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In this 90 second read we share a useful list of free internet resources which might prove VERY useful as parents and carers in Cheltenham start homeschooling.

Out of all this uncertainty and anxiety has come plenty of positives.

The news that schools in the U.K. were to shut for the foreseeable future was met with a wave of companies and organisations offering up learning resources for free.

For every instance of selfishness, there's been plenty more stories of community spirit and kindness.

Here's a list of some websites people have been generously sharing which will keep the younger members of our community in Cheltenham entertained, interested and motivated. Useful for adults too...

A two-minute read. We take a quick look at what today’s budget announcements could mean for people in Cheltenham.

The new Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced his budget earlier.

From a property perspective, a lot of his thunder was stolen by the big news which broke around five hours earlier.

An announcement from the Bank of England (BoE) introduced an emergency cut in interest rates to bolster the economy in the ongoing fallout of the coronavirus outbreak.

The BoE reduced rates from 0.75% to 0.25%, taking borrowing costs back down to the lowest level in history.

This should make it cheaper and easier to get a mortgage. And could help maintain and protect the positive momentum in the housing market in Cheltenham since the election in December.

A little surprisingly there was nothing in this budget on help First Time Buyers and not a whisper about the preciously discussed Mansion Tax.

A (Very) Brief History of Homes

In this 3-minute read, we discover a little history behind the places we call homes.

Two years ago, this week, one of the world’s brightest minds passed away on 14 March 2018.

Professor Stephen Hawking was a genius and his best-selling book A Brief History of Time introduced readers to scientific theories that he, thankfully for most of us, simplified.

At Cook Residential we can’t share our knowledge on the Big Bang or Black Holes, but we can remember Professor Hawking by taking you on A Brief History of Homes.

From Mammoths to Mosaics

In the Ice Age, early humans lived in caves. That progressed to dwellings covered with mammoth skins and supported by mammoth bones.

By around 4000 BC people had ‘upgraded’ to huts made from stone with primitive versions of thatched roofs.

Fast forward to Ancient Rome, where we see the rise, literally, of apartments. Poor Romans lived in blocks up to five stories high, which were often badly built with roofs that regularly caved in.

In Britain, during the Roman days, wealthy people built homes inspired by villas in Rome featuring pillars, mosaics and even a first foray into central heating.

Middle Ages to the 1800s

In the Middle Ages, a typical British home had no windows, had a space for livestock and pillows were a luxury for the rich with peasants making do with resting their heads on wooden logs.

The 19th century is recognised as a time when housing for poor people in Britain was particularly dreadful.

But those who were wealthy lived in Victorian houses, some of which we still live in today. Those homes were built during the reign of Queen Victoria between 1837-1901.

February was an extremely busy month for the team, phones were ringing off the hook, sales were being tied up and new properties were being launched almost every working day! Well done team CR! Great result! 

 

Will Brexit have an impact on the value of your Cheltenham home? In this 2-minute read, we look at the effect leaving the EU has had on the property market, and if there will be a ‘Brexit bounce’ for house prices in Cheltenham.
 
Love it or loathe it, or simply sick to the back teeth of it, Brexit is happening.
 
But what impact will the UK leaving the European Union have on the property market in Cheltenham? Like most long-term forecasts, no one knows with absolute certainty, how things will pan out, especially when it comes to the housing market.
It would be disingenuous of us to suggest otherwise.
However, the immediate impact since the General Election has been to see buyer confidence come flooding back. The media have dubbed it the ‘Boris / Brexit Bounce.’
And here’s why. The housing market doesn’t like uncertainty – whether that’s political or financial.
And humans are often inclined to avoid making decisions if we can get away with it. Our minds seek out a reason NOT to do something which might disturb the status quo of our lives.
Especially when things beyond our control seem ‘up in the air.’
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