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Lender's mortgage offer to older borrowers

Age is now no barrier to getting a mortgage. In fact, a finance company has just announced it will offer new mortgages for those in their 80s. Where a typical mortgage was once 25 years, the lending landscape has changed drastically in the decade since the financial crash. Stricter lending criteria Now buyers can get […]

New hedgehog highways rule in England's housing

Buyers moving into a new-build home will be sharing their space with a hedgehog highway. That’s the planned outcome of new rules that developers will have to follow when it comes to building new housing estates. Communities Secretary James Brokenshire says protecting wildlife and habitat will be a priority in new developments. Specific species protected […]

University partnership to deliver 3k homes in Oxford

Financial giant Legal & General is to build 3,000 homes for students and staff in a £4 billion partnership with Oxford University. L&G, which specialises in insurance and pensions, will also build science parks for the top university. The main part of the project will be the creation of 1,000 subsidised homes for students and […]

UK's fastest places to sell a home revealed

Location, location, location is everything in property. And that’s never more apparent than in the latest research revealing where homes are selling fastest across the UK. Sellers north of the border – in particular Edinburgh and Falkirk – find their properties flying out of the estate agent in just 27 days. But just south of […]

UK's regional cities register strong house price growth

House prices in the UK’s most affordable cities are outgrowing those of other areas. Hometrack’s UK Cities House Price Index has revealed that the highest price growth is happening in those urban areas most weakened by the 2008 financial crash. Liverpool leads the way Liverpool has registered the UK’s highest annual house price growth rate […]

600 affordable homes promised on London's Holloway prison site

London’s Holloway Prison is to be transformed into a new housing estate featuring affordable homes for Londoners. The Peabody housing association will receive a loan of £42 million from City Hall to pay towards the £80 million cost of buying the 10-acre site in Islington, north London. In return, Peabody, which has gone into partnership […]

UK's best place to live in 2019 is revealed

Fancy relocating to the best place to live in the UK? Be prepared for a long journey north because the Orkney Islands, off the north-east coast of Scotland, have topped the poll of the area with the best quality of life in Britain. The Halifax’s annual survey looks at a number of factors to rate […]

London community land trust's £1m boost to self-build homes

A community group in south London has been given a funding boost of almost £1 million to self-build affordable homes for local residents. The Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS) is a community land trust based in Lewisham. With the £988,000 grant from the Mayor of London’s Innovation Fund, RUSS will build 33 homes on Church […]

Young professionals leading UK's dramatic urban renaissance

The UK’s cities and towns are enjoying a “dramatic urban renaissance” as more people return to live there after generations of drift away from city-centre living. A report commissioned by the BBC has revealed that the population of many towns and cities have doubled since the start of the 21st century. The change is particularly […]

Bath named as UK's best city to raise a family

Bath has been named the best city in the UK in which to raise a family. The West Country city has knocked last year’s winner Newcastle off top spot in the research. The comparison site analysed 35 UK cities, rating them on quality of life indicators, such as schools, green space, housing, wages and […]

MPs urge Prime Minister to be 'more radical' on housing market

Conservative MPs are to press Prime Minister Theresa May to do more to solve the UK’s housing crisis. Among their suggestions for improving the situation for first-time buyers and those struggling to get on to the housing ladder is the introduction of a new rent-to-buy scheme, council tax to be paid on second homes rented […]

England needs 340,000 new homes built every year

England needs an extra 340,000 new homes every year. According to research commissioned by the National Housing Federation (NHF), England has a housing shortage of four million homes, and the Government’s own target of building 300,000 new homes every year by the mid-2020s won’t be enough to resolve the issue. The research for the NHF […]

England's empty properties hit highest level in a decade

There are more empty properties in England than in a decade. Online estate agent HouseSimple analysed government data to reveal that the number of vacant homes in England has risen for the first time since the financial crash. Those 205,293 properties are worth an estimated £50 billion. And while there has been a significant rise […]

Londoners to get 'first dibs' on newbuild properties

British residents will be given the first chance to buy any new homes in London, so long as the asking price is under £350,000. Mayor Sadiq Khan announced the proposal, saying it was only fair that Londoners “get first dibs” on new homes in the capital. City Hall has brokered a deal with some of […]

Leamington Spa tops the poll of UK's happiest towns

The Warwickshire town of Royal Leamington Spa has topped the 2017 poll of the UK’s happiest places to live, according to Rightmove’s Happy at Home index. The property website asked more than 17,000 people across Britain to rate where they live on 12 different factors to come up with a definitive top 10 of the […]

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