New Homes news (July 2011)

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Grant Shapps takes self build to the masses

Grant Shapps, the minister for planning and housing, has welcomed a new action plan for the self-build industry, which will see more properties come onto the housing market. Speaking at a meeting with the National Self Build Association (NaSBA), Mr Shapps said that obstacles have led to the UK having one of the lowest proportions of new homes built by self-builders in ...

22nd Jul 2011

London 'a good place for property investment'

London remains arguably the best place to invest property , despite tough market conditions, one expert has observed. According to Stephen Dyer, managing director of Ideal Property, there is a "great deal of activity" in the very centre of London, which are the high net worth areas, meaning now could be a very good time to invest there. He noted that people who ...

21st Jul 2011

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Housing availability 'should be increased'

There needs to be an increase in the amount of housing being made available to people in the UK, according to one organisation which has called on the government to act quickly to achieve this. Steve Turner, spokesman for the Home Building Federation, said anything that boosts the supply of housing is to be welcomed at the moment. His comments follow a report by the ...

21st Jul 2011

Construction recovery 'has major restraints'

There are major restraints holding back the recovery of the UK construction sector, and these need to be removed if more UK property is to be built in the near future, it has been claimed. According to Steve Turner, head of communications at the Home Builders Federation, government announcements such as freeing up land for housing developments are helping to increase ...

20th Jul 2011

Self-build initiative 'is groundbreaking'

The latest initiative outline by housing minister Grant Shapps to increase the number of self-build properties being erected in the UK is "groundbreaking", according to one property industry expert. Raymond Connor, chief executive of BuildStore Financial Services, said that he agrees with Mr Shapps' opinion that the obstacles which have led to the UK having ...

19th Jul 2011

Estate agents 'may not be necessary' when buying property

People browsing property for sale at the moment may not necessarily need to use an estate agent when purchasing a home, one expert on the subject has commented. According to Vanish Patel, an experienced property investor from London, property investors need to realise that it is not essential to utilise the services of an estate agent, even though they can often offer ...

13th Jul 2011

Property investment opportunities 'are in every region'

Every region of the UK has property investment opportunities which can provide people with a number of ways to profit in the long term, one expert on the subject has explained. Peter Mindenhall, researcher at, said that central London would be an "easy" investment opportunity in many respects, because generally capital cities tend to outperform the ...

12th Jul 2011