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House price inflation eases says Nationwide

House price growth during January was at its lowest point for eight months Nationwide figures have shown, with average increases of just 0.3 per cent over the month

31 Jan 2007
House price inflation eases says Nationwide
Estate agents back tougher regulation to root out cowboys

The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has said that it is backing a call for mandatory licensing for agents to weed out cowboys hurting the industry's reputation

31 Jan 2007
Estate agents back tougher regulation to root out cowboys
Estate agents need licensing says Halifax

All estate agents should be subject to licensing and regulatory oversight Halifax has said, claiming that a new government bill does not go far enough to reign in the sector

30 Jan 2007
Estate agents need licensing says Halifax
Property boom rolls onward

House price rises continued to barrel along during December following 7.8 per cent growth in the previous 12 months, Land Registry figures have shown.

30 Jan 2007
Property boom rolls onward
Mortgage lending 'strong' over festive period

Mortgage lending was 'strong' during the festive period, according to new data from the British Bankers Association.

29 Jan 2007
Mortgage lending 'strong' over festive period
FTBs more likely to take financial risks

First-time buyers are more likely to take financial risks, according to findings from Yorkshire Bank.

29 Jan 2007
FTBs more likely to take financial risks
Agents may be forced to push energy efficiency

Estate agents could be required to supply energy efficiency ratings to potential buyers when they view a property, new government guidelines have proposed

26 Jan 2007
Agents may be forced to push energy efficiency
Glasgow profiteering from HMOs say landlords

Scottish landlords have claimed that Glasgow city council is unfairly profiteering by pricing houses of multiple occupation (HMO) licences six times higher than elsewhere

26 Jan 2007
Glasgow profiteering from HMOs say landlords
Landlords able to ride out rate rise says Rics

Many first-time buyers will feel the squeeze of increased borrowing rates in the coming months, but landlords are generally well placed to ride out the costs says a survey

25 Jan 2007
Landlords able to ride out rate rise says Rics
Rate split reduces fears of further rise

Fears of imminent further rises to the cost of borrowing have receded slightly after the Bank of England revealed that a vote on rates this month had been on a knife-edge

25 Jan 2007
Rate split reduces fears of further rise
Landlords confident about lettings market

Confidence in the buy to let market is strong, with 53 per cent of landlords planning to remain in the market for more than ten years, according to research from Alliance & Leicester.


22 Jan 2007
Landlords confident about lettings market
Record levels of mortgage lending in 2006

Building society mortgage lending reached a record £52.8 billion in 2006, according to new figures from the Building Societies Association.

22 Jan 2007
Record levels of mortgage lending in 2006
Anti-Hips rhetoric mismatches policy says association

The industry debate on the merits of Home information packs (Hips) has rumbled on with a message that the system does not pose a threat to the property market

19 Jan 2007
Anti-Hips rhetoric mismatches policy says association
Investors unclear on tenant needs says survey

Landlord expectations of tenant priorities are out of step with what renters say that they want from a property, says a survey for the Homebuyer Show

19 Jan 2007
Investors unclear on tenant needs says survey
It's a family affair

Buy-to-let is a family affair research for Standard Life has revealed, with 68 per cent of rental investments being made in collaboration with immediate family members

18 Jan 2007
It's a family affair
House price growth cooling says Rics

House price growth began to slow in December say new figures from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics).

18 Jan 2007
House price growth cooling says Rics
Former NAEA boss scathing on Hips

A former head of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has launched a blistering attack on Home Information Packs (Hips) in a speech to the association

17 Jan 2007
Former NAEA boss scathing on Hips
Affordability gap widens says CML

The cost of the average home grew to 3.29 times the average combined incomes of couples looking for their first home during November, new figures have shown

17 Jan 2007
Affordability gap widens says CML
Tenant demand at all time high says Paragon

Tenant demand has reached record levels specialist mortgage broker Paragon has found, with almost a third of landlords saying demand is either "growing" or "booming".

16 Jan 2007
Tenant demand at all time high says Paragon
UK prices shade short of £200k says DCLG

Average house prices in the UK were just shy of £200,000 during November government figures have shown, the most recent month data has been released for

16 Jan 2007
UK prices shade short of £200k says DCLG
Hips given warm welcome says industry body

House buyers have given Home Information Packs (Hips) a warm welcome in the areas where they are being trialled, the professional association backing the system has said

15 Jan 2007
Hips given warm welcome says industry body
Housing value up 12% in 2006 says Halifax

The total value of privately owned housing in the UK rose to £3.8 trillion during 2006 Halifax has found, up by 12 per cent or more than £400 billion in just 12 months

15 Jan 2007
Housing value up 12% in 2006 says Halifax
Grim down south

People living in the north of the UK are now better able to afford homes than those in the more affluent south, according to new research by mform.co.uk, the mortgage advisors

12 Jan 2007
Grim down south
Disaster predicted as rates rise again

Yesterday's rise in interest rates to 5.25 per cent could have some home-owners struggling to keep up repayments on their home

12 Jan 2007
Disaster predicted as rates rise again
South-east and north-west tipped for 2007

Property investment hotspots during 2007 will include London, Kent, Liverpool and Rochdale, housing website Whathouse has predicted

11 Jan 2007
South-east and north-west tipped for 2007
Affordability measures decline 230% says Rics

The cost of climbing onto the housing ladder rose 13.8 per cent during 2006, a new accessibility index from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has shown

11 Jan 2007
Affordability measures decline 230% says Rics
Agent offers sales tips

Despite a 30 per cent increase in the number of buyers registering interest at the end of 2006, estate agent haart has warned that buyers cannot afford to be complacent

10 Jan 2007
Agent offers sales tips
Landlords upbeat on '07 prospects

Landlords are upbeat about their 2007 prospects, research for broker Paragon Mortgages has shown, with almost 40 per cent predicting that their portfolios will increase in value

10 Jan 2007
Landlords upbeat on '07 prospects
House prices to double by 2030 says broker

House prices in the UK are set to double between now and 2030, financial broker Tradition Financial Services (TFS) has claimed

09 Jan 2007
House prices to double by 2030 says broker
HSBC analyst warns of price decline

Another well-respected analyst has added their name to the list of economists predicting a less rosy picture of UK housing during 2007

09 Jan 2007
HSBC analyst warns of price decline
Halifax warns of price falls

Halifax has become the most highly-regarded analyst to warn of falls in the housing market, saying that average prices in the UK fell one per cent in December

08 Jan 2007
Halifax warns of price falls
First-time buyers resurgent says survey

The number of first-time buyers entering the housing market grew 11 per cent in December, research for Mortgages Direct has claimed

08 Jan 2007
First-time buyers resurgent says survey
Property prices surge to year end

Property price growth accelerated towards the end of 2006, figures from building society Nationwide have shown, growing an average of 3.3 per cent in the last quarter

05 Jan 2007
Property prices surge to year end
Agent warns of market jitters

The founder of one of the UK's biggest property websites has warned that he has detected what could be the first signs of market jitters about the direction of prices

05 Jan 2007
Agent warns of market jitters
Brokers cheery on buy-to-let outlook

Almost 70 per cent of mortgage brokers expect the buy-to-let market to continue expanding over the course of 2007, research for the Mortgage Trust has found

04 Jan 2007
Brokers cheery on buy-to-let outlook
First-time buyers fall to 26 year low

The number of first-time buyers fell to a 26 year low in 2006, Halifax figures have shown, with just 315,000 new entrants to the market

04 Jan 2007
First-time buyers fall to 26 year low
Landlords need to select AST now says association

Landlords need to begin researching and choosing an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) deposit protection schemes now, the National Landlords Association has warned

03 Jan 2007
Landlords need to select AST now says association
Annual price growth at 6.8% says Land Registry

House price growth reached an annual figure of 6.8 per cent during 2006, official government figures from the Land Registry have shown

03 Jan 2007
Annual price growth at 6.8% says Land Registry
Internal immigrants supply south-west property boom

The south-west has welcomed more internal immigrants than any other region of the UK over the last ten years, research from Halifax has shown

02 Jan 2007
Internal immigrants supply south-west property boom
Average starter home now above £150k

The average amount paid by first-time buyers in the UK has risen above £150,000 for the first time, Halifax research has claimed

02 Jan 2007
Average starter home now above £150k




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