‘Right to Build is being hidden’ Martin Roberts lifts lid on ‘under the radar’ legislation

Martin Roberts outlines how ‘Right to Build’ works

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Property auction expert Martin Roberts appeared alongside presenters Rosie Wright and Simon McCoy on GB News this morning share his property advice. Martin, 58, featured on the show to discuss ways prospective first time buyers can buy a home and get on the housing ladder in all market conditions. It comes after it was revealed by Nationwide today that first time buyers now have to provide up to five-and-a-half times their typical annual earnings to get on the property ladder and provide a 20 percent deposit.

The TV presenter said he wanted to share “positive” tips rather than concentrating on the negatives.

One tip the property expert he described as a “curve ball”.

Rather than buying a home, he suggested first time buyers build their own.

Martin lifted the lid on a piece of legislation called “Right to Build” which is designed to make it easier for people to self build.

The Homes Under The Hammer co-presenter said: “In other parts of Europe, we build our own homes.

“If you go to some parts of The Netherlands, Denmark and Germany and the number of people who build their own homes is huge. It’s around 70 to 80 percent of people.

“I’m not talking about necessarily getting screws and nails and actually hammering things together, but they do that.

“There’s a thing which has recently been introduced that has sort of gone under the radar by the Government called ‘Right to Build’.

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“It’s making the finance and the whole infrastructure around building your own home really simple.

“So, more lenders are coming into the market to lend against build your own.”

Right to Build supports those who want to build their own home, get on the housing ladder and create their own unique property to live in or sell on.

While this may sound like a lot of work for a first time buyer, Martin said buyers can save around 30 percent on the average price of the property.

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He explained: “What does that matter to a first time buyer?

“In general, if you’re building yourself – I’m not talking about hammering nails into bits of wood, you just manage the project – you can save around 30 percent on average of the price of the property.”

The property expert said most people think if they buy a new home, they should go with whichever builder is in the area.

He also said buyers who buy a “secondhand” home then think they have to renovate and “do it up”.

But building your own home is a “curve ball” which people don’t see as a suggestion.

Martin said prospective self-builders can find a plot of land by checking out a “brilliant” place called The National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC).

He added: “They’ve got lots of information about plots of land and how you do it yourself.

“You might be looking at this and thinking ‘what?’ but I’m trying to give positive things rather than ‘oh woe is me’.”

Prospective self builders can log their desire to build their own home with their local authority via the Right to Build Register.

Part of the legislation for Right to Build deems that local authorities must ensure they have sufficient plots available to meet demand, and demonstrate that planning permission (or permission in principle) has been granted on the plots within three years.

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