Buying a home is a big investment in your future, so it’s crucial to choose a neighbourhood that promises to only get better as the years go by. From award-winning developer Countryside, Beam Park in Rainham and Fresh Wharf in Barking are East London ’s brightest new addresses, with everything you need to live life to the full at affordable prices. With stylish, high spec homes, quick transport connections, fantastic local amenities, and acres of parkland right on the doorstep, these are sustainable communities built to last. But prospective buyers will need to act fast, as there are only a limited number of apartments with Help to Buy available, and you only have until October this year to reserve a home under the scheme. Regular buyers and investors should also act quickly to avoid disappointment, with 80% of homes at Fresh Wharf already sold. Creating places where people love to live Both developments are breathing new life into their local areas, with … [Read more...] about Why NOW is the right time to get on the property ladder – and the incredible new neighbourhoods you could be calling home!
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If you want to know why Britain is in such trouble, consider the disgraceful over-reaction to an old recording of Liz Truss arguing that British workers aren’t sufficiently productive, and that some people don’t work hard enough. She was stating the obvious, and yet her comments were dismissed as a “gotcha” moment by half of Twitter and as “grossly offensive” by Labour Party demagogues. When did we become so entitled, so self-satisfied, so allergic to any kind of constructive criticism? What hope is there for Britain if it is now politically incorrect to explain that hard graft at school and at work is a crucial route out of poverty? Why isn’t it obvious that we need to massively and urgently do whatever it takes to improve Britain’s dire productivity rate? For years, Tory and Labour politicians alike have taken the easy way out, obsessing about “sharing the proceeds of growth” and green social engineering, taking prosperity for granted, all the while slowly poisoning the … [Read more...] about Entitlement Britain is becoming a poor country and too many people don’t care
By Harriet Agerholm & Colletta Smith Published 24 minutes ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing People under 30 are facing a brewing cost-of-living crisis, new figures shared with the BBC suggest. A growing share of young renters are signing new contracts that exceed 30% of their pay, according to the data - a five-year high. Housing groups say spending more than 30% of pay on rent is unaffordable. While London has the highest rents, affordability has worsened in towns such as Rotherham and Bolton for young people since the pandemic. The data suggests under-30s spend more of their earnings on rent than other working age groups. The figures cover 150,000 young people and were supplied by property market consultancy Dataloft. Number of holiday-let homes up 40% in three years Prices rising faster than wages Megan Stephens and Richard … [Read more...] about Growing share of under-30s pay unaffordable rent
Metro’s London for Less series highlights homes where affordable schemes can give you a leg up on the ladder – even in the notoriously expensive capital. This week: Harbard Close , Barking, IG11, from £192,000 from Pocket Living. Even by the standards of Barking and Dagenham, London ’s cheapest borough, a new home under £200,000 that you’ll own 100 per cent of is extremely good value. That’s because it’s by Pocket Living , a developer that specialises in delivering well-connected and well-designed homes that cost 20 per cent less than the open market value of similar local properties. Barking’s excellent transport links are definitely worth boasting about as the station, just half a mile away, is on the District line, 15 minutes from Fenchurch Street via speedy C2C trains, and two stops on the Overground to Wanstead Park, which is a short walk from the Elizabeth line at Forest Gate. The development comprises 78 one-bedroom apartments, and all but one are … [Read more...] about How to buy in London for less: Bag a bargain in Barking for under £200,000
SAN FRANCISCO — Jordan Smith had dreamed of living in San Francisco for as long as he can remember. He grew up in Stockton, a flat industrial suburb surrounded by agricultural fields in the Central Valley where his mom was a third-grade teacher, his dad a civil servant. Smith had what he described as “an almost Norman Rockwell–like childhood.” When his mom would take him to visit San Francisco an hour-and-a-half drive away, he’d put on his Sunday best — button-down, slacks, shiny shoes, and a blazer to ward off the wind chill. “My mom always said, ‘When you’re going to San Francisco, you gotta dress up because it’s what you do when you’re going to the city,’” recalled Smith, who is now 42. “There’s so much different people and different cultures and different lifestyles in the city. Just taking it all in was amazing.” Each time they crossed the Bay Bridge and the undulating, glassy skyline emerged over the shimmering water, his heart raced, and each time the city receded in the … [Read more...] about The Only Way For Some People To Stay in San Francisco Is To Steal