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FSA warns over misinformation

A financial watchdog claims that many mortgage lenders and brokers are giving misleading information to customers regarding their home loans.

30 Jun 2006
FSA warns over misinformation
Lifetime mortgages 'adding value'

Lifetime mortgages are becoming an increasingly popular way to add value to homes, new research has revealed.

29 Jun 2006
Lifetime mortgages 'adding value'
Lender to offer Hips

Nationwide has been the first lender to announce that it will provide home information packs (Hips), according to the Daily Mail.

29 Jun 2006
Lender to offer Hips
Housebuilders urged to evolve

A new publication is set to call on property builders to respond to the growing challenges of the 21st century.

28 Jun 2006
Housebuilders urged to evolve
Buyers go low

An increasing number of buyers are starting to pitch their offers lower, as the market looks set to turn in their favour once again.

28 Jun 2006
Buyers go low
Inner city apartments 'increasingly out of reach'

New apartments in cities are becoming increasingly out of reach for the people who most want to buy them, according to research from Yorkshire Building Society.

27 Jun 2006
Inner city apartments 'increasingly out of reach'
"Many alternatives" for first time mortgages

There are "many alternatives" for first time mortgage buyers according to Julia Harris, a mortgage analyst at moneyfacts.co.uk.

27 Jun 2006
"Many alternatives" for first time mortgages
London continues to drive property prices

House price inflation continues to be driven by price increases in London, according to the latest figures from Hometrack.

26 Jun 2006
London continues to drive property prices
Brits saving up

Increasing numbers of Brits are borrowing less and saving more, a move that could allow them to get a foot on the property ladder.

26 Jun 2006
Brits saving up
Report advises on mixed income communities

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has teamed up with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to produce a document of developing successful mixed income communities.

23 Jun 2006
Report advises on mixed income communities
Four million new homes 'needed by 2020'

The government has been warned that four million new homes are needed in England by 2020 for the benefit of the economy.

23 Jun 2006
Four million new homes 'needed by 2020'
Walsall regeneration scheme underway

A £40 million St Matthew's Quarter regeneration scheme in the centre of Walsall is set to transform the area and boost the housing market.

22 Jun 2006
Walsall regeneration scheme underway
Cornwall attracting younger homebuyers

The property market in Cornwall appears to be enjoying something of a boom, with younger homebuyers supplementing the steady stream of retirees heading south.

22 Jun 2006
Cornwall attracting younger homebuyers
Landmark case threatens estate agents' signs

There are hopes today that estate agents will be forced to take greater responsibility over their "To Let" and "For Sale" signs after a landmark ruling in Wales.

21 Jun 2006
Landmark case threatens estate agents' signs
Hips will be "cost neutral"

The Conservative party has been slammed for its scaremongering tactics in relation to the potential cost of a Home Information Pack (Hip).

21 Jun 2006
Hips will be "cost neutral"
Home Information Pack could cost £1,000

It is now less than a year until Home Information Packs (Hips) become mandatory, but a new poll has found that costs could prove problematic.

20 Jun 2006
Home Information Pack could cost £1,000
First-time buyers 'surprisingly resilient'

Despite the obvious difficulties facing first-time buyers in the UK, they still account for around 40 per cent of all house purchase transactions.

20 Jun 2006
First-time buyers 'surprisingly resilient'
Population slump hitting house prices

Low fertility rates in Scotland are likely to hamper the property market in the years to come, according to a new report.

19 Jun 2006
Population slump hitting house prices
House prices top £211k

The average house price in England and Wales is now £211,442 after particularly strong growth in London.

19 Jun 2006
House prices top £211k
New homes set for steep price increase

Buyers of brand new homes can expect to see prices soar in the next 12 months, according to a new report.

16 Jun 2006
New homes set for steep price increase
Energy ratings for house sales

The government has revealed that next year's Home Information Packs (Hips) will include energy efficiency ratings similar to those on fridges.

16 Jun 2006
Energy ratings for house sales
House sellers devaluing properties with DIY

DIY may well be a national obsession in this country, but new research suggests that millions are devaluing their homes with shoddy or ill-advised work.

15 Jun 2006
House sellers devaluing properties with DIY
Housing market enjoys strong May

A new report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has cast doubt on recent suggestions that the property market is cooling.

15 Jun 2006
Housing market enjoys strong May
House hunting in space

The property market may be in store for a mind-boggling transformation in the years to come, with house hunters extending their searches to the moon and even Mars.

14 Jun 2006
House hunting in space
World Cup 'stunting property market'

With the whole world now captivated by the World Cup, it is perhaps unsurprising that activity in the housing market is slow.

14 Jun 2006
World Cup 'stunting property market'
Buy-to-let landlords warned of potential fines

While the buy-to-let industry may be thriving in the UK, landlords have been warned that carelessness could lead to fines of up to £20,000.

13 Jun 2006
Buy-to-let landlords warned of potential fines
Buying a house "still cheaper than renting"

A new study has calculated that homeowners are typically better off than renters by an average of £24,372.

13 Jun 2006
Buying a house "still cheaper than renting"
First-time buyers 'need flexible options'

Policy makers have been told that they need to be more imaginative in their attempts to help first-time buyers.

12 Jun 2006
First-time buyers 'need flexible options'
Landlords look forward to simpler rules

As the rented sector in the UK continues to grow, landlords are now hoping for a further boost with the simplification of rules and regulations.

12 Jun 2006
Landlords look forward to simpler rules
Worcester awaits potential housing boom

The property market in Worcester may be set for an overhaul if a government plan to build almost 10,000 new homes comes into fruition.

09 Jun 2006
Worcester awaits potential housing boom
European renting style buoys landlords

Investor landlords in the UK are reportedly benefiting from a transformation of the rented sector.

09 Jun 2006
European renting style buoys landlords
Students continue to choose rented accommodation

Investor landlords are continuing to enjoy strong demand from the UK's student population.

08 Jun 2006
Students continue to choose rented accommodation
House prices to rise by 7% this year

With confidence in the property market remaining high, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has this week revised its forecast for house price growth.

08 Jun 2006
House prices to rise by 7% this year
Government slammed for new homes project

With the south-east enduring its worst drought for a number of decades, the government has been heavily criticised for its plans to build thousands of new homes in the area.

07 Jun 2006
Government slammed for new homes project
First-time buyers could wait until 2012

Prospective first-time buyers have been urged to improve their saving habits after a report predicted that many will be waiting until 2012 to get their hands on a property.

07 Jun 2006
First-time buyers could wait until 2012
Property shortage drives return of gazumping

Gazumping, a practice first noted in the 1980s, is apparently making a return to the UK housing market.

06 Jun 2006
Property shortage drives return of gazumping
Investors choosing property over shares

As the government continues to lay emphasis on the importance of saving for retirement, increasing numbers are looking to property for the best returns.

06 Jun 2006
Investors choosing property over shares
Americans waking up to online property sales

It has been reported that the internet is finally beginning to benefit the property market in the US.

05 Jun 2006
Americans waking up to online property sales
Homeowners making plans to move

New research has found that 15 per cent of households are thinking of buying a new property or remortgaging by next winter.

05 Jun 2006
Homeowners making plans to move
Staggering growth in prime central London

The property market in prime central London continues to astonish analysts, with annualised price growth in April standing at 16.6 per cent.

02 Jun 2006
Staggering growth in prime central London
Investor landlords make 'a very good living'

The buy-to-let sector appears to be enjoying a period of buoyancy with investor landlords expanding their portfolios despite rising prices.

02 Jun 2006
Investor landlords make 'a very good living'
Young buyers struggle as Welsh market booms

House prices in Wales reportedly climbed by six per cent in the first quarter of 2006.

01 Jun 2006
Young buyers struggle as Welsh market booms
April slump for mortgage approvals

There was further evidence yesterday that growth in the housing market is beginning to level out, with April mortgage approvals falling to their lowest level in seven months.

01 Jun 2006
April slump for mortgage approvals




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