First-time buyers schemes to help millennials afford first home | Property | Life & Style

But a national survey of first-time buyers by developers Countryside claims two thirds of under-24s are saving for deposits to buy a home and 92 per cent of respondents are planning to use the government’s Help To Buy scheme, which has been guaranteed until at least the end of 2020. Help To Buy (there are different versions depending on where you live) plus the recent stamp duty exemption for first-time buyers in England and Wales are to thank for this more positive outlook but there are also affordable homes available…

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House price growth in February 4.4 per cent apart from in London | Property | Life & Style

England is seeing an annualised rate of house price growth of 4.1 per cent and the average property price in Wales increasing by 4.8 per cent. The Land Registry data is used as an empirical measure of pricing due to the fact that it records every residential transaction in England and Wales. Therefore, whilst issued later than other house price indices, the report is widely seen by the finance and property industry as the most accurate with regards historic property values. This latest report suggests that, as other sources of…

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Grand Designs property MAPPED: Peak District, London and Derbyshire – locations | Property | Life & Style

Grand Designs gives fanatics of fantastic houses the latest in property news thanks to presenter Kevin McCloud, 58, from Bedfordshire. Many viewers tune in to see the stunning builds in all their glory, and watch the owners as they struggle through the pitfalls of building your own house. With over 18 series and almost 200 episodes, Grand Designs has long acted as escapism and inspiration for those who dream of constructing their own perfect home. Now a map, created by roof-stores.co.uk, can reveal the exact location of Grand Designs properties…

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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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Property retirement advice: How to make money from your home trick | Property | Life & Style

Property can become a tricky issue once you enter retirement, with many of us scratching our heads over the best option.  Eliot Castle, CEO and founder of We Buy Any Home, has outlined his advice on how you can make a substantial sum of money through being clever with your property choices. His advice includes a clever trick of downsizing quickly by using a private home buying company, which can see you sell your property in as little as a week. However, he outlined a number of alternative options too.…

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Conservatories remain as popular as ever with a range of designs | Property | Life & Style

But there’s been a big shift in fashion when it comes to their design. Those with big budgets will still opt for traditional styles but others may consider the new trend for “glass box” rooms with sliding doors. “Well-constructed attractive wooden orangeries or slate roofed sunrooms appear on the wish list of the majority of our clients,” says Carol Peett “They add value as they are far more flexible and useable year-round.” Carol adds that some conventional uPVC conservatories can actually put off buyers. “This is a major change from…

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