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5 of the best new home developments

5 of the best new home developments
Whether you are a landlord looking to bolster your rental property portfolio or a buyer looking for a dream 'move straight in' home, new home developments are a superb option.

But even with brand, spanking new homes, there are still things to consider before taking the plunge...


Consider your area

Brexit has put something of a damper on the UK's property price growth in some areas.

But other areas continue to perform well.

Take some time to look ahead into the future.

You'll want your new build property to be worth more when you come to sell it, so take a look at developments in different areas and speak to your local agent to get the lowdown on the local market.


Developer due diligence

It's highly likely there will be more than one development springing up in the area you are looking to buy in.

And that means more than one developer doing the work.

Make sure you research the developers and see how previous work they have done shapes up.

Look at customer testimonials and online forums outlining the aftercare process - you'll want to buy from a developer with a proven track record for snagging and sorting out property teething problems.


Try to get a deal

Particularly in the current market, where transactions have fallen to lower levels in many areas, the opportunity for a deal could be there for you.

Just because a property is brand new, that doesn't mean you have to pay the asking price.

Make sure you haggle like you would buying an established home and do your research on properties that have already sold on the development.


Be a good 'snagger'

'Snagging' is when the buyer of a new build property checks it for defects and finish before completing on the sale.

This is a really important part of buying a new-build property and should be done with the finest tooth comb.

Look out for paintwork defects, poor plastering, brickwork issues, fixtures and fittings, window performance and plumbing, heating and electrical work.


... Now you know the basics of buying on a new development, let's take a look at five of the best new-build properties currently on the market...


New build developments

With summer just around the corner, imagine a brand new home right on the south coast, only a few miles from the award-winning beaches of Bournemouth, Dorset.

This two-bedroom terraced homeis one of eight on a small development in the popular Northbourne area of the town.

Close to major roads for links to Bournemouth, Weymouth and Southampton, the property has two double bedrooms and Help to Buy is available.

bournemouth new development

Alternatively, if you're looking for seaside living but a little further north than Bournemouth, this three-bedroom detached bungalow is in the heart of Lancashire twin towns Thornton and Cleveleys.

thornton new development

Just north of Blackpool, the property is part of a gated development alongside the River Wyre with stunning views.


South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are packed with pretty towns and Gainsborough is certainly one of them.

As is this proposed three-bedroom house on Corringham Road, close to the town centre and with direct road access to Doncaster and Sheffield via the A361, Lincoln on the A15 and Scunthorpe on the A159.

gainsborough new development

Gainsborough Lea Road station also provides direct trains to Sheffield and Doncaster which take 54 minutes and 30 minutes respectively.


For lovers of city living, though, there's nowhere better than London.

This two-bedroom flat on the 17th floor of the Residence development at Nine Elms, SW8, close to the South Bank, comes with 763 square feet of space, a 24-hour concierge and on-site gym, making it perfect for a vibrant, city-loving professional or couple.

london riverside new development

Finally, this one-bedroom flat in the Atlas Building, EC1, is close to Old Street and the vibrant night-life of trendy Shoreditch.

shoreditch new development

As well as a concierge and gym, the building also boasts a swimming pool and cinema room, as well as a generous-sized balcony and is due for completion in Spring/Summer 2019.


To view these new developments and more properties across the UK, take a look at our available properties or get in touch with your local Martin & Co office.