February 14, 2017

Over 100,000 new homes needed in Leicestershire by 2036

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Close to 120,000 new homes will need to be built in Leicester and Leicestershire in the next 20 years according to the latest Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment (HEDNA). Local authorities and the Local Enterprise Partnership commissioned the HEDNA to guide housing planning decisions between 2011 and 2036. The assessment used a range of […]

February 12, 2017

Could you be incentivised to downsize your home?

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As part of the Government’s plan to fix the ‘broken house market’ is an interesting idea to free up housing by offering older home owners an incentive to downsize. In an effort to increase the much-needed supply of housing for first time buyers and families, the 2017 Housing White Paper discloses plans to make it […]

February 7, 2017

Andrew Granger first choice for landlords in Market Harborough

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We’re pleased to announce that Andrew Granger & Co oversaw the most lettings for landlords in the Market Harborough area in January. Statistics provided by Rightmove Intel show that our Market Harborough lettings estate agents came first out of six other estate agencies in the area. The data shows that between the 23rd and 29th […]

January 30, 2017

Getting your property’s interior ready for renting

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So, you’ve bought a property that you are looking to rent out. The first step you will have to take is to prepare the aesthetics ready for let. Some properties, especially new builds, may not need much doing to them but for older properties, the makeover may be significant. First things first, you need to […]

January 24, 2017

Government makes £7bn available for new affordable housing

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The scheme that was announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement is now open for applications from housing providers, the government has announced. The government’s Affordable Housing Programme has been put in place to meet the growing and diverse need for new housing in the country, especially housing suitable for the first time buyer. The total […]

January 23, 2017

How Easy is it to be Added to the Rogue Landlord List?

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The Government has launched a new public consultation to try to crack down on rogue landlords, as part of the Housing and Planning Act 2016.  The consultation involves plans for enforcing banning orders, stopping landlords from managing or letting properties if they commit regular or serious offences against tenants. Commenting on the reasons behind banning […]

January 16, 2017

Rising House Prices in Leicestershire

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Impacts of rising house prices on landlords The Office for National Statistics (ONS) House Price Index: Oct 2016 demonstrates that UK average house prices have risen by 6.9% in the year to October 2016. This is good and bad news for landlords.  Good in terms of knowing that your investment is more than likely worth […]

January 12, 2017

House price predictions for 2017

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In 2016 there were two major influences on property prices: stamp duty and the EU referendum. In reaction to the vote to leave the European Union, the property market immediately slowed, but since then the economy has remained resilient and house prices have continued to steadily rise. However, it has been speculated that the property […]

January 9, 2017

Andrew Granger steps down as director

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It was in 1989 that Andrew Granger set up our agency. Over the 27 years since, Andrew Granger & Co has grown to become one of the largest independent agencies in the East Midlands. As part of a long-planned move, Andrew has decided that 2017 marks the right to step down from his current role. […]

January 7, 2017

Landlords Buy to Let Tax Changes

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The Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority has laid out rules to enforce some landlords of mortgaged buy-to-let properties to submit their mortgage and income finances each time a property is refinanced and each time a new one is purchased, from September 2017. In addition to the planned changes, from April 2017, landlords will only […]