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Market rebounds

New figures from the Zoopla Property Index show house prices are on an upward trajectory.

Zoopla found house prices were up 2.4% year on year in May. It also predicts property prices in the next quarter will grow by between 2 and 3%.

Micro homes for rough sleepers

Six “micro homes” have been built on church land in Cambridge as part of an innovative project to help the homeless.

As well as getting a roof over their heads, rough sleepers who move into the self-contained pods will receive counselling and support.

The micro-homes, which are easy to relocate, will stay on their present site for three years.

After this time, they could be moved to a new location. Let’s hope we see more being done to help the homeless.

Coastal dreams

New research from Rightmove shows that Whitby in Yorkshire is the most in-demand seaside location in the UK – up in popularity by almost 5% in a year. The figures are based on inquiries for properties available for sale in the area.

Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, was second, followed by Troon in Ayrshire, Scotland.

The most expensive seaside destination though remains Sandbanks, in Poole, where the average cost of a home is £1,243,364.

Back to business

Another positive sign that we’re all getting back to normal is that the Scottish housing market will reopen for business next week. Lettings and estate agents can open their doors from Monday (June 29). Viewings can also take place as long as social distancing measures are observed.

This follows the partial reopening of the housing market in Wales. Viewings can now take place at unoccupied Welsh properties. House moves can also go ahead providing the property has been vacant for 72 hours.

The world of property is emerging strongly after the lockdown, which is good news for anyone looking for a new home.

We want the people of Sutton and Cheam to know that we are optimistic about the future and determined to continue to serve our community.

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