New Homes news (February 2012)

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Govt 'can help FTBs'

The government could do more to help out the nation's first-time buyers (FTBs), it has been claimed. Peter Bolton King, chief executive at the National Federation of Property Professionals (NFOPP), said that government schemes such as FirstBuy and the mortgage indemnity guarantee are having an impact, but it is only limited. Mr Bolton King said the NFOPP has been ...

28th Feb 2012

Now 'a good time' to buy new homes

Now is a particularly good time to purchase new-build property in the UK, according to one expert who has claimed they are a wise investment. Kevin Wilkins, group marketing director at Bovis Homes, said that the new homes market is continuing to show increasing price stability, which is reassuring for the industry and homebuyers alike. He noted that demand has been growing ...

20th Feb 2012

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Govt planning system 'needs to be implemented properly'

The coalition's new planning system has "got to be right" if there is to be a significant increase in the number of new homes being built in the UK, according to one sector body. Steve Turner, head of communications at the Home Builders Federation (HBF), acknowledged that the government is currently consulting on its National Planning Policy Framework, but it ...

16th Feb 2012

London 'set for super-sized flats'

There is set to be an increase in the number of so-called 'super-size' flats in the English capital as the demand for larger property in London rises, it has been predicted. Stephen Dyer, an expert in UK property , said that this can safely be predicted because developments that are being planned are already being purchased and it is simply a matter of developers ...

15th Feb 2012

Millions to be spent building new homes in north-west

A multi-million pound investment to build new homes in the north-west has been announced by Manchester City Council. The Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) is set to pay for the construction costs, which will total around £25 million and see as many as 250 new properties for sale or rent being built in and around the city. According to the authority, the programme ...

8th Feb 2012

Govt housing announcements 'are very positive'

The latest announcement by the coalition about more land being made available for new homes to be built is great news for the industry, one sector body has noted. The Department for Communities and Local Government has revealed that land for up to 80,000 new homes has been identified, while all buyers will now be eligible for the NewBuy Guarantee scheme as long as the ...

3rd Feb 2012

UK housing market confidence booms

There has been a boom in the number of people expressing confidence in the UK's property industry and its future prospects, a new poll reveals. A survey carried out by Agency Express shows that all 12 major UK regions saw significant double-digit growth in new 'for sale' listings recorded in January, compared to the previous month. The regional hot spots ...

2nd Feb 2012