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Get Help to Buy your perfect home at Heath Farm, Holt

 Buy event

Homehunters seeking an exceptional new-build property can find out how to get more for their money at a special Help to Buy event on Saturday, 28 April, at Lovell Homes’ Heath Farm development in picturesque Holt, North Norfolk.

Taking place from 10am to 5pm, an independent financial advisor will be available throughout the day, providing free advice on the Government’s Help to Buy: Equity Loan* scheme which enables buyers to secure a newly-built home with a down payment of just five per cent.

It means that at Heath Farm, a stunning development  of two, three, four - and five-bedroom homes within walking distance of Holt’s Georgian town centre, you could move in with a deposit of as little as £11,248!

The Ideal Home Show 2018

 Ideal Home Show

TV’s property expert Phil Spencer was joined by robot Pepper on official opening day at The Ideal Home Show 2018 sponsored by Zoopla*: the longest running exhibition in history. Phil may have cut the ribbon to the 110th year of Britain’s famous lifestyle show, but it was Pepper who fascinated visitors as she demonstrated her interactive abilities to ‘make people happy’. Currently working as a receptionist at several offices in the UK, she can identify visitors through facial recognition, chat to guests, and arrange meetings and refreshments.

The show first opened its doors in 1908, the Ideal Home Show continues the tradition of creating inspirational show homes and features, with innovation at the core of the exhibition. 

Impressive Home Improvements

Impressive Home Improvements

Investing in home improvements? These are the things that impress your neighbours the most

Owning a wine cellar is seen as the biggest indicator of success in the home 

Brits aspire to own a walk-in wardrobe more than any other household item or feature 

A double garage and real-wood flooring are also seen as ‘status symbols’ 

A recent study of 2,000 UK adults by Hitachi Personal Finance, reveals the home features that Britons most associate with being successful, as well as the ones we most aspire to own ourselves. 

The household items and features that were seen to hold the most status are: 

Walk in wardrobe (29%)

A log burner (22%) 

A Smart TV (21%)

Julia Kendell, The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show 

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show 

Julia Kendell, BBC’s ‘DIY SOS’ show guest designer and spokesperson for The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show (22-25 March, NEC, Birmingham), looks into the 2018 trends for all areas of your home.

Interior design trends 2018 from Julia Kendell

Bedrooms

“The focus for the year ahead will be on functionality in the bedroom. For those who want to create more open space, it’s best to consider taking your clothing and storage out of this room to ensure a calm and relaxing place to relax and sleep. Consider converting an underused spare bedroom into a walk-in wardrobe.”

The truths behind remortgaging

The truths behind remortgaging

After the 2017 Base Rate rise – and the predictions that it may rise again – many homeowners will be considering remortgaging to lock into a fixed rate. But for many, remortgaging is a tricky topic to understand. Will it actually save you money? Is it the right time to do it? Will you have to pay extra fees?

Leeds Building Society unearths the truths behind the common misconceptions.

‘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.

British homeowners look but don't touch

British homeowners
  • British homeowners are styling their homes for social media likes
  • 88% of homeowners inspired by social media to style their home
  • Nottingham residents are the most house-proud Brits

BRITISH homeowners are forgoing a lived-in home in a bid to style their house for an increased social media following, according to new research.

A survey of 1,000 UK adults by DiscountFlooringDepot.co.uk has revealed that 62% of British homeowners would prefer their house to look like a show home rather than a homely comfortable look.

88% of Brits are inspired by social media to style their home to perfect show home standards rather than opting for a more comfortable lived in home.

Barratt unveils impressive new homes at Redwood Heights

new homes Redwood Heights

The region’s choice of new homes is about to become even more exciting - thanks to a much-anticipated development in the Plympton suburb of Plymouth from Barratt.

Redwood Heights is officially opening its doors to potential buyers on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November - and the team there is thrilled to be introducing visitors to the selection of impressive two, three and four bedroom homes.

New shared ownership housing scheme offers affordable ‘forever homes’ for London families

A new scheme offering family-sized houses to buy in London under shared ownership has been launched by housing provider, Octavia.

The scheme, which is a first for Octavia in that it is open to anyone currently living in a London borough, offers a selection of three or four bedroom houses at Octavia Living’s Gladstone Village*, a new development in a quiet, green space location, overlooking parklands near Dollis Hill, London NW2.

The scheme is aimed at helping working families across London, who are priced out of the London housing market but wish to live close to where they work and to be part of a community.  It represents a new departure in shared ownership for Octavia and recognises the growing need for affordable housing for people other than first time buyers.

From flat to flowers: A first-time buyer’s guide to owning a garden

From flat to flowers: A first-time buyer’s guide to owning a garden

As young people are spending almost six times more on rent than their baby-boomer counterparts, the concept of owning a garden is unfortunately a myth to many. If you are lucky enough to have made the leap on the property ladder, or your flat comes with some luscious greenery, you may be wondering where to start.

 

Gardening is a tough process of trial and error, but you will learn from it, be kept busy and might even grow some free food in the process too! Follow our beginner’s tips below and you will be set to get your green fingers in no time.

 

Pick seeds over plants