Property for sale? Best features estate agents claim will sell UK homes fast

Property for sale with benefit from having certain features. While some old classic features remain at the top of the lost for what buyers look four, others have crept up. New essentials for those buying properties include a good wifi connection and lots of plug sockets. It is not surprising that what Britons are looking for in their homes is changing with the times. Ben Wilson, a spokesman for GoCompare Home Insurance, told Mail Online: “Buying a home is the biggest financial commitment most people will make. “So, before viewing…

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Return of the bungalow: Single story homes built for ageing population | Property | Life & Style

NC The rapidly ageing population will benefit from the rise in number of bungalows Nothing particularly unusual about that, you might say, but what makes it unique is that every single house is a bungalow and that is a style of housing that has become the Cinderella of the sector in recent years. Indeed, over the past three decades the number of bungalows built each year has dropped from more than 26,000 in 1986 to 2,600 in 2017 as developers look to get more bang for their buck by building…

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House market: Modular homes could be the future of the British construction industry | Property | Life & Style

It also wants councils to set their own design quality standards and use virtual reality technology to win round communities and end “not in my backyard” attitudes. It certainly looks like factory-built modular homes could be the future for the British construction industry, which is experiencing a slow but steady growth in the number of companies delivering pre-built modular housing. Newly launched ILKE Homes aims to deliver 2,000 precision-engineered modular houses and low-rise flats to the UK market every year after recently setting up a factory in Harrogate, Yorkshire. Its…

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Property UK:  Number of homes sold DROPS in March | Property | Life & Style

In a report issued by HMRC this morning, the overall numbers of homes sold in the UK in the first three months of this year, which totals 290,670, is down by just over five percent on the same period in 2017 when 307,550 properties were sold.  In fact, reviewing the data over the last few years, we would have to go as far back as 2015 to find a lower number of transactions for the first quarter of the year, when the total number of properties sold was 288,490. Comparing…

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Halifax research suggests homes ‘earned more than their owners’ | Property | Life & Style

It found that house price growth in Barnet in London, outpaced average earnings by £52,256 over the two-year period – the highest difference in the survey. North Hertfordshire had the second biggest gap, at £40,903, while Canterbury, Guildford and Oxford were also places where house prices have surged particularly far ahead of average earnings. The proportion of areas where house prices are outpacing earnings has fallen, from 31 per cent in 2016 to 18% in 2017, Halifax said. The report also highlighted a continued north/south divide, with 86 per cent…

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Ageing population: New homes MUST be ‘age-friendly’, say experts | Property | Life & Style

GETTY The over-60s are set to outnumber those aged under 20 by 2045 With over-60s set to outnumber those aged under 20 by 2045, the redevelopment of towns and cities needs to cater for the older generation. And a series of incentives should be introduced by the Government, local authorities and developers in a bid to make new homes more adaptable. Proposed changes include cutting the stamp duty paid by “last-time buyers” to encourage older home-owners to downsize and relieve the demand for family homes. Developers and councils could also…

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