The way we live has changed immeasurably. Eighty years ago, homeowners expected little more than four walls, some windows and a roof. Telephones, hard-wired into an exchange, were a luxury reserved for the very rich, most houses didn’t have indoor plumbing and very few had electricity.
The final chapter of the housing journey begins when people start trading in large family homes for smaller ones.
Having traded up from a flat or a smaller house, the middle of the housing journey is firmly the preserve of families living in large homes.
In light of recent flooding that has caused catastrophic damage across much of the UK, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors are advising businesses and homeowners to prepare for extreme weather in the future by creating flood plans to protect their properties.
The streets will soon be filled with trick or treaters as Halloween fast approaches. It’s not only the kids who enjoy a bit of frightful fun, adults are getting more involved too! With parties and ‘fright nights’ becoming a big trend, where would be the spookiest place to go to get your heart racing?
Recent research from Countrywide has discovered a significant reduction in the number of properties built on Greenbelt land during the last 20 years. Countrywide estimates that only 96,000 properties have been built on Greenbelt land since 1995, just 3.5% of the 2.7 million homes built in the UK during this period.
After a weekend visit to a local wildlife park, I was saddened to hear that our garden friend the hedgehog is in rapid decline, not what I thought would be the main attraction for me on the day, but it did make me think about what it is we can do in our own back gardens to help them thrive.
As we are all aware when housing is in short supply, the private rental sector is extremely important. Countrywide’s Tonic for Tomorrow paper has called for measures to protect the private rental sector and make improvements to benefit both landlords and tenants.
If you’re a landlord who is managing and / or growing a property portfolio, your rental strategy should not ignore the potential of acquiring property close to rental hubs. Here’s just the tool to help.