The most popular property for sale in England
According to Zoopa – one of the Independent’s partners – the most popular property viewed on their website in the last 30 days is this five bedroom home in The Lickey Hills, North Worcestershire, an Arts and Crafts house which has been looked at more than 44,000 times. It’s on the market for £895,000 and also has three reception rooms, four bathrooms and various outbuildings, as well as cracking views across Worcestershire to Wales and the Black Mountains. The home was built by one of the Cadbury family famous for their chocolate and has not been for public sale for more than a century.
Renters double in a decade
The number of families renting their home has doubled over the past ten years according to the latest Census figures from the Office of National Statistics which show that 1 in 5 families in England now rent from a private landlord. The proportion of families who own their home has dropped by 13%. Campbell Robb, Shelter’s Chief Executive, said: “These figures show that renting is no longer the preserve of the young and the mobile. More and more families are joining the ranks of ‘generation rent’ because they are priced out of a home of their own. Despite working hard and saving each month, the reality is that home ownership has become a distant dream for many, leaving more families to bring up their children in short-term lets that don’t provide the stability they need. A lucky few can look to the Bank of Mum and Dad for help, but this shouldn’t be the only way for first-time buyers and young families to able to afford a home of their own.”
Another new property portal
The, frankly rather surprising, tide of new property portal launches continues. Boris Johnson Mayor of London has launched a new property portal called First Steps which aims to “make it easier for hard-working Londoners with modest incomes to buy or rent at a price they can afford”. It is hosted in partnership with Sharetobuy.com and provides a direct link between first time buyers and affordable home ownership schemes.
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