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A woman who runs her own business, earning £80,000 a year, has been unable to get a mortgage because she is self-employed. Eve Scragg, 36, says banks have also had a problem with her credit rating – although it is “far from bad”.

Eve set up marketing agency Fan The Flames four years ago and registered it as a limited liability company in April 2021. “I had been in marketing and design for several years, and it was at That’s when it was time to do the big thing – set something up and start my own business,” she said.

After setting up her own business, Eve and her partner decided they wanted the stability of owning their own home, reports The Mirror.

“I had accumulated my income and was at the place where I was able to get a mortgage and stop paying someone else’s mortgage by renting,” she said. She went to a mortgage broker, who looked at her accounts and initially thought Eve might get a home loan because her business was taking in £80,000 a year.

But Eve was rejected. “The issue was the credit score and that I’m self-employed,” she said. “A lot of my friends are in the same boat and think it’s not even possible for them to buy properties.”

She added: ‘Being self-employed is something lenders frown upon.

Eve’s credit score was far from bad, but as a freelancer, it still wasn’t good enough for high street lenders. “All the big banks said I didn’t have good credit,” she said. “It turned out that not having borrowed money before, which I thought was a good thing, turned out to be bad in that regard.”

She managed to get offers from two mortgage lenders, only for both to back out. “I thought we might not get a mortgage, there was a lot of tears and stress and calls to my mum, who used to do property transfers and so has a lot of knowledge,” added Eve. “It was an incredibly difficult and stressful process.”

Eve then turned to Bluestone Mortgages, which specializes in clients rejected by traditional lenders.

She managed to get a home loan and now owns a three-bedroom end-of-terrace house.

]]> What a £250,000 home looks like in Reading, Slough, Wokingham and other parts of Berkshire https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/what-a-250000-home-looks-like-in-reading-slough-wokingham-and-other-parts-of-berkshire/ Sat, 19 Feb 2022 06:04:00 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/what-a-250000-home-looks-like-in-reading-slough-wokingham-and-other-parts-of-berkshire/

UK property prices are on the rise – and Berkshire is no exception.

Research from online mortgage broker Mojo Mortgages suggests first-time buyers in Reading need to borrow more than five times their salary to buy their first home.

Many people, especially young people, cannot afford the average house price, which in the south east of England is around £366,883, according to government data from October 2021.

READ MORE: The whimsical lakeside Tudor house where Henry VIII’s wife lived nearby is on the market

This begs the question, where are the houses in this price range and what kind of property in Berkshire can you buy when your budget is limited to around £250,000?

Rightmove shows that it is possible to buy one bedroom and two bedroom apartments in all areas of the county for this budget, but it is very difficult to find an entire house for this amount unless you live further away from London.

In West Berkshire properties are slightly cheaper than they are in Reading, Windsor, Slough and Wokingham.

The list below shows the properties currently on the market in each Berkshire borough and what you can expect to receive when looking for a property in that area.

Quagmire



This property in Slough is on the market for £250,000

Address: Skyline, Slough, SL1

Type of house: Apartment

Price: £250,000

Bedrooms: One

Bathrooms: One

This modern apartment is located in the center of Slough and offers one bedroom, kitchen/reception area and bathroom.

The house is on the 7th floor and offers fitted wardrobes and smart appliances.

Rightmove shows there are other studios in the same building which are also currently up for sale for £250,000.

According to the website, properties in Slough had an overall average price of around £392,710 over the past year.

They say most of the sales were for terraced properties and these were selling for an average price of £362,636, suggesting that it would be very difficult to walk past a house for the price of £250,000.

Their data also showed semi-detached properties sold for an average of £437,284, while apartments sold for an average of £219,689.

Reading



This Waylen Street property is on the market

Address: Waylen Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1

Type of house: Apartment

Price: £250,000

Bedrooms: Two

Bathrooms: One

This apartment in Reading is just outside the town center and has a living/dining room, kitchen, shower and two bedrooms.

One of the bedrooms is in the attic and there is also parking as well as a newly fitted bathroom and kitchen.

Properties in Reading have cost an average of £387,185 over the past year, according to Rightmove.

Semi-detached properties made up the bulk of sales in Reading and sold for an average price of £407,222.

Meanwhile, individual properties brought in £583,305.

House prices in Reading last year were up 4% on the previous year.

Wokingham



The two bed apartment has plenty of storage

Address: Sadlers Court, Winnersh, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG41

Type of house: Apartment

Price: £250,000

Bedrooms: Two

Bathrooms: One

Sadlers Court offers a two bedroom apartment with WC, bathroom, kitchen and dining and living room.

There is also ample storage space and assigned parking.

Rightmove shows properties in Wokingham sold for an overall average price of £524,944 last year.

Most of the properties sold in Wokingham were detached properties and were bought for an average price of £703,358.

Meanwhile, semi-detached properties have sold for an average of £449,112.

Bracknell



Property in Bracknell.
This property in Bracknell is on the market for £250,000 and is a ‘larger than average apartment’

Address: Kelvin Gate, Bracknell, RG12

Type of house: Apartment

Price: £250,000

Bedrooms: Two

Bathrooms: Two

This apartment in Bracknell has a lounge/dining room, family bathroom, hallway, kitchen, porch and two bedrooms, one of which is en-suite.

The property is located near the town center and the advert states that it is a “larger than average apartment”.

According to Rightmove, properties in Bracknell have sold for an average of £386,492 over the past year.

Most of the sales were for terraced properties and they sold for an average price of £331,404. Semi-detached properties at £397,600.

Overall house prices in Bracknell over the past year have increased by 1%.

Windsor and Maidenhead



This Windsor apartment is on the market for 250k and is located near the racecourse.
This apartment for sale in Windsor is located near the racecourse

Address: Thames Mead, Windsor SL4

Type of house: Apartment

Price: Offers above £250,000

Bedrooms: One

Bathrooms: One

This property has a kitchen/living room, a bedroom and a bathroom with separate toilet.

It is located near the Royal Windsor Racecourse and is a first floor apartment which also offers off-street parking.

Windsor properties have attracted an average sale price of £596,808 over the past year, according to Rightmove.

Most of the properties sold in the area were semi-detached houses, selling for an average price of £576,715.

Meanwhile, flats have fetched an average of £376,665.

West Berkshire



Thatcham property.
This property in Thatcham, West Berkshire has a garden

Address: Bath Road, Thatcham

Type of house: Cottage

Price: £250,000

Bedrooms: Two

Bathrooms: One

This quaint cottage in Thatcham is currently on the market for £250,000 and offers potential buyers a kitchen, reception room, two bedrooms, bathroom and garden.

It also has its own driveway and the property was built in the 1800s.

According to Rightmove, properties in Thatcham have sold for an average price of £346,287 over the past year.

The majority of sales in Thatcham were for semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £329,602.

Terraced properties sold for an average of £286,253.

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]]> Veljko Paunovic gives Reading FC transfer hint after Liverpool and Stoke City frustrations https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/veljko-paunovic-gives-reading-fc-transfer-hint-after-liverpool-and-stoke-city-frustrations/ Tue, 08 Feb 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/veljko-paunovic-gives-reading-fc-transfer-hint-after-liverpool-and-stoke-city-frustrations/

Reading FC boss Veljko Paunovic has hinted the Royals will try to sign a defender on a free transfer after a frustrating transfer window in January.

The Royals only brought in two new faces in January, with goalkeeper Karl Hein on loan from Arsenal and midfielder Tom Ince arriving on deadline day on loan from Stoke City, with Liam Moore going in the opposite direction.

But Paunovic has made no secret that he wants to try and add another defensive option to his squad, with Liverpool’s Rhys Williams among the players linked with a move to Reading in the latter stages of the window.

However, a move has not materialised, with Reading still operating under a transfer embargo meaning they can only have loan deals and free transfers, with EFL approval.

As such, Reading can now still sign free agents outside the transfer window, which Paunovic says the Royals will look to explore.

“We tried, now we have to look for options in free agency,” he said.

“We tried a few loans with Liverpool, with Stoke. We were very creative and active, but it was the best we could do.

“We’re going to look at the free agent market. We need to bring in someone who’s ready now.”

Reading currently sit 21st in the Championship, just two points above the relegation zone with 18 games remaining.

The Royals’ next game is away against Bristol City on Wednesday, before Paunovic’s men host Coventry City at the Select Car Leasing Stadium on Saturday.

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]]> Tesco boss issues warning to all customers over food prices https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/tesco-boss-issues-warning-to-all-customers-over-food-prices/ Sun, 06 Feb 2022 10:38:20 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/tesco-boss-issues-warning-to-all-customers-over-food-prices/

Tesco chairman John Allan today issued a warning to customers about the continued rise in food prices in the UK – saying the worst is yet to come.

Mr Allan said food prices at Tesco rose just 1% last quarter but were expected to rise 5% by spring, reports The Mirror.

The increases will come at the same time as a rise in national insurance, energy bills, water bills and mortgages and inflation makes everything we buy more expensive.

Mr Allan said the supermarket chain was driving prices down where it could with the cheapest tin of beans now 22p, down from 25p five years ago.

He told the BBC Sunday Morning: “In some ways the worst is yet to come – because although food prices at Tesco in the last quarter were just 1%, we are being hit by rising energy price. Our suppliers are impacted by rising energy prices.

“It is likely that the inflation figure will increase. We are doing everything we can to make up for it. »

He added: “I predicted last fall that food prices by spring could rise by around 5%.

“I sincerely believe that it is not going to be more than that, it could even be a little less.

“But that’s the kind of number we’re talking about. Of course, 5% – if you’re spending, as some of the less well-off families do, 15% of household income – that’s important.

“It bothers us and I’m sure a lot of people are struggling to choose between heating their homes and feeding their families.

“This is clearly not a situation that any of us should tolerate.”

]]> Mold-ridden Bracknell apartments ‘make kids sick’ https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/mold-ridden-bracknell-apartments-make-kids-sick/ Tue, 14 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/mold-ridden-bracknell-apartments-make-kids-sick/

Apartments overrun with mold are making children sick, according to their parents who say they feel “helpless”.

The group of residents of Iveagh Court, Bracknell, who make up around 44% of the flats in the complex, have banded together to demand changes to their living conditions.

The group said the conditions they were subjected to had “triggering effects on the health” of residents, especially young children.

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According to the group, the affected children have asked doctors to attribute lung infections, bronchiolitis and severe asthma to untreated black mold which they say is found in more than 80% of the approximately 120 homes on the estate.

There are currently two five-month-old, two one-year-old, one three-year-old, two five-year-old, one seven-year-old and one 13-year-old children suffering from either severe asthma or other lung conditions.

There are also several adults with a long-term cough.

According to the group, doctors twice treated a one-year-old child for bronchiolitis and attributed the illness to mold growth.

The group also pointed out that this was only one of the problems.



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Housing association Silva Homes owns Iveagh Court and recently completed an £11.5million refurbishment. But the group said the works had done nothing to address “pre-existing” issues.

Some people were moved to another housing estate while working there and people started returning to their apartments earlier this year.

A spokesperson for Iveagh Court Residents Group said: “The renovation problem was triggered by a damp problem. It is starting to get worse and worse.

“There are only three of us who have shower stalls but none of them work. They repainted everywhere and added panels, repainted the common areas and that’s all they did.

“They haven’t solved any of the existing problems. People have to walk in puddles because they haven’t repaved the slopes. It’s a health hazard because it causes a pool of ice.

“The renovation was a failure and a waste of money.”

They also pointed out that residents feel “helpless” and “helpless” because they call the only body that can help and “they don’t get anything but a generic call.”

The spokesperson said: “We had someone to look at the humidity in my son’s room under his bed. He said ‘oh that’s the way buildings were built so you’ll have to put an exhaust fan in the bedroom”.

“I went to Silva’s and they said there was nothing you could do about it, you had to keep your window open, but it’s winter. I can’t have a three-year-old in cold conditions.”

They then explained that they had to leave the windows open when their son was in nursery to get the air out. When he gets home, the heating has to be put on, which means “the electricity bill has exploded”.

Some families also have to share bath water because there is not enough hot water and only some families have showers, but none of them are currently working.



Black mold in the building.
Black mold in the building.

One person was ordered to bathe his son “every other day or take him to a family member or friend”.

Dasos Christou, Executive Director (Client Relations) at Silva Homes, said: “Our clients have every right to expect us to provide them with good quality homes.

“We are working to provide this to 7,500 households and are concerned about case reports that do not meet the standards we have set ourselves and our customers expect of us.

“Iveagh Court has recently undergone an extensive regeneration project including structural improvements and a complete refurbishment of all 114 apartments.

“As with most large-scale construction work, there were a few issues after the work was completed, including water pressure issues, and we have been working hard to find solutions to these issues.

“We believe that some other issues raised in the letter from the residents group have already been resolved over the past few months, but we will investigate further and take action as our priority is to ensure that all residents feel safe. and happy with their homes.

“We recognize that we need to do more to improve the spaces where people live and keep customers informed about the issues that matter to them.

“We will be contacting every home at Iveagh Court in response to the letter we have received by the end of this week. If there are any issues that we have not yet resolved, we will work with customers to find solutions and solve them.

“I would encourage anyone wishing to contact us about this to contact us at iveaghcourtfeedback@silvahomes.co.uk”

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]]> What a £ 250,000 property looks like in Reading, Slough, Wokingham, Bracknell, West Berkshire and the Royal Borough https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/what-a-250000-property-looks-like-in-reading-slough-wokingham-bracknell-west-berkshire-and-the-royal-borough/ Sun, 28 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/what-a-250000-property-looks-like-in-reading-slough-wokingham-bracknell-west-berkshire-and-the-royal-borough/

Berkshire is a sprawling county filled with many types of people and properties.

Each of the county’s six boroughs has different things to offer.

Some have gorgeous country mansions and mansions, while others are filled with apartments and maybe even houseboats – all with a mix.

In July 2021, the average house price in the UK was £ 271,000, which was far lower than the average house price in Berkshire, which Zoopla says is currently £ 449,612.

READ MORE:400 year old abandoned Thatcham cottage hidden behind trees that could be your own

This means that properties with an asking price of around £ 250,000 might be difficult to spot.

While most parts of Berkshire will not be able to offer homeowners a detached house for £ 250,000, boroughs like Slough and Reading advertise semi-detached homes for around that asking price.



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According to Rightmove, Windsor has the highest average house price of any borough at £ 620,841, while Reading has the cheapest average house price of £ 388,696.

Reading

Price: £ 250,000

Site: Emmer Green Court, Emmer Green, Reading

On the market with: Real Estate Agents Bridges, Caversham

Cut: 635 sq. Ft.

Characteristics: Two bedroom maisonette on the ground floor with a private landscaped garden and 1 bathroom

Mandate: Stock in trade



A reading property for £ 250,000.
A property in Reading valued at £ 250,000. According to Rightmove, the average house price in Reading is £ 388,696.

Wokingham

Price: £ 250,000

Site: Longs Way, Wokingham, Berkshire

On the market with: Prospect Estate Agency, Wokingham

Cut: not disclosed

Characteristics: Two bedroom maisonette with private garden, mezzanine and a bathroom.

Mandate: Lease



A property in Wokingham worth £ 250,000.
A property in Wokingham worth £ 250,000. According to Rightmove, the average price of a house in Wokingham is £ 490,958.

Windsor and Maidenhead

Price: £ 250,000

Site: Chemin St. Leonard, Windsor

On the market with: Roger Platt, Burnham

Cut: not disclosed

Characteristics: Two bedrooms, one bathroom, assigned parking, gas central heating and double glazing.

Mandate: Lease – 99 years from January 1, 1965



A property in Windsor worth £ 250,000.
A property in Windsor worth £ 250,000. According to Rightmove, the average house price in Windsor is £ 620,841.

Bracknell

Price: 250K

Site: Elms, Warfield Park, Bracknell RG42

On the market with: Real Estate Agents Duncan Yeardley, Bracknell

Cut: 719 square feet

Characteristics: Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, adjoining bathroom and dressing room in the master bedroom, parking in the driveway.

Mandate: not disclosed



A property in Bracknell valued at £ 250,000.  According to Rightmove, the average price of a house in Bracknell is £ 402,464.
A property in Bracknell valued at £ 250,000. According to Rightmove, the average price of a house in Bracknell is £ 402,464.

Quagmire

Price: £ 250,000

Site: Slough, Berkshire SL1

On the market with: Chancellors, Slough

Cut: 922 square feet

Characteristics: Two bedrooms, a private garden, a driveway, a bonus office, a ground floor and a basement.

Mandate: Duration of the lease 156 years from 09/18/2013



A property in Slough worth £ 250,000.
A property in Slough worth £ 250,000. According to Rightmove, the average price of a house in Slough is £ 434,630.

Western Berksrental – Newbury

Price: £ 250,000

Site: Newbury, Berkshire RG14

On the market with: Chancellors, Newbury

Cut: 952 square feet

Characteristics: An apartment with two bedrooms, reception orangery / dining room, a bathroom, communal gardens and outdoor parking.

Mandate: Duration of the lease 99 years from 03/31/2008



A property in West Berkshire valued at £ 250,000.
A property in West Berkshire valued at £ 250,000. According to Rightmove, the average price of a house in West Berkshire is £ 443,231.

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Harry Potter: what it’s like to live in the real life of Privet Drive according to the inhabitants https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/harry-potter-what-its-like-to-live-in-the-real-life-of-privet-drive-according-to-the-inhabitants/ Tue, 16 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/harry-potter-what-its-like-to-live-in-the-real-life-of-privet-drive-according-to-the-inhabitants/

The first Harry Potter movie turns 20 this week, and residents of the cul-de-sac where the scenes were originally filmed are still feeling the effects all these years later.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released in the UK on November 16, 2001 and 4 Privet Drive, the fictional Surrey house and street in which Harry Potter lived, was first filmed in a real house just across the street side of the Surrey border at Bracknell, Berkshire.

The Privet Drive scenes, which in the books are set in the fictional Little Whinging in Surrey, were moved to a set, built at Leavesden Studios, from the second film. But that hasn’t stopped fans from paying tribute to the real street, Picket Post Close.

READ MORE: Harry Potter fans will want to stay in an enchanting London hotel near filming locations

Christine, who only gave her first name, has lived nearby for the past two years and said: “We have sometimes, quite often in the summer, children who come dressed in their little Harry Potter outfits, which is very nice and I don’t mind at all.”

“These are foreign visitors who usually come in groups during the day. But we had a group of older people who came down and then I think they went somewhere and had a coffee.”



The set of 4 Privet Drive, on display to visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Although she saw the original film when it came out, she didn’t click on her moving to that exact street until she moved there.

She added: “They don’t usually stop for long, except for one group that came down from one of the local factories.

“They asked me if I would mind taking a picture of them all because a girl was leaving, who was in Harry Potter, and they wanted to give her that picture and they were going to frame it for her with the whole group of ‘between them outside the Harry Potter house.’

Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, has lived there for more than 30 years and, although she was on vacation during the actual filming, remembers seeing part of the set lying around.



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She said: “The owls were around and the dog was in the grass. Once that was done it was still very much in style and I did a lot of interviews first for TV teams like the Japanese teams.”

The Harry Potter films, based on the books by JK Rowling, have become a worldwide phenomenon, but the original three-bedroom house sold in 2018 for £435,000, just below the asking price of £439,950. Zoopla states that it then went on sale a month later, but this listing was later removed.

But it’s not just the fans who are still in love with the house.

One resident, who has lived there for over 10 years, said: “I’ve seen the Harry Potter actors from time to time. Just on motorbikes where they come for a few seconds and then leave.

“I once saw Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley, about eight years ago. He took his helmet off for a few seconds and then walked away.”

With such a famous property on their way, how do all the hordes of Harry Potter enthusiasts behave when they visit, in the eyes of the residents?

One resident commented: ” They’re doing pretty well – let’s put it that way.”

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]]> Chesney Hawkes Berkshire childhood memories and filming of Buddy’s Song near her grandmother’s house https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/chesney-hawkes-berkshire-childhood-memories-and-filming-of-buddys-song-near-her-grandmothers-house/ https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/chesney-hawkes-berkshire-childhood-memories-and-filming-of-buddys-song-near-her-grandmothers-house/#respond Sat, 06 Nov 2021 11:00:00 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/chesney-hawkes-berkshire-childhood-memories-and-filming-of-buddys-song-near-her-grandmothers-house/

Famous musician Chesney Hawkes revealed his penchant for the much-ridiculed old town center of Bracknell after filming what became a cult movie there in the late 1980s.

The singer starred in Buddy’s Song with the legendary Roger Daltrey – lead singer of The Who – as a teenager, which was shot extensively in Charles Square in Old Bracknell and the Britwell Estate in Slough.

The film has been largely forgotten, but one song from the soundtrack remains a classic, regularly heard in bars and clubs nationwide.

Read more: How Bracknell helped Chesney Hawkes achieve worldwide fame

That song was “I’m the One and Only,” and it shot Hawkes to stardom.

Speaking to BerkshireLive, the Windsor-born musician, whose father is Chip Hawkes of The Tremelos, said he found himself in familiar surroundings during filming.

He said: “It’s funny because we were filming in old Charles Square, a place that I knew very well, because that’s where we hang out after school and on weekends.

“The scene I remember very well is we filmed a fight scene there.

“My best friend in the movie was played by Paul McKenzie, who is also, oddly enough, my best friend in real life.

“I remember the scene put it in a cart and we were shooting a scene where I ended up spending much of my childhood.”

Hawkes was only 17 when the movie was made and it was his first acting job.

He said: “It was really being thrown into the lion’s den.

“I was really just a musician at the time and I was in that role.

“We were based at Pinewood Studios for a lot of the shooting, but I remember the scenes we shot in the Britwell Estate in Slough.

“The apartment we were to live in in the film was there.

“It was really strange because my grandmother’s current apartment was in the same block.

“So a lot of the filming was done in two places very close to my heart.”

The film was not a huge success and, oddly enough, was never released on DVD, but Hawkes said it was cult thanks to the original book.

He said: “It made a bit of a resurgence when the book ‘Buddy’s Song’ was added to the national program.

“We all remember that in school, when you finished reading the book, you ended up watching the movie afterwards, so a lot of people got to know it that way.”

He said he and Roger Daltrey, who is now 77, still exchanged messages on their birthday, saying “we had a lot of good times together on this film”.

He said that despite the song’s success, which was number one in March 1991 and a hit in the United States, he had only performed it in the early 2000s.

He explained, “I haven’t played there for over eight years.

“There was a lot of craziness in the early 2000s when we ended up playing Fresher’s Balls and things.

“I remember playing it in front of 3,000 people, which was pretty crazy.”



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Hawkes, now 50, has since sold the rights to the song, but continues to make music.

During the coronavirus lockdown, he even hosted a Buddy’s Song Reunion, where he performed songs from the film.

Now 50, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.

He told BerkshireLive he is in a slightly unusual position and is now on tour in the UK.

He explained: “My father was to go on a national tour with The Tremelos.

“But he’s in a bit of a pain in his health right now and had to retire.

“It means I’m now on tour with daddy’s band.

“We’re there with people like Herman’s Hermits and Jerry and The Pacemakers.

“It’s a lot of fun, all of these people are just daddy’s friends to me, like Uncle Jerry, but we get a really good response.

“There are nine acts on the tour and it’s great to see the response we get from the crowd.

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Mom uses simple tricks to write off £ 17,000 in debt in 11 months https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/mom-uses-simple-tricks-to-write-off-17000-in-debt-in-11-months/ https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/mom-uses-simple-tricks-to-write-off-17000-in-debt-in-11-months/#respond Thu, 04 Nov 2021 14:02:06 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/mom-uses-simple-tricks-to-write-off-17000-in-debt-in-11-months/

A 40-year-old mother says regaining control of her finances has enabled her to write off £ 17,000 in debt in 11 months.

Telecommunications worker Gemma Jordan lives with her son Enzo, 11, and daughter Mila, 8 – and decided to sort her money after splitting from her partner last December.

She used the free Snoop money management app, which analyzes your finances through open banking and gives personalized recommendations, reports The Mirror.

Gemma said: “I obviously needed to take stock of where I was in my life, to figure out what I could afford – and not allow myself – to do.

“I had built up quite a bit of debt over time, just for the basics like running the house, running cars, and buying new things. It was pretty much credit cards and loans.

“I had been using an Excel spreadsheet for years to jot down what I owed and how much I paid each month.

“But it was based on the fact that I had to update this information and sometimes I didn’t keep it.”

Using the spotted Gemma, she had become “a bit addicted” to Amazon and was spending “hundreds of pounds” each month on online purchases.

She didn’t buy anything from Amazon for the first six months of this year and invested the money she would normally have spent to pay off her debts.

Gemma was also spending too much money on grocery shopping – despite shopping at Aldi.

Gemma said: “Obviously I wasn’t spending £ 17,000 just on Amazon, I was just wasting money because it’s way too easy to spend too much money online.

“Not on anything in particular, but I saw something randomly on TikTok and then thought I would order this.”

“It was also my food store. I could look at my food store category on Snoop and see that we were spending a ridiculous amount of money when we didn’t need to.

Gemma was also paying high interest rates on her credit cards and loans, and the app suggested swapping them for cheaper deals.

By moving some credit cards to 0% interest rates and her loan from 9.9% to 2.8% interest, she estimates she saved between £ 6,000 and £ 7,000.

“This is probably where I saved the most money,” Gemma said.

“I had credit cards and loans with a high interest rate because I had taken them out a long time ago.

“I was getting messages from Snoop saying you might get a better deal.”

Snoop also reminded Gemma to compare the prices of her auto, home and pet insurance.

She estimates that she has saved between £ 2,000 and £ 3,000 in savings to reduce her debts.

Gemma still has around £ 28,000 in debt to pay off.

“My bills had gone down after the split anyway, so that decrease had prompted me not to start spending a ridiculous amount again,” she said.

“The lockdown also helped, as we weren’t able to do as much as we normally would.

“But mostly knowing where my money was going and having this idea thanks to Snoop really helped me.

“The only thing I liked about Snoop was that it worked with all of my accounts and I could have all of my payments in one place. Nothing was left out.

“It took a little while to put all my regular payments in and categorize them, but it was worth it.

“I can see when my promotional credit card balance ends, when my auto insurance is due, things you might not always remember.

“I can also budget better now because I know when I have upcoming payments. “

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House prices in Berkshire: the average price of house in each region of Berkshire, from most to least expensive https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/house-prices-in-berkshire-the-average-price-of-house-in-each-region-of-berkshire-from-most-to-least-expensive/ https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/house-prices-in-berkshire-the-average-price-of-house-in-each-region-of-berkshire-from-most-to-least-expensive/#respond Fri, 22 Oct 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/house-prices-in-berkshire-the-average-price-of-house-in-each-region-of-berkshire-from-most-to-least-expensive/

For many, gaining access to the ownership ladder seems like an impossible feat.

House prices are undeniably high and rising, and the south of England is one of the most difficult places to buy a first home.

Berkshire is one of the most expensive places in the country to live, but it’s not a level playing field.

Read more: Latest real estate news

Savills, a chain of estate agents, has compiled land registry data to rank each borough in Berkshire from most expensive to most affordable.



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The average Berkshire home has brought buyers down to around £ 472,000 in 2021, but some areas are priced much higher.

Perhaps it’s no surprise that Windsor tops the list – being the Queen’s neighbor doesn’t come cheap.

The average property brought to the Royal City in 2021 cost owners around £ 584,706, 23% more than the county average.

Neighboring Maidenhead has seen houses sell for a similar price, with buyers paying close to £ 555,499.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, homes in West Berkshire have sold for much less than the county average.

Most houses in Thatcham, Newbury and Hungerford are much more reasonably priced.

In fact, Thatcham has been named one of the more affordable places in Berkshire, with the average house selling for around £ 329,803, which is 30% less than most other areas.



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Slough has also seen house prices stay below par.

Properties in the growing suburban town were costing 10% less than elsewhere and were typically valued at around £ 423,000.

Despite its excellent transport links, houses in the County of Reading town cost considerably less than wealthier areas.

Buyers in 2021 paid around £ 379,401, on average, 19% less than the average price.

However, Wokingham was more expensive than the country average, just behind Windsor and Maidenhead.

Buyers paid around £ 511,249 when buying their property in 2021.

The average cost of a house in Berkshire:

City // average cost // percentage compared to the departmental average

  • Windsor – £ 584,706 / / 23.9%
  • Maidenhead – £ 555,499 / 17.7%
  • Wokingham – £ 511,249 // 8.3%
  • Woodley – £ 440,592 // -6.7%
  • Slough – £ 423,439 // -10.3%
  • Sandhurst – £ 404,120 // -14.4%
  • Bracknell – £ 386,883 // -18.0%
  • Reading – £ 379,401 // -19.6%
  • Newbury – £ 378,679 // -19.8%
  • Hungerford – £ 366,661 // -22.3%
  • Thatcham – £ 329,803 // -30.1%

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