House crisis: 8,000 homes worth £2bn lying empty as single people don't make a will

Ranging from tiny terraces to sprawling mansions, there are 7,991 such estates worth an average of £218,300 each. In total, £1.7billion of homes are lying vacant across England and Wales. Developer StripeHomes says an estimated 30 per cent of all unclaimed estates – worth a total £516million – are in hotspot London.

The 1,079 places have an average price of £479,018.

The South-east has 18 percent of the limbo portfolio valued at £310.7million, the equivalent value of 957 average properties.

The East of England, Yorkshire and the Humber and South-west are also home to large levels – the value of which would buy up to 812 typically priced places. Anyone wanting to claim one can check the Government’s register for abandoned legacies worth more than £500.

It is administered by the BonVacantia – Latin for unclaimed property – legal section.

Any blood relative or spouse could be entitled to a share though they will need birth or marriage certificates.

Applicants will only discover the property’s worth if successful – estates are handed over to the Treasury after 30 years otherwise.

James Forrester, of StripeHomes, said: “While procedures need to be followed, 30 years seems a very long time to leave an estate lingering in limbo when it could be contributing positively to the current housing crisis.

“The majority are located in London where the shortage of housing is probably at its worst.”



Jeffrey Dean Morgan net worth: How much is Jeffrey Dean Morgan worth?

Other lead cast members from The Walking Dead have reportedly made a lot more with Norman Reedus thought to bank an estimated £780,000 ($1,000,000) per episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Andrew Lincoln was previously reported to have made an estimated £507,000 ($650,000) for each episode, according to Cheat Sheet.

Morgan is also likely to pocket more from The Walking Dead as the show draws to a close with season 11 and an extended final outing consisting of 24 rather than the usual 16 episodes.

Once The Walking Dead has wrapped up, Morgan’s profile will be at an all-time high and means he could command larger salaries which again would contribute to his net worth.

Additionally, given AMC’s plans to expand The Walking Dead universe, who is to say there couldn’t be a spin-off featuring Negan?

The Walking Dead season 10 finale will be airing on October 4 on AMC and later on FOX UK



I hate to say it, but Ferrari's new convertible is worth every penny

I almost hate to say this because Ferrari, as a company, is so irritatingly aware of its own specialness. Even company earnings calls are filled with references to the brand’s hallowed status. Ferrari, just the seven letters, is one of the most highly valued brand names in the world. The stock price has tripled in value since the company was spun off from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in 2015.

That’s some serious brand equity and you don’t get that by being average.

I was able to experience this firsthand when I pressed the Engine Start button on Ferrari’s newest convertible, the F8 Spider. Lots of cars have Engine Start buttons these days, but Ferrari’s is on the steering wheel — as if no time can be wasted moving your hand to get going. Also, you have to hold it down firmly and wait for the turbocharged V8 engine that’s located behind you to crank up to its full bellow before you lift your thumb. You aren’t just pressing a button. This isn’t a laptop. You’re cranking up a high value asset.

That engine sound is magnificent. There are lots of V8s out there, but this one has a voice that’s unmistakably Ferrari’s. It’s no casual burble but, at idle, a series of rapid, violent punches into the air. Press on the gas and it turns into a ragged scream. Listen carefully and, if you’re pressing hard enough, there’s a distinct undertone of turbocharger whirr.

If you’re hearing all that then you’re also being pressed hard into the seat. The Ferrari F8 Spider, a convertible version of the Ferrari F8 Tributo, has a 710-horsepower engine that builds speed quickly and easily. It can go from zero to 60 miles an hour in under three seconds, according to Ferrari. I didn’t specifically check that claim, but it is entirely believable.

The Ferrari F8's start button is on the steering wheel. For the passenger, there's a narrow touchsreen that can show a speedometer and the engine speed.

The steering is equally quick and responsive with a very nice feel to it. Ferraris have a way of giving a rich and detailed feel of the road and the car’s own movements without making you feel like you’re driving a go-kart. It’s a nicely intuitive experience, especially in a car like this where you’re looking down over a deeply sloped hood with fenders that rise up a bit on each side.

The benefits of the Ferrari F8 Spider’s mid-engine design are evident here, too. The car’s center of gravity is very nearly where your body’s center of gravity is. This F8 feels like it’s moving with you rather than just responding to steering wheel movements.

Starting at nearly $300,000, the Ferrari F8 Spider is expensive but well worth the price.

The transmission, a seven-speed automatic, is sort of a perfect metaphor for the car overall. It’s a twin-clutch automatic and, as with this sort of transmission generally, it’s quick and makes it feel as if the engine is firmly connected to the wheels at all times. Dual-clutch transmissions are great for performance, but they can also result in cars that lurch and heave at low speeds. There’s a little of that in the F8 when burbling casually through city traffic, but it’s more than made up for when the road ahead opens up.

I could shift gears for myself using steering wheel paddles but, mostly, there was no need to bother. The car was almost always in the right gear all the time. If I used the paddles to downshift it was usually just for fun, so that I could here that engine blast one more time.

With a starting price nearing $300,000 — and the final price tag ending up closer to $400,000 with options — you might wonder if a car could possibly be worth this much. The answer is yes. This one definitely is. And does Ferrari deserve to think so highly of itself?

Yes, I’m afraid it probably does.

Mark Consuelos net worth: How much is Riverdale star Mark Consuelos worth?

Teen drama Riverdale has brought Mark Consuelos a new generation of fans, who know him for his portrayal of shady gangster and sometimes antagonist Hiram Lodge. Consuelos has been a firm part of the show since season two when he made his debut in earnest. Since then, Hiram had had some major storylines in Riverdale.

Not only did he ingratiate Archie Andrews (played by KJ Apa) into his business, he later tried to kill him when the teen took him on.

Hiram eventually called a truce with Archie after he was shot and close to death.

The mobster and father of Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) later got his comeuppance when he became a prisoner in his own jail after his misdeeds were exposed.

Just where Hiram will go next when The CW series returns remains to be seen but with the five-year time-jump, it looks like there could be a major development in the character.

READ MORE: Mark Consuelos wife: Which Riverdale co-star is actor married to?

Among his film credits are My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Cop Out, and All We Had.

More recently, along with Riverdale, Consuelos has appeared in Queen of the South, Pitch, The Night Shift, Alpha House and Kingdom.

However, he is married to fellow actress and talk show host Ripa, who also has her own wealth.

The publication has her down with a net worth of £93.4 million ($120 million), so their combined wealth is £124.5 million ($160 million).

The pair have their own production company called Miljo and have several projects in the works including an adaptation of Mexican Gothic.

Depending on the success of these projects with Miljo, they could be increasing their wealth.

The couple has three children together Michael Joseph (born 1997), Lola Grace (born 2001) and Joaquin Antonio (born 2003).

Eldest Michael made a brief foray into acting after he appeared in Riverdale as a teenage version of Hiram Lodge in the show’s love letter to The Breakfast Club.

Ripa and Consuelos’ children could also one day follow their parents into the spotlight.

Riverdale season 5 will premiere on The CW and Netflix UK in 2021



Paul Hollywood net worth: How Great British Bake Off judge made his staggering fortune

Paul Hollywood has a career spanning more than 40 years and has appeared on the likes of The Great British Bake Off, Paul Hollywood: City Bakes and Paul Hollywood’s Pies & Puds. He began his career at his father’s bakery as a teenager and went on to serve as head baker at a number of hotels around Britain and internationally. How much has he earned over the years?

In 2016, the show moved over to Channel 4 and Paul decided to stick with the show and accept the huge salary he was offered. 

The move reportedly saw Paul’s salary increase from around £100,000 a series to a staggering £400,000. 

The show became extremely successful and has returned to our screens every year since including variations of the show such as a celebrity edition and a Comic Relief special. 

Hollywood raked in almost £1million in just one year between 2013-2014 thanks to his BBC contract, book deals, live tours and sales of his customised merchandise. 

From one television star to another, Mary Berry judged alongside Paul for six years until she departed in 2016. 

How much is the baker worth?

According to Spears Magazine, Mary Berry is worth a staggering £15million.

Thanks to her multiple TV shows, books and presenting roles, the iconic food writer has had a successful career. 

Mary’s best selling cookery books include: Fast Cakes, Mary Berry’s Baking Bible, Mary Berry’s Family Sunday Lunches and her latest books are 2019’s Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking and Mary’s Household Tips and Tricks. 

This added an earning of £2.3million to her bank according to Spears Magazine. 

The author lives with her husband Paul Hunnings, in their grade-listed property in Henley. 

The property comes with a tennis court, conservatory, indoor pool, gym and double garage and is thought to have cost £2.6million. 



Ellen DeGeneres net worth as host offers apology ahead of show return

Ellen has been an advocate and voice for LGBT rights, coming out herself on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997.

She dated actress Anne Heche in the past, who has starred in Donnie Brasco as well the 1998 Pyscho remake.

Since 2004 she has been with actress Portia de Rossi.

They married in August 2008 in Beverly Hills.



Melissa McBride net worth: How much is The Walking Dead star worth?

The actress is known to have a great off-screen friendship with her co-star Reedus, but they are not in a relationship.

Speaking about her time on The Walking Dead and returning for season 10, the actress told Comicbook.com: “You get there and it’s like ‘oh, this is so different – what are they doing? They have really shaken things up’. This year things are really shook up.”

Speaking about her character’s development she said: “I think she’s looking for a place where she can get away from all of the grief.

“The loss of Henry, the loss of everyone else that took place at the hands of Alpha and her Whisperers – the enemy that you can’t see.”

Henry (Matthew Lintz) was adopted by Carol and her partner Ezekiel (Khary Payton) in the series and he was killed by Alpha (Samantha Morton).



Property prices map: How much is YOUR house worth after lockdown?

If you are choosing between two areas, you can also compare locations, or even see the top ten areas that have seen the biggest increase in house prices, as well as the lowest.

To create the handy tool, the team compared house prices on online property listings from last year to this year, working out the average house price in each area to uncover the biggest increases and decreases.

Spokeswoman for Hillarys.co.uk, Lucy Askew, said: “With coronavirus and lockdown having affected the whole economy and the country entering the biggest recession it has seen yet, house prices are of course affected massively meaning good news for some, but bad news for others.

“This tool allows those looking to move or newly buy determine just how much houses are in their desired area, allowing them to make a more educated decision on whether moving right now is the best idea.”



Billy Ocean net worth: Red Light Spells Danger singer has made an impressive fortune

Billy Ocean has had a successful career in the music industry with many songs and albums reaching the charts. Born Leslie Sebastian Charles in Trinidad, he grew up in Essex with a very musical orientated family. Following in his fathers footsteps, Billy began performing from a very young age. He began performing around London whilst he was in his teens but did not release his first single until he was 22 years old.

Billy added to his wealth by releasing his hit song Caribbean Queen.

It was also used as the theme song for the movie The Jewel of the Nile which featured many famous names including Michael Douglas.

Other releases, including Get Outta My Dreams and Get into My Car, reached number one in the United States and number three in the UK top charts.

His songs still get covered by famous singers including Randy Crawford, The Nolands and Boyzone.

Anthony competed in the rugby sevens at the 2014 Commonwealth Games for Barbados.

In 2010, Billy spoke of his decision to take a break from his career to help raise his family.

He told the publication: “I took a career break to raise my own kids, and I’d do it again.

“You have kids once, and if you miss that period, it never comes back again.”

He explained that he took a break for longer than he wanted to but now his daughter Cherie is one of his backing singers.

Billy and his wife have now settled in Sunningdale, Berkshire and the singer is now recording his new album with producer Barry Eastmond.

The album, One World, was set to be released earlier this year but has been delayed until sometime in September.