PUBLISHED: 11:30 13 April 2019 Jason Noble Local Democracy Reporter A CGI rendering of the homes planned on the former Mid Suffolk District Council offices in Needham Market - housing has been a key issue in the district. Picture: MID SUFFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL MID SUFFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL Back in 2015 when the last local elections took place for Mid Suffolk, voters and councillors alike could reasonably have expected the 2019 polls to be for a merged council with Babergh. Mid Suffolk District Council leader Nick Gowrley said he was proud the Conservative administration had not needed to make cuts to frontline services. Picture: MID SUFFOLK DISTRICT COUNCILThat’s not the case though, as, despite work over four years the councils are still not yet in a position to take that next step.But there has been a shake-up of the ward boundaries since then, with Mid Suffolk District Council now having 34 seats up for contest, instead of the 40 last time … [Read more...] about What are the talking points for the Mid Suffolk 2019 elections?
Grants for first time home buyers
This year’s Spring Permanent TSB Ideal Home Show is all about wellbeing: yours, your family’s and the planet’s. It’s about “helping home owners attain the comfort, lifestyle and wellbeing that comes from achieving your ideal home,” says Sean Lemass of SDL Exhibitions, the event organisers. Up to 30,000 people are expected to attend the show, which takes place from April 12th to 14th at Dublin’s RDS. The focus on sustainability and personal wellbeing is evidenced by the introduction of Eco Expo, a specialised section dedicated to demonstrating the ways in which home owners can reduce their energy bills, and extend or improve their homes in an eco-friendly way. [Register here before Saturday, April 6th, for your free admission ticket for two people to the Ideal Home Show] The showhouse, built on site, is always a central element of the show. This season, which is sponsored by home appliance innovator … [Read more...] about Ideal Home Show 2019 embraces wellbeing: yours and the planet’s
The events take place in Dublin (April 4th) and Cork (April 25th), with a panel of experts on hand at each to provide advice that will help buyers find the home that's right for them at a price they can afford. The first takes place in Dublin’s Davenport Hotel on Thursday, April 4th, where quantity surveyor Patricia Power, of RTE’s Room to Improve TV show, will outline what to look for in a new home, and what to avoid. Power specialises in residential properties, including new builds, extensions and refurbishments. Knowing a little can save a lot, she says. “It’s amazing to me that even my own friends will look at me blankly when they buy a house and I ask them what kind of heating system it has,” says Power. To attend the Dublin first-time buyer's event, register here To attend the Cork first-time buyer's event register here The wrong kind will cost you money. “I understand it really because you’re buying with your heart and you want … [Read more...] about First-time buyer events to take place in Cork and Dublin this April
Buying your first home is an exciting process and choosing an older property that requires some work can be rewarding and challenging in equal measures. It can also let you consider a place that is closer to your dream home but comes with the responsibility of bringing it back to life. Karen Brownlee is an architect with extensive knowledge of renovations on older buildings. We asked her to outline the merits of choosing an older property that is in need of some love and she gives us her top tips on what to look out for before you buy. To help those who are considering getting their feet on the property ladder, Bank of Ireland and Myhome.ie are hosting a series of events for first-time buyers, in Dublin and Cork. They will take place on Friday, March 22nd at 6:30pm in The Irish Times building (ground floor), Dublin, and on Wednesday, March 27th at 6.30pm in The Imperial Hotel, Cork. To attend the Dublin event, register here. To book your place at the … [Read more...] about Interested in a renovation? Top tips to help you tell if it’s the route for you
Stamp duty land tax relief for all first-time buyers for purchases up to £500,000: this was the pledge made by the Chancellor, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, in the 2017 Autumn Budget. Given the usual stamp duty threshold is far lower than the average house price in London, this was a big win for first-time buyers. But it always pays to read the fine print, and buyers should beware of an oddity that’s since emerged meaning Hammond’s promise isn’t accessible to all. This problem arises for first-time buyers who are getting onto the property ladder with financial help from the Bank of Mum and Dad, who are purchasing new-build flats – where at completion the buyer is granted a new lease. Ironically enough, that’s exactly the sort of home many first-time buyers are being encouraged to purchase through Help to Buy and Starter Homes schemes. At best this legislative trap limits opportunities and, at worst, means first-time buyers are handed a surprisingly bigger … [Read more...] about Opinion: First time buyers purchasing new builds with the help of Mum and Dad are missing out on SDLT relief