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Whether they're moving in to a new home, or just love the one their in, buying people homely Christmas gifts is a great option! With a new home, Christmas starting from scratch can be a bit of a skimpy one, or for busy families and couples, money can be tight and priorities are elsewhere, so Christmas spirit and decor can fall onto the back burner. To help your friends and loved ones out, here are some of the best homely Christmas gifts!


Have a friend who moans their living room is too small? A rug can be a great way to create separate areas in a room. By doing this you can create the appearance of having more than one space in a large one. A rug can be a great feature in a large room too. 

Houseplants in interiors are still huge, with faux plants now taking over for dark corners and those who don’t remember to water them! A great gift to brighten up a winter room! Or if you know your friend won't kill real plants or flowers, a vase can be a great gift and doesn't have to be too expensive!

Cushions and bedding are a great shout, take a nose in your friends living room, or see if you can find out the size of their duvet. You can't beat climbing into bed under a new duvet cover set!

Accessories for the kitchen can be great gifts too, a nice set of kitchen knives, some funky tea towels or some pots and pans could be a great gift for a new home owner!

Who doesn't love cosying up in the winter under a blanket, a soft fluffy throw or blanket can be a great gift to curl up on the sofa with over.

Or if you don't think any of these would suit your interior loving friend or family, how about a gift card for somewhere homely, so they can buy whatever they like! Places like Homesense, Dunelm and Next all sell gift cards for a special Christmas treat!


*COMPETITION TIME!* We want to help you have a stress free Christmas this year! So we're giving away £150 in "One4all" Vouchers to spend wherever you like!* Whether it's New Look for a gift for your daughter or HMV for Dad's favourite album, or M&S to get the Christmas dinner, its all yours! Just like the post to be entered, and then like our page! Tag who you'd spend the voucher on, and don't forget to share the post with your friends! The competition closes at 9am on Tuesday 10th December, with the winner being announced later that day.

Terms and conditions apply. The competition will close at 9am on Tuesday 10th December, any entries made after this time will not be counted. No purchase is necessary.  Correct step must be carried out in order to be entered into the draw (liking post) though sharing the post, liking page and tagging are not a necessary step. The winner will be randomly selected using a random number selector and announced on the Bychoice Estate Agents Facebook page in the afternoon of Tuesday 10th December. The voucher can be collected from our Bury St Edmunds office or can be posted to the winner after the competition has completed. We cannot guarantee that the voucher will arrive before Christmas should you choose the postal option. The voucher cannot be exchanged for equivalent monetary value. Shops that will accept the voucher may be different to those on the image, they are denoted by "One4all" and can be found here:

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.


Just 35% of 25 to 34 year olds were homeowners in 2017, down from 55% twenty years ago. Only 60% of young adults with a 10% deposit and a loan based on an income multiplier of 4.5, can afford the cheapest properties in their local area according to a new report produced by the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

Rising property prices, primarily prior to the financial crisis, compared to incomes have been the major factor in this change. Adjusting for inflation, average house prices in England have risen by 173% over the last twenty years, compared to real incomes of those aged 25 to 34 which have risen by just 19%.

Regional disparity in house prices is far more acute than among incomes. Across London and the South East over 90% of young adults would need to save at least six months’ income for a 10% deposit on an average priced home in their area. This compares to under 60% across the North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber.

The introduction of incentives such as Help to Buy, have undoubtedly proved beneficial for many first-time buyers. Nearly 170,000 have benefitted from a Help to Buy equity loan since its introduction in 2013. Similarly, over 69,000 first-time buyer households have saved on average £2,300 each thanks to the first-time buyer stamp duty tax relief announced in the 2017 Budget.


Close to a quarter (23%) of the UK population eats out once a week or more, according to research by PwC published last year, with the value of the eating-out market in the UK estimated to be in the region of £88 billion pounds.

While the proximity of local restaurants may not directly influence a house purchase, the availability of such amenities is certainly a consideration. Unsurprisingly there are significantly more restaurants in London then elsewhere across England and Wales when compared to the number of residents.

For fine-dining, the Michelin star guide for 2019 was released earlier this month, including 21 new entries across the UK. All five of the UK’s Michelin three-star restaurants retained their accolade.

Contact the Inform team to find out how your local area compares to your region in terms of restaurant provision. Just one of the many new statistics included in our new local profile pages.


There is little else more quintessentially British than the chocolate box cottage. Bringing up idyllic images of rambling roses framing the doorway, thatched roofs, exposed beams and open fires, an escape to a rural retreat is the aspiration of many.

We have taken the opportunity during this National Chocolate Week to delve further into this market and the buyers who have made this dream their reality this year.

So far in 2018, there have been 2,100 country cottages sold in rural locations across England and Wales. The South of the country dominates, with 46% of sales but a fifth were in the Midlands and 15% in the East. The remaining 19% were spread across the North, Yorkshire and the Humber and Wales.

Unsurprisingly, buyers are prepared to pay a premium for a rural idyll. Chocolate box cottages sold this year for an average of £364 per square foot. This is 33% higher than the average price paid for all homes across rural locations.


HM Treasury has recently updated its consensus forecast for UK house price growth over the next five years. Property prices are expected to rise by 2.8% during 2018, higher than many predicted at the start of the year.

While the Governor of the Bank of England has stated house prices may fall by a third in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, a situation that has occurred only once in the last 45 years, recent murmurings suggest a ‘no-deal’ scenario is less likely than many thought a few weeks ago.

Based on the Treasury forecasts, the average price of a property across the UK is expected to rise by over £27,000 over the next five years.

With affordability a key concern in the market, the Treasury expect earnings to rise on a par with house prices during 2018, and exceed price growth in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Inflation is anticipated to fall back from 2.4% in 2018, to 2.1% in subsequent years.

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