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Vantage Point Talks: ‘Airbnb’ and utilising it’s full potential

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So you’ve heard the hype and you’ve heard the horror stories. You’re tempted by the promise of higher rental income and greater flexibility offered by listing your property on Airbnb, but you don’t know where to start. If only there were a local, tried and trusted company who could answer the big questions you have and advise you on all the aspects of becoming an Airbnb host… Vantage Point is on hand to answer those frequently asked questions. ‘Airbnb’; what’s all the fuss about? Airbnb is the world’s leading marketplace to list, discover and book unique, local accommodation. Accessible online via tablet or smart phone, Airbnb is the easiest platform for people to monetise their…

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Superior Fires: A reputation for excellence

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We got the chance to visit the experts at Superior Fires to find out more about their line of bespoke focal points. ‘All things fire’ professionals Ben Upham and Michael Athay took the time to tell us more… 30 Years Experience As the current leading online retailer of high-efficiency gas and electric fires, it’s no surprise that Superior Fires have decided to set-up a static showroom, right here in Dorset. Located in Christchurch, their showroom boasts an incredibly wide range of fires; stoves, gas, electric, even LED screens that simulate a roaring blaze. The possibilities are endless. Someone you might not have heard of (but will most certainly know of) is their parent company ‘Focal…

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Premier Sports Solutions Talks Hands Free!

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The latest clamp down on mobile phone users has been rolled out and rightly so. Well that’s the right thing to say of course and road safety should be paramount for everybody. But realistically, is your mobile phone the most dangerous distraction whilst driving? A question I asked myself while cursing at Siri, in an attempt to abide by the law and ended up shouting “no, I don’t want the French translation for the meaning of life”, when I’d simply asked her to call my wife. So, how many things go on in the cockpit of the car that could also be categorised as dangerous…clean suggestions only please, this is a family magazine. Joking apart,…

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Your opportunity to get involved with Poole Maritime Festival

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As the countdown to Poole Maritime Festival continues, there are plenty of opportunities for local people and businesses to get involved and play a part in one of the largest events to take place in Poole in recent years. Poole Maritime Festival is an exciting week of activities which takes place from Monday 15 to Sunday 21 May 2017. It includes the prestigious European Maritime Day, one of the largest maritime events in Europe which will be held at Lighthouse, Poole, a programme of events specifically aimed at local businesses plus an exciting line up of family entertainment and activities which everyone can enjoy. Local people and businesses can help make Poole Maritime Festival a…

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A Day in the Life of a Search Agent

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We caught up with Philippa Sole to find out more about this unique role and why more and more buyers are choosing to engage a search agent. Firstly, what is the difference between a search agent and an estate agent? The big difference is who is working for who. Estate agents are engaged and paid by the seller. When you enter negotiations with an estate agent you must remember that they act for the seller. As a search agent, my fee is paid by the buyer. I work directly, for you, to select your perfect property. How do you successfully combine your roles as a property agent and a search agent? My role as a…

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Introducing Odyssey Homes

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Property Development – Love it, or Hate it? Opinions vary hugely, especially in and around the Dorset area where demand has soared, with new sites popping up every month. In the midst of a nationwide housing crisis, developers are seeking ways to utilize land and existing properties to maximize its area and investment potential. Pressure in the housing market and tough planning restrictions are forcing some builders to construct homes lacking in character. With an incredible array of unique properties in their portfolio, the team at Odyssey Homes is taking a new approach to property development. Chris Richardson, founder and Director of Odyssey Homes Ltd, has sought an innovative way forward. We wanted to find…

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Green Square: Up to £30,000 government incentive up for grabs – interested?

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‘Being green’ – a concept not unknown to most of us. In an effort to save our planet, many of us are actively involved in green efforts such as recycling, carpooling and other such steps towards a more environmentally friendly everyday life. All well and good, but did you know you could be doing something of far less effort with greater benefit to mother earth? Introducing ‘Green Square’, the renewable energy experts whom will not only supply and install your home with renewable energy products, but will also enable you to get money back, simply by having said products in your home. I know it all seems too good to be true, but allow me…

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TP Sherwood: Paving The Way Since 1988

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A driveway is to a house, what an invitation is to an event; an introduction is to a song, or an appetizer to a main course. A driveway, like all of these things, sets the tone for a property and therefore should not be neglected. There is a common disconnection between one’s home and one’s driveway, but there shouldn’t be. After all, what’s the point in having a show home if the path to it is unsightly? Enter: TP Sherwood! We met with ‘Trevor’, owner of family-run business TP Sherwood to find out more about them and their work. Meet; Trevor Sherwood Trevor began his paving career in 1987. Having come from a civil engineering…

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Landlords… PRIMOVE is here to save you!

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It’s a tricky time for Landlords, what with ever-changing tax laws and evolving rules and regulations – not to mention that landlords are not the most respected people in the country, due to some unscrupulous landlords ripping off tenants. In the midst of an unclear market, the added pressure of electing a trustworthy letting agent is just another concern that you don’t have time for. Introducing ‘PRIMOVE’, the new no-nonsense agent here to make things that a lot easier for landlords, because Primove was setup by landlords for landlords. We sat down with founder ‘Moe Kochar’ to find out more about their unique service and it’s major shake-up of the property lettings industry. What led…

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Premier Sports Solutions Explains: What’s the APR?

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In the old days, or “during the war” as my friends and colleagues usually jibe about me, the most heard question I encountered was “what’s the deal for cash?”. As time has passed however, we are in a world where finance is no longer a dirty word and the only way to gauge how competitive your deal might be is to compare the APR… apparently. Having trained and sold motor finance since I was a nipper with a dream, it amazes me how such a variable factor in borrowing money has become the main comparison for customers to decide how good their deal is. Especially when we are all bound, or at least should be,…

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Vantage Point Talks: ‘Airbnb’ and utilising it’s full potential

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So you’ve heard the hype and you’ve heard the horror stories. You’re tempted by the promise of higher rental income and greater flexibility offered by listing your property on Airbnb, but you don’t know where to start. If only there were a local, tried and trusted company who could answer the big questions you have and advise you on all the aspects of becoming an Airbnb host… Vantage Point is on hand to answer those frequently asked questions. ‘Airbnb’; what’s all the fuss about? Airbnb is the world’s leading marketplace to list, discover and book unique, local accommodation. Accessible online via tablet or smart phone, Airbnb is the easiest platform for people to monetise their…

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Vantage Point Talks: ‘Airbnb’ and utilising it’s full potential

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So you’ve heard the hype and you’ve heard the horror stories. You’re tempted by the promise of higher rental income and greater flexibility offered by listing your property on Airbnb, but you don’t know where to start. If only there were a local, tried and trusted company who could answer the big questions you have and advise you on all the aspects of becoming an Airbnb host… Vantage Point is on hand to answer those frequently asked questions. ‘Airbnb’; what’s all the fuss about? Airbnb is the world’s leading marketplace to list, discover and book unique, local accommodation. Accessible online via tablet or smart phone, Airbnb is the easiest platform for people to monetise their…

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Superior Fires: A reputation for excellence

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We got the chance to visit the experts at Superior Fires to find out more about their line of bespoke focal points. ‘All things fire’ professionals Ben Upham and Michael Athay took the time to tell us more… 30 Years Experience As the current leading online retailer of high-efficiency gas and electric fires, it’s no surprise that Superior Fires have decided to set-up a static showroom, right here in Dorset. Located in Christchurch, their showroom boasts an incredibly wide range of fires; stoves, gas, electric, even LED screens that simulate a roaring blaze. The possibilities are endless. Someone you might not have heard of (but will most certainly know of) is their parent company ‘Focal…

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Premier Sports Solutions Talks Hands Free!

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The latest clamp down on mobile phone users has been rolled out and rightly so. Well that’s the right thing to say of course and road safety should be paramount for everybody. But realistically, is your mobile phone the most dangerous distraction whilst driving? A question I asked myself while cursing at Siri, in an attempt to abide by the law and ended up shouting “no, I don’t want the French translation for the meaning of life”, when I’d simply asked her to call my wife. So, how many things go on in the cockpit of the car that could also be categorised as dangerous…clean suggestions only please, this is a family magazine. Joking apart,…

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Your opportunity to get involved with Poole Maritime Festival

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As the countdown to Poole Maritime Festival continues, there are plenty of opportunities for local people and businesses to get involved and play a part in one of the largest events to take place in Poole in recent years. Poole Maritime Festival is an exciting week of activities which takes place from Monday 15 to Sunday 21 May 2017. It includes the prestigious European Maritime Day, one of the largest maritime events in Europe which will be held at Lighthouse, Poole, a programme of events specifically aimed at local businesses plus an exciting line up of family entertainment and activities which everyone can enjoy. Local people and businesses can help make Poole Maritime Festival a…

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A Day in the Life of a Search Agent

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We caught up with Philippa Sole to find out more about this unique role and why more and more buyers are choosing to engage a search agent. Firstly, what is the difference between a search agent and an estate agent? The big difference is who is working for who. Estate agents are engaged and paid by the seller. When you enter negotiations with an estate agent you must remember that they act for the seller. As a search agent, my fee is paid by the buyer. I work directly, for you, to select your perfect property. How do you successfully combine your roles as a property agent and a search agent? My role as a…

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Introducing Odyssey Homes

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Property Development – Love it, or Hate it? Opinions vary hugely, especially in and around the Dorset area where demand has soared, with new sites popping up every month. In the midst of a nationwide housing crisis, developers are seeking ways to utilize land and existing properties to maximize its area and investment potential. Pressure in the housing market and tough planning restrictions are forcing some builders to construct homes lacking in character. With an incredible array of unique properties in their portfolio, the team at Odyssey Homes is taking a new approach to property development. Chris Richardson, founder and Director of Odyssey Homes Ltd, has sought an innovative way forward. We wanted to find…

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Green Square: Up to £30,000 government incentive up for grabs – interested?

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‘Being green’ – a concept not unknown to most of us. In an effort to save our planet, many of us are actively involved in green efforts such as recycling, carpooling and other such steps towards a more environmentally friendly everyday life. All well and good, but did you know you could be doing something of far less effort with greater benefit to mother earth? Introducing ‘Green Square’, the renewable energy experts whom will not only supply and install your home with renewable energy products, but will also enable you to get money back, simply by having said products in your home. I know it all seems too good to be true, but allow me…

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TP Sherwood: Paving The Way Since 1988

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A driveway is to a house, what an invitation is to an event; an introduction is to a song, or an appetizer to a main course. A driveway, like all of these things, sets the tone for a property and therefore should not be neglected. There is a common disconnection between one’s home and one’s driveway, but there shouldn’t be. After all, what’s the point in having a show home if the path to it is unsightly? Enter: TP Sherwood! We met with ‘Trevor’, owner of family-run business TP Sherwood to find out more about them and their work. Meet; Trevor Sherwood Trevor began his paving career in 1987. Having come from a civil engineering…

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Landlords… PRIMOVE is here to save you!

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It’s a tricky time for Landlords, what with ever-changing tax laws and evolving rules and regulations – not to mention that landlords are not the most respected people in the country, due to some unscrupulous landlords ripping off tenants. In the midst of an unclear market, the added pressure of electing a trustworthy letting agent is just another concern that you don’t have time for. Introducing ‘PRIMOVE’, the new no-nonsense agent here to make things that a lot easier for landlords, because Primove was setup by landlords for landlords. We sat down with founder ‘Moe Kochar’ to find out more about their unique service and it’s major shake-up of the property lettings industry. What led…

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Premier Sports Solutions Explains: What’s the APR?

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In the old days, or “during the war” as my friends and colleagues usually jibe about me, the most heard question I encountered was “what’s the deal for cash?”. As time has passed however, we are in a world where finance is no longer a dirty word and the only way to gauge how competitive your deal might be is to compare the APR… apparently. Having trained and sold motor finance since I was a nipper with a dream, it amazes me how such a variable factor in borrowing money has become the main comparison for customers to decide how good their deal is. Especially when we are all bound, or at least should be,…

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Review: A Ride In The New Nissan GT-R

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Almost 8 years ago, I was invited down to Westover Nissan to test drive their new GT-R. It was a day that would forever be stamped in my mind; driving a car I had always longed to drive – and it didn’t disappoint. So when I got the call to test out the 2017 model, I was there with bells on! You don’t have to be a previous Nissan owner to buy (or even enjoy) the 2017 GT-R, nor are you to be vetted by a team of brand gatekeepers to determine whether you’re worthy of a GT-R. You don’t have to be a skilled racing driver, or have owned extremely fast cars to tap…

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Poole Maritime Festival

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A feast of family entertainment unveiled as countdown to Poole Maritime Festival begins. With less than 100 days to go before Poole Maritime Festival comes to Poole, an exciting feast of family entertainment has been unveiled as part of the week long festivities. Focusing around the prestigious European Maritime Day, one of the largest maritime events in Europe which will be held at Lighthouse, Poole, on 18 and 19 May 2017, the family entertainment embraces all things maritime. Kick starting the family entertainment is Telescope, a theatre dining extravaganza organised by Idea Cabinet and based at The Kitchen in Poole Park. From Wednesday 17 May to Sunday 21 May you can enjoy a three-course meal…

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Ask the Expert: Emma Crowley from Bruce Lance

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Making alterations and improvements to a property can seem an attractive proposition to homeowners and potential purchasers alike but, if you don’t follow the correct procedures, they may lose their shine when you come to sell the property. Emma Crowley (above left) from Bruce Lance in Poole explains how to go about it. Planning an extension or any other type of home improvement is an exciting business but, before you get too far down the line, it is essential to check out the regulations relevant to the work you are planning. Failure to adhere to these may cause significant delay and expense when you come to sell the property. Guidance on whether planning consent is…

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Food Review: Kayla Brasserie

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Ah, mid-day. The bell chimes twelve and on-cue pangs of hunger rule you to drop what you’re doing and begin your daily feeding ritual. Today’s excursion led us to our friends (and neighbours) at ‘Kayla Brasserie’. No sooner did the thought occur, were we seated and evaluating menus and so begins the telling of our experience… We sat up in the balcony overlooking a bustling restaurant. The décor was unique; bright, bold orange walls, glitzy chandeliers and glossy black furniture outfitted the two floors and basement. Our waiter arrived chirpy and keen to assist as he noted our order. We pondered our choices as we gazed at the incredible coving and statement paneled walls, taking…

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Ask the Expert: Premier Sports Prestige

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Buying cars has become one of the most scrutinized pastimes in recent years, but it needn’t be. Premier Sports Solutions are doing their best to keep it as fun as they possibly can, with their latest expansion in Wallisdown. For over ten years they have perfected the art of supplying luxurious cars to footballers and high-net worth individuals, but co-owner Rob Boreham is having a whale of a time bringing those same principles to a more modest, used car setting; “We want to provide unique, high-quality cars to everyone and we want to make it fun! Of course we are a business, but making a living doesn’t have to be perceived as taking advantage of…

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Quay Holidays: Smart investors turn to furnished holiday letting!

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Buy-to-let investors, punch-drunk by the triple whammy of stamp duty hikes, taxation of loan interest, and a proposed ban on tenant fees, are struggling to find ways to avoid the punitive changes – but Quay Holidays is confident it has the answer. Says managing partner, Helen Challis, “the Chancellor really has it in for buy-to-let investors right now, and some have had enough. There is widespread speculation that many will be forced to sell up as the changes take effect, but thankfully there is an alternative – holiday letting.” Residential investment is just that – an investment, but since furnished holiday letting is more intensive it is classed as a trade for tax purposes, and…

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Dream Kitchens & Bathrooms: The top four kitchen trends that are commonly used

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1. Integrated storage and work stations. It is becoming increasingly popular to integrate appliances and work stations into the design of a kitchen, to create a sense of flow and cohesion. It is important to ensure that appliances such as fridges and microwaves don’t dominate the aesthetic of your kitchen, therefor this focus stops your kitchen looking cluttered and busy. When selecting appliances remember to check if they are specifically designed for integration and avoid plastic aftermarket ‘integration kits’ – these aftermarket options don’t last as long, puts stress on the joinery hinges and may damage your kitchen. Storage in kitchens is a must, so having a pantry that is tucked behind joinery is a great…

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Home Blessings With Creative Ministry

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Rev Gary Pulman offers a modern open hearted and inclusive service for our journey through life “Home sweet home”. There are many ways to describe the place where you live and it is generally the place that is closest to the heart of the residents and can even become a prized possession. It doesn’t matter if it’s large or small a flat or a mansion, if we are lucky enough to be in the place we call home, it can bring a feeling of belonging, comfort and safety and the energy within it has been known to influence behaviour, emotions and overall well-being. A house becomes a home when you put yourself and your family…

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Retired? Or Just Very Busy Working Long Hours?

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…Then, let us ‘COOK’ and deliver to you. Do you fancy a break from the kitchen? A spot of help with dinner? Or maybe just more variety in your meals? Well, we can help! We have been making frozen ready meals since 1997 and in that time we have perfected each recipe, to ensure they look and taste homemade. If you love cooking from scratch but simply don’t have the time, we are the solution. Our founding principle was to cook using the same ingredients and techniques you would at home and today nothing’s changed. No additives or preservatives, just quality, wholesome ingredients. Our chefs make each dish by hand and their name even appears…

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Caro Design: Your New Kitchen Starts Here…

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Family run Caro Design started off with a simple goal; to offer quality kitchens to the local area at affordable prices. With over 30 years of industry experience they have used their extensive knowledge to source high quality products to offer their customers. A whole range of door styles are available including shaker, glossy, matt and wood effect; in fact they have over 100 doors to choose from providing them with many possibilities to design the ideal kitchen for their customers’ homes. The showroom, based in Oakdale, has seven beautiful kitchen displays and a utility room display that truly reflects what you would find in the homes around the local area. Each of the displays…

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