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New housing minister pledges 165,000 home

July 23, 2014


New housing minister pledges 165,000 home

In his first major act as housing and planning minister, Brandon Lewis has promised 165,000 new houses and apartments will be constructed in the three years from 2015 in a programme which will “change the way homes are built in Britain.”A fifth of the homes will be built with what Lewis calls “advanced housing manufacture” - pre-fabricated elements made in factories before being assembled on site. This technique is widely used elsewhere in Europe but only rarely in Britain, says Lewis.





More signs of first-time buyer activity

July 21, 2014


More signs of first-time buyer activity

The market may be slowing now but the number of first-time buyers in the first six months of the year reached their highest level since 2007. 

There were an estimated 144,500 first-time buyers in the first six months of 2014, an increase of 25 per cent on the same period last year. For the third successive year the number of first-time buyers, in the first half of the year, has been over 100,000, representing the strongest performance, for this period, since the start of the downturn.

 





scottfraser Compete in the High Sheriff's Olympic Challenge!

July 18, 2014


scottfraser Compete in the High...

World Cup-winning England rugby player Matt Dawson and British Olympic gold medal rower Greg Searle joined staff from 22 businesses for a sporting challenge yesterday.

Staff from firms including Blackwell’s, Bicester Village and Sainsbury’s took part in a series of activities at Iffley Road running track, including archery, shot-put and the 1,500 metres, to raise money for charities.

High Sheriff of Oxfordshire Tony Stratton organised the event to raise around £120,000 for Music for Autism, Access Sport and the Oxfordshire Community Foundation.

More than 100 staff took part in the challenge and Mr Dawson said: “This all stems from Tony’s passion for sport.

Source: The Oxford Mail

 





Figures suggest market really is on the turn

June 26, 2014


Figures suggest market really is on...

Two sets of figures show how strong the housing market has become but - almost certainly - how it has come off the boil in recent weeks. 

Data from HM Revenue & Customs shows that 100,360 homes were sold in the UK during May, a roughly 5.5 per cent rise on the April figure of 95,600.

HMRC figures are sometimes revised some months afterwards, but suggest that until recently the market was growing.

Two sets of figures show how strong the housing market has become but - almost certainly - how it has come off the boil in recent weeks. 

 





Huge fines for landlords in HMO clampdown

June 26, 2014


Huge fines for landlords in HMO clampdown

Two landlords have been fined £12,000 and £4,000 for failing to safely maintain their properties in another example of councils getting tough on the management of HMOs. 

David Lubin of Plasnewydd in Cardiff has pleaded guilty to four offences related to a failure to ensure electrical equipment was inspected and tested, a failure to ensure fire alarms were maintained and failure to ensure that all means of escape from fire were maintained.





Osborne and Carney get tough on house prices

June 13, 2014


Osborne and Carney get tough on house...

Chancellor George Osborne is giving the Bank of England the power to control the size of mortgages and Bank governor Mark Carney has hinted that an interest rate rise could come sooner than expected - perhaps even later this year.

Their speeches, made at the traditional Mansion House dinner in front of City financiers, made it clear that the government and the BoE did not see an immediate threat of a housing bubble but wanted to avoid one destabilising the wider economy.

"I want to make sure that the Bank of England has all the weapons it needs to guard against risks in the housing market," Osborne said, announcing that the BoE would in future be able to instruct lenders on mortgage sizes in relation to income, rather than just advise lenders as it does now.





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