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Rental market in England and Wales remains stable

Monday 23 June 2014
Tagged: buy-to-let, investors, Landlords, LSL Property Services, property news, rental market, tenants

There was a marginal increase in rental values across England and Wales between April and May, with the average rent rising by 0.6%, which will please many people investing in the buy-to-let market.

But despite the monthly change, the data from the latest LSL Property Services index shows...

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Over 30,000 new homes to be built in Gloucestershire

Monday 23 June 2014
Tagged: buying a home, Cheltenham Borough Council, Gloucestershire, JCS, new homes, Office for National Statistics

There will be no changes to plans to develop more than 30,000 new homes in Gloucestershire over the next 17 years despite data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing that the population across Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury should grow by 11% less than previously expected...

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New developments in Falkirk offer great choice for homebuyers

Friday 20 June 2014
Tagged: Barratt Homes, buying a home, Cala Homes, Falkirk, new build, Oglivie Homes, Scotland, Taylor Wimpey

Taking in a number of towns and villages, the Falkirk area is convenient for commuters to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling yet has plenty facilities of its own to attract house hunters. Buyers looking to find a new home in the area will find they are offered the best of both worlds with great...

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Newmarket area offers ideal commuter base for Cambridge

Friday 20 June 2014
Tagged: Bidwells, buying a home, Cambridge, Crest Nicholson, Newmarket, round-up, Suffolk, Taylor Wimpey

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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Weekly affordable homes round-up

Friday 20 June 2014
Tagged: affordable homes, Barratt Group, Berkshire, Cornwall, Devon, Kris Hopkins, London, London Borough of Brent, new homes, Oxfordshire, Sovereign Housing Association

The number of new affordable homes started in England in 2013-14 increased by 15% to 41,654 compared with the previous year, according to Housing Minister Kris Hopkins. Citing data compiled by the Department for Communities and Local Government, Hopkins said the figures brought the number of...

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Mortgage blog: Bank of England to be given powers to curb lending

Friday 20 June 2014
Tagged: Bank of England, George Osborne, Mark Carney, mortgages

The Bank of England will be given legal powers to curb mortgage lending in order to protect the British economy against a runaway housing market. George Osborne has announced that the Bank will be given licence to take decisions in the housing market including possibly limiting the amount of...

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Making your home smarter - is gadgetry the way forward?

Thursday 19 June 2014
Tagged: gadgets, home improvements, selling your home, tips

Whatever changes you make to your home, they must always add value in some way. It is far better to make cheaper and simpler alterations and have your home make a profit than to create vastly complicated and high-end designs that potential buyers will refuse to pay a premium for.

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Sought-after Truro offers quality and choice for buyers in Cornwall

Thursday 19 June 2014
Tagged: Acorn Blue, buying a home, Copperfield, Cornwall, Help to Buy, Linden Homes, Penn an Dre, Persimmon Homes, Royal Barham House, Taylor Wimpey, The Beach, Truro

Several housebuilders are releasing homes for sale at developments in and around Cornwall's only city, Truro, ranging from slick contemporary apartments to historic conversions and family homes.

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Make a comfortable move with McCarthy & Stone

Thursday 19 June 2014
Tagged: Clarkston, McCarthy & Stone, new homes, Retirement homes, Scotland

This month McCarthy & Stone's Retirement Living development The Fairways in Clarkston is offering buyers a generous £5,000 furniture package on reservations by 30 June and completions by 31 August 2014.

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Mortgage blog: Should mortgages be capped at three times your income?

Wednesday 18 June 2014
Tagged: Bank of England, mortgages, Vince Cable

A leading politician believes that mortgage lenders are "throwing petrol on [the] fire" of the housing boom by offering mortgages at four or five times a borrowers' salary. Vince Cable, the business secretary, says that lenders should cap mortgages at three times income in order to avoid another...

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One-on-one interview: Jo Richards of Hillreed Homes

Wednesday 18 June 2014
Tagged: East Sussex, Help to Buy, Hillreed Homes, Jo Richards, Kent, Marc Da Silva, new homes, One-on-One interview, Part Exchange, West Sussex

This week, Marc Da Silva turns the spotlight onto Kent and Sussex as he poses the questions to Jo Richards, head of sales and marketing at award-winning housebuilder Hillreed Homes.

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London housing zones to create 50,000 new homes

Wednesday 18 June 2014
Tagged: Boris Johnson, Enfield, George Osborne, London, new homes

The government has confirmed that up to 50,000 much-needed new homes will be created across 20 new housing zones.

The announcement was made last week by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, and Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, while visiting a prospective new zone in Enfield,...

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Eastbourne College wins Bloor Homes 'Home for Design' schools competition

Wednesday 18 June 2014
Tagged: Bloor Homes, competition, Daily Express, Eastbourne College, Home for Design, LABC, Schools

Eastbourne College has been announced as the winner of the Bloor Homes 'Home for Design' competition, beating off stiff competition from over 200 secondary schools nationwide.

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Affordable town centre living at Miller’s Victoria Mills, Dunfermline

Tuesday 17 June 2014
Tagged: Dunfermline, Help to Buy (Scotland), Miller Homes, new homes, Scotland

Whether you're taking your first step onto the property ladder or planning to downsize, Miller Homes' selection of terraced houses at Victoria Mills, Dunfermline could be for you. From this July, there will be a variety of end- and mid-terrace houses available in this coveted town centre...

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Mortgage bulletin for week commencing Monday 16 June

Tuesday 17 June 2014
Tagged: Barclays, Co-operative Bank, mortgages, Newcastle Permanent Buidling Society, Norwich & Peterborough Building Society, Woolwich, Yorkshire Building Society

In a week when the government has announced plans to encourage local authorities to increase the availability of land for housing, particularly brownfield sites, and the governor of the Bank of England has signalled a possible rise in the Bank of England base rate (BBR), mortgage lenders appear...

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