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September 21st is the official start to autumn, and in households up and down the country the conversation will soon turn to ‘is it cold enough yet to turn the heating on?’ Across England and Wales, 17% of homes sold over the past year have achieved the top Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of A or B. This compares to 40% of properties that have sold with an energy...
Cracks, marks and stains leave the biggest negative impression on prospective buyers during a viewing, with a 76% turn-off rate. 71% of prospective buyers said they would be dissatisfied by bathroom fixtures not functioning and 66% are unhappy when they see exposed wires. Other factors leaving a negative impact on viewers include extensive mould, broken or missing handles, damaged...
The average size of a new build property has increased by 8% since 2010. This tallies with the construction data which shows there has been a shift towards building larger detached houses compared to flats over the last decade. However there are regional variations. Despite pressures on land availability, new homes sold in London were actually larger than in any other region of England and...
As the new term begins, vast numbers of students up and down the country will be starting to move into their new homes. The private rented sector is one of the primary providers of housing to students, accommodating 30% of students in 2017/18. Dataloft Rental Market Analytics (DRMA) reveals that, across the country, 9.6% of students starting tenancies in the last 12 months were international...
Whether we are heading to the polls again in a few weeks’ time for the third time in five years remains to be seen, but the political parties should remember that it is more than Brexit on people's agendas. A recent poll from Ipsos MORI for the Chartered Institute of Housing found as many people think the rising cost of housing will impact them personally over the next five years...

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