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Reading set to be the fastest growing city in the UK

According to the latest EY UK region and city economic forecast, Reading is expected to be the fastest growing city in the UK over the next three years. The Berkshire city will deliver a GVA of 2.5%, outperforming the overall UK GVA of 1.5% during the same period.

The South East as a whole is forecast to grow faster than the rest of the UK, delivering  average growth of 1.9%.

Reading growth led by digital

Reading tops the growth league tables for GVA and employment, with average annual rises of 2.5% and 0.9% until 2019. As the UK’s fastest growing sector, digital accounts for 25% of Reading’s GVA.  This figure is much higher than in many other UK cities. The strength in digital, along with growth in key sectors such as ‘professional, scientific and technical’ contributes to Reading’s strong performance.

The outlook for other parts of the UK is more challenging. Slowest regional growth levels are expected in the North East, Scotland and Wales. These areas rely on different employment sectors such as accommodation, oil mining or the public sector. These industries have already suffered job losses or are expected to come under threat over the next three years.

Mark Gregory, EY’s chief economist commented: “This is our first region and city forecast since the EU referendum, but Brexit isn’t the only factor at play in these economic downgrades…. The changing UK landscape means that it is even more important to continue to monitor economic developments at the region and city levels and to include the potential implications of emerging economic, industrial and trade policy for all parts of the UK.”

Here at Check 4 Houses we are not surprised by these results. They underpin the continued strength of the South East region, despite the challenges of Brexit. Our local property markets of Reading, Fleet, Basingstoke and other major towns all remain strong due to an ongoing lack of supply. This means your property might be worth more than you think.

Thanks to our online approach we can sell your property from as little as £499+VAT.  This could save you thousands when compared to standard agency fees. We offer:

  • 24/7 national marketing
  • Unlimited photos
  • Accompanied viewings
  • Personal contact from start to finish
  • A price match guarantee*

Please contact us for a free, no obligation valuation on your home on 01252 819725 or info@check4houses.co.uk.  We would be delighted to help.

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Thinking about a new home for 2016?

As 2015 draws to a close you might already be thinking about Christmas and the year ahead.  Some families will be contemplating new jobs, new schools, new arrivals in the family or even a new home.

If you are thinking about a move then we firmly believe that finding the right estate agent to sell your home is the most important first step.  Read our top tips for choosing the right estate agent in our recent article in Farnborough and Fleet Connection magazines.

Please click on the image to read the full article.

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Reading has the most productive workforce in the country

The Cities Outlook 2015 report released today, produced by the think-tank Centre for Cities, names Reading as the most productive workforce in the country, with an average contribution of £70,900 per person to the economy.

To find out more about the story and the economic powerhouse that is Reading go to the Get Reading website.

The definition of Reading for the report includes the greater Reading area of Wokingham and Bracknell.  If you are looking to move to Reading, Bracknell or surrounding areas then why not check out our properties currently for sale, as well as some comments from happy customers who have sold their property through Check 4 Houses.

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Christmas markets to start your festive season in style

With just over 5 weeks to go until Christmas, going to a local Christmas market can be a great way of making a start on your Christmas shopping as well as getting in the festive spirit – and having some fun!

In our area there are a number of wonderful Christmas markets you can attend, complete with shopping, eating and even ice skating to keep you entertained.

  1. Winchester Christmas market attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year and is recognised as one of the best in Europe.  Pretty German inspired wooden chalets are situated in Winchester Cathedral’s historic Inner Close surrounding a large open-air real ice rink.  Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance.  Open daily from 20 November to 21 December
  2. Reading Christmas Market takes place from 27 November to 7 December and promises to be a super cool Christmas market in its newly refurbished Town Hall square.  With over 40 high quality stalls and a bustling atmosphere you can stock up your Christmas larder or make up a gift hamper with a wide range of foods with cheeses, pickles and meats and fabulous sauces and preserves.  There will be wines to sample and tempting liqueurs and local cider and beers to try and buy.
  3. Guildford Winter Market & Fair takes place in Guildford Cathedral on Saturday 22 November 2014 from 11.00am to 4.00pm and promises to deliver a wonderful early Christmas shopping experience with over 60 exhibitors selling bespoke Christmas gifts and decorations, chocolates, wines, jewellery and much more.
  4. Farnham Christmas Market – A Christmas themed street market on Castle Street on Sunday 14th December with an array of stalls selling a variety of Christmas goods, food and drink.

There are also lots of local Christmas Fayres and shopping evenings at schools, nurseries and local villages and towns so you are sure to find something suitable to start off your Noel.

At Check 4 Houses we specialise in the sale of residential property in Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and beyond.  Local experts, we know the towns and cities of Fleet, Farnborough, Aldershot, Basingstoke, Camberley, Yateley and Farnham inside out, yet we also recognise that 90% of property searches in the UK take place online. Our internet based approach enables you to save thousands in agency fees – giving you more to spend on your new home.