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This week: Grenfell backlash, buy-to-let news and Scottish Budget

The latest UK buy-to-let hotspots revealed a few surprises this week, while the Scottish Budget announcement appeared to follow Phillip Hammond’s lead. On the back of the Grenfell Tower disaster, Manchester City Council has made new safety prop...

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Australian housing market loses Chinese investment

Large numbers of Chinese investors in Australian property have had to sell their assets due to restrictions on capital outflows. Beijing introduced the new capital controls in November, in a bid to keep money in the country. Any capital transfer of $...

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Do we need to build on green belt land to meet housing targets?

Phillip Hammond has pledged to build 300,000 new homes a year to deal with the housing shortage. Is this possible without building on the green belt? Last month’s autumn Budget placed a heavy focus on the UK housing market, with a stamp duty cu...

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Homeownership And The Gig Economy

Smartphones and the internet have given rise to a number of on-demand services that offer Americans the ability to supplement their income by providing work as independent contractors. Whether delivering groceries or ride sharing, many Americans are ...

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Controversial green belt development near Stockport could go ahead

A charity based in Cheadle near Stockport is applying for permission to build 325 new homes on green belt land to raise funds for a new facility. Seashell Trust, a national charity that supports children and young adults with complex learning disabil...

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Trust at all-time low as less than a third of landlords will rent to students

As many as seven out of 10 landlords have revealed they would not rent their property out to students, according to a survey by lettings app SPCE. Of the 2,000 UK landlords surveyed, most said that they did not trust students and feared their propert...

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Scottish Budget 2017: First-time buyers get welcome tax relief

Today’s Scottish Budget followed Phillip Hammond’s lead with a tax break for first-time buyers that will help thousands onto the property ladder. Scotland’s finance secretary Derek Mackay announced today in Holyrood that first-time ...

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Latest buy-to-let hotspots revealed with some surprise newcomers…

The latest buy-to-let figures from 2017 show plenty of shifts in the market, with a new city hitting the top spot and more emphasis on the centre of the UK. First place in LendInvest’s quarterly December 2017 Buy-to-Let Index Report looking at...

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Survey Finds Mortgage Rates Up Last Week

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates were up slightly last week, with increases seen for 30-year fixed-rate loans with conforming loan balances, mortgages backed by the Federal Housing A...

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Second-homebuyers in Wales facing stamp duty countdown

In Wales, stamp duty is being replaced by land transaction tax (LTT), and time is running out for some homeowners hoping to benefit from a tax loophole. Last month, the Welsh government announced changes which mean that those who sold a main residenc...

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Landlord licensing: What is it and how could it affect you?

Liverpool is the only city in the country to run a compulsory Landlord Licensing scheme, but other areas are subject to selective licensing, too. Since 2006, local authorities have had the power to enforce a selective licensing scheme in their area, ...

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Tax-efficient investment schemes aren’t just for super wealthy

Last month’s Budget announced changes to Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS), raising the investment limit to £2m – but who can invest in them? From April 2018, the maximum investment limit in enterprise investment schemes will be double...

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Borrowers could save money by switching mortgage product now

Most lenders haven’t put mortgage rates up by the same rate as the Bank of England base rate rise, but some borrowers could still benefit from a switch. Since the Bank of England raised the base rate last month, many expected to see a significa...

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Owners Become More Realistic About Home Values

When something is yours, it can be easy to overestimate its value. Your personal attachment and nostalgia for something can make it seem as though its worth far more than it actually is. This is true whether you’re having a garage sale or you’re ...

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There’s No Place Like Your First Home!

Buying First Home Tips Buying your first home is a big financial commitment. When you are ready, you want to make sure its the right one for you — a place you would see yourself living in for years. You may have found the one perfect home you love ...

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Why is the number of ‘accidental landlords’ on the rise?

Around 80,000 properties were put up for rent after failing to sell in 2017, adding to the stock of rental housing across the UK. Accidental landlords own one in 12 of the homes that came onto the rental market this year, according to research from C...

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New Zealand’s rule shakeup for foreign buyers ‘won’t affect house sales’

In a bid to tackle a chronic housing shortage and homelessness among citizens, New Zealand has proposed a ban on foreigners buying existing homes. Alongside the ban, the proposals include building 100,000 affordable homes, preventing sell-offs of sta...

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Make This Waterfront Home Totally Yours!

Home For Sale: 2825 Harbor Rd Merrick, NY 11566 It is hard to miss owning a waterfront property. And what better place to find it other than in this beautifully renovated 3-bedroom, 3 bathroom waterfront home in the Lindenmere section with 2300 squa...

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North-south divide widens but Manchester still beating London

The economic gap between the north and the south of England could be wider by 2020 than it was in 2010 according to Ernst & Young forecasts. Overall, the report has found that very little progress has been made over the past three years to tackle...

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How buy-to-let mortgages have been affected by base rate rise

The announcement of the Bank of England’s base rate rise on 2 November was expected to have a significant effect on buy-to-let mortgages. As lenders reviewed their products and landlords analysed the impact on their existing property investments a...

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Overcomplicated housing ombudsman could be replaced in 2018

The current property ombudsman system could be consolidated to create one single ombudsman for private and social housing next year. The four systems that currently operate – The Property Ombudsman, Ombudsman Services: Property, the Property Re...

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Will More Homeowners Sell Houses Next Year?

In any market, supply and demand determines whether it’s a good time to buy or a good time to sell. This, of course, is also true for real estate. Following the housing crash, there were far fewer buyers than available homes and prices fell dramati...

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Manchester council to approve sprinkler systems in 36 tower blocks

Tomorrow should see the £10m fire safety project get the green light, subject to consultation with residents and leaseholders. In the wake of this year’s Grenfell Tower tragedy, where fire broke out resulting in the loss of 71 lives, Mancheste...

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European housing markets see strong performance in Q3

Almost nine out of ten of countries saw positive annual price growth in the third quarter, while Europe recorded a rise of 5.6% to September. According to analysis from Knight Frank’s Global House Price Index looking at 56 countries across the...

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Americans Optimistic About Buying A Home

An increasing number of Americans say they feel now is a good time to buy a house, according to the most recent Home Purchase Sentiment Index from Fannie Mae. The index – a monthly measure of how consumers feel about real estate, home prices, mortg...

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6 Hot Interior Design Trends That Are Coming in 2018

For those keeping up with interior design trends, 2018 will bring a world of inspiration. From classic and already familiar looks, with new twists, to trends that will completely transform your space, there’s plenty to look forward to when it comes...

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Moving You and Your Dog Into a New Home

When you’re ready to buy a home, there are a lot of different factors to take into consideration, especially if you have a four-legged best friend that’s coming along. Dogs each have their own personalities and needs, and should be taken into con...

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Lower Mortgage Rates Cause Spike In Demand

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates dropped last week. The decline moved rates lower than they were at the same time last year. It also led to an increase in demand for mortgage loan ap...

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This week: Overseas investment, student housing and house price shifts

This week has seen house price fluctuations continue to rock the market, while it seems that millennials are ditching the stereotypes with smart investing. Here are eight things you might have missed… 1. Take part in BuyAssociation’s new Inve...

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Halifax shows greater UK house price gains than Nationwide

The latest figures from Halifax show house prices in the UK rose by 3.9% in the year to November, a slowdown on the previous month’s annual rise. Between October and November this year, prices went up by 0.5%, with a 2.4% rise in total from Sep...

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Property register could stop Britain becoming safe haven for dirty money

With offshore-registered companies now owning around 87,500 UK properties, House of Lords peers want to create a public register to increase transparency. UK real estate is a popular choice for foreign investors, with £50bn worth of property owned b...

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How are portfolio buy-to-let landlords adapting to the shifting market?

Stricter rules for portfolio landlords came into effect at the end of September, yet portfolio landlord enquiries have soared in the past two months. Bridging lender Octane Capital reported a 27% increase in enquiries during October and November from...

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Take part in BuyAssociation’s new Investor Survey 2018

Whether you’re a seasoned investor or you’re looking to start building a portfolio in 2018, we want to understand your aspirations, perception of the UK market and how you plan to achieve the best possible returns in the coming year. We value you...

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First time buyers at 17-year high, 56% of home loans

An analysis of 21 million first-time homebuyers over a 24-year period shows that demand in the third quarter of 2017 was the highest since the millennium. Genworth Mortgage Insurance says that 601,000 homes were bought by first-timers in the three mo...

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Are Home Price Increases Beginning To Slow?

Home prices have been increasing for some time now. Largely this is because, in many markets, there are more interested buyers than there are homes available for sale. Inventory shortages can cause more competition for the homes that are for sale, wh...

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Britain’s largest property company to be formed in £3.4bn deal

Hammerson, which owns Birmingham’s Bullring, has made an offer to acquire shopping centre giant Intu, owner of Manchester’s Trafford Centre. British property development and investment company Hammerson made the takeover bid to establish ...

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Brexit could derail Hammond’s ambitious housebuilding targets

An ageing UK workforce has been replaced by overseas workers over the years, and Brexit could diminish the country’s chances of building enough new homes. A survey by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) of around 37,000 building site workers acr...

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What you need to know about the London housing market: West London

The capital has long been associated with a booming property market and ever-expanding population. In this series, we look at the latest figures from property management firm CBRE focusing on all of London’s 33 boroughs, separated into north, s...

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Millennials are investing and saving more than older generations

Millennials are often criticised for not being as financially savvy as ‘Generation X’ and baby boomers, but many are ahead of the game. New research from peer-to-peer lender Archover has found that millennials – those aged between 1...

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Mortgage Misconceptions May Keep Buyers Away

Potential home buyers often describe the home buying process as being complicated. And, most likely, a lot of their confusion stems from the financing side of the transaction. A lack of knowledge about what is required and how to proceed can cause ot...

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Foreign investors stung by corporate gains tax on UK commercial property

The recent Budget contained a hidden surprise for overseas investors planning on buying and selling commercial property in the UK. From April 2019, foreign investors will have to pay capital gains tax (CGT) of around 9% on all profits from commercial...

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Stamp duty explained: who can benefit from the first-time buyer relief?

One of the biggest changes to come from last month’s Autumn Budget was the stamp duty relief for first-time buyers. Can investors take advantage, too? Following the announcement, Chancellor Phillip Hammond said: “Hopefully, by abolishing ...

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The gap between asking price and selling price in the UK is growing

Homes are selling for an average 3.86% less than the asking price, with sellers in Wales having the least realistic expectations. The asking-to-selling-price gap has risen by 0.32% since last year, according to research from Zoopla, although Yorkshir...

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New Analysis Finds Growing Millennial Demand

There’s been a perception, since the financial crisis and housing crash, that younger Americans had turned off to homeownership and were not buying houses at the same rate as previous generations. And, in fact, the share of first-time home buyers h...

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Proptech is on the rise and is set to change the housing market

While fintech changed the face of the finance industry, the emerging proptech sector is gaining momentum as more people look for digital solutions. Like the rest of the world, the property sector is being swept along with the rapidly changing digital...

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The top place to invest in student housing for robust returns

Appetite for student accommodation is high, with demand exceeding supply across the UK, and good yields can be made by savvy investors. According to research from Simple Landlord Insurance, the top university for investors to net the highest yields f...

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London falling – the capital could see house prices drop in 2018

With the latest figures showing a 2.5% year-on-year increase in average UK house prices, estate agent Savills predicts a slowdown next year, and a fall in London. Brexit uncertainty will cool the market, leading to low transactions and growth in 2018...

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Dragon’s Den investor backs new property management company

Former Dragon James Caan’s private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw has invested in POD Management, along with entrepreneur Faisal Butt. The new property management company offers services for private landlords, institutions, investors and develop...

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Ex-PM Tony Blair backs land value tax to solve UK housing crisis

Former Labour prime minister Tony Blair, through his Institute for Global Change, has released a report that argues that land value tax (LVT) is a fairer system of taxation. “For decades, the goal of housing policy has been to boost homeownersh...

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Contract Signings Improve In October

Among the many indicators used to track the health of the housing market, the National Association of Realtors’ Pending Home Sales Index is unique. That’s because, rather than count the number of homes that sold in any given month, it counts the ...

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Second homes in Yorkshire Dales are ‘tearing communities apart’

With as many as 1,500 second homes across the Yorkshire Dales, around 10% of the total housing stock, councils are taking action. The average cost of a home in the Yorkshire Dales is now £264,933, according to Rightmove data – around 20.7% mor...

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Stamp duty impact might be small but first-time buyers should snap it up

The recent changes to stamp duty for first-time buyers may only be a drop in the ocean, according to critics, but first-time buyers should still take advantage. According to the latest figures released by Nationwide Building Society, the annual rate ...

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Portraits of a building: how to snap the best photo

Photographing architecture is not as simple as it seems. One must pay close attention to symmetry, perspective, and lighting before pushing the button. And not be afraid to emphasize details. Does the building have a particular architectural style? C...

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Northern Powerhouse gains traction as parliamentary group launches

The north of England can expect to see more investment and a stronger economy with the launch of a new group taking the focus away from London. The Northern Powerhouse Partnership, which is chaired by ex-chancellor George Osborne, set up the new parl...

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Sadiq Khan reveals controversial plans to build on small sites in London

The Mayor of London has released his radical plans to build on small plots of land across the city and its suburbs to try and tackle the housing shortage. Town halls are going to be given a target for how many new homes they must build on small sites...

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Steady Rates Push Purchase Demand Higher

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates were virtually unchanged last week across all loan categories, including 30-year fixed-rate loans with both conforming and jumbo balances, loans back...

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Housing can be expensive, but some places pay for you to live there

We’ve all seen the headlines, “Get paid to live on this idyllic island…”. As people increasingly look for affordable accommodation, these offers could be tempting. The latest scheme on offer is giving one lucky person the chan...

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Landlords have just two months left to prepare for tax changes

With the 31 January 2018 tax assessment deadline looming, landlords have 60 days to get to grips with the latest regulatory changes. From April this year, Section 24 of the Finance Act, which will roll out over the next four years, began to take effe...

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The cost of living in this city will make London seem cheap…

London is the least affordable major city in Western Europe for housing, but it might seem like a bargain compared to some of these places across the world. The most expensive place to live in the world, when the cost of housing is compared to averag...

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UK house prices nudge upwards and defy downbeat expectations

The latest Nationwide House Price Index reveals that UK house prices are continuing on their steady ascent, albeit at a slower rate than before. The house price rise between October and November was only fairly incremental at 0.1%, but follows the tr...

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Retiring renters might be forced to relocate to cover spiralling costs

Generation Rent isn’t just for millennials, and a growing number of over-50s renters aren’t managing to save enough to foot the bill. By 2023, there will be more than a million retirees living in privately rented accommodation, which is t...

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Affordability A Concern Amid Excellent Conditions

Most of the economic indicators that were a concern just a few years ago have since turned positive. Fewer Americans are unemployed and an increasing number say they feel confident in their job and about their financial situation. In other words, fol...

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Money for nothing: Landowners are the real winners in housing shortage

It is the cost of land, rather than houses, that is creating the biggest challenge in the UK housing market, according to a report from think tank Civitas. Landowners have been making extraordinary profits for many years due to the rising value of la...

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House prices in Germany soar as some experts warn of a bubble

The price of property in Germany has been on the rise, driven by low interest rates and cheap credit, and the overheated market could be risky. House prices in Germany are getting dangerously close to a bubble, a recent report by the country’s ...

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What you need to know about the London housing market: South London

The capital has long been associated with a booming property market and ever-expanding population. In this series, we look at the latest figures from property management firm CBRE focusing on all of London’s 33 boroughs, separated into north, s...

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New retail bond could offer alternative funding for property investors

Small investors could benefit from a 5.25% yield from the new BlueZest Secured Retail Bond PLV, an affiliate of specialist mortgage lender BlueZest. The new fixed rate bonds, launched earlier this week, promise a yield of up to 5.25% per year over fi...

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US new home sales rise to 10-year high

US sales of new single-family homes quickened for the second straight month in October, rising to the highest level since the housing bubble, according to data released Monday. The increase points to a recovery in sales after what had been a sluggish...

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As home prices surge, Fannie- and Freddie-backed mortgage limits rise

A federal regulator raised the dollar amount of mortgages that would qualify for backing by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as home prices around the country continue to swell. Starting in 2018, the maximum conforming loan limit will be $453,100, the Fede...

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Where To Look To Eliminate Your Home’s Odors

Your sense of smell can be a peculiar thing. Odors that overwhelm some people, don’t affect others. And odors that you’re accustom to seem to disappear altogether after a while. So it’s no surprise that homeowners might worry that their home ma...

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London houses worth more than Scotland, Wales and north combined

The value of housing stock in London has hit £1.3trn, while the total value of all UK homes is now at a record high of more than £6trn. With the UK housing market continuing to hit the headlines, new research from Halifax reveals the extent of the ...

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This is the best time for landlords to advertise properties to tenants…

Shockingly, a third of tenants expect to find and move into their new home in just two weeks. So when is the optimum time a landlord should put a property on the market? A survey by The House Shop has found that 31.2% of tenants aim to move into a ne...

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New-build consumer code launching this week raises bar for developers

From tomorrow, the Consumer Code for New Homes (CCNH) is being launched to ensure developers treat buyers fairly – and it applies to estate agents, too. From tomorrow, all new-build property developers registered with the Code will be subject t...

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Breaking the chain: How to move house without selling up

Managing a property chain can be a nightmare if someone backs out. “Let-to-buy” is one way of keeping hold of your home after you’ve moved on. While buy-to-let involves the purchase of a property with the intention of generating an ...

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New Home Sales Rise To 10-Year High

Sales of newly built homes improved unexpectedly in October, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Sales rose 6.2 percent over the previous month and are now 18.7 percent higher th...

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Greater Manchester to see greater opportunity for first-time buyers

With more than 10,000 properties across Manchester now exempt from stamp duty for first-time buyers, youngsters will be flocking to join the queue. Will this push prices up? Figures from Rightmove show that the changes made in the Autumn Budget will ...

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Gold and silver fund jumping on the Bitcoin bandwagon

The Old Mutual Gold & Silver Fund has started investing in Bitcoin and putting the profits back into gold and silver assets as the value of the cryptocurrency rockets. The UK-based asset manager, which has a portfolio of precious metals worth aro...

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A right royal trend: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and multigenerational living

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who have just announced their engagement, have been living in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace. Who else lives there? Kensington Palace has been home to the royal family since the 17th century, when it was bough...

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‘Flipping’ property could swerve stamp duty – but is it worth the risk?

Stamp duty is a hot topic after last week’s Budget revealed new rules for first-time buyers, and ‘flipping’ off-plan property is one way investors could avoid it. Buying a house off-plan – before it has been built – is a...

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Rising Home Values Mean Immediate Gains For Buyers

There are many factors to consider when deciding whether or not it’s a good time for you to buy a house. Most of these are personal and have to do with the needs and desires of you and your family. Market conditions may influence your decision, but...

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Will more housing equal more jobs in construction sector?

Chancellor Phillip Hammond has pledged £34bn towards training in areas such as bricklaying and plastering to help build the promised 300,000 new homes per year. Millennials not wanting to go down the academic route could stand to benefit from some o...

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Will more housing result in more jobs in construction sector?

Chancellor Phillip Hammond has pledged £34bn towards training in areas such as bricklaying and plastering to help build the promised 300,000 new homes per year. Millennials not wanting to go down the academic route could stand to benefit from some o...

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How crowdfunding is helping investors to diversify their portfolios

Property remains one of the most popular investment markets for many, but with rising house prices and stricter regulation, crowdfunding could be a game-changer. A growing number of companies are offering property equity crowdfunding as an option for...

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Australian housing market starting to lose momentum after boom

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts that the Australian property market is set to cool as Sydney’s house prices deflate. Following an official visit to the country, the IMF reported that the Australian property market is expected to ...

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Weekly roundup: Budget news, stamp duty impacts and China’s crackdown

This week, the Budget dominated headlines and spelled some major changes for the property market. Here are nine things you might have missed… 1. Where’s the fastest place to sell a property in the UK? The average time it takes to sell a h...

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Investors and developers should keep an eye on booming north

The commercial property sector is on the rise in the north, and investors are being urged to look to the Northern Powerhouse for higher yields. The Northern Powerhouse Office Market Report, compiled by Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH), has revealed a reco...

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New Home Construction Nears Post-Recession High

With fewer homes available for sale, new home construction becomes very important to maintaining a balanced housing market. Where new homes are going up, prices are less likely to spike and home buyers have more options to choose from. That’s why t...

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No more preferential treatment for corporations from January 2018

Second homeowners and buy-to-let landlords operating as individuals have been paying more capital gains tax than businesses, but this is set to change. When an asset, such as a second home, is sold for a higher value than what was originally paid for...

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Get on the “property ladder” for just £25,000 – it’s eco-friendly too

Most millennials either have to save for years or even bunk up with mum and dad to save for a home. But one architect has a novel solution. Renato Vidal, an Italian architect, has taken affordable living to a whole new level with his M.A.DI homes con...

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Liverpool to be last UK European Capital of Culture after Brexit bombshell

Thousands have been left disappointed after the five UK cities in the running to host the 2023 European Capital of Culture have been scratched from the list because of Brexit. Despite the fact that the scheme is open to countries outside the EU, a le...

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Build-to-rent sector gets the green light in Autumn Budget

The £8bn investment promised for private housebuilding and build-to-rent homes demonstrates the importance of the emerging sector. Much of the Budget yesterday focused on “the challenge of the housing market”, with a number of measures s...

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What you need to know about the London housing market: East London

The capital has long been associated with a booming property market and ever-expanding population. In this series, we’ll look at the latest figures from property management firm CBRE focusing on all of London’s 33 boroughs, separated into...

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China cracks down on property market speculation

In a recent bid to end speculation in its property market, China is gearing up to increase its financial regulation and stabilise the market. Regulators at the Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR), the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and the Ministry...

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What are garden towns and why is Phillip Hammond promising more?

Yesterday’s Autumn Budget revealed that five new “garden towns” would be built as part of the government’s plan to build more affordable housing. As Phillip Hammond set out the plans to build 300,000 new houses a year, at a co...

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‘Buy-to-leave’ landlords to be targeted with new council tax premium

With an estimated 200,000 empty homes across the country, worth around £43bn, Phillip Hammond has handed local authorities more power to tackle the issue. In his speech, Hammond said councils would be able to charge a 100% premium on council tax on ...

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Northern Powerhouse sees huge investment – but what about Yorkshire?

In today’s Budget speech, Phillip Hammond set out the government’s plan to invest more in the north of England, although Yorkshire may miss out on much of the funding. As Hammond vowed to back the Northern Powerhouse, the Midlands Engine ...

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Autumn Budget 2017: The outcome for the UK housing market

Phillip Hammond delivered his Autumn Budget to the House of Commons today. Here’s a breakdown of what it means for the UK property market. Stamp duty From today, stamp duty for all first-time buyers of homes worth up to £300,000 will be abolis...

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Home Sales Bounce Back In October

Home sales increased in October, rising in each of the country’s four major regions, according to the National Association of Realtors. Their monthly measure of how many existing homes were sold showed a 2 percent increase over the previous month ...

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Investment schemes could be reformed in Autumn Budget

Some experts predict that the Autumn Budget will see changes made to Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs), Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS) and Investor’s Relief (IR). Venture Capital Trusts A VCT is a highly tax-efficient investment scheme that pr...

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Controversial new website ruffling feathers of landlords and letting agents

There’s a new website offering tenants the chance to give their rental homes marks out of 10 – but some landlords are threatening legal action. The ratings website, Marks Out Of Tenancy, was set up to “help people to make the best d...

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Government could ban ‘gazumping’ to take stress out of homebuying

The government has created a questionnaire inviting estate agents, solicitors and mortgage lenders, as well as the general public, to share their views and experiences. The “call for evidence”, open until 17 December, has been launched t...

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