People hunting for a new house take just 27 minutes on average to make a decision on whether to buy a property, according to new research.Read the full story ›
New research by the charity Shelter has found that the number of families choosing to rent has more than doubled in the past decade.Read the full story ›
A starter home scheme has been branded a "mirage" after research found houses will still be too expensive for most buyers.Read the full story ›
The top 10 towns and cities where renting beats buying and where buying beats renting has been revealed in research out today.Read the full story ›
Lincolnshire County Council says it needs to make £120m savings over four years and although the Home-start charity provides a great service it's one it can "no longer afford to fund".
Home-Start volunteers are protesting in Lincoln today against funding cuts being made by Lincolnshire County Council.
Lincolnshire County Council is withdrawing funding for the service which provides support for families facing difficulties. It could see 560 vulnerable families lose support and the role of 500 volunteers put at risk.
The Prime Minister visited Cannock this morning to see new homes built under the Government's Help To Buy Scheme.
Mr Cameron met families who have benefitted from the scheme, before touring a new housing development where homes have been built on the site of a former factory and warehouse off Watling Street.
The Help to Buy scheme has enabled 8,266 people in the West Midlands buy a new home since it was created, new figures have revealed today.
It was created in 2013 "to support hard-working taxpayers" who could pay a mortgage, but couldn't afford the high deposits demanded by lenders in the wake of the financial crisis.
Thanks to Help to Buy, this government has helped thousands of hardworking people that otherwise would have been locked out of home ownership get the keys to their own home and enjoy the security that comes with it.
This is all part of our long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain – and, together with cutting income tax, lowering council tax bills and freezing fuel duty, the government is backing those who work hard and get on find the financial security they deserve.
Councillors have given the green light for more than 1,500 homes to be built just outside Market Harborough in Leicestershire.
The leader of Harborough District Council told ITV News Central the development would bring huge economic benefits.
But campaigners say the town wouldn't be able to cope with the increase in the number of new residents.
More than 700 homes have been earmarked for development on the former Courtaulds site off Foleshill Road in Coventry.
Developers, Persimmon Homes South Midlands, are investing £65 million on the project.
Phase one will see 113 properties built, after Persimmon was granted planning permission earlier this month.
“This is an area which has become derelict and needs investment.
We are building more than 1,100 new homes across four sites in Coventry all together, which proves our long-term commitment to the city.”
The number of households across the Midlands at risk of losing their home every day has reached 104, the homelessness charity Shelter has said.
In the West Midlands 61 households a day are at risk of eviction or repossession. That compares to 43 households per day in the East Midlands.
The research, based on data recorded by the Ministry of Justice, also identified the latest hotspots across the Midlands where people are most likely to lose their home.
Wolverhampton and Sandwell topped the list in the West Midlands, with Nottingham and Corby the most common places in the East Midlands for households to struggle with rent arrears.
Since 2011, Shelter has seen the number of callers across the country struggling with rent arrears more than double, while those calling about mortgage arrears rose by nearly a fifth.