SW firms must fight for more homes

As more powers shift from Whitehall to town halls, the South West Housing Initiative (SWHI) is rallying businesses to call for politicians to shape UK devolution in a way which will solve the region’s housing crisis. This crisis is having a detrimental impact on businesses.

SWHI, a partnership of housing professionals committed to combating the region’s housing crisis, said that...

Renting ‘lifers’ £600,000 worse off

New research identifies emerging social tribes –‘first time flyers’, ‘first time triers’ and ‘renting lifers’

Families in the South West who are never able to get on the property ladder will be more than £603,800 worse off over their lifetime than those who can buy a home in their twenties, new research from Shelter shows.

The unique study by the housing charity paints a...

Ash Mill Developments announces collection of luxury homes with private water frontage

Ash Mill Developments Limited has released a collection of three houses with private water frontage and running moorings in Newton Ferrers, South Devon.

Each house at Riverside Newton Ferrers will be different and all will all be finished to a high specification, offering the charm of period style whilst still having all of the amenities required for 21st Century living. Each house...

Rise in failed deals prompts more to buy homes differently

Think buying a house and you think estate agents. But increasingly people in the South-West are turning to auctions to buy a home or land because they want the certainty a deal will go through.

The number of “fall-throughs” – the term used for when the house buying process falls apart for after a sale has been agreed – has increased by 12% since 2013. Combined with the popularity of TV...

One in six of us hide housing woes

New research reveals that that one in six people in Britain have kept secrets from their loved ones by hiding or lying about rent or mortgage troubles.

Research from Shelter and YouGov paints a picture of a nation of ‘secret strugglers’ who are keeping housing worries from their partners and families. People reported secretly taking out loans, selling items such as jewellery, and even...

Private house building fuels growth in SW despite rise in skills shortages

Construction workloads increased in the South West in the final quarter of 2014, albeit at a slightly slower rate, and private housing saw the strongest growth despite the shortage of bricklayers reaching a record high.

Over a third (36% net balance) reported that workloads in the construction sector had grown in the region in Q4 2014 with 57% more respondents saying that the private...

Stamp duty reform set to bolster sales in SW

Pace of price growth in the South West accelerated slightly over the last three months and new reform in the Autumn Statement is expected to boost sales

House price growth in the past three months accelerated slightly in the South West and new Stamp Duty reforms see surveyors forecasting a sales boost of between 2-5%, according to the latest RICS Residential Market Survey.


Keepmoat helps all creatures great and small

LEADING national housing and regeneration specialist, Keepmoat, is lending a helping hand to local charities in Plymouth.

Keepmoat is donating over £3,000 of kitchen materials to three local charities; Dartmoor Zoological Park, Gables Farm Dogs and Cats Home and local pony sanctuary Ponderosa, will all benefit.

The donation is a direct result of Keepmoat’s partnership with...

SW house price growth of 24% predicted over next five years

The UK housing marketing is entering a new phase. It has been through a boom, a bust and a recovery cycle, and as we head into 2015 and a year that will see the formation of a new Government, we are now entering a more stable, yet still challenging era.

That’s according to leading property consultancy JLL’s new Residential Market Review, published this month which predicts that South...

Much-needed affordable rural homes open in Steppes

Raglan Housing celebrated the creation of much-needed affordable rural housing this month with the official opening of Nine Barrow View, a brand-new development of eight rental properties in Steppes, Langton Matravers, on the Isle of Purbeck. The smart new homes - which are close to the popular seaside town of Swanage and exclusively for local people – built by C G Fry & Son were opened by...