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Birmingham set for exciting future

It’s an exciting time to invest in Birmingham. With major businesses having already moved in, long-term infrastructure, transport and communications projects are set to improve life in the area in the long term and ensure that this youthful, vibran...

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Optimism About Income Helps Housing Sentiment

For a while now, there’s been a balance between the feeling that buying a home is becoming less affordable and the perception that the economy is getting stronger. Americans are concerned about rising home prices and mortgage rates but, at the same...

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Move to high street living backed by property industry, says survey

The property scene is excited by the prospect of more high streets in the UK becoming places to live, according to a new survey. Just a few weeks after the government announced that its Future High Streets Fund would be armed with £675m to look at r...

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Transparency is a welcome change for conveyancing process

Conveyancing costs must now be published in detail by law firms, making it easier for homebuyers to shop around. From 6 December, regulated law firms must list the total price of their conveyancing services, the reason for the charges, the specific s...

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Average student rents top £6k per year

A new survey has revealed that average annual rents for students rose by six per cent in 2018/19, and that the popularity of studio flats with those at university has shown a huge increase in recent years. Overall, renting accommodation costs a stude...

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Why You Need To Make A List Before Buying

There’s a lot to consider when shopping for a house to buy. Not only do you have to think about the type of home you’d like and what features and amenities you’d like it to have but you’ll also have to select a neighborhood that fits well wit...

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Top seven recent stories in housing and property investment: 7 December

Here’s our round-up of some of the best stories that we’ve posted on Buy recently. Flat house prices to end the year, predictions for 2019, technology advances, and much more… 1. Halifax data shows house price growth at low...

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Halifax data shows house price growth at lowest rate since 2012

New data from the Halifax shows that house prices in the year to November rose by just 0.3%, the lowest rate of growth since December 2012. The figures show a marked slowdown from September and October, when growth stood at 2.5% and 1.5% respectively...

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Three out of four first-time buyers benefit from stamp duty relief

Since the Stamp Duty Land Tax relief started in November 2017, 180,500 first-time buyers have saved a collective of £426 million. HMRC recently released statistics for the third quarter of the year, which shows the majority of first-time homebuyers...

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Propertymark figures show homebuyers are still in the market

Propertymark has released its 2018 sales analysis showing homebuyers are still in the market. According to NAEA and ARLA Propertymark’s data analysis across the UK in 2018, the number of first-time buyers has reduced slightly. However, the number o...

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Mortgage Rates Fall For 3rd Consecutive Week

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates were down last week from the previous week. It marks the third consecutive week of declines. But though rates fell, there wasn’t a corresponding ju...

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Record low mortgage rates for first-time buyers

Mortgage rates for first-time buyers are at their lowest level since mortgage records began in 1995, according to the Bank of England. Latest figures show that the interest rates on two and five-year deals have fallen to a 23-year low. Uncertainty ov...

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Property sector set to take a technology to a new level

Estate agents, Strutt and Parker predict that eight new property technologies will transform the sector over the next decade. As part of its recent ‘Housing Futures; New Horizons’ report, Strutt & Parker includes Holoportation as an emerging...

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Rents rise along Crossrail route

The effect of the long-planned Crossrail link through London that is nearing completion has been seen in a rise in rents near to the line, research has shown. Analysis from Landbay of the areas near the 38 stations on the route that are outside of Lo...

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What Home Buyers Want Most In 2019

Home design trends can be fleeting. This year’s hot color combination will be old news before you know it. So, unless you want to paint your home every six months, you’re better off choosing your home’s décor based on the things you love rathe...

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New homes numbers in England still on the rise

Homes England recently published its official housing statistics showing the figures behind the building projects the organisation has managed during the first six months of the 2018-19 financial year. Projects managed by Homes England finished 15,70...

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Limited company buy-to-let mortgage sector set for growth

As landlords move their portfolios to a company structure, buy to let company mortgages have more than doubled over the past two years. Despite the trend in the buy-to-let sector for landlords to move into operating their buy-to-let (BTL) business as...

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Liverpool on the up – reasons to look towards the Mersey

Liverpool is well placed to build on recent good news for its property scene in the years to come, with new building projects and statistics showing the city by the Mersey is a good place to invest. It’s world renowned for a cultural heritage that ...

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Inventory Grows Faster in Larger Metros

Market conditions will differ from one neighborhood to the next. That’s why it’s said that real estate is all about location. One area can be hot with buyers while another sees falling prices and little interest. These days, inventory is the prim...

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Haves and have-nots at the Bank of Mum and Dad

The increasing importance of ‘the Bank of Mum and Dad’ is an issue for the UK property industry, and one with potential pitfalls. A new report has shown that it is more and more likely that young, first-time buyers can only rely on their parents ...

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Tenant deposits to be cut to five weeks after u-turn

Government plans to cut tenancy deposit caps from six weeks of rent to five in the forthcoming Tenant Fees Bill have provoked a strong reaction from within the industry. The Sun has reported that Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has been in...

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Help to Buy still appealing to many first-time buyers

Almost nine out of 10 completions using Help to Buy are from first-time buyers, according to new figures just released. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has revealed that out of 458,000 completions using one or more o...

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Taking The Long View Of The Housing Market

When you’re in the middle of something, it can be hard to see things clearly. Only after you’ve gained some perspective and had time to reflect do things become clearer. Hindsight, after all, is 20/20. This is also true when it comes to the housi...

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Property market predictions for 2019 – resilience and technology will be key

The UK property market is expected to continue to be resilient with the north forecasted to lead the way and technology predicted to transform the sector. Despite gloomy predictions for how Brexit will impact house prices, the UK property market has ...

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North fares well in new buy-to-let rental yield stats

Knowing which locations might give a better return on an investment is vital when mulling over a property option. Buying to rent out to students is a popular choice, and new figures from Totally Money have revealed that many of the country’s highes...

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The Basics of Creating the Perfect Spa Bathroom

Life can get hectic, especially if you live in a bustling urban center, so we should treat ourselves every now and then with a beneficial and relaxing activity. A singular day at the spa in a span of two months can do wonders for your physical and me...

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Top seven recent stories in housing and property investment: 30 November

Here’s our round-up of some of the best stories that we’ve posted on Buy recently. The property industry should embrace technology, the building societies v banks debate rages on, Everton’s proposed new stadium could help re...

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Online Tools Gain Popularity With House Hunters

The internet and smartphones have changed the way we do things. Everything from how we buy groceries to how we listen to music has been affected by technological advances. So it should come as no surprise that shopping for a house has also been trans...

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Councils not using powers to tackle rogue landlords

Most local councils have failed to use new powers to crack down on landlords who do not provide acceptable housing, new research has shown. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) says that 89% of councils in England and Wales did not use the pow...

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Slight upturn in house price growth in new Nationwide data

House prices edged up in November following a fall in the previous month, in new figures released by the Nationwide Building Society. Annual house price inflation stood at 1.9%, up from the previous month’s figure of 1.6% that had marked a fall in ...

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Mortgage Demand Spikes As Buyers Return

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates were down last week for loans with conforming balances and the drop helped drive mortgage demand upward. In fact, demand for loans to buy homes was u...

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Majority of UK students are happy with their purpose-built student accommodation

A recent survey showed 76% of students living in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) or university-run housing said they were happy with their rental choice. The first Student Accommodation Survey was compiled by Knight Frank in coll...

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Are building societies better mortgage lenders than banks?

Building societies achieved a 10% rise in new mortgage approvals between July and September this year, increasing their share of the UK mortgage market. Since the financial crisis a decade ago, building societies have been making steady gains in th...

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Home Prices Are Beginning To Slow Down

Home prices have been increasing for a while. Driven by high buyer demand and a lower-than-normal number of homes for sale, values have been on the rise. But, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the rate of home...

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Mortgage approvals up despite mixed picture in new data

There was a rise in gross residential mortgage lending in the year to October, but mortgage approvals fell in the same period according to new data. Figures from UK Finance, a banking and finance industry trade association, state that gross mortgage ...

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New development set to rise on Stockport skyline

There’s more exciting news on the property scene in Stockport, with the news that a new 13-storey apartment building is set to be built in the town. Urbanize Homes have been given permission by Stockport Council to build The Place on the former sit...

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Steadier Housing Market In Next Year’s Forecast

Over the past decade, housing market conditions have changed dramatically. The housing crash and subsequent price rebound have caused a shift from buyer’s to seller’s market. Add to that lower-than-normal mortgage rates and a lack of for-sale inv...

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On trial – Nationwide’s new retirement interest only mortgage

In response to rising competition from digital banks and the increasingly complex requirements of today’s borrowers, Nationwide are taking steps to innovate later life lending. Taking advantage of the reintroduction of retirement interest-only (RIO...

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Former football ground in Greater Manchester goes up for sale

Former football ground in Greater Manchester goes up for sale The former football ground of Flixton FC in Greater Manchester has gone on sale for £1.25 million.   The brownfield site of six acres backs on to the River Irwell in a residential ar...

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October Home Sales Increase Is First In Months

Sales of previously owned homes rose 1.4 percent in October from the month before, according to new numbers from the National Association of Realtors. The increase was the first in six months. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, said housing inven...

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5 Reasons Why your Business Needs Professional Photos

If you own a business, you’re probably aware that managing expenses keep your operations going. And the bigger the business the harder it gets. You must think about marketing, payroll and inventory expenses. The actual list is longer, but these are...

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Embracing technology is the way forward for planners and property sector as a whole

Royal Town Planning Institute and Future Cities Catapult want planners to embrace technology in order to digitise monotonous tasks, free planners to plan, and boost the housing market.  These two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understandi...

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UK Building surveys to get the once over by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is keen to introduce a new Home Standard Survey. The aim is to provide consumers with a better quality product by creating a benchmark for survey reporting that delivers a higher quality and con...

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Everton stadium plans backed to boost regeneration in Liverpool

Plans for a new stadium for Everton FC that would regenerate two areas in Liverpool have been put forward for public consultation. The club want to build a new ground at Bramley-Moore Dock, overlooking the River Mersey to the north of the city centre...

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London prime market tipped to bounce back

House prices have slipped again in London’s prime market, but are being tipped to recover in the next few years by two new reports. Figures released by Savills and JLL shows that in in the third quarter of 2018 the capital’s prime property values...

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Top 7 recent stories in housing and property investment: 23 November

Here’s our round-up of some of the best stories that we’ve posted on Buy recently. Properties in London are taking longer to sell, Brexit continues to affect the market, crowdfunding might be the answer to getting young people...

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Mortgage Rate Decline Breaks Upward Trend

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates fell last week, reversing an upward trend seen over the past several weeks. Though the decline was slight, it affected all loan categories except tho...

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Market in shape to cope with Brexit, says report

The UK property market should cope better with Brexit than the financial crash of 10 years ago, according to one new report, despite a recent dip in prices. Analysis from estate agent Haart shows that while prices dropped by 1.4% in October, sales we...

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Millennials using crowdfunding to get on property ladder

As millennials are finding it more and more difficult to step onto the property ladder, many young adults are looking to property crowdfunding to take that first step. Shojin Property Partners, a property crowdfunding platform, has been around for ju...

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Students become landlords with a buy-for-university mortgage

Tuition, rent and food are the top priorities when it comes to student finances, but this could change with the availability of buy-for-university mortgages, turning students into homeowners and landlords. Bath Building Society has been offering a bu...

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TalkTalk to move HQ to Salford

TalkTalk have announced that they are moving their headquarters to Salford to join a lengthening list of tech and media companies basing themselves in the area. The telecoms firm says in 2019 it will move the “vast majority” of its 500 jobs in Lo...

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New RICS consumer guide promotes accurate floorplans to benefit buyers and renters

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched a new consumer-friendly guide, Measurement Matters, in a move to stop estate agents from measuring up properties inconsistently and inaccurately.  They are throwing a spotlight on the ...

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Borrowers on an SVR could save £4,500 in mortgage interest a year

Two million mortgage borrowers could save £4,500 a year by switching to a better fixed rate, analysis by broker Private Finance has shown. Their research shows that borrowers on standard variable rates (SVR) usually pay interest rates of 4% and abov...

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New Home Market Reacts To Rising Mortgage Rates

For most of this year, new home builders have been optimistic. With high buyer demand and a stronger economy, the market for newly built homes was building some momentum. But, according to the most recent Housing Market Index from the National Associ...

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Technology vital to solving rural housing shortage

Better broadband access and improved transport options are key if more new homes are to be built in rural areas according to a new report. The Countryside Landowners Association (CLA) has found that over 2,000 villages in 70 rural areas across Englan...

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Manchester house price growth top in UK for five of last six years

Manchester leads the way in house price growth when compared to all of the top UK cities, and the city’s prices are expected to rise by 57% by the end of 2028. Global real estate agency Cushman & Wakefield released data on house price growth in...

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Crowdfunding for property development deal in Altrincham goes through the roof

The House Crowd is making UK history completing the largest crowdfunding property acquisition to date according to their founder Frazer Fearnhead. The new £15 million crowdfunding property development project is located in Altrincham, Greater Manche...

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How Student Loan Debt Impacts Home Buyers

Young Americans want to own a home. Research consistently shows large majorities who say they aspire to one day become homeowners. And yet, the number of first-time home buyers active in the market has been lower than what is historically normal for ...

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Brexit: Leave area house prices rising faster than Remain

The implications of the 2016 Brexit referendum continue to hold sway over the UK property market, with a new survey from Emoov providing some fascinating analysis. Britain’s departure from the European Union at 11pm on 29 March 2019 continues to do...

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Construction industry boss highlights the importance of experience in the sector

Neil Martin, managing director of Lendlease’s European construction business, has spoken out for the need to retain older construction workers because the sector cannot manage without their expertise. Within the next five to 10 years, 19% of the UK...

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Signs of life in new lettings market statistics

The number of properties showing ‘To Let’ signs showed a marked increase in October following months of decline, a new report has shown. The Property Activity Index from Agency Express, which collates figures on the number of boards of properties...

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Number Of Listings With Price Cut Up In October

One good way of measuring where home prices are headed is to look at how many homes for sale have had to adjust their initial listing price. If there are a lot of homes in your area with price reductions, it could be a sign that the local market is s...

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New asking price figures reflect Brexit effect

Asking prices in the UK fell year-on-year for the first time since 2011 as Rightmove’s latest figures reflected a market still affected by Brexit uncertainty. At £302,023, the average asking price for a property is £607 or 0.2% lower than it was ...

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London properties taking over a fortnight longer to sell than in 2017

It is taking a week longer to sell a house on average than to a year ago and twice as long for London properties, according to new figures released. The data from Post Office Money’s City Rate of Sale report reveals that it now takes 102 days for t...

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Number of new builds slows down

The number of new homes being built slowed down in 2017/18 according to new statistics released by the Government. The figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) show that 222,190 new properties were built in the l...

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Majority Of Recently Sold Homes Were Affordable

Naturally, affordability is a big consideration for anyone buying a home. After all, it’s a significant purchase and you want to be sure you’re getting a good deal. For that reason, recent reports of higher prices and rising mortgage rates may gi...

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Top 7 recent stories in housing and property investment: 16 November

Here’s our round-up of some of the best stories that we’ve posted on Buy recently. Some towns and cities are behind on their new build targets, Stockport is a big mover in the best buy-to-let area charts, and there’s a call ...

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The return of the 100% mortgage?

Lenders need to bring back 100% mortgages to help first-time buyers and combat falling home ownership in the UK, according to the Building Societies Association. The BSA report includes a range of recommendations to assist first-time buyers wanting t...

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Students start accommodation search early, says Which? survey

Landlords currently renting to students, or investors thinking about doing so, might want to consider new research that shows how keen University students are to secure accommodation nearly a year in advance. In a Which? survey, 27% of first-year stu...

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Rising Rates, Stock Volatility Slow Mortgage Demand

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, demand for loans to buy homes fell last week. In fact, purchase application demand was down 2.3 percent from one week earlier. Joel Kan, an MBA economist, told CNBC there a...

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Online agents and portals still transforming property market

The use of online agents and portals, especially for buyers and sellers, are becoming more and more popular, according to a recent report. Zoopla recently released its “State of the Property Nation 2018” report. The online portal surveyed 660 est...

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Help To Buy having an effect on Generation Rent first-time buyers

New research is showing that it can take young first-time buyers only a year to save for a deposit with Help To Buy, although the process is much quicker in the north of England and Scotland than other parts of the UK. The data from Compare My Move h...

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Retired borrowers set to become the fastest-growing mortgage sector

Lending into retirement is expected to be the fastest growing segment in the specialist mortgage market over the next two years. According to the latest Financial Adviser Confidence Tracking (FACT) Index from Paragon, nearly 80% of mortgage intermedi...

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Softening Market May Be Opportunity For Buyers

The housing market has been hot for a while. As the number of buyers outpaced the number of houses for sale, competition and prices rose. But just as competition helps push prices higher, higher prices help motivate homeowners to sell. Which is where...

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Government reveals Housing Court plans for landlord-tenant disputes

The Government has revealed plans for a Housing Court that aims to speed up and improve the quality of decisions in property disputes for landlords and tenants. The proposals, unveiled by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire MP, will see the Gover...

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Landlords urged to rethink no pets policies

Landlords are being urged to allow more of their tenants to own a cat in rented accommodation, with benefits for both humans and felines. Cats Protection, the UK’s leading cat welfare charity, has launched ‘Purrfect Landlords’, encouraging prop...

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Midlands property prices head north with steady growth

The most recent house price index published by Your Move reveals that the Midlands is leading the way with property values showing growth month on month. Property prices in both the West Midlands and East Midlands are displaying a positive trend, wit...

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Number Of Equity Rich Properties Hits New High

Homeownership isn’t a get rich quick scheme. So you shouldn’t buy a house expecting its value to skyrocket and your wealth to instantly rise. The housing market will have its ups-and-downs and there are no guarantees. Which means, you probably sh...

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Stockport into best buy-to-let investment area Top Ten

Stockport has entered the top 10 of buy-to-let investment areas in England and Wales, in new data published by specialist mortgage lender LendInvest. It sits in second place, behind only Colchester in Essex, in the new quarterly Buy To Let Index Repo...

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Homes England reveals five-year plan for housing market

Homes England have unveiled a blueprint to combat the nation’s chronic shortage of housing. The plan for 2018/2019 to 2022/2023 is centred around building more affordable, quality homes in areas where they are needed the most by unlocking land, imp...

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Making the Most of Your Property Investment

You’ve embarked on your journey to becoming a property mogul: congratulations! Whether you’re looking to rent out your home or sell it on for a tidy profit, it’s almost always advisable to make a few improvements first. These not only make it e...

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Real rents drop over decade compared to inflation, says new report

Rents in Great Britain have fallen by 2.2% in real terms over the last decade, figures released by Hamptons International have revealed. While rents have risen by around 22% since 2008, inflation has gone up by 24% to reduce ‘real rents’, althoug...

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London growth falls on annual basis in new figures for October

Annual house price growth fell substantially in London while falling less dramatically across England and Wales, according to new figures from Your Move. The estate agent’s House Price Index for October shows that year-on-year prices in the capital...

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Towns and cities behind on building targets for new homes

Towns and cities across England are finding it hard to meet their new house building targets with only 6.5% of the total number of houses planned being built annually, according to a housing review undertaken by Sir Oliver Letwin MP. Looking at 15 la...

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Top 7 stories this week in housing and property investment: 9 November

Here’s our round-up of some of the best stories that we’ve posted on Buy recently. Various surveys assessed the state of the housing market, Preston is the UK’s most improved city, and mortgages are one of the most stressful...

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Financial Confidence Fuels Home Buying Interest

How much money you spend is dependent on how much money you have. This is a simple equation and one that explains the current housing market. That’s because, though home prices and mortgage rates have gone up recently, home buyer demand remains hig...

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Mortgage market expands for the self-employed

The self-employed reportedly account for 15.1% of the UK’s working population and yet historically have the hardest time getting a mortgage. With the number of self-employed steadily rising since 2001, specifically the increasing number of 16-24-ye...

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Councils get £2m fund from government to tackle rogue landlords

The UK government has announced that it has earmarked £2million to help councils tackle the problem of rogue landlords. Councils can apply to have some of the fund allocated to them before the end of November to help them combat the minority of land...

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What UK cities and regions are cheaper to buy than rent in?

On a monthly basis, it’s cheaper to buy than rent in every local authority in the north-east and north-west of England, in addition to Wales and Scotland. The Telegraph recently analysed data from Zoopla and Hometrack to see what cities and regions...

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Preston tram dream inches nearer to reality

Plans for a new tram system in Preston have taken a step forward with news of an appointment aimed at securing £25m to fund the project. Preston Trampower have named Snowball Alternative Finance to advise on “funding strategy, business plans and f...

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Good News On Jobs Leads To Rate Increase

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates were up last week from one week earlier. The increase is a continuation of a recent trend upward that has been propelled by improved economic conditi...

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Regions buck trends as survey shows market staying cautious

The overall national property outlook is subdued and cautious, although there are variations in mood around the UK according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) latest survey. The responses from the RICS members showed the overall...

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New digital buy-to-let range for portfolio landlords launched by Atom Bank

Digital Mortgages by Atom Bank are piloting its new buy-to-let product range, exclusively through select intermediaries. Atom’s foray into the buy-to-let market is being piloted with select intermediaries before it is rolled out to a wider audience...

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Style Guide: 8 Trends in Real Estate Office Décor

The real estate business requires you to stay up to date not only with property demands but also with the most popular design trends. Every choice that you make when designing and decorating your real estate office can send a message about your busin...

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Rate of house price growth drops in October

Annual house price growth in the UK was down to 1.5% in the three months to October from 2.5% in September, Halifax’s latest House Price Index reveals. That’s the lowest annual rate of growth since March 2013, but on a monthly basis their figures...

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Letwin review says land banking is not an issue

Former cabinet minister Sir Oliver Letwin has submitted his independent review of land banking and found “no evidence” of the practice. Reflecting on Sir Oliver’s review in the Budget, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said, “The rev...

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Millennials Say Homeownership Is A Top Priority

Millennials are now at, or quickly approaching, the age when the average American buys their first home. And though attitudes can shift from one generation to the next, when it comes to buying a home, millennials seem to agree with their parents and ...

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New property listings show October fall

New property listings are down across the UK, according to the latest figures published by online estate agent Housesimple. The Property Supply Index, which collates the number of properties coming onto the market listed by estate agents in 100 UK to...

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NHBC shows number of new build homes in UK at highest for over a decade

Latest figures released by the National House Building Council (NHBC) for homes registered by builders responsible for building around 80% of new UK homes reveal that levels are at their highest for over 10 years. London developments boost total UK n...

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The Simple Reason Housing Isn’t Headed For A Crash

At a glance, it might seem like home prices can only increase so much before they crash again. After all, they’ve largely recovered and are now at or above where they were just before they fell the last time. So doesn’t that mean we’re entering...

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