Zoopla property news (June 2011)

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Southern property owners 'could move to the north'

People living in the south of England could consider moving to the north, where they will get far larger homes for the same price, one expert has suggested. This may well become the trend, while the north would definitely welcome the migration from the south, said Richard Horner, northern south sector regional executive for the National Association of Estate Agents . His ...

22nd Jun 2011

Home improvement 'can boost house prices significantly'

House prices can be boosted significantly by carrying out home improvements, according to one sector expert. Anna-Marie DeSouza, editor at Build It, said that investing in a property can be a "highly profitable manoeuvre", as the right augmentations can reap dividends in terms of adding to house values without costing a great deal to carry out. However, people ...

21st Jun 2011

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Self-build market 'looks promising'

The future of the self-build market looks very promising, according to one expert who has claimed that more people may look at building their own property in the coming months and years. Jaclyn Thorburn, communications manager at BuildStore, said that the current state of the self-build market is as good as it has ever been. With self-build mortgages seemingly on the rise, ...

21st Jun 2011

Property affordability 'better in the north' for FTBs

First-time buyers (FTBs) who live in the north of England will find that it is easier to get a foot on the property ladder than people living in the south, one expert has claimed. Richard Horner, northern south sector regional executive for the National Association of Estate Agents , said that affordability is not so much a problem for FTBs in the north, but rather job ...

20th Jun 2011

Sustainability 'will come from demand'

A rise in sustainable homes will only happen once demand is increased and the public ask for energy efficiency to become standard, it has been claimed. Speaking at the Sustainability Now event, Andrew Eagles, managing director at Sustainable Homes, said that the "real change" in sustainability will occur when house buyers and tenants consider their fuel costs. His ...

17th Jun 2011

Self-building new homes 'is possible'

It is still possible for people to self-build their own new homes for a reasonable price, according to the latest figures. Data issued by Barry Sutcliffe, self-build expert, said that people could realistically look at constructing their own property for between £150,000 and £200,000. He explained that people would obviously need to go through all the right ...

16th Jun 2011

House builders 'focusing on large new homes'

Many housing developers are currently concentrating on building larger homes in an effort to satisfy the demand from home movers, according to one industry expert. Steve Turner, head of communications at the Home Builders Federation (HBF), said it is "a market-driven industry" so at the moment larger new homes are being built. However, this specialist noted that ...

15th Jun 2011

Economic downturn 'affecting home improvements'

The economic downturn affected people's enthusiasm for home improvement and their ability to fork out for it, and the effects are continuing to be felt, one expert has stated. Andrew Leech, director of the National Home Improvement Council, said that people are far more frugal in the current economic climate and, as a result, have "drawn in their wings" as far ...

15th Jun 2011

Central London property 'will continue to dominate'

Property for sale in London , particularly in the centre of the city, will continue to "dominate" the market in the months ahead, it has been claimed. Ed Mead, director at Douglas & Gordon, said that the top-end of the property market is continuing to outperform the rest and he does not think this shows any sign of changing. His comments follow the ...

14th Jun 2011

Property owners 'embracing 3 style trends'

Property owners are currently embracing three main style trends which are featuring prominently in UK homes, one expert has explained. According to Carole King, interior designer and author of the Dear Designer blog, UK property owners are increasingly looking to the colour blocking trend when seeking inspiration to improve their home interiors. She explained: "Bold ...

14th Jun 2011

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