The UK property market is evolving

The UK property market is evolving
  • Adults are choosing to buy homes with friends rather than wait for a partner
  • Increased number of online searches for ‘tenancy in common’


The homeownership market in the UK is evolving, with more tenants choosing to buy and live in homes with friends, rather than with a partner or on their own.


To understand this emerging trend, online furniture retailer Furniture Choice conducted a UK wide survey and spoke with individuals who have already bought a house with a friend.


L&Q’s PricedIn Learning: many still confused about home ownership options


In a recent survey commissioned by L&Q, it emerged that only 52% of 24-35 year old renters know what Shared Ownership is, with nearly a fifth of participants confessing they had never heard of the alternative home ownership scheme.


Taking the confusion out of getting onto the property ladder, L&Q are launching PricedIn Learning, a campaign which aims to answer any questions that potential buyers may have: How do Shared Ownership and Help to Buy differ, and which one is right for me? Will I meet the eligibility criteria? Is the process complicated?




-Brits are willing to increase their budget by 14% for a ready-to-move-into home-

-48% prefer a home that doesn’t need repair work-

-Kitchens, bathrooms, and a large lounge top homebuyers’ wish lists-


ALMOST HALF (48%) of Britons’ would pay a premium to be able to move in to a property immediately without having to do any renovation or replacement work, according to new research.

A study of 2,000 UK adults by revealed that homebuyers are willing to increase their property buying budget by an extra 14% on average for rooms and fitted furnishings they want to keep, rather than replace.


nCube - The smart home hub that connects all devices together in one intuitive app


nCube puts simple, seamless home automation at users’ fingertips


The nCube hub, which aims to revolutionise the smart home industry worldwide, integrates a wide range of smart home products such as heating, lighting, security, entertainment and other smart devices into just one App using ZWave, Wi-Fi, LAN and Bluetooth communication. It also has the added benefit of being fully compatible with Alexa so will work with your Echo and Echo Dot devices. Crucially, it also ensures user privacy with information stored on the nCube hub in the home and not sent to central servers thus reassuring users that their security is protected and that their personal data cannot be accessed via the Cloud.


Exertis Warms to Smart Thermostat Range

 Smart Thermostat

Unique energy saving features from Warmup Smart will provide retailers and installers with a compelling sales proposition.

Exertis, a leading distributor of technology products for the B2B, mobile and retail markets, has today announced an agreement to distribute the Warmup range of Smart thermostats. These can be placed anywhere in the home, communicating wirelessly with a receiver unit which is connected to the central heating system’s boiler, working remotely with a smartphone to provide consumers with the optimum heating solution.


A new extra care scheme in west London offers shared ownership apartments with care and support for older people

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A stunning new development that offers bespoke housing for older people with care needs in Hounslow celebrates its official opening on Thursday 28 September.

Set within its own grounds and close to the river Thames, Bridgewater House extra care scheme, developed by Octavia in partnership with the developer St James, provides 36 spacious one and two-bedroom apartments for people aged over 50 years who need assisted living support. 

Four of the apartments are available to buy through shared ownership1, offering a rare opportunity for people to invest in a home that will enable them to live independently with the security of being able to access their care and support requirements.

Stay warm during winter with underfloor heating

underfloor heating

It’s what underneath that counts...


As we get older, many of us start to feel the cold more than we used to. Keeping warm is not only vital for our health but essential for wellbeing and quality of life. There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning and placing your feet on icy, cold kitchen floor tiles.


Underfloor heating is an efficient way of adding a discreet, secondary heat source to your home. In recent years, underfloor heating has surged in popularity and people are now opting to heat their entire property this way, rather than just the bathroom. It’s low running costs and minimal maintenance make it a cost-effective option that won’t break the bank.


Linden Homes to host Assisted Move weekend


Linden Homes North West will host an Assisted Move weekend in Oldham on September 30th, giving house hunters a helping hand with selling their current homes and moving in to a brand-new property.


The event will take place at the housebuilder’s St Augustine’s development, a 54-home scheme that features a mix of high quality three-bedroom mews, three and four-bedroom semi-detached and detached new homes. 


Families and individuals will get the chance to find out more about the Assisted Move Scheme, which removes marketing fees and estate agent costs and makes selling your home quick and simple.  


Half of Renters in the North-East Unaware of Fire Procedures

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  • Three months on from Grenfell, new research reveals that tenants still feel left in the dark when it comes to fire safety
  • Over a third (37%) of renters in the North-East say there is not a clear fire escape route displayed in their building
  • 50% of North-East renters do not feel fully prepared on what to do in the event of a fire

Shocking new research has revealed just how little action has been taken since the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, which killed at least 80 people. The research released to mark Fire Door Safety Week (25 Sept - 1 October), shows that since the fire in the West London block in June, over two thirds (68%) of landlords in the North-east haven’t been in touch with tenants in person to discuss fire safety measures.