A Tale of Two Countries

There has been much publicity over the last month regarding the state of the booming Luton Bedfordshirehousing market. When closely analysed, however, the housing market itself has seen remarkable internal differences; with mild to modest increases in the vast majority of the country and the affluent South East surging ahead. The differences are sufficiently pronounced almost to suggest a tale of two different countries, rather than different areas within the same economy. What then can be done to rebalance this differential and bring the two halves of a broken country back into a single whole?

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Rejuvenating Britain’s High Streets – What is the secret?

The state of Britain’s High Streets and their recent trend towards decline has been a topic of concern for many British stakeholders over the last few years. Whilst economic fortunes are improving, the success of the internet and out of town shopping centres are Cardiff - Keith Battenstill major threats. We look at a report which has recently identified the secret to rejuvenating a British high street and the views of expert Mary Portas following her recent study into the area…
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Wind Turbine Increases

wind_turbinesIt has been reported over the last month that the number of wind turbines in Britain has dramatically risen to around 30,000 after increasing by some 13% last year.
Regardless, a number of indicators are indicating a decline in the popularity of such schemes and questions are being asked about what might replace wind in the coming years as the country’s go-to ‘green energy’ type…
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Whole idyllic village in South Devon put up for sale for £11.5m

After a year of speculation, the idyllic village of Bantham, South Devon has been put on the market for offers in excess of £11.5 million, causing many residents to fear for its future. With a price tag that high, it seems unlikely that too many British buyers will be interested…

Kingsbridge, Devon
Kingsbridge, Devon.

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In case you missed it…..

In case you missed it: Two Stars anger neighbours by carrying out works that are often regarded as needing no planning permission.

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Planning permission is often misconstrued as only being associated with buildings and houses, but as an ex-Bond girl and current England footballer found out it can include the felling of trees and play areas for kids…
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Toothbrushes at the ready as The Colosseum has its first clean

The state of Britain’s High Streets and their recent trend towards decline has been a topic of concern for many British stakeholders over the last few years. Whilst economic fortunes are improving, the success of the internet and out of town shopping centres are still major threats. We look at a report which has recently identified the secret to rejuvenating a British high street and the views of expert Mary Portas following her recent study into the area…
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Going In Blind – Nasty Surprises For New Home Owners

Slough, BerkshireA survey produced by the insurance firm LV (formerly Liverpool Victoria) found that almost half of people (49%) of those who has bought a new home since the beginning of the year discovered unexpected damage after moving in. Almost a third of people (some 29%) of those who had bought a property already so far this year believe the seller deliberately concealed problems at the property during the sale.
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The Property Market Monthly Fact File – June 2014

fowey hall foweyThe property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our Chartered Surveyors and the PropertySurveying.co.uk team; collating survey data, statistics, trends and information from the property market. This aims to help many persons with an interest in property gain an accurate view of what is happening in the UK property market as a whole.
To read the monthly fact file, click here.

Not the best news for property buyers..

Recent figures have shown that you will need a salary of nearly £40,000 to be able to afford a mortgage.

The average person takes out a mortgage loan of £119,000 and if you consider that the national average salary is only £26,000, repayments can cause financial difficulties.

This isn’t great news for first time buyers and people who want to get themselves onto the property ladder. Looking at how the economy is at the moment where you can’t even live on the national minimum wage, getting a mortgage is looking impossible.

However, there are certain schemes like the Help To Buy Scheme which has been highly credited recently as this is helping a lot of first time buyers step onto the property ladder. With a deposit of 5% this is perfect for everyone who is struggling to make that step.

‘The Government has created the Help to Buy scheme to help hard-working people like you take steps to buy your own home. Whether you want to get onto the housing ladder or move up it, Help to Buy makes it possible to buy a new-build or existing home priced up to £600,000 with as little as a 5% deposit’. – See more at: http://www.helptobuy.org.uk/#sthash.0QIuZcrG.dpuf/

If you are a first time buyer and are looking for a surveyor, please have a look at our website and find your local surveyor – www.propertysurveying.co.uk

Building on Floodplains – Can this continue?

With much of the South West underwater, flooding has once again become a hot-topic. We look in one of our monthly articles at the huge range of questions the Government and its agencies much ask themselves if flooding is ever to be nullified as an issue of great concern for British homeowners…

Here’s a few questions we raise:

Britain has a substantial housing shortage – so where do we build? On green belt protected land? Urban sprawl across our green and pleasant land? That wasn’t well received when Nick Boles proposed to relax green belt regulations.

Should innovation be encouraged to create houses that are watertight up to first floor level? Should it be made a planning condition for developments on flood plains with a flood in the last 10 years to construct watertight houses up to a certain standard? What about a government competition for architects and building product designers to come up with the best solution?

Read the whole article and join the debate here.