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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...

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%...

New-builds: the advantages of buying off-plan

Buying a property ‘off-plan’ – before it has been built – could save you money, as developers want the certainty of knowing they have a buyer and are sometimes prepared to offer benefits such as ‘early bird’ discounts. Even if they don’t, you’re likely to have more say in the choice of interior finishes and bathroom tiles and fittings than if you bought it further down the line. And if...

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...

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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...

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