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Hips are one month old

Home information packs (Hips) will have been a part of the home-selling process for one month this weekend.

31 Aug 2007
Hips are one month old
UK market outperforms most of Europe

The UK's housing market is performing very well and new figures show that it is second only to Spain in the Eurozone.

31 Aug 2007
UK market outperforms most of Europe
Mortgage lending remains stable

Mortgage approvals in July remained strong despite recent interest rate rises.

30 Aug 2007
Mortgage lending remains stable
Housing report offers mixed view

The latest house price index paints a mixed picture of the UK market.

30 Aug 2007
Housing report offers mixed view
Govt housing plans dealt blow

Gordon Brown's plans to build three million new homes across the UK have been dealt a blow by a new report.

29 Aug 2007
Govt housing plans dealt blow
Mortgage loan amounts rise

Mortgage lending figures from July show that there was a significant year-on-year increase.

28 Aug 2007
Mortgage loan amounts rise
Brits choose their ideal home

The ideal home for most Britons is detached and set in the countryside.

28 Aug 2007
Brits choose their ideal home
'Financial freedom comes at 55'

Most people will be aged 55 or over by the time they pay off their mortgage and other debts, according to new figures from Birmingham Midshires.

24 Aug 2007
'Financial freedom comes at 55'
Dream homes found in 17 minutes

A survey has revealed that Brits spend just over a quarter of an hour deciding on whether they have found their dream home.

24 Aug 2007
Dream homes found in 17 minutes
FTBs sacrifice space in order to buy

Home sellers are finding that first-time buyers (FTBs) will settle for less when looking for a property.

23 Aug 2007
FTBs sacrifice space in order to buy
Hips row rolls on

Reports that mortgage lenders are refusing to accept personal local authority searches as part of Home information packs (Hips) have been denied.

23 Aug 2007
Hips row rolls on
FTBs can benefit from interest-only deals

Interest-only mortgages can be a viable option for first-time buyers (FTBs).

22 Aug 2007
FTBs can benefit from interest-only deals
Hips cost escalating

A problem with the Home information pack (Hip) scheme has been highlighted, with many sellers being forced to pay twice for a pack.

22 Aug 2007
Hips cost escalating
Hips rollout continues

Properties with three or more bedrooms will need a Home information pack (Hip) if they are to be put on the market from September 10th onwards.

20 Aug 2007
Hips rollout continues
Mortgage lending strong in July

New figures show that mortgage lending rose in July and at a faster pace than previous months.

20 Aug 2007
Mortgage lending strong in July
Property prices rise in university towns

Many university towns have seen big house price increases in the last year.

17 Aug 2007
Property prices rise in university towns
Housing plans slammed

Plans to increase the number of new homes being built in the UK have been criticised by a government advisor.

16 Aug 2007
Housing plans slammed
Buy to help your student child

Parents with children who are going to university have been told that they could help them buy purchasing a house.

16 Aug 2007
Buy to help your student child
MPC decision was unanimous

The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) was unanimous in deciding to freeze the base rate in August.

15 Aug 2007
MPC decision was unanimous
Scottish house price inflation may have peaked

The Scottish house price boom is coming to an end, according to the latest figures.

15 Aug 2007
Scottish house price inflation may have peaked
Energy efficiency important to all

Making the UK's homes more energy efficient is in the interests of everyone.

14 Aug 2007
Energy efficiency important to all
Inflation below government target

The latest inflation figure shows that the Bank of England may not need to increase the base rate of interest as soon as had been feared.

14 Aug 2007
Inflation below government target
Scottish seaside towns witness house price boom

Seaside towns north of the border have enjoyed a massive house price boom in recent years, a survey has found.

13 Aug 2007
Scottish seaside towns witness house price boom
Property industry awaits FTSE impact

Experts are trying to ascertain the likely impact of global stock market jitters on the British property market after the FTSE100 slumped last week.

13 Aug 2007
Property industry awaits FTSE impact
Britain a 'nation of homebuyers'

Britons are a nation of homeowners, with individuals placing a much greater emphasis on ownership than in other European countries.

10 Aug 2007
Britain a 'nation of homebuyers'
Borrowers prepare for more base rate rises

It looks as though the Bank of England is going to raise the base rate again before the year is out.

09 Aug 2007
Borrowers prepare for more base rate rises
Hips introduction under the microscope

The promised full-scale rollout of Home information packs (Hips) may have hit a potential snag.

09 Aug 2007
Hips introduction under the microscope
FTBs choose to be close to work

Being close to work is becoming a bigger priority for first-time buyers (FTBs) than other considerations when purchasing a house.

08 Aug 2007
FTBs choose to be close to work
Lawyers key to making Hips a success

Lawyers need to be involved throughout the Home information pack (Hip) process if they are to be a success.

08 Aug 2007
Lawyers key to making Hips a success
Hips unpopular with buyers

Home information packs (Hips) will not speed up the home buying process, according to a new survey.

07 Aug 2007
Hips unpopular with buyers
Hips being produced quickly

Home information packs (Hips) are being completed at a far quicker rate than was expected.

07 Aug 2007
Hips being produced quickly
Property prices 'set to soar'

Property prices looks set to soar over the next five years with the average cost of a home in England expected to breach the £300,000 mark, it has been reported.

06 Aug 2007
Property prices 'set to soar'
First-time buyers 'in conflict over buy-to-let'

First-time buyers are in conflict about the impact of buy-to-let property on the housing market, it has been revealed.

06 Aug 2007
First-time buyers 'in conflict over buy-to-let'
Base rate frozen

The Bank of England has decided to hold the base rate at 5.75 per cent.

03 Aug 2007
Base rate frozen
House prices will not fall

The UK property market is not likely to see prices fall in 2008, according to the latest forecast.

03 Aug 2007
House prices will not fall
Have interest rates peaked?

Interest rates may have peaked at their current level of 5.75 per cent.

02 Aug 2007
Have interest rates peaked?
July sees house price growth

The latest figures show that house prices grew at an increased rate in July.

02 Aug 2007
July sees house price growth
Affordability decreases in London

London is proving to be too expensive for the majority of first-time buyers (FTBs).

01 Aug 2007
Affordability decreases in London
Sellers must be aware of Hips

Home information packs (Hips) are now a mandatory part of the home selling process for properties with four or more bedrooms.

01 Aug 2007
Sellers must be aware of Hips




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