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Posted: 29th January
By: rlf

Transport for London turns property developer

Transport for London’s journey towards becoming a major property developer has reached a milestone with its announcement that over 300 acres of land will be made available for the building of 10,000 homes over the next decade. Two hundred of those acres will be in the highest value travel zones, 1 and 2.

At the start of the year, TFL said that up to 50 of its sites would be chosen for the first phase of redevel...

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Posted: 26th January
By: rlf

Property lending: call for Building Societies to make mortgages more accessible for older people

Is there about to be a change in property lending for older borrowers? Building societies are being urged to review the maximum age limits for mortgage borrowers, due to an increase in over-65s applicants and growing demand for longer mortgage terms.

This is one of the recommendations contained in an interim report entitled Lending into Retirement from the Building Societies Association (BSA) - which represents al...

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Posted: 18th January
By: rlf

Are you a property investor? A 3% stamp duty rise is on its way

We’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but from April 2016, if you’re a buy-to-let property investor or are buying a second home in England or Wales, you’ll have to pay an extra 3% in stamp duty.

George Osborne made the announcement in his recent Autumn Statement, claiming that the surcharge will raise an extra £1bn for the Treasury by 2021.

He says that the money will be reinvested in communities in...

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Posted: 11th January
By: rlf

3 ways a construction manager can save money on builds

As a construction manager, you hold overall responsibility for your building project, from the planning and coordination, through to overseeing safety measures and managing the budget.

Despite the countless hours you spend planning, setbacks will inevitably occur - and it’s up to you to make sure those issues are resolved in a timely and cost effective manner.

Here are three things you can do to save time an...

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Posted: 4th January
By: rlf

That sinking feeling: what are sinkholes?

Are you suffering from sinkholes? It’s the stuff of nightmares: a huge hole opening up beneath you and sucking you, your house and car into the ground. But the nightmare almost became a reality for the residents of Fontmell Close in St Albans, in the early hours of October 1st.

They were woken by a rumbling noise followed by a crash, and were shocked to find that the road had collapsed, leaving a gaping hole mea...

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