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Surveyor fulfils house ownership dreams using Help to Buy

Monday 18 August 2014
Tagged: case study, First-time buyers, Help to Buy, Persimmon Homes, Plymstock Quarry, Saltram Meadow

A 26-year-old surveyor recently fulfilled his ambition of owning his own home - after nearly two years of living with his mother while he saved up a deposit.

Luke Bowditch has now flown the family nest for good and picked up the keys to his brand new two-bedroom coach house at a Persimmon...

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Tips for new landlords: Avoiding and resolving disputes with tenants

Monday 18 August 2014
Tagged: accidential landlords, Deposit Protection Scheme, disputes, eviction, Landlords, lettings, new landlords, tenants, tips

Even if you have carefully vetted your new tenants before agreeing a contract, there is still a chance that the tenancy may end with a dispute. Most disputes between landlords and tenants can be solved by...

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Cost of renting a home in Scotland up by 10% in July

Monday 18 August 2014
Tagged: HomeLet, Landlords, letting, market research, Private rented sector, property market, renting, tenants

The private rental market in Scotland saw a sharp rise in July, with prices rising 10% since June, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. For the first time this year, private rental prices in all regions of the UK have risen, with an average increase of 4.4% since June.

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Mortgage bulletin for week commencing Monday 18 August

Monday 18 August 2014
Tagged: buying a home, First-time buyers, MMR, mortgage bulletin, mortgages

Mortgage arrears and repossessions continued to fall in the second quarter of 2014. According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders the number of mortgages in arrears stood at just 1.18% at the end of June, down from 1.24% three months earlier and 1.38% a year ago.

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Plans mooted for 1,000 new homes in Castleford, West Yorkshire

Friday 15 August 2014
Tagged: Castleford, Castleford Energy Village plc, David Frohnsdorff, new homes, West Yorkshire

Castleford Energy Village Plc has scrapped plans to build an ‘energy park' on the site of Castleford's former Hickson and Welch chemical plant to make way for the construction of up to 1,000 new homes.

The firm's latest plans would see the Hickson site - which closed in 2005 - "...

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LSL figures show Scottish property market continues to strengthen

Friday 15 August 2014
Tagged: Gordon Fowlis, LSL, Scotland

Annual property price growth in Scotland has reached its highest level for four years on the back of a 15% rise in home sales in June, according to the latest LSL Acadata index.

The data reveals that the average price of a home rose by 5.7%, on an annual basis, to an average of £164...

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Most landlords are amateurs, says research by the NLA

Friday 15 August 2014
Tagged: buy-to-let, Countrywide, National Landlords Association, Richard Lambert

With the outlook for savers looking dismal, there has been a sharp rise in the number of people investing in the UK's buy-to-let sector which continues to offer significantly higher returns.

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Mortgage Blog: First-time buyer lending at highest level for seven years

Friday 15 August 2014
Tagged: CML, Council of Mortgage Lenders, First-time buyers, MMR, Mortgage Market Review, mortgages

New figures have revealed that the UK mortgage market continues to grow, with lending in June up 6% on the previous month and a fifth higher than the same month in 2013. The number of first-time buyers also continues to increase with one in five loans now being granted to borrowers with a...

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Weekly affordable homes round-up

Friday 15 August 2014
Tagged: Adactus Housing, affordable homes, East Wittering, Herefordshire, North Lincolnshire, North Tyneside, Shropshire, Square One Homes, Staffordshire, Warrington, West Midlands, West Sussex, Wigan, Wrekin Housing Trust

New affordable homes in West Midlands

More than 700 affordable homes are to be constructed across Shropshire, Staffordshire and Herefordshire after Wrekin Housing Trust was awarded £20m government funding. Out of 730 homes, the trust said 714 would be affordable and the remaining...

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Rochdale family overcome house-moving hassles to secure dream home

Thursday 14 August 2014
Tagged: case study, Greater Manchester, Help to Buy, new homes, Redrow Homes, Rochdale

A family has finally settled in to their brand new home in Rochdale after overcoming a series of house-moving setbacks - thanks to a little help from Redrow Homes and their family.

The Collinsons had set their sights on a Redrow home at...

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Property auction preview – week commencing 11 August

Thursday 14 August 2014
Tagged: Buckinghamshire, Humberside, iam-sold, property auctions, Screetons, West Midlands Property Auction, Wolverhampton

A wide range of properties will go under the hammer in the coming days. Here are some potentially good residential lots to look out for at auctions in Wolverhampton, Buckinghamshire and North Humberside.

Wolverhampton

The West Midlands Property Auction, hosted by iam-sold, is...

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Eight of the best villages near Deal, Kent

Thursday 14 August 2014
Tagged: buying a home, countryside, downsizing, Homes, retiring, rural, selling your home, villages

Deal is a Cinque Port on the Kent coast, overlooking the English Channel. The town has a long history and is home to a Castle built by King Henry VIII.

With two farmers' markets and a weekly general market, there is always something to attract people to the town, which was awarded High...

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Northumberland offers idyllic new homes in unspoilt locations

Thursday 14 August 2014
Tagged: Barratt Homes, Bellway Homes, buying a home, Charles Church, developments, new build, Northumberland, selling your home, Stone Homes

The current choice of new developments in Northumberland offer new homes to suit most lifestyles - ranging from small, exclusive developments in quiet, rural locations right through to urban pads in nearby Newcastle.

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One-on-one interview: Claire Jarvis of Redrow Homes (Lancashire)

Wednesday 13 August 2014
Tagged: First-time buyers, Housebuilder, luxury homes, new homes, Off-plan, One-on-One interview, Redrow Homes Lancashire, starter homes

Marc Da Silva continues his series of interviews with key figures in the housebuilding industry by speaking to Claire Jarvis, sales director of Redrow Homes (Lancashire).

Where in Lancashire is your firm developing new homes?

Redrow's Lancashire division is based...

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Weekly property auction summary, week ending 15 August

Wednesday 13 August 2014
Tagged: Auctions, buying a home, London, Nottingham, property auction, selling your home, Southampton

This week we unearth some of the best property deals secured over the past few days at property auctions in Southampton, London and Nottingham.

Southampton

Fox & Sons enjoyed another successful auction at the Botley Park Golf & Country Club in Boorley Green, Southampton...

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