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20 December 2017

Ryedale House to be converted to 77 luxury flats, bought by residential developer, Newby

A LANDMARK city centre building has been bought by a developer which now plans to convert it into 77 luxury flats. Ryedale House, which has been standing empty for years since it was vacated by the North Yorkshire Health Authority, has been acquired by residential developer Newby. The seven-storey building already has permitted development for [...]

14 December 2017

Housing Market and Rental Growth remain strong in Yorkshire – Lettings Index November 2017

Accidental landlords add 80,000 rented homes to the market One in 12 homes that came onto the rental market in 2017 was previously for sale, although the number of properties let out in this way were more than double in London (12.5%) compared to the figure in Yorkshire (6%) – making London the ‘accidental landlord’ capital of the [...]

22 November 2017

Alison Platt, Countrywide CEO responds to stamp duty cut for first-time buyers

“The Chancellor’s Budget brought some very welcome help for the housing market today. Reducing stamp duty for first-time buyers will help many start their housing journey and boost activity. And the extra money to get housebuilding numbers up should help to relieve some pressure in the areas of highest housing demand. But there are still things to [...]

13 November 2017

Yorkshire Faring Well in Lettings Index – October 2017

Cash landlords spend a record £21 billion A record 65% of landlord purchases over the last 12 months were made by cash buyers, which is a 6% increase on the previous year (2016) and a 25% increase to 10 years ago in 2007. When split down by region, you will see from the table below the highest number of cash purchases took place in the North East, [...]

10 November 2017

Two Awards for Conveyancing and Surveying Won by Top Property Group

Countrywide’s leading surveying and conveyancing businesses are proud to be recognised with prestigious industry awards. Countrywide Conveyancing Services has been named ‘Best Conveyancer’ alongside Countrywide Surveying Services winning the top award for ‘Customer Service/Treating Customers Fairly – Non Lenders’ at [...]

4 November 2017

Riverside Development Hungate progress with next phase, as work gets under way for 101 more homes

CONSTRUCTION has officially started on the last brownfield site to be developed within York’s city walls. The ongoing Hungate regeneration will eventually see 1,025 new homes built, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday to mark the start of the next 101-home site. Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Barbara Boyce, and Sheriff of York, Gill Brian, [...]

12 October 2017

Housing Minister Announces Planned Ban on Letting Agent Fees

Within new Housing Minister Alok Sharma’s debut speech, he allayed fears for landlords relating to potential caps in high-rental locations. However, his first official statement revealed that White Paper plans for a ban on letting agent fees tempered the warmth of his reception by the industry.  When new Housing Minister Alok Sharma announced he was [...]

6 October 2017

A rare development in York up for national awards following recent success

A DEVELOPMENT that transformed an historic industrial building in York into houses has won a third top award. Clementhorpe Maltings, a Grade II listed 19th century malthouse, has been converted into six townhouses with some of the historic industrial artefacts on show. The building which had lain empty since the 1960s, has won Best Creative Re-use of an [...]

23 September 2017

Landlords in Yorkshire are increasing their rental portfolios as rents rise

Rental sector grows as Landlords expand portfolios Countrywide’s Monthly Letting Index for August 2017, shows that the number of landlords has fallen over the last two years despite a rise in supply of homes available to rent.  Countrywide Research estimates that the number of landlords peaked at 3.72 million in 2015 when there were some 171,000 [...]

14 September 2017

The Old Fire Station in Central York will create 14 luxury new homes

WORK is due to begin on Monday on the £15m development to create 14 luxury homes and a restaurant at the site of York’s old fire station. The scheme spearheaded by Monks Cross property developer The Helmsley Group is expected to complete by Christmas next year. Max Reeves, associate director with The Helmsley Group, said: “The new homes we’re [...]