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What are the biggest property turn-offs when buying a house?

What are the biggest property turn-offs when buying a house?

Tacky outdoor Christmas decorations, football flags flying from bedroom windows, parked cars or visible rubbish bins - what would turn you off viewing a property?

02 Dec 2016

Halifax announce commitment to post HTB 95% lending

Halifax announce commitment to post HTB 95% lending

Halifax has announced today that it intends to continue supporting mortgage borrowers beyond the end date of the government’s Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee scheme on 31st December 2016.

02 Dec 2016

Ingard adds Bluestone Mortgages to panel

Ingard adds Bluestone Mortgages to panel

Network, DA brokerage and specialist distributor Ingard has announced this morning that it has the added Bluestone Mortgages to its panel of lenders.

02 Dec 2016

National Counties announce rebrand

National Counties announce rebrand

National Counties have announced this morning that all mortgage products for new customers will now be available under the Family Building Society brand with immediate effect.

02 Dec 2016

Landlord confidence at a high following government intervention

Landlord confidence at a high following government intervention

The latest report from Kent Reliance has shown that landlord confidence has bounced back following recent government intervention as investors look to secure mortgages through limited companies or increase rents in reaction to higher tax costs.

02 Dec 2016

Free podcast to understand landlord obligations for ‘Right to Rent’

Free podcast to understand landlord obligations for ‘Right to Rent’

Under The Immigration Act 2016, there is a new maximum criminal sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment for landlords or agents who fail to carry out ‘Right to Rent’ checks or remove illegal migrants from their property.

02 Dec 2016

Landlord fined for dangerous housing conditions

Landlord fined for dangerous housing conditions

A private landlord has been fined by Willesden Magistrates Court for poor and potentially dangerous housing conditions following a prosecution by Brent Council.

01 Dec 2016

North East house prices gain 3.7% in November

North East house prices gain 3.7% in November

The latest data from North East sales and lettings firm KIS has revealed that the North East housing market has continued its emphatic finish to 2016 – with prices rising 3.7% in November.

01 Dec 2016

House price growth slows down for Christmas

House price growth slows down for Christmas

The latest data from Nationwide has revealed that during November the price of an average home in the UK increased by 0.1% - resulting in house price growth slowing from 4.6% in October to 4.4%.

01 Dec 2016

Where does the the North-South property divide begin?

Where does the the North-South property divide begin?

Last week Chancellor Phillip Hammond laid out further plans to fuel the Northern Powerhouse in an attempt to close the North-South Divide, but the question of where this divide starts and finishes or what defines it remains largely unanswered.

01 Dec 2016

 

Subdued outlook for price growth

Subdued outlook for price growth

The latest data from Knight Frank has found that while the UK economy and housing market have held up far better than expected following the Brexit vote, the outlook for both remains uncertain.

01 Dec 2016

ARLA: Letting agent fee ban will speed up rent hikes

ARLA: Letting agent fee ban will speed up rent hikes

New data from the Association of Residential Letting Agents has shown that, during October, the number of agents witnessing rent increases was the lowest since December last year – but it won’t last long.

01 Dec 2016

Fixed rates cut by 0.5% at Barclays

Fixed rates cut by 0.5% at Barclays

Barclays has announced today that it has cut fixed rate mortgages by up to 0.50%.

30 Nov 2016

Remortgage lending at highest level in 8 years

Remortgage lending at highest level in 8 years

The latest report from LMS has revealed that the value of remortgage lending rose "spectacularly" by 23% from September's £5.5bn to £6.8bn in October.

30 Nov 2016

Renting couples priced out of starting a family in London

Renting couples priced out of starting a family in London

Worrying new research by property crowdfunding platform, Property Partner, has revealed that living in the capital has become so expensive that couples who rent and wish to start a family need to fork out 55.6% (£2,460) of their combined average monthly salary to rent an average three-bed property.

30 Nov 2016

Are green belt ‘swaps’ a step in the right direction?

Are green belt ‘swaps’ a step in the right direction?

Land agent, Aston Mead, has thrown its support behind green belt ‘swaps’ - a government initiative to remove protections on one part of the UK’s green belt in return for creating a new area of protected land elsewhere.

30 Nov 2016

Storm Angus causes surge in BTL insurance claims

Storm Angus causes surge in BTL insurance claims

According to buy-to-let specialist insurer, Simple Landlords, there has been a reported surge in calls from landlords whose investment properties were damaged by Storm Angus.

30 Nov 2016

Mortgage market remains uncompromised in October

Mortgage market remains uncompromised in October

The latest Mortgage Monitor from residential chartered surveyor, e.surv, has revealed that UK mortgage approvals have continued to hold steady this month - dropping by just 0.7% between September and October.

30 Nov 2016

Number of fee-free mortgages see dramatic rise in 2016

Number of fee-free mortgages see dramatic rise in 2016

The latest report from Moneyfacts has revealed that the number of fee-free deals on fixed-rate products have increased by more than 100% over the year.

29 Nov 2016

2016 property price index reveals what's hot and what's not

2016 property price index reveals what's hot and what's not

2016 has been quite a year, especially for the UK’s property market. Home services marketplace, Plentific.com, has released a 2016 Property Price Index, providing a look at how the UK’s housing prices have behaved over the last twelve months.

29 Nov 2016

Khan speeds up planning to combat London housing crisis

Khan speeds up planning to combat London housing crisis

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today set out new planning rules to speed up the building of more affordable housing, alongside plans for how an investment of £3.15bn will support 90,000 new affordable homes in the capital.

29 Nov 2016

Mortgage approvals at seven-month high

Mortgage approvals at seven-month high

The latest data released from the Bank of England has revealed that mortgage approvals hit a seven month high in October, rising to 67,518 from September's total of 62,932.

29 Nov 2016

How to move house 'stress free'

How to move house 'stress free'

As if there isn't enough stress involved in buying and selling a property, once the purchase is agreed it's far from over.

29 Nov 2016

1 in 5 landlords experience a 4 month tenant delay

1 in 5 landlords experience a 4 month tenant delay

The latest research for the Nottingham Building Society has found that more than one in five landlords have to wait longer than four months before signing up their first tenants.

29 Nov 2016

FTB sales at 16 high says NAEA

FTB sales at 16 high says NAEA

Newly released data from the National Association of Estate Agents has shown that 32% of all house sales during October were made to first-time-buyers. This was a 9% leap from Septembers total and the highest total since NAEA records began 16 years ago.

28 Nov 2016

e.surv announce partnership with Vida Homeloans

e.surv announce partnership with Vida Homeloans

Chartered surveyors, e.surv, has announced this morning that it will be partnering with Vida Homeloans, becoming lead valuer and panel manager for the new mortgage brand.

28 Nov 2016

High street business mortgages soar 132%

High street business mortgages soar 132%

New data from the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers has revealed that small businesses seem to have shrugged off Brexit-related uncertainty as business mortgage enquiries in October have more than doubled on the same period last year.

28 Nov 2016

2.6M renters facing a rent increase

2.6M renters facing a rent increase

Online letting agent, Upad.co.uk, has compiled a new survey and revealed that, as a result of the recent announcement made by the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement to remove this charge to tenants, 40% of landlords now plan to increase rents if they are left to pick up the cost of tenant fees.

28 Nov 2016

Latest Comments

Spencer Fortag
Spencer Fortag 30 Nov 2016

I am glad that someone listened to me!

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Tony Gimple
Tony Gimple 27 Nov 2016

It's not just the lack of estate agency advice that's costing landlords money; most are getting seriously bad advice from their accountants resulting in tax bills far higher than they need to be. Likewise,...

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Sally Walmsley
Sally Walmsley 18 Nov 2016

The RLA stands by its sell-off statistics. While we welcome the feedback from Mr Jagota and are delighted to hear how well things are going for landlords in the north east, we would like to make it clear...

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Sheryl87
Sheryl87 18 Nov 2016

The high employment levels and the vibrant economy has led to ever-increasing demand for rental properties, especially from professionals relocations from other cities. This has led to more experts teaming...

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Sheryl87
Sheryl87 18 Nov 2016

Renting out your house can be risky business. It's good to think about residential landlords insurance. Standard cover includes buildings cover and cover for loss of rent following damage to a property...

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AmberMorris
AmberMorris 09 Nov 2016

Fear of ghosts, really?? Ok, I get the fear of bats in the attic and mice and rats running under your nose - those are easy to deal with pest issues which are really unpleasant and can turn you off. But...

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AmberMorris
AmberMorris 08 Nov 2016

In my experience, It has always been a matter of discussion between the landlord and the tenant. There are cases when it's clear who's responsible for the pest control costs. I see a lot of people in forums...

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warren
warren 08 Nov 2016

There you go buddy :)

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Agent_PeeBee
Agent_PeeBee 07 Nov 2016

Any reason why my comment to this 'article' has not been published?

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Sean Lees
Sean Lees 04 Nov 2016

I don't think anyone can say dogs or cats are better or worse; depends on the animal, its age, how long it's left inside, etc. How bad the mess is depends somewhat on whether you are renting furniture...

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daniel black
daniel black 25 Oct 2016

I've been keeping a close eye on what the effect of Brexit has been on the rental market and it's a very mixed bag. Whilst the majority of the news focuses on London's market. I think this time next year...

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Northerner
Northerner 20 Oct 2016

Any views from outside the M25? No wonder politicians can't get the housing big picture when everyone seems to think that London is the yard stick, when it absolutely is not.

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