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ElyfoodbankWith the festive season fast approaching, we have decided to run our Ely Foodbank Christmas Appeal for a third year.

We are asking for donations of traditional, no perishable, festive treats to be dropped into our Ely Market Square Branch, so the foodbank can provide festive hampers to foodbank customers over the Christmas period, in addition to the emergency food supply available from the Chapel Street Centre throughout the year.

For further information please visit the Ely foodbank website.

­­­Operation Christmas ChildThis year all our offices are drop off points in support of Operation Christmas Child, helping bring a little Christmas cheer to needy children around the world.

The last date to drop off your shoeboxes is Wednesday 18 November and boxes can be dropped at any one of our local branches.

If you are interested in getting involved visit the Operation Christmas Child website or pop in and see us and we can give you an idea of how to pack your box and what gifts to include.

We look forward to seeing you!

Fireworks feature image - squareThis year we have gone fireworks crazy!  We are proud to be sponsoring not one, not two, but three fantastic displays, all taking place on Saturday 7 November.

The Histon and Impington Firework Extravaganza will be held at Impington Village College with gates opening at 6pm and the fireworks starting at 7pm. Advance tickets are available now from our Histon office and money raised will go towards the three village schools. There will be a BBQ and hog roast with a range of cakes and hot drinks, plus a small fairground.

The Saffron Walden Round Table Free Fireworks Display will be held on Saffron Walden Common from 6pm. There will be a variety of food and drink available and fairground rides to enjoy.

Sawston Bonfire Night will be held at Huckeridge Hill with gates opening at 6pm, prize giving at 6:45pm followed immediately by the fireworks display. There will be refreshments, colouring competitions and a best dressed guy contest.

All three are set to be spectacular, fun filled, events so don’t miss out!

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It has been a long time coming, but our Cambridge teams have finally moved into their brand new home. You can find them just across the road from the old office, at 51 Hills Road. Not ones to rest on our laurels, we are excited to announce the opening of a brand new office in Saffron Walden. We will be opening our doors in a few weeks’ time, but if you need any property related advice in the meantime you can reach Remi, the new Branch Manager, on 01799 634422 or rgannon@tuckergardner.com.

We are not the only ones to have moved recently. Cambridge Cookery School have been busy moving to a brand new kitchen, but like us have not travelled far – just next door! They will also be starting a new venture, opening a bakery and café in a few weeks’ time. This month’s recipe, Wai fritters, is sure to be a firm favourite on the menu.

We have feature slots available in some of our upcoming editions, so if you would like to see your local business featured in our magazine, email kmccloskey@tuckergardner.com for more details.

HH June 2015 1Take a look at this month’s HouseHunter magazine, available as a flip magazine on our website and as a hard copy in each of our offices. Want it sent direct to your inbox in future? If so, click here to register.

There are some beautiful properties featured this month, including a charming detached cottage in Fulbourn on page 12 and a detached Grade II Listed thatched property in Great Shelford on page 16. If you are looking to rent, turn to page 34 for a selection of our rental properties – for all available properties, for sale and to let, click here.

Did you know that house prices in Cambridge have risen faster than central London for the first time in a decade? Rental prices are also growing at a faster rate – find out more on page 14.

We are always keen to get involved in the local community we serve and therefore try to support as many local events as possible. There are some great feasts and fairs on over the next few months that we are proud to be supporting – see page 20 for more details.

See page 26 for the recipe of the month, Italian chicken liver mousse, along with details of Cambridge Cookery School’s latest culinary trips to Stockholm.

We have feature slots available in some of our upcoming editions, so if you would like to see your local business featured in our magazine, email kmccloskey@tuckergardner.com for more details.

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If you are looking to sell your home this Summer, this exhibition will widen the marketing of your property to London buyers.

The exhibition is being held at the Millennium Hotel, Grosvenor Square in central London. In association with John D Wood & Co. we are joining together with estate agents from across the South of England to promote our properties at this exclusive event.

Please contact us to find out more about how your property can feature and how our extensive marketing is designed to achieve the highest sale price.

HH thumbTake a look at this month’s HouseHunter magazine, available as a flip magazine on our website and as a hard copy in each of our offices. Want it sent direct to your inbox in future? If so, click here to register.

There are some beautiful properties featured this month, including a characterful Grade II Listed cottage on page 16 and a sympathetically restored and very well presented property in Barrington on page 21. If you are looking to rent, turn to page 36 for a selection of our rental properties – for all available properties, for sale and to let, click here.

Did you know that 2014 saw the highest level of first time buyers since 2007? More than 311,500 people bought their first home last year, with over 50,000 of them using the Help to Buy scheme. See page 14 for more details.

Following the success of their 7 day ‘Cooking in Italy’ trips to Villa il Boschetto, Cambridge Cookery School have added three, 3-day, culinary trips to their offering this year. Find details of these and the recipe of the month on page 26.

We have feature slots available in some of our upcoming editions, so if you would like to see your local business featured in our magazine, email kmccloskey@tuckergardner.com for more details.

SAWSTONWe are continuing our investment in people and places.

With the ever demanding Cambridgeshire property market our business is growing. We therefore have a recruitment drive ongoing – details of our exciting opportunities can be found on our careers page.

We have opened a brand new TuckerGardner office. Following many years of selling in Sawston and the surrounding area, we have opened a branch in the village (pictured) – enhancing our already unrivalled coverage of the local market. Feel free to pop in to the new High Street office and meet the team, which is headed up by Geoff Doe who said:

“I am really pleased and excited that the new office is now open. The refurb team have done a fantastic job and the office looks great – in particular the black and white photo of Sawston from 1965 on the back wall. Now that the doors are open I am looking forward to seeing as many people as possible in and around the area. If you are passing the office please pop in for a coffee and take a look around the new office, or we would be pleased to come to you should you need any property related advice.”

We are investing in our existing offices too. Our Great Shelford lettings office is currently being refurbished and our Great Shelford sales office will then be having a makeover straight after, so please bear with the teams over the next few weeks. In the meantime, you can find our lettings team in the sales office over the road.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new look offices soon!

HH coverTake a look at this month’s HouseHunter magazine, available as a flip magazine on our website and as a hard copy in each of our offices. Want it sent direct to your inbox in future? If so, click here to register.

There are some particularly special properties featured this month, including our beautiful cover property which is located in the centre of Great Shelford – full details on page 6 – and a Victorian five bedroom semi-detached property in Ely, with numerous original features, on page 16.

Did you know that the number of new homes built in the Eastern region fell by 6.2% in 2014? Find out more on page 12, including how the lack of supply could be driving premium prices for new build properties.

Turn to page 24 for the recipe of the month, Pizzette Bianche, a little pizza without tomato sauce – made from scratch including the dough for the base.

We have feature slots available in some of our upcoming editions, so if you would like to see your local business featured in our magazine, email kmccloskey@tuckergardner.com for more details.

house price rise2014 was a busy year in the Cambridge property market. Although widely regarded as a year of two halves (January to June being somewhat more frantic) we did see a rise in activity and a return to form around December. In what is traditionally a quieter time in our industry we experienced excellent activity, with several sales being agreed during the Christmas week and two on Christmas Eve!

Mortgage availability continued to improve throughout the year, as did buyer demand, so it is no wonder that the city saw a 12.1% growth in property prices last year, with the average sale price rising above £400,000 for the first time to £404,085. Cambridgeshire as a whole also saw a rise in property prices, up by 5.1%.

The reform of the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) system, effective from 4 December 2014, provided an instant boost to sales. In fact, the majority of buyers will be better off under the new system with the tipping point being £937,000. Based on 2014 sale prices, the average saving on Stamp Duty in Cambridgeshire would be £1,236.

The reform will be particularly important for first time buyers, who can often struggle with buying costs. The average price paid for a home by first time buyers in Cambridge was £208,026 – 11.5% more in November 2014 compared to the previous year. Mortgage funding advanced to first time buyers in November 2014 also increased, up 6% on the November 2013 figure. So, with less SDLT pressure, greater mortgage availability and approvals, we may start to see the pressure on the bank of Mum and Dad reducing slightly.

Over the last five years smaller properties have outperformed the wider market in Cambridge. Flats and terraced houses have both seen price growth approaching 40% over the last five years, reflecting an increasing interest in smaller properties in the city. While detached and semi-detached properties have comfortably outperformed the national market, buyers have demonstrated greater enthusiasm for these smaller homes. This is possibly driven by high demand for buy-to-let opportunities, as investors often favour the perceived property hotspots smaller homes.