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RSPB and Barratt extend partnership to give nature a home in West Sussex

 RSPB

A unique partnership between the RSPB and Barratt Homes has been renewed and extended for another three years. The partnership aims to deliver more wildlife friendly housing across the West Sussex region, helping to give nature a home.

Barratt and the RSPB will work together to boost biodiversity and promote wildlife. Through such initiatives as hedgehog highways, wild bee friendly planting and swift bricks, the aim of the partnership is to help all forms of wildlife and nature on new housing developments.

Gen Z In The Market For New Build Homes

Gen Z In The Market For New Build Homes

Generation Z is putting homes above holidays with two thirds of renters under 24 already saving to secure their first home, according to a recent survey* by home builder Countryside.

Last month, Countryside surveyed the nation’s house hunters and found 92% of 18 to 24 year-olds want to use Help to Buy ahead of the 2021 deadline, with 66% already saving for a home deposit.

When asked who they intended on buying a property with, one third of Generation Z savers revealed that they hoped to one day secure a mortgage as a single buyer.

L&Q launches PricedIn Living campaign

L&Q launches PricedIn Living campaign

Dedicated to helping first time buyers take their first step onto the property ladder, L&Q has launched its PricedIn Living campaign, to demonstrate how buyers can settle in with Shared Ownership - an alternative route onto the housing ladder.

With lower deposits available on developments across London and the South East, Shared Ownership with L&Q gives you the peace of mind to settle in to your new home.

L&Q PricedIn shares their guide for the perfect cosy night in in your new L&Q home.

Braving the Snow: First Time Buyers Turn Out in Droves for the 10th London Home Show  

Braving the Snow: First Time Buyers Turn Out in Droves for the 10th London Home Show  

Over 4,300 visitors braved the snow on Saturday 3rd of March to attend the tenth London Home Show. 

Supported by the Mayor of London, the free exhibition saw 47 exhibitors all under one roof at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster. Showcasing the best of affordable homes available across London, the Home Show welcomed a range of Shared Ownership and Help to Buy providers, as well as independent mortgage brokers and conveyancing solicitors. 

Hosted by Share to Buy, the UK’s largest online portal for Shared Ownership properties, the bi-annual event is held each March and September and has welcomed nearly 45,000 visitors since its launch in 2013. 

Tickets On Sale Now For The Ideal Home Show 2018

Tickets On Sale Now For The Ideal Home Show 2018

The Ideal Home Show is back at Olympia London for Spring 2018. Taking place from Saturday 17 March to Monday 2 April, the UK’s biggest home event features more than 600 exhibitors under one roof.

Advance ticket prices for the Ideal Home Show, which is sponsored by Zoopla*, start from as little as £12.00^, so step into a world of ideas and inspiration as the show celebrates its 110th anniversary. From kitchens and bathrooms to bedrooms and basements; fixtures and fittings, gardens and the latest in-home renovation, expert advice, hands-on workshops and demonstrations, you'll find it all here at the show.

The Show Village presents the legendary show homes, and for 2018 these are focused around a spectacular open-water lake.

Tour the showhome at Wigston Housing Development

Tour the showhome at Wigston Housing Development

Golden opportunity to take a tour of showhome at Wigston housing development without ever leaving your house!

Property-seekers who hope to move to stunning family-sized home close to Leicester’s excellent amenities now have a golden opportunity to take a tour the fabulous showhome at Westleigh Home’s Thornhill Fields development in Wigston – from the comfort of their sofa.

The gold-infused, four-bedroom Earlswood showhome was recently unveiled at the collection of two, three and four-bedroom homes, and has been providing would-be buyers with a tantalising glimpse of the lifestyle opportunities that the development has to offer.

And now, prospective purchasers can also take a virtual tour of the showhome without ever having to leave the house.

Ipswich Building Society refreshes its residential mortgage range

Ipswich Building Society refreshes its residential mortgage range

Support for first-time home buyers, shared ownership and ex-Help to Buy remortgaging. Ipswich Building Society has updated its residential mortgage range with a number of changes to its shared ownership products and the introduction of a new ex-Help to Buy remortgage offering. The refresh is aimed at opening up more choice in the mortgage marketplace, particularly for first-time buyers.

With the average price for a detached house in England now at £369,380*, Ipswich Building Society has increased the maximum loan size for its standard 90% and 95% Loan To Value (LTV) products from £350,000 to £500,000. The Society will continue to offer its specialist ‘large loan’ product for applicants seeking loans ranging from £500,000 to £750,000.

New Builds Favoured By One In Four Brits - Hamilton Square

New Builds Favoured By One In Four Brits - Hamilton Square

One in four Brits prefer a ready-made home with new integrated appliances and open-plan layouts when buying a property, according to research* by Countryside. For first time buyers Samantha Sarsfield (28) and Tim (30) Ashburn, it was these features that sealed the deal on their new home at the home builder’s Hamilton Square development.

Samantha and Tim, who met at university in 2011 whilst studying for their degrees in food technology, secured their first home at Countryside’s new Hamilton Square development in Atherton, where prices start at £186,995.

David Wilson Homes' Storytelling Event

David Wilson Homes' Storytelling Event

NURSERY CHILDREN LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER AT DAVID WILSON HOMES’ STORYTELLING EVENT FOR WORLD BOOK DAY

Stories were brought to life in front of the eyes of children from the Rocking Horse Nursery at Newbury Racecourse thanks to a storytelling event at the nursery organised by David Wilson Homes Southern.  

Children at the nursery, located at Newbury Racecourse, were visited by a storyteller as part of the housebuilder’s celebration of World Book Day.

The five-star housebuilder invited professional storyteller Martin Reed, a member of the Society for Storytelling, to spend the morning at the nursery, telling stories to the children and engaging them in the beauty of literature.  

You get more for your money with Bovis Homes

Bovis Homes

When Dan Smith was searching for a brand-new property in the South East, he always knew that he could depend upon Bovis Homes to make his dreams come true.

His strong belief and confidence in the national house builder was built on firm foundations as he had enjoyed many happy times in the property from which he was looking to move – which had been built with pride by Bovis Homes a few years before.

Delighted with the build quality and customer service that he received previously, he had no hesitation in purchasing his next property from Bovis Homes when it was time to move on to his dream location of Littlehampton, along with partner Laura Delaney.

First Time Buyer Market - Hyde New Homes

Hyde New Homes

Hyde New Homes provide quality, affordable housing through their shared ownership programme in  London, Kent and the South.

We currently have a selection of stylish homes for sale which would suit first time buyers entering the property market as well as growing families looking to upsize to a new contemporary home suitable for their needs.

We have an expert sales team on hand and they will be pleased to guide you through the seemingly confusing process of purchasing a home through shared ownership, both for new build and resale homes. In fact, we have also produced an easy video guide for your assistance, which you can access at www.hydenewhomes.co.uk

Youngest apprentice ever with David Wilson Homes

youngest apprentice

A three-year-old budding truck operator has been taken on as David Wilson Homes Southern’s youngest apprentice at its newest Basingstoke development Gillies Meadow.  

Adam Blackwell is being invited to the development at various stages of build to see how the homes are progressing and will get to ‘oversee’ the construction of plot 215.

He will be able to see the plot at foundation level, when the roof goes on and then once it has been completed.

David Wilson Homes will be starting Adam a story book which will document Adam’s visits as the youngest apprentice to the development and include a timeline of the plot. 

Flexible and adaptable new-build homes

new-build homes

The challenge of finding a home with just the right amount of space and with absolutely no need for DIY is driving many buyers to new-build homes in Bristol.

Increasingly, newer homes are designed to provide flexible space that fits a wide variety of lifestyles, providing those who may previously have opted to downsize with the luxury of rooms that are perfect suited to their requirements.

 ilke Homes – a scale solution to the affordable housing crisis

 ilke Homes – a scale solution to the affordable housing crisis

The housebuilding industry is on track to deliver the government’s target of one million new homes by 2020. The challenge is to continue expanding supply in the highest-demand areas to improve affordability The cost of housing has knock-on effects across the economy. As people are forced out to the suburbs, cities become less dynamic. Workers waste time on marathon, energy-sapping commutes. People from the regions cannot afford to move to cities where they might find work. Businesses cannot clear land to build. It is perhaps no coincidence that Britain’s growing housing crisis has coincided with stagnant productivity.

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show returns to drive Midland’s property expansion

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show returns to drive Midland’s property expansion

Latest figures released by the National Custom & Self Build Association reveal that 33,000 people have already signed up to the Right to Build register since October 2017, which means that at least half of the demand for serviced plots will have to be authorised by October 2019[1]. To support more people in their desire to build homes in the region and inspire remodelling projects, The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is returning to the NEC, Birmingham from 22-25 March 2018. Over four packed days, visitors will benefit from more than 500 exhibitors and 16 free daily seminars and masterclasses in the extended venue.

How Shared Ownership is Full of Possibilities

How Shared Ownership is Full of Possibilities

Owning a Zone 2 Home by The Age of 25, How Shared Ownership is Full of Possibilities. The rapid increase of house prices and stagnating wages have meant that UK millennials have struggled to get on onto the property ladder. According to a recent study conducted by HSBC, only 31 per cent of young people surveyed said there were able to purchase a home[1]. There are however a number of alternatives open to First Time Buyers, such as the Shared Ownership scheme, meaning that, more young adults are able to consider buying a property. Such a case is Events Manager, Ellie Wyburd, who purchased a new build two-bedroom flat at Woods Road, Peckham, a Shared Ownership development by Hyde New Homes.

DIY a thing of the past!

DIY a thing of the past!

The challenge of finding a home with just the right amount of space and with absolutely no need for DIY is driving many buyers to new-build properties in West Sussex. 

Increasingly, newer homes are designed to provide flexible space that fits a wide variety of lifestyles, providing those who may previously have opted to downsize with the luxury of rooms that are perfect suited to their requirements.

Barratt Homes - Saving Sacrifices!

Would-be buyers more willing to sacrifice holidays than cigarettes when saving to buy a home

Would-be buyers more willing to sacrifice holidays than cigarettes when saving to buy a home. Holidays are the first things to be cut among those keen to buy a home, according to a survey from Barratt Homes. The five star housebuilder, which is building homes in Plymouth, asked 2,000 people which luxuries they would cut back on in order to save the money needed to make their dream move.

More than a third of those asked (35 per cent) said they would forgo that special trip away, closely followed by 32 per cent, who were brave enough to sacrifice time in the pub, eating out, or visiting the cinema.

WDH's Event On 24 February Opens Door To Home Ownership

WDH's Event On 24 February Opens Door To Home Ownership

On 24 February at their show home at Royal Wells Park, Crofton, WDH is aiming to make home ownership affordable for first time buyers.

On offer is WDH’s affordable Shared Ownership scheme, a way for many to take their first steps on the property ladder.

Affordable housing schemes are more desirable than ever as recent research revealed the importance of owning a home for young adults. A Yorkshire Building Society study showed that on average, young people consider owning a property more important than career success, academic achievements, and even marriage.

Benefits of the scheme include smaller deposits, a quality modern home which is likely to increase in value, and the opportunity to purchase the full property when financially ready.

Development at Cross Street Point, Chatham

Chatham

Work at The Brook in Chatham is an outstanding example of urban regeneration combining three sites to form one community.

Since 2014, we’ve invested £11 million transforming the area by redeveloping three sites: Cross Street (due to be finished this Spring), Eldon Street and Cavalier Place.

The development was shortlisted last year for an Inside Housing Award as Best Regeneration Project outside London.

We demolished a sheltered housing block and office building to make way for one five-storey and three four-storey residential buildings with car parking and landscaping. The unified brick facade has been designed in reference to proportions and materials found in the historic buildings of Chatham.

The Key Safe Company and WDH Fit Together

The Key Safe Company and WDH Fit Together

A housing association in Wakefield has responded to its tenants’ increasing need for instant access, by undertaking The Key Safe Company’s accredited key safe installer scheme.

The installer program has helped the WDH team install their P500 and C500 KeySafesTM to allow caregivers unrestricted access at any time of the day to their tenants.

Alana Stanley, senior pest control officer for WDH, arranged the training for herself and eight team members from the Repairs and Maintenance service. She commented: “We’ve always had two dedicated members of the team who have carried out all our key safe installations, but as we’re seeing more of a need for care at home we wanted other members of the team to understand how to install them correctly too.

Bellway Brings Back Popular Pre-Release Help To Buy Event

Beltway Brings Back Popular Pre-Release Help To Buy Event

Helping more first-time buyers get their foot on the property ladder, Bellway Homes is giving house hunters the chance to secure a brand-new home before they go on general release at their upcoming Help to Buy event. A selection of Bellway sites across London and Essex will be available to purchase off-plan, at an event that is being held at The Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London on Thursday 15th March from 12pm to 8pm.

Choosing the right water area: first time buyers guide

Choosing the right water area for your home: first time buyers guide

First time home-buyers have a lot to think about when it comes to choosing a new home. There’s the property itself, price bracket, size and history, not to mention the geographical location and all the implications of that. Is the home in a nice area, what are the crime statistics, how close is it to transport links and schools, where’s the nearest chip shop? However there are other things that play a part that often go overlooked. One of these factors is whether or not the new home is in a hard water or a soft water area. Many people don’t realise there’s even a difference until they’ve lived there for some time and start to notice the negative effects of living in a hard water area. Some people don’t even realise these negative implications are happening because of their hard water.

Multi-trade students get first taste of a career in construction

Multi-trade students get first taste of a career in construction at Melton Mowbray housing development

Westleigh Homes has invited multi-trade students from a further education college for an informative site visit at its Melton Fields development in Melton Mowbray to get a taste for the construction industry.

The group of 11 pupils, aged between 16 and 17, and five teachers from Brooksby Melton College, were given an exclusive tour of the collection of two, three and four-bedroom homes, where they gained an insight into the building process and got the opportunity to meet the experienced on-site team.

Site Manager Lee Connors was on hand to give the students a health and safety induction before personally escorting them around the development, which once complete will provide almost 100 new homes for property-seekers in the area.

Housebuilder Donates £200 to Library

Housebuilder Donates £200 to Library

HAPPILY EVER AFTER FOR SCHOOL AS HOUSEBUILDER DONATES £200 TO LIBRARY FOR NATIONAL STORYTELLING WEEK

Five star housebuilder Barratt Homes has donated £200 to a local primary school library to help celebrate National Storytelling Week. 

The housebuilder, which has a development in East Leake named Lantern Fields, kindly donated the funds to the nearby Long Whatton C of E Primary School to spend on books for the pupils.

Field Sales Manager for Barratt Homes Jenna Hardy attended the school to celebrate and show her support for the awareness week.