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  • Seize the moment: A unique opportunity to benefit from a quieter market?

    As we approach the Bank of England’s next meeting on June 20th, there’s growing speculation about potential changes in interest rates. However, given that inflation has not yet met the target—currently at 2.3%, just above the desired 2.1%—there’s uncertainty about whether a rate drop is imminent.

    Currently, the average two-year fixed mortgage rate stands at 5.93%, while the average five-year fixed rate is 5.5%, according to Moneyfacts. Even the most competitive five-year fixed rates are over 4.3%, and the lowest two-year fixed rates are above 4.65%. Although we’ve seen a slight easing in mortgage rates recently, the latest figures suggest that any significant downward trend might be delayed.

    Market and Political Uncertainty

    Adding to the financial uncertainty is the recent announcement of a general election, which introduces another layer of unpredictability. With a full rate cut now not expected until November, this political development could further impact economic conditions and mortgage rates.

    However, while the upcoming six weeks may pose some challenges for new sellers entering the market, buyers have a unique opportunity to benefit from a quieter market and potentially strengthen their purchasing power during this brief period.

    Why now is the right time to buy a Skipton Properties home

    At Skipton Properties, we understand the challenges that come with navigating this uncertain financial and political landscape. That’s why we’re offering our ‘Any Home. Any Offer’ assistance packages to help you make the best decision for your circumstances.

    (Please note there are two homes at the Willows that this offer doesn’t apply to)

    Let us help you buy a new home

    1. Own New: This product provides access to lower mortgage rates for the next two years, allowing you to ride out the current uncertainty with more predictable and manageable payments. It’s a proper mortgage at a proper rate!

    2. Other Support: If you need assistance with different aspects of your home purchase, such as flooring or stamp duty, we’re here to help. Our flexible options are designed to alleviate some of the financial pressures and make your home buying experience smoother.

    Talk to our knowledgeable Sales Advisors today

    Don’t let the current market and political conditions hold you back from owning your dream home. Our Sales Advisors are ready to discuss how our assistance packages can benefit you. Whether you’re looking to secure a lower mortgage rate or need help with other costs, we have solutions tailored to meet your needs.

    Fed up with waiting? Contact us today to explore how Skipton Properties can support you in making your homeownership goals a reality and join our other buyers in benefitting from the unique assistance we are currently offering.

    You can view our homes below or speak with one of our knowledgeable Sales Advisors Thursday – Monday 10:30am – 5pm. Let’s make your dream home a reality together.

    Bolton Gardens – Silsden

    Croft Mill – Foulridge

    The Alders – Skipton

    The Willows – Silsden

  • Is Now the Right Time to Buy a New Home? Here’s Why We Think So!

    Buying a new home is always a significant decision, and with mortgage rates currently held at 5.25%, many potential homeowners might feel hesitant about jumping into the market. However, we believe that now is a great time to make your dream of owning a home a reality. Here’s why:

    An Opportunity with Own New

    At Skipton Properties, we understand the challenges that the current higher interest rates can pose. That’s why we’re offering an exclusive opportunity for our buyers to access mortgage rates as low as 2.71% on a fixed term for two years. Own New can give buyers access to much lower rates because we contribute 3% of the purchase price. To find out more about Own New, click here.

    What’s happening with mortgage rates?

    They are currently higher than they have been in 16 years…

    • The average mortgage rate is held at 5.25%
    • We seem to have reached the Peak Base Rate: Many experts believe that the base rate has reached its peak and could start to decline in the second half of this year. This potential decrease could lead to lower mortgage rates in the future.
    • We may not see interest rates coming down significantly for a while: According to Rightmove, historical data shows that after periods of interest rate increases, rates tend to remain flat for a while before they eventually decline.

    The Advantage of Acting Now

    There are several reasons why buying a home now might be the best decision:

    1. Lower Initial Rates: With Own New, you can lock in a rate as low as 2.71%* for the first two years. This provides a financial cushion while you wait for overall market rates to decrease.

    2. Building Equity: By purchasing a home now, you start building equity immediately. Waiting for rates to drop might seem wise, but it also means missing out on potential appreciation in home values.

    3. House prices could rise sooner than you think: Recent analysis showed a decline in house prices, however some have recently revised those figures due to improving market conditions. For those of you who’d like to do a deep dive into Savill’s latest analysis you can click here.

    4. Don’t miss out: we’re nearing the end of build on most of our developments including Bolton Gardens, Silsden, The Alders in Skipton and Croft Mill, Foulridge.

    Make Your Dream a Reality. View our beautiful new homes now and talk to us about how Own New could work for you….

    For advice on your mortgage and Own New please click here.

    Source: Rightmove and Savills

    *Example assumes a 3% homebuilder incentive and is based on mortgage rates available in the market, with a 2 year initial period and an LTV of 60%.  Savings made in the initial fixed period.  Independent financial advice must be sought from a regulated mortgage broker to access this scheme.  Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up your mortgage repayments. Rates valid as of 02/05/2024.

    Bolton Gardens – Silsden

    Croft Mill – Foulridge

    The Alders – Skipton

    The Willows – Silsden

  • Move in Time for Summer – The Alders, Skipton

    Move into your dream home by the end of June

    Part Exchange available on all homes!

    As the summer creeps up on us, there’s no better time to settle into your dream home, At The Alders, we’re excited to invite you to join our vibrant new build development and community just in time for the sunny season!

    With only 13 homes remaining now is the perfect time to secure your spot in your dream Skipton Properties home. This bank holiday weekend we are giving you the chance to have an exclusive viewing inside our Trent, Thames, Hawthorn SL and Gallagher SL homes!

    We understand that moving can be daunting, which is why we’re thrilled to offer part exchange on all our homes. Say goodbye to the hassle of selling your current property and hello to a smooth transition into your new space. You can also take advantage of our exclusive 3% offers!*

    This week, when the sun finally came out, we captured some stunning pictures of The Alders. To say we are proud of how they are turning out would be an understatement!



    * Incentives are valid on selected plots only and not in conjunction with any other offer. We reserve the right to withdraw at any time.

  • Rosie shines in the London Marathon and raises over £1700 for charity!

    Our valued colleague Rosie has completed the London Marathon, achieving an official finishing time of 4 hours and 41 seconds!

    Rosie after her marathon

    What makes Rosie’s achievement even more remarkable is her incredible fundraising effort. While Rosie was fortunate to secure a spot through the marathon’s ballot, she went above and beyond by setting a fundraising target of £500. In a true testament to her dedication and the support of her community, Rosie surpassed this goal with flying colours, raising an astounding £1731 (with more donations still coming in).

    But Rosie’s marathon journey wasn’t just about personal accomplishment—it was about making a difference. With a commitment to giving back to her community, Rosie dedicated her run to supporting Manorlands, a local hospice that provides care for individuals and families in need.

    Reflecting on her marathon experience, Rosie said:

    “I wanted to raise money for a local charity to try and help make a difference. I dedicated the run to all those that have ever had family or friends that have been cared for at Manorlands.

    The day its self was one of the most unforgettable days of my life. The atmosphere and crowds were amazing and definitely spurred us on to the finish line. It is an honour to raise money for such a worthy charity.”

    Rosie Wood

    Congratulations, Rosie, on a well-run marathon and a fundraising effort that has surpassed expectations!

  • Offers & Incentives on all Our Developments & Homes!

    At Skipton Properties, incentives aren’t a frequent sight because we prioritise crafting high-quality homes with inclusive specifications. Yet, we recognise the challenges of relocating in today’s market and aim to ease the financial burden by helping you to buy. Our goal is to turn your dream of owning a Skipton Properties home into reality.

    It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

    1. Explore our developments (links below)
    2. Select your dream home
    3. Choose your preferred incentive

    Tailored incentives await, or opt for one of these enticing options:

    • Part Exchange: Secure a guaranteed buyer for your current home.
    • 3% CashBack at completion.
    • Elevate your space with upgrades from our Interiors Collection, valued at 3% of the purchase price.
    • Enjoy a 3% contribution towards your mortgage, reducing your monthly payments with the Own New Rate Reducer.

    *Homes included in this offer will be clearly shown on the website. It is and will not be available on newly released homes, including but not exclusive to, Plots 39 and 40 at the Willows, Silsden.

    Terms and Conditions

    3% CASHBACK

    3% Deposit Contribution offer is available across all our current homes, subject to status and availability*
    This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other Skipton Properties offer.
    This offer is not available on Buy to Let property purchases.
    This 3% sum will be agreed with you prior to the reservation of your home.
    Legal completion must take place on or before the date agreed at the time of reservation in accordance with the terms and conditions of the legal contract.
    Skipton Properties reserve the right to withdraw or alter the terms of this offer at any time prior to payment of a reservation fee.

    3% Interiors Collection Upgrades

    3% Upgrade Offer is available across all our current homes, subject to status and availability*
    This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other Skipton Properties offer.
    This offer is not available on Buy to Let property purchases.
    This 3% sum will be agreed with you prior to the reservation of your home. The upgrades can be chosen during your selection appointment. 
    Legal completion must take place on or before the date agreed at the time of reservation in accordance with the terms and conditions of the legal contract.
    Skipton Properties reserve the right to withdraw or alter the terms of this offer at any time prior to payment of a reservation fee.

    Own New Rate Reducer

    We will make a 3% developer contribution across all our current homes, subject to status and availability*
    You must use a registered Own New Financial Advisor to apply for your mortgage.
    This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other Skipton Properties offer.
    This offer is not available on Buy to Let property purchases.
    This 3% sum will be agreed with you prior to the reservation of your home. 
    Legal completion must take place on or before the date agreed at the time of reservation in accordance with the terms and conditions of the legal contract.
    Skipton Properties reserves the right to withdraw or alter the terms of this offer at any time prior to payment of a reservation fee.

    Part Exchange

    Please find our part exchange T&C’s here.

    Bolton Gardens – Silsden

    Croft Mill – Foulridge

    The Alders – Skipton

    The Willows – Silsden

  • We love our new home! Glowing feedback from our first resident at Croft Mill, Foulridge

    At Skipton Properties, we take our customers’ feedback seriously. Whether it’s a pat on the back or a suggestion for improvement, we share it with our entire team. Recently, one of our homeowners from Croft Mill in Foulridge shared their experience with us, and it’s stories like theirs that keep us motivated.

    “We have been very happy with Skipton properties,” they said. “They made our buying and selling experience very easy for us. As we had a newborn baby they allowed us the flexibility of moving in over a few days and sorted out any issues very quickly. We love our new home!”

    It’s heartening to hear such positive feedback. Knowing that we made a difference in someone’s life, especially during a big life change like buying a home, is what it’s all about for us. The Craven home they’re living in is one of our favourites too—it’s cosy yet spacious, perfect for families like theirs.

    We’re not just about building houses; we’re about building homes where memories are made and families thrive. And hearing stories like this one from Croft Mill, Foulridge reminds us why we do what we do. So, to all our homeowners, past, present, and future, thank you for letting us be a part of your journey. We’re here to help you build your dreams, one home at a time.

    View our Show Home at Croft Mill, Foulridge:

    Reserve your new home with us, find out what homes we have available in Yorkshire and Lancashire using the links below:

    Bolton Gardens – Silsden

    Croft Mill – Foulridge

    The Alders – Skipton

    The Willows – Silsden

  • Introducing our New Show Home at The Alders, Skipton

    The Cooper (Plot 69) is our stunning three-bedroom, semi-detached split-level home. It is located on the edge of the development, with no homes in direct view of the sun-filled garden. Come and see for yourself, we’re open Thursday – Monday 10:30 – 5 pm

    Discover the thoughtful layout that defines the Cooper. The ground floor impresses with its integrated garage, convenient WC and storage, while the first floor stands out as the home’s unique selling point—an entire level dedicated to family living and entertaining.

    On one side of the landing, you’ll find a spacious lounge enhanced with a large window and double doors leading to a Juliet balcony. On the other side, awaits an expansive kitchen/diner, complete with more double doors opening onto the turfed rear garden— an inviting space positioned strategically within the development. Due to its orientation and layout, the garden benefits from optimal sun exposure.

    Interior Design Choices

    Dove grey cabinets are chosen for their timeless elegance, versatility, and ability to complement a variety of interior styles. The soft, muted hue of the cabinets adds a subtle contrast to the warm, earthy tones chosen in the interior design of the home.

    The top-of-the-range handles not only elevate the look of the cabinets but also contribute to the overall luxurious feel of the home. Their high-quality craftsmanship and stylish design serve as a focal point in the kitchen and will last a lifetime.

    Warm, earthy tones inspire a sense of cosiness, comfort, and groundedness in the interior colour palette. Shades of beige, orange, terracotta, and various greens infuse the space with warmth and create an inviting feel.

    Thank you to the Designer Contracts for partnering with us to achieve our desired style!


    We have also created a Matterport walkthrough of this show home, A Matterport is a technology that creates immersive 3D models of physical spaces. If you would like to get a feel for the home and its space and light throughout, take a look for yourself here.


    Benefits of Three-Storey Family Living in Skipton

    • Room for Growth With three floors of living space, families have room to grow and adapt to changing needs over time. Extra bedrooms can be used for guest accommodations, home offices, or hobby rooms, providing flexibility for evolving family dynamics.
    • Views and Natural Light The height of a three-storey home often allows for better views of the surrounding landscape and increased natural light flooding the house.
    • Separation of Work and Living Spaces – With multiple levels, there’s the potential to designate specific areas for work, such as home offices or studios, away from the main living quarters. This separation helps maintain a healthy work-life balance.

    Limited Remaining Homes at The Alders, Skipton!

    It’s important to note that opportunities to own one of these exceptional homes are limited. With only a few remaining properties available. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience the comfort and style of the Cooper house type. Contact us today to schedule a viewing and make your dream home a reality.

  • LABC Bricks Award – The Alders – Two in a row!

    We’re proud to announce that The Alders, Skipton has secured its second consecutive LABC Bricks award, a testament to our commitment to excellence in construction and quality workmanship.

    This award recognises the outstanding quality and craftmanship evident in every aspect of our developments, from the carefully curated architecture to the meticulous attention to detail, our team has spared no effort in reimagining new homes that surpass expectations.

    LABC Jan 2024

    The Alders embodies our mission of creating vibrant communities, we believe a home is more than just a place to live rather a happy and fulfilling foundation to life, which is why we recently partnered with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust at this development to plant even more trees!

    Securing the award for the second consecutive month acknowledges the sustained efforts and dedication of our team. We have now sold 85% of The Alders and are beyond pleased with how it has turned out, it is great to see our residents enjoying their new homes!

    Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey. We look forward to continuing to redefine the standards of excellence in the industry and seeing some of you at our newest Show Home opening on the 23rd March.

  • New Show Home Unveiling at The Alders, Skipton: Explore Three-Storey Living

    We are all set to unveil our newest show home at The Alders, Skipton this Saturday, 23rd March. We invite you to explore the contemporary allure of the Cooper, a three-bedroom house style spanning three floors.

    With doors flung open from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, you can immerse yourself in the sophisticated simplicity of the Cooper design and talk to us about our other available homes. Opening weekend continues on Sunday and Monday, offering the same hours for exploration.

    The Elder (now sold) - an example of our bathrooms
    The Elder (now all sold) – showcasing our bathroom and wooden internal doors

    Showcasing a signature aesthetic characterised by paired-back design elements that elevate the overall quality of our homes, the Cooper introduces modern flourishes without compromising on timeless elegance.

    Marking the final phase of our development at The Alders, Skipton, this unveiling comes at a pivotal moment, with over 85% of the homes already sold. The limited remaining homes include a variety of styles, including the Gallager SL, The Lark SL, The Trent, The Thames, and the Hawthorn SL. These options offer a range of layouts, featuring three and four bedrooms.

    Our three-storey homes promise enhanced privacy on each level and more space for your money. The unveiling promises to showcase not just a house but a lifestyle, inviting visitors to envision themselves in a space that seamlessly combines modern design with practical living.

    An image illustrating our finished kitchens. Featured: The Pendleton at Croft Mill, Foulridge
    Showcasing our kitchens (please note specifications will vary)

    Those interested in visiting The Alders, Skipton, are encouraged to visit this weekend to secure their slice of elegant, contemporary living, and if you’d like some dedicated time, please get in touch to book an appointment.

    For more information and to schedule a viewing, click here.

    Don’t miss out on the chance to discover your dream home this weekend!

  • Seize the Moment and reserve your Skipton Properties home this month

    The housing market is continuing to heat up. In Yorkshire and Humber, the home of our developments, The Alders, Skipton, The Willows and Bolton Gardens in Silsden, saw year-on-year price growth of 2.4%, and the month of March saw a 1.5% increase. In the North West, where Croft Mill in Foulridge is located, the region has also seen price growth, with a 0.8% monthly increase and a year-on-year rise of the 2.6%.

    With the average price of newly marketed properties rising by 1.5% this month, might now be the time to act? 

    Buyer demand is also growing nationally, up 8% from last year. But it’s not all smooth sailing. The recent Spring Budget left much to be desired, with no direct help for first-time buyers or mortgage market innovations (however, we have a solution for this, check out our latest partnership with Own New here). That’s why we are stepping in to plug the gap. Until the end of the month, visit our developments and talk to us about our latest tailored assistance packages to help you get on the ladder, whether it be Stamp Duty, reduced monthly mortgage payments with Own New, part exchange or a cash deposit, we are here to help.

    With prices rising and demand on the up, secure your new Skipton Properties home before it’s too late…

    Source: Rightmove

    Bolton Gardens – Silsden

    Croft Mill – Foulridge

    The Alders – Skipton

    The Willows – Silsden

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