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Blu Lake

Vitality in Bold Age – Our Life Energy.

When I spent time with my two-and-a-half-year-old nephew at the weekend I thought, ‘You don't have to teach 2-year-olds ways to have more energy; that's the way they come out of the box’. So really, it's not that we don't have energy as adults; it's that we’ve created conditions — often by many years of bad lifestyle choices — that make it almost impossible for energy to show up.

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William Thompson

Williams Thompson Solicitors

At long last, a Christchurch development is taking place...

Eight years after Aldi’s first application in 2008 for development at the top of Somerford (now called Meteor Park), not only has the work started but it is proceeding at a cracking pace. Indeed it will not be long before the keys to the site are handed over to the retailers.

Only a few years ago we were reeling from numerous supermarket planning application. The site at the back of Barrrack Road was the first to get permission for an Asda store- but the site still remains empty. Next Beagles’ application for the building of a Morrisons finally got the go ahead after appeal- but again there is no sign of any development taking place.

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Mary Kay Skincare & Costmetics

Mary Kay Skincare & Cosmetics

Why do we need a Skincare Regime?

Your body surface is home to one of our largest organs - The Skin. Our skin breathes, removes impurities, and helps us to look and feel great. It defines us and makes us appear different; it is amazing what our skin can really do. We put our skin under a lot of pressure. Females wanting to look their best, men putting their skin through work or lifestyle challenges and children growing.. We pluck, wax, tan, sunbathe, we hit, scratch, bump it, bruise and cut it. We also colour, stain, tattoo, paint it and even shave, pierce, stretch it and take bits from here and stitch on there and the list could go on…Our skin goes through a lot.

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move  on rentals

Diary of Award Winning Sales and Letting Agent

Sales Stats and News Updates


Interesting stats for the sales property market activity. (according to Zoopla)

BH12- 552 sales in the last 12 months and a total of 33.7% of the BH12 properties have sold in the last five years.

BH13- 261 sales in the last 12 months and a total of 35.3% of the BH13 properties have sold in the last five years.

BH14- 546 sales in the last 12 months and a total of 33.7% of the BH14 properties have sold in the last five years.


All three postcodes have seen a price increase over the last 12 months too. If you would like advice on your current value and a realistic value (not one just to get your instruction), then please contact us.

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It's tea

It's Tea

Tea is the most popular drink choice, apart from water, in the world. Moreover, there are more varieties of tea than many people even knew existed. Everyone knows of staples like English Breakfast, Darjeeling, Green Tea, Orange Pekoe, and Earl Grey, but many have no idea at all why these teas are different.

Here at It’s Tea, we start to scratch the surface by having over 200 different teas for you to enjoy, but we would like to hep you understand what it is you are drinking so you can enjoy expanding your horizons. Let’s start by explaining a bit about the tea types I mentioned.

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Blu Lake

Blu Lake

Living Life on Purpose

This month we ask the question; ‘What is the meaning of life?' Embarrassingly, Siri’s response to sums it up well: “I don’t believe there is a consensus on that question.”

There are as many different ways of finding meaning in life as there are people in the world, because we are all unique after all. So, how the heck do you find life meaning in Bold Age and why is it so important?

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Diary of Award Winning Sales and Letting Agent

2016 will, in my humble opinion, be a year to remember . Will it be the death of buy to lets, will it be the year house prices dropped, will it be the year of the least transactions of properties being sold or will it be the year house prices rose significantly?

The conflicting reports on a daily basis, is enough for most people to almost tun off and say ‘talk to me in a couple of months once the dust has settled’.

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William Thompson

Williams Thompson Solicitors

It’s official. According to Department of Transport data, the traffic in Christchurch is the worst it has ever been.

Our main artery, the A35, has lowest average speed in the region: 14.2 mph during the rush hour- which is when I use it on my way to work.

And that is before any road works. May I use this column to apologies to the residents of the quiet back-roads of Highcliffe whose peace and quiet I, and many others, shatter as we try to circumnavigate the closure of Walkford Road due to gas works.

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It's Tea

It's Tea

Here at It’s Tea, we strive to provide you with the best quality tea, whether it be in loose leaf or tea bag form! Tea bags started in the 1950’s and these days usually contain a lower grade of tea such as “dust” or “broken” tea. They may also famously contain less pleasant additives such as bleach residue and other undesirable and unexpected things!

We do it better by ensuring that our teabags contain only what we sell to you as loose leaf tea in a contaminant-free nylon pyramid bag. This gives the tea room to steep properly making sure you get the perfect flavour we want you to enjoy.

www.itstea.co.uk

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Martin and Company

Martin & Company

The Budget

The Chancellor has now set out his Budget and we are pleased to attach the link to our Budget Summary –
http://goo.gl/Eh7ULz

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Blu Lake

Bold Age - Live to work or work to live?

Remember last month we started to redefine retirement, favouring:

Bold Age: “To have the courage, desire and resources to continue to grow, in your own way, whatever number is on your birthday card”

Given this more empowering description of Bold Age, the question I explore with clients is, ‘what role could work play in your life in this new stage?’

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Williams Thompson Solicitors

A plan that will result in the death of Christchurch Borough council is fast gathering pace.

The controversial proposal is for there to be a merger of the authorities in Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and East Dorset. This would turn Christchurch from one of the smallest councils in the country to a bit player in what would be the 6th largest.

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Diary of Award Winning Sales and Letting Agent

Landlords- We Challenge You!

We recently took on a small portfolio of properties due to the landlords wanting an easier life! The couple had looked after their investment for some 20 odd years, but now felt they would like to enjoy their daily living rather than worrying about the latest legalisation and the daily running of their portfolio.

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Harcourts

Property Management

Enjoying the benefits and avoiding the headaches

It should be straight-forward and uncomplicated to rent out a property.

There is clearly a shortage of housing and this situation is only going to get worse and yet being a landlord can mean that you have to be an expert in what is often very unclear legislation.

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Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking with Nordic Walking Fit

www.nordicwalkingfit.co.uk

The best thing about Nordic Walking is getting out and exploring the surrounding area in which we live.  The people who join me in my varied walks never realise what is on their doorstep and how beautiful it is. This adds another element of mindfulness and sheer pleasure of walking with others enjoying the scenery while working your whole body.

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Blu Lake- Professional Corporate & Life Coach

If you were asked to invest all your spare cash (let’s pretend you have loads of it!) in one of these definitions, which would you choose and why?

A) Retirement: “To leave your job or stop working because of old age or ill health”

B) Bold Age: “To have the courage, desire and resources to continue to grow, in your own way, whatever number is on your birthday card”

Whilst retirement is a ‘thing’, I think the definition above insinuates that:

Retirement means disengaging from work.

You are less able to contribute as you get older.

It is not within your control; it happens to you.

which is why I created and work with option B.

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William Thompson

Williams Thompson Solicitors

Congratulations to the Chewton Glen for obtaining planning permission to build their cookery school- a master class on charming the Christchurch Council Planning Committee.

The controversy over their plans was not the cookery school itself, but the decision to site the development not near the hotel but at the edge of their grounds on a quiet residential road in the middle of a precious area of green belt.

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Diary of Award Winning Sales and Letting Agent

Stonking- One Word For January

January has been a ‘stonking’ month and before you say ‘is that a word’, it is in the Cambridge dictionary.

We have put more sales in hand in one month than in the last 5 months collectively. Our lettings department broke all records for January move ins for the last 10 years. So yes, I could have said a phenomenal month, a fantastic month, but for some reason, stonking seems to fit.

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The Health Benefits of Tea

I don’t know about you, but a cup of tea always provides me comfort; almost like a warm hug. It may be the last thing you think of, but have you actually ever thought of the health benefits of tea? Because, according to scientific research, there are plenty, 12 of which I will list below.

Black tea has been shown in scientific studies to reduce the risk of heart attack, therefore helping to protect against cardiovascular disease (affecting the heart and/or blood vessels). Because of the antioxidants (substances that delay cell damage) in tea, this can counteract some of the effects of smoking, such as damage to the lungs. However, this is just something to bear in mind and is not a justification for smoking!

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Diary of Award Winning Sales and Letting Agent

Is It Worth It- Being A Landlord?

The government have not been kind to the private investor during 2015 announcing plans to increase stamp duty from the 1st April 2016 by an extra 3% to anyone purchasing a second property. On a £250,000 property this will be an extra £7,500 stamp duty (which you can claim back when you sell the property).

They are also going to be taxing landlords on turnover rather than net profit by taking away the ability to deduct mortgage interest as a tax deduction by 25% each year over the next 4 years, so that by 2020 it will be nil! (Clause 24 of the Finance Act 2015). This will have a serious impact on a lot of landlords.

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