A little earlier this year we revealed that there may be much more to the name of the ‘street’ or ‘road’ or ‘avenue’ where you live than meets the eye…and that choosing wisely may have a significant impact on the value of your home.
Well, five months later and our research makes up one of the questions (as per above) on Channel 4′s: Million Pound Drop – the show where contestants are given their prize – £1 million – at the start of the show. All they have to do is keep it…
Not only was this the final episode in the second series, but it was the charity version featuring contestants Jimmy Carr and former Big Breakfast host and DJ Johnny Vaughan.
Here’s the link to the video (episode 9 on 13th November at 54.30mins in), we’ll leave it to you to find out what happened next…
This is a legacy post from the findaproperty.com blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.
Few of us would admit it but there moments in our day-to-day existence when we have Google’s Street View to thank for an easier time of it.
Maybe it’s when you are house hunting here on FindaProperty (we offer a Street View of each address where possible) or maybe just working out exactly where Boots is on your local high street.
But, despite the extraordinary convenience Street View offers, some people don’t like pictures of themselves taken by the Google camera cars splurged all over the internet – particularly if they are outside their homes.
But fret not. A student has developed software that can remove you from Street View.
Computer science graduate student Arturo Flores from the University of California, San Diego, has developed a system that removes pedestrians and replaces the holes in the images with an approximation of the background behind them – leaving a slightly disconcerting ghostly ripple where the person was.
But only the person is taken out, with hilarious consequences. Umbrellas are left floating in the air (see above), dogs being walked by their owners look like strays and houses with people standing outside are left looking abandoned – or haunted.
The system developed by Flores could also end up taking out some of the more colourful scenes caught on camera recently including a group of ‘superheroes’ on a stag do, a Wayne’s World lookalike and musician Nate Heagy, who posed for the Google camera as it went past to publicise his music.
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For the past few months, asking prices have been somewhat out of kilter with what buyers are prepared or can afford to pay, but sellers are becoming increasingly realistic. The traditional New Year influx of properties for sale coming to the market will mean even more competition among sellers and many are keen to try to secure a buyer this side of Christmas and are lowering their expectations accordingly. As a result, now is a great time for buyers to try to land a bargain.
Our latest research shows that:
- Number of ‘discounted’ properties for sale has increased by 13% over last 3 months
- A further £500m has been slashed off UK asking prices since August of this year
- Average reduction of 6.1% (£15,879) from initial asking price, 8% on properties over £1 million
- Swindon has the highest percentage of ‘reduced’ properties on market
- Manchester has the highest average discount on properties for sale
We firmly believe research is the key to the best property related decisions. So, when doing your research don’t forget to use our unique ‘sort by most reduced‘ feature on Zoopla allowing you to hunt for bargains by sorting properties by how much the price has been reduced by.
Here are the top 10 areas with highest number of price-reduced properties:
1. Swindon – 49.5% of listings have had an average price reduction of 5.14% or £10,299
£279,995 – detached house, 7 bedrooms - down 28.2% since first listed
Find more reduced properties for sale in Swindon
2. Norwich – 46.8% of listings have had an average price reduction of 5.92% or £12,478
Find more reduced properties for sale in Norwich
3. Bournemouth – 45.9% of listings have had an average price reduction of 5.74% or £14,306
Find more reduced properties for sale in Bournemouth
4. Northampton – 45.8% of listings have had an average price reduction of 5.68% or £11,242
Find more reduced properties for sale in Northampton
5. Leicester – 45.3% of listings have had an average price reduction of 5.93% or £10,178
Find more reduced properties for sale in Leicester
6. Poole – 44.4% of listings have had an average price reduction of 5.14%or £20,877
Find more reduced properties for sale in Poole
7. Birmingham – 44.2% of listings have had an average price reduction of 6.65% or £10,533
Find more reduced properties for sale in Birmingham
8. Bristol - 44.0% of listings have had an average price reduction price reduction of 6.77% or £15,035
Find more reduced properties for sale in Bristol
9. Exeter – 43.7% of listings have had an average price reduction of 5.60% or £15,983
Find more reduced property for sale in Exeter
10. Coventry – 43.6% of listings have had an average price reduction of 5.87% or £13,088
Find more reduced property for sale in Coventry
*Price reductions are based on all properties listed for sale on Zoopla.co.uk as at 1st November 2010 and include all price reductions since the property was first listed for sale on Zoopla.co.uk.