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Yorkshire BS announce new record-low mortgage rates

Yorkshire BS announce new record-low mortgage rates

Yorkshire Building Society has announced that it has launched new mortgage rates for borrowers with larger deposits.

27 Mar 2017

Remortgage approvals down during February

Remortgage approvals down during February

The latest analysis from BBA has revealed that, during February, mortgage approvals slipped by 3.5% against January's figures and remortgaging approvals were "well down" when also compared to the previous month.

27 Mar 2017

Are you a BTL mortgage prisoner?

Are you a BTL mortgage prisoner?

According to The Mortgage Broker Ltd, many landlords are saddled with lenders on less than competitive interest rates, or stuck on higher standard variable rates making them virtual mortgage prisoners.

27 Mar 2017

FTBs get cashback boost at West Brom BS

FTBs get cashback boost at West Brom BS

The West Brom Building Society has reviewed its range of five year fixed rate mortgages for borrowers with smaller deposits or less equity in their current home.

27 Mar 2017

House price sentiment strengthens

House price sentiment strengthens

The latest report from Knight Frank and IHS Markit has found that, during March, households across the UK perceived that the value of their home rose.

27 Mar 2017

Would you pay more for the perfect flatmate?

Would you pay more for the perfect flatmate?

New research published by Spark Energy has found that the majority of tenants would actually pay more per month to live with the perfect flatmate.

27 Mar 2017

Could scrapping tenancy deposits help FTBs?

Could scrapping tenancy deposits help FTBs?

Renters are spending half their wages keeping a roof over their head, are twice as likely as homeowners to have no savings and are spending thousands on tenancy deposits – putting home ownership out of reach for millions.

27 Mar 2017

How long does it take a FTB to furnish their home?

How long does it take a FTB to furnish their home?

First time buyers are struggling through the first few months of home ownership without essential items of furniture and appliances - and turning to unusual ways to make do, according to new research.

24 Mar 2017

How will land and rural homeowners be affected by Brexit?

How will land and rural homeowners be affected by Brexit?

Who wants gold when you can buy land? Land is a secure asset, and it outperforms gold in terms of capital growth.

24 Mar 2017

Furness scraps ICR for buy to let assessments

Furness scraps ICR for buy to let assessments

Furness Building Society has announced that it has scrapped ICR for buy to let assessments and also launched a new range of BTL products.

24 Mar 2017

 

Landlords at risk of non-compliance due to BTL tax changes

Landlords at risk of non-compliance due to BTL tax changes

According to software house, Visionbase Software, the raft of new buy-to-let tax measures introduced by the Government, including the changes in mortgage interest tax relief which comes into force in April 1 2017, is putting huge pressure on landlords and making them vulnerable to non-compliance in their accounting.

24 Mar 2017

London's rent hikes drop pace

London's rent hikes drop pace

The latest report from ARLA has revealed that rental costs in London are increasing at a much slower rate than the rest of the country.

24 Mar 2017

Could BTL be on its way out?

Could BTL be on its way out?

Buy-to-let has long provided bumper returns for investors, but a number of clouds on the horizon have prompted some concern as to the sector's future.

24 Mar 2017

Gross mortgage lending hits £18.2bn

Gross mortgage lending hits £18.2bn

The latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders has estimated that gross mortgage lending reached £18.2bn in February.

23 Mar 2017

Should proof of rental payments be used as part of mortgage affordability?

Should proof of rental payments be used as part of mortgage affordability?

The rental market continues to grow, with experts estimating that there will be 7.2 million privately-rented homes in the UK by 2020, a huge rise on the 2015 figure of 5.4 million.

23 Mar 2017

Cambridge & Counties Bank sees property lending balance rise 41%

Cambridge & Counties Bank sees property lending balance rise 41%

Cambridge & Counties Bank has revealed that its property lending balances grew by £167m to £588m during 2016, a rise of 41%.

23 Mar 2017

Where are the slowest moving property markets in the UK?

Where are the slowest moving property markets in the UK?

The latest research conducted by online estate agents HouseSimple.com has found that more than a quarter of properties in Wolverhampton, Liverpool and Bradford have been on the market for longer than 6 months, and one in ten properties for sale in Wolverhampton and Bradford have been on the market for at least a year.

23 Mar 2017

1 in 10 young Brits prepared to leave UK to get on the property ladder

1 in 10 young Brits prepared to leave UK to get on the property ladder

New research from Halifax has found that 48% of young Brits think it’s harder than ever to get on the property ladder, with one in 10 prepared to leave the UK in order to buy their own home.

23 Mar 2017

Tenants want to personalise their properties

Tenants want to personalise their properties

According to the AIIC, the UK's private tenants are increasingly keen to personalise their rental properties and landlords should facilitate this trend.

23 Mar 2017

National commercial property consultancy joins the ASTL

National commercial property consultancy joins the ASTL

The commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has joined the Association of Short Term Lenders (ASTL) as an associate member. The firm’s membership will add to the growing diversity of the thriving trade body.

23 Mar 2017

Should UK villages take the lead house in building?

Should UK villages take the lead house in building?

Adam Hesse from Aston Mead Land & Planning is calling on the UK’s villages to take the lead in house building, saying that this could produce over 300,000 new properties in a way which would be a genuine benefit to local communities.

22 Mar 2017

Estate agency sector experiencing the worst staff shortages in a generation

Estate agency sector experiencing the worst staff shortages in a generation

Estate agent recruitment consultancy, Property Personnel, says that the number of residential sales vacancies registered with the company in the first quarter of 2017 has more than doubled compared to the same period last year.

22 Mar 2017

North Tyneside council launches landlord training partnership

North Tyneside council launches landlord training partnership

North Tyneside Council and the National Landlords Association (NLA) have announced a new partnership that aims to bring professional practice to the private rented sector.

22 Mar 2017

Property Ombudsman backs Consumer Code Approval Scheme

Property Ombudsman backs Consumer Code Approval Scheme

The Property Ombudsman scheme is backing a national campaign to help more consumers find reputable and trusted businesses and services.

22 Mar 2017

Retired homeowners property wealth hits new record

Retired homeowners property wealth hits new record

The latest report from Key Retirement has revealed that over-65 homeowners’ property wealth has hit a new record of £1.072tr.

22 Mar 2017

New research reveals the life of Generation Rent

New research reveals the life of Generation Rent

The latest research from financial services innovator, Momentum UK, has found that private renters go on fewer holidays, save less money and are more likely to make forced cutbacks than those with a mortgage.

22 Mar 2017

London's property supernova turns itself inside out

London's property supernova turns itself inside out

New research from Garrington Property Finders has found that London’s property market is turning itself inside out, with parts of Prime Central London suffering burn-out and a new wave of hotspots emerging in formerly unfashionable outer suburbs.

22 Mar 2017

New data predicts that by 2020 only 25% of 30-year-olds will own a home

New data predicts that by 2020 only 25% of 30-year-olds will own a home

Home ownership among 25 – 34-years-olds has fallen from 59% just over a decade ago – to 37% today. The Council of Mortgage Lenders predicts that by 2020 only 25% of 30-year-olds will own their own home.

22 Mar 2017

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Latest Comments

MBM Homelets
MBM Homelets 23 Mar 2017

Although this is a very positive step, there is little or no guarantee of the standard of workmanship employed by the tenants. We have had experience of a professionally decorated property being ' painted'...

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ajay
ajay 21 Mar 2017

How is the "robust evidence" looking now?

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NathanG
NathanG 20 Mar 2017

I've been watching the series so far and am completely baffled by the cases that were presented. Though, I don't think that we can protect ourselves from every scam possible - it will just make the scammers...

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Landlady14
Landlady14 01 Mar 2017

You would think so Niraj Shah! My experience only proves that there are varying qualitiers of professional in all aspects of property letting. None of the ones I have dealt with, from letting agents to...

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Mark
Mark 01 Mar 2017

Thanks for this article. Hopefully one day everybody's lifestyle will be eco-sustainable.

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Ben Taylor
Ben Taylor 28 Feb 2017

I was convinced that London was the most expensive!

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Alan Read
Alan Read 28 Feb 2017

Australia are leading the way in this I think. The trouble with Britain is we don't get enough sun to make use of solar power.

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James Powell
James Powell 27 Feb 2017

This is a very good news.

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DanHumphreys
DanHumphreys 27 Feb 2017

It sounds like a good idea. Anything to help the younger generation get a foothold.

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Matt
Matt 20 Feb 2017

Is this fake news?

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Matthew Hollywood
Matthew Hollywood 07 Feb 2017

Matthew Hollywood - Director Mishon Mackay Land & New Homes - Brighton The shortage of New Homes is in part effected by the lack of land sales. Land sales are held back because there is a disparity between...

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 30 Jan 2017

Hi Graham, Would be interesting to see the above figure calculated against an investment via a Lt Company /SPV structure and if the investor found themselves pushed in to the higher tax bracket. Mortgage...

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