Residential Property Review – August 2021

Transition to eco homes hotting up With climate issues becoming ever more urgent, policymakers and the housing industry are increasingly turning their attention to sustainable property development. Making homes greener will play an important part in the UK’s efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050: new and existing homes together account for 20% of the … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – August 2021”

Residential Property Review – July 2021

Building Safety Bill published Claiming “the biggest changes to building safety in nearly 40 years“, Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, said that the Building Safety Bill will set out a clear pathway for the future as to how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained. The Bill was published on 5 July to set out new … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – July 2021”

Half-price houses? The First Homes scheme launches

The new First Homes scheme is now being piloted in Bolsover and will be rolled out across England from the end of June. It offers first-time buyers – and key workers especially – the chance to buy locally and affordably. However, some parts of the UK will remain much more affordable than others. First-time buyers … Continue reading “Half-price houses? The First Homes scheme launches”

What is the First Homes scheme and how does it work?

The First Homes scheme is a new policy that will provide discounted homes to first-time buyers in England who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford one. More specifically, under this scheme, first-time buyers will be able to purchase a new-build home in their community at a discount of 30% on the market price. For an … Continue reading “What is the First Homes scheme and how does it work?”

Seven deadly mortgage sins to avoid

Many people were expecting that house prices would fall during the pandemic, or at least stagnate. Indeed, a lot of first-time buyers were wistfully hoping that it might happen. But the government didn’t want a property crash on top of everything else, so introduced the stamp duty holiday to buoy up the market and protected … Continue reading “Seven deadly mortgage sins to avoid”

Residential Property Review – May 2021

Queen’s Speech is ‘significant‘ for housing market A key announcement in the Queen’s Speech on 11 May was a new Planning Bill, which aims to simplify and speed up the planning process using a digital, map-based service, allowing more active public engagement in the development process. The reforms should allow homes, schools and hospitals to … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – May 2021”

Taking on the challenge of a self employed mortgage

Self-employed people still face an uphill struggle in mortgage applications, but help is at hand. Though some lenders have tightened their criteria, others are working with mortgage brokers to encourage buyers with complex incomes. If you run your own business, work as a contractor or earn through freelancing, then you’re disproportionately more like to have … Continue reading “Taking on the challenge of a self employed mortgage”

Residential Property Review – April 2021

Spring sees the busiest ever housing market Growing optimism due to the vaccine rollout, the return of low-deposit mortgages and the Stamp Duty holiday extension for England and Wales, have contributed to make this spring the best time to be a property seller in a decade, according to property website Rightmove. The online property portal … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – April 2021”

Residential Property Review – January 2021

Momentum in residential market expected to slow The UK residential property market closed 2020 with a bang, with Nationwide reporting annual house price growth of 7.3% in December – a six-year high. In its December UK Residential Market Survey, however, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has pointed to evidence that momentum is starting … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – January 2021”

How will house prices move in 2021?

Having hit an all-time high in December 2020, UK house prices once again stand on the brink of uncertainty. Will the fall, rise, stay the same – or something else? Despite being one of the most economically turbulent years in living memory, 2020 ended with UK house prices – almost incredibly – at a record … Continue reading “How will house prices move in 2021?”