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Majority of first-time buyers have debt

Three-quarters of potential first-time buyers currently have debts outstanding while they are saving for a deposit.

29 Sep 2006
Majority of first-time buyers have debt
New code of practice for UK estate agents

A new code of practice for estate agents has been launched in the UK.

29 Sep 2006
New code of practice for UK estate agents
Mortgage regulation 'improving for consumers'

A report by the FSA suggests that mortgage regulation is getting better for UK consumers.

28 Sep 2006
Mortgage regulation 'improving for consumers'
Net mortgage lending rises in August

Gross mortgage lending in August this year soared to a record £20.9 billion, according to the BBA.

27 Sep 2006
Net mortgage lending rises in August
Host of new mortgages from UK lenders

A number of UK lenders have released details of new products this week.

27 Sep 2006
Host of new mortgages from UK lenders
Millions of homeowners to pay mortgage in retirement

More than a third of UK homeowners expect to be paying their mortgage over the age of 60.

26 Sep 2006
Millions of homeowners to pay mortgage in retirement
Mortgage costs ‘account for third of earnings’

A new report claims that housing market affordability in Britain is stretched almost to its limit, with mortgage costs accounting for a third of average wage earnings.

26 Sep 2006
Mortgage costs ‘account for third of earnings’
Landlords sell up to escape new licences

Landlords across the UK are reported to be selling properties in order to avoid charges from new licensing arrangements brought in this April.

25 Sep 2006
Landlords sell up to escape new licences
House prices inch towards inheritance tax threshold

Average house prices in one in ten towns across England are now higher than the inheritance tax (IHT) threshold, new figures reveal.

25 Sep 2006
House prices inch towards inheritance tax threshold
Students' renting responsibilities highlighted

UK students setting off for university are being warned about the new responsibilities they face living in private rented accommodation.


22 Sep 2006
Students' renting responsibilities highlighted
New figure supports strengthening housing market

A report from Nationwide backs figures showing strong house price inflation in August this year.

22 Sep 2006
New figure supports strengthening housing market
BSA reports steep rise in advances

The BSA has revealed new data indicating that building society gross advances rocketed by 27 per cent last month.

21 Sep 2006
BSA reports steep rise in advances
House prices continue to squeeze first-time buyers

A new report warns that prices for first-time buyers are rising faster than the general housing market.

21 Sep 2006
House prices continue to squeeze first-time buyers
Government land tax 'to squeeze small developers'

A new land tax being introduced by the government could squeeze small developers out of the market, a new report claims.

20 Sep 2006
Government land tax 'to squeeze small developers'
UK mortgage lending reached record heights

The CML reports that mortgage lending in Britain soared last month to a record high.

20 Sep 2006
UK mortgage lending reached record heights
Rise in number of fixed rate mortgage applications

More and more people in Britain are opting for fixed rate mortgages as interest rates rise.

18 Sep 2006
Rise in number of fixed rate mortgage applications
Tories warn of Labour/Liberal tax plans

Conservative politicians claim that plans by both the Lib Dems and Labour to impose new property taxes will hit homeowners hard.

18 Sep 2006
Tories warn of Labour/Liberal tax plans
First-time buyers 'stretching finances'

First-time buyers in Britain are being forced to stretch their finances even further in order to get a foot on the property ladder.

15 Sep 2006
First-time buyers 'stretching finances'
New insurance policy for UK landlords

Sainsbury's has launched a new insurance policy designed specifically for UK landlords.

15 Sep 2006
New insurance policy for UK landlords
Yorkshire town named top first-time buyer hotspot

Lindley, near Huddersfield, has been named as the top place in the UK for first-time buyers.

14 Sep 2006
Yorkshire town named top first-time buyer hotspot
UK house prices 'still rising'

House prices in the UK are continuing to accelerate, despite the interest rate rise last month.

14 Sep 2006
UK house prices 'still rising'
Thousands of Britons 'missing mortgage payments'

Thousands of Britons are struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments each month, according to a new report.

13 Sep 2006
Thousands of Britons 'missing mortgage payments'
Prospective landlords urged to research first

People thinking about investing in property to let are being advised to research the market carefully before making a purchase.

13 Sep 2006
Prospective landlords urged to research first
Property boom boosts Bovis profits

Housebuilder Bovis Homes has announced that it has witnessed profits soar by almost a fifth (18 per cent) over the first six months of 2006.

12 Sep 2006
Property boom boosts Bovis profits
Mortgage offer delays effect millions

Millions of home buyers and sellers in Britain are facing frustrating delays each year because of the length of time it takes to approve mortgages.

12 Sep 2006
Mortgage offer delays effect millions
First-time buyers club together

More and more people are teaming up with friends in order to get a foot on the UK property ladder, as house prices in Britain remain high.

11 Sep 2006
First-time buyers club together
UK house prices continue to grow

The average house price in the UK rose by 1.8 per cent from 191,016 in June 2006 to £194,454 in July, according to official figures.

11 Sep 2006
UK house prices continue to grow
November rate rise likely

Immediately after the Bank of England's decision yesterday (September 7th) to leave interest rates unchanged at 4.75 per cent, analysts began to speculate on October's update.

08 Sep 2006
November rate rise likely
Energy bills bring more gloom

The latest price rise by npower yesterday (September 7th) has left even more householders with the feeling of impending energy price doom.

08 Sep 2006
Energy bills bring more gloom
Interest rate left unchanged

The Bank of England has announced that interest rates will remain unchanged at 4.75 per cent after its latest meeting.

07 Sep 2006
Interest rate left unchanged
Housing market moderating

House price inflation has slowed in recent months and this pattern is expected to continue, according to new research.

07 Sep 2006
Housing market moderating
Stamp duty "remains unfair"

New figures released by Portman Building Society have shown that stamp duty raised one billion pounds for the government in the second quarter of 2006.

06 Sep 2006
Stamp duty "remains unfair"
Fresh woe for Hips

Despite the best efforts to mount a publicity offensive by the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) it appears that Home Information Packs (Hips) are to be delayed.

06 Sep 2006
Fresh woe for Hips
Interest rate rise "not a done deal"

After August's base rate rise by the Bank of England, many analysts argued that the bank's monetary policy committee (MPC) would raise them again in an effort to lower inflation.

05 Sep 2006
Interest rate rise "not a done deal"
Teen property dream shattered

Over half (56 per cent) of teenagers hope to buy a house between the ages of 23 and-27-years-old despite the fact that the average age of a first-time buyer is 34, according to new research.

05 Sep 2006
Teen property dream shattered
Remortgaging can cost more than you think

New research suggests that people who remortgage regularly could be paying nearly £14,000 too much.

04 Sep 2006
Remortgaging can cost more than you think
Ways to beat inheritance tax

Following the recent political wrangles over inheritance tax (IHT), an advisory group has published its top ways to minimise the tax before loopholes are closed.

04 Sep 2006
Ways to beat inheritance tax
Hips industry standards

The Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) has announced that it will publish a code of practice for all suppliers to sign up to.

01 Sep 2006
Hips industry standards
Homeowners to improve energy efficiency

Research has shown that British people feel manufacturers should take more responsibility for energy efficiency.

01 Sep 2006
Homeowners to improve energy efficiency




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