With the government's announcement this week of a £104m investment package for the Humber region, an increasing number of business leaders and investors are likely to start recognising Hull and the wider Humber region as an important national asset.
The funding will support a number of key infrastructure issues, including transport improvements such as the electrification of rail lines to Hull, and access to Humberside Airport - ensuring the region benefits from better connections to national and international markets.
With Newcastle's status as the most populous city in northeast England, it's no surprise to find a large number of new developments springing up there - including plenty to suit first-time buyers who may need a little help to move into home ownership.
Boasting a trendy Quayside area packed with bars and restaurants; the UK's largest city centre shopping complex in the form of Eldon Square; and a fantastic range of lively art venues such as the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead music centre - Newcastle has plenty to offer city-loving buyers.
With recent reports from housing charity Shelter claiming that less than 50% of homes for sale in South Yorkshire are affordable for first-time buyers, the city of Sheffield still appears to offer some promising options for buyers on a relatively tight budget.
Housebuilders in and around Dudley, the 'capital' of the Black Country, offer a fantastic choice of reasonably-priced new homes suitable for first-time buyers and larger families.
From small starter homes to bespoke bungalows and large, executive properties, the current new housing market in Nottingham boasts an interesting array of developments to suit most tastes and budgets.
The location has plenty of other attractions for potential buyers in the East Midlands, too: it is the ninth largest city in the UK, with two well-established universities, fantastic shopping, an extensive public transport system, and a packed cultural calendar.
Focused around the buzzing city of Liverpool, Merseyside is a very well-connected part of the North West, offering superb public transport options across the region. It has an extensive rail network, a good bus service, and the famous ferry across the Mersey, which runs between Liverpool Pier Head, Seacombe in Wallasey, and Woodside in Birkenhead.
In the last of our series of articles on the property market in 2014, we publish the thoughts and hopes of senior executives from housebuilders, investment companies and estate agencies for the year ahead. Read on to see how they think the market will develop throughout the next 12 months, what the outlook is for first-time buyers in particular and what they would do if they were made Chancellor of the Exchequer for the day.
We asked some of the biggest names in housebuilding, investment and estate agency to answer a few questions about the property market in 2014: their predictions for its direction 2014, what's in store for first-time buyers in particular and what they would do if they were made Chancellor of the Exchequer for the day. Read on to find out what they said.
There's no doubt about it - 2013 was quite a year for the property market. With a huge range of new mortgage products giving buyers a far greater choice of finance and of course Help to Buy offering first-time buyers and homeowners access to equity share and 95% home loans, the year ended with a renewed optimism about housing in many parts of the UK.
Now in its second phase, Keepmoat's Spirit Quarters development has a lot to offer house-hunters searching for their dream home in the Midlands. The development of two-, three- and four-bedroom properties just outside Coventry, gives buyers the chance to get their feet on the housing ladder for just £111,995 or £89,596 with Help to Buy.