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Signs of house price growth cooling

Two separate reports today suggest that house price increases in the UK are starting to slow down.

31 May 2006
Signs of house price growth cooling
Six in ten oblivious to Hips

A staggering 64 per cent of homeowners claim that they have never heard of Home Information Packs (Hips).

31 May 2006
Six in ten oblivious to Hips
Adding meaningful value to your home

A new report has warned homeowners that home improvement projects should not be carried out on a whim, with only certain tasks adding significant value to a property.

30 May 2006
Adding meaningful value to your home
Continued growth for buy-to-let market

Confidence in the buy-to-let sector is reportedly high following growth of almost 20 per cent within the last two years.

30 May 2006
Continued growth for buy-to-let market
Strong tenant demand boosts rents

Landlords have reportedly seen rent rises accelerate for the second consecutive quarter thanks to both economic and demographic factors.

26 May 2006
Strong tenant demand boosts rents
Hips 'will benefit consumers'

A new book has concluded that Home Information Packs (Hips) will make the property buying process easier and quicker and that consumers will ultimately save money.

26 May 2006
Hips 'will benefit consumers'
Buy-to-let boom driven by urban professionals

Landlords are reportedly reaping the benefits of a booming buy-to-let sector, as young professionals increasingly see rented accommodation as the most desirable option.

25 May 2006
Buy-to-let boom driven by urban professionals
"Silver surfers" finding property online

As the UK's older population becomes increasingly au fait with the internet, OAPs are starting to lead the way in terms of searching for property online.

25 May 2006
"Silver surfers" finding property online
Second-time buyers struggling to move

New research suggests that second-time buyers are finding life similarly difficult to those buying for the first-time.

24 May 2006
Second-time buyers struggling to move
"Rapid expansion" for buy-to-let sector

The UK's buy-to-let sector is continuing to go from strength-to-strength this year, with landlords renewing their enthusiasm for the popular investment strategy.

24 May 2006
"Rapid expansion" for buy-to-let sector
Government looks to low cost village

A low cost, low-carbon village could be central to the government's plans for housing in the UK.

23 May 2006
Government looks to low cost village
Government 'could end Sipp loophole'

The government could be set to close a loophole that allows investors to put their pensions in to self invested personal pensions (Sipps).

23 May 2006
Government 'could end Sipp loophole'
Mortgage lending soars

Mortgage lending last month reached a record high for April, according to new figures.

22 May 2006
Mortgage lending soars
Gardens 'crucial' to investment growth

A tidy garden is crucial to realising a property's full price potential and insurance against vandalism or theft is a sensible measure, according to insurers.

22 May 2006
Gardens 'crucial' to investment growth
House prices 'to outstrip inflation'

The majority of chief executives from the UK's building societies believe that house price inflation will run at between four and five per cent by the and of the year.

19 May 2006
House prices 'to outstrip inflation'
Online house selling 'replacing estate agents'

Recent reports suggest that house sellers are becoming increasingly disillusioned with the role played by estate agents and are looking instead to sell privately using the internet.

19 May 2006
Online house selling 'replacing estate agents'
Upward curve in house building

House building in England during the first quarter of 2006 enjoyed a significant acceleration, with 37,600 houses completed.

18 May 2006
Upward curve in house building
Concerns over rural housing prices

There are growing calls for a tax on second home owners following the publication of a new report on affordability difficulties in rural areas.

18 May 2006
Concerns over rural housing prices
Blackburn tops Fastest Mortgage League

New research has found that homeowners in Blackburn are closer to paying off their mortgages than anyone else in the UK.

17 May 2006
Blackburn tops Fastest Mortgage League
North becoming the 'new south'

The north of England has been dubbed the 'new south', as it becomes the preferable option for property investment.

17 May 2006
North becoming the 'new south'
Hips provoke further discontent

The row over home information packs (Hips) shows no signs of subsiding, with the Building Societies' Association (BSA) now entering the fray.

16 May 2006
Hips provoke further discontent
Large properties drive house price growth

House prices in the UK have now been climbing for six consecutive months, with the larger properties leading the way.

16 May 2006
Large properties drive house price growth
House price increases strongest for a year

New research has shown that house prices witnessed their strongest annual rise in more than a year between mid-April and early May.

15 May 2006
House price increases strongest for a year
Landlords aim for bigger portfolios

Confidence in the buy-to-let sector is currently soaring, with landlords largely unconcerned about HMO licensing.

15 May 2006
Landlords aim for bigger portfolios
Estate agent complaints on the rise

The annual report from the Ombudsman for Estate Agents reveals that there was a nine per cent rise in the number of complaints made against agents last year.

12 May 2006
Estate agent complaints on the rise
Good time to sell a house in Surrey

House sellers are reportedly enjoying prime conditions in and around Surrey, with improved buyer confidence pushing the average house price up five per cent to £290,000.

12 May 2006
Good time to sell a house in Surrey
Schools boost Fylde house prices

House prices in Fylde near Blackpool are apparently rising at a staggering rate as families look to enrol their children in one of the impressive schools.

11 May 2006
Schools boost Fylde house prices
Hips 'worthless' without regulation

Home information packs (Hips) will hit the UK market in just over a year, but one provider is warning they will be useless without better regulation.

11 May 2006
Hips 'worthless' without regulation
Buy-to-let hotspots revealed

Landlords in the UK have been alerted to a forthcoming report that promises to shed some light on the best options for buy-to-let investment.

10 May 2006
Buy-to-let hotspots revealed
Stamp duty hits first-time buyers

The latest report from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has found that only half of first-time buyers avoid stamp duty.

10 May 2006
Stamp duty hits first-time buyers
Estate agents 'irritating residents'

Homeowners in Walthamstow are becoming increasingly irritated by the estate agents using For Sale and To Let signs purely for cheap advertising.

09 May 2006
Estate agents 'irritating residents'
Landlords high on confidence

Confidence in the UK buy-to-let sector seems to be higher than ever, with landlords enjoying improved returns and many making plans to add to their portfolios.

09 May 2006
Landlords high on confidence
Homeowners 'do not trust estate agents'

Confirming what had been suspected by most, new research has found that British homeowners have very little trust in their estate agents.

08 May 2006
Homeowners 'do not trust estate agents'
No slowdown for London property boom

The incredible rejuvenation of the property market in London seems to be continuing, with annualised price growth reaching 14.7 per cent in April.

08 May 2006
No slowdown for London property boom
Experts tip Bank to raise rates

Experts are predicting that the Bank of England will eventually raise the interest rate, despite the current freeze.

05 May 2006
Experts tip Bank to raise rates
Landlords told to consider capital gains

As buy-to-let investment becomes increasingly popular in the UK, landlords have been reminded that capital appreciation can in many cases be more important than rental income.

04 May 2006
Landlords told to consider capital gains
Brits lie to sound posher

The vast majority of people in the UK admit to lying about where they live in order to make their home sound more exclusive.

04 May 2006
Brits lie to sound posher
Further house price growth expected

With a series of recent surveys pointing to sustained house price growth in the UK, the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) expects the trend to continue.

03 May 2006
Further house price growth expected
Mortgage approvals continue to rise

Figures from the British Bankers' Association (BBA) indicate that the number of new mortgage approvals for home purchases increased by 33 per cent to 85,698 in February.

03 May 2006
Mortgage approvals continue to rise
Climbing the property ladder

First-time house sellers in the UK are spending an extra £400 million each month on mortgage repayments as they look to climb the property ladder.

02 May 2006
Climbing the property ladder
House prices edge up in April

April saw house prices rising by 0.6 per cent according to new statistics, representing the biggest monthly increase in almost two years.

02 May 2006
House prices edge up in April




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