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Landmark show apartment tours

Posted: 21 June 2017 by Higgins Homes

Fancy taking a look at the brand new show apartments at our Landmark development in Loughton, IG10?

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A New Way of Living in Loughton

Posted: 30 May 2017 by Amanda Dixon

Situated at the edge of Epping Forest, Loughton in Essex forms part of the prestigious ‘Golden Triangle’ with Chigwell and Buckhurst Hill. The combination of having country walks on the doorstep coupled with easy access into central London via the Central line, has made it a popular spot for homebuyers. Furthermore, thanks to the arrival of a brand new residential development called Landmark, Loughton’s desirability is set to soar. Positioned at the corner of The Broadway, this highly contemporary building stylishly finished with a colour palette of white, cool grey and aluminium, is inspiring a new generation of design-led apartments.

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Listen to why you should buy at Clissold Quarter

Posted: 13 March 2017 by Higgins Homes

Hear the reasons why Stephan Schwarz decided that Clissold Quarter was the perfect development for him.

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First time buyer finally finds a home in her dream location

Posted: 8 November 2016 by Amanda Dixon

After three years of searching, Setareh Darab, who works in the shipping and transport business, was delighted to finally be able to lay down roots in Bermondsey, a part of London she has grown to love. Having lived in the area for almost four years, Setareh was absolutely sure that this was the place that she wanted to make her first property purchase in.

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Higgins Homes launches show homes at Clissold Quarter in Stoke Newington

Posted: 14 October 2016 by Higgins Homes

Higgins Homes has unveiled the show apartments at its latest development, Clissold Quarter in Stoke Newington, London N4.

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Higgins Homes introduces Help to Buy scheme at Clissold Quarter

Posted: 24 August 2016 by Amanda Dixon

Clissold Quarter

Higgins Homes’ newest development, Clissold Quarter in Stoke Newington, London N4, is now offering its one and two bedroom apartments as part of the Government’s Help to Buy scheme. Those opting in to the scheme will therefore need just a 5% deposit to buy a new Higgins Homes property in London and a mortgage of only 55% of the value of the new home.

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Part-exchange option allows couple to buy dream home

Posted: 18 July 2016 by Higgins

How often have you played that game of looking through estate agents’ windows at your dream home and imagining what it would be like to actually live there? Richard and Issy, both aged 29, decided to browse round their local borough of Islington to get some inspiration for when the time came that they could move up the housing ladder.

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Clissold Quarter in London is UK’s first development with ‘virtual’ show apartments

Posted: 1 July 2016 by Matt Hancocks

Higgins Homes’ Clissold Quarter in Stoke Newington, London N4, is the first of its kind to use virtual reality technology to allow customers to walk-through its apartments before they are built.

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7 things you can do to freshen up your home

Posted: 19 June 2016 by Higgins Homes

Does your home need a spring clean? Follow our top home hacks here:

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New Home Checklist

Posted: 1 June 2016 by Higgins Homes

Buying a new home is a big milestone in anyone’s life... so it's preferable that you're prepared!

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Creative community in London appeals to overseas buyers

Posted: 16 May 2016 by Higgins Homes

For many people, buying a house is a long, drawn out process. Countless viewings, comparing what’s on the market and trips to estate agents make buying a property one of life’s most stressful activities.

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Boutique collection of homes in the heart of modern London

Posted: 13 May 2016 by Higgins Homes

With direct views of The Shard, the city and the Barbican, it was clear why homebuyers Aaron Dunlop and his partner Sam Moutet fell for the East Central development.

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Understanding Help to Buy

Posted: 12 May 2016 by Higgins Homes

Thinking of using the Help to buy scheme? You might want to read this...

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Renewable energy hits the right notes for buyer

Posted: 4 May 2016 by Higgins

Having already built her own ecological home, Dr. Alice ter Meulen immediately recognised the advantages of a newly built house that could generate its own electricity.

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The house hunters guide to London

Posted: 28 April 2016 by Higgins Homes

Are you on the hunt for a new home in London?

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Area Spotlight: Clissold Quarter

Posted: 8 April 2016 by Higgins Homes

Clissold Quarter is positioned in one of London’s most exciting residential areas: Stoke Newington. Renowned for its local population of artists, professionals and young families, there is a lively community here with a bit more personality that many other areas of the Capital that have been given the ‘hipster’ tag.

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Home accessories you need in your life

Posted: 6 March 2016 by Higgins Homes

At this time of year it’s not just the garden and countryside that are ripe for change.

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Area Guide: Kennington

Posted: 21 February 2016 by Higgins Homes

Sitting pretty between the London boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth, Kennington is one of London’s hidden gems.

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Decluttering tips for busy families

Posted: 14 February 2016 by Higgins Homes

‘Decluttering’ is a word that is often met with an eye roll of the ‘as if I have time for that’ variety. However, rather than adding another thing to your To Do list, decluttering can be easily incorporated into your daily routines and can have a great impact...

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Florals in February - Flowers for your home.

Posted: 1 February 2016 by Higgins Homes

Flowers are the ultimate interiors accessory – available in an enormously broad range of colours, shapes and themes and changing with the seasons.

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7 Home Trends for 2016

Posted: 14 January 2016 by Higgins Homes

If you love to keep your interiors up to date then 2016 is going to be an exciting year. With bolder styles and the opportunity to create a space that feels fresh, modern and up to the minute, there are some fantastic home trends to take note of for 2016.

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Q brings new apartments and design to Peckham

Posted: 9 January 2016 by Higgins Homes

Peckham is without question one of London’s hot new areas, whether you’re seeking out hipster coffee shops and pop up restaurants or somewhere with a community feel that has played its part in London’s history.

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Higgins Homes wins Best International Developer Website honours at International Property Awards

Posted: 8 December 2015 by Amanda Dixon

We are proud to announce that Higgins Homes, has won the ‘Best International Developer Website’ category at the highly prestigious International Property Awards finale, which celebrates the highest levels of achievement for companies working across the property industry internationally.

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Christmas Home Accessory Wish List

Posted: 7 December 2015 by Higgins Homes

Decking the halls comes once a year, so make sure you tick off all these Christmas accessory must haves!

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What's on in London until 2016

Posted: 28 November 2015 by Higgins Homes

The festive season has begun and the calendar of events now on in London will take us joyfully through right to the start of 2016.

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The Autumnal Edit - Home Accessories Review

Posted: 19 November 2015 by Higgins Homes

Autumn is a wonderful season for aesthetics and so here's a round up of our favourite autumnal accessories.

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Spotlight on East Central

Posted: 5 November 2015 by Higgins Homes

The ‘EC’ postcode covers some of the most exciting and lively parts of London, which is why it’s such a hot destination...

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Higgins homes website wins big award at UK Property Awards 2015

Posted: 14 October 2015 by Higgins

Higgins Homes has beaten tough competition to scoop a major accolade at the prestigious UK Property Awards, part of The International Property Awards.

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Top 5 Autumn Interior Trends

Posted: 7 October 2015 by Higgins Homes

The seasons are once again a-changing and that means that it’s time to take a look at your interiors and see what could do with a bit of an update...

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What’s on in London this Autumn

Posted: 2 October 2015 by Higgins Homes

The leaves are turning and the nights are drawing in. Autumn is on its way along with a whole host of things to see and do around the nation’s capital...

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Shining a Spotlight on Islington

Posted: 30 September 2015 by Higgins Homes

The London Borough of Islington has long been known for its understated class and charm...

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10 Reasons why living in London is incredible.

Posted: 26 August 2015 by Higgins Homes

London is amazing and that's a fact. Don't believe us? Here's 10 reasons why...

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7 Unique Home Office Solution Ideas

Posted: 19 August 2015 by Higgins Homes

Looking to convert a room into an office? Take a look at our top tips for a unique working space.

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How to Make the Most Out of a Spare Room

Posted: 7 August 2015 by Higgins Homes

A spare room can host many opportunities, but which one is right for you?

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Top Home Accessories - The Summer Edition

Posted: 31 July 2015 by Higgins Homes

Maybe it's time to add a few summer touches to your home

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Popular Kitchen Styles of 2015

Posted: 24 July 2015 by Higgins Homes

Thinking of revamping your kitchen? Find out which styles are in trend for 2015

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Big City or Outer Suburb – Which is right for you?

Posted: 17 July 2015 by Higgins Homes

Unsure if you should be living in the heart of it all or in the relaxed suburbs?

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The Ultimate Moving Checklist

Posted: 10 July 2015 by Higgins Homes

Moving house can be stressful, make sure you follow our ultimate moving guide!

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5 Signs You’re Ready To Move Home

Posted: 6 July 2015 by Higgins Homes

Moving home

Wondering if it's the right time to move house? Take a look at our top tips to help you decide...

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What’s on in London this summer?

Posted: 30 June 2015 by Higgins Homes

Summer London

Whether you're new to the city or just looking for something fun to do this weekend, we've got your summer fun covered!

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How To Transform Your Small Outdoor Space For Summer

Posted: 24 June 2015 by Higgins Homes

Outdoor space

Small spaces don't have to feel claustrophobic. Make the most of your outdoor space with our top tips!

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7 Ways To Make Your Home Feel Brighter And Lighter

Posted: 19 June 2015 by Higgins Homes

Brightening

Why waste a beautiful space with dull tones? Here's seven ways to make your home feel brighter and lighter

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Add value to your property

Posted: 4 June 2015 by Higgins Homes

Adding value

Think your home has reached it's peak value? Think again...

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Guide to Islington

Posted: 3 June 2015 by Higgins Homes

Islington

Thinking about moving to Islington? Check out our guide to the area...

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Energy Saving Tips

Posted: 1 June 2015 by Higgins Homes

Saving energy

With the cost of living on the up, here's some quick and easy ways to save money on your energy outgoings.

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East Central, EC1

Posted: 26 May 2015 by Higgins Homes

east central cgi

Looking for an apartment in East London? Learn more about our stunning new properties...

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A Double win for Higgins Homes at London Evening Standard new homes awards

Posted: 18 May 2015 by Higgins Homes

Evening standard awards win

Higgins Homes are delighted to announce their recent success at this year’s London Evening Standard New Homes awards. Following a lengthy judging process, Higgins Homes passed with flying colours and received recognition for two flagship schemes, Oval Quarter and Arboretum.

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Understanding Home Equity

Posted: 29 April 2015 by Higgins Homes

equity

Home equity is something that people seem to find confusing but it’s actually very simple. Basically, the equity is the part of your home that you own. So this is the amount of your deposit and the extent of the mortgage that you have paid off.

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The Spring Cleaning Guide

Posted: 22 April 2015 by Higgins Homes

spring cleaning

The sun is out, the sky is blue – there’s still a little bit of a chill in the air but there’s no questioning the fact that spring has definitely sprung. At this time of year it’s traditional to give your home a good spring clean, to clear out all the dust and darkness of winter and throw open the windows to the (hopefully) warmer weather.

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Nord One

Posted: 17 April 2015 by Higgins Homes

nord one dining room

Nord One is a brand new development positioned in the heart of one of the most exciting areas of London. Just minutes from central Islington and Angel station, a short walk from Kings Cross and with numerous bus, tube and Overground connections to take you all over the city, it is a brand new development that is ideal for those who live a London life.

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Enjoy the best of both worlds on the commuter belt at Arboretum

Posted: 16 April 2015 by Higgins Homes

Marc Kellinger

According to the ONS’ latest census*, 21% of the city’s workforce are now choosing to live outside of London and travel into the capital. One such individual following this popular trend was Marc Kellinger, 42, who moved into Higgins Homes’ Arboretum development located in the picturesque commuter town of Epping.

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A Guide To Art For Your Home

Posted: 3 April 2015 by Higgins Homes

art for home

As many of us discover year after year, interior design is actually not as easy as it looks. One of the most difficult elements to get right is the art you choose for your walls – you might intend it to be a striking feature but so often it can feel out of place or just ‘not right’.

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Summer Decoration Tips

Posted: 30 March 2015 by Higgins Homes

Summer decoration

Summer is just around the corner now – the days are longer and brighter and you can feel the warmth in the air. That means a spring clean of your home and perhaps of your décor too. If you want to give your interiors a lift for summer then here are a few tips on how to do it...

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Find the best of both worlds at Arboretum

Posted: 23 March 2015 by Higgins Homes

amanda davies and wayne bridger

With prices in London continuing to rise by 10% from last year, a study by Hamptons International found that Londoners are increasingly looking outside the capital for new homes.

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Creating Features In Your Home

Posted: 17 March 2015 by Higgins Homes

Aqua Vista II living room

There has been a big trend for neutral colours and minimal design in recent times – which can be helpful if you’re looking to sell your house or you want a change from previously bold décor – but it feels like many of us have forgotten the value of the feature.

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Downsizing trend gives reason to move to Arboretum

Posted: 13 March 2015 by Higgins Homes

mr and mrs Bullman

According to research by Lloyds Bank1, 52% of those looking to move are considering downsizing, as it continues to be the main reason to sell a home. One such couple following this trend was retired husband and wife Barbara, 73, and David Bullman, 72.

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Higgins’ Future Developments

Posted: 12 March 2015 by Higgins Homes

Clissold Quarter

It is an exciting time for London-based property investment, and Higgins Homes is proud to announce its upcoming developments in different locations across the capital.

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Aqua Vista II

Posted: 2 March 2015 by Higgins Homes

Aqua Vista skyline

Higgins Homes proudly presents 9 luxury apartments within the highly sought-after Aqua Vista II development in East London’s Bow. These fantastic properties offer buyers the chance to live in the heart of the capital’s hippest district whilst relishing surroundings of parkland and water.

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10 Steps To Moving Out

Posted: 26 February 2015 by Higgins Homes

Real estate agents

No matter how much you want to avoid it, moving day always tends to be a bit of a rush with a million things happening at once and two processes to consider moving out of one property and moving into another. In order to help you keep track of everything we've got 10 steps you can follow to help keep your move out on track

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5 Steps To Moving In

Posted: 22 February 2015 by Higgins Homes

Steps to move in

So, you've completed the move out process but now, before you can really start to settle into your new place, you've got to get through the moving in too.

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House Buying Explained

Posted: 18 February 2015 by Higgins Homes

house buying

The house buying process can be something of a mystery to those who are new to it - and even if you've done it before it's often such a rush that you may not be able to remember what's involved. To help you navigate the sometimes choppy waters of buying a home in the UK, here is a quick guide to the process.

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Packing Essentials When Moving Home

Posted: 14 February 2015 by Higgins Homes

Packing tips

When you have an entire home to move from one property to another, packing can feel like a momentous task. We've listed below the basics for getting your packing spot on, as well as a few expert tips to save you time and stress.

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Tips For Getting On The Property Ladder In 2015

Posted: 10 February 2015 by Higgins Homes

property ladder

As we're now well into 2015, if this is the year that you've decided you want to become a home owner, then we have some fantastic tips for helping you to get to grips with the UK property market this year.

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Home Staging - How To Help With Selling Your Property

Posted: 6 February 2015 by Higgins Homes

home staging

Home staging is basically the art of laying out your home in a way that is going to make it the most attractive to buyers. It may sound like an unnecessary level of detail but it's those details that are going to get the offers on the table so don't skimp on them. If you want some help selling your property then try these home staging tips for size.

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Garden Tips: Preparing for Spring

Posted: 3 February 2015 by Higgins Homes

spring garden

There's no doubt about it, the days are getting longer, the mornings are getting lighter and there have even been a few days recently when there has been a definite sense of warmth in the air.

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Tips for Young Buyers

Posted: 29 January 2015 by Higgins Homes

new homes

With the recession finally beginning to ease off a little and banks lending again, the time is ripe for young buyers to part with their hard-earned deposit in exchange for their first abode.

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Interior Design Trends for 2015

Posted: 27 January 2015 by Higgins Homes

Aqua Vista

As we welcome in the New Year, it's time to say 'hello' to the new design trends that have been waiting in the wings, ready to takeover our homes and offices.

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Maintaining Your Garden Through Winter

Posted: 24 January 2015 by Higgins Homes

winter

Gardens are wonderful things to have and offer beauty all year round, just so long as they are taken care of. Winter may seem harsh but it has its benefits and is a great opportunity to clear away the remnants of autumn and create sanctuaries for wildlife. Here are a few ways to ensure your personal green space is well maintained throughout the winter months and ready to blossom again come spring.

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Spotlight: East London

Posted: 23 January 2015 by Higgins Homes

london bridge

East London is one of those areas that has grown in prominence over the past decade as more and more people have begun to realise what an exciting place it is to live. With easy transport connections to the centre of London, to the City and the Docklands, it's one of the most convenient parts of the city to live in.

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Property Glossary - A-Z of property terminology

Posted: 21 January 2015 by Higgins Homes

Real estate

Here's our alphabet of property terminology

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Spotlight: Peckham

Posted: 18 January 2015 by Higgins Homes

Queens road

In 2014, Yelp chose Peckham as the most up and coming neighbourhood in London and there are some very good reasons for this. Over the past couple of years this area has grown into one of the new hip places to live and with that has come an influx of exciting bars and restaurants, as well as a vibrant nightlife scene.

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Stamp Duty: What it means and what to expect

Posted: 13 January 2015 by Higgins Homes

stamps

Perhaps the biggest recent change to the UK property market has been the stamp duty reform that took place in December last year.

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The property market in 2015 and what to expect

Posted: 11 January 2015 by Higgins Homes

sparklers

With a fresh year now under way, all eyes are turning towards the future of the property market in 2015 and what events and trends we're likely to see over the next 12 months. 2014 was certainly something of a lively year for the UK market so many are hoping that in 2015 things will be calmer. But what can we actually expect from the next 12 months?

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Winter Warmers: Keeping cosy through Winter

Posted: 9 December 2014 by Higgins Homes

winter warmers

It might have been an unseasonably warm autumn but winter is finally here and that means the evenings are getting darker and the days are getting colder. For most of us there’s a temptation to crank up the heating and face high fuel bills as a result. However, it doesn’t have to be like this.

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Festive Interiors: Prepare for Christmas

Posted: 18 November 2014 by Higgins Homes

festive interiors

Christmas is just around the corner and that means it’s time to start thinking about decorating your home. If you’re stuck in a bit of a decorating rut or you’re just looking for a bit of inspiration this year then here are some Christmas decorating ideas to help get your home super festive and ready for the holiday season.

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Buying A Home Off Plan

Posted: 10 November 2014 by Higgins Homes

Samantha Birch and Charlie McCarthy

According to recent research (Aviva Insurance), home buyers in the past year spent on average over half an hour looking round a property before choosing to buy. In addition, every year as many as 40,000 people buy properties without viewing them at all. One such couple that followed suit with purchasing their home off plan, was first time buyers Samantha Birch, 25, and partner Charlie McCarthy, 26.

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Moving to Essex

Posted: 5 November 2014 by Higgins Homes

Epping essex

Spanning a total of 1,338 sq mi the county of Essex is far larger than many people realise. It borders with Cambridge to the north, Hertfordshire to the west, Kent across the estuary of the River Thames and London to the southwest. The result is a fantastically diverse offering of geography and heritage.

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5 Quick and Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Home's Interior

Posted: 3 November 2014 by Higgins Homes

Oval quarter bedroom

Read through our quick and easy tips to improving your homes interior.

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Exterior Upgrades Improving Your Curb Appeal

Posted: 29 October 2014 by Higgins Homes

curb appeal

While there is truth in the old adage 'don't judge a book by its cover', there is also a lot to be said for first impressions. Which is why taking good care of your home's exterior is just as important as its interior. Here are some simple ways to improve your curb appeal aesthetically, financially and practically.

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Three Major Award Wins for Arboretum

Posted: 28 October 2014 by Higgins Homes

arboretum wins big at UK property award

Higgins Homes, has beaten tough competition to scoop three accolades at the prestigious UK Property Awards, part of The International Property Awards. The announcement was made at a gala ceremony on Friday 24th October, held at the London Marriott Grosvenor House.

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Oval Quarter Recognised at the 2014 UK Property Awards

Posted: 27 October 2014 by Higgins Homes

oval quarter wins at uk property awards

Following last week’s prestigious gala and presentation dinner, Oval Quarter Developments Ltd is delighted to have achieved two awards at this year’s UK Property Awards. The landmark development, Oval Quarter, won Best Residential Development in London and received highly commended for Best Apartment in London.

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A new family - A new home at Arboretum

Posted: 27 October 2014 by Higgins Homes

Mabs Alam and Shamsun Nahar

According to recent research from Savills UK1, homebuyers value factors such as neighbourhood, safety, greenery and access to amenities more so than the aesthetics of a new home. For married couple, Mabs Alam, 38, and Shamsun Nahar, 35, this was certainly the case. Eager to find the perfect home for their new family, the couple opted to buy off plan with a three bedroom terraced house at Higgins Homes’ Arboretum development in Epping.

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The A-Z of home interiors

Posted: 29 September 2014 by Higgins Homes

cavendish interior

Do you need home interiors inspiration? We've got a whole alphabet of ideas for your living spaces in 2014/2015.

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Essential Home Upgrades

Posted: 25 September 2014 by Higgins Homes

Arboretum interior features

If you're not looking to move house and you want to make your home a smarter place to be - or you do want to sell and you want to impress potential buyers - then upgrading certain features of your home is a very easy way to do it. Below are a few suggestions for essential upgrades that aren't too disruptive to do:

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Arboretum Wins a Prestigious UK Property Award

Posted: 17 September 2014 by Higgins Homes

arboretum oak houses

LONDON September 2014 – Higgins Homes has been has been informed it is among the winners in the UK regional stage of the International Property Awards 2014-15 sponsored by Gaggenau and in association with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The company might even have the chance to represent the UK in the latter stages of the Awards and compete for the coveted crown of World’s Best.

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Getting Your Head Around Mortgages

Posted: 18 August 2014 by Higgins Homes

mortgages

When it comes to obtaining a mortgage, particularly if you haven't gone through the process before, it can be intimidating and confusing. There are so many different mortgages to consider, as well as numerous variables from your deposit amount to your credit score that it's hard to get a clear idea of what steps to take next. With that in mind, below are some good, solid tips on getting a mortgage and making sure that it's the right one for you.

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What to look for when buying your home

Posted: 12 August 2014 by Higgins Homes

cavendish interior

There's a whole world of detail to get your head around when you're buying a home, whether it's your first, second - or fifth! From the area, to the property itself there's so much to remember that you might feel like you're drowning in a sea of variables after a while.

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DIY Dos and DIY Don'ts

Posted: 28 July 2014 by Higgins Homes

DIY

Overly ambitious DIY has been the cause of many an argument sometimes we just can't see past the desire to 'fix stuff' and identify our own limits. To give you a few hints (without bruising any egos), here are a few of the challenges many homes face, as well as our take on whether you should get out your hammer or call in the professionals.

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Selling Your Home

Posted: 24 July 2014 by Higgins Homes

Selling your home

Selling your home is a huge commitment and so can often seem like a daunting prospect. However, as with many things in life, a little preparation and organisation can go a long way into making the whole thing more manageable and far less stressful.

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The Evolution of the British Family Home

Posted: 17 July 2014 by Higgins Homes

british family home

The concept of the family home has seen some startling changes and developments over time. It has run in parallel with whatever financial, social and technological progressions have occurred, whilst for the most part always staying true to its most basic functions to give shelter from the elements and provide privacy for its occupants.

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Get Your Home Sold In Time For Summer!

Posted: 23 June 2014 by Higgins Homes

summer

The best time to sell a home is obviously the period in which there are the most buyers undertaking a property search in the UK. However, this is often difficult to ascertain and so, in general, most property experts will confirm that, in terms of seasons, the period between spring and early summer beats just about every other time of year.

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Cream of the Crop Proves a Big Hit with Buyers at Arboretum

Posted: 9 June 2014 by Higgins Homes

Arboretum

According to Halifax's latest house price report, property prices have seen their largest month-on-month rise since 2002 which may prove challenging to buyers. However by not pre-launching overseas Arboretum has gone against the odds and seen strong sales in the developments first month.

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Top 10 Reasons to "Bag" a New Home at Oval Quarter

Posted: 6 June 2014 by Higgins Homes

oval quarter

Recently smeared by a West End department store as a 'risky' postcode, here are 10 reasons why you should buy at Oval Quarter.

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The Cavendish Collection receives award win at the 2014 London Evening Standard New Homes Awards

Posted: 23 May 2014 by Higgins Homes

award win at Evening standard awards

This week, Higgins Homes celebrated their outstanding award win at the annual Evening Standard New Homes Awards. The private developer walked away with a win for their collection of bespoke family homes at The Cavendish Collection in Chigwell in the category of Best Family Houses valued in excess of £1.5 million.

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Home Buyers Paying Highest Proportion Of Asking Price For A Decade

Posted: 8 May 2014 by Higgins Homes

house price rise

Research by property intelligence group Hometrack has indicted that current property market conditions have resulted in buyers paying the highest proportion of the asking price of a property than has been the case for more than a decade. For example, in April of this year the average buyer was paying 96.7% of a property asking price. The main reason for this is fairly simple: demand.

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To Renovate or Buy a New Build?

Posted: 29 April 2014 by Higgins Homes

higgins construction

When you're in the midst of a property search in the UK the options are usually split into two you can either invest in a renovation project that you have to finish off yourself or buy a new build that you can move straight into.

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Fantastic Epping Forest

Posted: 23 April 2014 by Higgins Homes

deer epping forest

This is an area renowned for its green spaces it's officially London's largest open space covering around 6,000 acres overall, which is the equivalent of 3,300 football pitches. The forest itself reaches from Manor Park to just north of Epping and provides the perfect spot for anyone looking for the ease of being closely connected to London with one of the city's best green spaces right on the doorstep.

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How to Save For Your Deposit: The Plight of the First-Time Buyer

Posted: 14 April 2014 by Higgins Homes

saving pennies

It is no secret that first-time buyers have been hit hard by a recession that stopped banks from lending and companies from hiring. As house prices fell, the cost of the deposits went up and the fight for getting a decent mortgage on a first property has proved near on impossible. There are however, many ways in which buyers can save up that all-important deposit, without being on a generous salary or asking the parents to help out.

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Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Posted: 2 April 2014 by Higgins Homes

real estate agents

When the time comes to put your home on the market, there are a few things worth taking into consideration before you end up making mistakes that are all-too common and easily avoided. Selling your home is a commitment, and one that should be taken seriously since it involves a lot of money changing hands as well as a few emotional decisions.

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Country views with City convenience

Posted: 1 April 2014 by Higgins Homes

Adam Ludwin

An award winning entrepreneur has found the perfect place to combine the convenience of city living, with the relaxed pace of country life.

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Spotlight on Epping

Posted: 24 March 2014 by Higgins Homes

epping forest

Just 17 miles from central London and surrounded by its historical forest, Epping has long been a hot spot for commuters and villagers alike. Epping Forest's most convenient station, Chingford, is only 35-40 minutes from Liverpool St. Station. The town itself is a market town and civil parish in the Epping Forest district of the highly sort-after County of Essex.

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50 Year Wait for Dream Home for Essex's couple in Chigwell

Posted: 19 March 2014 by Higgins Homes

cavendish coachhouse

Bernard Poppy has spent many days over the last 50 years walking past a building on Vicarage Lane, lately wondering why it had become deserted and what other use it could possibly have. It was only very recently when the builders moved in, did Mr Poppy find out that this Victorian coach house was to be converted into a contemporary three-bedroom home.

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Golf Courses in Essex

Posted: 10 March 2014 by Higgins Homes

golf course

For the discerning golfer, Essex has no shortage of courses to choose from, over 90 in fact. Whatever your style or desired landscape you can be sure to find somewhere to tee-off and practice your swing, or take on new challenges in different surroundings. Here are just a few courses that we have picked out to get you started.

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A Room with a Priceless View

Posted: 27 February 2014 by Higgins Homes

Gerald and Ginty Stecker

Gerald and Ginty Stecker believed that their beloved Victorian mansion in Loughton would be where they would spend their retirement years, happily enjoying the rich character of the building with features such as high ceilings and typical Victorian architecture. But it was the stunning forest views that gave the couple reason to feel that they would never find anything else to match their home.

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Interior Design Trends for 2014

Posted: 28 January 2014 by Higgins Homes

Cavendish interior

When it comes to interior design, the options have become well and truly endless. So much so that choosing a fresh new look for your home can be somewhat overwhelming. Which is why Higgins Homes has decided to plant the seed by taking a look at what some of the top designers and bloggers are forecasting to become this year's biggest trends.

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What to Look for in a Family Home

Posted: 17 January 2014 by Higgins Homes

Fitzroy terrace

Everyone has their own tick-list of what they want their ideal home to have, but when you are buying a new property specifically so you can expand your family, certain things once regarded as luxuries quickly become necessities. Likewise, the contrary is also true.

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When is the Best Time to Move House?

Posted: 22 December 2013 by Higgins Homes

When is the best time to move

It is a universally understood fact that moving house is stressful at the best of times. There are however, ways to make this process an easier one, including choosing the right time to do it. In short, there is no simple answer as to when you should move everyone's circumstances are different. But a little common sense can go a long way into helping you decide on a date.

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Spotlight on Chigwell

Posted: 13 December 2013 by Higgins Homes

Chigwell

Essex has always been synonymous with a certain kind of glamour, particularly in the last decade thanks to various reality television shows that have upped its reputation and indeed popularity. The areas of Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill and Loughton are considered to be the county's Golden Triangle, with the latest addition of Brentwood.

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Help to Buy Mortgage Scheme Looking Good

Posted: 18 November 2013 by Higgins Homes

Help to Buy

Potential homeowners all around the country have been waiting for the start of the Help to Buy mortgage scheme, which has finally become a reality. The early figures for the scheme indicate that it has already helped some 2,000 people around the country make offers on homes that they wouldn't otherwise have been able to afford.

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Prepare Your Home for the Future

Posted: 24 October 2013 by Higgins Homes

future proof

The greatest issue with the future is that it cannot be predicted. We can however, make educated guesses as to which elements are more subject to change than others, and in what way. Accounting for probable changes when designing and building a home can only ever be a good thing, as prevention is no doubt better than cure in any circumstance.

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Win a Kindle Fire HD

Posted: 15 September 2013 by Higgins Homes

win a kindle

To celebrate the launch of our fabulous new London development the Oval Quarter, Higgins Homes is offering you the chance to win a brand new Kindle Fire HD.

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Down Time at Home the Perfect Alternative to a Holiday

Posted: 5 September 2013 by Higgins Homes

staycation

Days off are a precious commodity to say the least. Yet after working so many hours week after week, our usual response to the word 'holiday' is to get as far away from home as possible. But what if you were to use that time to actually enjoy the space you worked so hard to have?

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First Time Buyer Puts Down Roots at Oval Quarter

Posted: 20 August 2013 by Higgins Homes

Sarah Johnson

With rental prices rising, on average, at least 8% over the last year*, many renters in the capital are finding it difficult to raise a deposit for their first home. However, one such tenant who went against the odds was 29 year old Sarah Johnson.

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Oval Quarter - An Affordable Alternative

Posted: 7 August 2013 by Higgins Homes

Phil Tromans and Helen Boldon

With the average London house price rising by 6.4%,* first time buyers in the capital are finding it increasingly difficult to take their first step onto the property ladder. One couple, however, have managed to beat the odds, recently exchanging on a two bedroom apartment at Oval Quarter, a landmark development in South London.

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Top Tips on buying a property to let - Part 2

Posted: 26 July 2013 by Higgins Homes

buy to let

Buy to let is an exciting place to be right now and for those with the funds to finance a property purchase like this, it's a great time to do it. In Part 1 of this blog we looked at the basic considerations for taking those first steps into buy to let. In Part 2 we're getting down to the details

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Top Tips on buying a property to let - Part 1

Posted: 19 July 2013 by Higgins Homes

buy to let

Whilst it may not have the same explosive allure as during the original boom, buy to let remains a great investment for those who are in a position to put together a deposit and obtain a mortgage.

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Spotlight on Oval

Posted: 3 July 2013 by Higgins Homes

Oval quarter

Oval is situated in Kennington, South London in the London Borough of Lambeth. Since it first began life as a market garden in the 17th century the area has grown into a vibrant and well loved part of London life, with some pretty famous landmarks within its boundaries.

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How to be a good neighbour

Posted: 18 June 2013 by Higgins Homes

neighbour

With the UK's cities becoming increasingly overcrowded we are all living in closer quarters than we used to. But have you ever thought about the way you come across to those who live on the other side of your four walls?

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Moving in with a partner?

Posted: 12 June 2013 by Higgins Homes

moving in with a partner

Moving in with the one you love is a time for great celebration, but it's also one of those steps that can be fraught with potential issues. So how do you make sure that once you move in together you don't end up moving out separately?

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Spotlight on Camberwell

Posted: 29 April 2013 by Higgins Homes

camberwell

Just south of the Thames sits the district of Camberwell, an area so much a part of London's history that it was even mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Camberwell has had mixed fortunes over the years but the last decade has seen it rise to become one of the most coveted 'cool' spots in London in which to buy.

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Advantages of Living Near a Golf Course

Posted: 17 April 2013 by Higgins Homes

golf course advantages

The esteemed author Mark Twain may not have liked golf, but apparently modern property markets strongly disagree with him. Living near a golf course in the UK these days can add a premium of £95,000 to value of a home, according to some estimates. This article will detail some of the reasons why golf courses are good for property prices.

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iPad Mini Competition Winner Announced

Posted: 20 March 2013 by Higgins Homes

competition

We would like to announce the winner of our iPad mini competition!

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The Benefits of Buying A New Build House

Posted: 18 March 2013 by Higgins Homes

new house benefits

The housing market is not an easy place to be at the moment and above and beyond the difficulties many people are having getting a mortgage or raising a deposit, there are all sorts of pitfalls out there awaiting the unwary buyer, from subsidence, to crumbling walls and bad plumbing.

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How First Time Buyers Can Get On The Ladder

Posted: 20 February 2013 by Higgins Homes

NewBuy

With house prices at eye wateringly high levels and mortgages hard to come by, it's not the best time to be a first-time buyer. Getting a foot on a rung of the property ladder is tough for those without the spare income to save for a deposit, or the family help that many have in funding the first property purchase. However, all is not lost as the Government has made a commitment to helping first-time buyers get started in the form of the NewBuy scheme.

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Glass Half Empty Or Glass Half Full? House Prices

Posted: 9 January 2013 by Higgins Homes

house prices on the rise

In the kind of financial conditions that we have seen in recent years, house prices tend to receive a lot of airtime. They are often used as one of the main indicators of what the economy is doing and even a small shift can send ripples of nervousness through the market.

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How to eliminate stress when moving house

Posted: 27 November 2012 by Higgins Homes

no stress moving house

Moving house can be a very demanding time for anyone. In order to minimise stress it will help you to plan ahead. Here are some helpful tips to try and make the whole process easier.

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Owning a stylish new home in Chadwell Heath is now even easier

Posted: 20 November 2012 by Higgins Homes

The Grove

Owning a stylish new home in Chadwell Heath is now even easier thanks to 95% mortgages through the NewBuy initiative. The valuable help is available on all new homes at The Grove which features a choice of two and three bedroom homes from Higgins Homes.

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Newbuy 95% mortgages now available at The Old Hospital in Maidstone

Posted: 13 November 2012 by Higgins Homes

The Old Hospital

Kent property-seekers can now secure selected flats for sale in Central Maidstone under the NewBuy scheme at Higgins Homes The Old Hospital development. Astute property-seekers are being urged to take advantage of an affordable way to purchase their dream home on this gated development in the town centre.

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Today's first-time buyers see property as a good investment

Posted: 18 October 2012 by Higgins Homes

property investment

Today's first-time buyers are more focused on their finances than buyers who bought before the credit crunch according to a new report from the Yorkshire Building Society. The state of the economy didn't ruin hopes for couples looking to set up their nest, with 85% of people who took the survey saying that the main reason they bought their property was to set up a home with their partner.

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UK Homeowners confident house prices will rise

Posted: 9 October 2012 by Higgins Homes

house prices on the rise

House prices may still be falling, but homeowners in Britain are beginning to show signs of optimism.

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Large Percentage of First-Time Buyers Stay Local

Posted: 2 October 2012 by Higgins Homes

mum and dad bank

As the old saying goes 'the apple doesn't fall far from the tree' and when it comes to first-time buyers this would appear to be the case. A large percentage of homebuyers are choosing to stay close to their childhood homes when taking their first steps on the property ladder.

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NewBuy Scheme - 95% mortgages for New Builds

Posted: 21 September 2012 by Higgins Homes

NewBuy

We at Higgins Homes are pleased to announce that we are now offering properties on a 95% mortgage scheme, in partnership with the government backed initiative that is NewBuy.

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Artisan Apartments launching this weekend in Loughton Essex

Posted: 31 August 2012 by Higgins Homes

artisan apartments

Just one day left until Higgins Homes launches its 1 and 2 bedroom Artisan Apartments this weekend in Loughton, Essex. Steeped in heritage, yet modern and stylish, The Artisan Apartments are a perfect fit for such esteemed surroundings.

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Moving to a new area - how to feel at home right away

Posted: 23 August 2012 by Higgins Homes

new area

Part-exchange is a concept that's been around for decades but experience has it that not many prospective buyers are sure of how this arrangement could work for them. Quite simply, part-exchange is a nifty agreement between Higgins Homes and you that could secure you a hassle-free sale to get you into one of our fabulous new developments.

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Full market value Part Exchange now available at Bridge Street

Posted: 17 August 2012 by Higgins Homes

bridge street

Part-exchange is a concept that's been around for decades but experience has it that not many prospective buyers are sure of how this arrangement could work for them. Quite simply, part-exchange is a nifty agreement between Higgins Homes and you that could secure you a hassle-free sale to get you into one of our fabulous new developments.

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Why should I buy a new home?

Posted: 1 August 2012 by Higgins Homes

ludus

House-hunting is a minefield of a journey, especially for first-time buyers, with so many factors to take into consideration before making the final decision. Choosing the right property for you is more than just pre-planning the wallpaper and the wrong choice could leave you spending more rather than less, a no-no for those wanting to stay within their budget.

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V Festival Competition Giveaway: The only way is Essex

Posted: 18 July 2012 by Higgins Homes

v festival

One of the biggest music festivals of the British summer, V Festival returns for another amazing weekend, and Higgins Homes gives you chance to win tickets for you and five friends.

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