We are a step closer to the arrival of the New Homes Ombudsman, but are we moving in the right direction?
Read our take on the latest developments of interest to homeowners and aspiring homeowners, with contributions from our staff, supporters and guest contributions.
More money announced to fix cladding crisis, but burden on homeowners will last years as they are saddled with loans.
The housing market remains open in this lockdown — and with demand for properties high, it’s definitely a seller’s market. Hosting a virtual viewing is a great way to market your home in the pandemic. But a lot can go wrong, too — so we’ve asked the online estate agents Strike for their top tips.
The average first time buyer deposit increased by more than £10,000 in 2020.
The lease extension process and costs are set to change. But when and what does it mean for leasehold home buyers and owners today. And what should you do if you have already started the process or you are thinking of extending now? Should you pull out or wait?
Have you already decked the halls? Or waiting for this weekend? Although the big day is going to look a little different this year, the Christmas tree is the must have centrepiece of every festive home. But what's better for the environment: a real or fake Christmas tree?
The government committed to £20bn of spending on new housing from 2021-22 in today's Spending Review including a new Home Building Fund - but how are they going to pay for it?
The Times has reported that the Rushi Sunak is planning to announce an extension of the stamp duty holiday until the end of June in the budget next week. This will be welcomed by those buying a home who have been very worried about having to pay up to £15k extra on their purchase if they don't complete in time. The extension will likely cause another mini-surge of activity as buyers and sellers rush to take advantage of the savings. With transactions taking on average 4 months, what can you do to speed up your purchase?
With staycations a growing trend, is now the time to invest?
Don't be alarmed at your building surveyor's report on the house you want to buy. Many of the problems listed are surprisingly common. But some are more expensive than others.