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The perks of a private property transaction

New research has found that getting a foot on the property ladder is becoming an increasingly testing process for Britain's young couples and singletons.

28 Apr 2006
The perks of a private property transaction
Mortgage borrowing to top £1 trillion

Total mortgage borrowing in the UK is set to rise above £1 trillion in the next few weeks, according to the latest report from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

28 Apr 2006
Mortgage borrowing to top £1 trillion
Five miles and £500,000 apart

It was reported this week that there is a £500,000 discrepancy between house prices on Crawley's most expensive and least expensive streets.

27 Apr 2006
Five miles and £500,000 apart
UK house price growth cools

Many prospective first-time homebuyers will by encouraged by news that house price inflation eased in April, falling from 1.1 per cent to 0.1 per cent.

27 Apr 2006
UK house price growth cools
Parents are assisting first-time buyers

As house prices continue to rise in the UK, more and more first-time buyers are turning to their parents for assistance in getting a foot on the property ladder.

26 Apr 2006
Parents are assisting first-time buyers
Investors snapping up buy-to-let properties

The buy-to-let sector is continuing to perform well in the UK, while many investors benefited last month as the price of investment properties eased a little.

26 Apr 2006
Investors snapping up buy-to-let properties
Kirstie and Phil tell us where to invest

As interest in the UK property market continues to rise, Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer have decided to offer some instruction on where to invest.

25 Apr 2006
Kirstie and Phil tell us where to invest
Wealthy homebuyers choose Wandsworth

Convenience is the order of the day for the UK's high earners, with increasing numbers ignoring reputation and choosing locations only a short distance from work.

25 Apr 2006
Wealthy homebuyers choose Wandsworth
Good times ahead for Swansea landlords

With huge sums of money currently pouring into the city, experts are predicting a boom time for the rented sector in Swansea.

24 Apr 2006
Good times ahead for Swansea landlords
Property millionaires on the rise

Last year, the number of property millionaires in England and Wales increased by 14 per cent to almost 60,000.

24 Apr 2006
Property millionaires on the rise
The escalating price of moving house

For some homeowners, the cost of moving house has risen by 176 per cent in the last six years alone.

21 Apr 2006
The escalating price of moving house
Mortgage lending soars in March

New figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) indicate that the UK property market is in fine form, with gross mortgage lending up 26 per cent in March.

21 Apr 2006
Mortgage lending soars in March
Cost of DIY soars

A culture of independence and self-sufficiency seems to have emerged in the UK, with spending on DIY rising by 76 per cent in the last ten years.

20 Apr 2006
Cost of DIY soars
Homeownership at the age of 25

The building blocks of financial security should be firmly in place by the age of 26 if an individual wishes to avoid a lifetime playing catch-up.

20 Apr 2006
Homeownership at the age of 25
More unrest over Hips

Home Information Packs (Hips) have polarised public opinion in the UK and as the government steps up its campaign, it seems the dispute is as strong as ever.

19 Apr 2006
More unrest over Hips
Scottish rental yields on the rise

While overall rental yield figures in England have fallen in the last quarter, the case in Scotland is very different, according to new research from Landlord Mortgages.

19 Apr 2006
Scottish rental yields on the rise
Property boom is "masking affordability constraint"

The average asking price for a UK home in April was 4.1 per cent higher than in the same month in 2005.

18 Apr 2006
Property boom is "masking affordability constraint"
Western Britain dominates house price growth

New research has found that during the last ten years, 18 of the top 20 counties for increasing house prices have been in western Britain.

18 Apr 2006
Western Britain dominates house price growth
Houses are the new wedding rings

New research has found that owning a property is becoming the new symbol of marriage, with 28 per cent of single first-time buyers waiting to meet their perfect partner before buying a home.

13 Apr 2006
Houses are the new wedding rings
Hips 'could ruin the property market'

The debate over Home Information Packs (Hip) is now firmly in the realm of celebrity, with Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer from Location, Location, Location adding their thoughts.

13 Apr 2006
Hips 'could ruin the property market'
Buying a house near mum and dad

While it is usually presumed that buying a house is an exciting opportunity to fly the nest, 26.5 million Brits still live close to their mum and dad.

12 Apr 2006
Buying a house near mum and dad
Houses becoming hotels

A new report has found that houses in the UK are increasingly being treated like hotels, with many people returning only to sleep.

12 Apr 2006
Houses becoming hotels
The long wait for home ownership

For many years, the plight of first-time buyers has been a central issue for observers of the UK property market and new research indicates the situation is not improving.

11 Apr 2006
The long wait for home ownership
Mixed messages on UK house prices

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) has released its House Price Index for February, but analysts are indicating that the situation is far from clear cut.

11 Apr 2006
Mixed messages on UK house prices
House prices contribute to smaller families

The average British family now consists of only 1.3 children as parents find they are unable to cope with a range of spiralling costs.

10 Apr 2006
House prices contribute to smaller families
Hips programme moves forward

Despite rumbles of discontent from certain sections of the property industry, the government has announced that its Home Information Packs (Hips) campaign is running smoothly.

10 Apr 2006
Hips programme moves forward
Making homeownership cheaper

With new research indicating that the cost of running a home has risen to £10,048 a year, UK homeowners are increasingly looking for options to ease the burden.

07 Apr 2006
Making homeownership cheaper
House price boom in Northern Ireland

The housing boom is continuing unabated in Northern Ireland, according to figures released by Nationwide.

07 Apr 2006
House price boom in Northern Ireland
House price growth accelerates across UK

The Quarterly Regional Review from Nationwide has found that house price growth is picking up throughout the UK, with house values increasing in all regions during the first three months of the year.

06 Apr 2006
House price growth accelerates across UK
Buy-to-let market prepares for new licences

Today sees the beginning of a new set of licences for Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMO), but one expert has suggested the impact may be less drastic than many have claimed.

06 Apr 2006
Buy-to-let market prepares for new licences
Consumer confidence still down

New research from Nationwide Building Society indicates that consumer confidence in the UK is still low, despite a moderate improvement last month.

05 Apr 2006
Consumer confidence still down
Hips dispute continues

It seems the country is very much split in relation to Home Information Packs (Hips) and the debate is unlikely to subside in the near future.

05 Apr 2006
Hips dispute continues
First-time buyers rejoin the market

Mortgage bank Northern Rock has announced that first-time buyers are returning to the market after a period of enforced absence.

04 Apr 2006
First-time buyers rejoin the market
Housing demand on the up

Despite posting a 2.1 per cent decline in profits, low-cost home builder Bellway is optimistic about the future of the housing market.

04 Apr 2006
Housing demand on the up
The financial stains of parenthood

New research has found that more than a third of parents in the UK are paying up to £5,000 a year on their adult children, with assistance in the property market making up a significant proportion of this outlay.

03 Apr 2006
The financial stains of parenthood
Landlords await HMO licensing

As part of a government shake up of the rented accommodation sector, landlords renting houses in multiple occupation (HMO) will soon face HMO licensing.

03 Apr 2006
Landlords await HMO licensing




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