new homes

“Dreams can be affordable,” says first-time buyer at Graven Hill

Ferial Fattahi outisde her new home

Ferial Fattahi found her dream home using the Help to Buy scheme at Graven Hill. Learn more about her custom build journey…

After leaving university in 2014, Ferial Fattahi had been living at home in Oxfordshire with her parents to save money for her own home in Graven Hill. In 2016, she decided it was time to try and take the first step onto the property ladder and visiting show homes soon became a hobby for her. However, nothing felt quite right and over a year later the search continued. 

New homes in London’s top hotspot 

New homes in London’s top hotspot 

In 2018 Islington clinched the top spot for annual average house price growth in London with a rise of 7%*. ICON7 by Origin Housing, a stylish new development of seventeen homes, offers buyers the chance to put down roots in this high growth area. 

Situated on the sought-after Camden Road, Origin Housing have just released the next phase of stunning one and two bedroom apartments; fifteen of which will be available for private sale and two through shared ownership 

Milton Keynes Proves Prime Location For London Commuter Couple Looking To Upsize

Couple Moves Into Milton Keynes Homes

An executive couple previous living in Oxfordshire have chosen the prime location of Milton Keynes for their next property move, achieving more for their money in a commuter hotspot that’s still within easy reach of London.

Natalie Thompson (25) and Luis Carless (30) recently moved to Barratt Homes’ Fen Street development Brooklands after seeking more space and a place they can truly put their own stamp on. 

As both of them still work in London, as a Medical Copywriter and Technical Analyst respectively, they are enjoying easy access to great road and rail links making getting into work a breeze.

Exclusive look inside Caddington Woods homes

Caddington Woods homes

A local housebuilder is inviting the public for an exclusive look inside one of its latest homes. Redrow Homes South Midlands’ Caddington Woods development, on Chaul End, is opening the doors of the York from 10.30am-4pm on Saturday 2 February and Sunday 3 February to give local people the opportunity to take a closer look at the cleverly designed family home.

The beautifully balanced four-bedroom York is available from £409,950 and features a bright, spacious open-plan area making the kitchen the hub of the home on the ground floor. The first floor boasts a family bathroom, as well as a luxury ensuite ajoined to the master bedroom – perfect for busy mornings. The top floor, which offers two double bedrooms and a second bathroom, is ideal for growing families.

New homes and cycle path coming to Dawlish from local homebuilder

Staff from Cavanna Homes

A turf cutting ceremony has marked the start of building work at Cavanna Homes latest development, Barley Meadow in Dawlish, which will be connected to the town centre with a new cycle path being funded by the homebuilder. 

The town’s mayor, Councillor Lisa Mayne was joined on site by representatives of the award-winning, Torquay based Cavanna Homes - Build Manager Andy Sykes, Site Manager Ian Crighton-Brown and Head of Sales and Marketing, Beverley Bridge.  

Cllr Lisa Mayne said: “This is a very exciting time for Dawlish with a new development of houses coming to our town from Cavanna Homes whose recent Aspects development proved very popular with local families. 

Thousands Use Help To Buy In Bedfordshire To Buy New Homes

Bedfordshire Help To Buy New Homes

A government initiative is helping thousands of families in Bedfordshire to get on to the housing ladder. New figures released by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) reveal that a total of 4,707 homebuyers in the county used the Help to Buy scheme since it was launched five years ago.

Within the county, the districts which made the best use of the scheme were Bedford (2,000) and Central Bedfordshire (2,419). 

Buckinghamshire homebuyers given 20% off selected homes in Milton Keynes

The Faversham Special at Centurion Place in Milton keynes

Milton Keynes homebuyers are set to benefit from a low cost housing scheme at the Centurion Place development in the popular Broughton district of Milton Keynes. 

Leading developer Barratt Homes is offering two bedroom apartments for 20% less than market value for those who meet the eligibility criteria.

Buyers who live, work or have family connections in the Borough of Milton Keynes, who have a household income of no more than £66,000 can take advantage of their initiative and buy their new home at a discounted cost. They must also confirm that this is the only property they own and they intend to use the property as their own residence.

More than a dozen homes to be built on outskirts of Warwickshire

An artist’s impression of how some of the finished homes will look at the new Meadowview Homes development in Austrey.

14 new homes are set to be built by developers Meadowview Homes in the village of Austrey,following the sale of a plot of land through property experts Mather Jamie. The 1.53 acre site, off Norton Hill, in the south east of the village, will be the Derby-based luxury housebuilder’s first ever development in Warwickshire, with an exclusive selection of brand new high-specification properties.

With views over open farmland, the site is in an attractive location, and already has Reserved Matters Planning Approval for 14 dwellings and an access road approved by North Warwickshire Borough Council.

Stunning new homes at Bierton Gardens in Aylesbury

Stunning new homes at Bierton Gardens in Aylesbury

Hightown Homes are excited to reveal their stunning new show home at Bierton Gardens in Aylesbury.

Home seekers can now view this lovely development, which is conveniently located close to the town centre and contains two and three-bedroom houses all of which are available for shared-ownership. 

All the homes benefit from a contemporary gloss fitted kitchen with fully integrated appliances including a dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and stainless steel oven and hob. There are floor finishes throughout, gas central heating, allocated car parking and a private garden to every home. For peace of mind, all homes also come with a 10 year NHBC warranty.

How To Deal With Difficult Neighbours

How To Deal With Difficult Neighbours

Tom Christie, Associate Solicitor at Slater Heelis LLP discusses how to deal with difficult neighbours and what legal rights homeowners and tenants have.

Experiencing problems with a nuisance neighbour can often leave homeowners and tenants angry and stressed. Whether it’s a noise disturbance, anti-social behaviour or piles of dumped rubbish many people don’t know to resolve the dispute. 

The most important thing when dealing with difficult neighbours is not to let the problem become entrenched. Speak to your neighbour to discuss the problem and see if you can reach a mutually agreed solution. 

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A Teacher's First Step Onto The Property Ladder - Hightown Shared Ownership

A Teacher's First Step Onto The Property Ladder - Hightown Shared Ownership

A young teacher has been able to take that all important first step onto the property ladder by applying for Shared Ownership with Hightown Homes. 

After signing up to Hightown’s shared ownership scheme, 27-year-old primary school teacher Lizzie Battams was able to move out of her parent’s home, and now owns a 50% stake in a one-bedroom maisonette in Hemel Hempstead.  She rents the remaining share at a subsidised rate and can increase her stake in the property over time.  

Lizzie says:

“When I found out that my offer was accepted, and I was finally going to be a homeowner I felt elated!  It’s hard to find somewhere affordable, especially in Hertfordshire so it all felt too good to be true! 

Spring has sprung in London, as buyers look for heavenly heatwave homes in Hampstead


With home buyers looking for proximity to green space and entertaining potential this spring  they should take a look at the stunning Four5Two development which makes most of premium Hampstead Heath location.

Goodbye grey skies, hello sunshine! It's that time of year when London springs to life with renewed energy once more, as residents smile in the spring sun as they go about their daily lives. For many, spring brings with it a new sense of purpose and this spring, Londoners are looking to pick up the perfect property for enjoying the warmth, according to family-run housebuilder Bellis Homes.

Estate improvements and new cladding mark progress for Craylands scheme

Craylands regeneration scheme

The next phase of the Craylands regeneration scheme being delivered by Basildon Council, Swan Housing and Homes England is moving forward.

Work has begun on the new housing being developed on the former Fryerns school site – known as Beechwood Village.

The work is being complimented with new external wall insulation to 135 council homes that are being retained in the development.

Additionally, as part of a £2.2million grant from Essex County Council, Basildon Council has made significant improvements to footpaths and roads on the retained areas of the estate.

NU living - New Homes In East London

NU living - New Homes In East London

NU Living, a leading developer part of the Swan Association, specialises in offering accessible homes off-plan through private sale in the East of London. They offer a selection of off-plan developments that might be of interest to you for a property/homes interest news feature.

The Paragon, Ilford

The Paragon is an example of contemporary city living in Ilford, with the local area set to benefit from generous funding for regeneration. Situated on the Central line, residents will have quick access to central London and beyond. The high spec development which consists of 105 1 and 2 bedroom shared ownership apartments that will open-plan living spaces with a variety benefits including large windows, high ceilings and stunning views across London.

Modern Masonry launches research into UK homemakers’ aspirations

Modern Masonry

Today, Modern Masonry, the representative body for the UK masonry industry, launches a specially commissioned report, ‘A Dream Home: An Exploration of Aspirations’.

This important research was conducted in response to a perceived disconnect between the construction industry and consumers, particularly within the housebuilding sector. Do developers truly understand what makes the nation tick?

In an industry where the public’s voice is not often heard, a national sample of 2,000 adults was surveyed to address this concern head on. The results give a clear insight into what UK buyers and renters think.

New Builds Favoured By One In Four Brits - Hamilton Square

New Builds Favoured By One In Four Brits - Hamilton Square

One in four Brits prefer a ready-made home with new integrated appliances and open-plan layouts when buying a property, according to research* by Countryside. For first time buyers Samantha Sarsfield (28) and Tim (30) Ashburn, it was these features that sealed the deal on their new home at the home builder’s Hamilton Square development.

Samantha and Tim, who met at university in 2011 whilst studying for their degrees in food technology, secured their first home at Countryside’s new Hamilton Square development in Atherton, where prices start at £186,995.

Take a tour of the showhome at Westleigh housing development from the comfort of your sofa


Property-seekers who dream of moving to a well-connected yet peaceful location now have the unique opportunity to view the Westleigh housing development from home!

The two-bedroom Mitchell showhome has been wowing potential buyers since it was unveiled at the sought-after collection of two, three and four-bedroom homes, which is situated in an area that has been central to the city’s cultural identity for more than 100 years.

And now, prospective purchasers can also take a virtual tour of the showhome from the comfort of their own sofa.

By visiting Westleigh’s website, home-hunters can embark on an immersive and interactive walkthrough of the Mitchell, taking in every corner with amazing 360° views from both inside and outside this gorgeous property.

The most enjoyable ways to use your culinary skills in your new home

culinary skills

Using your Culinary skills and cooking a wholesome meal for the family is the very best way to spend time in your new home.

Asking 2,000 people which type of cooking they like best, the five star housebuilder received an overwhelming response - with more than half of those asked saying they’d rather feed their closest relatives than rustle up an intimate dinner for two (14 per cent).

“Since our buyers tell us the kitchen is one of the most popular rooms in the new homes we build, we thought we’d find out how people like to spend their time there,” said sales director, Louise Ware.

Saving for a deposit and avoiding common mistakes

Saving for a deposit and avoiding common mistakes

Top Tips For First Time Buyers!

In the November 2017 budget statement, the government scrapped stamp duty for first time buyers on properties costing less than £300,000.

With the average first time buyer paying around £1.5k in stamp duty, this could make home ownership more affordable for thousands of people.

But there’s still a hefty amount to pay when you buy a home, of course, and the challenge of saving for it is still daunting for most first time buyers.

Nottingham building duo commence Enderleigh Mews development

Nottingham building duo commence Enderleigh Mews development

Two Nottinghamshire companies have joined forces to build a series of residential developments in the East Midlands, with the first project due to commence later this month. The building division of Huthwaite-headquartered NM Group (North Midland Construction Plc) has entered a joint venture partnership with developer Earl and Pelham Limited to work on prestigious projects across the region.  Their first development will be at Enderleigh Mews in Nottingham, featuring 10 four-bedroom houses in the picturesque grounds of the house formerly known as Enderleigh. 

L&Q Launches Shared Ownership Quarter in London’s Most Affordable Borough

Shared Ownership

Over 200 of the most affordable homes in London are being delivered in Barking, as part of on-going regeneration in the area. The 221 shared ownership homes at Weavers Quarter in Barking are the first of some 1575 new homes that will be available on the site of the former Gascoigne Estate, which is being transformed into a stunning new development complete with two schools, new high quality public open space and a new community centre.


The first phase of Shared Ownership homes comprises 50 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and duplexes, launched recently, are available to those who live or work in the borough of Barking and Dagenham, recently listed as one of the most affordable boroughs in London*.

Affordable home ownership: Take the Plunge

Affordable home ownership: Take the Plunge

The journey to home ownership is undoubtedly a daunting one, but compared to popular adrenaline thrills such as bungee jumping or sky-diving, it really is just a walk in the park. Homefocus writer Jeffrey Gritzman takes a look at how scary owning your own home really is.

Bungee jumping…now that takes courage

Young people are funny; it’s amazing how many of them have been back-packing which takes organisation and confidence, or horse riding which takes skill and courage, some have even been bungee jumping where you place your heart in your mouth and keep it there till the bouncing is over. Tell someone you’re thinking about a bungee jump and they’ll likely tell you that they, or a good friend of theirs has done it too. So no big deal then?

New shared ownership housing scheme offers affordable ‘forever homes’ for London families

A new scheme offering family-sized houses to buy in London under shared ownership has been launched by housing provider, Octavia.

The scheme, which is a first for Octavia in that it is open to anyone currently living in a London borough, offers a selection of three or four bedroom houses at Octavia Living’s Gladstone Village*, a new development in a quiet, green space location, overlooking parklands near Dollis Hill, London NW2.

The scheme is aimed at helping working families across London, who are priced out of the London housing market but wish to live close to where they work and to be part of a community.  It represents a new departure in shared ownership for Octavia and recognises the growing need for affordable housing for people other than first time buyers.

Housebuilders offers buyers of new homes a wheelie good time at Cheshire developments

Housebuilders offers buyers of new homes a wheelie good time at Cheshire developments

With more and more people choosing pedal power over other forms of transport, Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes are helping people in Cheshire to get on its bike by building new homes close to the National Cycle Network and providing storage for bicycles at their developments.

Cycling in the UK is increasing year on year according to British Cycling, the sport’s governing body, with more than two million people across the country getting out on their bike at least once a week.

Government acts to create a "cheaper, faster, and less stressful" home buying process

Government acts to create a "cheaper, faster, and less stressful" home buying process

A new drive to make buying a home a "cheaper, faster and less stressful process" has been announced as a leading politician calls for more to be done to plug Britain's housing gap. 

Communities secretary Sajid Javid is calling on the government to strengthen its commitment to housing by borrowing money to build the hundreds of thousands of new homes needed across the UK. 

Mr Javid's call coincides with the announcement of an eight-week housing review, which aims to work with industry experts, including estate agents, solicitors, and mortgage lenders to make the home buying process more accessible and affordable.

Key home buying issues include: