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We unveil our seminar programme

We’re delighted to announce the seminar programme for The WhatHouse? Show, now just over a week away, taking place on 27-28 September.

Watching a seminarAs you can see below, there is a full programme of speakers across the two days of the Show. Like the Show itself, it is free to attend every seminar, though with limited space, attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s a great chance to benefit first-hand from the advice and opinion of reputable experts in their specialist fields, including property investment, shared ownership, retirement, mortgages, overseas property and currency exchange.

The full programme is below (subject to change without notice). You can register your interest in attending The WhatHouse? Show here.

Seminar theatre 1


10.15–11.00 Financing your overseas purchase – Simon Conn, Overseas Mortgage Broker
11.15–12.00 Where to buy in France – Joanna Leggett, Leggett immobilier
12.15–13.00 Buying property in Florida – Danielle Suarez-Solis, Feltrim
13.15–14.00 TBC − James Dearsley, Digital Marketing Bureau
14.15–15.00 Buying property in Spain (panel) − Paul Payne, MASA International; Marc Pritchard, Taylor Wimpey España; Miguel Angel Rico, TM Real Estate
15.15–16.00 Buying property in Portugal – Kerry Roberts, Ideal Homes Portugal


10.15–11.00 Financing your overseas purchase – Simon Conn, Overseas Mortgage Broker
11.15–12.00 Buying property in Spain (panel) − Paul Payne, MASA International; Marc Pritchard, Taylor Wimpey España; Miguel Angel Rico, TM Real Estate
12.15–13.00 Buying property in Egypt – Jennette Bradbury, Egyptian Experience
14.15–15.00 Buying property in Dubai – TBC, Orient Desert Real Estate
15.15–16.00 Where to buy in France – Joanna Leggett, Leggett immobilier

Seminar theatre 2 − sponsored by First Time Buyer Magazine

Saturday and Sunday

10.40–11.25 “A new way of living for the over-60s” − Wadswick Green
11.40–12.25 TBC − NHBC
12.40–13.25 “Why new-build is perfect investment property” − Spicerhaart Land and New Homes
13.40–14.25 “How to understand property prices when buying your first home” − Kate Faulkner,
14.40–15.25 “Buying a shared ownership home” − Lynda Clark, First Time Buyer Magazine; Jane Griffiths, bpha
15.40–16.25 “Where you want to live” − Guinness Homes making homeownership affordable for local communities

WhatHouse? launches photo competition to find Sussex’s favourite piece of architecture

The WhatHouse? Show is coming to Brighton for the first time on 27 and 28 September and will provide an opportunity for property buyers to meet a range of companies promoting everything from new build homes to specialist retirement apartments.

Young man with cameraTo celebrate its inaugural show at the seafront Hilton Metropole, WhatHouse? is holding a competition inviting snap-happy locals to send in photographs of their favourite piece of architecture in Sussex in order to be in with a chance to win a fabulous prize of a seven-night stay in Lagos in a brand new two-bedroom apartment furnished to an exceptionally high standard.

The prize also includes return flights, airport transfers, a boat trip to explore the beautiful Algarve coastline and a meal for two in a great local restaurant. The prize has been kindly donated by Ideal Homes Portugal. (

Entrants can submit one photograph each by going to before 26 September 2014, and the winner will be picked on Saturday 27th at the event.

So whether it is the splendor of the Royal Pavilion, the Georgian squares and crescents stretching along the seafront, the modernist De La Warr Pavilion or University of Sussex buildings, make sure you enter and attend the WhatHouse? show on Saturday afternoon, where the winner will be chosen out of a shortlist of ten between 3.00pm and 5.00pm.

Register for free tickets online here.

Opening times on the 27 and 28 September 2014 are 10.00am to 5.00pm and the address is Hilton Brighton Metropole, Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2FU.

For more information and images please contact Phoebe Oliver: or 07970 739695

Terms and conditions

Running time: from Wednesday 17 September till Friday the 26 September.

Theme: Your favourite piece of architecture in and around Sussex

How to enter: Go to and enter your photo

Prize: Includes 7 nights in Lagos staying in a two-bedroom apartment. This brand new property is furnished to an exceptionally high spec with a particular focus on luxury and comfort. It is equipped with everything you might need for your stay and is fully air conditioned with all modern facilities including a large south-facing terrace for sun bathing and outdoor dining. The prize includes return flights, airport transfers, explore the Algarve on a boat trip and a meal for two in a lovely local restaurant.

Draw: The winner will be picked by the show organisers and unveiled at the Show on Saturday afternoon between 3.00pm and 5.00pm on the stand of Ideal Homes Portugal who kindly donated the prize. The winner must be in attendance.

Rules of entry

  • One photo per e-mail address submitted (though an extra entry is granted should participants share the competition through Twitter and Facebook)
  • The photo must be taken by the entrant and not be plaigarised.
  • WhatHouse? may use the photos published to share with local news outlets and other related websites

See all the rules in detail here.

Whatever house you need – find it at The WhatHouse? Show

The WhatHouse? Show in Brighton will provide an opportunity for property buyers to meet a range of companies promoting everything from new-build homes to specialist retirement apartments.

Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights of the show and what the event has in store for first-time buyers, retirees, investors and those looking for an overseas home.

First-time buyers and upsizers can meet with, and view, recently launched new-build homes in the area with local estate agents Mishon Mackay and Spicerhaart. Mishon Mackay are launching ‘Verano’ at the property show, a collection of eight exclusive two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom penthouses with luxurious, highly specified interiors and an eco-conscious design in Hove. The development is built using sustainable design features including renewable energies. Other new homes are being showcased by Redrow Homes and Hyde New Homes.

For those interested in buying abroad there will be many overseas property companies exhibiting at the show, including Crystal Shore properties, a Spanish real estate agency who will be promoting a jaw-dropping scheme called ‘The World Marbella’, a stunning new apartment development on the Golden Mile that is unique in its architectonic design, use of new materials and the latest technologies in construction.

Feltrim will be launching their new project, ‘Tuscany Preserve’, in Orlando Florida. The development is a gated community of 500 homes located on Lake Marion, a 2,990-acre natural lake. The homes are designed with the Florida lifestyle in mind, with the community featuring a club house with gym, and prices start at just £90,000.

Orka Homes based in Fethiye, Turkey will be promoting their newly launched range of luxury living villas starting at just £400,000. The luxury properties have underground parking, gyms and a cinema. The ground level has a large open-plan lounge, dining room and kitchen and other levels have four to five bedrooms, all en suite.

Also in Fethiye, Lycia Properties will be promoting a new off-plan development of apartments located just a short walk from the town centre with sea and marina views. ‘Marina Residence’ has been beautifully designed and offers spacious duplex one- to three-bedroom apartments from £75,000.

Taylor Wimpey España will be promoting a new apartment scheme called ‘Horizon Beach’ which is located on one of the last beach front plots on the Costa del Sol. It has direct access to the 2km-long La Galera beach, overlooking the Bay of Gibraltar. Prices start at €400,000 for a two-bedroom apartment.

Gascoignes International will also be at the show, presenting properties across many regions of the world and can assist customers in achieving their dream of owning an overseas home.

Leggett Immobilier, specialists in French properties will be giving advice in one of the seminars about buying in France and will be showcasing properties from all 59 departments. Joanna Leggett says: “British buyers are back with a bang in the French market. So far this year we have seen an increase in sales of 45% with our pipeline of offers accepted and contracts exchanged has doubled compared to last year. We’re seeing increasing demand across the country especially in the Languedoc Roussillon and Midi Pyrenees regions.”

Other companies will be promoting homes in Egypt, Portugal and Dubai.

For retirees there will be a few new schemes to view namely Wadswick Green, a new retirement village, set in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside offering elegant and spacious contemporary apartments with onsite concierge-style services, gym, holistic spa, indoor pool, hair salon and 24-hour care and support.

Renaissance Villages, specialists in high-quality, age exclusive homes, will be promoting their ‘home of the month’, a cosy, two-storey cottage, with double aspect lounge at Durrants Village in Faygate, West Sussex.

Investors looking to start or expand their portfolio will find providers of student accommodation, while buy-to-let specialists might be interested in the US section featuring foreclosures, bank-owned stock and hotels.

Home improvers may be interested in meeting Susan Fisher, an interior designer of 20 years who will be at the show to talk about home design and to promote their new website which will feature design tips and advice from Susan, as well as furnishings at advantageous prices. (

Visitors can also get advice from financial experts and currency providers, as well as visit seminars on a range of subjects throughout the duration of the show.

Register for free tickets online here.

Over 20 exhibitors already confirmed

Just under a month from the event, already there are 21 confirmed exhibitors at The WhatHouse? Show taking place ion 27-28 September.

The list demonstrates the diversity of the companies that are being targeted to exhibit at the event, offering house-hunters in Brighton and all over the south and southeast of England the opportunity to meet a wide variety of developers and agents first hand.

Visitors can talk to representatives selling mix of UK new-build and re-sale property, starter homes available under Help to Buy and Shared Ownership schemes, purpose-built retirement property and overseas homes. Specialists in legal, financial and foreign exchange matters, interior design experts and other related services will also be present at the show. There will be a full programme of free seminars offering information and advice over the whole weekend.

What’s more, Juice FM will be broadcasting from The WhatHouse? Show all day on the Saturday, so it promises to be a lively and fun event that the whole family will enjoy while they find their new home.

Here’s a list of confirmed exhibitors at The WhatHouse? Show as of today (2 September 2014):

  • Churchill Retirement Living (UK retirement)
  • Crystal Shore Properties (Spain)
  • Currencies Direct (foreign exchange specialists)
  • Egyptian Experience (Egypt)
  • Feltrim (Florida, USA)
  • Gascoignes International (Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Italy, Spain, St Lucia, Turkey, Turks & Caicos)
  • Hyde New Homes (UK)
  • Ideal Homes Portugal (Portugal)
  • Leggett Immobilier (France)
  • Lycia Properties (Turkey)
  • MASA International (Spain)
  • Mishon Mackay (UK)
  • Orient Desert Real Estate (Dubai)
  • Orka Homes (Turkey)
  • Redrow Homes (UK new homes)
  • Renaissance Villages (UK retirement)
  • Simon Conn Financial Services (overseas property finance)
  • spicerhaart (UK new homes)
  • Susan Fisher Design (interior design)
  • Taylor Wimpey España (Spain)
  • TM Real Estate (Spain)

Visit this website regularly to keep up-to-date with additional exhibitors and follow us on Twitter (@What_House) for daily news and updates.

WhatHouse? Show media schedule announced

Organiser Globespan Media Limited has published the media schedule for the inaugural WhatHouse? Show, taking place at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September 2014.

Media Sponsor

The Daily Telegraph – We will be running ads across various sections of the Telegraph for the next six weeks as well as having a hosted microsite which will be accessible via the Daily Telegraph website

Advertising Schedule

TV – Campaigns on Meridian South and Meridian East. This will run for 2 weeks prior to the show, the audience will stretch across from Kent to Dorset
TV – Campaign on Channel 4 South – Daytime programming for C4 Daytime consists of Phil Spencer Secret Agent, Location Location Location, Countdown, Deal or No Deal, Come Dine with Me etc.
C4 South covers basically all the South of England without the Midlands or London.


Latest Homes and The Argus – both campaigns breaking end of August, as well as WhatHouse? local newspaper delivered to the door of 75,000 households through Brighton and Hove on a weekly basis.


Absolute Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, Sussex Live, Viva Brighton, Viva Lewes


Bus sides, Bus rears, Churchill Shopping Centre, Brighton railway station, promo girls each week handing out WhatHouse? Local, ad-vans in strategic places, town centre 6-sheets


Month-long campaign on Juice FM including a live broadcasting from the show on Saturday 27 September


Various partner channels and PPC toward microsites as well as extensive use of databases, this will be our own and partner databases including BPHA


We expect to get coverage across the following channels

Regional publications – Metro UK, Country & Town House, News Shopper Series, Sussex Express Series, Croydon Guardian, Fabric, Kent Messenger Series, Medway Extra,, Sutton Guardian, Streatham Guardian, The London Magazine, New Homes

Free commuter newspapers – The Evening Standard, The Metro, City AM,

Property – The Week, Country Life, The Good Property Guide, Property Investor, International Property, Property supplements of national papers

Retirement – Retirement Today, Money Marketing/Retirement Strategy, Retirement Planner, 50 Plus magazine, Retiremove (online), Retirement Matters (online).

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Radio – LBC News 1152 AM, Wave 105.2 FM, Capital XTRA, Bright 106.4: Newsdesk, 106 Jack FM (South Coast), Resonance 104.4 FM, Colourful Radio, 96.4 Eagle, KMFM 96.2-101.6, Heart Sussex & Surrey, KMFM 107.6, Sprint FM, Splash FM, Wave 105.2, The Breeze (Basingstoke & North Hampshire).

You can download a PDF version of the media schedule here.