Housing Specification Blog

August, 2012

Back to School for Student Landlords: The Must-do Top Ten

August 30, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues

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Today we welcome Charlotte Leigh from Howard Inventories to the blog. She offers landlords some valuable advice on the student lets sector. Letting to students can be a lucrative business; the UK’s leading student accommodation site accommodationforstudents.com has announced a 2.4% increase in student rents. It can also be a nightmare of damaged property, ongoing […]

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High housing costs deter couples from starting a family

August 29, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues

20% of couples aged 31-44 are delaying having a family thanks to high house prices. Click on image for original source.

High housing costs are deterring couples from starting families, says a new report from YouGov and Shelter. Londoners are most affected, with a quarter of 31 – 44 year olds delaying having children because of expensive housing options. The figure is 20% nationally. Housing charity Shelter have warned that an entire generation could be held […]

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Britain’s Green Belt Under Threat

August 28, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Planning & Legislation

Some of Britain's most protected land is at risk. Click on image for original source.

Countryside campaigners are concerned that the rural areas around Britain’s biggest conurbations are under threat. The Green belt, which was introduced in 1947 to protect rural areas from urban encroachment, could be at the mercy of new build planning targets. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which was published in March pledged to retain the […]

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Presentation is key for prospective buyers

August 23, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues

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Messy rooms are a major turn off for potential buyers, says an ING Direct report. Unsurprisingly the report has found that buyers are swayed by the presentation of their prospective home. Today’s article in the Telegraph says that messy or cluttered rooms could potentially knock as much as £8,000 off a house’s value. Current buyers […]

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Case Study: Nottinghamshire Farmhouse Undergoes Restoration

August 21, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Design

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Mark and Julie Burton moved into their beautiful farmhouse home in the north Nottinghamshire countryside 14 years ago. The picturesque small-holding, near Mansfield, dates back to the 1500s but was in desperate need of restoration. The horse-loving couple undertook a labour of love in restoring the property into a comfortable family home and when they […]

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