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Weekly affordable homes round-up

Friday 18 July 2014
Tagged: Adactus Housing, affordable homes, Cornwall, Cumbria, Dorset, Havebury Housing Partnership, Lancashire, Miller Homes, new homes, Northumberland, Persimmon Homes, Shared Ownership, Suffolk

Marc Da Silva takes his weekly look at the affordable homes sector and brings news of developments in Suffolk, Cornwall, Lancashire, Dorset, Cumbria and Northumberland.

New affordable homes in Suffolk

Demolition has begun on the site of an old snooker and bowls club on Chalkstone...

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Mortgage blog: Lenders slammed for trapping borrowers on higher rates

Friday 18 July 2014
Tagged: Financial Conduct Authority, mortgages, Santander

One of the leading figures in the mortgage industry has hit out at lenders that are using new rules to ‘trap' borrowers on more expensive mortgage rates. An increasing number of borrowers have complained about the actions of their lender after the City regulator warned it would not...

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Lioncourt Homes site manager wins national quality award

Friday 18 July 2014
Tagged: Lioncourt Homes, new homes, NHBC, Pride in the Job Awards, Shropshire, Telford

Site manager Danny Tunstall is the toast of Lioncourt Homes, having won a prestigious National Pride in the Job Quality Award from the NHBC in recognition of his outstanding work on all the homes on The Brambles development in Wellington, Telford.

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Property auctioneers’ tricks of the trade

Thursday 17 July 2014
Tagged: property auctions

Property auctions are traditionally an open and transparent process, with benefits for both buyers and sellers. But it is important that prospective purchasers are aware that when conducting a property auction, it is the auctioneer's primary job to ensure that the advantages are stacked in...

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Plan submitted for 45 new homes in Exeter

Thursday 17 July 2014
Tagged: Devon, Exeter, Exeter City Council, new homes, planning permission, Strongvox

A planning application has been lodged with Exeter City Council for the construction of 450 new homes at Sandy Park Farm in Exeter, where activity in the housing market is hotting up.

According to the plans for the proposed scheme, the development would have a mixture of two- and three-...

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Supply is down in London prime market, according to new W.A Ellis lettings report

Thursday 17 July 2014
Tagged: central London, Landlords, lettings, property market, renting, research, tenants

Significant growth in the private rental sector over the past decade now sees 16.2% more households living in private rented accommodation than in owner-occupied properties. In its latest research report, Prime Central London estate agency, W.A.Ellis, in conjunction with Dataloft and Lonres,...

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Tips for tenants: Getting on with your new landlord

Thursday 17 July 2014
Tagged: advice, landlord, Private rented sector, renting, tenants, tips

We've all heard the horror stories, but the relationship between landlord and tenant doesn't need to be a strained one, and with these useful tips you can minimise the likelihood of problems arising.

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Brandon Lewis replaces Kris Hopkins as housing minister

Thursday 17 July 2014
Tagged: Brandon Lewis, government, Housing, Kris Hopkins, Politics, property, reshuffle

Brandon Lewis has been appointed housing and planning minister in the latest government reshuffle.

The Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth was previously undersecretary of state in the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) with responsibility for local government. He...

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"Don't forget your Range Rover" - Letting agent shares strangest items left behind by tenants

Wednesday 16 July 2014
Tagged: Benham & Reeves, funny news, Landlords, letting, renting, strange news, tenants

When the time comes to move out of a rented property, most tenants remember to take...

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A pound in London is worth nine in the Highlands, according to new research

Wednesday 16 July 2014
Tagged: buying a home, market research, Nationwide, Property Prices, selling your home, Strutt & Parker

Recent research by Nationwide claimed that house prices in London are now higher, relative to the rest of the country, than they have ever been, with the average detached home in inner London currently worth £1,537,232. In response, national estate agent Strutt & Parker has come up...

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One-on-one interview: Tim Seward of Centra Homes

Wednesday 16 July 2014
Tagged: Centra Homes, Circle Housing, East Anglia, London, new homes, One-on-One interview, South East Group, Tim Seward, West Midlands

Marc Da Silva continues his ongoing series of Q&A sessions with senior figures in the new homes industry by interviewing Tim Seward, director of property sales and marketing at Centra Homes.

Where is your firm developing new homes? Predominantly we are...

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Weekly property auction summary, week ending 18 July

Wednesday 16 July 2014
Tagged: Auction House, Dorset, Essex, Hair & Son, Liverpool, property auctions, Symonds & Sampson

This week we unearth some of the best property deals secured over the past few days at auctions in Dorset, Southend-on-Sea and Liverpool.

Dorset

Symonds & Sampson took their property auction roadshow to three different venues over a six-day period with terrific success...

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Mortgage blog: Why you should celebrate the 25th birthday of the fixed-rate mortgage

Wednesday 16 July 2014
Tagged: Moneyfacts.co.uk, mortgages, National Home Loans Corporation, Natwest

If you want a fixed-rate mortgage you now have a dizzying choice of over 2,000 deals. However, a quarter of a century ago you would have had a choice of barely half-a-dozen products, with the best deal available at an eye-watering 12.4%.

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Property auction ‘conditions of sale’ – a guide

Tuesday 15 July 2014
Tagged: property auctions

If you are the successful buyer of any lot at a property auction, you will - from the moment the auctioneer's gavel falls - become legally bound by the ‘conditions of sale' in relation to that lot. But what are Conditions of Sale and what types of Conditions are there?

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Agent Insight: Adele Smith of Watson Bull and Porter

Tuesday 15 July 2014
Tagged: agent insight, agent interview, Bembridge, commuters, investors, Isle of Wight, market conditions, One-on-One, Watson Bull and Porter

We continue our series of interviews with prominent estate agents by speaking to Adele Smith, branch manager of Watson Bull and Porter in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.

Could you please tell me a bit about your company and the areas you cover?

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