New year translates into new beginnings for record number of Yorkshire people

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FOR a record number of Yorkshire people, the new year is signalling the start of new beginnings - and none more so than in the property sector.

While many new year resolutions focus on going to the gym more often, losing weight, or having a 'dry January', finding a new home traditionally tops the wish list.

To help people in their search, we have put together a selection of properties that meets the needs - and pockets - of those eyeing up a fresh start...  and marking 2018 with that dream move.

For buyers, they include:

Harewood Road

£750,000 to £1m

A five-bedroom cottage in the heart of Yorkshire’s so-called "Golden Triangle" between Leeds, Wetherby and Harrogate. Priced at £995,000, the home on Harewood Road, Collingham, is set in substantial gardens and has uninterrupted views as far as the eyes can see.

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leeds road bramhope

£500,000 to £750,000

A four-bedroom detached home with its own sunny "Mediterranean-style garden" at Leeds Road, Bramhope. On the market for £669,950, this refurbished and extended family home boasts three bathrooms. One of the four bedrooms is ideal as a granny or teenage suite.

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moor park

£300,000 to £500,000

Moor Park in Beckwithshaw, near Harrogate, is a stunning example of a three-bedroom village home, rich in character, that dates to 1859 – the year that the West Riding of Yorkshire Penny Savings Bank, predecessor of Yorkshire Bank, opened its doors in Leeds. Close to town but with a rural twist, the property was converted from original stables to the main Mansion House and now provides a modern and contemporary home. It’s on the market for £450,000

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main street addingham

Under £300,000

With a relaxation of stamp duty for first-time buyers announced in the Autumn Budget, this two-bedroom terraced home on Main Street, Addingham, Ilkley, is an appealing buy at £227,000. A pretty mid terrace house new to the market, enjoying a central village location, with two double bedrooms and a large house bathroom. To the rear there is a good sized courtyard having an attractive, southerly aspect, together with a small stream.

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For people looking to rent, they include:

leeds road internal

£4,000 per calendar month and above

At £4,100 per month, this striking property on Leeds Road, Harrogate, is among Yorkshire’s most prized rentals.  The breathtaking accommodation is perfectly arranged over three floors and boasts cinema room, 40ft open plan living area with spectacular views over the landscaped gardens, study, sitting room, media room, fully equipped gym with steam room, roof terrace with far-reaching views over Harrogate, master bedroom with dressing room and luxury en-suite and three further bedrooms, all with en-suites.

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green hammerton

£2,000 pcm to £4,000 pcm

A seven-bedroom farmhouse at between Harrogate and York, near Green Hammerton. Wilstrop Hall offers an exceptional opportunity to live in an attractive period country farmhouse in a private yet accessible location. With beautiful walled gardens, a lovely courtyard overlooking the river, and possible land available for equestrian interests it is available unfurnished for £3,500 per month.

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fearnville drive internal

Under £1,000 pcm

A three-bedroom detached family home in the increasingly sought after location of LS8 in East Leeds. Offering easy access to nearby shops, schools and services, the detached property on Fearnville Drive is conveniently situated to take advantage of nearby ring roads for access into the city centre and destinations further afield. It can be let for £825 pcm.

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Looking forward to 2018, Mark Christopher, Head of Residential Sales has provided his predictions for the year.

"A hallmark of 2017 was the steady growth in sale prices of circa 5% across both North and West Yorkshire. We have seen first-hand signs of pent-up demand now being released."

"This is evidenced in the typically more sought-after locations of Harrogate, North Leeds and York. Here, achieved prices have been 95% to 98% of asking prices - and the speed of sale has been faster than the regional average."

"The rental market is also buoyant. Research across our branch network has revealed that tenants are now staying in a property for an average of 21 months –almost twice as long as when we first opened our doors 20 years ago!"

"This is a trend we expect to gather further momentum throughout 2018, as living in a rented home for a longer period is now a real and sustainable alternative for a growing number of people seeking a more flexible lifestyle."

He added: "We expect a very similar picture in 2018 to be truthful - with a backdrop of small, incremental interest rate rises; and the ripple effects of new Government initiatives - spearheaded by stamp duty reductions for first-time buyers, and build-to-rent developments, especially in Leeds city centre.

"Last year Yorkshire also witnessed a healthier appetite among developers in the new homes sector - and we see this as a big stand-out growth area for 2018. This will help the under-supply of housing, although this must be seen as a long-term strategy rather than a quick fix."

If you are thinking of moving in 2018 you can start your sales search here and lettings search here.

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