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Merchants Walk: Just Four Properties Left

Merchants Walk: Just Four Properties Left

Merchants Walk, Peabody’s multi-award winning development and Savill’s second most successful selling scheme in London last year, sold 95% of its homes to date. The development is located in the heart of Bow, a prime location for young professionals seeking luxury living in a well-connected part of the capital. With only four properties left, the final offering includes three two-bedroom apartments and one three-bedroom apartment with prices starting at £499,950 for a two-bedroom through private sale. Stamp Duty will be…

Council Tax on Empty Homes Can Double

Local authorities have now the power to double council tax rates on properties that have been empty for two years or more, according to the new legislation introduced today. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government says it hopes that this decision will lead to thousands of empty properties across England being brought back into use. Currently there are 200,000 long-term empty dwelling in England, compared to 300,000 in 2010. The number fell dramatically in 2013, when councils received…

Build to Rent Is the New Hot Topic

Build to Rent Is the New Hot Topic

In the UK there is a constant need for more homes; therefore the number of rented homes available needs to expand. But since the buy to let homes have received an additional 3% stamp duty, 69% of landlords have been put off investing in further rental property, according to the Residential Landlords Association. "Just as the UK needs more rental homes than ever before, the stamp duty change has significantly dented investors' interest in providing those homes. We're in danger…

Artificial Grass VS Real Grass, the benefits of Real Grass

Technology has affected everyday life in the home, whether its mobile phones, digital showers, Smart TV’s or even Artificial Grass. First discovered in the 1960’s, it was first used in sports stadiums across America - today however, it is making a big impact in the lawns and gardens of people across the UK. Typically, high quality artificial turf uses tire cord the backing, whilst the individual ‘blades’ of grass are used from nylon or polypropylene. If you have a landscaping…

Time to Build Your Own Home

Time to Build Your Own Home

A retired couple from Cornwall announced that building their own home proved to be a great financial investment. They acquired a 1.4 acre site in Lostwithiel for £480,000 and moved into the existing bungalow, while planning their future home. The Hanse Haus kit-built eco-home is now worth £900,000, having cost a total of £750,000 for the land and the new-build. “We’ve dreamt of building our own home since we got married 48 years ago but, being traditionalists, we’d never even…

Tips for moving overseas

Tips for moving overseas

People who wish to move out of or into the UK need to decide fast because once the UK leaves the EU the rules might change and the logistics of relocating overseas might become much more complex. In the second quarter of 2017, 49,000 British and EU Nationals moved out of the UK, while 60,000 British and EU Nationals moved back, according to recent ONS data. Moving houses within your home country is already stressful enough, but the costs and…

Springfield Properties Delivers New Homes in Edinburgh

Springfield Properties Delivers New Homes in Edinburgh

Springfield Properties has delivered its £23 million affordable homes development at Muirhouse in Edinburgh in partnership with Dunedin Canmore and Muirhouse Housing Association, following the completion of the final stage of the project. The construction work on the 202 affordable homes development started in 2012 and is now complete, offering a mix of one & two bedroom apartments, cottage flats, and two & three bedroom terrace homes. Each home is highly energy efficient, meeting sustainability building standards that keep running…

Moray Council to Complete 220 Homes by 2020

Moray Council to Complete 220 Homes by 2020

Moray Council has revealed that it is going to build more than 220 affordable homes by 2020. Between 2017 and 2020, the council aims to build 70 each financial year, creating affordable homes in Buckie, Elgin, Forres, and Keith. 68 completions are scheduled for this year’s developments in Ferrylea and Strathcona Road in Forres and the Driving Range and Linkwood in Elgin. The 2019/2020 developments will see 108 completions at Elgin South, Barhill Road in Buckie, and Banff Road in…

Coapt Is a Rebranded Letting Agency in Brighton

Coapt Is a Rebranded Letting Agency in Brighton

Pixeldot, the strategic brand agency, has conducted a transformative rebrand and renaming for Brighton’s largest lettings agency MTM Property. After a year of research, client and tenant interviews, and internal workshops, MTM Property has become Coapt. “We had received a lot of feedback from the student community about the level of care and attention the agency was seen to be providing. In all honesty, I think we had lost focus. We have such great relationships with our landlords and have…

Best Places to Buy a Home If You’re Single

Best Places to Buy a Home If You’re Single

A research conducted by Zoopla reveals which are the most affordable areas for those who want to buy a house on their own. It found out that the cheapest place is Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire, in which buyers need to sacrifice only 10.84% of their monthly wage in mortgage payments. The least affordable area for single buyers is Cambridge, as London was excluded from the research, which takes up over a third, 36.14%, of a monthly wage to pay mortgage. The…