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Fixed-rate mortgages more popular with movers, says CML

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has said that the number of first-time buyers taking out fixed-rate mortgages has not shown any notable increase, despite the interest rate rises of recent months.

30 Mar 2007
Fixed-rate mortgages more popular with movers, says CML
Government introduces Hips regulations

The government has introduced its home information packs (Hips) regulations in parliament, which will come into force on June 1st.



30 Mar 2007
Government introduces Hips regulations
Mortgage figures show surprise growth

New figures show that mortgage lending and mortgage approvals in Britain rose well above expectations in February.

29 Mar 2007
Mortgage figures show surprise growth
One in five landowners seek multiple properties

A fifth of UK landlords dream of expanding beyond owning a single buy-to-let property and having a portfolio, a mortgage firm has said.

29 Mar 2007
One in five landowners seek multiple properties
Governor says UK property market not facing crash

Bank of England governor Mervyn King has said Britain will not follow the United States in suffering a property market crash.

28 Mar 2007
Governor says UK property market not facing crash
Survey shows slowing of house price growth

House price growth slowed in March, according to the latest Nationwide house price survey, suggesting that higher interest rates may be having a dampening effect on the market.

28 Mar 2007
Survey shows slowing of house price growth
102-year-old highlights new mortgage policies

The change in the availability of mortgages, including in the buy-to-let sector, in recent years has been highlighted by the news that a 102-year-old man has been given a 25-year buy-to-let mortgage.

27 Mar 2007
102-year-old highlights new mortgage policies
'8 people' chasing every available property

People seeking to sell a property now have an average of eight people looking to buy, as the housing market continues to boom.

27 Mar 2007
'8 people' chasing every available property
Cost of moving 'tripled' in last decade

The cost of moving house in Britain is three times what it was a decade ago, a new survey has shown, with estate agents taking over £3,000 per sale on average.

26 Mar 2007
Cost of moving 'tripled' in last decade
Outer London drives house price surge

A new survey has shown that house prices in the UK are rising at their fastest rate since June 2003, with outer London leading the way.

26 Mar 2007
Outer London drives house price surge
Doubts cast of EPC introduction

Doubts have been cast over the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates (EPC), following Wednesday's budget

23 Mar 2007
Doubts cast of EPC introduction
House price fall unforeseeable

It would take an economic disaster to make house prices fall in the foreseeable future, according to industry experts, with public expectations of the market driving growth.

21 Mar 2007
House price fall unforeseeable
Record February mortgage lending

The UK property market appeared to remain healthy in February, with recently released mortgage lending figures showing record levels.

21 Mar 2007
Record February mortgage lending
Dodgy estate-agent regulation plans launched

Plans to make dodgy estate agents sign up to compensation schemes have been launched in Parliament

20 Mar 2007
Dodgy estate-agent regulation plans launched
Landlords getting younger every day

A quarter of buy-to-let investors with just one property in their portfolio are aged between 26 and 35, research for the Mortgage Trust has found

20 Mar 2007
Landlords getting younger every day
UK property growth at 12.2%

The average home in the UK is now worth £228,183 following 12.2 per cent growth in the 12 months up to March 2007, a Rightmove survey has found

19 Mar 2007
UK property growth at 12.2%
Mortgage lending down as rate rises bite

Mortgage lending in January was down 11 per cent on December figures following an unseasonably busy end to 2006, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has said

19 Mar 2007
Mortgage lending down as rate rises bite
London price rises at 28 year high

House prices at the top end of London's housing ladder are climbing at the fastest pace in 28 years, research for Knight Frank has shown

16 Mar 2007
London price rises at 28 year high
Average UK prices top £200k says survey of surveys

Average UK house prices have broken through the psychological £200,000 ceiling, a survey of surveys has reported.

16 Mar 2007
Average UK prices top £200k says survey of surveys
House price growth eases to nine-month low

House price growth eased to levels not seen since May of last year during February, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has said

15 Mar 2007
House price growth eases to nine-month low
Buyers outweigh sellers by factor of eight

Would-be buyers in the UK outnumber sellers by a factor of eight, research for Hamptons International has said, with numbers "showing no sign of abating".

15 Mar 2007
Buyers outweigh sellers by factor of eight
More buyers opting for fixed-rate mortgages

First-time buyers are increasingly opting for fixed rate mortgages, as uncertainty over rises in the Bank of England base rate continues.

14 Mar 2007
More buyers opting for fixed-rate mortgages
Public urged to help over housing supply shortage

The public must become more understanding over the need for housing development, the Home Builders Federation has claimed

14 Mar 2007
Public urged to help over housing supply shortage
First-time buyers call for stamp duty review

House prices have risen so quickly in recent years that many first-time buyers are finding it increasingly difficult to find an affordable property

13 Mar 2007
First-time buyers call for stamp duty review
Estate agents experience 'biggest supply shortages for seven years'

Potential buyers on the housing market are in stiff competition for properties as a new survey reports a shortage in housing supply

13 Mar 2007
Estate agents experience 'biggest supply shortages for seven years'
Buy-to-let landlords 'confident' about market

Landlords remain optimistic about the UK property market and are predicting long-term rewards, claims research from the Mortgage Trust

12 Mar 2007
Buy-to-let landlords 'confident' about market
FTBs move abroad to save money for UK house purchase

Many first-time buyers are looking to live overseas in order to help finance the purchase of a UK home, according to a new survey

12 Mar 2007
FTBs move abroad to save money for UK house purchase
House price growth at 1.8% says Halifax

House price inflation has continued to barrel along at 1.8 per cent over February, despite more than halving from the break-neck growth seen in the autumn, Halifax has found

09 Mar 2007
House price growth at 1.8% says Halifax
Return of Rising Damp as mortgage costs rise

More and more property owners in the UK are taking in lodgers to provide extra income towards their mortgage payments, research for online classified ad site Gumtree has said

09 Mar 2007
Return of Rising Damp as mortgage costs rise
Rental yields level as prices rise

Rental yields have plateaued over the past three months as property prices have risen across the country, the Association of Residential Letting Agents (Arla) has said

08 Mar 2007
Rental yields level as prices rise
Lenders relaxing up-front buy-to-let payments

Many lenders are relaxing the amount of capital that they require as down payment on buy-to-let mortgages, a survey for Moneyfacts has claimed

08 Mar 2007
Lenders relaxing up-front buy-to-let payments
Regulator warns of home energy certificate impact

The government's regulation watchdog has warned ministers that the launch of home energy certificates this summer could damage the housing market

07 Mar 2007
Regulator warns of home energy certificate impact
Green grants will come to end in 2008 says DTI

Financial aid for homeowners who install energy efficiency measures could be scrapped after the end of next year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has said

07 Mar 2007
Green grants will come to end in 2008 says DTI
House building levels rise to 1980s peak

The number of new homes being built in the UK is approaching the levels targeted by the government as needed to meet demand, a study has shown

06 Mar 2007
House building levels rise to 1980s peak
Young buyers look overseas

Young buyers priced out of the UK housing market are beginning to consider overseas property speculation as a way to reach the first rung of the ladder

06 Mar 2007
Young buyers look overseas
One in five homes now pay top-rate stamp duty

A fifth of homes in England and Wales are now subject to the highest rates of stamp duty, new statistics from Halifax has revealed

05 Mar 2007
One in five homes now pay top-rate stamp duty
Buy-to-let to grow 40% by 2016 claims report

Rocketing growth in the buy-to-let sector will continue with expansion of at least 40 per cent in the next ten years, Alliance and Leicester has predicted

05 Mar 2007
Buy-to-let to grow 40% by 2016 claims report
Northern Ireland buyers scramble to get on property ladder

Buyers in Northern Ireland are becoming almost "hysterical" to get onto the property ladder, estate agents have said

02 Mar 2007
Northern Ireland buyers scramble to get on property ladder
Properties registered for sale more than double

The number of properties reaching the market more than doubled during the first month of 2007, estate agents have said

02 Mar 2007
Properties registered for sale more than double
Buy-to-let yields accelerate in January

Rental yields across the UK rose 2.5 per cent in January, figures from buy-to-let specialist Paragon Mortgages have shown

01 Mar 2007
Buy-to-let yields accelerate in January
House prices up 0.9% in January

House prices across the UK grew 0.9 per cent in January, the government's latest official Land Registry figures have shown

01 Mar 2007
House prices up 0.9% in January




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