Albert Grace Property & Finance

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  • The village building homes for young families

    Residents of a picturesque village in Suffolk are going against the adage of “not in my back yard” by unanimously voting for a new housing development to be built in the desirable area. There is just one important proviso – at least a third of the houses must be affordable homes for young families. For Lavenham’s many visitors the village looks like a film set, with its hundreds of half-timbered, ...

  • Could bad buildings damage your mental health?

    Research has shown city dwellers are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression – but could individual buildings have a negative impact on wellbeing? Screaming sirens, overcrowding, traffic; life in the city isn’t always relaxing. These stressors aren’t simply inconvenient or irritating, though; research has suggested that urban living has a significant impact on mental health. One meta-ana...

  • Two and three-bed buy-to-lets ‘will become unviable’

    Two and three-bed buy-to-let properties will become more difficult to buy under lenders’ plans to apply far tougher checks on landlords, new analysis suggests. Landlords with traditional 25pc deposits will be unable to buy property in 91pc of areas if all lenders go ahead with plans to increase the amount of rent which is required to cover their mortgage payments. The analysis also suggests that m...

  • More tenants in UK believe they can own their own home, survey finds

    British tenants are feeling more optimistic about their finances and regard buying their own home as a more realistic prospect due to being able to save for a deposit, according to new research. In 2013 some 67% of tenants surveyed said they rent because they can’t buy, and didn’t expect that to change. This year that figure has fallen to 44% per cent, as four in 10 tenants, equal to 1.7 million, ...

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  • Energy efficient homes will ‘boost economy’

    [adToAppearHere] More government investment in home energy efficiency programmes could help tackle climate change and create up to 9,000 jobs, economists have said. Researchers said increased spending could boost economic activity across Scotland and reduce fuel poverty. They have called for a national infrastructure programme to improve the efficiency of Scotland’s homes. The Scottish government ...

  • Average UK house prices up 8.3% year on year, official index data shows

    [adToAppearHere] Average house prices in the UK increased by 8.3% in the year to July 2016, down from 9.7% in June 2016, continuing the strong growth seen since the end of 2013, according to the latest index data. The average UK house price was £217,000 in July 2016, some £17,000 higher than in July 2015 and £1,000 higher than June, the index from the Office of National Statistics shows. The main ...

  • 3 Signs of Positive Momentum in the UK Property Market

    Despite the last few months of uncertainty caused by the EU referendum results. There are some clear signs of positivity in the UK property market. [adToAppearHere] 1 . Early reports show minimal impact (and growth) from the EU referendum  The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors reported during August, 12% more respondents nationally reported an increase in prices, up from +5% in July. Sugges...

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