THE average selling time for homes in Salford is more than four months, but that could be reduced to a matter of weeks thanks to Elan Homes.

Figures from* suggest that the average selling time in Salford is 102 days or more than four months; while properties that are unsold have on average been on the market for 249 days or around eight months.

In contrast, Elan customers could exchange contracts in a matter of weeks if they opt to part exchange their current property for an energy efficient new home at Birchfield Court in Swinton.

It’s an intimate gated community of just 20 homes, taking shape on a former 19th century micro-estate.

Marie Morris, sales director for Elan Home in the North, said: “People tend to think they have to have sold their existing property before they can even start looking for a new home, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We can help sellers become buyers by effectively acting as guaranteed cash buyer for the property they’ve outgrown, enabling them to buy a new home that better suits their needs. It’s a great way of saving time and money. Choose this option and you won’t need to find an agent to market it or pay their fees as we pay the survey and fees. There’ll be no last minute haggles over the price or complications of a slow-moving chain.

“Instead, you could exchange contracts in just 56 days and then enjoy the convenience of staying in your current property until your new home is ready. We even have a small number of properties at Birchfield Court ready to move into and include flooring throughout, plus turfed gardens. They’re ideal for those who want to enjoy a warmer winter in an energy efficient new home.”

Research by the HBF found that a new house is 64% more efficient than an older one with monthly energy bills of just £105. Over the course of a year, a new house is £2,200 cheaper to run than and older one and that’s not taking into account repairs and renovations those who buy a pre-owned property are likely to need to budget for. Bringing an older three-bedroom semi-detached home in line with a new build equivalent could cost around £70,000.

“Our new homes achieve a minimum EPC rating of B. This means they’re among the most efficient available and makes them eligible for green mortgages. These are available from selected lenders and tend to offer more favourable rates than some more traditional mortgages,” Marie added.

Once complete, Birchfield Court on Worsley Road, will comprise 20 homes – 18 of them are new build properties, while the original gatehouses have been converted into two-bedroom homes. The new build homes include a choice of three, four and five-bedroom homes. Across the development, prices range from £229,995 to £499,995.

Among the homes that can be purchased with part exchange is the four-bedroom Ashley Max. Priced from £419,995, it offers 1,349 sq ft of carefully considered living space, set out over three floors.

At ground level it’s almost entirely open plan with a combined kitchen, dining room and lounge. The kitchen is at the front, with the lounge opening out onto the rear garden. A cloakroom completes the ground floor.

The main bedroom, with en-suite, plus the second bedroom and family bathroom are on the first floor.

Two further bedrooms and a shower room are on the top floor.

For those who don’t need to use part exchange, Elan is offering a 5% gifted deposit contribution on selected homes at Birchfield Court. On the Ashley Max it’s worth around £20,000.

The homes at Birchfield Court offer an ideal base for commuters as they are being built less than a mile from Swinton station, only five miles from Manchester city centre and close to the East Lancashire Road (A580) which also provides quick access to the motorway network to both Manchester and Liverpool.

The show home and sales centre at Birchfield Court is open Thursday to Monday from 10am to 5pm. For more information about the homes see

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