Described by author Ian McEwan as a "dreamy city", Norwich is well known for its wealth of historical architecture, museums, lively arts venues and wide range of shops, and in 2012 was designated as England's first UNESCO City of Literature.
For house-hunters who decide to settle there the city has plenty happening for all ages, and there are a number of seaside resorts close by for days out.
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There is a lot to be said for investing in a new-build as a buy-to-let property; few repairs will be needed and in many cases, kitchen appliances will be included in the purchase, meaning there is little to be done before tenants move in.
In the East of England, sleepy Norfolk is a tranquil and largely rural county where most of the action takes place in the historic city and county town of Norwich, the popular holiday resort of Great Yarmouth, and the bustling market town of King's Lynn.
Homebuyers in Norfolk have a good choice of both rural and urban developments to suit different life stages - from smart one-bedroom city apartments to spacious family homes in the country.
New affordable homes in St Ives
More than 100 new affordable homes have been completed in the St Ives area. The new homes, which are located on London Road and Houghton Road, are the first major developments involving affordable homes in the town in recent years. Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association is behind the scheme.
A major residential development on the edge of Norwich has received the backing of local city councillors.
Norfolk developer Serruys Property has submitted plans to develop 670 new homes, as well as commercial buildings and restaurants on disused industrial land south of the city.
The final decision on whether the scheme goes ahead now lies with South Norfolk District Council, which shares the site with the city council.
Norwich City Council has approved plans to build up to 1,000 homes in Bowthorpe, to the west of Norwich. The new scheme is also planned to encompass the creation of a new village centre with at least one shop, a public open space and a care home.
The development plans provide for the creation of one- and two-bedroom flats and two-, three- and four-bedroom houses. Nearly 50 of the homes are set to be the first council homes built in Norwich for nearly 20 years. Completion of the scheme is expected between 2023 and 2025.
Often overlooked for west and south coast counties, Norfolk is largely rural and perfect for house-hunters looking for a more relaxing pace of life without the massive price tag associated with coastal properties.
New affordable homes in Scotland
The Scottish government's 2013-14 Budget will allocate an additional £38m to housing, including £10m for affordable homes, it was announced this week. It said that the additional funding will bring the total housing supply funding to £859m, which it said is enough to exceed its housing target of 30,000 affordable homes over the lifetime of the Scottish Parliament's current session.
Ptarmigan Land has obtained planning consent for 1196 new homes to be built at the village of Hethersett, near Norwich, in line with South Norfolk Council's Local Development Framework plans.
Ptarmigan acted on behalf of a consortium of local landowners, who were represented by Bidwells and Brown & Co.
New affordable homes in Berwick
Plans for the next phase of the Raynham Road housing development in Belford have been approved by Northumberland County Council. Tyneside-based N B Clark have secured planning permission for 12 new homes - six which will be affordable homes for rent.