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House prices up 1.2% in December

House prices in the UK rose an average 1.2 per cent during December, traditionally the slowest month in the property market, Nationwide figures have shown

29 Dec 2006
House prices up 1.2% in December
Price inflation reaches 5.7 per cent says Hometrack

House price inflation has reached an annual rate of 5.7 per cent, the highest seen since June 2003, figures from Hometrack have revealed

28 Dec 2006
Price inflation reaches 5.7 per cent says Hometrack
Northern Ireland big 2006 winner says Halifax

The town of Newry in Northern Ireland was the biggest winner of the resurgent 2006 housing market Halifax figures have shown, with annual price gains of 54 per cent

27 Dec 2006
Northern Ireland big 2006 winner says Halifax
Homeowners overcharged £2,500 on mortgages

The average homeowner would save themselves around £2,500 over the course of 2007 if they moved their mortgage to the most competitive deal says new research

22 Dec 2006
Homeowners overcharged £2,500 on mortgages
Total '06 returns on rental 11.4%

The average buy-to-let property in the UK ends 2006 five per cent more valuable than at the beginning of the year mortgage broker Paragon has said, equivalent to £7,736

22 Dec 2006
Total '06 returns on rental 11.4%
Property market to receive £4.4bn Xmas City bonus cash

A bumper round of Christmas bonuses in the City of London is set to provide an early bounce to the UK property market, industry experts have claimed.

21 Dec 2006
Property market to receive £4.4bn Xmas City bonus cash
Membership of home info pack body up 10%

Membership of the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) has grown as people accept their inevitability, or possibly as they catch a rise on the gravy train

21 Dec 2006
Membership of home info pack body up 10%
Property powers lending to all-time high

Gross lending in November hit an all-time high of £33.1 billion Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) figures have shown, powered by the property market

20 Dec 2006
Property powers lending to all-time high
Price inflation highest in entry-level housing

Prices for entry-level property have risen at more than twice the rate of the market as a whole over the last year, new research from Moneyextra has claimed

20 Dec 2006
Price inflation highest in entry-level housing
New flats left empty as investors play market

Thousands of new homes across the UK are deliberately being left empty, artificially boosting prices by cutting the supply of property, a new report has claimed

19 Dec 2006
New flats left empty as investors play market
Abbey launches mortgage advice website

One of Britain's largest mortgage lenders, Abbey, has announced the launch of its new website designed to offer consumers jargon free advice on buying a property

19 Dec 2006
Abbey launches mortgage advice website
Most landlords looking to expand

An overwhelming 95 per cent of landlords are intending to either increase or maintain their current portfolio, lender Bradford & Bingley has announced

18 Dec 2006
Most landlords looking to expand
High price growth to continue into 2008 says CML

House price growth is likely to continue unabated over the next two years, but the number of actual sales is likely to decline in 2008, says a new market forecast

18 Dec 2006
High price growth to continue into 2008 says CML
FSA warns on interest-only risk

Would-be homeowners need to have a water-tight repayment plan before they consider taking an interest-only mortgage, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has warned

15 Dec 2006
FSA warns on interest-only risk
Buy-to-let support key to success says survey

Having sound legal and financial advice is the most important factor in making a success of the buy-to-let market, a survey for the Heritable Bank has claimed

15 Dec 2006
Buy-to-let support key to success says survey
All new homes carbon neutral by 2016 says Cooper

The government has unveiled plans to encourage "green" home building, saying that new regulations will ensure that all homes are carbon neutral by 2016

14 Dec 2006
All new homes carbon neutral by 2016 says Cooper
OTT Xmas lights big buyer turn-off

Lighting the front of your home with more bulbs than Las Vegas may earn you a place in your local paper but will not give potential buyers a feeling of seasonal goodwill, says a survey

14 Dec 2006
OTT Xmas lights big buyer turn-off
Prospective house buyers 'must learn the basics of building'

Many would-be house buyers and home owners have little idea what they pay for when they buy a property, a new poll has revealed

13 Dec 2006
Prospective house buyers 'must learn the basics of building'
Buy-to-let confidence continues strong

A survey of thousands of UK landlords suggests that confidence in the buy-to-let sector for next year remains high, despite the prospect of an inflation cooling interest rate rise early in 2007

13 Dec 2006
Buy-to-let confidence continues strong
Asking prices dip in the run up to Christmas

The average asking price for houses on the market fell by 0.3 per cent in December, but the figures should not be taken as a reflection of a cooling in the market, according to a new report

12 Dec 2006
Asking prices dip in the run up to Christmas
House prices to rise 7% in 2007

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has predicted that house prices will rise by seven per cent in 2007 and first-time buyers will find the step on to the first rung of the property ladder even harder

12 Dec 2006
House prices to rise 7% in 2007
House price inflation continues to rise

New official figures show the annual house price inflation rate rose from eight per cent in September 2006 to 8.6 per cent in October 2006

11 Dec 2006
House price inflation continues to rise
House prices tipped for 5% rise in 2007

The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) is predicting a steadier year for house prices in 2007, but with regional differences coming to the fore

11 Dec 2006
House prices tipped for 5% rise in 2007
South-west affordability at near London levels

Affordability problems in the south-west of England have now reached a level that is only elsewhere found in London, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has said.

08 Dec 2006
South-west affordability at near London levels
Limp action on housing criticised

The government has announced that it is to double the number of people able to apply for its shared-equity home ownership scheme

07 Dec 2006
Limp action on housing criticised
Buy-to-let returns rise to 13.3% says Paragon

Buy-to-let returns grew 2.8 per cent in October, sector-specialist Paragon Mortgages has announced, rising from 10.5 to 13.3 per cent – the highest figure since June

07 Dec 2006
Buy-to-let returns rise to 13.3% says Paragon
Hips influence underestimated claims agent

Home information packs (Hips) will have a bigger than expected influence on the way that the property market works when the are launched next year, estate agents have said

06 Dec 2006
Hips influence underestimated claims agent
Basic home improvements may be freed from planning process

Changes to planning rules that will allow homeowners to avoid the need for planning permission if neighbours approve of their home improvement have been proposed

06 Dec 2006
Basic home improvements may be freed from planning process
Ikea announces flatpack homes

Ikea has announced that it plans to extend its range of flat-pack kits to include starter-homes retailing at less than £100,000

05 Dec 2006
Ikea announces flatpack homes
Most people who deal with estate agents regret it says survey

Most people who have dealt with estate agents are left with a lasting sense of distrust, a damning report from consumer rights group Which? has found

05 Dec 2006
Most people who deal with estate agents regret it says survey
UK example of good price adjustment says OECD

House price corrections need not be destabilising or painful, the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has said, pointing to the UK

04 Dec 2006
UK example of good price adjustment says OECD
Estate agents supplying tax authorities with home info

Estate agents have been secretly supplying council tax authorities with detailed information on properties they have sold, including pricing and floorplans

04 Dec 2006
Estate agents supplying tax authorities with home info
Prisons invite buy-to-let investment

Inspired by the buy-to-let boom of the last ten years, the government has said that it is to take an unusual approach to funding the new prisons desperately needed in the UK

01 Dec 2006
Prisons invite buy-to-let investment
Rental returns rise despite house price growth

Buy-to-let returns rose from 10.5 per cent in September to 13.3 per cent in October, based on capital appreciation and rental returns on property bought last year

01 Dec 2006
Rental returns rise despite house price growth




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