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Landlords thinking of renting to students should consider these top areas

Buy-to-let investors can make healthy yields from renting to students, but many are still reluctant to open up their properties to the “hard-partying” tenant type. University towns are a great starting point for any property investor, eve...

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Number Of Million Dollar Metros On The Rise

As everyone knows, real estate is mostly about location. What $500,000 buys you in one neighborhood will be far different than what it affords you in another. Put another way, your money will go a lot farther in the Midwest than it will on the West C...

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Buying a property abroad? How to get an overseas mortgage

Whether you are looking to move abroad, buy a holiday home or make an investment, getting a mortgage for a property overseas is not as difficult as you might think. The most popular countries for UK residents to buy are currently France, Spain, Italy...

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Where are Generation Rent going to live if landlords are forced out of market?

The government is under pressure to look again at the private rented sector as rocketing demand is now coupled with a shrinking availability of rental homes. The shifting balance between homeownership and renting continues unabated, with the proporti...

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Embracing smart home technology could be a lucrative investment

There are now thousands of products on the market that can make your home “smarter”, and almost a quarter of Brits already own more than one smart home device. Being able to control all aspects of your home, from door locks to heating and lightin...

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Equity Rich Homeowners Double Those Underwater

It wasn’t long ago that the housing market suffered a foreclosure crisis. Homeowners saw their home values drop and were in the unfortunate position of owing more on their mortgage than their home was worth. Today, however, home prices have rebound...

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Manchester races ahead of London as UK’s most liveable city

The latest rankings from the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual survey of the world’s most liveable cities has been released, and Manchester has excelled. This year’s EIU Global Liveability Index, which assesses locations around the world on ...

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First-time buyers should look to Lancashire for property bargains

Affordability is one of the biggest barriers to homeownership, but first-time buyers looking to get the most for their money could start in Lancashire… Recent research by online estate agency Hatched shows that, despite the average UK house price ...

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Boris Johnson calls for stamp duty cuts to kick-start UK housing market

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said that “absurdly high” stamp duty rates are restricting the country’s property sector, while builders banking land is pushing house prices up. Despite recent figures showing the the number of first-...

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America’s Homes Are Growing Older

You can tell a lot about the way an area grew by the age of its homes. The pace of suburban sprawl, for example, can be mapped just by observing the way homes get newer as you get further from the city’s center. Houses built in the 1920s give way t...

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European investors returning to UK property market undeterred by Brexit

After the EU referendum in June 2016, some foreign investors began to shy away from UK property buying, but it seems the market is bouncing back. Investors from across Europe have picked up the UK property investment pace, according to new figures pu...

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Offsite property construction expansion gains support from House of Lords

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has endorsed the need for the building industry to drive innovation in offsite manufacturing (OSM) in the UK.  A 60-page report claims that at present, a number of obstacles are preventing this pio...

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The pros and cons of alternative property investment and crowdfunding

With tax changes and stricter lending rules making it harder for some to finance a property purchase, investors are increasingly looking to navigate the challenges in the buy-to-let sector. It’s why setting up a limited company through which to b...

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Trade-Up Buyers May Be Waiting To Make A Move

The current real-estate market suffers from a lack of inventory. Fewer available houses for sale has led to higher prices and more competition for the homes that are on the market. Part of the reason for this is fewer new homes were being built in th...

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Top 7 stories this week in housing and property investment: 10 August

Welcome to our weekly update giving you the key stories, breaking news and topical analysis from the past week up to today, 10 August 2018. This week stamp duty has hit the headlines amid a rumoured rise for landlords, and we look at how likely this ...

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Landlords encouraged to re-evaluate mortgage position now

Following the Bank of England’s decision to raise interest rates, landlords are being urged to re-evaluate their mortgage situation to avoid further pressure on their finances. Landlords looking to purchase or remortgage could benefit from a variet...

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Bank’s latest house price figures put values £80,000 below asking price

The average UK home is now worth a “record high” of £230,280 according to Halifax’s latest house price index, but most indications show the market is actually changing very little. New figures on house prices from Halifax for July have reveale...

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Green landlords should get tax breaks to incentivise higher EPC ratings

The government wants privately rented properties to be more energy efficient, but should they provide a tax incentive for landlords to make this happen? Since April this year, all owners of privately rented properties in England and Wales have been l...

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Renters and pet-lovers: changing housing market presents new opportunities

The housing market has been shifting for many years now towards renters rather than homeowners, and as a nation of pet-owners some landlords are changing their views on furry friends. One of the major changes that the country’s property market has ...

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London mayor calls for change as Tenant Fees Bill report approaches

With less than one month to go until the Tenant Fees Bill goes to reporting stage, which could spark massive changes in the private rented sector, Sadiq Khan has labelled the legislation “unfit for purpose” after some proposals were backtracked. ...

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How Land-Use Regulations Affect A Home’s Price

The value of a particular house has to do with many different factors. The condition of the house, the location, the school district, supply, demand, and the surrounding neighborhood’s amenities are among some of the most well known. But a recent a...

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Second stamp duty hike for landlords: what’s the truth behind the rumours?

Rumours have surfaced this week that the government is considering raising the stamp duty levy even further for buy-to-let landlords. The threat of a further stamp duty hike aimed at landlords purchasing further properties has hit the headlines this ...

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Asking rents in London hit £2,000 high as supply falters

Tenants renting privately in London are paying more than double the national UK average after the last quarter saw a leap in asking rents in the capital. New data from Rightmove has revealed that in the second quarter of this year, asking rents in Lo...

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Building on green belt not providing enough affordable homes

Campaign to Protect Rural England has warned that the government is blind to building on brownfield sites, favouring unaffordable green belt homes. Supporters of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) are speaking out against the government’s...

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What Today’s New Home Buyer Wants

Naturally, home builders need to keep up with what buyers want. If they’re building homes without incorporating the features home buyers desire, they won’t be in business very long. And that’s why it’s good to check in with builders if you’...

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Build-to-rent comes to the north-east with Newcastle investment

The UK’s build-to-rent sector is gathering pace with more developments springing up away from London, and Newcastle is the latest major city set to benefit from the market boom. The likes of Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool have already ...

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Commercial investment in these UK regions is soaring…

The first half of 2018 has seen strong performance in commercial market investment across the UK, but certain regions are seeing a particular surge in popularity among investors. UK institutions have been increasingly looking to make high-value inves...

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What does the base rate rise mean for your mortgage?

The Bank of England announced a 0.25% increase in the base rate to 0.75%, as widely expected, on Thursday 2 August, marking the first time interest rates have risen above 0.5% since 2008. What will the impact be on mortgage rates and deals available...

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Where Homeowners Have The Most Extra Cash

Your financial health isn’t really about how much money you make. It’s more about how much you have left over once you’ve paid all your bills. After all, if you make $1 million a month but also spend $1 million, you’re still struggling financ...

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Affordable homes coming to a supermarket store near you

Developing urban, small-scale, mixed use schemes across London and the south-east is proving a source of additional income for leading supermarkets, who are renting and selling residential units above stores to maximise a site’s profitability. Find...

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Why landlords don’t need to invest in property near where they live

Many buy-to-let landlords and investors stick to familiar, local markets, but there’s a new trend for property investment further afield and it could be a better choice for many. When choosing where to invest in property to be rented out, historica...

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Birmingham named UK’s safest place to live in new study

With a high number of newer properties, low crime rates and almost zero flood risk, Birmingham comes out top as a safe and secure place to live. In a study looking at 30 of the UK’s major cities for factors including crime, property damage, local m...

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Why You Should Be Optimistic About Homeownership

Home buyers this year have faced higher prices, more competition, and rising mortgage rates. In short, it’s been a challenging year. But that’s not to say it isn’t a good time to buy a house. There are many reasons to be optimistic about homeow...

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Top 7 stories this week in housing and property investment: 3 August

Welcome to our weekly update giving you the key stories, breaking news and topical analysis from the past week up to today, 3 August 2018. The Bank of England raised its base rate this week, but many mortgage lenders had already begun to preempt the ...

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Electric car charging could offer selling point for new-build homes

By 2040, the UK government wants all new cars to be either electric or hybrid, and the switchover could have major implications for the UK housing industry. The government’s “Road to Zero” strategy, set to be phased in over the next 20 years wh...

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Bank of England base rate rise “won’t shock” property market

The Bank of England has just upped the base rate from 0.5% to 0.75%, but the impact for homeowners and mortgage holders should be minimal. As many experts had predicted, today saw the Bank of England announce that it would be raising its base rate to...

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Mortgage Activity Slows As Rates Move Up

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, average mortgage rates increased for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with both conforming and jumbo balances last week. Loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration were...

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Property inheritance tax not keeping up with UK house prices

The UK’s inheritance tax bill has soared to a new record high with more than £5bn paid over the past year. Are high property prices to blame? More inheritance tax than ever is being forked out by households in the UK upon the death of a loved one,...

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10,000 ‘mortgage prisoners’ to be offered cheaper mortgage deals

Mortgage lenders have committed to helping thousands of UK homeowners currently trapped in expensive mortgage deals taken out before the financial crisis. Termed “mortgage prisoners”, they have had no possibility of switching mortgage deal to tak...

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Housing reform: homeowners and tenants want things to change

Banning gazumping is top of the agenda for more than half of households in the UK, with caps on non-UK resident purchases and inheritance tax reforms also on homeowners’ wish lists. A new survey looking at which housing policy reform would be the m...

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London house sales collapse for Foxtons as estate agent loses £2.5m

After reporting a 65% profit loss earlier this year, major London estate agent Foxtons has posted some even more downbeat performance figures this week. It’s nothing new that London’s property market has spent the past several months losing pace...

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North-west leads the way in providing the UK’s new homes

A new report released by estate agents Savills confirms that the north-west is ahead when it comes to providing a broader range of new housing stock. The latest analysis predicts that the region is likely to increase its volume of residential propert...

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Smaller properties are gaining popularity among UK homebuyers

As detached house sales continue to struggle, interest in semi-detached and terraced properties has seen a revival while general confidence in the housing market picks up. The largest proportion of home sales in the UK over the second quarter of 2018...

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Mortgage market sends mixed messages as base-rate rise looms

This Thursday, the Bank of England is expected to announce whether or not it will be upping the base rate from its current 0.5%, and mortgage lenders have already been tailoring their rates. Low-interest rates and a slowdown in property price rises h...

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How not to sell a home: the 20 biggest property turn-offs revealed

Selling property – as well as showing it to prospective tenants – can be a tricky business, but you can make it easier by avoiding these common mistakes… With huge sums of money being handed over in any property purchase, buyers have a right to...

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Housebuilding is thriving and providing huge boost to UK economy

The UK’s construction industry has doubled its economic contribution, generating £38bn a year and supporting 689,000 jobs. The planning and development consultancy Lichfields has just released a new 2018 Economic Footprint report commissioned by t...

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Optimism prevails for UK landlords as rental yields pick up

Confidence among buy-to-let landlords is at an 18-month high, despite recent gloomy headlines surrounding the sector, and monthly rental yields are growing. The buy-to-let market continues to change and many are receiving this with negativity, but it...

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5 Essentials that Will Give Your Property a Cozy Vibe

There is nothing worse than living in a house which looks too sterile and devoid of that special homey feel. Not only do such places make a person feel like a stranger in their own home, but they can put off many serious buyers. Luckily, we have sing...

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Top 7 stories this week in housing and property investment: 27 July

Welcome to our weekly update giving you the key stories, breaking news and topical analysis from the past week up to today, 27 July 2018. This week saw Manchester maintaining its position as a top performer in the UK housing market, while elsewhere i...

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Super-fast broadband to become compulsory for all new-builds

A new national strategy for telecoms has been released by the government and includes proposals to make full fiber broadband a requirement for all new homes. A complete switchover from the current copper-based networks to full fibre in the UK could ...

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Huge numbers of homes withdrawn from market across UK last year

Estate agents lost out on an estimated £4bn last year after almost half of all properties taken off the market were withdrawn by the seller rather than sold. Out of more than 100,000 homes which were put up for sale and then taken off the market ove...

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Mortgage Activity Mostly Flat Last Week

When the economy was struggling following the financial crisis and housing crash, interest rates were kept low to encourage economic activity. However, as the economy and job market have improved, the Fed has gradually begun to raise rates. This is p...

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New safety checks that landlords need to be aware of

All private rented sector landlords will be required to carry out electrical checks on any appliances supplied with their properties every five years under new legislation. A number of new measures and guidelines have been announced by the government...

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Buy-to-let mortgage deals key to sustaining private rented sector

Buy-to-let mortgages represent nearly 13% of new UK mortgage lending and are vital in supporting housing supply in the private rented sector. Whilst remortgaging levels have remained fairly stable, according to research commissioned by The Mortgage L...

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What are down-valuations and why are they on the rise?

This week it emerged that the number of mortgage lenders valuing homes at less than the agreed sale price has soared, prompting much speculation as to what this could mean for the industry. As many as one in five homes in the UK are now “down-value...

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Home Buyer Must Haves Mean Compromise

Searching for a home to buy can be frustrating. Mostly because it’s not always easy to find a house in the right neighborhood with every one of the features you dreamed of. If you find the perfect kitchen, the house will have too few bedrooms. Or y...

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There’s a good reason why new-build homes are a family choice

Builders, developers and investors need to keep their target buyer in mind when marketing property, and new research explains the draw of new-builds for families. Zoopla’s parent company ZPG Plc recently conducted a survey, Insights into new homes ...

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Manchester property has smallest asking price to selling price gap

For buyers and investors considering their next property purchase location, new figures show that the strongest performing markets can still be found in the north-west and the Midlands. HomeTrack’s latest cities house price index for June has revea...

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How to enhance the sustainability of your home

Designing a sustainable home will not only contribute to the environment preservation, but it will also help you increase your savings. Whether you want to go big and introduce major changes or keep it simple when it comes to eco-friendliness, every ...

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How to save thousands when selling your property through agents

Fees charged by estate agents for selling a home can vary massively, but new research suggests that many homeowners could have paid less… With the current average estate agency fee for a sole agency agreement currently around 1.4% including VAT, ri...

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Inventory Climbs But Not Enough To Help Sales

New numbers from the National Association of Realtors show sales of existing homes were basically flat in June and are now 2.2 percent lower than they were at the same time last year. And yet, buyer demand has been high all year. So why aren’t more...

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New homes at the centre of London boroughs’ five year plan

A new report produced by the Centre for London this month reveals that over the next five years, London councils could provide 37,300 homes across the capital. Currently, some 22 London boroughs are building more new homes for the first time in seven...

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More lenders than ever offering fee-free mortgage deals to lure borrowers

Mortgage deal arrangement fees can vary from a couple of hundred pounds up to thousands depending on what’s on offer, but fee-free deals are now on the rise. According to Moneyfacts.co.uk, borrowers have greater access to fee-free deals than ever b...

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Tips to Reduce Energy Cost and Add Value to Your Home

Reducing energy costs is closely linked to going green which is a current trend and necessity. However, going green often seems to be more expensive than we expect it to be. You could do a good deed and get compensated for it by improving your homes ...

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Landlord licensing: protecting tenants or a council cash cow?

As a fifth of all councils in the UK now operate some form of landlord licensing scheme, many are questioning whether the rules are really there for the right reasons. Landlords in around 70 local authorities across the country are subject to landlor...

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Remodeling Index Finds Home Repairs On The Rise

Maintenance is a big part of being a homeowner. Put simply, owning a home means having a never-ending to-do list and, depending on your level of know-how, some of it will require the help of a professional. These jobs can range from major renovations...

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London is UK’s eviction capital as highest number of cases end up in court

While London landlords are the most likely to be forced to evict their tenants, those in the south-west, north-east and the West Midlands are the least likely to have to go to court to secure evictions. Simple Landlords Insurance has recently analyse...

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Leaseholders could see cost of extending or buying freehold slashed

Buying a freehold or extending a lease can cost homeowners tens of thousands of pounds, so the latest housing reform proposals are likely to be welcomed by many. The Law Commission has come up with two options to reform the current leasehold system i...

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New HS2 depot in Leeds set to bring more jobs and investment to city

The development of the new high-speed rail network planned across the UK will see a major service depot built in Leeds, providing a catalyst for the city’s economy. As plans for the upcoming multi-billion pound rail network, High Speed 2 (HS2), con...

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Are Unequal Housing Markets Good For Buyers?

Income inequality is a hot topic these days. But what about housing market inequality? Well, a recent analysis looked at 50 of the largest metropolitan areas with an eye for which had the biggest city-wide disparity between high-end homes and the low...

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Top 7 stories this week in housing and property investment: 20 July

Welcome to our weekly update giving you the key stories, breaking news and topical analysis from the past week up to today, 20 July 2018. Despite the government’s attempts to reverse the situation, renting is still on the rise and even more popular...

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Another fall for London house prices brings down overall UK figures

Property prices in London slumped further downwards for the fourth month in a row, and though a collapse remains highly unlikely, predictions for the capital over the coming year remain muted. While England’s average property price swelled by 2.9% ...

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How to stage your house to sell it now

The time has come to sell your house! But, do you know how to adjust it to the ongoing fierce market? No matter how good the condition of your current property is, it still has some minor imperfections. Here are some innovative and budget-friendly ti...

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Could stamp duty levy be scrapped for landlords buying new-builds?

As the number of renters across the UK rises, we could be at risk of losing thousands of available homes because of government measures stifling the sector. The private rented sector could be set to lose as many as 133,000 homes for rent over the com...

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Gov’t Loan Bump May Mean More 1st Time Buyers

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Applications Survey, demand for mortgage applications was down 2.5 percent last week. But, though there was a decline in the overall number of home buyers looking to secure financing, there was...

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Mortgage breakthrough for Airbnb hosts could offer buy-to-let alternative

The short-term holiday let market received a boost yesterday with the launch of a new mortgage created specifically with Airbnb hosts in mind. Until recently, hardly any UK lenders would permit borrowers to rent out rooms on Airbnb without their cons...

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These could be the best locations to buy property outside London…

People hoping to get onto the property ladder or take the next step on it might want to consider some of these key cities for the fastest, easiest route to homeownership. Compare the Market has come up with a list of the top 20 places in the UK outsi...

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Pressure group wants to remove landlords’ Section 21 eviction powers

Calls for three-year tenancies have already been mooted by the government, and some groups are now calling for new laws to make it harder for landlords to evict tenants. Landlords should not be able to take back their tenanted properties if they want...

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Builder Confidence Still High In July

This summer, home buyer demand has been high while the supply of homes for sale has remained lower than normal. But, if you’re a builder, those are perfect conditions. After all, when there are more buyers than homes, building more homes is the qui...

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Increased maximum borrowing levels for newly qualified professionals

Prospective buyers and homeowners who meet certain criteria could be tempted by a new mortgage offering allowing higher borrowing amounts and LTV limits. Newly qualified professionals are being targeted by Clydesdale Bank Intermediaries, with the off...

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Leap in limited company landlords could be good news for Generation Rent

The number of buy-to-let landlords choosing to operate through a limited company is firmly on the rise, and they could offer cheaper rents, too. Almost a fifth (18%) of all privately rented properties are now owned through a limited company landlord,...

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Best and worst places to sell property no longer in north-south divide

The sooner you sell your home after putting it on the market, the more likely you are to get asking price, but properties in some areas are taking almost a year to be snapped up… The speed of an area’s property market seems to no longer be subjec...

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How Long Does It Take Renters To Save For A House?

With rental costs and home prices both increasing, it’s become more challenging for renters to save for a down payment. How much so? Well, according to one recent analysis, the typical renter will have to save for nearly six and a half years to com...

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Homeowners entangled by Japanese knotweed win landmark court case

This month, two Welsh homeowners won a landmark court appeal case against Network Rail, who failed to stop Japanese knotweed invading their properties’ gardens.  Stephen Williams and Robin Waistell, who own two adjoining bungalows in Maesteg, Sout...

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Buy-to-let market isn’t shrinking, just changing say experts

Landlords across the country have been reassessing their options in the face of recent regulatory changes, but it’s more a case of adapting than leaving the market. Change is afoot in the buy-to-let property market, but while some research shows th...

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Construction industry records strongest growth rate for seven months

For the third month in a row, the UK construction industry has strengthened with more activity and higher recruitment levels, marking a return of optimism in the sector. Data released last month from the UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index s...

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Americans Say They Want To Own A Home In Retirement

The vast majority of surveyed Americans say that homeownership is among their retirement goals, according to a recent survey. In fact, 85 percent of non-retiree respondents said they want to own their own home in retirement and believe they can pay o...

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UK property investment top choice for Hong Kong nationals and expats

The number of UK buy-to-let mortgage completions from Hong Kong residents soared over the past year according to new figures. Enquiries into the UK from Asia for expat mortgages have been increasing over the past couple of years, according to Skipton...

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Proportion of UK renters has doubled in 20 years – and here’s why

The latest English Housing Survey has just been released analysing the UK’s private rented sector, and the report has uncovered some interesting results about today’s tenants. A fifth of the UK population now lives in privately rented accommodati...

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This Summer’s Luxury Home Market Is Hot

The challenge of finding an affordable entry-level home in today’s housing market gets a lot of coverage. First-time buyers facing higher rent, difficulty saving for a down payment, and low inventory are an important demographic and their habits ha...

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Top 7 stories this week in housing and property investment: 13 July

Welcome to our weekly update giving you the key stories, breaking news and topical analysis from the past week up to today, 13 July 2018. Brexit has been high on the agenda this week, with yet another reshuffle of the leadership of the Housing Minist...

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Liverpool receives major investment boost as devolution deal progresses

As the Northern Powerhouse continues to boost the economy of the north, the latest funding agreement secured in Liverpool will spell huge changes for the city. Liverpool City Region has been granted further funding powers as part of the Northern Powe...

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Reduced rates and new mortgage deals as lender competition increases

Lenders are upping the ante in the competition to secure new borrowers with a raft of new product announcements this week. Bucking the trend of keeping rates stable and incentivising new customers with cashback and fee-free deals, Santander, Accord, ...

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Home Buyer Demand Shows No Signs Of Slowing

If you’ve been paying attention to this year’s housing market, you already know that there’s been a high level of demand and a lower-than-normal number of homes for sale. That lack of balance has led to rising prices and more competition. But, ...

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West Midlands top spot for house prices as Londoners head to Birmingham

The West Midlands now boasts the UK’s strongest house price rises, coupled with a massive increase in the number of people moving to Birmingham from London. Although the growth is still there, house prices across the UK as a whole are rising at the...

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Can Bank of England really freeze UK house prices for five years?

House prices across the UK are continuing to rise despite a slight slowdown recently, and a new report has proposed a freeze on property prices to rebalance the economy. A target for zero house price inflation has been put forward by think-tank the I...

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Selling houses is evolving as online estate agents gain market share

As the UK housing market continues to shift and embrace new technology, online estate agents are becoming increasingly popular while many traditional agents are beginning to struggle. Online estate agents now represent 8% of all residential property ...

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Are Waterfront Homes Selling For Less?

There are two reasons home buyers typically have to pay more for a house on the water. The first is that people want to live on the water. It’s a desirable location. Secondly, there are a limited number of houses with water access. And when you com...

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Mortgage borrowers spoilt for choice as product numbers climb

Increased competition between mortgage providers has resulted in more than 5,000 mortgage products being available to borrowers – the highest number seen since the 2008 financial crisis. According to the Moneyfacts UK Mortgage Trends Treasury Repor...

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This new tool could help UK landlords comply with licensing laws

The UK’s landlord and property licensing schemes can be confusing, but a new technology platform could make things much easier for landlords. ARLA Propertymark has teamed up with proptech firm GetRentr to launch a new service, which will be free fo...

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