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SMTC in rehearsals for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

SMTC in rehearsals for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Dwarf Shortage Hits SMTC Panto!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 11th-14th December 2013 – The Little Shakespeare Theatre – Shakespeare Crescent – Eccles Manchester M30 0PE evenings at 7.30pm with a Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm

It’s time to gather the family and head to Salford this week as Salford Musical Theatre Company prepare to put on the classic pantomime fairytale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs… with a twist!

Writer, Director & Producer Mike Clarke wasn’t able to find any vertically challenged people under 3 feet tall within the Salford area of Greater Manchester to play the seven dwarfs, so he decided to rewrite the tale giving it an unusual angle!

Even the local press picked up on the challenges faced by SMTC prompting the “Dwarf Shortage” headline and article in the Manchester Evening News and a similar article in the Salford Advertiser, in the same week!

Mike Clarke said “I put out an appeal for adults under 4ft to come forward via social media at the start of September and unfortunately there were no takers, so I decided to re-write the story using acronyms and a little bit of clever wordplay to explain why adults ranging from 5’4 to 6’3 were playing the parts of the seven dwarfs. In this story D.W.A.R.F.S. stands for Drillers, Well Borers, Architects, Rubble Shifters, Fossil Hunters and Skilled Workers! Its just a little bit different, but we are still telling the traditional story of Snow White”

Tickets start at just £5 for children under 12, £7 for adults and £25 for a family ticket for 2 adults and 3 children.

Tickets for Thursday 12th and Friday 13th December have already sold out and seats are limited on all other performances.

To book please call the dedicated Box Office number 07565685671 or book online at https://smtcsnowwhite.eventbrite.com (fees apply)

SMTC presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 11th-14th Dec 2013

SMTC presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 11th-14th Dec 2013

This years eagerly anticipated panto production follows on from SMTC’s award winning pantomime ‘Puss in Boots’, also written, directed and produced by Mike Clarke, which won the NODA District 1 Best Pantomime in 2012!

Property Asking Prices Collapse In NovemberProperty Prices Rise At Fastest Rate For 6 Years…Or do they?

The asking price of property is supposed to be rising at the fastest rate for over 6 years, according to Rightmove, however, asking prices actually dropped by 2.4% during October, all but wiping out September’s 2.8% gain. This is the third dip in property prices in 2013.

UK property owners have raised the asking price for their properties by 4% compared to this time last year, marking the biggest annual rise in residential property prices since the financial crisis and property crash hit in 2007.

The average asking price that UK vendors want for residential property now averages around £246,237 (GBP), according to Rightmove, compared to £252,418 (GBP) in October.

It is worth pointing out that residential property asking prices usually fall by approximately 3% in November ahead of the festive season traditional slowdown.

So with residential property asking prices falling by just 2.4% in November suggests that the recent upturn in housing market activity will cushion the predictable seasonal drop.

Rightmove say that buyers still have a wide choice of property types to choose from as the UK property market is holding up relatively well for first-time buyers, as the number of flats and terraced properties on the market has declined more slowly than the number of detached and semi-detached properties this month.

Property prices in the East Midlands were 7.4% higher than they were in 2012, averaging £168,873 (GBP), outpacing property price rises in London.

The average asking price for a residential property in London is over three times greater than property values currently are in the East Midlands and asking prices in London have risen by 6.9% year-on-year, to reach a typical average value of £517,276 (GBP).

In fact residential property asking prices have increased across most UK regions apart from in the North, where residential property prices have dipped by 0.5% annually to average just £141,426 (GBP).

Property prices in Wales dropped by the smallest amount, down by 0.4% to reach a typical average of £165,110 (GBP), while desperate property vendors in London have dropped residential property asking prices by as much as 5% since October.

Rightmove said that traffic to its website has increased 30% in the last 12 months, a sure sign of growing demand from would-be property buyers. The property portal also said that the stock of unsold residential properties has fallen from an average of 71 per estate agency branch one year ago to 67.

Rightmove Director, Miles Shipside, said: “Estate agents expect a more buoyant 2014 as they pick up early signs of an increase in buyer interest and demand, so this side of Christmas could be the time for eager property buyers to hunt out keen property vendors and strike a deal. However, agents’ challenges differ wildly depending on local market conditions. While some are really concerned about future sales because of a lack of fresh vendors, others report vendors getting too brave too early on their asking price aspirations in less active parts of the country, potentially stifling a property market recovery before it has got going.”

The infographic below shows the increase and decreases in residential property asking prices in November 2013 compared to October.

Property Asking Prices Collapse In November

Property Asking Prices Collapse In November

Source: Rightmove.co.uk

Average PRS Rents Hit New High

Average PRS Rents Hit New High

Buy-To-Let Property Investors Benefit
From PRS Rent Increases

The average rent in the UK’s private rented sector has increased to approximately £757 (GBP) per month, the highest level ever recorded, as rental prices increase by 1.8% on the previous month.

The data is from the latest Buy-To-Let Index, published by LSL property services.

PRS rents are 2.1% higher than they were in September 2012 and tenant demand is still strong with lettings activity growing by 9.2% over the last 12 months.

Average PRS rents are now £13 (GBP) per month higher than the previous all time record set in October 2012, when monthly PRS rents averaged £744 (GBP) per month.

Nine out of 10 UK regions saw rents rise between August and September 2013 with the fastest monthly rise observed in the South East, where PRS rents are 3.3% higher than they were a month ago.

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UK Residential Property Prices Continue To Increase

UK Residential Property Prices Continue To Increase

UK Residential Property Prices Up For Seventh Month In A Row

Residential property prices in the UK have continued to increase for a seventh straight month in August, according to the latest house price index released by mortgage lender Halifax.

The growth in property prices suggest that the government initiative designed to kick start the property market is indeed working, to support the demand from willing first-time and next time residential property buyers, although there are fears that the UK could see another property bubble emerging, because property prices are rising so quickly.

Halifax said that residential property prices increased by 0.4% from July 2013 and were 5.4% higher than 2012, providing the UK residential property market with the biggest annual price increase since June 2010.

In July, residential property prices increased 0.9% from June 2013, and were up 4.6% from July 2012.

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Buy-To-Let Mortgage Lending Up 20% Over The Last Year

Buy-To-Let Mortgage Lending Up 20% Over The Last Year

UK Buy-to-let mortgage lending has increased by 20% year-on-year during 2012 to reach its highest level since the UK property crash of 2008.

The appetite for buy-to-let mortgages has been boosted by strong demand from frustrated first time buyers, who end up as tenants as they are unable to get themselves on the property ladder. This strong tenant demand has in turn pushed up private rented sector rental prices as tenants find that they have become financially trapped.

£16.4 Billion (GBP) worth of buy-to-let mortgages have been taken out over the last year, showing a 19% annual increase, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said.

Around £4.6 Billion (GBP) worth of buy-to-let mortgages were advanced in the last three months of 2012, representing a 10% increase on the previous quarter.

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Millions Regret Not Buying Property In 2012

Millions Regret Not Buying Property In 2012

A significant number of UK adults regret not buying property last year, new research by First Direct has shown.

Around 1.5 million people have responded to a banking and mortgage survey stating that they regret the fact they did not buy property in 2012.

The study revealed 3.6% of adults in the UK feel this way, which represents more than 1.5 million individuals.

Among the 25 to 34-year-olds, this proportion rose to 8%- the equivalent of almost 600,000 people.

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UK Needs To Build Its Way Out Of Recession

UK Needs To Build Its Way Out Of Recession

The UK Government must do more to help stimulate the country’s economic growth, to boost the supply of new residential properties and build its way out of a potential triple-dip recession.

This is the view of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), as the latest ONS GDP figures released showed output in the sector rose by just 0.3% in the final months of 2012.

The FMB point out that overall the UK economy shrank by 0.3%, keeping the country still struggling to escape the grip of recession, while there was a small increase in construction output.

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UK Property Prices Increase

UK Property Prices Increase

According to one of the UK’s leading mortgage lenders, residential property prices in the UK rose by more than economists had expected in January putting a halt to the annual decline.

Nationwide say that residential property prices in the UK actually increased by 0.5% in January 2013, a further sign that the two years of static residential property prices and historically low property sales across the UK may soon be coming to an end.

Nationwide have published data that states that the average residential property price in the UK is now £162,245 (GBP).

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The Bank of England reported on Wednesday that mortgage lending to home buyers in December was at its highest for nearly a year, although approvals remain low compared to the long term norm.

UK Mortgage Lending Increases

UK Mortgage Lending Increases

The number of residential property mortgage approvals in December was 55,785, with economists estimating that a level of 70,000 to 80,000 being consistent with stable prices.

Figures from the Bank of England (BoE), that were published last Friday, showed that the bank’s Funding for Lending Scheme, which went into operation in August 2012, may finally be starting to increase the amount of money being lent by banks and other mortgage lenders to residential property buyers.

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Boost For First Time Buyers As Banking Group Announces Lending Target For 2013

Lloyds Pledge To First Time Buyers

Lloyds Pledge To First Time Buyers

Lloyds Banking Group has committed to lend £6.5 Billion (GBP) to First-Time Buyers by the end of 2013 which is expected to help up to 60,000 new borrowers.

In July 2012, the Group committed £5 Billion (GBP) towards helping First Time Buyers (FTB’s) by the end of the year.

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