Lack of properties pushes up prices in the SW

Authored by Mary

The number of properties coming onto the market continued to drop, pushing prices rapidly upwards in the South West, according to the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey.

In most parts of the country, the supply versus demand imbalance led to a rise in house prices in March and in the South West 36% more chartered surveyors reported a rise in house prices in March (up from 31% in...

Improving facilities for disabled

Authored by Mary

An extra £100,000 is now being spent on improving facilities in disabled people’s homes in Plymouth.

Plymouth City Council’s Investment Board agreed the extra funding over and above the £800,000 that the authority was already committing to spend in 2014/15.

The move means an additional 30 homes in the city are having a number of improvements including grab rails, stairlifts,...

SW firms must fight for more homes

Authored by News Desk

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...

Warning after serious thatch fire

Authored by Mary

The Service is issuing advice to the owners of thatched properties following a fire which destroyed a thatched cottage in Ide, near Exeter, on Friday (23 January).

Twelve fire engines were at the incident in Little John’s Cross and fire crews have re-visited throughout the weekend to dampen down hotspots.

Firefighters covered neighbouring thatched properties with foam to...

One in six of us hide housing woes

Authored by Mary

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

Authored by Mary

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...

Shelter research reveals household budgets ‘at breaking point’

Authored by Mary

One in eight people in the South West fear they won’t be able to afford to pay the rent or mortgage at the end of this month, according to new research from Shelter released today.

The research, based on a YouGov survey of over 4,000 British adults, suggests that millions of us across the country will be starting the New Year worried about whether we’ll be able to keep their home....

Happy couple move into ‘cracking’ new home in record time

Authored by Glen King

Husband and wife, Mal and Chrissy Sawdy relocating from Queensland, Australia, have finally found their dream house, located at Balidon Place, Yeovil. The Ex-pats completed all legal requirements and even arranged new carpeting throughout the new four-bed detached property before moving in within just eight working days from the first viewing in time to celebrate Christmas in their new home...

Adventure Segway comes to Mount Edgcumbe

Authored by JamesM

Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park is about to welcome a brand new venture. Adventure Segway launches at the popular visitor attraction on 1 May, and will be a daily fixture at Mount Edgcumbe.

Adventurers will be invited to join the all new experience that’s as big as the park itself, aboard an all-terrain Segway on which you will be able to navigate a selection of fun features...


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