Property Development & Construction Conference exploring the latest issues from finance to construction

The Property Development and Construction conference will be taking place again this year.

The first dedicated conference for property developers took place in 2011; following the success BuildStore Financial Services has now announced its 2012 conference for the residential property market.

The Property Development & Construction Conference in 2012 will be aimed at regional at regional property developers, bringing together developers, lenders and the construction industry.

After the publication of the Governments Housing Strategy last year, the housing market is now a major priority; this creates a unique opportunity for developers to take advantage of the release of public sector land.

The Government are eager to see regional developers play a more influential role in providing new homes; there are real opportunities for developers to profit in the current market.

Where is the conference?

The National Self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon

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Get Britain Building Programme receives enthusiastic feedback

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has confirmed that they have received a very positive response to the Get Britain Building Programme with the programme becoming a central part in tackling the housing crisis.

Funding allocations under a special commissioning stage, running alongside the main bidding process, has also been announced.

A total of 170 expressions of interest submissions have been received under the main bidding process, many of these submissions contained bids for multiple schemes. The HCA will now asses these expressions of interest looking at factors such as; value for money, deliverability and fit with local priorities.

A shortlist of schemes should therefore be released by mid-March.

Furthermore, 18 sites will go forward to the next stage of the assessment process to unlock delivery on commissioned schemes, these are of a high importance to particular communities and can create ample local benefits. Up to £46m could be allocated to the 18 commissioned schemes to deliver 1,300 new homes including on public sector sites.

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Build-Zone supports Government strategy to deliver homes and strengthen the economy

An ambitious new strategy to tackle the housing shortage, boost the economy, create jobs and give people the opportunity to get on the housing ladder was announced today (21 November 2011) by the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister said the Government has inherited a broken housing market and a devastating collapse in construction from the era of top down targets, but new plans will give the housing market a shot in the arm by boosting supply, easing financial pressures and helping with demand. The action we take will drive up the level of housebuilding, ensure we are helping new home owners and boost consumer confidence.

The Strategy will break the current cycle in which lenders won’t lend, builders can’t build and buyers can’t buy. We’ll be making it easier for people to secure mortgages on new homes, help people get on the property ladder, address unfairness in social housing and ensure homes that have been left empty for years are lived in once again.

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Mortgage lending up in September whilst approvals dropped

Figures from the British Bankers Association (BBA) have found that the figure for gross mortgage lending in September increased to £8.4billion, despite approvals dipping slightly.

The amount of money lent by the banks was up from £8.3 billion in August, with a spokesperson for the BBA suggesting that the increase is due to more activity in the buy to let market.

However, the number of mortgage approvals were down 6% compared to August’s figures. 33,130 mortgage loans were approved in September, whereas at the height of the housing market there were about 130,000 approvals a month.

First time buyers who are struggling to get on the property ladder are still concerned about the lack of mortgage lending but the number of 90% mortgages on the market are increasing, so it is important to keep looking.

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Self-Build Zone host self build site insurance masterclass at the National Home Improvement Show 2011

Self-Build Zone announces that Simon Middleton, Director at Self-Build Zone hosted a Masterclass at the National Home Improvement show at Earls Court over the weekend.  Simon spoke on the subject of avoiding costly extension, improvement and renovation project insurance pitfalls.

Self-Build Zone are a leading provider of site insurance, the 10 year structural warranty, buildings insurance, technical audits, building control services, health & safety to the self build, extension and home improvement marketplace.

Site Insurance is essential for anyone planning an extension, renovation, conversion or new build project. Self-Build Zone have several different site insurance options to protect your project during the build process, including flexible short term extendable policies as well as the traditional 2 year policy.

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