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The beach, vibrant nightlife and fabulous Regency architecture means Brighton offers an enviable lifestyle. Brighton has always stood out, has always stood up for something different and the people of the area are proud of this – citing the diverse cultural landscape as just one of the reasons why.

Overview: Its got the beach, brilliant shopping, restaurants and nightlife, and some fabulous Regency architecture. No wonder that a recent survey it found that the residents of this south coast city are they proudest in the UK of where they live.

How much will it cost me? An average property is around £326,793, up 2.2 per cent in the last year. There’s been a big climb in 2013 and it has stayed solid ever since. A lot of people who work in London commute to Brighton everyday as it’s only an hour by train.

The young – and young at heart – will want to live in the heart of the city, Kemp Town, the fun, cosmopolitan and vibrant gay capital of the city, fantastic bars, clubs, shops and restaurants and an urban village vibe. It is estimated that a two bedroom flat would cost, on average, between £350,000 and £400,000. As well as its amenity we believe people flock to Brighton for its ethos. The city does not judge and you can be who you want to be without people looking down on you and that’s why people love Brighton so much. There’s actors, artists, business suits, a massive student population and everyone just gets on with it, which is great.

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For families the steadier pace of life in Hove tends to be more appealing as it has prime areas for different budgets. Young families could pay £400,000 to £500,000 for a two to three bedroom terrace in the Poet’s Corner area, those with more to spend look at the 1930s semis around Newchurch Road, priced at between £550,000 and £750,000, while the top address is Hove Park, where homes range from £750,000 and around £2m.

Hove is not as busy as Brighton and is very family friendly. There are good schools and parks and it has got a station for getting to London which is very handy to have close by.

Brighton and Hove has something for everyone, that’s why we and everyone who lives there thinks it’s the best place to live.

If you would like to relocate to Brighton or Hove take a look at our properties to find to perfect home

The south east of England has been stealing the limelight from London as ‘the’ place to live and work and the Brighton & Hove property market has gone from strength to strength since the election this year. Brighton and Hove property prices rose by more than 11% between June 2014 and June 2015 and cheap mortgage deals have maintained a buoyant house buyers’ market.

The Brighton market is as much about quality of life as it is about investment. Brighton welcomes visitors from around the world each and every day but for residents, the appeal of seaside life doesn’t just stop after the weekend. Once people do relocate to the city, they rarely leave!


Work and play

Families choose Brighton for its range of properties on the market in a distinct selection of property areas. Fresh graduates from the University of Brighton, ranked in the UK’s top 25% of universities for world-leading research, can also live in the city after their degree thanks to its large amount of rental accommodation on offer. Due to its large volume of students, Brighton boasts a large buy-to-let market and was named the best place for the fastest-growing buy-to-let yields in the UK in 2014; in May 2014, the average rental yield stood at 6.7%. Hanover is one of the best areas to find a large selection of student property.

Brighton’s bustling business scene is another reason why people choose to relocate to the city. Brighton was named as the best place to start up a small business this October and has the fourth largest number of start-up businesses in the UK. As the cultural capital along the coastline, Brighton boasts one of the most packed events calendar in the UK, which is great for the local economy and residents.

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Current and future property

Away from the bright lights of the seafront and its bright white Regency and Georgian townhouses, there are many other property pockets to tempt buyers and renters. Victorian property surrounding Preston Park is popular with young families, while residential Hove has Victorian, Edwardian and semi-detached rental and for sale homes on the current market.

This distinct contrast between city and seafront property has created a vibrant property market that is inclusive for every generation.The report notes that property prices are around 44% higher than the England and Wales average and the provision of all types of housing, for all budgets, is now a top priority. Numerous projects are now underway, including a 853 home development in Brighton Marina, and the redevelopment of London Road and Circus Street.

We continue to be excited by Brighton’s sheer range of properties on the market and are eager to watch upcoming developments rise up and transform recognisable spots across the city.

Moving house is a wonderful thing to do. A fresh start, a new home, everything going according to plan. So why is it, that what might start off as a well-planned, perfectly managed operation somehow manages to deteriorate into a desperate, last-minute lunge to get your foot out the door, get in the car and drive away, hurling things in the bin as you go.

Research by credit card company Capital One has found that frazzled UK house movers are throwing away items worth around £280 million because of poor planning and time management.

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Almost half of those surveyed admitted to either selling items for less than they were worth or giving them away because they ran out of time. A quarter said they had taken belongings to a dump. Only 19% of movers surveyed sold items on to help cover the cost of moving, while 33% took items to charity shops to raise money for good causes. For 17%, making the decision about what to take and what not to take was one of the most stressful elements of moving.

Selling your unwanted possessions is a clever way of helping to recoup some of the money you spend on other parts of the move. Smaller items such as toys and clothes are often overlooked as they are not deemed valuable, but they are exactly the types of items that can help movers make money. So stop for a minute and don’t just bin it.

Moving house. The two words that strike the most dread into people, but which also provoke the most envy and excitement. Moving house is variously described as the biggest, most expensive or most stressful nightmare. It’s also described as utterly brilliant and life affirming.

There is no middle way, it seems, in moving house. It is never seen as easy, cheap or quick. Can’t be. This is probably because it is not only costly, time-consuming, etc, but it is also emotional. Deeply. Plus, it is character-defining. Move too far, and you are accused of disloyalty. Go round the corner, you are a scaredy-cat. Move to a mansion. You are getting above yourself. Locate to a one-bedroom flat. You’re a failure.

One truism is that everyone treats moving with great optimism and excitement. At first. Whether you are buyer or seller, it is a huge adventure. The fun starts with the glossy brochure, the online description, the plush environs of the estate agent or even the adrenaline-charged atmosphere of the auction room. Then there is usually a small hiccup, but it wouldn’t be a proper move if everything went smoothly, would it?removalsquotepackingtips.jpg

Moving house is so emotionally fraught partly because it is connected to the idea that your postcode defines your persona. And it, therefore, follows that if you move house, you can change your identity – that you can be this sort of person if you lived here, or that sort of person if you lived there. Whether this is actually true, or not, is almost irrelevant.

It’s understandable,particularly in the UK, where house ownership is far greater than anywhere else in Europe or the US. And becoming a house owner, providing you have the income, is easily achieved. All you need to do is take a deep breath, do the calculations, and walk into an estate agent. It’s not surprising that estate agents are on the high street in pretty much the same style and number as clothes shops. The style of your house defines you almost as much as your clothes do. And it’s no wonder that there are so many estate agents out there – we all move house, on average, eight times in our lives.

So how do people choose where to go? Obviously some people are obliged to move to a place because of work, schools, or family commitments. Quite a few of us find we are living very near to where we grew up. Many others find we are packing up and going just… because. There is a very strong urge in us all – one constantly milked by the property industry, which is always talking about “your dream house”. It is always sunny, in a dream house. And spacious, and tidy.

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Whole industries of books, films and plays, let alone television adverts, have been concocted out of the human search for the perfect nest. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic series Little House on the Prairie, which has never been out of print, depicts a family whose entire life is defined by the various house moves she and her family achieve across 19th Century America. In each instance, they try to build the Dream House, even though they are pioneers staking their claim in a wild, uncivilised land.

More than a century on, moving to fulfil the dream is still a stubbornly resonant ambition for many of us. Perhaps the most seductive reason people love to move house is that it allows the great notion of a fresh start – a fresh lick of paint in new rooms. No matter that the rooms themselves may not be new, and the furniture you are unpacking to put in them might well be your old stuff.

But the aspect will be new, the views from the windows new and the whole delicious sense of starting out anew, is delivered in crate-loads, when you move. The sensation is palpable when you get a new set of keys for that front door with the – as yet – unfamiliar door number. And because it has been so fraught, and stressful, and expensive, the sense of achievement is enormous. You did it. You moved house.

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