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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 [...]

5 September 2017

Former Convent in York renovated and 16 buildings constructed for student village

DEVELOPERS behind the £73 million project to transform a former York convent into a 600-bed student village say the first residents are set to move in this month. And aerial photographs of the scheme taken in October 2015 and last month at the former St Joseph’s Convent in Lawrence Street reveal the extent of the three and four-storey buildings, [...]

1 September 2017

Insider Yorkshire Property Industry Awards 2017

28th September 2017 • New Dock Hall, Leeds • Black Tie Plans are now being made and diaries cleared for what is widely regarded as the most respected property awards dinner of the year, the Yorkshire Property Industry Awards. It brings together the brilliant people and businesses that have designed, developed, funded and managed the built [...]

3 August 2017

Proportion of overseas landlords halves & rental income increases year on year

Countrywide Lettings Index – June 2017 In 2017 overseas based landlords own 5% of all homes let in Great Britain, down from 12% in 2010 (table 1) London has seen the biggest fall in the proportion of homes owned by overseas landlords, from 26% in 2010 to 11% in 2017 Landlords based in Asia took over the Europeans as the largest group of overseas [...]

1 August 2017

Countrywide gains further recognition for quality Mortgage and Conveyancing Services

Group’s leading financial services, surveying and conveyancing businesses are proud to be recognised with prestigious industry awards. MD of Countrywide Surveying Services, Paul Wareham, has been named Surveying Business Leader of the Year at the British Mortgage Awards. In further good news, Countrywide Conveyancing Services was delighted to have not [...]

21 July 2017

New Homes: Hungate, York – Premium Apartments Released

Of all the districts in York, few have a more changing history than Hungate. Being on the Foss it was the obvious site for a Roman army settlement. The Vikings spotted that too, then during medieval times Carmelite monks found a more peaceful use for the site by building a monastery. In fact we know more about Hungate than most parts of York because it [...]

20 July 2017

Investor buys chapel flats in York

A PROJECT to transform a former chapel into a shop and apartments has seen all 16 homes sold off plan. All of the apartments which form part of the development of Groves Chapel, in Wigginton Road, have been sold to international property investment firm IP Global. The development is being carried out by York-based S Harrison, which sold the apartments [...]