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Stamp duty cited as cause of slow April transactions

Stamp duty cited as cause of slow April transactions

The latest stats and analysis from HMRC has shown that property transactions were down slightly during April - a 3.2% drop when compared to the previous month.

23 May 2017

Mortgage sales crash 16% in April

Mortgage sales crash 16% in April

The latest data from Equifax Touchstone has revealed that during April mortgage sales for the UK fell by £2.62bn - a 16.0% drop on the previous month.

23 May 2017

Tesco announce their lowest ever tracker rate

Tesco announce their lowest ever tracker rate

Tesco Bank has announced today that it has introduced its lowest ever tracker rate mortgage and reduced the rates on a selection of its 2, 3 and 5 year fixed rate products.

23 May 2017

Where will be the UK's top property investment hotspots over the next 3 years?

Where will be the UK's top property investment hotspots over the next 3 years?

The latest research from Barclays has provided a three-to-five year forecast of investment hotspots on the residential property market, revealing the areas across the UK where house prices and rental incomes are expected to rise.

23 May 2017

New self-build partnership announced by Stafford Railway BS

New self-build partnership announced by Stafford Railway BS

Stafford Railway Building Society has announced its new partnership with self-build specialist BuildStore Mortgage Services, to distribute the Society's self-build mortgage products.

23 May 2017

Is BTL still a good move?

Is BTL still a good move?

With a general election looming and the housing market a hot topic commentators differ in their opinions as to the direction in which property prices will go in the coming years.

23 May 2017

TPO appoints new Council Chair

TPO appoints new Council Chair

Baroness Diana Warwick has been appointed Chair of The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme’s independent Council.

23 May 2017

Key considerations when financing and insuring buy to let property

Key considerations when financing and insuring buy to let property

Financing and insuring a buy to let property is not as simple as buying a home to live in – but the second episode of the Buy to Let Show – and the accompanying free eBook – will help both new and existing landlords avoid expensive mistakes.

23 May 2017

Average house prices hit new record high says Rightmove

Average house prices hit new record high says Rightmove

The latest data released by Rightmove has revealed that the average price of property coming to market has hit a record high of £313,655.

22 May 2017

Brexit fears drive investors to property sector according to new report

Brexit fears drive investors to property sector according to new report

New research commissioned across over 1,100 nationwide investors by peer-to-peer lender Kuflink has revealed that traditional assets are providing much-needed investor comfort in a seismic year for British politics.

22 May 2017

 

Flat prices up over 50% since 2009

Flat prices up over 50% since 2009

The latest research from Halifax has revealed that flat prices have grown by 53% in the last seven years compared with growth of 39% for all property types - typically rising an average of £1,008 per month from £159,292 in Q4 2009 to £243,936 in Q4 2016.

22 May 2017

New build crisis worsens in London

New build crisis worsens in London

Following London Central Portfolio’s recent report on the new build crisis in London, where sales have fallen as much as 41%, LCP has now analysed the effect that this crisis is having on the rental market.

22 May 2017

Conveyancing market remains flat according to new data

Conveyancing market remains flat according to new data

The latest analysis from Search Acumen has revealed that the UK conveyancing market remained flat in Q1 2017 in-line with the rest of the property sector as SDLT reform and Brexit uncertainty shaped the past twelve months.

22 May 2017

What is the UK's favourite property TV show?

What is the UK's favourite property TV show?

According to a new survey conducted by My Home Move, Nick Knowles, host of the BBC’s DIY SOS, is the Nation’s favourite property TV presenter. The show was also voted as the Nation’s favourite property TV show.

22 May 2017

Quick tips to help you relocate to a new area

Quick tips to help you relocate to a new area

According to the National Association of Estate Agents, it can take between six and eight months to feel at home in a new area. This may seem like a tall order - but when it comes to surroundings, getting better acquainted with your new area is a must.

22 May 2017

Single property landlords hit by BTL tax changes

Single property landlords hit by BTL tax changes

The latest report from the National Landlords Association has revealed that single property landlords are finally waking up to the fact they could be pushed in to a higher tax bracket following the introduction of new taxation rules for buy to let.

19 May 2017

Tenancy deposit reform 'unavoidably on the agenda'

Tenancy deposit reform 'unavoidably on the agenda'

Property campaigner, Ajay Jagota, has warned the property industry to stop “living in complete and utter denial” about the coming ban on Letting Agent Fees – with such a ban promised by all three major parties.

19 May 2017

Over 250k abandoned homeownership in the last year

Over 250k abandoned homeownership in the last year

According to a new study by the HomeOwners Alliance and BLP Insurance, over 250,000 non-homeowners appear to have given up on the dream of owning their own property in the past year alone.

19 May 2017

Curency exchange experts could be key to a successful overseas investment

Curency exchange experts could be key to a successful overseas investment

UK property has long played an important role in the wealth management strategies of overseas investors looking for a perceived safe haven for their money.

19 May 2017

Homebuyers vote noise to be the biggest turn off

Homebuyers vote noise to be the biggest turn off

New research from Plentific.com has revealed that homebuyers take noise pollution very seriously when it comes to buying their dream home.

19 May 2017

What are the top 5 tenant confessions?

What are the top 5 tenant confessions?

New research from Lloyds Bank Business Insurance Services suggests that many small-scale private landlords forget that insuring a rental property is a very different kind of risk to insuring their own home.

19 May 2017

Scotland’s monthly transactions rocket 46% in March

Scotland’s monthly transactions rocket 46% in March

The latest analysis from estate agent, Nested, has highlighted the long term impact of England’s inefficient housing market. When size adjusted and scrutinized next to England’s transaction levels, the Scottish market is streets ahead.

19 May 2017

Calls for government to promote lending to SME housebuilders

Calls for government to promote lending to SME housebuilders

The latest research from the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association has found that the majority of mortgage lenders and brokers believe that greater government support for lending to SME housebuilders would help fix the UK’s lack of housing supply.

18 May 2017

BTL valuations drop in April

BTL valuations drop in April

The latest analysis and data from Connells Survey & Valuation has revealed that there was a 7% dip in buy-to-let valuations recorded in April - widely believed to be caused by the start of the reduction to landlord’s mortgage tax relief.

18 May 2017

What are the characteristics of a good landlord?

What are the characteristics of a good landlord?

New research by landlord insurer Direct Line for Business debunks the myth that landlords and tenants don’t see eye to eye.

18 May 2017

UK retirees cash out to bolster Bank of Mum and Dad

UK retirees cash out to bolster Bank of Mum and Dad

An increasing reliance on the bank of Mum and Dad is one of the reasons that retirees are releasing funds from their home. It's a national trend that is very much evident throughout the country.

18 May 2017

Landbay launches new broker quick quote mortgage tool

Landbay launches new broker quick quote mortgage tool

Buy-to-let specialist, Landbay has announced that it has launched a quick quote tool for mortgage brokers on its dedicated intermediary website.

18 May 2017

Will a move to digital advice affect the 'vanilla' mortgage market?

Will a move to digital advice affect the 'vanilla' mortgage market?

According to Adrian Moloney of OneSavings Bank, growth in digital advice as the mortgage industry embraces new technologies will have a considerable impact in the ‘vanilla’ market.

18 May 2017

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Latest Comments

Oliver Conway
Oliver Conway 18 May 2017

Making a neat inventory is a good idea, but if the seller is not willing to provide it, can the buyer demand it?

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Bertrand
Bertrand 17 May 2017

First step to nationalisation of the private rented sector IMHO. Nanny state poking their noses into things yet again. I object, as a decent landlord, sometimes having to deal with some pretty awful tenants,...

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Izzy
Izzy 16 May 2017

This is such a great a post. I love the detail you've gone into. It's a very useful article for helping those who are looking at deciding which sector they would like to go into! When I first started investing...

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paul burnham
paul burnham 30 Apr 2017

Jeremy Corbyn's pledge that a Labour government would build 500,000 new council houses must electrify the general election campaign. Reliance on markets and the profit motive has brought huge housing-related...

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 28 Apr 2017

Sadiq Khan?s announcement of an online database of landlords and letting agents who have been convicted of housing offences, appears on face value to be a variation of the already implemented Database

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warren
warren 26 Apr 2017

You're very welcome Mary! Glad you enjoyed them :)

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Mary Ward
Mary Ward 26 Apr 2017

Thank you for the wonderful ideas. First impressions can make or break a deal. It's sadly that many homeowners drop the kerb to create an off-street parking space.

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Tony Gimple
Tony Gimple 14 Apr 2017

I'm not at all surprised that so many landlords are still confused about what the tax changes really mean and how it will affect them. In particular, the blind rush to incorporation is leaving landlords...

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MH
MH 13 Apr 2017

You are right that the bank holidays are going to be spoiled in looking for the properties. But people who want to sell their property and looking for the better relocation, they can get benefits of this...

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bnellyb
bnellyb 08 Apr 2017

There will be an exodus of private landlords over the next 5 years as tax changes take effect, private landlords provide an important service to the rental market, why do housing associations and councils...

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Fred Cassman
Fred Cassman 07 Apr 2017

"Make it look like you are at home": often people forget this and share on facebook their location!

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jared townsend
jared townsend 05 Apr 2017

It'll be interesting to see how & if the Government's asset sale regarding mortgages helps

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