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This is the date when each of the builders' regions have to report to their group head office, how many completions were achieved, that is homes they have built and sold, within their financial year. The overall total is then published in either the final (annual) or interim (half-year) results for their shareholders and the City.


It is crucial for each region to achieve their target number of completions and everything is done to ensure they reach the required figure. Sometimes the house builder's regional directors can lose substantial bonuses amounting to 30% - 50% of salary (and sometimes their jobs) if the target figures are not met. Very often your home is rushed to be finished in time for you to complete the purchase before the 'year-end' cut off date. This can result in a low standard of finish and reduced or forced drying out.


In the past it has been known that  large cheques were given to purchasers to persuade them to complete the purchase on their new home - even though it had not been finished, or remain in their old 'part-exchanged' home whilst their new home was finished. This should not occur now, as the Council for Mortgage Lenders' (CML) initiative, introduced in April 2003, requires house builders to obtain a completion certificate. This is issued by an independent Building Inspector, normally the NHBC, following a satisfactory final inspection of the property and is required before the lender will release mortgage funds. However a cash purchaser may not necessarily have this protection and should ask for the 'CML' before legally completing the purchase of the property. In some cases new homes are legally completed before they are 100% finished, despite the CML policy. In December 2016, Bovis Homes offered buyers up to £3,000 to legally complete on unfinished homes in a failed attempt to meet its target completions. As a result, CEO David Ritchie was forced to resign.

Many house builders also refuse access to snagging inspectors until legal completion has taken place, as some homes are far from completed. Here is an example when builders refuse access.

AVOID buying any new home due to be completed, or likely to be completed within six weeks of either the half-year or year-end dates. Many of these dates for the larger house builders are listed below:

Builders’ End of year figures

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Developer /  House Builder

Interims

Finals




Avant (Bett, Ben Bailey, Gladedale)

30 June

 31 December

Barratt Developments

 31 December

30 June

Bellway Homes

 31 January

 31 July

Berkeley Group

 31 October

 30 April

Bloor Holdings

 31 December

30 June

Bovis Homes

30 June

 31 December

Cala Group

 31 December

30 June

Charles Church  (Persimmon)

30 June

 31 December

Countryside Properties

 31 March

 30 September

Croudace Homes

 31 December

30 June

Crest Nicholson

 30 April

 31 October

David Wilson Homes (Barratt)

 31 December

30 June

Fairview Homes

30 June

 31 December

Gleeson Homes

 31 December

30 June

Jones Homes

08 May

 08 November

Kier Group (Bellwinch, Twigden)

 31 December

30 June

Linden Homes (Galliford Try)

 31 December

30 June

McCarthy & Stone

 28 February

 30 August

Miller Homes

30 June

 31 December

Morris Homes

 30 September

 31 March

Persimmon Homes

30 June

 31 December

Redrow Group

 31 December

30 June

Stewart Milne Homes

 31 December

30 June

Strata Homes

30 June

 31 December

Taylor Wimpey

30 June

 31 December