I know it can be a daunting task for a young person preparing to buy a home for the first time, either on their own or with a partner.


I was surprised to read research that showed 34% of UK house buyers have searched again for a home within a year of moving in, with 7% doing so in the first month.


I was very pleased to read that more than 400,000 people have been able to buy their first homes thanks to the government’s Help to Buy scheme.

A government report confirmed some 458,000 completions have taken place under the scheme. Of those 402,000 were first time buyers.

Help to Buy ISAs offer government bonuses of up to £3,000 to help first time buyers top up their savings. The statistics released show that first time buyers have taken advantage and opened up 1.2 million new accounts.


I was please to read that Gloucester house prices are up 4% on where they were a year ago and are 10% higher than 2016.

Online property site Rightmove has published data this month covering house prices in Gloucester and the immediate surrounding areas and their figures make for interesting reading.


It may come as no surprise to many of you that Gloucester has been voted the second best place to work in the whole of the UK according to a survey carried out by Glassdoor Economic Research.

Glassdoor’s Best UK Towns & Cities to Work In report questioned employees across the country regarding a number of factors including job prospects, salaries, job satisfaction and property prices.

Gloucester came significantly higher than any other town or city in the South West, including Bristol. In fact, Gloucester scored just 0.1 less overall than the national winner, the town of Slough in Berkshire.