Pending A level results and rising room costs drive interest in Only My Share’s housemate rent arrears protection

Pending A level results and rising room costs drive interest in Only My Share’s housemate rent arrears protection

United Kingdom
  • 54% of all students rent their homes privately (Save the Student)
  • Over 500,000 HMOs in England alone (National HMO Network)
  • Room rents up 11% over past year (Ideal Flatmate)

With A level results due out in just a couple of days, the question of student accommodation is uppermost in many parents’ minds right now. 54% of all students rent their accommodation from private landlords and estate agents, according to Save the Student. Many of them live in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), of which there are more than half a million in England, based on National HMO Network figures.

For students and those who act as guarantors for them, renting a room in a shared home like this carries a particular risk: if one housemate doesn’t pay their rent, the others (and their guarantors) may end up liable for their share. That’s why rent arrears protection service Only My Share exists.

“There are countless cases of students and their guarantors having suddenly become liable for monies owed to HMO landlords as a result of other tenants not being able to pay their rent. Only My Share seeks to protect students and their guarantors from being in this situation so that they can have peace of mind and enjoy their university experience to the full.”

Terry Mason, Group Operations Director, Only My Share 

The problem of rent arrears is widespread. The National Landlords Association reports that 32% of landlords have suffered from rent areas, while court order eviction rates and rental default claims are rising. Meanwhile, the LIN reports that 25% of tenants fear that they will fall into rent arrears.

Against this worrying backdrop, Only My Share provides up to £10,000 of housemate rent arrears protection for just £99 per year. When tenancy agreements are ‘joint and several,’ all tenants are equally liable for each other’s obligations under the contract. However, if a housemate fails to pay their rent, Only My Share will stand as a guarantor in order to protect others from becoming liable for that housemate’s share.

With a simple, online application and payment process, which has been streamlined as part of the company’s new website, Only My Share makes it easy for students and their guarantors to enjoy far greater peace of mind.

“Issues around providing rent guarantors can be a real source of stress for students. With little to no credit history, many have to rely on their parents to act as guarantors. While many parents are happy to do so, they are less keen to sign up to potentially cover their child’s housemates’ rent as well – and with one in ten students dropping out in their first year, that risk is far from insignificant.”

Terry Mason, Group Operations Director, Only My Share 

The average yearly student rent is £6,792, according to 2018 figures from Save the Student, while Cushman & Wakefield report that private rental sector increases are outstripping those of university bed spaces, at 3.0% and 2.6% respectively from 2017/18 to 2018/19.

Only My Share is part of the Housing Hand group. Housing Hand provides a UK rent guarantor service, while Only My Share protects the guarantor… and the tenant.

“We discovered, through running Housing Hand, that there was a necessity for a separate service that worked with those at risk of paying another’s rent arrears. We created Only My Share in order to fill that gap, ensuring that as many students’  needs as possible are met through the Housing Hand group.”

Terry Mason, Group Operations Director, Only My Share 

Only My Share is also available to others who rent accommodation in HMOs, with a commission structure in place for letting agents that are keen to see their constituents benefit from the scheme. Outside of the student sector, room rates are also rising, with Ideal Flatmate reporting an increase of 11% over the past year. London’s rooms are the most expensive, at an average of £745 pcm, followed by Glasgow (£588 pcm) and then Bournemouth (£575 pcm). The organisation projects further rises over the remainder of 2019, with high demand and insufficient stock fuelling the increases.

 

For more information please contact Only My Share today on +44 (0) 203 887 2961  or visit https://www.onlymyshare.com/

 

 

 

 

Sisters are doing it by themselves, latest solo travel survey reveals

Sisters are doing it by themselves, latest solo travel survey reveals

Spain ,
  • Number of female solo travellers up 88% since 2015 (Hostelworld)
  • Spain is the world’s safest country to visit (Asher & Lyric)
  • Second home design catering to solo holidaymakers (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Spain ahead of EU average for gender equality (Gender Equality Index)

Recently released figures from Hostelworld have shown a stark rise in the number of women choosing to travel on their own. The Evolution of the Hostel Traveller report reveals that the number of women choosing to travel solo has risen by 88% since 2015. Women from the US are making the greatest number of female solo travel plans, accounting for 20% of bookings. They are followed by female travellers from Germany (11%) and the UK (10%).

Holidaying alone isn’t only limited to those staying in hostels. Nor is it just for youngsters. A 2018 Booking.com survey of 20,500 travellers found that 40% of Baby Boomers had taken a trip on their own in the past year, while a further 21% were planning to do so in the future. Princeton Survey Research Associates meanwhile, have found that 58% of millennials are willing to travel solo, while 26% of millennial women have already done so.

The growth of solo travel has led to keen interest in destination safety. Asher & Lyric recently compared the world’s top 50 most visited countries around the globe in order to establish which was the safest. Spain came out as the clear winner.

Spain is a superb destination for solo travellers looking for a safe, welcoming place to enjoy their leisure time. From street safety to gender equality, Spain scores highly across a wide range of factors when it comes to traveller safety. Combined with the country’s beautiful Mediterranean beaches and fantastic weather, this makes it a wonderfully inviting location for those holidaying on their own.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is well used to delivering safe and secure environments for solo holidaymakers, as well as those travelling with young children. Gated communities in popular areas, such as Horizon Golf at La Cala Golf Resort in Mijas (Malaga), provide homes that are ideal for those holidaying on their own, as well as family groups.

Available from €435,000 (with 10% VAT included until the end of August as part of Taylor Wimpey España’s summer offer), the key-ready townhouses at Horizon Golf are split over three levels, with large terraces and solariums providing panoramic views. Luxury touches abound, from motorized blinds to designer bathrooms. A communal pool and garden complete the development, which also boasts access to La Cala Golf Resort’s three 18-hole golf courses, hydrotherapy centre and spa, all with 24-hour security.

Spain is known for its positive attitude towards gender equality. In 2018, women held 11 of the government’s 17 cabinet seats. The Gender Equality Index 2017 for Spain shows that Spain is ahead of the EU-28 average score and that progress is occurring at a faster pace than the EU average. In the decade to 2015, Spain made progress in every domain that the Gender Equality Index assessed: health, power, money, work, knowledge and time.

“It is no wonder that solo female travellers feel so positive about holidaying in Spain, with its safe local environment and a respectful attitude towards women. We are delighted to cater to all demographics when designing and building second homes here, including the growing market of those who prefer to travel on their own.” 

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

 

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK, you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Housing Hand partners with Goldsmiths, University of London to help students afford their homes

Housing Hand partners with Goldsmiths, University of London to help students afford their homes

United Kingdom
  • The service marks 3rd Housing Hand university partnership in UK 
  • Just 23% of care leavers attend higher education by age 23 (NNECL)
  • Goldsmiths to fully fund service for 35 vulnerable students
  • Housing Hand service available to all Goldsmiths students, in push to prioritise academic ability over socio-economic factors

UK rent guarantor service Housing Hand has announced a new partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London. The organisation is collaborating with the university to deliver an enhanced rent guarantor service available for all its students, regardless of nationality, to secure suitable private rental accommodation.

Housing Hand works with landlords, agents and other student housing providers to help students with no UK-based rent guarantor to secure their preferred accommodation without the need to pay 6-12 months’ rent upfront. Housing Hand is working with Goldsmiths Student Support Services to establish a rent guarantor service at a significantly reduced fee for all Goldsmiths students. The service will be available to international, EU and home students, including both continuing students and those about to start in September.

Under the new partnership, Goldsmiths will also sponsor this significantly reduced fee for up to 35 students:

  • 20 international and EU students
  • 10 home students.
  • 5 care leavers and estranged students.

Housing Hand and Goldsmiths hope that their new partnership will be a success and provide a better experience for students.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London to try and ensure that higher education is available to all based on academic ability rather than particular socio-economic factors.” 

Saasha Verma, University Partnerships Manager, Housing Hand

“We understand the challenges faced by students looking for a home and were among the first universities to offer a guarantor provision scheme.  Our new partnership with Housing Hand will enable us to extend this facility to all our students, particularly those who are most in need and provide them with an enhanced service.

Pewist Osman, Head of Student Support Services, Goldsmiths, University of London

The Housing Hand partnership with Goldsmiths is a year-long pilot. It marks Housing Hand’s third higher education venture, following a successful partnership with the University of Bristol, launched in March 2017, and a subsequent one with the University of Salford, launched in February 2019.

Goldsmiths provides its students with a wide range of support, with the university one of the first in the higher education sector to provide its own rent guarantor scheme. To enhance their existing offer, Goldsmiths opted to develop a partnership with Housing Hand to meet increased demand and to offer an improved service available for all its students.

Having already worked with over 3,000 accommodation providers and covered more than £120 million in rent, Housing Hand is in a strong position to ensure that every Goldsmiths student is eligible to apply for its service.

The partnership will help make it easier for students to find quality homes to live in during their studies and will help make the process of finding a home easier. Housing Hand is also well-positioned to support Goldsmiths – along with other higher education establishments – to deliver better services and greater value to their students in a climate of ongoing change and funding constraints.

“Partnerships like this represent a new way to help support students. Running a rent guarantor service in-house costs universities in both time and effort, as well as increasing their liabilities and insurance costs. We bring a network of industry contacts and relationships to the table, as well as the required staff expertise, insurances and the ability to cover larger amounts of debt. It’s a partnership designed to ensure that everyone wins.”

Terry Mason, Group Operations Director, Housing Hand

 

For more information please contact Housing Hand today on +44 (0)20 7205 2625 or visit https://www.housinghand.co.uk/

 

 

 

Spain gears up for record summer tourism, while second home buyers flock to the coast

Spain gears up for record summer tourism, while second home buyers flock to the coast

Spain ,
  • Half a million more visitors expected in Spain this summer (Industry Minister Reyes Maroto)
  • Tourist spending projected to rise by 3.2%
  • Taylor Wimpey España reports 40% of sales occur over summer months

Spain’s busy season is in full swing as the UK’s schools break up and the Iberian country enjoys another major influx of holidaymakers seeking sunshine and relaxation. Despite earlier predictions of a slower summer, following six years of record visitor numbers, Spain’s Industry Minister, Reyes Maroto, has now projected that the country will receive half a million more visitors this summer than last summer.

The 29.6 million visitors that Spain is predicted to receive over the course of the summer season are also set to break another record, with summer spending tipped to grow by 3.2% for the July to September period. Minister Maroto is looking forward to visitors spending €33.9 billion as they enjoy all that Spain has to offer this summer.

It’s not just poolside drinks, postcards and paella that tourists will be spending their hard-earned cash on. The June to September period is also the busiest time of year for those selling properties in Spain. Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España reports that 40% of its annual sales are concentrated in the summer months, as tourists flock to the coast and eye up potential second homes while there.

How many of us go on holiday and dream of being able to own a property in the sunshine? Over the summer period, many of those holidaying in Spain will turn that dream into a reality. Properties with beachfront access and sea or golf views are particularly popular. Large terraces and/or gardens are also a must, along with on-site pools for cooling off from the intense heat of the Spanish sun.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Owning a property on the Spanish coast needn’t break the bank. Key-ready homes at La Floresta Sur, near the popular Costa del Sol destination of Marbella, cost from €222,000 plus VAT. The stylish, open plan interiors have been designed to offer welcoming, spacious settings for creating happy holiday memories. Close to Elviria Beach and just minutes from the famous Nikki Beach Club, the homes offer both sea and mountain views, while two of the region’s best-known golf clubs are within a 10-minute drive. An on-site pool and communal gardens complete the offering.

“At this time of year, the Spanish coastline has so much going for it. In addition to beautiful beaches and pristine golf courses, Spain offers a relaxing lifestyle, welcoming atmosphere and superb gastronomy. It’s easy to see why so many people fall in love with Spain over the summer and want to make it a bigger part of their future.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

With good flight connections from the UK, Spain is easy and cost effective to access throughout the year, meaning that those who purchase second homes there this summer can continue to enjoy them long after the rest of the tourists have gone home.

 

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Love the landlords – it’s not their fault!

Love the landlords – it’s not their fault!

United Kingdom
  • Nearly half of UK rents pouring into government coffers (Housing Hand)
  • Huge profit from Generation Rent doing little to inspire government to change housing priorities
  • Only radical new approach likely to fix broken housing market

 

“Theresa May has not only failed to fix the broken housing market but has dealt it repeated blows during her time as Prime Minister. And it’s easy to see why. Despite her rhetoric around encouraging home ownership, the government is unlikely to turn down the near-50% tax that it receives from rents in the UK.”

Terry Mason, Group Operations Director, Housing Hand

Tax changes that have pushed the majority of landlords into paying 40% tax on their rental income – plus VAT – means that the government is profiting hugely from Generation Rent. While landlords and agencies have taken their turns at being vilified for keeping young people locked into renting for longer, not enough has been said about the government’s lack of motivation to fix the housing market, according to UK rent guarantor service Housing Hand.

The ban on letting agencies charging fees to tenants is likely to drive up rents, just as it did in Scotland. As agencies increase their fees to landlords, landlords will increase the rents they charge to cover the fees. Both have shouldered their fair share of blame for the situation. However, the government is certainly doing little to step back from the additional tax that will pour into its coffers as a result.

“Though a well-intentioned idea, the Tenant Fees Act has made the broken housing market worse. It comes on top of successive changes that have served to drive landlords away from the private rented sector. What we’ve actually been left with is a growing pool of tenants fighting for a reduced number of rental properties. The result? Again, rising rents, as demand increasingly outstrips supply.”

Terry Mason, Group Operations Director, Housing Hand

Only radical changes will fix the damage that Theresa May’s government has caused, according to the UK-based guarantor experts at Housing Hand. Reverting to taxing landlords on their profits rather than their income is the first step. After all, what business can survive being taxed at 40% on its income, rather than its profit? Scrapping the tax grab will see landlords returning to the market, rebalancing supply and demand and lowering rents as a result.

Then it’s time to address home ownership. Housing Hand advocates a government-backed deposit scheme, where individuals find a 2% deposit and the government loans them the other 8%. Doing so would move a whole generation into their own homes. Appropriate insurance – a reimagined mortgage protection insurance scheme, say – could easily be paid for by the home buyers as their mortgage payments would be so much lower than their current rental payments.

With more people buying, builders would step up their game too, as it would reduce their reliance on investors buying homes to rent out and line up a whole generation of would-be owner occupiers.

“As a result of years of mis-management, the new Prime Minister has a huge challenge on his hands when it comes to the UK’s housing sector. The leadership contenders’ promises will mean very little unless the government dares to make some radical decisions. Sadly, with so much to gain from the growth of Generation Rent, it seems unlikely that any big changes will be made anytime soon.”

Terry Mason, Group Operations Director, Housing Hand

 

For more information please contact Housing Hand today on +44 (0) 207 205 2625 or visit https://www.housinghand.co.uk/

 

 

 

Latest Tinsa report reveals Spanish property market is all about the coast

Latest Tinsa report reveals Spanish property market is all about the coast

Spain ,
  • 57% of coastal areas now building new housing
  • Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca are key areas of focus (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Torrevieja, Orihuela and Mijas leading the way when it comes to construction

A new report from Tinsa has revealed a notable upsurge in building along the Spanish coastline. Some 57% of coastal areas are now constructing new homes, compared to 50% this time last year. Torrevieja, Orihuela and Mijas are leading the trend, with more licences approved in 2018 than any other area, excluding the provincial capitals.

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is one company that is busy constructing new homes in key coastal areas, with the Tinsa report reconfirming its faith in the long-term future of the Spanish second home market.

We’ve spent the first six months of this year ramping up our construction along the Spanish coastland, both on the mainland and the islands of Mallorca and Ibiza. Demand is strong from a wide range of nationalities for Spanish second homes that provide access to the country’s beautiful beaches and superb golf courses. The Costa del Sol, in particular, has an impressive offering when it comes to coastal areas that also offer outstanding golfing facilities.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Taylor Wimpey España highlights Grand View as one of the sites that capitalises on the current demand for golf and coastal properties. Located at La Cala Golf, at Mijas (one of the areas flagged up by Tinsa’s latest report), the development is ideal for golfers, while the coast is just 7 km away. The spacious homes come with generously proportioned outdoor areas, in the form of terraces and private solariums, while the site also boasts pretty landscaped gardens and a communal pool. Prices start at €282,000 plus VAT.

Over at Horizon Golf, also located at Mijas’ La Cala Golf, key-ready townhouses are available from €435,000 (with 10% VAT included), thanks to a summer offer in place until the end of July. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes come with luxury finishes, fully equipped kitchens and designer bathrooms, as well as an impressive combination of private outdoor space and communal gardens and swimming pools.

Sales of coastal homes rose by 3.5% during 2018, according to Tinsa, and Taylor Wimpey España is confident that 2019 will be equally positive.

“There’s a real buzz surrounding Spain’s coastal areas right now and the Tinsa report shows why. These are exciting property markets to be a part of, whether you’re building homes or buying them!”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

 

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Taylor Wimpey España reports rise in holidaymakers demanding more from their breaks

Taylor Wimpey España reports rise in holidaymakers demanding more from their breaks

Spain ,
  • Costa del Sol voted European golf destination 2019 (IAGTO)
  • Holidaymakers indulging their sporty side through tournaments and competitions
  • 30th anniversary celebrations at La Cala Golf Resort attracting keen interest

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España reports that holidaymakers are now demanding more than the traditional combination of sun, sea and sangria from their Spanish breaks. A rise in interest in organised golf tours and other sporting events is driving many second home owners to combine a healthy dose of exercise with their more leisurely holiday pursuits.

Spanish second homes have long been popular with keen golfers, who like to fit in the odd round while they’re staying here. What we’re noticing now is that visitors are increasingly keen to take part in competitions and other events as well, whether golfing competitions in the Costa del Sol or cycle races such as the Mallorca 312. It’s a trend that we’re taking into account when it comes to the location and facilities of new sites that we build.” 

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

For golfers, the Costa del Sol’s La Cala Golf Resort has plenty to offer this summer, with tournaments held at least weekly during July and August. In celebration of the resort’s 30th anniversary, Taylor Wimpey España is participating in a special event being held on 12 July, with a prize of a three-night golf trip to St Andrews, including visiting the historic golf club and playing on the Fairmont Kittocks and Eden courses.

Townhouses at Horizon Golf at La Cala Golf offer the ultimate second homes for those looking to enjoy regular golfing competitions as part of their holidays. Priced from €435,000 with the VAT included until 31 July, as part of a 10% off summer offer, the key ready homes provide panoramic views over golf course. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, they are ideally sized for family breaks. The private, gated development includes gardens and communal pools and the nearest beach is just 7 km away, meaning that there’s plenty to do in addition to hitting the fairways.

The Costa del Sol is one of Europe’s most popular golfing destinations. Indeed, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (the global organisation for the golf tourism industry) awarded it European golf destination of the year 2019 as a result of its outstanding facilities. The area is home to more than 70 courses in total, providing holidaymakers with a superb level of variety and choice.

For buyers on a budget, there’s plenty of choice at La Cala Golf Resort. Grand View, for example, is home to beautifully stylish apartments with views over the golf course and the mountains of Mijas. Prices start from €282,000 plus VAT and the homes are ready to move in to.

Those who aren’t watching the purse strings, meanwhile, are likely to be tempted by the spacious, front line golf properties of Natura. With living accommodation spread over three levels and luxury finishes throughout, the three-bedroom townhouses deliver unrivalled views, solariums measuring over 50 m2 and private gardens. Prices start from €465,000 plus VAT.

While the Costa del Sol has for years been a mecca for golf-loving second home owners, it is far from the only part of Spain to attract those who are keen to indulge their sporty side while on holiday. Mallorca is increasingly attracting holidaymakers on two wheels, with local tour operators and sporting events organisers reporting a 25% increase in cycling tourism during the first half of 2019.

The gruelling Mallorca 312 – so-named because that’s how many kilometres entrants have to ride – was a huge success in April, with cyclists enjoying the island’s stunning scenery while pushing the limits of their endurance. Less daunting cycle tours are available for holidaymakers who prefer a more relaxed pace of exploration.

“Mallorca is an exceptionally beautiful island and one that warrants a slow, meandering exploration with plenty of time to take in the scenery. It’s also got a fantastic range of terrains for cyclists who like a challenge, including some great mountain routes.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Close to the 2019 Mallorca 312 route, Blue Cove is a collection of homes overlooking the turquoise waters of the bay at Cala Lliteras. The bright, spacious homes provide spectacular views thanks to their frontline position, along with a communal pool exclusively for owners’ use. The properties are available from €270,000 and boast typical Mallorcan design. That means white walls for protection from the sun in the summer, shaded porches on which to enjoy meals and drinks with family and friends, split-level interiors that feature natural materials and ceramic tiles and pretty gardens. Perfect for those looking to relax in comfortable surroundings after a long day of exploring on two wheels!

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit http://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Will new Emerald Greens Taylor Wimpey España site help holidaymakers relax faster?

Will new Emerald Greens Taylor Wimpey España site help holidaymakers relax faster?

Spain ,
  • Average British holidaymaker takes over 46 hours to relax while away (Tots to Travel)
  • Emerald Greens’ private cork tree meadow delivers instant serenity
  • San Roque Club setting provides ultimate homes for golfers

From the outstanding tapas, stunning baroque cathedral and flamenco dancers of Cadiz city, to the seemingly endless golden sands of the beaches along the southern and western borders of the province of the same name, Cadiz is one of southern Spain’s most exciting destinations.

Cadiz province is also home to some of Spain’s most attractive and challenging golf resorts and it is this combination of superb golfing facilities and proximity to beautiful beaches that has inspired leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España’s latest development.

Emerald Greens is located in Cadiz’s prestigious San Roque Club, providing buyers with an enviable combination of spectacular views of both the golf course and the sea. The two and three-bedroom homes will be built in three phases, with the first 24 homes already under construction. Each building of eight apartments delivers three storeys of accommodation: ground and first floor apartments, plus duplex penthouses, with underground parking and a storeroom included in the purchase price (which starts from €270,000 plus VAT).

The development features Taylor Wimpey España’s signature blend of stylish interiors, spacious outdoor areas and communal pools and gardens. Interiors are designed around open plan and ‘total living’ concepts, with spacious living areas and terraces integrating indoor and outdoor life seamlessly.

In addition to the golf course setting, Emerald Greens is surrounded by corn oak meadows, with 70% of the plot dedicated to a private meadow for residents’ enjoyment. Footpaths weave in between the trees, with benches dotted around for residents to rest in the shade when they want to pause in their exploration of the natural beauty all around them.

Launching a new development is always an exciting moment, but we’ve been particularly looking forward to sharing details of Emerald Greens. Not only is it the ultimate second home location for keen golfers, it also has some incredible beaches nearby and is at the heart of a wonderful, natural setting that delivers true serenity.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

The value of Emerald Greens’ peaceful setting is not to be underestimated. A recent survey from Tots to Travel found that it takes 46 hours and 42 minutes for the average Briton to relax when they go on holiday. Given that the average holiday length for Britons travelling overseas has dropped fairly steadily (from 9.8 days in 2011 to 8.9 days in 2018), losing almost a quarter of your holiday before you are able to unwind seems like a terrible waste. Having instant access to a private meadow where modern life can just melt away is bound to help advance the relaxation process.

Relaxation is also top of the agenda at Taylor Wimpey España’s other Cadiz province site: Pier. This private gated community offers fabulous views over La Marina de Sotogrande. Apartments range from two to five bedrooms, with high-quality specifications, large terraces and underground parking and storage. Pier also features a select number of penthouses with private solariums. Communal pools and garden areas add to the luxurious site’s attractions.

With greenery and water all around them, it is only fitting that both Emerald Greens and Pier should respect the natural environment as far as possible. As such, Pier is supplied by thermal solar energy, while Emerald Greens; hot water is produced by solar panels, with an electric heater in place as a backup. Pier features thermal and acoustic insulation, with a natural ventilation system. Emerald Greens, meanwhile, boasts the most effective thermal and acoustic insulation available on the market.

“Building sustainably is a key part of our ethos and with each new development we seek to increase and enhance our already-strong environmental credentials. We’re delighted that both Pier and Emerald Greens have been awarded category B energy certificates as a result of these efforts.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

 

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit http://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Spain leads the field once more as Blue Flag awards reveal world’s cleanest beaches

Spain leads the field once more as Blue Flag awards reveal world’s cleanest beaches

Spain , ,
  • Spain now home to 669 Blue Flags – more than any other country
  • Clean, accessible beaches key to sustaining tourism
  • Key-ready Taylor Wimpey España homes making it easier than ever for buyers to start enjoying Blue Flag beaches

Spain has once more romped home to victory when it comes to the quantity and quality of its beaches. A total of 669 Blue Flags were awarded to the Iberian country in 2019 – 566 for its beaches, 98 for its marinas and five for ports for sustainable craft.

The Blue Flag awards recognise “pure water, clean coasts, safety and access for all.” Spain has for many years led the world in terms of delivering on these fronts and 2019 is no exception.

“Spain’s beaches are an incredible natural resource that the country works hard to maintain. They are a strong driver of tourism, from the beaches themselves to the huge array of water sports accessible from them. Seeing Spain once more recognised as being home to the world’s cleanest and safest beaches is fantastic news for the country generally and for all those from abroad who like to holiday here regularly.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Many of those who visit Spain frequently choose to purchase a second home there. As a result, leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has been building along the sun-drenched Mediterranean coast for the last 60 years.

New build homes such as those provided by Taylor Wimpey España are particularly popular right now in Spain. The price of new builds rose by 4.3% in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to a rise of just 1.1% for second hand homes according to the country’s National Statistics Institute (INE).

INE also reports a 14% rise in the volume of property sales in Spain between Q1 2018 and Q1 2019. In essence, the market continues to perform strongly, with both domestic and foreign buyers driving strong sales growth and sustained price rises.

For those looking to take advantage of Spain’s Blue Flag beaches this summer, Taylor Wimpey España has a number of key-ready homes available in popular hotspots dotted along the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca, as well as new releases available on the islands of Mallorca and Ibiza.

On the Costa Blanca, La Vila Paradis provides direct access to the Blue Flag Playa Paraiso beach, as well as being only  20 minutes from central Alicante. The two- and three-bedroom homes, with their large terraces and/or private gardens are set in a richly landscaped development that includes a communal pool, with prices starting from €299,000 plus VAT.

Over on the Costa del Sol, meanwhile, Horizon Golf is in the municipality of Mijas, which is home to three Blue Flags. Priced from €435,000, the three-bedroom/two-bathroom homes provide panoramic views over the famous Campo Asia golf course. The ample, luxuriously finished homes are ideal for family holidays, with a communal pool, gardens and solarium on site and a hydrotherapy centre and spa, golf school and three 18-hole golf courses in the local area.

“From the Costa del Sol to the Costa Blanca, Spain has a plethora of wonderful beaches that are available for the whole family to enjoy. We carefully consider the location of each Taylor Wimpey España site when it comes to the local environment, ensuring that we can meet our buyers’ needs. As such, whether it’s Blue Flag beaches or stunning golf courses that they’re seeking, we are confident that we have the perfect home for each and every buyer.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

 

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit http://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Housing Hand trials new commission-based approach to rent guarantor service for select letting agent partners

Housing Hand trials new commission-based approach to rent guarantor service for select letting agent partners

United Kingdom
  • 25 letting agents/branches to participate in new commission trial
  • Commission in addition to guaranteed rent, free leads & wider pool of secured tenants that over 3,000 accommodation providers already benefit from
  • Service will support letting agents to reshape their business models

Letting agents haven’t had the easiest start to the summer. This time last year, they were contending with a fall in the number of rental properties, with Home.co.uk reporting a drop of 24% (as at August 2018) in the number of homes to rent in London that had been on the market for 20 weeks or fewer. Now, the banning of fees under the Tenant Fees Act means that agents are not only competing to rent out fewer properties, but with a reduced income.

Against this backdrop, the UK rent guarantor service Housing Hand is offering a ray of light, albeit not a direct substitute. Beginning with letting agents in the UK (with a later rollout to Ireland intended), the firm is trialling a rent guarantor service focused specifically on letting agents’ needs in this brave new post-Tenant Fees Act world. Housing Hand’s award-winning rent guarantor service already supports agents in filling vacancies quickly and efficiently, reducing agents’ in-house admin whilst completely removing tenant default risk, allowing agents to accept a wider pool of qualifying and secured tenants and providing free leads.

Now, the trial of a new batch-based commission structure will see agents have the opportunity to enjoy a new income stream as well. The 25 selected agents/branches have all been chosen to avoid crossover with Housing Hand’s pre-existing partner arrangements with other affiliates such as Universities, Councils and Embassies.

The initial trial runs for 12 months from 17 June 2019. Letting agents refer applicants to Housing Hand for processing, then invoice the company in batches. The system allows agents to earn £25 each for the first batch of 15 tenants that use Housing Hand as the guarantor, £35 each for the next batch of 15 and £50 each for any further tenants. The fully disclosed and transparent structure has been developed in full compliance with the Tenant Fees Act. It delivers legislative compliance, a new source of income for letting agents and a fairer deal for private tenants.

“We’ve striven to develop a system where everyone wins. Housing Hand has already worked with over 3,000 accommodation providers, helping and processing more than 70,000 applicants and covering £120,000,000 in rent. This has given us a deeper understanding of the issues that both tenants and lettings agents face when it comes to guaranteeing rent and managing risk. While many companies are dressing up what are essentially just insurance products as ‘rent guarantee services,’ we’ve worked to develop a completely different product – one that works more effectively for both parties.”

Jeremy Robinson, Group Managing Director, Housing Hand

A review after three months will consider expanding the trial of this new form of service delivery to additional agents/branches that are deemed a good match to Housing Hand’s targets.

From the tenant side of the transaction, property guarantor services are used by everyone from international students to working professionals. By removing the need for tenants to pay large amounts of rent upfront, they remove a major stumbling block from the rental process. Housing Hand reports there is a particular demand from those looking to hire a guarantor to help them secure rental homes in London (notably East and West London) and other major cities. Under the new trial, tenants will continue to receive the same supportive, professional service for which Housing Hand has become so well known.

“The market is changing and the letting fees ban is the latest twist in the tale. We’ve designed our trial to support agents to deal with the post-ban lettings landscape more efficiently. We look forward to analysing the results and expanding the trial in due course.”

Jeremy Robinson, Group Managing Director, Housing Hand

 

For more information please contact Housing Hand today on +44 (0) 207 205 2625 or visit https://www.housinghand.co.uk/