2014 repossessions down 26%, says CML

The number of repossessions fell to 21,000 in 2014 – 26% fewer than the 28,900 in 2013, and the lowest number since 2006, according to latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders. At 0.19%, the repossession rate was also... View Article

500,000 social rented homes by 2020

Green Party policy announcement: 500,000 social rented homes by 2020 Greens commit to build 500,000 social rented homes by 2020 Funds provided by scrapping buy-to-let mortgage interest tax allowance More public house building needed urgently Everyone has the right to... View Article

Genie moves into London in a £40m homes deal

GENTOO’S Genie Home Purchase Plan is set to move to London in a deal which will see 2,000 new homes available in the capital over 10 years. Genie is a 30 year homeownership plan which doesn’t require a mortgage or... View Article

More than a quarter of UK homes powered by wind in 2014

RenewableUK is highlighting new official statistics from National Grid which show that record amounts of clean electricity were generated by wind power in 2014. Wind generated enough electricity to supply the needs of more than 6.7 million UK households last... View Article

Property Predictions for 2015 from eMoov.co.uk

With Christmas and New Year all wrapped up it is time to wave farewell to 2014, a year that saw house prices around the nation rocket, Scotland vote no to independence and a review on Stamp Duty Tax. Now eMoov.co.uk... View Article

GGF reaction to Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

This week, Chancellor George Osborne delivered his final Autumn Statement before next year’s General Election in May. The GGF had written to the Chancellor eight weeks before his Autumn Statement announcement highlighting the GGF’s campaigns and raising Members’ concerns. In... View Article

BPF welcomes comprehensive CMA report

The British Property Federation (BPF) has today welcomed the latest report from The Competition and Markets Authority study on the provision of Residential Property Management Services. The report identifies that the majority of leaseholders have a positive relationship with their... View Article

Infrastructure announcement boosts housing, says FMB

Announcements made by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander MP today as part of the publication of the National Infrastructure Plan place housing at the heart of the Government’s long term plan and shows a welcome emphasis on... View Article

Abode – urban living in a rural setting

Joint winner of the Sunday Times British Homes Awards’ Development of the Year (with more than 100 homes) Countryside’s Abode community proves that volume housing does not have to look and feel like a faceless executive estate This exemplary development,... View Article

More than just child’s play

For homebuilders targeting family property purchasers with young children, the addition of a play area to a new housing development can be a contentious issue. Make the right decision and a developer can create a high quality, attractive and stimulating... View Article

Crest do the double

Crest Nicholson has been crowned as large Housebuilder of the Year at the 2014 Housebuilder Awards and scooped the Sustainable Housebuilder of the Year title and Best regeneration scheme for its Park Central community in Birmingham. This impressive award haul... View Article

Jury out on need for further housing standards

It was confirmed at the recent Housing Standards Review briefing that the government would consider implementing further standards or regulations in the future if the review process identifies the need. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) head of... View Article