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Chancellor offers Sipps lifeline

Sipp holders have been given a boost by Gordon Brown, according to Assetz.

31 Mar 2006
Chancellor offers Sipps lifeline
REITs "very positive" for property market

Gordon Brown's announcement on real estate investment trusts (REITs) last week has been hailed as a positive move by a leading property group.

31 Mar 2006
REITs "very positive" for property market
iPads to boost first time buyer numbers

Housebuilder Barratt has announced it is to build hundreds of iPad flats in towns across the UK.

30 Mar 2006
iPads to boost first time buyer numbers
The rise of private property selling

The furore surrounding the BBC's Whistleblower documentary on estate agents shows few signs of diminishing, as experts suggest a new Code of Practice will do nothing to stop the corruption.

29 Mar 2006
The rise of private property selling
Bright future for buy-to-let

Residential property investment is looking like a sensible option this year, with new data suggesting that the sector will be buoyant for some time.

29 Mar 2006
Bright future for buy-to-let
Females get the buy-to-let bug

New research has found that patterns are changing in the property investment sector, with women buying 24 per cent of all buy-to-let properties so far this year.

28 Mar 2006
Females get the buy-to-let bug
Property "love affair" demands sacrifices

It seems that owning a property remains the overriding desire for most Brits, with new research indicating that almost two-thirds of first-time buyers made lifestyle alterations to afford a house.

28 Mar 2006
Property "love affair" demands sacrifices
Concerns that Hips are linked to council tax

The debate over the various pros and cons of Home Information Packs (Hips) continues to rage, with critics claiming that the information will be used to increase council tax bills.

27 Mar 2006
Concerns that Hips are linked to council tax
UK house prices edge up once again

House prices in the UK are continuing to rise, according to new research, with March seeing the biggest increase in 21 months.

27 Mar 2006
UK house prices edge up once again
Homes too expensive for 90% of Londoners

The London Housing Federation (LHF) has this week suggested that buying the average-priced property in the capital requires a salary of almost £82,000.

24 Mar 2006
Homes too expensive for 90% of Londoners
Buyers warned of exploitative agents

The Whistleblower programme on estate agents from the BBC seems to have opened a can of worms, with homebuyers warned of a culture of exploitation in the business.

24 Mar 2006
Buyers warned of exploitative agents
Property industry welcomes REITs

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are set to hit the UK in January next year and it is a development that has been largely welcomed by those in the property industry.

23 Mar 2006
Property industry welcomes REITs
Rics slams "derisory" stamp duty gesture

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has wasted no time in berating the government for its decision to raise the stamp duty threshold by only £5,000.

23 Mar 2006
Rics slams "derisory" stamp duty gesture
Estate agents shamed again

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has announced that two west London estate agents have been banned after subletting properties without the knowledge of their landlord owners.

22 Mar 2006
Estate agents shamed again
Record February for mortgage lending

As the recovery of the UK property market gathers pace, a new report has indicated that February saw record levels of mortgage lending.

22 Mar 2006
Record February for mortgage lending
Buy to let market soars

Buy to let properties are soaring in popularity, new figures from the Council of Mortgage lenders have shown, as investors attempt to take advantage of rising rental demand.

21 Mar 2006
Buy to let market soars
Dodgy estate agent practices revealed

BBC reporters have unveiled the 'dirty tricks' estate agents use to go about their business in the London area.

21 Mar 2006
Dodgy estate agent practices revealed
London house prices surpass £300,000

Residential property in London now costs over £300,000, the latest survey from housing website Rightmove.co.uk has shown.

20 Mar 2006
London house prices surpass £300,000
30 minutes to purchase a property

Nearly two-thirds of homebuyers in the UK spend less than 30 minutes viewing the property they eventually buy, a new survey has suggested.

20 Mar 2006
30 minutes to purchase a property




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