When George Osborne, the former chancellor, announced that he was increasing the stamp duty payable on holiday homes by 3 per cent in 2016, it was assumed that many of us would stop buying them. To the surprise of many, including property market analysts, this turned out not to be the case. The number of holiday homes bought after the introduction of the surcharge has remained steady, at about 25,000 a year. Britons have not given up on the dream, despite the higher tax.
A glimpse at the Beckhams’ kitchen from a picture they posted on InstagramIt is the house that took three years to renovate, costing up to £8 million and requiring 50 planning applications to be submitted. Like a well-tailored dress, the renovation of David and Victoria Beckham’s new(ish) house in Holland Park, west London, took time to get right.
If you are trying to sell your home, the phrase of the moment is “precision pricing”. Get the value of your property right and you can still sell quickly and (somewhat) competitively. Get it wrong and you could end up in a state of property purgatory, unsure of when you will move. However, in the present environment of down-valuations, setting the right price can be difficult. More surveyors are declaring a home to be worth less than a seller hopes it is.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".