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The most viewed homes for sale in Britain this month have been revealed, and properties in Wales dominate the list.

Property website Zoopla revealed that homes for sale in Swansea and Carmarthenshire are among its most popular listings and Welsh homes make up six of the top ten most viewed properties.

The most viewed property for sale is near the beautiful coastal town of Llanelli in Wales and boasts a hot tub, a fire pit and views of the coastline.

The list reflects the ‘race for space’ during the pandemic as homebuyers seek to prioritise rural and coastal locations – and as well as the Welsh homes it includes a £2.75million Cornish modern house and a £2.375million Yorkshire mansion.

Most popular homes for sale:  This five-bedroom house is in Llanelli, Wales, and is for sale for 0,000 and estate agents Mallard Estate Agents are handling the sale.

Most popular homes for sale:  This five-bedroom house (scroll down for more pictures of this property) is in Llanelli, Wales, and is for sale for £550,000 via Mallard estate agents 

The property at the top of the list is in Llanelli, a market town in Camarthenshire that is around 10 miles north west of Swansea. It is on the market with a price tag of £550,000.

The house has five bedrooms and stunning views of the coast, which can be enjoyed from full width balconies on two separate floors.

For those looking for a smaller property, the list of most popular properties also includes a one-bedroom flat in Purfleet, Essex. The price tag is the cheapest on the list at £175,000.

Purfleet train station has good commuter links into London and the flat is on the market with a price tag of £175,000.

Also on the list for commuters working in London is a three-bedroom terrace house that’s for sale for £300,000 in Tadworth, Surrey. The property has a semi-rural location with easy access to Epsom, Banstead and Sutton and sought-after features including a south-facing rear garden and allocated parking.

Luxury properties featured in the list of most viewed homes for sale include a six-bedroom mansion in West Yorkshire that is for sale for £2,375,000.

Alton Hall has plenty of outstanding features including an outdoor heated pool, six en-suite double bedrooms, a cinema and a fully-equipped gym.

In tenth place is a five-bedroom riverside home in Newquay, Cornwall, which is for sale for £2.75million. It has breathtaking views across the River Gannel tidal estuary and comes with a summer house, plunge pool and an open-plan living space.

Tom Parker, of Zoopla, said: ‘Properties in Wales have clearly captured the attention of home hunters across the UK, with properties in Swansea and Carmarthenshire dominating the top 10. With the memory of lockdown still fresh for many people, demand for coastal properties is increasing and with both areas located by the coast and offering reasonably priced properties, this might help explain why they are proving particularly popular.’

Here is the list of the most viewed properties…

1. Five-bed house in Llanelli for £550,000

Top of the most viewed list! This five-bedroom house in Llanelli, Wales, is for sale for £550,000 via Mallard estate agents

Top of the most viewed list! This five-bedroom house in Llanelli, Wales, is for sale for £550,000 via Mallard estate agents

Taking in the view: The Welsh property enjoys absolutely stunning views of the coastline in Camarthenshire

Taking in the view: The Welsh property enjoys absolutely stunning views of the coastline in Camarthenshire

Inside the modern house in Llanelli is an open-plan living area that boasts a breakfast bar and a central island in the kitchen

Inside the modern house in Llanelli is an open-plan living area that boasts a breakfast bar and a central island in the kitchen 

The most popular house for sale in Britain is this five-bedroom house is in Llanelli – a market town in Camarthenshire that is around 10 miles north west of Swansea.

Its stunning views of the coast can be enjoyed from the property’s full width balconies on two floors. It is on the market for £550,000 and estate agents Mallard Estate Agents are handling the sale.

2. Four-bed house in Swansea for £420,000

The second most viewed home in Britain is this four-bedroom house in Swansea, Wales, which is for sale for £420,000 via estate agents John Francis-Killay

The second most viewed home in Britain is this four-bedroom house in Swansea, Wales, which is for sale for £420,000 via estate agents John Francis-Killay

Extra benefits: The property was built in 2007 and includes a separate studio that is an ideal space if you are working from home

Extra benefits: The property was built in 2007 and includes a separate studio that is an ideal space if you are working from home

The second most viewed home in Britain is also in Wales and is this four-bedroom house in Swansea.

It was built in 2007 and includes a separate studio that is perfect for working from home. The property is for sale for £420,000 via estate agents John Francis-Killay.

3. One-bed flat in Essex for £175,000 

A smaller budget? This one-bedroom flat in Purfleet, Essex, has the cheapest price tag on our most viewed list at £175,000

A smaller budget? This one-bedroom flat in Purfleet, Essex, has the cheapest price tag on our most viewed list at £175,000

The Essex property enjoys attractive commuter links into London and is on the market via estate agents Kempsters

The Essex property enjoys attractive commuter links into London and is on the market via estate agents Kempsters

This one-bedroom flat in Purfleet, Essex, has the cheapest price tag on our list at £175,000.

It is ideal for those working in London as nearby Purfleet train station has good commuter links into the capital. The property is for sale via estate agents Kempsters.

4. Four-bed house in Swansea for £295,000

Community feel: This four-bedroom family home in Sketty, Swansea, has good access to a variety of schools and local parks

Community feel: This four-bedroom family home in Sketty, Swansea, has good access to a variety of schools and local parks

The Swansea property has plenty of open green space and is on the market for £295,000 via estate agents John Francis-Sketty

The Swansea property has plenty of open green space and is on the market for £295,000 via estate agents John Francis-Sketty

This four-bedroom family home in Sketty, Swansea, is in a catchment area for both local primary and secondary schools.

There is also a hospital, university and local parks nearby. The property is on the market for £295,000 via estate agents John Francis-Sketty.

5. Six-bed house in West Yorkshire for £2,375,000

This property in West Yorkshire has the second highest asking price on our list at £2,375,000 and is being sold by estate agents Fine & Country

This property in West Yorkshire has the second highest asking price on our list at £2,375,000 and is being sold by estate agents Fine & Country

Alton Hall has six bedrooms and plenty of luxury features, including this grand staircase in the entrance hallway

Alton Hall has six bedrooms and plenty of luxury features, including this grand staircase in the entrance hallway

Alton Hall in Batley, West Yorkshire, has plenty of luxurious features, including a 15-metre outdoor heated pool, six en-suite double bedrooms, a cinema and a gym.

It sits on a generous garden plot of around one acre and is accessed via secure wrought-iron gates set 45 metres back from the main road.

The six-bedroom property has the second highest asking price on our list at £2,375,000 and estate agents Fine & Country are handling the sale.

6. Six-bed house in Wales for £799,950

This family home is in the village of Llangennech in Llanelli and is for sale for £799,950 via estate agents West Wales Properties

This family home is in the village of Llangennech in Llanelli and is for sale for £799,950 via estate agents West Wales Properties

This family home is in the village of Llangennech in Llanelli and has close access to the M4.

It has six bedrooms and is on the market for £799,950 via estate agents West Wales Properties.

7. Three-bed house in Swansea for £260,000

This three-bedroom family home in Clydach, Swansea, is for sale for £260,000 via estate agents Perfect Pads

This three-bedroom family home in Clydach, Swansea, is for sale for £260,000 via estate agents Perfect Pads

This three-bedroom family home in Clydach,Swansea, has a low maintenance enclosed garden with views over the local canal.

The property is for sale for £260,000 and is being sold via estate agents Perfect Pads.

8. Four-bed bungalow in Swansea for £279,000

This four-bedroom bungalow in Morriston, Swansea, is for sale for £279,000 via estate agents Perfect Pads

This four-bedroom bungalow in Morriston, Swansea, is for sale for £279,000 via estate agents Perfect Pads

This bungalow in Morriston, Swansea, has an open-plan living area and a spacious rear garden.

It has four-bedrooms and is on the market with a price tag of £279,000 via Perfect Pads.

9. Three-bed terrace house Surrey for £300,000

This terrace property in Tadworth, Surrey, has three-bedrooms and is for sale for £300,000 via estate agents Leaders

This terrace property in Tadworth, Surrey, has three-bedrooms and is for sale for £300,000 via estate agents Leaders

This terrace property in Tadworth, Surrey, has good access to Epsom, Banstead and Sutton, and also has sought after features including a southerly facing rear garden and parking.

It has three-bedrooms and is for sale for £300,000 via estate agents Leaders.

10. Five-bed house in Cornwall for £2.75m

The most expensive property on our list is this five-bedroom house in Cornwall's Newquay, which is for sale for £2.75million via David Ball estate agents

The most expensive property on our list is this five-bedroom house in Cornwall’s Newquay, which is for sale for £2.75million via David Ball estate agents

Clean air and open space: The Newquay home has breathtaking views across the River Gannel tidal estuary

Clean air and open space: The Newquay home has breathtaking views across the River Gannel tidal estuary

The most expensive property on our list is this riverside property in Cornwall’s Newquay.

It boasts breathtaking views across the River Gannel tidal estuary, along with a summer house, plunge pool and an open plan living space. It has five bedrooms and is on the market for £2.75million via David Ball estate agents.

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‘I’ll be sending the bill to the chief executive’: Cladding-hit flat owner hits out at developer after his floor collapses in latest building fiasco

  • Homeowner sees floor at his London flat collapse in latest building fiasco
  • We exclusively reveal the full extent of the damage – a hole that is 40cm by 30cm
  • The damage is the latest question about building work in flats across Britain
  • Many flats have already been hit by the cladding crisis and face huge repair bills 










A leaseholder who is already having to deal with expensive cladding issues has hit out at poor craftsmanship after the floor of his flat collapsed beneath his feet.

Liam Spender explained that he was at home at the weekend when he felt the floor give way.

‘I felt the floor go and moved quickly out of the way. I turned back and there was a dip in the carpet. I nearly fell through the floor,’ he said.

Leaseholder Liam Spender (pictured) has hit out at poor craftsmanship at his London home in Canary Wharf

Leaseholder Liam Spender (pictured) has hit out at poor craftsmanship at his London home in Canary Wharf

Mr Spender lifted the carpet at his London flat near Canary Wharf to reveal the full extent of the damage – a hole that is approximately 40cm by 30cm.

He explained that his flat is across two levels, meaning that the floor between is allowed to be made as it is – with chipboard and wooden joists – and does not need to include concrete. 

However, Mr Spender claimed that the sheets of chipboard were not adequately supported by the floor joists. 

The damaged floor is on a gallery above his bedroom. ‘It could have been a lot worse and I could have gone straight through,’ he said.

Taking to Twitter, Mr Spender explained how the floor was not adequate, saying: ‘There is only air between the floor boards and the room underneath.’

Mr Spender claimed that the chipboard floor was not adequately supported by the floor joists

Mr Spender claimed that the chipboard floor was not adequately supported by the floor joists

The flat owner revealed the full extent of the damage - a hole that is approximately 40cm by 30cm

The flat owner revealed the full extent of the damage – a hole that is approximately 40cm by 30cm

It is the latest challenge Mr Spender has at his building, as he already faces a bill for remediation works due to cladding issues.

‘I’m going to get the bill for fixing the mess on cladding. The broken floor is literally a step too far. 

He said: ‘I’m going to get the bill for fixing the mess on cladding. The broken floor is literally a step too far.

‘I have not had my bill for the cladding issues yet. But I’ll be sending the bill for the floor and the cladding – when it comes – marked for the attention of the chief executive and chairman of Berkeley homes.’

Since the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, concerns about cladding have become a national issue.

Lenders have refused to provide finance on some types of cladding, leaving some flat owners trapped in unsafe homes that they are unable to sell.

Berkeley Group was approached for comment, but declined to comment. 

Mr Spender said the broken floor was 'a step too far' as he was already expecting a repair bill for cladding issues at his building

Mr Spender said the broken floor was ‘a step too far’ as he was already expecting a repair bill for cladding issues at his building

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We want to hear your views on the proposed new carbon budgets which, the Government says, will change how people live and work. The proposed budgets, published by the Climate Change Advisory Council, will apply to every sector of the economy and will outline a limit for total emissions that can be released.

The first carbon budget, which will run from 2021 to 2025, will see emissions reduce by 4.8 per cent on average each year for five years. The second budget, which will run from 2026 to 2030, will see emissions reduce by 8.3 per cent on average each year for five years. The council says the budgets will require “transformational changes for society” but that failing to act would have “grave consequences”. Environmental campaigners say the budgets will provide a cleaner, healthier and safer future but some rural groups such as the Irish Farmers’ Association say they will have “serious repercussions”.

How do you feel about the new carbon budgets?

Now we’d like to hear your views: Do you support the budgets or are you against them; do they go too far or not far enough?

We will publish a selection of your responses online (If you are reading this on the Irish Times app, click here to access the form for submissions).

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House sales shoot up a THIRD in September amid fears of mortgage rate hike

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The number of homes bought and sold in Britain rose by two thirds in September compared to August, with experts believing buyers are seeking to get ahead of a potential rise in mortgage rates. 

There were nearly 161,000 property transactions in September on a seasonally-adjusted basis, a 67.5 per cent increase on the previous month, according to latest figures from HMRC. 

They also increased by 68 per cent compared to September 2020, and 63 per cent compared to the ‘normal’ market average in September 2017 to 2019.

The cost of a mortgage could be set to increase, if the Bank of England base rate rises

The cost of a mortgage could be set to increase, if the Bank of England base rate rises

Experts say the sharp rise was only partly a result of the Government’s stamp duty holiday, which has fuelled price growth of around £25,000 in the last year but finally ended on 30 September. 

It initially allowed buyers to save up to £15,000 in taxes as they did not need to pay stamp duty on the portion of their property purchase under £500,000. 

But in September, the tax break would have had a more subdued effect.

In England and Northern Ireland, it was tapered down between July and September so that buyers could only save £2,500.

And the holiday had already expired in Scotland and Wales, on 31 March and 30 June respectively. 

Given that the impact of the stamp duty holiday was lessening, some suggest that other factors have become more important in maintaining high levels of activity in the housing market. 

There are a number of things at play, according to Lawrence Bowles, senior research analyst at Savills.

‘There’s more to this activity than a stamp duty holiday: record-low mortgage rates, desire for more space, and a core of unmet pent up demand all continue to push up transaction volumes,’ he says. 

Although it is one of several reasons why the housing market remains hot, the desire for a cheap mortgage has become more of a pressing issue for buyers in recent days and weeks. 

This is because speculation about a rise in the Bank of England’s base rate has threatened an increase in the current super-low rates.

At the moment, rates are available as low as 0.89 per cent – but they are already rising. At its lowest, the cheapest fixed rate on the market was 0.84 per cent.

Major lenders including NatWest, HSBC and Barclays have all moved to increase rates on some mortgages, after months of sustained falls. 

With a base rate rise being predicted by some for December, experts are suggesting that the threat of mortgage rates going up is the ‘new stamp duty holiday’ and that the rush to complete sales before rates rise is now keeping the housing market buoyant.

Simon Bath, chief executive of technology company iPlace Global which created the property advice app Moveable, says: ‘We have reached another crossroads in which following the stamp duty holiday, there is another potential deadline for Brits to prepare for.

‘It seems likely that house prices will continue to rise before demand slows down, as Brits race to obtain lower mortgage rates.’

Rising costs: Those buying homes have seen the typical sale price increase by £5,000 in the last month alone, according to data from the property platform Rightmove

Rising costs: Those buying homes have seen the typical sale price increase by £5,000 in the last month alone, according to data from the property platform Rightmove 

Early statistics back his price rise theory up. According to Rightmove’s latest house price index, which covers the first half of October, the average house price jumped £5,000 compared to the previous month. 

In addition, every UK region broke asking price records for the first time since March 2007.

The property portal noted in its report: ‘The continued fast turnover of property for sale and a window of opportunity to buy before a potential interest rate rise seem to have overcome the final expiry of all stamp duty incentives and are keeping activity robust.’

This trend is keeping the market buoyant for now, but could it really lead to another buying frenzy? Iain McKenzie, chief executive of The Guild of Property Professionals, says so. 

‘With demand for properties still high, and a potential mortgage rate rise on the horizon, this could be the perfect storm to see another frenzy to buy, so long as the shortage of stock doesn’t continue,’ he says. 

There is also the simple fact that people who were trying to meet the September stamp duty deadline, but failed, are unlikely to abandon their purchases, and will continue to add to the totals over the coming months. 

But others are less sure about talk of another buying boom. With the base rate rise only tipped to be from 0.1 per cent to 0.25 per cent, the difference in people’s mortgage payments may only be a few pounds per month. 

For example, for someone with a £120,000, two-year fixed rate mortgage on a £200,000 home, the difference between a 0.89 per cent rate and a 1.04 per cent rate would be just over £8 a month, or just under £200 across the fixed period. 

Office for National Statistics data showing house price increases over the past 15 years

Office for National Statistics data showing house price increases over the past 15 years

Mark Harris, chief executive of mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, says: ‘People will still move without stamp duty holidays and will continue to refinance their homes, whether mortgage rates are below 1 per cent or around 2 per cent.

‘Borrowers are keen to secure these historically-low mortgage rates but if the right property comes along, they are still likely to buy even if they have to pay say 15 basis points more and won’t qualify for a stamp duty holiday.’

But as the stamp duty holiday proved, the psychological impact of thinking you are saving money can be powerful, even when the actual cash saving is negligible. 

While buyers did indeed ‘save’ up to £15,000 in tax, house price rises during the stamp duty holiday were upwards of £20,000, eclipsing the actual saving.   

The true impact that the mooted rise in mortgage rates will have depends on myraid factors, including whether there is further clarity on if and when the base rate change might actually happen, and how mortgage lenders continue to respond to the situation. 

All eyes will be on the October transaction statistics and house price indices to see whether the market is remaining buoyant. 

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