Our Top 5 Most Viewed Properties In May

MCR Homes has a range of developments across the UK, offering both apartments and townhouses for buyers and renters alike. Today we want to take a look at some of the most popular properties currently listed, to see what makes these developments so special. 

 

These are our top 2 viewed properties in May. 

 

Stockwood Gardens

 

Situated in South Luton on the fringes of Stockwood Country Park, these properties have been highly sought over in recent months. With excellent transport links to London, it’s no surprise that this development has been gaining attention. 

 

Stockwood Gardens offers 11 blocks of luxury apartments with a mixture of 1 and 2 bedroom properties to suit all budgets and needs. The interior design of these apartments is contemporary and sleek, and there are communal gardens as well as ample parking for residents and guests. This development also offers a Help To Buy Scheme which makes this a great choice for first-time buyers. 

 

The Old Works

 

The Old Works in High Wycombe is a popular development and has been gaining a lot of attention from potential buyers in recent weeks. With its idyllic location as well as transport links to Heathrow Airport and London Marleybone; this is a great option for young professionals or first-time buyers. 

 

Wycombe offers a relaxed lifestyle with plenty of restaurants and bars close by, meaning whether you prefer the hustle and bustle of London or a peaceful suburban lifestyle, The Old Works can accommodate this. With its bright and spacious design and choice of 1 and 2 bedroom properties – this is a great choice for those on any budget. 

 

Harden Park 

 

It is no surprise that this stunning development has gained attention online, particularly as we head into the summer months. Harden Park is a collection of eco-living properties in Alderly Edge that truly brings together modern living and environmental consciousness. North Cheshire is an idyllic and quintessentially English location perfect for those who enjoy pubs, parks, and a relaxed lifestyle. 

 

Harden Park is a community of homes that can be accessed by a private road and you will be able to make your home on a 4.5-acre patch of land. With detached and semi-detached homes on their roster – these homes are ideal for those looking for their family home. Each of the homes comes fully fitted with lighting, wardrobes, and kitchen appliances to make it easier for you. With high-quality ecological features such as woodlands and a lake on-site – these properties will make impressive homes. 

 

The Wharf

 

Situated in Altrincham, voted Best Place to Live in 2020, The Wharf has proved popular so far and many of the properties have been sold. These luxury apartments are set on the banks of Bridgewater Canal and offer excellent transport links into the centre of Manchester. Bringing together a thriving setting alongside a relaxed suburban lifestyle; these 1,2, and 3 bedroom apartments are perfectly suited for first-time buyers, young professionals, and families alike. 

 

Enjoy a communal roof terrace giving a view over the canal as well as ample parking for guests and residents. This development also offers shared ownership to help those on a tight budget. 

 

St Bartholomew’s Place 

 

St Bartholomew’s Place is situated in the historical setting of Rochester and boasts views over the Medway River. Founded in 1078, St Bartholomew’s has a long history and is even the home of a listed building that acts as a focal point in our development. We are excited to transform this building into 155 new homes consisting of studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom townhouses. 

 

The site is close to Victoria Gardens, and you will be able to enjoy luxury high-end living without losing any heritage. This project is currently under construction and looks to be a popular development. 

 

Stunning Spring Walks Near Altrincham

Altrincham is a thriving town in Trafford, Greater Manchester. Voted the ‘Best Place To Live In 2020’ this area is rapidly growing in popularity and is the perfect place to call home.

This lively town has a lot to offer and here you can enjoy some of the best restaurants and bars in the North West. From comforting Italian cuisine at Sugo Pasta Kitchen to Porta’s Spanish-influenced menu – you’ll always enjoy a brilliant day out in Altrincham. 

Today we are going to take a look at some of the best beauty spots in and around Altrincham for you to add to your spring bucket list.

 

Broadheath Canal Waterways

 

If you are looking to stay local to Altrincham you can always take a stroll along the banks of Bridgewater Canal in the Broadheath area. The canal traces a path through Altrincham and up towards Lymm and is the ideal spot for a low-impact stroll with your family or friends. Travel for as long as you wish and take in the beauty of the waterways while maintaining easy access to many of Altrincham’s amenities. If you walk toward Viaduct Road, you will be able to stop off at a new cafe opened by ex-Rugby player Alex Shaw. Kickback Coffee is housed within one of the railway arches and is perfectly positioned on the banks of the canal for dog walkers and cyclists alike.

 

Dunham Massey 

 

 

Dunham Massey is a popular National Trust site in Cheshire and boasts another sanctuary for Red Deer in the North West. There is a rich history on the grounds of Dunham Massey – with 45 listed buildings on the property. 

 

Dunham Massey Hall is a stunning historical site built in 1616 by sir George Booth, who received one of the first Baronetcies by King James I. It is a Grade I listed building and offers tours inside the premises throughout the year. 

 

This park, in particular, is popular with the locals due to the stunning lake that sits in the middle of the park, as well as its cafe which serves food and drinks both for takeaway and seating in. The most wondrous thing about Dunham Massey is witnessing its foliage bloom and change through the spring and summer months. This scenic and accessible walk is ideal for both elderly adults and children and offers the perfect place for a Sunday Stroll.

 

Dunham also has plenty of fallen tree trunks and branches that are perfect for kids to climb on and play with. As well as this – Dunham is the perfect place for den building, and they sell ice cream to put a smile on any child’s face!

 

Tatton Park

Perhaps one of the most famous walks in the Manchester area is Tatton Park. Tatton Park is located in Knutsford and is synonymous with its red deer which roam the ground throughout the year. Tatton Hall was built at the end of the 17th Century and has been both a residence for the Lord Chancellor of England as well as a tourist attraction. The house and gardens are popular with guests and as a National Trust site – this area is protected and maintained to the highest standard. 

Only a 16-minute drive from our Wharf Road development, Tatton Park is the ideal escape from city living and provides a wonderful day out for the whole family. Whether you choose to have a calming stroll by the lake, explore the woodlands, or visit the house, gardens, and carousel ride; there are plenty of things to do. 

After a stroll around the park as well as up toward Knutsford at the far end of the park, you can grab a seat at the Gardener’s Cottage cafe and enjoy some delicious food and drink.

 

Tatton is a location that has something for everyone. for dog walkers it offers vast grounds for your furry friend to run around and enjoy (and a lake to swim in). Tatton has a farm that allows visitors throughout the year including a play barn for your kids to meet some cute animals and if you visit the gardens your child can amuse themselves in the maze too. For those who are green-fingered; Tatton Park hosts the RHS Flower Show every July with a wealth and breadth of stunning garden displays, artwork, and food for sale. Tatton also has food festivals and other activities throughout the year guaranteeing that there is always something fun to do during your visit. 

 

Spud Wood 

 

Spud Wood is a less well-known beauty spot close to Altrincham and truly serves as a hidden gem for visitors. It is situated in Lymm and comprises a small woodland walk as well as a canal pathway that runs along The Bridgewater Canal, incidentally the same canal beside which our Wharf Road development resides. 

 

Spud Wood is named so because it used to be a potato field, but today it is a popular spot for dog walkers and has a wide array of wildflowers and native grasses to enjoy. Perhaps if you are lucky, you will see the signs of a Badger set within the woodland. 

 

The best reason to visit Spud Wood is not the destination itself, but where you can walk from this location. Travelling one way within 15 minutes you can reach a charming English pub called ‘The Barn Owl’ and enjoy a pint while looking out onto the water. And heading the other way, if you stroll along the canal for around 40-50 minutes, you will reach ‘The Swan with Two Nicks’ in Little Bollington, and from there it is just a 30-minute walk to Dunham Massey. 

 

Trafford has many brilliant green spaces to enjoy, and Altrincham is easily accessible from some of the best beauty spots in Manchester. Consider one of our luxury apartments at The Wharf, Altrincham this year and find your perfect family home. 

 

What Can Homebuyers Get For £250,000 in Different Regions?

The housing market has seen a huge spike this spring. As we come out of lockdown more and more people are putting their houses up for sale or looking for a home to make a fresh start.

This surge in the housing market has been the biggest in a decade, and for those selling their homes, it is incredibly good news. The extension of the stamp duty holiday is a likely contributor to this rise in buyers, and the number of people completing transactions below the stamp duty threshold of £250,000 only looks to increase into the summer months.

So what can you purchase for £250,000?

MCR Property Group is going to explore the current housing market and assess what you may be able to get for under £250,000 in each region of England.

North East

The North East includes stunning locations such as Filey, Scarborough, Northumberland, and more. This picturesque part of the UK has the lowest average house prices – with that of a 3-bedroom home averaging at £152,034.

When looking for a home that is below £250,000, you will be surprised at how much value for money you can enjoy. It is not uncommon in this region to be able to purchase a completely refurbished 3-4 bedroom house for this price.

North West

The North West includes places such as Manchester, Liverpool, and Cheshire – and in this region, the house prices in this region have seen the biggest leap in recent months of 7.3%. The average price of a 3 bedroom home here is £193,357.

Depending on which part of the North West you look at, the prices could fluctuate a lot. However, for under £250,000 you could feasibly get a 2-3 bedroom house with a decent-sized garden in this part of England.

The Wharf in Altrincham is one of our latest developments, and you can get a 1-bed full ownership apartment from £189,950-£212,950. Although not a house, these luxury apartments are a great choice for first-time buyers, and their location in the thriving Cheshire town of Altrincham makes them a popular choice.

 

Yorkshire

One of the most stunning regions of England – Yorkshire is a popular place for tourists and homebuyers alike. Despite this popularity though, the price of a 3 bedroom home averages at just £188,538.

In Yorkshire, you will notice a focus on nature, and many of the homes on the market have historical value or natural features. For £250,000 you could purchase a stunning open plan bungalow, a 3-4 bedroom house, or a cottage in the countryside.

West Midlands

One of the main things to note about this region is the time it takes on average to find a buyer. It takes only 6 days on average to find a buyer, making it the fastest turnaround in England. For a 3 bedroom home the average is £218,545 – making it the priciest so far.

For £250,000 you could purchase a simple 3 bedroom semi-detached home with a sizeable garden and driveway. This is ideal for those looking for a family home.

East Midlands

As we move across the other side of the midlands, we see a decrease in the average price, this time at £211,814. If you are looking to move somewhere more rural and make a fresh start post-pandemic, this is a great region to choose.

For £250,000 you could purchase a small 3 bedroom cottage set away from the road and with a small garden.

South East

As we move further south and toward London, there is a clear increase in the average price of a 3 bedroom home, and in the South East, this is a whopping £372,655. Locations like Kent are idyllic and popular so it is no real surprise that homebuyers jump at the chance to move here.

For £250,000 you will likely be able to find a terraced home with 2 bedrooms and the size of the home will be modest. Your outdoor space will likely be minimal but it is a good option for those looking to downsize. One of our developments currently under construction – St. Bartholomew’s Place in Rochester, offers luxury studio,1, 2, and 3 bedroom houses starting at £154,000.

 

South West

The South West has a slightly more modest average price for a 3 bedroom home coming in at £291,861. For £250,000 and under you could find a lovely spacious terraced home with 3 bedrooms and a garden. The main draw in this region is the plethora of green spaces to enjoy locally.

Boulevard View is one of our properties on the outskirts of Bristol in the ever-popular South West of England with local transport links to the centre and national transport links as a few miles down the road is the international Bristol airport. For prices starting at £145,000, you will be able to purchase a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment with a fully fitted kitchen fridge freezer, washer dryer, oven hob, and hood microwave. These properties also come with a fully tiled bathroom with a shower and shower screen.

London

It is no surprise that London is a steep hike above any of the regions we have discussed today. For a 3 bedroom home, you would on average pay £644,648. Even with London being the only region to suffer a price drop of 1.1% in the last 12 months, it is still worlds away from other areas of the country.

If you had a budget of £250,000 and were searching for a home in London, you’ll be able to purchase a sleek and modern apartment with 2 bedrooms. Outdoor space is unfortunately not commonplace in London, which is why this part of the country is more popular with working professionals.

One of our developments, The Old Works, is located in Hig Wycombe which is only a 30-minute commute from London. These apartments range from 1-3 beds and start at a price of £189,950. Often, when considering your options close to London, searching further afield may be the best option.

MCR Property Group has a range of stunning properties for sale across the UK. Browse our active listings to find your forever home.

Via RightMove

 
 

Sprucing Up Your Garden For Spring

Spring is in full swing, and as the weather gets hotter and days are longer, pricing up the garden is a great idea. A garden is an important feature of any home, and as we reach the warmer half of the year we can look toward our gardens to bring some vibrancy, life, and colour to the property. 

 

Here at MCR Homes, we understand how crucial an outdoor space is for any home, and today we want to discuss some of the things you can do to spruce up your outdoor space for spring and summer.

 

Hang baskets 

 

One of the easiest ways to spruce up the exterior of your home for spring is to invest in a couple of hanging baskets. Hanging baskets can be placed on either side of your front and back door, and can display small flowers such as lobelia, marigolds, busy lizzy, and pansies. Hanging baskets can not only add a splash of colour to your garden but they can improve your kerb appeal, which is essential when it comes to selling your property. 

 

Create a seating area 

 

Part of creating a usable outdoor space is investing in a seating area where you can host parties or simply soak in the sun on a lazy Sunday. Consider laying a new patio or wooden decking and invest in rattan furniture which will elevate your garden and bring an air of luxury to your outdoor space.

 

Trim your trees 

 

Whether you are green fingered or a gardening novice – one essential skill to have is pruning. Pruning your large shrubs and trees is a simple way to get rid of deadwood and flowers, as well as tidy up wild-looking branches that look overgrown and messy. Part of maintaining a garden is keeping it tidy, and trimming your trees as well as other large shrubs can immediately vamp up the space and elevate it. If you are unfamiliar with how to prune a tree; simply choose a branch, locate a space just above the leaf node, and cut. Always cut just above the node to avoid damaging your plant. 

 

Plant flowers 

 

A colourful flower display is always a winner in a spring and summer garden, and there are two main ways you can approach this task. The first is the easiest and involves purchasing a cottage seed mix that typically contains poppies, cornflowers, and other colourful British flowers. You can sprinkle this on an empty flowerbed and throughout the spring and summer, you will see colourful blooms. The other method is to buy bedding plants from the garden centre and plant them yourself. If you are going for a certain colour scheme or style in your garden being able to plant flowers in an order that suits you can be useful. If you have a lot of space you can even create a display such as those you would see at a country garden.

 

Trim the lawn 

 

If you have not yet mowed your lawn this year, now is the time to do it. Over autumn and winter, your grass typically will lay dormant and grow very slowly. But by the time warmer weather hits you’ll need all hands on deck to trim it back and get it looking tidy and trim once more. By trimming your lawn every 3-4 weeks, it will stay looking beautiful all summer long. 

 

Reasons To Move To Manchester

Manchester is the fifth fastest growing property market in the UK and it is easy to see why. This vibrant and diverse city has been on the rise for decades and it has become its own cultural hub of the North. Since the Victorian era people have flocked to Manchester for a lucrative and happy life, and the lifestyle in this northern powerhouse is largely the reason. 

 

Today we are going to take you through some of the reasons you should consider renting or buying with MCR and moving to Manchester. 

 

The people 

 

It’s a well-known fact that people from the North are inherently more friendly than those in the South. Once you decide to make your home in Manchester it won’t take long to make friends with your community. People in Manchester are sociable and chatty, they love a good pub, and they are always up for a laugh. Even in the midst of the city, you’ll experience a much friendlier and more relaxed life than in London. 

 

The pubs

 

There’s a running joke in Manchester that you can’t walk more than 20 metres without seeing a Gregg’s bakery, and this is also true for pubs. Manchester has a whopping 1912 pubs, including 416 in the city centre itself. While travelling in Manchester you’ll never be too far from the comforting atmosphere of a proper English pub. Manchester is also home to The Old Wellington which was built in 1552 and still stands proud in the city today – albeit a few metres away from its original location. 

 

The education 

 

Manchester is perhaps most famous for its Universities, with The University Of Manchester being the largest in the UK. Manchester is known for birthing some of the greatest scientific and mathematical minds in history including Alan Turing, Ernest Rutherford, and Brian Cox. Manchester Metropolitan University is also known for its exploration of science and the arts. There are also some outstanding high schools and colleges in Manchester such as Urmston Grammar School and Altruncham Grammar School. 

 

The business 

 

There are over 100,000 companies currently situated in Manchester and the city invests heavily in many sectors including: property, finance, manufacturing, creative and digital technology, and energy. It is the largest growing economy outside London and may one day even overtake the capital. For those looking to move somewhere with job opportunities and great career prospects, this is undoubtedly the place to be. 

 

The scenery

 

Manchester differs from its southern counterpart in one important way: nature is on our very doorstep. When you move to Manchester you can enjoy stunning walks a small distance away such as Tatton Park in Cheshire; The Peak District; and The Pennine Trail. Most people are dog lovers in Manchester and this is very much ingrained in the culture of the people. 

 

Manchester is a beautiful city and one you don’t want to miss out on. Consider browsing our properties in the North West today to find your perfect home in Manchester. 

 

Is The Housing Market On The Rise During COVID?

The housing property market has been a question on many lips in recent months, and contrary to what many might assume; it is on the rise in most areas. The UK property market has seen a small boom in the last few months with the HMRC estimating 121,640 sales in January which is a 24.1% rise year on year compared with January 2020. 

 

However with the stamp duty holiday ending in April – will this remain the case? 

 

As of now, property markets across the UK are open which means that estate agents are able to conduct in-house viewings and buyers can move home. As specialists in the property field, MCR Homes will be able to provide expert guidance to those house hunting in 2021. Despite the lockdown measures currently in place, many are taking the opportunity to move and there was an increase in home sales from 152,480 to 346,360 from Q2 to and Q4 of 2020, respectively. Stamp duty changes put in place by the government during this period is likely a contributing factor to this growth. 

 

For many people now is the right time to make a change after almost a year stuck looking at the same four walls. If you are looking to move out and make a fresh start post-pandemic, now could be a good chance to take the bull by the horns and do it. 

 

Since last summer, the housing market has been on the rise from approximately 40,000 sales in . The stamp duty changes put in place by the government during this period are most likely the cause. The stamp duty cuts vary however buyers at the moment could stand to save thousands on their purchase. It is important to note that this ends on the 31st March 2021. Take your chance before it is too late to take advantage of these changes. 

 

In 2020, The Land Registry calculated that property prices went up by 8.5% year-on-year. The average value of a UK home now is £251,500, making the opportunity to take advantage of stamp duty cuts now more advantageous than in the coming months.

 

As the housing market continues to change in the coming months – you can consider getting in touch with us here at MCR Homes to facilitate your house move. Whether buying or renting your next property, don’t hesitate to get in touch for advice.

 

Government announces re-introduction of 95% mortgages for homebuyers

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced plans to turn generation rent into generation buy. A new help-to-buy scheme will bring back 95% mortgages for those living in England and Northern Ireland from the 1st April. Alongside the extension of the stamp duty holiday, this will help many homebuyers get on the property ladder in 2021. 

 

COVID-19 saw some huge changes with regards to 95% mortgages and they became pretty much obsolete. In February 2021 there were only 5 95% mortgage products available compared to 391 in March 2020. This has had a huge impact on homebuyers who may have suffered financial strain during the pandemic and therefore have been unable to save a hefty deposit. 

 

As the housing market began to bounce back during the pandemic, this brought with it a rise in the average house price to £251,500. This has been a blow to many first time buyers who have been looking to purchase, and as such the number of properties bought by first time buyers with a mortgage below 10% has decreased by 80% since last year. 

 

The Help To Buy Equity Loan Scheme will be open from April 2021 and will run until the end of 2022, with the aim of encouraging the younger generation and first time buyers to step up onto the property ladder instead of renting property. 

 

Who is eligible? 

 

Any household that is ‘creditworthy’ will be eligible for this scheme. If your household is struggling to save a large enough deposit, the scheme will help facilitate your purchase with a reduced deposit being allowed, as low as 5% according to Which. It only applies to properties that cost £600,000 or less, and only applies to standard residential homes and therefore will not include second homes or buy-to-lets. 

 

The scheme could potentially see a slight rise in interest from the current level of 3-3.5% for 90% mortgages to 3.5-4% for the new 95% mortgages. However, lenders may adjust their rates and offer lower deals. 

 

Neal Hudson, housing market analyst for BuiltPlace, states “A 95% mortgage is no help in London and other expensive parts of the country because you bump up against the affordability tests. It will really be most help in the Midlands and the north.” It is important to consider that these changes are aimed at helping the market as a whole and not a group of individuals.

 

As the world looks to get back to normal in the coming months, it is important for schemes like the help-to-buy and stamp duty holiday to be in place for those who need financial assistance. 

 

If you are looking for your new home in 2021, MCR Homes have a range of houses and apartments that offer help-to-buy schemes. Enquire today to learn more. 

 

Via The Guardian

Housing Market set to surge in spring

House prices look set to rise in spring as the property market sees a surge across the UK. MCR Property Group alongside many other developers will likely see a surge of interest in homes and rentals across the country.  

 

The UK housing market is experiencing high demand as the country starts to come out of lockdown restrictions; and the recent Stamp Duty and Help To Buy Scheme news has only boosted it more.  

 

House prices look to receive a 0.8% boost of £2,484 in March and buyer’s demand has risen higher than any point in the last 10 years. Rightmove states that the number of buyers making enquiries on new homes are at a record level. 

 

The spring selling period traditionally shows a boost for the housing market, but in the first week of March 2021 alone there was a rise of 12% compared to March of 2020. 

 

It is important to note that there is a shortage of stock on the market at this time; and competition has likely also been a contributing factor to the price hike. 

 

Rightmove’s House Price Index offers a comprehensive view of the current figures and shows the biggest surge in the spring market that has been seen in the last decade. 

 

For sellers – the news only gets better as sold STC properties currently make up almost two thirds of every agents’ supply. It means for those looking to sell their home now is a great time to consider putting their home on the market. 

 

For those who are eagerly awaiting upcoming assets to the market – browse the properties currently for sale and rent at MCR Property. Liaising directly with the developer can save a lot of hassle and money, and could see you in your new home by summer 2021. 

 

Via In Your Area

Stamp Duty Holiday Extended

The chancellor has announced an extension to the stamp duty scheme in England and Northern Ireland by three months until the end of June. 

The stamp duty holiday has been running since last July, allowing homeowners to forego paying stamp duty on any house under a value of £500,000. Property purchase tax on the first £500,000 of a home purchase was suspended saving home buyers thousands of pounds on their move. 

Extended stamp duty holiday rates:

  •         Up to £500,000 – no stamp duty
  •         £500,001 to £925,000 – 5%
  •         £925,001 to £1.5m – 10%
  •         Above £1.5m – 12%

The scheme was set to end on March 31st, but has now been extended to June 30th to help buyers in this difficult time. 

Stamp Duty Land Tax is paid by all buyers upon purchase of a home in England and Northern Ireland. Since July the stamp duty purchase tax rate has been increased to help improve the housing market and allow those who have taken a financial hit due to COVID to move house easier. 

Wales and Scotland have had similar relief for their respective taxes – and these schemes are due to end on March 31st. 

After June 30th, the nil band rate will rise to £250,000 which is double its normal rate. This will return to £125,000 at the end of September, starting from October 1st.

Rishi Sunak says the move was ‘to smooth the transition back to normal – and we will only return to the usual level of £125,000 from October 1st.’

The Stamp Duty Holiday was introduced last summer to help buyers who may have seen a financial hit due to COVID. The scheme was also aimed at helping the property market stay running throughout the pandemic – and this scheme has helped to increase January year-on-year purchases to 121,640 sales in 2021 which is a 24.1% increase from 2020.*

MCR Property Group joins other property development companies such as Knight Frank who say that the stamp duty changes will provide relief for those buying and selling homes.

This move from the government however is not cheap, and Laith Khalaf who is a financial analyst at AJ Bell states: ‘It’s not a cheap measure, estimated to cost the taxpayer around £1.6bn.’

What can be said however is that this move will likely encourage buyers and sellers to enter the market in the next few months to make the most of this tax break.

MCR Property Group offers expert advice and a range of both residential and commercial properties for sale and rent. Contact our team today for the latest development news and enquire about properties already on the market. 

Source* BBC News