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Energy efficiency needs to be driven by tenants

Energy efficiency is becoming more of an issue for buy-to-let investors and will grow in importance if tenants demand that properties perform well in this area.

28 Sep 2007
Energy efficiency needs to be driven by tenants
Rural prices rise significantly

Homeowners in rural parts of the UK have been given a boost with new figures showing that farmland increased in value by 22.6 per cent in the first half of 2007.

28 Sep 2007
Rural prices rise significantly
Call for full-scale Hips rollout

Home information packs (Hips) should become a mandatory part of the home-selling process for all properties.

27 Sep 2007
Call for full-scale Hips rollout
Surprise as house prices rise in September

House price growth picked-up speed in September, against expectations.

27 Sep 2007
Surprise as house prices rise in September
Landlords taking action to protect their yields

Amateur landlords are unlikely to bail out of the market if rental yields fall.

26 Sep 2007
Landlords taking action to protect their yields
Poor energy efficiency ratings for most houses

Most homes in England and Wales are receiving low scores on their Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).

26 Sep 2007
Poor energy efficiency ratings for most houses
Increase property value with intelligent renovation

The value of a property can be improved with renovation work, but sellers need to be wary of pricing buyers out of purchasing their home.

25 Sep 2007
Increase property value with intelligent renovation
Rics faces opposition to Hips stance

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has run into trouble over its stance on Home information packs (Hips).

25 Sep 2007
Rics faces opposition to Hips stance
Two million more homeowners in UK

Gordon Brown says that two million more people are on the property ladder as a result of the Labour government and brushed off criticism of rising debt levels.

24 Sep 2007
Two million more homeowners in UK
Million pound sales on the rise

England and Wales has seen a threefold increase in the number of homes sold for at least one million pounds.

24 Sep 2007
Million pound sales on the rise
Sellers want change to Hips payment

The majority of home-sellers are unhappy about paying for Home information packs (Hips) upfront.

21 Sep 2007
Sellers want change to Hips payment
Strong price growth in the north-east

House prices in the north-east of England reached record levels in 2006.

21 Sep 2007
Strong price growth in the north-east
Estate agents are not trusted

Many homeowners in Britain believe that they did not get everything they wanted once they purchased their property.

20 Sep 2007
Estate agents are not trusted
Mortgage lending still high

Gross mortgage lending figures fell slightly in August but demand remains high, according to the latest figures.

20 Sep 2007
Mortgage lending still high
FTB confidence grows

It appears that first-time buyers (FTBs) are regaining their confidence in the housing market.

19 Sep 2007
FTB confidence grows
FTBs clued-up over home costs

New research shows that first-time buyers (FTBs) have a realistic view of the costs associated with buying a home.

19 Sep 2007
FTBs clued-up over home costs
Property investors 'confident in housing market'

Property investors are still confident about the future of the UK housing market, new figures from the Building Societies Association (BSA) have revealed.

18 Sep 2007
Property investors 'confident in housing market'
Housing market picks up after summer slump

The UK housing market is once again picking up pace despite a summer slump in July.

18 Sep 2007
Housing market picks up after summer slump
Property portals 'make finding a mortgage easier'

One leading mortgage broker is drawing attention to the advantages offered by online property portals and marketplaces.

17 Sep 2007
Property portals 'make finding a mortgage easier'
Northern Rock customers told to 'calm down'

The British Bankers Association (BBA) has released a statement geared towards quelling fears among customers of Northern Rock that the bank is facing insolvency.

17 Sep 2007
Northern Rock customers told to 'calm down'
Base rate may fall due to market turmoil

Bank of England governor Mervyn King has hinted that the base rate of interest may come down in light of the current financial crisis.

14 Sep 2007
Base rate may fall due to market turmoil
Northern Rock: Borrowers should not be concerned

Northern Rock mortgage borrowers have been reassured about the firm’s future after it turned to the Bank of England for a loan.

14 Sep 2007
Northern Rock: Borrowers should not be concerned
Cities offer landlord opportunities

Landlords can see strong returns by investing in a city centre property.

13 Sep 2007
Cities offer landlord opportunities
Home repossessions stay low

The number of homes in the UK which are being repossessed remains low.


13 Sep 2007
Home repossessions stay low
Hips highlight poor energy ratings in UK homes

The average four-bedroom home is scoring badly when it comes to energy ratings.

12 Sep 2007
Hips highlight poor energy ratings in UK homes
Economists predict rate freeze

Homeowners have been given a  boost after UK economists suggested that the base rate of interest may have peaked.

12 Sep 2007
Economists predict rate freeze
Hips loophole may not benefit seller

Many homeowners may choose to start advertising their properties in different ways as Home information packs (Hips) begin to affect the market.

11 Sep 2007
Hips loophole may not benefit seller
Tenants put location first

Tenants are most concerned about the location of the property the rent, according to a new survey.

11 Sep 2007
Tenants put location first
Hips expansion

The rollout of Home information packs (Hips) continues today.

10 Sep 2007
Hips expansion
Brits improve homes to increase value

Britain's home movers are keen on doing up their property in a bid to increase its value.

10 Sep 2007
Brits improve homes to increase value
Hips have been a success

The rollout of Home information packs (Hips) to properties with three or more bedrooms proves that the scheme is a success.

07 Sep 2007
Hips have been a success
Property prices up in August

House prices continued to rise in August, according to the latest house price index.

07 Sep 2007
Property prices up in August
North-south divide opens up

It has been revealed that the gap between the north and the south when it comes to buying a home is widening.

06 Sep 2007
North-south divide opens up
House price growth reaches 180 per cent

House prices have increased vastly in the last ten years according to the latest figures.

06 Sep 2007
House price growth reaches 180 per cent
Housing market set to stay strong

House price growth continued in August and the market looks set to remain strong.

05 Sep 2007
Housing market set to stay strong
Small changes make a house more homely

First-time buyers (FTBs) on a budget can 'make their home their own' by investing in a little home decorating.

05 Sep 2007
Small changes make a house more homely
Ahipp seeks Hips assurance

The Association of Home Information Pack Providers (Ahipp) has moved to put an end to the controversy surrounding personal searches.

04 Sep 2007
Ahipp seeks Hips assurance
Bank will hold fire on base rate decision

The base rate should remain at 5.75 per cent at least for the next month, according to a leading financial expert.

04 Sep 2007
Bank will hold fire on base rate decision
Brits travel miles in search of perfect home

Millions of Britons are prepared to travel over 100 miles within their lifetimes in the pursuit of the perfect home.

03 Sep 2007
Brits travel miles in search of perfect home
Property market will not crash

The UK property market is not set for a crash despite recent scaremongering from some quarters.

03 Sep 2007
Property market will not crash




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