – partly down to a seasonal change, but this adjustment doesn’t change the fact that more of us are expecting to stay in our rented homes for longer. Recent research found 26 per cent of home searchers had “no issue” with renting long term.

House prices

House prices generally held steady in 2011.’s November asking price data showed the average price of a home at £215,385, 0.5% down on the previous month, but still 0.7% higher than a year ago. London’s status as an international city meant it operated as an independent market and the latest figures showed prices continued to increase there – by 0.7% last month, bringing the average price of a London home to £453,956.

December 15, 2011 at 3:03 PM Leave a comment

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