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New build leaseholds to be banned by government

New build leaseholds to be banned by government

Under the government's new proposals, designed to end the exploitation of would-be buyers, 'ground rent' payments on new build homes could be banned completely.

25 Jul 2017

House sales see summer spike

House sales see summer spike

New data and analysis from NAEA Propertymark has shown that sales for homes are up as buyers push through summer property transactions.

25 Jul 2017

FTBs struggling as 95% LTV rates begin to rise

FTBs struggling as 95% LTV rates begin to rise

New data from Moneyfacts has revealed that 95% LTV rates on on the rise. Average two-year fixes at 95% have risen by as much as 0.35% since the start of the year and by 0.10% since April.

25 Jul 2017

How long would it take to recover if the property bubble bursts?

How long would it take to recover if the property bubble bursts?

Last time the market crashed it took nearly seven years for the average UK house price to return to its previous peak of £190,000, from when values started falling and begun to increase again 18 months later - although two regions are yet to fully recover at all.

25 Jul 2017

The Right Mortgage & Protection Network expands team

The Right Mortgage & Protection Network expands team

The Right Mortgage & Protection Network have announced the appointment of two new Compliance Managers to their growing compliance team.

25 Jul 2017

Calls for unregulated eviction companies to join a redress scheme

Calls for unregulated eviction companies to join a redress scheme

Over the years, Landlord Action has been instructed to take on several cases following the malpractice of other eviction firms. With repossessions for landlords now taking on average 43 weeks, Landlord Action says landlords simply cannot afford to restart the process due to compliance errors.

25 Jul 2017

Surge of price reductions hit the capital

Surge of price reductions hit the capital

The latest figures compiled by online estate agents HouseSimple.com show further evidence that the property market in the capital is slowing as more than a third of properties currently for sale in London have been reduced in price since they were first marketed.

24 Jul 2017

Property guardianship on the rise

Property guardianship on the rise

Recent government figures have found empty property numbers are at their highest level in 20 years, with 1.4 million ‘spare’ homes lying vacant; having been left empty for at least six months.

24 Jul 2017

Remortgaging hits 33% of valuations market

Remortgaging hits 33% of valuations market

New research from Connells Survey & Valuation has found that one out of every three property valuations came from owner occupiers or landlords remortgaging in June.

24 Jul 2017

House price confidence rebounds in June

House price confidence rebounds in June

The latest House Price Sentiment Index (HPSI) from Knight Frank and IHS Markit has revealed that, across the UK, households perceived that the value of their home rose over the last month.

24 Jul 2017

 

Social media driving home improvement projects

Social media driving home improvement projects

A new study has revealed that, thanks to social media, more Brits than ever are splashing cash on their homes to keep up with the Jones’.

24 Jul 2017

Growth dampens for SME construction in Q2

Growth dampens for SME construction in Q2

The SME construction sector grew in the second quarter of 2017, albeit at a slower rate than the first three months of the year, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

24 Jul 2017

City house price growth at 5.1%

City house price growth at 5.1%

The latest figures from Hometrack show that UK city house price growth is running at 5.1% per annum, down from 8.8% in June 2016

21 Jul 2017

All about that base rate

All about that base rate

When it comes to the mortgage market, the summer of 2017 looks likely to be all about the base rate.

21 Jul 2017

Brits falling short of annual home repair budget

Brits falling short of annual home repair budget

Unexpected disasters are the worst - they catch us by surprise, and mean we have to search frantically for a solution. A new survey reveals that when it comes to an annual budget for home repairs, Brits fall short of the national average by £719.

21 Jul 2017

Minority government puts brakes on traditional post-poll house price surge

Minority government puts brakes on traditional post-poll house price surge

The latest analysis from buying agents, Garrington Property Finders, June's snap election has so far failed to deliver a bounce to the Prime property market, bucking the trend of the previous five general elections.

21 Jul 2017

Should you buy a property when on holiday?

Should you buy a property when on holiday?

It's that time of year again when thousands of families flee the UK's 'summer' and set off in search of warmer weather, a break from the office and perhaps, for some, a new home.

21 Jul 2017

HMRC policy on student accommodation successfully challenged

HMRC policy on student accommodation successfully challenged

HMRC’s VAT policy on new build student accommodation has been successfully challenged in a case taken to the Tax Tribunal by Glyn Edwards, VAT Director at MHA MacIntyre Hudson.

21 Jul 2017

Notting Hill and Genesis set to merge

Notting Hill and Genesis set to merge

Notting Hill Housing and Genesis Housing Association are set to merge, with the two organisations agreeing a merger “in principle” to create one of the country’s largest housing associations.

21 Jul 2017

Gross mortgage lending hits £22.1bn in June

Gross mortgage lending hits £22.1bn in June

According to the latest data and analysis from UK Finance (formerly CML), gross mortgage lending saw a 9% rise from May to June reaching £22.1bn and 3% higher than the £21.5bn lent in June last year.

20 Jul 2017

1 in 4 London FTBs plan to buy outside the capital

1 in 4 London FTBs plan to buy outside the capital

Could the grass be greener outside of the capital? According to one in four young Londoners the answer is a resounding yes, citing the city’s cost of living as the main reason.

20 Jul 2017

Young homeowners turn to social media for home improvements

Young homeowners turn to social media for home improvements

New research from Plentific.com has revealed that over half of young homeowners are turning to social media in the form of YouTube videos or other social channels when it comes to carrying out home improvements or repairs.

20 Jul 2017

How can you buy for less without settling for less space?

How can you buy for less without settling for less space?

According to Stacks Property Search, an era of austerity has led to many homeowners looking to their property to provide finance for school fees, setting their children up with a deposit for a home, retiring, divorcing, or any other of a range of the countless pressing needs for cash.

20 Jul 2017

AIIC: 'BBC landlord show is an eye-opener for the industry'

AIIC: 'BBC landlord show is an eye-opener for the industry'

BBC One programme The Week the Landlords Moved In should act as an eye-opener for the lettings industry, according to the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks.

20 Jul 2017

June sees mortgage sales drop 1.2%

June sees mortgage sales drop 1.2%

New data from Equifax Touchstone has revealed that during June there were £200m less in mortgage sales going through the book than in the previous month - equating to a drop on 1.2%.

20 Jul 2017

Foundation Home Loans announce new First Time Landlord products

Foundation Home Loans announce new First Time Landlord products

Specialist mortgage lender, Foundation Home Loans, has announced that it has bolstered its Buy to Let range with new First Time Landlord products.

19 Jul 2017

Letting agent jailed three years for deposit fraud

Letting agent jailed three years for deposit fraud

A property campaigner has described the case of a letting agent only convicted of £200,000 of fraud involving deposits following a private prosecution after police decided not to investigate as “stunning and alarming”.

19 Jul 2017

Where is the gazumping capital of the UK?

Where is the gazumping capital of the UK?

The latest research from eMoov takes a look at where across the UK homebuyers are being gazumped out of their property purchase most frequently.

19 Jul 2017

Latest Comments

brandonlee10
brandonlee10 24 Jul 2017

The financial ramifications of the triggering of Article 50, the starting gun for Britain's departure from the EU, are far from clear. Buyers will be most cautious in London, given that buying a home in...

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IrisJ.
IrisJ. 19 Jul 2017

Great advice, but may I also add that when buying an already built home, make sure you do all of the proper inspections. Most importantly pest inspection because people tend to get surprised when they

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IrisJ.
IrisJ. 17 Jul 2017

The third point is, in my opinion, the most important one. People have become too inconsiderate and careless when it comes to rented properties. If a landlord wants to protect their property, regular visits...

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cornishalan
cornishalan 10 Jul 2017

Added to the cost of purchasing these village properties are the above average maintenance costs. Particularly where the property is a listed building or requires specialist building skills such as thatching...

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Jo Mullett
Jo Mullett 07 Jul 2017

Here in Swansea, known as the Japanese knotweed capital of the UK, it never fails to amazes me that people have no idea of the potential problems this invasive non-native plant can cause when buying or...

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NathanG
NathanG 05 Jul 2017

McDonalds, for example, have been purchasing their real estate on prime locations for years. If something happens to the company they'll have invaluable assets that will be able to save them. We might

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Jonah
Jonah 04 Jul 2017

Graham: surprised to see you cite the "extra tax liability" as capping out at ?560. It doesn't - the extra tax is exponential, as it is levied on the income (i.e the inflating level of rental income you...

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Dianne Griffen
Dianne Griffen 29 Jun 2017

Be very wary of anyone bringing you deals that they have ?found? and want to ?sell on to you? or ?joint venture? with you on ? you need a proper legal contract for this, involve a RICs surveyor to confirm...

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jason hadzikostas
jason hadzikostas 28 Jun 2017

The most important thing is a budget. Students have to manage their spendings in food, house maintenance, books and many other things. According to me, student Studios are the perfect option for them as...

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SecomTech
SecomTech 22 Jun 2017

AT Last...This was discussed years ago and there was a move towards landlords registering their bad tenants on a database..(can't remember where) It seems a logical step though our leaders will probably...

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Bertrand
Bertrand 02 Jun 2017

How about the Welsh Govt introducing a scheme to protect landlords against "rogue" tenants who are then taken to court for criminal damage to the properties they trash. Pretty unlikely I suspect and politically...

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AmberMorris
AmberMorris 25 May 2017

"Please don't pick a novelty tune-playing doorbell. They're not 'fun'. They're stupid." Laughed a lot to this. It's actually true, though.

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