Our top 12 WhatHouse? news stories of 2015

Posted 30 December 2015 by Keith Osborne

As another huge year for the new homes industry approaches, the WhatHouse? editorial team picks its favourite stories and features from every month of 2015...

Christmas is a time for reminiscing, and being sentimental types, the WhatHouse? team has taken a look back over the 12 months to pick out our favourite news items and features.

As you’ll see, there’s a mix of the serious and the comical, which we hope illustrates the variety of things we cover every week. Of course, if you think we’ve made the wrong choice, we’d look to hear yours – just tweet us on @What_House with your own favourites.

From the introduction of government schemes for new homes buyers to some of the worst estate agency pictures of re-sale homes you’ll ever see, we hope we’ve given house-hunters and homeowners something to learn and enjoy in equal measure.

Here's our pick of some 800 stories we've published this year. Rest assured, we’ll be publishing even more next year – visit the website every day to make sure you don’t miss anything.


Men will spend £1,320 more than women on home improvements this year

94% of UK homeowners would rather spend money improving their current property than sell up and move on, according to new research by Wooden Blinds Direct...[read more]

Couple decorating


"But...there's a pig in the lounge!?" and other terrible estate agents' photos

It is common knowledge that estate agents sometimes need to 'sex up' a property to make it appealing to buyers, but some homes are beyond the spinning capabilities of even Alastair Campbell...[read more]

Pig on sofa


Former Premier League footballer Dion Dublin to join Homes Under The Hammer

In a surprise move, former Coventry City, Aston Villa and Manchester United footballer Dion Dublin has joined the hit BBC One daytime show Homes Under The Hammer, presumably on a free transfer...[read more]

Dion Dublin


UK buyers reveal their ideal home specification

New research by Property Report experts 192.com has revealed how the ideal home of UK buyers would shape up. There was a significant divide on location with town, countryside and seaside all equally popular...[read more]

Swimming pool


Are these the UK's worst views?

Horrible views really do affect house prices, with 41% of the nation stating they would be prepared to spend at least £10,000 extra for a property to avoid a ghastly view from their windows...[read more]

Terrible view


What is a buying agent? A day on the road with The Buying Solution

In a competitive market, the popularity of buying agents is on the rise. Stephen Maunder spends a day with The Buying Solution in the Cotswolds to find out why...[read more]

Claire Owen


The top house rules in British homes have been revealed

No shoes on the sofa, always put the toilet seat down and don't play video games past 9pm have been named as some of the top house rules in British homes by a new study...[read more]

Pile of towels


Celebrity homes: Frank Sinatra's 'Villa Maggio', on the market for £2.5m

A private, gated road leads up to the estate Frank Sinatra owned and considered his personal sanctuary for twelve years., where he hosted other members of the Rat Pack, celebrities and dignitaries...[read more]

Villa Maggio


Fancy living in your own Downton Abbey? It'll only cost you £500,000 a year in upkeep

With Downton Abbey returning to our TV screens, we were keen to explore how much it would cost each year to live in and maintain the real Downton Abbey – Highclere Castle, where the drama is filmed...[read more]

"Downton Abbey"


Supreme show home kitchen luxury as #GBBO names its champion

As 2015’s Great British Bake Off concluded it was our final opportunity to show you the kind of kitchen luxury you can aspire to in the show home of a new homes development...[read more]

Luxury kitchen


WhatHouse? Awards 2015 - the winners revealed

The best new homes and housebuilders in Britain were announced at the WhatHouse? Awards 2015 in front of 1,700 industry executives at the event at the Grosvenor House Hotel...[read more]

Hill winning WhatHouse? Award


What is the new Help to Buy ISA and how will it benefit you?

The Help to Buy ISA has officially been launched, providing assistance for people to get on the property ladder. But what is it and in what way will it help you if you want to buy your first home...[read more]

House graphic



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