HOA’s Voice

Read our take on the latest developments of interest to homeowners and aspiring homeowners, with contributions from our staff, supporters and guest contributions.

How homeowners can beat the cost of living crisis

cost of living crisis

Homeowners up and down the UK are dreading the inevitable energy price hike expected this April, alongside a wider cost of living crisis. But did you know mortgage payments are at least seven times that of typical annual energy bills? Switching mortgages could save more than £2,000 a year, more than the typical annual energy bill.

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Shared ownership changes: what do they mean for homebuyers?

shared ownership changes

Shared ownership is a popular scheme aimed at homebuyers who are struggling to afford a suitable property on the open market. Last year the government announced a raft of changes to how the scheme works. And things aren’t quite as beneficial as you might first think. Sue Phillips of Shared Ownership Resources sets out what’s changed and what those reforms really mean for you.

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What to do if builder refuses to fix snags in your new build home

couple looking at snags in newly built home

When you buy a new build home, you hope that, aside from the odd delay, everything will be ready for you to move in on your completion day. But this isn’t always the case. Here we look at how to get problems fixed and what to do if the builder refuses to fix snags in your new build home.

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2022 Housing Market Predictions

Homemovers and housing professionals had a lot to contend with last year: the pandemic created a “race for space” as people searched for bigger homes, while the stamp duty holiday and record low interest rates fuelled soaring numbers of transactions. Will 2022 be as dramatic? We’ve asked the estate agency Strike to give us their take on what’s to come.

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Best London Rental Yields 2021

London rental yields 2021

Are you in the market for an investment property in London? If so, you’ll be interested in what the London estate agency Portico has to say about the best London rental yields from 2021

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Energy bills soar and suppliers go bust

What will happen to my energy bills?

Brace yourself for soaring energy bills as gas prices rise and the cheaper energy providers drop like flies. Here's everything you need to know about what to expect from your energy bills, whether you should switch now and why this is happening.

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5 ways to get your home ready for Christmas

How to get your home ready for Christmas

For some, simply decorating the tree isn't enough when it comes to the festive season. So we've asked Victoria Purcell at goodhomesmagazine.com how to add shimmer and sparkle to the rest of your home.

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