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Win £500 by spotting the difference

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.

Here at FindaProperty we love a bit of fun, especially when it comes to all things home related. With that in mind we’ve put together this nifty spot the difference game to help you find your ‘happy place’ and be in the running to win £500.

The photos for the game were taken at London’s brilliant Geffrye Museum, which includes 18 rooms each showing off interiors from different eras. We’d like to say a massive thank you to the museum’s friendly curators who really got into the spirit of things by sneakily moving around the display bits and bobs to make our ‘happy place’ spot the difference extra tricky.

What are you waiting for? Have a go and be in with a chance to win £500.

May 11, 2011 at 12:53 PM Leave a comment

FindaProperty named Property Portal of the Year

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.

FindaProperty has a bit of a sore head this morning, but in a good way, if you know what we mean.

Samantha Baden, Nigel Lewis and Jenny Warner – aka the FindaProperty content team – show off the Property Portal of the Year award

Afterall, who could blame us for having a couple of glasses of the bubbly stuff to celebrate being named Property Portal of the Year at last night’s LSL Property Press Awards in London. As you might expect, we were thrilled to be honoured by our property industry peers in such a public way.

For those of you who haven’t heard of the awards, they aim to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding achievements of property journalists from across the UK.

And at the risk of bigging ourselves up, FindaProperty would just quietly like to mention the judges’ very kind words about us. “The site often takes the lead providing intelligent and witty comment that both informs and entertains,” they said. “It cleverly combines topical news stories with real life experiences of buying a home.”

We’d also like to congratulate all the other winners at the LSL Property Press Awards and a special mention to the lovely team at Tepilo who were named runners-up in our category.

And the winners are:

National Newspaper Property Staff Writer of the Year

Francesca Steele, The Times

National Freelance Journalist of the Year

Ruth Bloomfield, Freelancer

Property Business Journalist of the Year

Claer Barrett, FT Group

International Property Journalist of the Year

Zoe Dare Hall, The Sunday Times

Regional Property Journalist of the Year

David Bartlett, Liverpool Daily Post

Property Columnist of the Year

Anne Ashworth, The Times

Sustainable/Environmental Property Journalist of the Year

Sarah Lonsdale, Sunday Telegraph

Property Scoop of the Year

Dan Thomas, Financial Times

National Newspaper Property Supplement of the Year

The Times Bricks & Mortar

Property Trade Magazine of the Year

Estates Gazette

Property Portal of the Year

FindaProperty.com

Property Journalism’s Rising Star 2010

Anna Mikhailova, The Sunday Times AND

Tanya Powley, Financial Times

Overall Property Journalist of the Year

Ruth Bloomfield, Freelance

March 22, 2011 at 1:28 PM Leave a comment

Where is Britain’s best village?

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.

Do you value a good school over a village shop; or would you rather have a reliable bus service instead of a stonking summer fair? And where does the quality of the village bunting come into the equation? Like most things in life, not everyone likes the same things in a village (although a straw poll of FindaProperty HQ found overwhelming support for a quality pub).

Kudos then to estate agents Savills who have taken the brave decision to nominate what they think are the nation’s best villages. They whittled it down to a shortlist of 12 by looking at schools, transport and good basic amenities (like village shops and pubs). They also rated the setting and overall health of the village and took note of social and economic infrastructure.

The overall winner of the best village crown was named Chew Magna in Somerset, not far from Bath and Bristol, which even features a Michelin-starred pub nestled between its stone cottages and flagstone streets.

Richard Brooks, who runs the Savills residential office in Bristol, said he wasn’t surprised Chew Magna was named best village. “Everything about the village works, it has a proper core to it and you really get the feeling the villagers love living there. It has everything anyone could possibly need for everyday living.”

Savills also picked the top three villages when it came to schools, value for money and transport connections, as well the top three villages deemed the best to escape to.

It’s all well and good for those already living in one of England and Wales’ best villages, but what about the rest of us? How easy is it to get a slice of the nation’s best village life?

Savills director Lucian Cooks says it’s possible, but you need a lot of patience and a fair whack of cash as homes don’t come onto the market very often and when they do, they tend to be pricey.

“The popularity of these villages is clearly reflected by the fact that properties in the villages change hands infrequently and for an identifiable premium,” Cook says. “Although the premium varies dramatically, detached house prices were more than 50% higher than the county average.”

Is your village on the list? Should it be? Tell us what you think.

Best Connected

Chew Magna, Somerset

East Hendred, Oxfordshire

Brenchley, Kent

Best for Schools

Crondall, Surrey

Chipperfield, Hertfordshire

Chiddingfold, Surrey

Best for Value

Navenby, Lincolnshire

Farndon, Cheshire

Walsham le Willows, Suffolk

Best for the Great Escape

Mylor Bridge, Cornwall

Hovingham, N Yorkshire

Grosmond, Monmouthshire

March 15, 2011 at 11:57 AM Leave a comment

Where is Britain’s best village?

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.

Do you value a good school over a village shop; or would you rather have a reliable bus service instead of a stonking summer fair? And where does the quality of the village bunting come into the equation? Like most things in life, not everyone likes the same things in a village (although a straw poll of FindaProperty HQ found overwhelming support for a quality pub).

Kudos then to estate agents Savills who have taken the brave decision to nominate what they think are the nation’s best villages. They whittled it down to a shortlist of 12 by looking at schools, transport and good basic amenities (like village shops and pubs). They also rated the setting and overall health of the village and took note of social and economic infrastructure.

The overall winner of the best village crown was named Chew Magna in Somerset, not far from Bath and Bristol, which even features a Michelin-starred pub nestled between its stone cottages and flagstone streets.

Richard Brooks, who runs the Savills residential office in Bristol, said he wasn’t surprised Chew Magna was named best village. “Everything about the village works, it has a proper core to it and you really get the feeling the villagers love living there. It has everything anyone could possibly need for everyday living.”

Savills also picked the top three villages when it came to schools, value for money and transport connections, as well the top three villages deemed the best to escape to.

It’s all well and good for those already living in one of England and Wales’ best villages, but what about the rest of us? How easy is it to get a slice of the nation’s best village life?

Savills director Lucian Cooks says it’s possible, but you need a lot of patience and a fair whack of cash as homes don’t come onto the market very often and when they do, they tend to be pricey.

“The popularity of these villages is clearly reflected by the fact that properties in the villages change hands infrequently and for an identifiable premium,” Cook says. “Although the premium varies dramatically, detached house prices were more than 50% higher than the county average.”

Is your village on the list? Should it be? Tell us what you think.

Best Connected

Chew Magna, Somerset

East Hendred, Oxfordshire

Brenchley, Kent

Best for Schools

Crondall, Surrey

Chipperfield, Hertfordshire

Chiddingfold, Surrey

Best for Value

Navenby, Lincolnshire

Farndon, Cheshire

Walsham le Willows, Suffolk

Best for the Great Escape

Mylor Bridge, Cornwall

Hovingham, N Yorkshire

Grosmond, Monmouthshire

March 15, 2011 at 11:57 AM Leave a comment

New FindaProperty.com TV ad – what do you think?

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.

Our brand new TV ad launches on Sunday and it’s very different from anything we’ve done before.

We’d love to know what you think about it soplease send us your comments.

Catch our advert all through 2012 on ITV, Channel 4 and digital channels.  We’ll also be featured in print, on poster sites across the country.

Don’t forget to let us know what you think!

January 7, 2011 at 3:29 PM Leave a comment

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