Buyers in the West Midlands currently face a severe housing supply shortage, with 12% less stock registered for sale with estate agents in March 2016 compared to March 2015.
Despite this, prospective buyers will find a good selection of brand new developments to choose from across the West Midlands. Many experts advise getting your finances organised so that you can move quickly in what is an increasingly competitive market.
This latest selection of new homes includes some interesting developments in Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire, the Birmingham area and Shropshire.
Warwick Gates in Warwick, Warwickshire (Barratt Homes)
Situated in a fantastic location between Warwick town centre and Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick Gates has proved to be a popular development and now has just one- and four-bedroom options remaining.
Home to a health centre, a chemist and a Co-op store, the development is surrounded by open fields. A couple of miles away in Whitnash there is a post office, a dentist and a butchers, while the nearest supermarket is four miles away at Leamington Shopping Park, which also offers a whole host of other retail options. Commuters can reach Coventry by car in about 20 minutes, and the M40 is only 2.5 miles away – and Leamington Spa station about a four minute drive away.
The northern edge of the Cotswolds is close by, and there are great transport links in the area.
Prices from £182,995 to £348,995.
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Meadows Edge in Hereford, Herefordshire (Crest Nicholson)
Meadows Edge is a small development that is selling fast. Surrounded by pleasant open countryside, it is built next to Crest Nicholson's popular Furlongs development in the sought-after area of Holmer in Hereford. The range of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes at Meadows Edge incorporate a more contemporary finish combined with traditional internal layouts.
Rebecca Gripton, sales manager at Crest Nicholson, says: "Meadows Edge is a truly exceptional development, and we are very excited to unveil this brand new development. This mix of homes is perfectly suited for young families as well as house-hunters of all sorts looking for more space. We’d encourage anyone looking for a new home to come in and have a chat with us about their options."
Located close to the town centre, the community is home to its own play area and has numerous schools close by, making it an ideal location for families. The development also offers superb transport links and Hereford city centre is packed with bars, cafés, shops and venues.
Prices: From £187,000 to £390,000.
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St George's Park in Stafford, Staffordshire (Bovis Homes)
New homes have just been released at St George's Park in the county town of Stafford, a development that incorporates extensive tree-planting and landscaping features to offer residents plenty of greenery.
Incorporating a selection of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes, the development currently only has three- and four-bedroom options available. The site is conveniently situated within walking distance of the heart of Stafford via a tree-lined path, and residents will find a whole host of amenities in the town including schools, shops, sporting facilities and health services. Stafford's railway station is less than a mile away, providing links to all UK cities including Birmingham, London and Manchester. St George's Park is also conveniently close to all major routes out of the town for commuters, with the A34 to Stone close by, and junction 14 of the M6 less than two miles away.
Prices: Three- and four-bedroom homes from £227,995.
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Walmley Croft in Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham (Taylor Wimpey)
Well-suited to a wide range of buyers, including downsizers, first-time buyers and growing families, Walmley Croft is a development of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes in sought-after Walmley – an area of Sutton Coldfield that is only seven miles from Birmingham city centre.
There is a great choice of local schools in the vicinity for families with children, including the Deanery Church of England Primary School, which was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Walmley Village is also home to a good selection of independent shops, while Sutton Park offers a variety of leisure options such as angling, walking and running.
For commuters, both the M6 and the M6 toll routes are easily accessible, and there is a local station two miles away from the development at Wylde Green, while Birmingham Airport is 12 miles away for trips further afield.
Prices: From £228,995 up to £489,995.
Find out more about Walmley Croft from Taylor Wimpey
Aston Fields in Shifnal, Shropshire (Redrow Homes)
Set on the fringes of the small town of Shifnal, just three miles from the larger town of Telford, Aston Fields incorporates two-, three- and four-bedroom homes from Redrow's Heritage Collection.
Shifnal combines an idyllic rural lifestyle with great transport links; a superb selection of schools, shops and services; and lovely countryside locations nearby.
Telford, Wolverhampton and Birmingham are all within easy reach, and the M54 is close by as well as a mainline station within walking distance of the development, which is on the Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton line.
The homes themselves feature Arts and Crafts-inspired exteriors combined with modern interiors designed for practical, comfortable living where the main focus is on open-plan family space that brings everyone together.
Prices: Available homes from £233,995.
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The Paddocks in Dickens Heath, Solihull (David Wilson Homes)
About 10 miles from Birmingham in the lively, semi-rural village of Dickens Heath, David Wilson has just two luxury homes now remaining at The Paddocks: one three-bedroom semi-detached property, and a five-bedroom detached home with Part Exchange available.
Situated next to open fields, there are country walks all around, while the village is well-equipped with everyday amenities including a school, shops, bars and restaurants. There is a local playground for children, and some beautiful canal-side walks, while Solihull's town centre is only three miles away for further shopping opportunities and other facilities, and Birmingham can be reached within 25 minutes.
Prices: The remaining three-bedroom home is priced at £345,000, and the five-bedroom property at £610,000 (with Part Exchange option also available).
Find out more about The Paddocks from David Wilson Homes