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Help to Buy lifting house sales


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8 Jul 2013

One of Britain’s largest house-builders Persimmon, has revealed how the Help to Buy scheme has helped  lift property reservation rates by a third in the first half of the year.

Persimmon revealed that 1,124 private homes have been purchased since Help to Buy launched in March, marking a 30% increase on the last quarter of 2012. ...

Brits lose the keys to a fortune


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27 Jun 2013

Brits need to be more careful where they leave their keys, it appears, since research shows that Brits can’t stop losing keyfobs that could open the door to a fortune.

The average bunch of keys provides access to more than £28,000 in goods, according to the recent research. But Brits rarely think about the risk that comes with losing them, since more than half of UK homeowners said they worried more about losing their purse or wallet than their keys....

Property prices expected to rise across the UK over next 12 months


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19 Jun 2013

Households across the UK expect the value of their home to rise over the next 12 months as optimism over future price rises reaches its highest level in three years, according to a new report.

Londoners are the most optimistic about house price rises over the next year, closely followed by those in the East Midlands, while those in the North East expect the most modest increase in values, the latest Knight Frank and Markit House Price Sentiment Index shows....

Drilling under the influence: Brits admit to drunken DIY


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15 Jun 2013

As many as 3.3 million Brits have attempted DIY when they were drunk in the past year, according to research.

The new study found that 11% of men and three per cent of women confessed to trying to undertake DIY or other home improvements after two or more drinks.

Although this much alcohol would likely push them above the legal limit for driving, Brits were still willing to risk handling powertools and other potentially dangerous equipment....

Unnecessary claims boost home contents premiums


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12 Jun 2013

Brits are paying £17 million more than they need to as a result of avoidable home contents claims, a new study shows

Accidents are the most common cause of claims on British home contents policies, a recent study shows. Spillages on sofas and damage to electrical appliances and other such avoidable events lead to more than a third of all home contents claims....