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Market Harborough named the most liveable place in the UK

Market Harborough has come top of the league table of the most liveable places in England. The research, carried out by Your Housing Group, examined a range of factors around opportunity, desirability and affordability to determine which are the most and least liveable locations overall.

The writer of the report, former Treasury economist, Chris Walker explains, “We believe that our measure starts to create a more real-world and accurate picture both of what affordability actually is, and where exactly more affordable housing new build is most urgently needed.”

Beating the Isles of Scilly, East Hampshire and Mid Devon to name a few, Market Harborough ranked first not only as the overall most liveable place in England, but also in the regional East Midlands list. The Midlands dominated the national top 10 list with Warwick, Daventry and South Derbyshire also making appearances.

This isn’t the first time Market Harborough has made it into the leader boards as a top destination to live. In 2018, Market Harborough was named as the 7th best place to live in the whole of the Midlands in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2018 guide.

So, what makes Market Harborough such a liveable area? According to the report from Your Housing Group “It offers good housing affordability, good desirability and excellent opportunity for people living there.”

We explored some of the factors that make Market Harborough so desirable.

Great employment opportunities, schools and affordable housing

When it comes to house prices, Market Harborough is slightly above the national average of £304,000 at £315,400. However, residents’ earnings are well above the national average and the district has a fantastic employment rate thanks to it’s thriving town centre and numerous business parks.

The average monthly rent in Market Harborough is well below the national average of £844 at just £747. This provides great opportunities to younger people looking to start families in an area with fantastic state-funded schools, or professionals looking to take advantage of the many career opportunities in the area.

A commuter’s paradise

The location of Market Harborough also makes it incredibly desirable. With brilliant road and rail links, it’s the perfect commuter location for those looking to work in cities like Leicester or London whilst living in a more traditional and quieter market town location.

Thriving independent high street and community

It’s not just the winning statistics and a great location that make Market Harborough such a desirable place to live. It has a thriving High Street featuring numerous independent retailers at a time when many town centres are struggling. Whether residents are looking to buy gifts from exclusive boutiques, sample wine at the local merchants or buy fresh fish and poultry there is an independent business ready and waiting.

There’s also a thriving restaurant and coffee shop culture in Market Harborough, with Italian delis, upscale wine bars and cosy coffee shops on every flower-lined street. Not only that, the centrally located market is always full of life with over 60 bustling stalls. In fact, it was voted Britain’s Best Small Indoor Market 2016 and the Leicester Mercury Retail Business of the Year 2016.

Alongside this there is a clear sense of community in the Market Harborough area with regular events taking place throughout the year including Christmas fairs, country shows and arts festivals.

Expert estate agency in Market Harborough

If you would like expert advice about buying or renting a property in Market Harborough, contact Naylors Estate Agency today on 01858 450 020.

Grace Homes delivers again with exquisite new development near Market Harborough

Naylors Estate Agents has a long-standing relationship with Grace Homes, joining forces many times over the years to populate new residential developments in the Harborough district. The latest, and perhaps the most impressive of all, Welland Fields, is a new development of 21 homes on the outskirts of Lubenham.

We’re thrilled to be working with Grace Homes again to bring these beautiful properties to market. It’s no surprise that homes on the development are selling fast, with over one third now sold. Continue reading

House prices in Harborough rise by double the national average

Over the past decade or so, the price of housing in Harborough has frequently outperformed surrounding towns as well as performance on a national level. The latest house pricing figures from the Office of National Statistics show that house prices in the region are showing no sign of slowing down. Continue reading

More landlords required to improve property’s energy efficiency

Since April 2018, changes to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards meant that rental properties must achieve a minimum EPC rating of E before being able to be let to a new person/s. Therefore, owners of the least energy efficient homes (rated F or G) have been required to make changes to upgrade their rating to E or above before agreeing new tenancies. Continue reading

Best houses and flats for rent and buy in Harborough this August

Thinking of renting or buying a property in Harborough? We don’t blame you. Harborough is a wonderful district to live in and we see plenty make the move to the area every year.

At Naylors, we have apartments, flats, bungalows and houses. So, you’ve decided to move to Harborough, but what properties are currently available for rent? Here are some of our current top picks: Continue reading

Does your home entitle you to the new inheritance tax relief?

“Nothing is certain except death and taxes,” goes the saying coined by Benjamin Franklin, and of course when it comes to inheritance tax the two unpleasant realities go together.

If you are a homeowner, usually your property will take up the majority of your estate when you die. Inheritance tax, which is charged at a rate of 40%, is applied above a threshold of £325,000. The fact that the £325,000 tax-free limit was frozen for 2018/19 made headlines, not least because it has not increased since 2009. This means many argue it is now a burden to many people who cannot be categorised as wealthy, as more and more estates become eligible for inheritance tax each year. Continue reading

Considering cashing in on the East Midlands house price hike?

Winter may have outstayed its welcome this year, but the traditionally-buoyant spring property market is now in full bloom here in Market Harborough. As is usual across the UK, the market shouldn’t start to tail off again until families become distracted by all things summery at the end of June. Continue reading

Should you extend or move home?

You’re happy in your current home but space is starting to be a premium. Perhaps you’ve had a few additions to the family or simply need more space than what you once had. When the amount of space becomes all too much to bear, the natural instinct for most is to look on the property market to see if there are any suitable houses that they can move to. But what about extending your current property? Continue reading