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Brits opt for property pensions

It is becoming increasingly common for Britons to buy a property with a view to it serving as a pension.

30 Nov 2007
Brits opt for property pensions
Hips to benefit everyone

All homeowners will see the benefits of Home information packs (Hips) in the long-term.

30 Nov 2007
Hips to benefit everyone
Money still to be made in buy-to-let

Property investors can make money in the buy-to-let market if they invest wisely.

29 Nov 2007
Money still to be made in buy-to-let
Marginal house price rise in October

House prices increased by 0.1 per cent in October, according to the latest Land Registry House Price Index.

29 Nov 2007
Marginal house price rise in October
Tenant demand reaches record levels

Tenant demand is at its highest level for five years, according to the latest figures from the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (Arla).

28 Nov 2007
Tenant demand reaches record levels
Prospective sellers 'should prepare' for housing market pick-up

Homeowners looking to move in the next few years should carry out home improvements to boost their chances of selling when the housing market picks up again, according to a property expert.

27 Nov 2007
Prospective sellers 'should prepare' for housing market pick-up
Brits expect rate cut

An increasing number of Britons believe that the base rate of interest will fall within the next 12 months.

26 Nov 2007
Brits expect rate cut
Making light work of selling a property

Anyone considering selling their home can increase their chances with impressive lighting.

26 Nov 2007
Making light work of selling a property
Liquidity crisis rumbles on

The liquidity crisis affecting global financial markets is ongoing and it remains too early to assess its impact, according to the Bank of England.

23 Nov 2007
Liquidity crisis rumbles on
Hips for all homes by December

The government has announced that Home information packs (Hips) are to become a mandatory part of the home-selling process for all properties in England and Wales from December 14th onwards.

22 Nov 2007
Hips for all homes by December
London buyers want a garden

Property buyers in London want homes that come with gardens and their own front doors.

22 Nov 2007
London buyers want a garden
Landlords can still make a profit

There is still money to be made in the buy-to-let market but investors must do their research first.

21 Nov 2007
Landlords can still make a profit
Strong annual growth in October

House price growth levelled out in October following a slump in September, according to Assetz.

20 Nov 2007
Strong annual growth in October
Mortgage lending up

Gross mortgage lending was up in October, according to the latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

20 Nov 2007
Mortgage lending up
Landlords liable for digital TV switch over

Buy-to-let landlords have been reminded that they are legally responsible for making their rental properties capable of receiving digital television.

19 Nov 2007
Landlords liable for digital TV switch over
Tenants must protect themselves

Half of all tenants in the UK fail to protect themselves when moving into rented accommodation.

19 Nov 2007
Tenants must protect themselves
Prices boom in Scotland

The Scottish housing market is booming, with Aberdeen recording particularly strong growth in October.

16 Nov 2007
Prices boom in Scotland
Homebuyers remain active over Christmas

British homebuyers are just as active in the Christmas period as they are at other times of year.

16 Nov 2007
Homebuyers remain active over Christmas
Buying is best

New research suggests that Britons are better off financially over a 25-year period if they buy rather than rent a home.

15 Nov 2007
Buying is best
Hips defended over effect on FTBs

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' (Rics') claim that Home information packs (Hips) are forcing first-time buyers (FTBs) out of the housing market have been slammed.

15 Nov 2007
Hips defended over effect on FTBs
Interest rate cut is still on

Homeowners can still expect a cut to the base rate of interest early next year, according to a leading economist.

14 Nov 2007
Interest rate cut is still on
Investors will benefit from decreased speculation

The cost of becoming a buy-to-let landlord is rising but website Property Hawk says that this could be a good thing.

14 Nov 2007
Investors will benefit from decreased speculation
Investors should do research before buying

Landlords must ensure that they do their research before buying an investment property.

13 Nov 2007
Investors should do research before buying
Calls for HMO overhaul

There are calls for a major overhaul of the licensing scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMO).

13 Nov 2007
Calls for HMO overhaul
House prices up in September

House prices increased by 0.3 per cent between August and September, according to the latest report.

12 Nov 2007
House prices up in September
Big demand for renting in the south-east

Landlords in London and the south-east are benefiting from huge demand for rented accommodation.

12 Nov 2007
Big demand for renting in the south-east
Empty nesters choosing to downsize

Many empty nesters are downsizing their home in order to help their children onto the property ladder.

09 Nov 2007
Empty nesters choosing to downsize
Commuter towns see FTB influx

Commuter towns just outside London are benefiting from unaffordable house prices in the capital.

09 Nov 2007
Commuter towns see FTB influx
Bank freezes interest rates

The Bank of England has maintained the base rate of interest in November, holding it at 5.75 per cent.

08 Nov 2007
Bank freezes interest rates
Housing market is protected from major fall

The UK housing market is in good health despite some disappointing figures for October.

08 Nov 2007
Housing market is protected from major fall
Incentives needed to make people go green

A large number of British homeowners are not prepared to pay for green improvements to their properties despite supporting environmentally friendly initiatives.

07 Nov 2007
Incentives needed to make people go green
Landlords in credit crunch boost

The global credit crunch may have affected many people in a negative way but it seems that buy-to-let property investors may actually benefit from the squeeze.

07 Nov 2007
Landlords in credit crunch boost
Confidence grows among landlords

Buy-to-let property investors are growing increasingly confident in the market, according to new research.

06 Nov 2007
Confidence grows among landlords
Hope for December rate cut

Homeowners could see their mortgage payments reduced in December, according to a leading economist.

06 Nov 2007
Hope for December rate cut
New homes as valuable as older ones

New build homes in the UK are no more likely to lose value than other properties.

05 Nov 2007
New homes as valuable as older ones
A little understanding can prevent neighbourly disputes

UK homeowners are more likely to row with their neighbours over noise than any other issue.

05 Nov 2007
A little understanding can prevent neighbourly disputes
Armagh sees strong price growth

Armagh has seen the largest increase in house prices in the last five years, according to new research.

02 Nov 2007
Armagh sees strong price growth
House price index is good news for home sellers

Home sellers have received some good news in the shape of the Chesterton October House Price Index.

02 Nov 2007
House price index is good news for home sellers
Tracker-rates return

There has been a resurgence in tracker-rate mortgage deals as confidence of a cut to the base rate of interest grows.

01 Nov 2007
Tracker-rates return
Property remains a good investment

Undersupply and a growing economy are underpinning the UK housing market and that is why it remains a "very viable option" for investors.

01 Nov 2007
Property remains a good investment




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