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Moving home? BBC would like to know

BBC Television would like to hear from anyone who is thinking of moving in the next six months.

Potential movers - whether they are excited by the prospect or dreading it - are invited to let a team of experts guide them through the maze of estate agents, financial advisors, solicitors and builders by taking part in a new series for BBC2.

The BBC hopes to start filming in October and is happy to hear from anyone who may be experiencing a change of lifestyle as well as a change of house. Anyone interested in taking part can contact Deirdre Laister on 0117 974 2309 or e-mail Deirdre.Laister@bbc.co.uk


CONNELLS estate agents has adopted a more dynamic corporate identity. The company was founded in 1936 by Larry Connell and has branches in Ashford, Canterbury, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells.

Michael Smith, residential sales manager, said: “While housing transactions still form our core business, Connells is now involved in many other related activities such as lettings, land, survey and valuation, mortgage services and conveyancing and our new image more accurately reflects the wide range of services the company now offers.”

He added: “As part of our corporate review we have taken the opportunity to re-assess our marketing materials and customers will enjoy the benefits of improved high quality property details and, later in the year, a re-developed website, connells.co.uk, which, together with our presence on rightmove.co.uk, will ensure that their home is advertised to the best possible effect.”


RENTS in the South East continue to remain the highest in the country, outside of London.

According to a letting market survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the average monthly cost of a two-bedroom flat in the South East is £675, which compares to £338 in the East Midlands and £425 in the North West.


WITH pundits divided on the subject of whether house prices will continue to rise or fall this year, RPC Land & New Homes reckons the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

John Pike, RPC director, said: “It is always difficult to predict future trends in the housing market, but I think it is unlikely that the market will crash.

“On the positive side, we continue to enjoy some of the lowest interest rates in post war years, unemployment is relatively low and the feelgood factor remains high.”

But he said a rise in interest rates was likely to cause a slowdown and could have a severe effect on some borrowers.


ROBERT Clubbe has been appointed marketing manager for Berkeley Homes (Eastern) which operates in Kent. Mr Clubbe will have responsibility for marketing, advertising and public relations activities.

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