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Swift commute and green spaces lure London commuters to St Albans

New homes at developments in the historic city of St Albans are getting snapped up by buyers looking for a lively yet green place to live outside of London - but still easily within the capital's commuter belt.

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Newmarket area offers ideal commuter base for Cambridge

Several well-known house builders have recently released new homes in and around the unique Suffolk market town of Newmarket, famous for its thoroughbred horse breeding - and since it is situated so near to Cambridge, these homes offer a very feasible commuter alternative to living in the city.

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Bank of Mum & Dad open for business at Park Central development in Birmingham

The housebuilder Crest Nicholson has reported an increase in the use of the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad' at its Park Central development in Birmingham city centre, with many parents investing in property ahead of their children starting University in September.

This rise follows recent statistics that reveal 35% of parents now feel they have to provide money for their children to buy their first home.

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Park Central in Birmingham

New developments making a splash in Bath

Homebuyers hoping to settle down in the iconic city of Bath will currently find a great range of new developments in central and suburban locations, as well as surrounding towns and villages - all offering easy access to Bath city centre, Bristol, Chippenham, Frome, and other key regional centres.

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Properties at Fortescue Fields by Bloor Homes

Reading offers impressive portfolio of executive new-build homes

For buyers with a generous budget, house builders in the South East currently have a good selection of brand new executive homes available in and around the popular town of Reading.

Reading's reputation as a high-tech hub and a popular commuter town for London may not make it sound like the most inspiring place to live, but the town is also a major retail centre with a trendy, revitalised riverside area; pleasant abbey grounds; and great IT job opportunities.

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The Cadleigh property at Montague Park

Local buyer finally snaps up dream home at iconic Penarth development

After missing out on buying a new property at Crest Nicholson's popular Penarth Heights development two years ago, a local house buyer has finally secured her dream home there in the second phase.

Sophie Malcolm moved back to the Cardiff area seven years ago after living overseas, and instantly fell in love with Penarth - often visiting the coastal town and its marina with her family. When she decided she would also like to buy a home and settle down there, the Penarth Heights development flew to the top of her wish list - but its popularity meant Sophie missed out.

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Sophie Malcolm at Penarth Heights

Wide choice of new homes within easy commuting distance of Cardiff

South Wales currently has an impressive range of new housing developments within easy reach of the capital, Cardiff - a lively, friendly and compact city with superb shopping, beautiful parks, and a packed events calendar.

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Show home interior at Crest Nicholson's Penarth Heights scheme

Forces Help to Buy scheme looks set to boost demand at Hereford development

With the launch of a new phase of the government's Help to Buy scheme on 1st April, introducing a tailor-made product for Armed Forces personnel, developer Crest Nicholson is expecting an influx of new buyers at sites situated close to barracks - including The Furlongs in Hereford.

Serving members of the Armed Forces will be able to borrow up to 50% of their annual salary, up to a maximum of £25,000, in the form of an interest-free loan - which will be repaid over ten years.

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A typical Crest Nicholson kitchen

Something for every new home buyer in and around historic Ipswich

Ipswich, Suffolk's county town, is rich in history but has also undergone major gentrification over recent years, particularly around the revamped waterfront area - increasing its appeal as a commutable satellite town for London.

Ipswich is also close to the A14 and the A12, and is on the Great Eastern Main Line from London to Norwich, the East Suffolk Line to Lowestoft, and the Felixstowe Branch Line. It is only an hour from Stansted Airport, about 40 minutes from Harwich International Port, and an hour and 15 minutes from London Liverpool Street Station.

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Crest Nicholson's Vista development