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Mortgage figures show market strong

The mortgage market has remained strong, lending figures for October have shown, with overall lending up six per cent on September to a total £18.9 billion

30 Nov 2006
Mortgage figures show market strong
Government pledges new family homes

The government has announced plans to boost the number of family homes built every year, reforming the planning system and requiring councils to plan for long-term needs

30 Nov 2006
Government pledges new family homes
Annual price growth at 7.2% in October say official figures

House prices hit an average annualised growth rate of seven per cent during October, official figures from the Land Registry have shown, rising 1.2 per cent during the month

29 Nov 2006
Annual price growth at 7.2% in October say official figures
Buy-to-let sector slows says Rics

New entries to the buy-to-let market have fallen to their slowest level of growth since the second quarter of 2005, a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) survey has said

29 Nov 2006
Buy-to-let sector slows says Rics
Housing market sustainable says think-tank – and here's why

A leading economic think-tank has responded to a report warning of imminent disaster for the housing market "bubble", saying that a sharp price correction is "very unlikely".

28 Nov 2006
Housing market sustainable says think-tank – and here's why
Quarter landlords refinancing says survey

A quarter of landlords have refinanced property over the last year, research for Landlord Mortgages (LM) has found, in what it said was anticipation of a softening market

28 Nov 2006
Quarter landlords refinancing says survey
One in six now renting says survey

The number of households in England living in rented accommodation has risen to 2.5 million, the latest English Housing survey has claimed, or 12 per cent of the whole

27 Nov 2006
One in six now renting says survey
Agent recommends relocating for growth

Estate agent haart has advised first-time buyers to consider uprooting and settling down in areas of high-growth potential in order to claim their slice of property wealth

27 Nov 2006
Agent recommends relocating for growth
New-build enquiries jump in October

Enquiries about new-build properties hit an all-time high in October SmartNewHomes has claimed, with more than eight million online viewings last month

24 Nov 2006
New-build enquiries jump in October
Good state school commands £16,000 property premium says Rics

Being in the catchement area for a well-rated state school will add up to £16,000 to the value of property, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) research has shown

24 Nov 2006
Good state school commands £16,000 property premium says Rics
Monthly interest payments add £7,500 to mortgage warns Halifax

Homeowners may end up paying as much as £7,500 over the odds in interest payments over the course of their mortgage if it is accrued monthly or annually, claims Halifax

23 Nov 2006
Monthly interest payments add £7,500 to mortgage warns Halifax
Everyone loses in housing shortage says minister

The government has warned that the 'haves' of the property market will ultimately suffer alongside the 'have nots' if opposition to new home building continues

23 Nov 2006
Everyone loses in housing shortage says minister
Doomsayers return to housing analysis

With the most recent property boom apparently about to begin fading away, the housing doomsayers have once again raised their voices above the optimists

22 Nov 2006
Doomsayers return to housing analysis
Buy-to-let far from capacity says broker

Despite stellar growth of £30 billion in recent years the buy-to-let market is nowhere near capacity, broker Paragon Mortgages has claimed

22 Nov 2006
Buy-to-let far from capacity says broker
UK housing enters the unknown

The UK housing market will see four per cent growth over 2007, Hometrack has claimed, but added that analysts are now effectively working in the dark

21 Nov 2006
UK housing enters the unknown
Mortgage costs up by third says analyst

Overall mortgage costs have increased by as much as a third in just three years, a study by mortgage research firm Mform has shown

21 Nov 2006
Mortgage costs up by third says analyst
House price-inflation breaks double-digits

Annual house-price inflation has risen to above double digits for the first time in two years, the latest Rightmove index has show, hitting 12.4 per cent in England and Wales

20 Nov 2006
House price-inflation breaks double-digits
Mortgage lending breaks monthly record says CML

Overall mortgage lending once again broke all previous monthly records during October, Council of Mortgage Lending (CML) figures show, rising to £30.3 billion

20 Nov 2006
Mortgage lending breaks monthly record says CML
House prices on course for 6% in '07 says Nationwide

Nationwide, the UK's biggest mortgage lender, has said that house prices will rise around five to six per cent over the course of 2007, and would finish this year up eight per cent

17 Nov 2006
House prices on course for 6% in '07 says Nationwide
First-time buyers hit 18 month high

First-time buyers returned to the market in high numbers during October, reaching their highest proportion of the market in 18 months, new research has claimed

17 Nov 2006
First-time buyers hit 18 month high
Buyer demand booms over October says Rics

Buyer enquiries bounced back from September lows over the course of October, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has claimed

16 Nov 2006
Buyer demand booms over October says Rics
Housing boom to wane early 2007 says survey

The housing boom of the last year will persist through to the early part of 2007 before weakening due to affordability issues and the cost of borrowing, a Reuters poll has said

16 Nov 2006
Housing boom to wane early 2007 says survey
Transport links biggest influence on prices says haart

Being close to a good train or underground link is the single factor most likely to add value to a home, a survey for haart estate agents has claimed

15 Nov 2006
Transport links biggest influence on prices says haart
ARLA disputes rental repo claims

Preliminary statistics which claimed to show an increase in the number of buy-to-let properties being repossessed are wide of the mark, letting agents have said

15 Nov 2006
ARLA disputes rental repo claims
Property sold at auction triples in decade says Rics

The number of properties being sold at auction grew 12 per cent between 2003 and 2005, research for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has found

14 Nov 2006
Property sold at auction triples in decade says Rics
Estate agents could face prosecution over sharp practices

Estate agents could face prosecution if they knowingly inflate the value of a property under new legislation that will be announced in the forthcoming Queen's speech

14 Nov 2006
Estate agents could face prosecution over sharp practices
Annual property growth hits 8% says government

The annual rate of UK house-price inflation grew from 7.4 per cent in August to 8.0 per cent in September, the latest government figures have shown

13 Nov 2006
Annual property growth hits 8% says government
New buy-to-let guide launched

Fusion Property Investment Services has launched a new guide for buy-to-let investors, offering an easy-to-use reference book on the market

13 Nov 2006
New buy-to-let guide launched
Tough at the top of UK property ladder says survey

The gaps between the "rungs" on the housing ladder get further apart the higher you climb, research for Propertyfinder has revealed

10 Nov 2006
Tough at the top of UK property ladder says survey
October house price growth hits 1.7 per cent

House prices rose 1.7 per cent in October, the Halifax price index has revealed, increasing the annual rate of house price inflation from 8.0 to 8.6 per cent

10 Nov 2006
October house price growth hits 1.7 per cent
Interest rates hit 5.0 per cent

Interest rates have been raised to five per cent the Bank of England's monetary policy committee (MPC) has announced, their highest rate in more than five years

09 Nov 2006
Interest rates hit 5.0 per cent
Terraced homes fastest risers says Land Registry

Terraced homes have experienced the fastest price rises of any property class over the past year, figures from the Land Registry have shown

09 Nov 2006
Terraced homes fastest risers says Land Registry
Average house prices top £200,000

Average house prices in the UK have grown to above £200,000, figures from the Land Registry have shown

08 Nov 2006
Average house prices top £200,000
NHF warns of NE housing "time-bomb"

Runaway house-price growth in the north-east of England is a "time-bomb" waiting to go off, the National Housing Federation (NHF) has warned.

08 Nov 2006
NHF warns of NE housing "time-bomb"
Agents reveal how to add value

Adding a downstairs extension is the most sure-fire method to add value to your property through home improvement, estate agents have reported

07 Nov 2006
Agents reveal how to add value
Debt campaigners criticise "dangerous" 125% mortgage

Debt campaigners and financial advisors have criticised a HBOS plan to offer mortgages at 125 per cent of property value

07 Nov 2006
Debt campaigners criticise "dangerous" 125% mortgage
Home repossessions soar

Mortgage repossessions rose by more than a fifth in the third quarter of 2006 compared to the same period of 2005, government figures have shown

06 Nov 2006
Home repossessions soar
Hips trials begin across UK

Home information packs (Hips) have been launched on a trial basis in six areas of the UK today

06 Nov 2006
Hips trials begin across UK
Market towns show best rural growth says Halifax

Nearly three-quarters of market towns in England have higher property prices than their more sedate immediate neighbours, a Halifax survey has claimed

03 Nov 2006
Market towns show best rural growth says Halifax
PwC warns of one-in-three chance of prices slipping

There is a one-in-three chance that property prices in the UK will fall between now and 2010, a report from accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has warned

03 Nov 2006
PwC warns of one-in-three chance of prices slipping
NAEA warns of rate rise consequences

With just a week left before the Bank of England meets to set interest rates, the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has warned of the consequences of a further raise

02 Nov 2006
NAEA warns of rate rise consequences
Possession claims go online

Landlords are now able to make possession claims and track the progress of claims online, HM Court Services (HMCS) has announced.

02 Nov 2006
Possession claims go online
Abbey offers five-times-income mortgage

Despondent would-be homeowners have been offered the chance to borrow five times their annual salary by Abbey

01 Nov 2006
Abbey offers five-times-income mortgage
UK house price rises triple in decade says Halifax

UK house prices have almost tripled over the past ten years, rising 187 per cent since the market recovery from the last major slowdown, Halifax figures have shown

01 Nov 2006
UK house price rises triple in decade says Halifax




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