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Mortgage Demand Reverses Downward Trend

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, mortgage demand increased 3.6 percent last week from the week before. And, though the majority of the improvement was refinance activity, purchase demand also rose. The new...

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Property investment in North-west tops highest level in over a decade

In 2018, investment in the north-west of England reached £3.17bn, which is the highest level since 2007.  Lambert Smith Hampton, a commercial real estate consultancy, recently released the latest UK Investment Transactions report. The data ...

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Biggest screen on record in estate agent’s window is now showing in London

Prime Central London estate agent Lurot Brand, recently installed what they believe is the biggest screen on record in any estate agent’s window in the UK.  The huge screen, which measures a whopping 120cm (48 inches) by 198cm(78inches) so 226cm...

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How to Protect your Backyard Privacy

Having a backyard is one of the best things in the world, but having a private yard is even better. Yes, you may be friends with your neighbors, but that doesn’t mean they can be all up in your business – on the contrary, they need to stay out of...

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HS2 Driving Growth in the Birmingham City Centre Property Market

The latest report from JLL has revealed that the upcoming HS2 line has driven demand city centre homes. With Birmingham city centre house prices seeing substantial growth. The research revealed the growth is by driven by under-35s. Young professional...

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Home Builders Optimistic About Spring Market

The real estate market tends to slow down in the fall and winter. Spring and summer are far more popular with home shoppers. But last fall, in addition to the normal seasonal slowdown, mortgage rate increases caused many potential home buyers to put ...

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A sneak peak at the Stunning New Waterfront Everton Football Stadium

Fans at the ‘Everton Aren’t We’ caught their first glimpse at the potential  plans for the new Everton stadium in Liverpool. Found in the leaked documents from earlier consultations earlier last year, outlining the 52,000-seat stadium plan for...

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More Young Adults Living With Parents

The fact that younger Americans these days are facing some financial challenges is well documented. Rent has increased and so has student loan debt. That can make saving money to buy a home difficult. So it shouldn’t be too surprising to hear that ...

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Leeds boasts opportunities for housing and investment growth

With room for 20,000 more homes in the city centre, a recent report by Leeds City Council suggested the number of houses in Leeds could nearly double in the coming years.  Currently, about 25,000 people live in the centre of Leeds, and the ...

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Developers plans to deliver total of 13,500 homes in West and South London in full swing

 Next 30 years will create 11,500 new homes at Thamesmead  Peabody has announced it has chosen Lendlease in a corporate joint venture to regenerate the Thamesmead 100 hectare site to create a mixed use development in South London.    Over...

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Home Buyers Finally Beginning To See Options

Finding the right home involves a little bit of luck. After all, the chances that there’ll be a place in your price range, with all of the features you desire, in the neighborhood you want to live in, at the exact time you’re looking aren’t nec...

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Mortgage Rates Are Dropping But So Is Demand

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates were down across all loan categories last week. Rates fell for 30-year fixed-rate loans with both conforming and jumbo balances, loans backed by the ...

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A new addition to the Birmingham Skyline, another success for the UK housing market

The deputy leader of Birmingham City Council joined guests at The Bank, a landmark development of apartments owned by real estate investment company Aprirose, to mark the topping out of the second tower at the site. Cllr Brigid Jones joined the cerem...

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Analysis Looks At Down Payments By State

Saving for a down payment is often a big hurdle for buyers, especially those purchasing their first home. Without the benefit of equity from a previous home’s sale, first-time home buyers have to come up with the money from scratch. That can be dif...

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Expat buy-to-let mortgage product launched to meet demand for UK property investment

Mansfield Building Society who have launched a discounted a buy-to-let mortgage product, exclusively for UK expat borrowers. This in addition to their other expat buy-to-let product, which is currently offered at 2.95 per cent with a 1.25 per cent co...

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The Heaton Group: Why We Are Passionate about Renovating

The Heaton Group have built a reputation for sympathetic and high-quality renovations, from dilapidated office blocks to Grade Two listed buildings of historic interest, but why? Many developers steer clear of renovations, especially if they are list...

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Modular homes: A viable way to add new homes to the market?

Modular homes are being touted as an option in the need to add more housing to the UK market. They offer an efficient, cost-effective way building on a production line.  And they can negate the effects of the fickle British climate by being put toge...

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Regions show encouraging early 2019 price rises

House prices have grown in Wales as well as in England’s north and Midlands to post positive signs in early 2019, a new index has shown.’s Asking Price Index may show that the national average price growth is negative at –0.2%, b...

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How Long Do Buyers Spend Looking For A Home?

Choosing a home to buy is a pretty big decision. For the amount of money and time you’ll end up investing, it wouldn’t be smart to make it a hasty one. But depending on how competitive your market is, you also can’t spend too much time delibera...

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Rent rises reflect stable market – report

New figures on levels of rent show a stable market holding up well in the face of ongoing uncertainties. Homelet’s latest Rental Index shows the average rent for the UK is now £932, a rise of 2.5% for the year to January. And the figures hold up, ...

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How to Avoid Typical Home Renovation Mistakes

Very few people start a home renovation project because they are just too bored and have cash to burn. The reality is that most of us choose to do it either because it’s really necessary or we see it as an investment that should pay off when we sel...

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Number Of Equity Rich Properties On the Rise

Buying a home means making an investment in the real estate market. And, while it may not be your main motivation for buying, the chance that you’ll see a return on that investment is undoubtedly a good thing. It’s among the reasons that homeowne...

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Moves under way to revive the British high street

Could a government scheme give the UK’s high streets a much-needed facelift and bring people back to live in them? The 2018 Budget included an announcement that a ‘Future High Streets Fund’ would be set up, armed with a fund of £675m. Local au...

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Regional rents grow while London stalls following Brexit vote

Rental growth in the regions of England has outstripped that of London since the vote to leave the EU in June 2016. And although the country outside of the capital has seen rents go up, the overall rate of growth is at its lowest in nearly six years....

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Americans See Affordability Conditions Improving

Last year’s housing market had its challenges. Though there was plenty of interest from home buyers, too few homes for sale, rising interest rates, and high prices dampened some of the enthusiasm. Now, according to the most recent Home Purchase Sen...

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Top seven stories this week in housing and investment: 8 February

Here’s our round-up of the best stories we’ve posted in the last week. Manchester and Liverpool are in demand, plans for stamp duty for overseas investors are criticised, Barratts post latest figures and where are the most and least affor...

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Birmingham building numbers go from strength to strength

Home building leads the way in Birmingham as a new survey reveals how good the city’s property prospects are. Deloitte’s 2019 Crane Survey says that the number of residential units currently being built in the second city is 5,065, the highest nu...

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Surge of interest in Liverpool from US investors

Investment from the US accounted for a large part of money sunk into Liverpool’s property scene last year, as the north-west of England continues to attract overseas interest. Proptech firm Datscha say that £361 million was invested in property fr...

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Mortgage Demand Slips Even As Rates Fall

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates fell sharply last week across all loan categories, including 30-year fixed-rate loans with both conforming and jumbo balances, loans backed by the Fe...

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Regions post rise in new home numbers

Some regions around the UK are bucking the trend when it comes to building new homes, according to newly-released figures. The latest statistics from the National House Building Council (NHBC) show that, on a national level, the number of new homes f...

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Barratt confident about Brexit amid rise in profits

Barratt Developments have posted a rise in both profits and homes completed, and say they are well-placed for Brexit at the end of March. Britain’s biggest housebuilder reported that their half-year pre-tax profits to the end of December were £408...

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Three Preston sites in spotlight for redevelopment

A trio of proposed residential developments are underlining the increasing popularity and success of Preston. The sites of two large former hospitals just outside the city have been earmarked for development, while an area in the southerly suburb of ...

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Average Home Seller Profit Hits 12-Year High

Homeowners who sold a house in 2018 saw an average gain since purchase of $61,000, according to new numbers from ATTOM Data Solutions. ATTOM’s Year-End 2018 U.S. Home Sales Report found that home sellers averaged a 32.6 percent return on investment...

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The Leeds launches five-year HMO mortgage range

The Leeds Building Society is expanding its range of mortgages for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) just a month after announcing their first foray into this area. Their new five-year products all have free standard valuation and the incentive of...

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Downsizing not on the agenda for most over-55s

The prospects of a generation of older homeowners moving to smaller houses once their families have flown the family nest are receding, according to a new survey. SunLife have found that the majority of over-55s won’t downsize, and that an even gre...

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January jump in new homes coming onto market

January saw an upturn in properties coming on to the market following a quiet end to 2018. The new Property Supply Index from Housesimple saw an overall rise of 64% compared to December, with 52,207 homes newly-listed in the run-up to Christmas. The ...

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Lenders Say More Homes For Sale Are Needed

Fannie Mae’s quarterly Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey asks senior mortgage executives for their perceptions of the market and forecast for the future. According to the most recent release, lenders point to an “insufficient supply of homes avail...

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Landlords could flee if Section 21 is diluted, says new report

A new survey suggests that getting rid of Section 21 ‘no fault’ eviction notices would see leaving the industry in large numbers. Landlord Action, the eviction and housing law specialists, commissioned research in the wake of a government consult...

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Manchester construction hits record heights

Residential construction is at record levels in Manchester, and there’s also momentum in the building of office space  around the city. The city’s skyline features dozens of cranes, a fact underlined by Deloitte’s new Regional Crane Survey. It...

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Lloyds release latest affordable cities index

Lloyds Bank has published its rundown of the most affordable cities in the UK, and it’s a list dominated by the north of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Stirling tops the rankings for the sixth consecutive year, and the Scottish city...

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Fewer Buyers Pay Above Asking Price In December

Potential spring home buyers may find that they’ve regained some negotiating power when they head out to shop for a house to buy. That’s because, after a few years where sellers held all the cards, buyers are beginning to see conditions shift in ...

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Birmingham to benefit from Commonwealth Games legacy

Birmingham is set to build upon its hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2022 to become an example of how technology, skills and talent can enhance living and working in modern cities. The city will host one of the world’s biggest multi-sport event...

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Stamp duty for overseas investors ‘should be shelved’

A proposed new stamp duty for overseas investors should not go ahead, Chancellor Philip Hammond is being advised. Hammond’s most recent Budget, last October, featured a plan for a levy of between 1% and 3% on property purchases by foreign buyers. P...

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7 Gardening Ideas for 2019

This is the perfect time to start planning your garden for 2019. It’s too early in a year to actually do any yard work, but if you make a plan and prepare for it right now, there will be much fewer stressful and time pressing tasks in the spring. W...

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More new homes needed to help with young home owner numbers

A new report on the state of the housing market has prompted a call for greater efforts in building new homes to help young people get onto the property ladder. The new English Housing Survey reveals that there are substantially fewer young people ow...

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Top seven stories this week in housing and investment: 1 February

Here’s our round-up of the best stories we’ve posted in the last week. Landlord and tenants rights in the spotlight, rooftop homes to ease London housing shortage, 100% mortgages are back, interest from Asia in Manchester on the rise, and...

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Pending Sales Slow But Inventory Improves

The National Association of Realtors’ Pending Home Sales Index measures the number of contracts signed to buy homes during a given month. Since it measures signings, and not closings, it can be an important indicator of future home sales. In Decemb...

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China and India air links boost interest in Manchester property scene

Direct flights to and from Asia and the Far East are resulting in a surge of interest in Manchester and the north-west of England. Manchester Airport has boasted non-stop flights to and from Beijing and Hong Kong for some time, while a similar servic...

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Stamp duty relief sees first-time buyers save over £570m

Over 240,000 first-time buyers took advantage of stamp duty relief in 2018, official statistics have revealed. The HMRC have published figures for Q4 from last year, showing that relief on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in 61,000 transactions took the to...

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Building sector told to buckle up for Brexit side-effects

Construction industry experts have said the sector must get its house in order over Brexit to deal with the impact of the UK leaving the EU. The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) recently convened a meeting of over 100 industry leaders to discuss...

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Average Mortgage Rates Moved Up Last Week

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates increased last week from the week before. Rates were up for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with both conforming and jumbo balances, as well as 15-year ...

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Rooftop building on the rise after innovative London deal struck

Here’s a conundrum: London needs more new homes. London is also crowded. So where can the capital’s much-needed new homes be built? How about on top of existing buildings? That’s what is set to happen very soon in five boroughs in London, follo...

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Calls to combat London exodus and increase housing stock

A new survey says that nearly four out of 10 Londoners have thought about leaving the city due to rising house prices. A poll of 1,000 people by You Gov and property group Grosvenor Britain and Ireland for business pressure group London First also re...

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Some post-festive cheer in latest rental stats

While Christmas is a traditionally quiet time in the property market, the latest rental figures from Your Move show that 2018 ended with quiet growth in many areas. Rents held up in December in 10 regions surveyed, compared to November, with the West...

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Knowing Your Market Will Make You A Savvier Buyer

Buying a home is mostly a personal decision. Generally, the right time for you to buy has more to do with something happening in your life than it does a shift in market conditions. Maybe it’s a good time to buy because you’ve recently gotten mar...

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Regions defy post-Brexit vote house price uncertainty

Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester are among the regional cities who have defied the post-Brexit vote uncertainty to post double-digit house price rises. Zoopla’s latest UK Cities House Price Index includes an analysis of prices over a turbulent ...

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Housing Court plans backed by think tank

Moves to set up a Housing Court to resolve disputes and simplify the current complicated system have been supported by leading think tank. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) have released a report entitled “Sign on the dotted line?”,...

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FEC appoint architect for new Northern Gateway development

A major new addition to the housing market in Manchester is a step closer to reality with Far East Consortium’s appointment of an architect for a development close to Victoria Station. FEC have announced that HawkinsBrown will work on the Angelgate...

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FEC appoint architect for new Northern Gateway development in Manchester

A major new addition to the housing market in Manchester is a step closer to reality with Far East Consortium’s appointment of an architect for a development close to Victoria Station. FEC have announced that HawkinsBrown will work on the Angelgate...

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Where Are The Most Affordable Cities To Retire?

When asked, most Americans indicate that they’d rather stay in their current house once they retire. After all, the comforts of home and a community that you know well and have lived in for many years are hard to replace. But not everyone wants to ...

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Family backing needed in Lloyd’s new 100% mortgage for first time buyers

Lloyd’s Bank are to offer 100% mortgages to first-time buyers , providing that a family member can put up 10% of their intended property’s asking price. Britain’s biggest lender have dubbed their new product “Lend a Hand”, which will allow ...

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Landlords and tenants need more help and guidance on rights, says report

Issues such as insurance and deposits top the list of most frequently asked questions by landlords according to new survey by Totally Money. Both landlords and tenants have responded to the survey with some surprising, enlightening and occasionally d...

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Tram-trains could be part of Manchester transport upgrade

Manchester’s population is expanding, the city is an increasingly popular destination for high-profile employers and employees – and now its transport system could be set for an upgrade to help meet their demands. Mayor Andy Burnham has revealed ...

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Forecast Calls For Steadier Mortgage Rates In 2019

When prospective home buyers think about whether or not they can afford to buy a home, the first thing they look at is prices. But, after that, mortgage rates run a close second. That’s because they are a significant factor in determining overall a...

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House hunters not hibernating around Christmas break

The housing market had its traditional quiet spell around Christmas, but one report has shown some encouraging signs from December 2018. In its latest Housing Report, NAEA Propertymark showed that the number of properties available per member branch ...

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Most landlords make profit despite regulatory changes – report

Most landlords in the private rented sector are still seeing a profit despite recent regulatory changes, a new report has claimed. In the quarterly panel report from Birmingham Midshires Solutions (BMS), 88% of landlords surveyed say they will still ...

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How to Add Value to Your Home by Going Green

How would you like to save money, boost your home’s value and sell it asap? Sounds impossible? Quite the contrary! This is exactly what will be happening if you opt for some of green home improvements we have prepared for you. Get dirty In other wo...

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7 Ways to Add Space to Your Home

If you want to sell your home, you may be looking into ways of making it more valuable. If you don’t, you probably wouldn’t say “no” to additional space. Whatever your intentions are, you’ll want to consider some of these suggestion...

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Private sector taking larger slice of student beds market

The private sector is becoming increasingly influential in the student accommodation market according a report looking back at the market in 2018. The new research by Cushman and Wakefield states that the private sector’s interest has grown by 130%...

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Top seven stories this week in housing and investment: 25 January

Here’s our round-up of the best stories we’ve posted in the last week. There’s some important legislation on the way, rent control for London is mooted, car parks may solve the housing shortage in Manchester, and just where are the ...

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New Numbers Show Home Prices Slowing

Home buyers hoping for some good news heading into the spring buying season may find it in the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s most recent House Price Index. That’s because, after increasing for the past few years, it looks like home prices are ...

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UK regions set to surpass London in new build-to-rent numbers

The build-to-rent sector is performing strongly in the regions outside of London, with a big new development in Leeds having just started construction. New research from Savills shows that developments in Manchester and Birmingham as well as Leeds al...

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Housing redress reforms on the way, government announces

Homeowners and tenants will have one place where they can take property complaints after the government revealed they plan to launch a Housing Complaints Resolution Service. Private landlords will be legally required to join a redress scheme for the ...

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Sadiq Khan keen to introduce rent control in London

Sadiq Khan has pledged to tackle rising rents in London by making the issue a key part of his bid to be re-elected as mayor in 2020. Labour said it wanted to introduce more controls on rent rises in its manifesto for the 2017 General Election, and po...

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Mortgage Loan Demand 13% Higher Than Last Year

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, demand for loans to buy homes was 13 percent higher last week than it was during the same week one year ago. The improvement follows a period of declining mortgage rates an...

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Tenant Fees Bill passes final hurdle on way to becoming law

Major changes in the private rented sector are on the way after the Tenant Fees Bill passed its third and final reading in the House of Commons. MPs voted in favour of the bill by 293 votes to 220, with the formality of Royal Assent set to rubber-sta...

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RLA calls for Housing Court to replace ‘broken’ disputes system

A leading industry body says it is time for a Housing Court system to replace the current ‘broken’ process around property disputes that frustrates landlords and tenants alike. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has submitted findings fr...

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Practical Ways to Expand Your Home

If you feel like your beloved home is slowly becoming too small for your growing family, don’t worry. That doesn’t mean you must move or start building a new home from scratch. There are many practical ways to expand your home and give your famil...

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Car parks: The answer to Manchester’s housing needs?

Could redeveloping a number of car parks help add much-needed housing stock to the market in Manchester? That’s the intriguing prospect being raised by Euan Kellie Property Solutions in a new piece of research from the Cheadle Hulme-based consultan...

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Homes For Sale Spend More Time On Market

Searching for a home to buy means making a major financial decision, while at the same time choosing a place to spend the next several years of your life. In other words, it’s not the type of thing you want to rush. However, in a competitive market...

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Be aware of Tenant Fees ban impact on Section 21 eviction notices

A rental sector expert says that landlords and letting agents must be fully aware of the implications of the Tenancy Fees Bill when it becomes law on 1 June – in particular its impact on Section 21 eviction notices. The new bill was first discussed...

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Latest housing data: Analysis reveals regional variations

There are some notable regional variations among the raft of house price indexes that have been published in the early part of 2019. The data grabbing the headlines is of slow growth nationally, tied in to a feeling of uncertainty surrounding Brexit....

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Micro-homes: Less is more could help London housing shortage, says report

Could radically smaller homes help to ease the housing crisis in London? A new study thinks ‘less is more’ could be the ethos that will appeal to young professionals and add much needed stock to the capital city’s market. The “Size doesn’t ...

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Majority Of Millennials Say They’d Buy A Fixer Upper

Millennial home buyers face some well-documented challenges. Higher home prices, too few starter homes for sale, and student loan debt are near the top of the list. Add to that having to save for a down payment while paying rent and it can seem like ...

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Record employment levels to help boost housing market?

The variety of housing market reports that have appeared since the start of 2019 may give a picture of a market in wait-and-see mode, but new figures on employment levels in the UK offer hope. There have never been as many people in employment in the...

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New Act set to help tackle the scourge of unfit rental properties

Tenants living in sub-standard rented accommodation will shortly have more powers to tackle irresponsible landlords with a new Act of Parliament coming into force. The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 achieved Royal Assent just before Ch...

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House prices in Wales surge to new all-time high

House prices in Wales have hit a new record in the latest figures released by the Principality Building Society. The new all-time high is an average price of £186,699, just over £2,000 more than the previous record set in the building society’s l...

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Big jump in build-to-rent numbers

The build-to-rent sector has seen a marked increase in the numbers of properties under construction, and London’s statistics also show a sharp rise in demand. The British Property Federation (BPF) has published the numbers of build-to-rent properti...

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Slight rises and regional variations in new year house price data

House prices inched up at the start of 2019 in new reports issued by Rightmove and Your Move/Reeds Rains, with regional variations giving a deeper picture of the current state of the market. Rightmove’s House Price Index England, Wales and Scotland...

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Councils get share of over £2m to tackle rogue landlords

Over 50 councils have been allocated shares of a £2.4 million fund to crack down on rogue landlords, the government has announced. Councils had been given until the end of November 2018 to apply to access the fund, and now the 56 that will use the e...

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Top seven stories this week in housing and investment: 18 January

Here’s our round-up of the best stories we’ve posted in the last week. Tenant fees will banned by law from 1 June, it’s costing more than ever to move home, first-time buyer mortgages are up, and are there signs of life in the Londo...

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How to Prepare your Backyard for Home Sale

Have you decided to sell your home? If so, you surely know that simply putting it on the market isn’t enough. There are things you can and should do to increase the value of your property, but also to attract as many buyers as possible. One thing t...

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Builder Optimism Climbs As Rates Slow Down

Builders build the homes we buy and live in but they also serve another important purpose. They are a good barometer for where the real estate market is heading. After all, it’s their business to determine whether or not people are buying homes. So...

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Rental market hints at recovery in London

Improving rental yields in parts of London could kickstart an upturn in the local market this year, a new report suggests. The new Asking Price Index from sees an improvement in rental yields in the capital that it feels are the signs of ...

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Where are the nosiest neighbours in Britain?

Reading is the town with Britain’s nosiest neighbours, at least according to figures just released by Zoopla. But we’re not talking about twitching curtains, sophisticated surveillance devices or even just turning the TV down to listen when there...

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The Leeds doubles cashback in buy-to-let product range boost

Leeds Building Society is offering increased incentives to Buy-to-Let investors by doubling the cashback incentives on certain mortgages. Taking out either the two-year or five-year fixed rate Buy-to-Let products now gives cashback of £1,000 – twi...

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A Hopeful Sign For The Spring Market

Spring is the busiest season for home buyers. So, naturally, there’s a lot of analysis of buying conditions as it approaches. Things like mortgage rates, the economy, prices, for-sale inventory, and buyer demand can all be used to get a feel for ho...

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First-time buyer mortgage numbers on the rise

First-time buyers helped to give the housing market a sense of momentum towards the end of 2018, new figures from UK Finance have revealed. November saw 36,200 mortgages completed for first-time buyers (FTBs), a rise of 5.8% on the same month a year ...

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London rents show fastest rise in four years

New figures show that rents in London have risen at their fastest rate for four years while the amount of properties available fell significantly in late 2018. Rightmove’s latest Rental Trends Tracker covers Q4 – October to December – and r...

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West Midlands leads way as London house prices fall in new data

The West Midlands was the best-performing region in the latest house price figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and outperformed the UK overall, while London slipped back. Average prices in Birmingham and the surrounding area went up...

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