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CML responds to Government starter homes announcement

The Council of Mortgage Lenders notes the Government announcement and consultation today on starter homes for first-time buyers. Paul Smee, CML director general, comments: “Mortgage lenders support measures that deliver affordable ways for people to access home-ownership. This new scheme... View Article

Record price cuts bring lowest mortgage rates since 2007

Two year tracker and two/three year fixed rates at historic lows Biggest seasonal fall in two year product pricing since 2007/8 Rate cuts offer greater savings than stamp duty changes Record price cuts from mortgage lenders meant that rates for... View Article

South West firm awarded for its social impact

A Weston-based housing association has become one of the first organisations in the country to scoop a prestigious award for social value. The Social Value Quality Mark is awarded to organisations which show an understanding of their impact, and implement... View Article

Double celebration at The Acorns

Persimmon Homes opened the doors to its brand new showhome at their Solihull development, The Acorns, with the help of their chosen charity last week. And as if that was not enough reason to celebrate, the leading housebuilder also handed... View Article

Don’t let burglars in this Christmas

New research from Everest Home Improvements highlights that one in ten UK households will spend over £500 on presents this Christmas, but they are not preparing their homes for potential burglaries during this infamous period. Everest found that 40 per... View Article

Working smart helps builders bag the big five

Building firms are being advised to swot up to ensure they know what their minimum obligations are when it comes to site health and safety. That’s because no matter what size of company, the law states that all building firms... View Article

£3.5 billion funding boost for new rented homes

Financial deal will release cash to speed up the building of new homes for private rent. Housing Minister Brandon Lewis today (11 December 2014) signed a new agreement to help unlock £3.5 billion in funding to build new homes specifically... View Article

Laying foundations for site managers of the future

A NEW course has been launched to provide trainees with the skills to become the site manager of the future. Redrow has re-launched its trainee site assistant programme, which now provides participants with formal qualifications and is the first scheme... View Article

Record numbers for STA factory tours

Over 300 people from across the construction sector attended the Structural Timber Association’s (STA) recent series of factory tours – the highest number since the tours were first introduced last year. The tours, which took place in September and October,... View Article

First-time buyers borrow 22 per cent more in October than last year

New CML data on the characteristics of lending in October of 2014 show growth in lending trends to first-time buyers, home movers and buy-to-let but a decline in remortgaging. Monthly highlights: First-time buyers saw a month-on-month lending increase, with 29,900 first-time buyer loans in October – 12% more... View Article

2014: A year in frontier real estate

With China’s property market cooling after years of rapid growth, 2014 has seen real estate in the emerging markets come into focus. As the year draws to a close, global real estate portal Lamudi looks back at an eventful 12... View Article

Energy efficient homes linked to asthma

The drive for energy efficient homes could increase asthma risks, according to new research. Led by a team at the University of Exeter Medical School, the research has found that a failure by residents to heat and ventilate retrofitted properties... View Article
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