You may have noticed the housing market is bustling with activity at the moment.
It seems the demand that had been building up over the last few months is now being released.
We’ve seen the highest number of sales agreed achieved in a month since we began keeping records about ten years ago. There were 60% more agreed sales in August 2020 compared to the same period last year.
All this activity is also pushing asking prices upward. The average price nationally is now just under £320,000.
So we thought we’d check what sort of properties are available in different parts of the country for less than £300,000.
Here are some of our favourites.
This 15th century cottage in Chippenham is bursting with character. And with four bedrooms arranged over three floors, we think it quite a find.
The exposed timber and stonework create a unique rustic feel to the place, and the wood burners almost make us look forward to a cosy winter!
We love the kitchen too. It’s looks bright and spacious and adds a contemporary angle to this historic building.
This is a brand new home, so it comes with clear benefits. They are typically more energy-efficient and chain-free.
It’s in the popular village of Teynham, in Kent, sitting right between the seaside and the magnificent Kent Downs.
We quite liked the design of the house. It looks roomy and practical, and like it was built for a small family to live in.
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This three-bedroom in Lowestoft is exceptionally well-presented. It’s been modernised and finished to a high standard, and the slick kitchen/diner is a great example of why open-plan living spaces are increasingly popular.
The garden looks like an ideal chillout zone, perfect for barbeques and entertaining guests on sunny days. The seaside is just a few minutes away, and within walking distance are a number of parks, schools, shops, and options for eating out.
As a bonus, you get a garage, which always comes in handy. Listed at £230,000, it looks like quite a bargain.
Research shows that lockdown has bumped gardens and open spaces right up home-hunters’ wish-lists. And about a third of buyers are now thinking of moving to the countryside.
So if you fall into that category, this large 3-bed in Chesterfield might be just for you. Check out those views from the back garden!
The pictures speak for themselves, but it’s worth mentioning the conservatory and kitchen. We think they’ve been done rather tastefully, and we can see them being great spaces for hanging out.
There’s a lot of love about this property in Thornton, near Cleveleys. It’s modern, classy, and spacious.
It’s got three generous double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, a large open-plan kitchen and dining room, a sun room, and even an extra study, which is ideal if you work from home.
The entire place feels bright and airy.
This property might appeal to those of you into home tech and modern add-ons. It’s all been done to pretty high specs; appliances you can control with a smartphone, and an electric skylight with a rain sensor, are just a couple of its features.
We mentioned how interest in gardens and living in the countryside has gone through the roof, and this beautiful detached home in Northumberland ticks those two boxes, and many more.
Can we just stop for a second to imagine what it must be like to own a home with one and a half acres of south-facing gardens?
Overlooking Todlaw Hill, a nature reserve haven to a wide variety of wildlife (including the increasingly rare red squirrels), this impressive property seems like great value for its asking price.
And for those of you inclined to take on a project, it appears this home comes with planning permission for two additional dwelling places, but you’ll have to ask the estate agent for more details.
We thought this detached three-bed in Merthyr Tydfil is rather grand for its price.
The front view of the property is impressive, standing tall behind attractive stone hedges and trees.
It’s just recently been refurbished, so much of the interior looks fresh and new. And there’s loads of room on the ground floor, including two reception rooms, as well as a sizeable garden.
It’s a lovely area if you’re into nature, as just a few minutes away is the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park.
With plenty of space inside and out, plus a double garage for storage, and two living rooms, this large detached house seems ideal for a growing family.
It’s in the desirable town of Dunfermline, and has plenty of nearby options of nurseries and primary and secondary schools.
Dunfermline is considered by many as Scotland’s historical capital, and is only a 40-minute drive from central Edinburgh.