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House price rise claim over Hips

The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has alleged that the introduction of the government's mandatory Home information pack (Hips) scheme in June will see a large rise in house prices.

30 Apr 2007
House price rise claim over Hips
Survey shows April house price rises the fastest in four years

A new survey has indicated that house prices in April rose at the fastest rate in four years.

30 Apr 2007
Survey shows April house price rises the fastest in four years
Ahipp attacks Conservatives over Hips

The Conservative Party has been attacked by director general for the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (Ahipp) for its attempts to delay the introduction of Home improvement packs (Hips) on June 1st.

27 Apr 2007
Ahipp attacks Conservatives over Hips
First-time buyers told to look north

The north of England is the best place for first-time buyers to look, housing industry experts have advised.

27 Apr 2007
First-time buyers told to look north
House price inflation accelerates

House price rises picked up speed in April, according to new figures from Nationwide, indicating that the housing market is continuing to resist the effects of higher interest rates.

26 Apr 2007
House price inflation accelerates
Buy-to-let predicted to double

The UK buy-to-let market is set to double in size by 2010, new research has suggested.

26 Apr 2007
Buy-to-let predicted to double
Governor predicts end of house price boom

Bank of England governor Mervyn King has said that he expects the current boom in UK house prices to end along with a fall in inflation.

25 Apr 2007
Governor predicts end of house price boom
Ahipp reports membership surge

Membership of the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (Ahipp) has increased by 30 per cent as the June 1st introduction of the mandatory Hips scheme approaches.

25 Apr 2007
Ahipp reports membership surge
Interest rates tipped to reach 7.5 per cent as mortgage lending slows

Interest rates in Britain could rise as high as 7.5 per cent in the next two years, according to a group of nine economists which has signed an open letter criticising the Bank of England's monetary policy committee (MPC).

24 Apr 2007
Interest rates tipped to reach 7.5 per cent as mortgage lending slows
Home buyers 'shifting away from crowded south'

In news that may be of interest to those looking to sell their home, new research has shown that demand for homes in areas away from London and the home counties has increased as homebuyers seek lower prices and more space.

24 Apr 2007
Home buyers 'shifting away from crowded south'
Shelter warns on first-time buyers

Homelessness charity Shelter has warned that the difficulty of getting on the housing ladder is greater than ever, following the publication of its annual affordability index.

23 Apr 2007
Shelter warns on first-time buyers
UK house prices top £100k mark everywhere

Every town in Britain now has an average house price of over £100,000, new research has shown.

23 Apr 2007
UK house prices top £100k mark everywhere
Refuse tenancies to benefits claimants, landlords urged

Buy-to-let landlords have been urged to refuse tenancies to housing benefit claimants following a change in payments to such people from the government.

20 Apr 2007
Refuse tenancies to benefits claimants, landlords urged
Free home information packs offered

Residential agency Hamptons International has announced that it will be offering the new home information packs (Hips) free of charge when the scheme becomes mandatory on June 1st.

20 Apr 2007
Free home information packs offered
Bradford tipped as property prospect

Bradford is fast emerging as a good location for property investors, according to Meridian property management.

19 Apr 2007
Bradford tipped as property prospect
Warnings of 5.75% interest rate

The Bank of England monetary policy committee (MPC) is now likely to raise rates further than 5.5 per cent, according to economists studying this week's inflation statistics, which including a Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rate above the government's target range.

19 Apr 2007
Warnings of 5.75% interest rate
Home information packs defended

The Association of Home Information Pack Providers (Ahipp) has hit back at what it sees as scaremongering over the introduction of the scheme on a mandatory nationwide basis in June.

18 Apr 2007
Home information packs defended
Homebuyers face higher interest prospect

The likelihood of homeowners having to pay more on their mortgages rose yesterday, according to economists responding to news that Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation had reached 3.1 per cent with predictions that interest rates were sure to rise again.

18 Apr 2007
Homebuyers face higher interest prospect
463,000 'turned down for mortgages'

More than 460,000 mortgage applications were rejected during the last six months as higher interest rates injected new caution into lenders' decision-making, new research has shown.

17 Apr 2007
463,000 'turned down for mortgages'
Survey says it's a buyers market

The housing market is shifting towards buyers, according to the findings of a new survey.

17 Apr 2007
Survey says it's a buyers market
Hips 'causing selling surge'

The imminent introduction of the mandatory Home Information Packs by the government in June is leading to a surge of properties coming onto the market as homeowners bid to beat the deadline, according to a property expert.

16 Apr 2007
Hips 'causing selling surge'
Survey shows house price surge

Property website Rightmove has released figures for its latest housing survey, showing that March prices saw the fastest monthly increase since April 2002.

16 Apr 2007
Survey shows house price surge
Many places 'too dear for public workers'

Key workers are finding it difficult to afford properties in a number of regions in the UK according to new reports, prompting concern over the affordability pressures facing public sector employees.

13 Apr 2007
Many places 'too dear for public workers'
Immigration 'good for buy-to-let'

An influx of migrant workers into the UK is proving beneficial to the rental sector, providing strong tenant demand for landlords and subsequently fuelling healthy yields and returns.

13 Apr 2007
Immigration 'good for buy-to-let'
Warning over buy-to-let insurance

An increase in the uptake of buy-to-let mortgages is prompting concern that many UK landlords might not have adequate insurance cover, leaving themselves vulnerable to loss of rental income.

12 Apr 2007
Warning over buy-to-let insurance
Interest rates 'not causing price drop'

Interest rate increases since the end of last year have failed to have a dampening effect on UK house prices according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), which highlights continued buoyancy in the market despite base rate rises of late.

12 Apr 2007
Interest rates 'not causing price drop'
Public 'losing out in Hips lies'

The Association of Home Information Pack Providers (Ahipp) has come out against criticism of the upcoming Home Information Packs (Hips) initiative, due to launch on June 1st.

11 Apr 2007
Public 'losing out in Hips lies'
Sub prime borrowers 'most vulnerable'

Borrowers on sub-prime are thought to be among the most vulnerable in the market, often at the furthest extremes of affordability and tied into long-term, inflexible and expensive mortgage deals.

11 Apr 2007
Sub prime borrowers 'most vulnerable'
House buyers 'look for environmentally friendly features'

Those looking to buy property are increasingly concentrating on 'green' attributes, according to new research.

10 Apr 2007
House buyers 'look for environmentally friendly features'
Paragon: Buy to let portfolios expand

The last quarter saw the average buy to let portfolio increase in size by 0.9 properties per landlord, according to new research.

10 Apr 2007
Paragon: Buy to let portfolios expand
"Greedy" estate agents criticised in survey

A new survey has concluded that resentment of estate agents is at an all time high, as consumers become increasingly unhappy with the amount of their assets they have to hand over in commission to them.

05 Apr 2007
"Greedy" estate agents criticised in survey
Halifax survey records 1% March rise

Halifax Bank, Britain's biggest mortgage lender, has published its latest house price index, which shows that prices rose by one per cent in March, taking the annual house price inflation rate to 11 per cent.

05 Apr 2007
Halifax survey records 1% March rise
Survey shows estate agents not ready for HIPs

A new survey has indicated that more than two-thirds of estate agents are not ready for the introduction of the government's new Home Information Packs (Hips).

04 Apr 2007
Survey shows estate agents not ready for HIPs
Survey shows house prices rising by 2.2 per cent in last quarter

The latest Nationwide House Price Report has shown a 2.2 per cent rise in house prices in the last quarter.

04 Apr 2007
Survey shows house prices rising by 2.2 per cent in last quarter
Buy-to-let market 'growing despite interest rate rises'

The buy-to-let market is growing, despite the recent interest rate rises, according to new research.



03 Apr 2007
Buy-to-let market 'growing despite interest rate rises'
OFT tells homebuyers to look for logo

The Office of Fair Trade (OFT) is encouraging homebuyers to look for estate agents who feature its approved code logo.

03 Apr 2007
OFT tells homebuyers to look for logo
Home improvements 'could be a waste of time'

Potential house-sellers who intend to make improvements to their property could be "wasting time and money", according to new research.



02 Apr 2007
Home improvements 'could be a waste of time'
Brits 'spend £90K on DIY'

DIY-mad Brits will spend an average of £90,000 on DIY over a lifetime, a new survey from Cornhill Direct has found.

02 Apr 2007
Brits 'spend £90K on DIY'




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