Tiny Homes That Can Make Most Of A Little Space

This is quite a long post for me but i just didnt know where to stop! Seriously, some of the structures are amazing!

Small and efficient homes, whether in the city, out in the country or even on the road, are becoming more and more popular. Interior design innovations are helping more and more people realize that, sometimes, less can be more!

As more people move into cities (and tiny apartments), efficient interior design has been driven by necessity, but many have been applying these clever and inspiring innovations to create comfortable and tiny homes elsewhere as well. The environmentally-minded love them for their efficiency (low heating and lighting costs). The philosophical or spiritual might appreciate them for the way they encourage us to forgo all but the most necessary worldly possessions.

In some cases, like with the story of Jenna and Guillaume, these tiny houses can even be pulled across the country on wheels!

Billboards Can Become Little Shelter Houses For The Homeless

House On Wheels

House On Wheels

House On Wheels

Tiny House In Tokyo

 

Savannah Container Home in Savannah, Georgia

Small House In Boise, Idaho

Spirit Shelter In Germany

Tiny House In The Woods

Tiny House In The Woods

Squish Studio in Canada

Bus Home

Tiny House In Canada

Small House In Tokyo, Japan

The Keret House in Warsaw

Floating Houseboat in Finland

Beautiful Family Home On Wheels

Yolo County Cabin

Tiny House In Toronto

The Matchbox: A Self-Sustaining Tiny Home In DC

Small House

House Balancing On Rock In Serbia

A-Frame House in Collierville, Tennessee

Andrea Zittel’s Wagon Station

Just Finishing Our 280 Sq Ft Home. It Has Full Kitchen And Bath. Also Stacking Washer Dryer...

HC1 House

Ufogel (from Austria)

 

 

The Coolest Residential Skyscraper in New York City

The One57 is a new luxury complex in New York City and apartments can cost up to $100 million. The impressive residence is so elite that you can only get inside if you know a tenant in the building. This guy used his connections to take a sneak peek inside and took these rarely seen images of the stunning interior.

 

Exciting Persimmon Release!

One of our favourite house builders has launched its new Greensand Park Development in Bridgefield. This is an absolutely superb location with plots already being snapped up. If your in the market for a long term new build purchase, look at these right now!

http://www.persimmonhomes.com/greensand-park-10415

If anything interests you, let us know as we have already submitted our expected rental prices to the ladies at the sales centre in Repton Park.

Agency boss calls on ministers to bring in urgent regulation of letting agents

Estate agency chain Leaders has called on the new government to bring in formal regulation of letting agents.

Chief executive Paul Weller said: “More people than ever before now use the services of letting agents.

“Yet the vast majority are unaware that letting agents are not regulated by the Government and that anyone can set up a letting agency, with no experience, knowledge of lettings law or Client Money Protection in place.

“Letting agents can hold hundreds of thousands of pounds in rent which they are supposed to protect.

“But without regulation there is no way to enforce this and there have been countless cases of letting firms losing their clients’ money, using it for their own ends, or completely disappearing with it, leaving landlords and tenants badly out of pocket.

“Too many people have suffered at the hands of agents like this, as well as incompetent and unscrupulous agents who fail to provide a decent standard of service.

“This needs to be tackled urgently and the only way to do so is to make it mandatory for agents to abide by an agreed code of conduct, be professionally qualified with a sound knowledge of the laws governing lettings and to have Client Money Protection and professional indemnity insurance in place.”

He said that only agents that are members of a self-regulating professional bodies, such as ARLA and RICS, sign up to a code of conduct.

Weller said: “The rest can get away with cutting corners, and as a result can often afford to undercut good-quality agents on fees to attract unwitting tenants and landlords.

“The new Conservative government has put forward some promising policies on housing which we believe will be good for the market.

“These include the promise to build 200,000 new homes which will be available at a 20% discount to first-time buyers under the age of 40, and the launch of a new Help to Buy ISA for first-time buyers which will enable them to save up a subsidised deposit to buy their own home.

“There is now a golden opportunity to make a positive difference to those renting and letting.

“Proper regulation is essential to stop rogue agents taking advantage of the thriving rental market.

“Good agents have been crying out for this for years and, as the numbers of those renting and letting continue to rise, the need for it grows ever stronger.”

The Conservatives have consistently said they do not want to regulate the letting industry further, having introduced compulsory membership of a redress scheme last October.

However, critics say this is too late and after the horse has bolted, and that it does not provide protection to consumers at the point of need.

 

Written by: ROSALIND RENSHAW | MAY 14, 2015

Watchdog launches probe into way online agents advertise their fees

The advertising watchdog is to investigate online agents that are advertising their fees exclusive of VAT.

The move follows pressure from Adam Day of Hatched, who wrote to the ASA last month claiming that some online agents are flouting the Committee of Advertising Practice guidance to include VAT in advertised rates.

Day said that despite this, and despite advice from the Property Ombudsman, “it is clear that a number of agents, including the likes of Purplebricks, Emoov, Tepilo and House Network, are still advertising rates exclusive of VAT”.

The ASA has now informed Day that its compliance team is investigating the matter and will pursue it with the firms identified.

Day said: “We’ve included VAT in our prices for over 18 months now, ahead of any rulings being passed. We did this in order to be completely transparent and fair to our customers.

“After all, they can’t claim the VAT back, so the price they see is the price they should pay.

“Those agents deciding not to include VAT within their prices are doing a disservice to potential customers by misleading them with a more attractive headline price, only for the customer to be hit with another £100 or so charge when they get to the checkout.”

He added: “When I started Hatched, it was always my intention to create a new type of estate agency that was as transparent as possible.

“I know that my peers within the sector are also striving for complete transparency, coupled with the ultimate customer experience, but I’m afraid they are letting the customer down on this.

“If ‘online estate agents’ as a sector wish to change estate agency for the better, then we all need to be raising the bar, and this includes when quoting transparent fees inclusive of VAT.

“It’s a shame that I’ve had to involve the ASA, as I thought, having made the first move 18 months ago, others would follow, but it’s gone on long enough now and something has to be done.

“I welcome the ASA’s investigation and look forward to swift changes being made to agents’ websites over the next days and weeks.”

Yesterday morning, Eye checked the websites of those online agents named by Day and found that all showed their prices plus VAT.

Written by: ROSALIND RENSHAW | MAY 19, 2015

Slow start to year for home movers and FTBs

Both home mover and first-time buyer numbers dwindled in the first quarter of this year, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

It said first-timers took out 61,300 mortgages in the first three months – down 24% on the last quarter of 2014 and down 11% on the same period last year.

Home movers took out 70,400 loans, a 25% decrease on the last quarter of 2014 and a drop of 11% on the same period in 2014.

Buy-to-let lending, in contrast, was strong.

There were 52,000 buy-to-let loans in the first three months of 2015. While this was a 3% drop on the previous quarter, the figure was up 15% on the first quarter of last year.

The quarterly figures were improved by a monthly increase in loans in March when the number of house purchase loans totalled 48,200, up 16.4% on February. Nevertheless, March’s figure was almost 4% lower than the same month in 2014.

In March, the number of buy-to-let loans for house purchase increased 29% on March the year before.

According to another set of official figures – from the Office for National Statistics – UK house prices in March rose 9.6% on the same month the year before.

Brian Murphy, head of lending at the Mortgage Advice Bureau, said that given that the increase “far outstrips wage increases, the higher rate of house price growth brings with it genuine concerns about affordability”.

The ONS says “average mix-adjusted house prices” in March stood at £284,000 in England, £173,000 in Wales, £145,000 in Northern Ireland and £207,000 in Scotland.

The average house price in London was £498,000.

Excluding London and the south-east, the average UK house price was £211,000.

In percentage terms, annual house price inflation was 9.4% in England, 14.6% in Scotland, 5.7% in Wales and 7.5% in Northern Ireland.

More tenants in rent arrears as they struggle on low pay

This is exactly the reason we promote Homelet’s superb Rent Guarantee & Legal Protection Insurance.

An increasing number of tenants struggled to pay rent in the first quarter of this year, says a report today by Your Move and Reeds Rains.

The two agency chains, part of LSL, say that the number of tenants owing more than two months’ rent was up 4% on the same period last year.

It puts the number of households facing severe rent arrears in the first quarter at 70,9000 – 2,700 more than a year ago.

Eviction orders also increased, up 2.3% on the final quarter of 2014, with 28,900 tenants facing the prospect of losing their home.

Adrian Gill, director of Your Move and Reeds Rains, said that tenants’ earnings were a “crunch point”, with a number of households on extremely modest wages and facing a real challenge to find the rent each month.

However, he also pointed out that there are more cases of arrears, simply because more people now rent.

Gill also said that post-election, many landlords would be grateful that they were no longer facing the spectre of rent controls which a Labour government would have brought in.

But he added: “In the longer term, tenant finances are the most effective limit on rents. Tenants must be able to afford rent for any landlord to realise their financial plans on paper.

“In this way, landlords depend more on the prosperity of their tenants than on any particular policy or political environment.”

Written by: ROSALIND RENSHAW | MAY 20, 2015

 

Picture of the Week: It’s a flat, Jim, but not as we know it

Saw this on Property Industry Eye and had to share it with you all!

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Here is our picture of the week which will transport you to where no human has gone before.

Well, apart from selling agents Hope Estates, who have boldly come up with some imaginative details for the studio in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

“Calling all Star Trek Fans!
“Have you always dreamt of having your own Voyager?
“The opportunity of buying this unique and extraordinary Star Trek Voyager Flat replica has arisen!
“Step in to the Voyager and let your imagination do the rest. This unique property has been custom made by a real Star Trek fanatic. You won’t find any other property like this one, this is truly unique, don’t miss it!
“You will find all of the smallest details from the movie franchise. You will have your own Transporter with the main commands control at the heart of this wonderful living space.”

The flat has history. Suffice to say that the wife won it in a divorce settlement some years ago and is now trying to sell it for around £70,000.

In 2004, her ex-husband tried to sell it for £700,000, but it failed to get lift-off.

Today, we note it still commands a premium over other properties in Granville Gardens, Hinckley.

And you will be the judge as to what it might be worth in 2370.

It’s conveniently located if you are a down-to-earth sort of person. By Voyager, it’s only a short flight to Sheepy Magna and Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

It’s on Rightmove here

 

You would just cry!

This is the reason why you should use a proper agent!

The worst destruction police have ever seen was found in this couple’s home in Calgary when they were called in to investigate noise disturbances. Mark and Star King rented their house to people they found on rental website, Airbnb but when they returned after three days, their home was destroyed. There was approximately $50,000 to $75,000 worth of damage done, which included lots of broken furniture and garbage strewn all over.