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House prices up in August

House prices in the UK increased by 0.8 per cent in August, according to new research.

31 Aug 2006
House prices up in August
Big Apple cheaper than London

Prices for residential property in London are now higher than in New York, according to new figures.

31 Aug 2006
Big Apple cheaper than London
Buy-to-let anniversary marks continued success

This year marks the tenth anniversary for buy-to-let mortgages and the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has put together a new report that highlights the success of buy-to-let and predicts its continued success.

30 Aug 2006
Buy-to-let anniversary marks continued success
West coast more profitable than the east

New research has showed that the west coast of Britain has seen higher price increases than the east coast.

30 Aug 2006
West coast more profitable than the east
First-time buyers' £29,000 deposit

First-time buyers on average have to save up 74 per cent of their annual income to pay for a deposit, according to new research.

29 Aug 2006
First-time buyers' £29,000 deposit
Saving money with energy efficiency

Many homeowners are choosing to make improvements to their house in an effort to cut down on energy bills, according to new research.

29 Aug 2006
Saving money with energy efficiency
Hips claims to be pivotal

The Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) claims that Hips and the contentious Home Condition Reports (HCRs) will be pivotal in house sales of the future.

25 Aug 2006
Hips claims to be pivotal
'I'm not living next to that!'

The top list of reasons for why people break off from house sales or refuse to follow through an initial viewing has been collated in new research.

25 Aug 2006
'I'm not living next to that!'
What's his name again?

A staggering 55 per cent of British people don't know the name of their next door neighbour, let alone feel comfortable enough to ask for some form of household item, according to new research.

24 Aug 2006
What's his name again?
First-time buyers need a parental leg-up

First-time buyers desperate to get on the property ladder are increasingly relying on financial support from their parents, new research suggests.

24 Aug 2006
First-time buyers need a parental leg-up
Many homeowners unaware of Hips

A large number of home owners are completely oblivious to Home Information Packs (Hips).

23 Aug 2006
Many homeowners unaware of Hips
Next generation mortgages

Chatham based company Kent Reliance has launched a new mortgage type that can be passed on from generation to generation.

23 Aug 2006
Next generation mortgages
Inheritance tax here to stay

Since Stephen Byers' comments in the Sunday Telegraph, the Labour Party on the whole has rallied to criticise the former transport minister's calls for inheritance tax to be dropped.

22 Aug 2006
Inheritance tax here to stay
Midlands top for student property investor

Buyers looking to invest in student property can see rewards for their outlay throughout the country, according to new research.

22 Aug 2006
Midlands top for student property investor
Inheritance tax row continues

A rift is emerging in the Labour Party following Stephen Byers' comments to the Sunday Telegraph that inheritance tax should be abolished.

21 Aug 2006
Inheritance tax row continues
Pressure on first-time buyers

The financial pressure heaped upon first-time buyers has been revealed in a new study by the Post Office.

21 Aug 2006
Pressure on first-time buyers
Cameron wants more home owners

Conservative leader David Cameron has set out proposals for a rent-to-own conversion scheme that the party claims would open up the property market to millions of people.

18 Aug 2006
Cameron wants more home owners
Scottish house prices gently subsiding

House prices in Scotland are gradually slowing down after a boom in the first half of the year, according to new research.

18 Aug 2006
Scottish house prices gently subsiding
AHIPP fights abolition calls

The Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) has defended itself against calls for Home Information Packs (Hips) to be abolished.

17 Aug 2006
AHIPP fights abolition calls
Buy-to-let sector undeterred by rate rise

Rises in the interest base rate may not put Buy-to-let investors off buying additional properties, according to mortgage experts.

17 Aug 2006
Buy-to-let sector undeterred by rate rise
Continued growth for housing market

House prices continued to swell during July with the average price standing almost £2,000 higher than the June price, according to research from Assetz.

16 Aug 2006
Continued growth for housing market
Buy to let goes from strength to strength

Buy-to-let mortgages have set new records in application volumes for the second half-year running, according to new research by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

16 Aug 2006
Buy to let goes from strength to strength
Interest-only mortgages harsher than they seem

Research from moneyfacts.co.uk has revealed that although interest-only mortgages are becoming increasingly popular, often the consumer isn't prepared for the re-payment package coupled with the loan.

15 Aug 2006
Interest-only mortgages harsher than they seem
HIPs rollout locations revealed

Six locations in England will be the first areas to try out the government's Home Information Packs (HIPs).

15 Aug 2006
HIPs rollout locations revealed
London tonic for house price inflation

Annual house price inflation for July stands at 5.4 per cent according to the latest Financial Times (FT) house price index.

14 Aug 2006
London tonic for house price inflation
Quality of life survey ranks south-east number one

A survey which explores the quality of life in Britain's local authorities (LAs) has rated four out of the top five regions as being in the south-east.

14 Aug 2006
Quality of life survey ranks south-east number one
Mortgage lenders slow to react to rate rise

Mortgage lenders have been slow to react to the Bank of England's (BoE) rate rise decision and may have been caught on the hop, according to reports.

11 Aug 2006
Mortgage lenders slow to react to rate rise
Green belt housing under attack

A study carried out by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) has claimed that councils in the south-east aren't utilising 'brownfield' sites enough.

11 Aug 2006
Green belt housing under attack
MPC warn that another rate increase is possible

After the Bank of England's decision earlier this month to raise the interest rate from 4.5 per cent to 4.75 per cent many analysts expressed their surprise.

10 Aug 2006
MPC warn that another rate increase is possible
Student's rent price peaks in London

Students going to university in London pay on average around £100 per week in rent, making it the most expensive student area in the UK.

10 Aug 2006
Student's rent price peaks in London
First-buyers getting higher mortgages

On average first-time buyers were borrowing 3.21 times their income to get a mortgage in June, new figures show.

09 Aug 2006
First-buyers getting higher mortgages
Average house price increase

Latest figures from the Land Registry reveal that the average house price in the UK is now just short of £200,000 with a figure of £199,184.

08 Aug 2006
Average house price increase
Variable mortgages popular prior to interest rate rise

Variable rate mortgages were increasing in popularity in the build up to the Bank of England's decision to raise interest rates, figures show.

08 Aug 2006
Variable mortgages popular prior to interest rate rise
Increase in number of second properties

The number of people in the UK taking on a second property has increased by around 300,000 since 2001, figures show.

08 Aug 2006
Increase in number of second properties
Survey shows buyers outnumber sellers

More people are looking to buy a house than sell one at a ratio of 2.5 to one, new research suggests.

07 Aug 2006
Survey shows buyers outnumber sellers
Research shows IHT threshold is too low

Data gathered by HM Revenue and Customs and analysed by the Halifax group shows that the amount of properties valued under £500,000 paying Inheritance Tax (IHT) has increased.

07 Aug 2006
Research shows IHT threshold is too low
HIPs to be rolled out this year

Home Information Packs (HIPs) will be rolled out this year in certain areas as part of a voluntary introduction to the market.

04 Aug 2006
HIPs to be rolled out this year
Interest rates rise to 4.75%

The Bank of England has put interest rates up 0.25 per cent from its previous rate of 4.5 per cent, sparking a glum response from mortgage holders.

04 Aug 2006
Interest rates rise to 4.75%
House prices up by 0.2%

House prices increased by 0.2 per cent in July after two successive months of decreases, reports Halifax.

03 Aug 2006
House prices up by 0.2%
Houses built since the 1930's are cooler

Many people often assume that insulation is only useful for keeping heat in and saving on energy bills in the winter. However it can also be useful for controlling temperature in the summer and helping to keep rooms cool.

03 Aug 2006
Houses built since the 1930's are cooler
Tory think tank researches Land Value Tax

Centre-right research thinktank the Bow Group has published a paper detailing plans for a radical reshape of the tax system.

02 Aug 2006
Tory think tank researches Land Value Tax
Homeowners can go green off the shelf

The major British electrical retailer Currys has launched a trial at three stores for selling solar panels off the shelf.

02 Aug 2006
Homeowners can go green off the shelf
House prices jump says survey

July's report on the housing market from mortgage lenders Nationwide states that house prices rose by 0.8 per cent. This is a 0.5 per cent rise from June's 0.3 per cent price increase.

01 Aug 2006
House prices jump says survey
Key workers 'cannot afford housing'

Two thirds of towns surveyed by Halifax are too expensive for key public sector workers.

01 Aug 2006
Key workers 'cannot afford housing'




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