The results of the tenth annual National New Homes Survey, carried out by NHBC and published earlier this year, revealed that new-home builders are achieving very high levels of customer satisfaction.
One of the main barriers to building more houses, is having access to land, many investors are looking at their land assets to find out whether they can maximise their existing space. Old commercial units, brownfield sites and even listed buildings could all be turned into new build properties if local demand is high, and with the right professional advice.
Smart Energy GB’s plan aims to install digital energy ‘smart meters’ in every home in the UK by the year 2020. However, worries about the government’s ability to run the program cause company in charge to call for private sector input before the nationwide roll-out of smart energy meters begins.
Record low interest rates have already been seen in two and five year fixed rate mortgage plans, but recent figures show that it is four year fixed rate plans that have seen the starkest drop – with Chelsea Building Society’s (CBS) latest offering coming with a rate of just 1.84%.
This is up from the equivalent figure for last month, which stood at 7.4%, and is thought to be driven by, amongst other things, an increasing lack of houses available on the market – all of this when such acceleration was believed to slow around the time of last month’s general election campaign.
Are you a landlord or a property investor looking to grow your property portfolio? Or perhaps you’re a first time buyer looking to take your first step onto the property ladder? Irrespective of your ownership status, if you’re looking to bag a bargain then buying a property at auction could be the way to go.
With low interest rates, house price growth and demand for rental properties now higher than ever, more and more people are considering a buy-to-let opportunity. So we’ve put together a helpful guide to letting a property.