General news (December 2011)

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Economy 'the biggest influence' on 2012 property market

The economic climate is likely to be the biggest influence on the property market in 2012, according to one analyst, who has predicted stability next year. Simon Rubinsohn, chief economist at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), said any rises or falls in the residential property market next year will be at the mercy of what happens to the economy. His ...

28th Dec 2011

Brits 'boosting home security' over Christmas

Many UK property owners are boosting security over the festive period in an attempt to deter thieves and keep their new possessions safe, it has been revealed. A new poll carried out by More Than shows that over half of Brits are currently considering using booby traps and decoys to keep burglars at bay, as they believe these are more effective than some tried-and-tested ...

22nd Dec 2011

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Property owners 'should look out for winter weather damage'

UK property owners have been advised to look out for the potential effects that the wintry weather will have on their property in the weeks ahead, as well as following tips to safeguard their homes against the cold. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said that this advice is particularly pertinent those who are spending the Christmas holidays away from ...

21st Dec 2011

Detached rural property 'the nation's favourite'

The nation's most desired home is a detached rural property with a large garden near to walking countryside and overlooking a beautiful landscape, according to a new survey. A poll of 5,370 people by PrimeLocation found that this is the ideal home when all types of considerations are taken into account, with the property set to cost the average buyer £523,866, 139 ...

16th Dec 2011

Insulation 'the key to home efficiency'

People can ensure their home is warm and cosy over the winter months by installing insulation, according to one expert who has noted that this can also significantly boost the efficiency of the property . As a more energy-efficient abode can benefit from lower gas and electricity bills, it is a very wise investment, explained Anna-Marie DeSouza, editor at Build It magazine. ...

15th Dec 2011

Lettings market 'needs greater regulation'

Greater regulation is required in the rental market to ensure that all letting agents are professional, according to the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS). Malcolm Harrison, spokesman for the TDS, said the majority of people in the lettings industry believe this, as it will ensure reputable agents are recognised for the high standards of professionalism they stick to. His ...

14th Dec 2011

Planning system 'should focus on sustainability'

Sustainable developments need to be "at the heart" of the UK's planning system in order to deliver economic growth and boost the attractiveness of new homes coming onto the market, the National Trust has claimed. Speaking at a Property Week webinar, Ian Wilson, head of government affairs at the organisation, said he is "really struck" by how ...

13th Dec 2011

'Positive signs' for UK FTB lending

There are positive signs at the moment for the nation's first-time buyers (FTBs), who are set to benefit from an easing in lending restrictions, according to one expert. Andy Pratt, chief operating officer at Alexander Hall, said that the overall outlook is still not great for FTBs, but there are certainly indications that things are about to improve as far as accessing ...

12th Dec 2011

Empty homes 'are galling' for many

The number of properties left empty across the country is "galling" to those who cannot afford their own home, according to one expert on the subject. David Ireland, chief executive at Empty Homes, said that there is currently a lack of available property to meet demand and, as a result, leaving buildings vacant is a "waste of housing". "If you have ...

9th Dec 2011

Energy efficiency 'will increase in importance'

There is likely to be an increase in the importance placed on having an energy-efficient home, UK property owners have been advised. According to Richard Addenbrook, managing director of Sense of Space Architects, energy-efficient homes are likely to be increasingly in demand in the coming years as people seek to purchase new homes that will have reasonable electric and gas ...

5th Dec 2011

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