home owner

What are your rights when your new home isn’t up to standard?

The new build sector can be a minefield of snagging issues and property related problems that plague homebuyers long after they’ve purchased the property. But what can you do about it?

New build snagging experts, HouseScan , have taken a look at where homebuyers stand should they find their new home is unfit for purpose and the options open to them to challenge those to have supplied...

SDLT holiday blues - Homebuyer faces 327% increase in SDLT as final deadline approaches

The latest research by Birmingham estate and lettings agent, Barrows and Forrester , has revealed how higher house prices as a result of the stamp duty holiday will see homebuyers pay 40% more in stamp duty tax when the reprieve is finally removed at the end of September.

Barrows and Forrester analysed house price data and the average cost of stamp duty prior to the holiday’s...

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Where can British first-time buyers get the best deals?

Research from the national estate agent, Keller Williams UK , has revealed where the most and least affordable British locations are for first-time buyers in each region of the British property market.

First-time buyers are in a tricky situation at the moment. The pandemic and the government’s subsequent intervention in the British housing market, such as the SDLT holiday, has...

Show home

Top tips from NHBC for visiting a show home

For anyone thinking about buying a new build home, one of the first steps will often be visiting a show home.

There can be a lot to take in when looking around a show home for the first time – even more so following the Covid-19 pandemic, where all housebuilders have built in a raft of new measures to allow people to visit safely.

These include pre-screening questionnaires,...


Increasing the stamp duty threshold could benefit 86% permanently

The latest research by lettings and estate agent, Benham and Reeves , has highlighted how many homebuyers could benefit each year if the government were to permanently increase stamp duty tax thresholds and remove tax for purchases up to £350,000, £500,000 and £750,000.

There’s no denying that the current stamp duty holiday has helped rejuvenate homebuyer demand, with 85% of buyers...

FTB Keys

FTBS taking three years longer to get on the property ladder

Research by home buying platform, Yes Homebuyers , has revealed that the time it’s taking for first-time buyers (FTB) to save for their first home has grown by three years in some parts of the national property market.

Yes Homebuyers looked at the cost of the average FTB mortgage deposit at 15% of the current average FTB house price. Yes Homebuyers then looked at how long it was...

New Houses

Three and four-bedroom homes available at Redrow’s Saxon Brook development in Exeter

National housebuilder Redrow Homes has a selection of three-bedroom and four-bedroom house types available at its Saxon Brook Development in Pinhoe, Exeter.

Plot 187 is a three-bedroom Warwick, which is priced at, £348,995, meaning it is eligible for the new Government backed help to buy scheme. This scheme enables first time buyers to purchase a brand-new home sooner, requiring a...

Ice on House

Winter elements costing occupants more than £1,000 in home repairs

- Nearly two-thirds (65%) of UK homeowners and renters have experienced burst frozen pipes, flood damage or damp during the colder months -

  • Confused.com research shows customers were able to claim for more than half the cost of damage from insurers to help towards repairs, on average (1).
  • Almost half (49%) of homeowners and renters are confused about how to prevent
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