Zoopla property news (September 2011)

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Govt cutbacks 'affecting construction sector'

Cutbacks made by the government are affecting the UK's construction sector and this will continue unless action is taken to stimulate the new homes market, one industry body has claimed. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) made the comments after figures from Glenigan showed that the number of construction projects placed on hold in the three months to August ...

30th Sep 2011

Building new homes on greenbelt 'the way forward'

The UK is in need of new homes and the best way to provide them is to build on certain areas of greenbelt land, it has been suggested. That is the opinion of property expert Stuart Law, who said that the time will come when new houses will need to be built regardless, and greenbelt presents the perfect place to do this. He explained: "The country needs more houses. ...

30th Sep 2011

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Research 'is key' when refurbishing a property

People planning on refurbishing their property in the coming weeks and month need to ensure that they have carried out a great deal of research to ensure the project goes smoothly, it has been claimed. That is the opinion of Julia Kendell, DIY SOS presenter and interior designer, who said that UK property owners need to be as objective as possible and have "a good ...

29th Sep 2011

Tenants 'should be treated like customers'

Landlords need to begin treating their tenants like customers if they are to ensure there are no unresolved issues and guarantee a happy relationship, one specialist has advised. David Lawrenson, a private rented sector expert, said that developing a good relationship with tenants is about close attention to detail, being able to respond quickly and getting things done as ...

29th Sep 2011

Over-50s 'will use property as equity'

Over a third of people aged over 50 in the UK are planning to use their home as equity, a new report has revealed. Research by LV= today reveals that 31 per cent of over-50s, or two million people, are set to use the equity in their home to help supplement their retirement income in the future. This is up from 1.5 million people in 2010, with 36 per cent of this demographic ...

28th Sep 2011

Affordable countryside property 'is needed'

The UK is in need of more affordable housing in the countryside at the moment, according to one expert. Jill Grieve, head of communications at Countryside Alliance, made the comments after a survey by savings firm Family Investments rated the village of Winkleigh in Devon as the best place in England and Wales for bringing up children. Winkleigh topped the table thanks to a ...

28th Sep 2011

UK properties 'are expanding'

A growing number of UK property owners are extending their homes into the garden, according to one expert who has observed that there is a major trend for people to make their garden reflect their personality in a similar way to their home interior. Shaun White, sales at Norfolk Leisure, said that sales of outdoor furniture have risen as people look to make their outdoor ...

27th Sep 2011

Fixed-rate mortgages 'may be a good idea'

Property buyers looking at the range of finance options open to them may be a wise to go for a fixed-rate mortgage if they can commit to the term, two experts have claimed. Speaking on the BBC Money Box programme, Jane King, mortgage advisor from Ash-Ridge Asset Management, said it is fair to say five-year deals have become more competitive in the last few months. "If ...

27th Sep 2011

UK 'lagging behind Europe' in property sustainability

The UK is still some way behind Europe when it comes to the construction if sustainable property , it has been claimed. According to the Green Gauge report, conducted as part of the new Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Sustainability Index, the UK is in fourth place when it comes to sustainability. The rating of 53 per cent places it behind Canada (74 per ...

26th Sep 2011

Best opportunities for FTBs 'in the north'

Some of the finest opportunities for first-time buyers (FTBs) in the UK are in the north of England, according to a new UK property reports carried out by Halifax. The study shows that, while the average age of a first-time buyer in the UK is 29, there is almost a decade's difference between some areas of the country. It shows that the youngest first-time buyers are in ...

26th Sep 2011

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