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Second Homes Boom Continues

Boom in demand for second homes as the residential housing market returns to ‘normal’ levels The number of homeowners buying a second home – a trend that started in 2020 with the first lockdown – is set to continue even though the housing market is settling down after a busy summer.

Best ways to reduce your Everyday Energy Consumption

The climate summit is about to start in Glasgow on 31st October 2021. The evidence is that we live in the midst of a climate crisis and are at the monumental crossroads for humanity. This coming decade will shape human life for hundreds, maybe thousands of years to come and affect our children, grandchildren and future generations. This practical guide will highlight the best things we can do to reduce our environmental impact at home.

Buying or selling your home? Find out the top 10 ‘must-haves’

Buying or selling your home? Find out the top 10 ‘must-haves’ that can make or break a sale – and the three features to ditch Buyers now expect more from their homes with more than a third (36%) of Brits not making an offer – or cutting the amount they are prepared to offer – on a home unless it has at least five of the non-negotiable features on their wishlist, new research has revealed. With...

Adapting homes to net zero is ‘too complicated’

Adapting homes to net zero is ‘too complicated’ with 29 million homes In the UK at risk of not meeting the targetIn an open letter to the Prime Minister, a coalition of leading consumer and industry groups has said that it was too complicated for people to adapt their homes for net-zero – and too often things go wrong.National charity Citizens Advice, Which? consumer group, Aldersgate Group (an...

Estate agent website traffic well above pre-pandemic levels

Estate agent website traffic well above pre-pandemic levels While the number of sellers visiting estate agent websites rose marginally and buyers remained flat, there has been a significant surge in new tenant enquiries as the number of landlords remained below levels seen over the past two years, according to analysis of estate agent traffic up to 27 June 2021. The Yomdel Property Sentiment Tracker,...

More than a third of homes are sold for the asking price or higher

A record number of homes in England and Wales are selling for the asking price or above, according to new analysis of data on marketed and sold homes. More than a third (37%) of properties completed in January 2021 were sold for either the final asking price, set by estate agents advertising homes on Rightmove and listed as sold on the Land Registry, or higher. House buyers were paying an average of 98.1%...

Demand for flats up by 39% since January

Growing demand for city-centre apartments fuelled by first-time buyers Buyers are now seeking out smaller properties, such as flats in city centres, according to new analysis of more than 1.6 million properties on the market. Demand is shifting from larger family homes to apartments, which saw a surge in demand from buyers requesting more details from estate agents – up by 39% between January and...

New Build homes

The benefits of buying new-build

Eco and other benefits of buying a new-build home If you’ve ever lived in a draughty Victorian property, where heat escapes from the gaps in the sash windows and there seems to be never-ending repair bills, then a new-build home can be very appealing – it will also come with many extra features a traditional home can’t offer. Be more energy efficient First and foremost, a new-build will be much more...

First-time buyers save £800 a year more than renters

First-time buyers are £800 a year better off than renters as the gap between buying and renting has widened – and that’s before two new Help to Buy schemes get going.The cost of renting has increased by 10% to £821 a month over the past year, according to data from the Halifax. Over the same period, the average monthly cost of buying a first home went up by 1% to £753. The Halifax Buying vs...

New rules on electrical safety for existing tenancies

From 1 April 2021, the Electrical Safety Standard that came into force on 1 June 2020 – and was applied to new tenancies from 1 July 2020 – has been extended to cover existing tenancies.  This means that landlords in the private rented sector in England, who have had tenants in place before the new regulations came into effect, will now need to have the electrical installations in their...

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