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Property know-how with George

This month property developer, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s The Restoration Man, George Clarke, looks at the pros and cons of buying-to-let

Ipersonally find buy-to-let a difficult subject to discuss, but it is a very important part of the overall housing debate. One could argue that the buy-to-let frenzy is one of the main reasons why the housing market is so over inflated. The more people that buy properties with the intention of letting them out reduces the number of homes available for those who want to be owner occupiers. The demand for home ownership properties soars while the number of available properties, because of the buy-to-let, is reduced, therefore house prices go up. The irony is that the more house prices increase, the more rental prices go up and the more attractive buy-to-let properties become as investments so people keep buying. It is a vicious cycle that continues to fuel the market.

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We’re halfway through the year now and summer is in full swing, so there’s no better excuse to get out into the garden. In this month’s issue we’ve got lots of great ideas to help make the most of your time outdoors. On page 36 we take a look at this year’s hottest trends for outdoor living. From classic country style to laid-back coastal blues and tropical brights, you’re sure to find a look you love that will help you create your perfect room outdoors. And, if you’re feeling creative, then try your hand at our brilliant upcycling project (p.62) which transforms an unwanted old bed into a gorgeous garden bench, or stitch up a storm and create our beautiful embroidered hanging storage pockets (p.64). If your beds and borders are looking a little lacklustre, then take inspiration from the latest trend from the RHS show gardens – elegant blue and white is the most beautiful colour combination to make your garden look truly stunning this summer (p.114). We’ve also got a simple step-by-step project (pardon the pun) to help you create a set of rustic log steps in your garden (p.66). The warmer weather also means most of us start to hanker after lighter, fresher meals, so we’ve rustled up some super salad recipes in this month’s food section. The roasted sweetcorn and halloumi salad is my favourite. Finally, we’ve also got some truly inspiring makeovers and real reader homes for you to take a peek at. Enjoy!
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