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2008 mortgage outlook not all bad

The outlook for the mortgage market in 2008 is not as bad as some analysts would have us believe.

31 Jan 2008
2008 mortgage outlook not all bad
Positive outlook for long-term landlords

Landlords who are committed to holding onto their properties for the long-term will benefit from future house price growth.

31 Jan 2008
Positive outlook for long-term landlords
Brighton offers great opportunities for landlords

There is a strong buy-to-let market in Brighton, according to one local estate agency.

30 Jan 2008
Brighton offers great opportunities for landlords
Loan changes to have little affect on FTBs

First-time buyers (FTBs) are unlikely to be affected in any major way by new rules regarding student loans.

30 Jan 2008
Loan changes to have little affect on FTBs
Brits opt for open-plan living

Millions of rooms have disappeared from UK homes in the last five years as people choose to live in an open-plan environment.

29 Jan 2008
Brits opt for open-plan living
Hips reduce speculative marketing

The introduction of Home information packs (Hips) has reduced the number of people who speculatively put their properties on the market, according to AA Legal Services.

29 Jan 2008
Hips reduce speculative marketing
Rental yields up in January

Rental yields increased in January as the UK buy-to-let market went from strength to strength.

28 Jan 2008
Rental yields up in January
Sussex will not suffer price crash

Homeowners in Sussex can be confident that their properties will not lose any value in 2008.

28 Jan 2008
Sussex will not suffer price crash
More Brits choosing to rent

More people are choosing to rent property as the costs associated with buying a home continue to rise.

25 Jan 2008
More Brits choosing to rent
South-west migration is not surprising

The south-west of England has benefited from huge internal migration in the last decade.

25 Jan 2008
South-west migration is not surprising
Investors have no need for concern

Property investors should not be concerned by rumours of a house price crash.

24 Jan 2008
Investors have no need for concern
Renovations increase in appeal

Self-builds and renovations may be more appealing to homeowners as the UK housing market goes through a tough period.

23 Jan 2008
Renovations increase in appeal
Internet is leading property search tool

The majority of homeowners in the UK prefer to use the internet to help with their search.

22 Jan 2008
Internet is leading property search tool
Prosperous 2008 for homeowners

The next 12 months are likely to see UK house prices increase at a sustainable level.

22 Jan 2008
Prosperous 2008 for homeowners
Annual price rises recorded in final quarter

Annual house price inflation was recorded as 5.2 per cent in the final quarter of 2007.

21 Jan 2008
Annual price rises recorded in final quarter
Property market on the road to recovery

The average UK property lost value between December and January but this may actually benefit the market.

21 Jan 2008
Property market on the road to recovery
Hint that rates may be cut

One member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has hinted that he would like to see the base rate of interest cut soon.

18 Jan 2008
Hint that rates may be cut
Homeowners must prepare for floods

Homeowners in many parts of the UK have been warned to prepare their properties for possible flooding.

18 Jan 2008
Homeowners must prepare for floods
House prices may rise as airport expands

Homeowners close to London City Airport could benefit from the expansion of the hub and the associated improved transport infrastructure.

17 Jan 2008
House prices may rise as airport expands
Landlords given tax returns reminder

Buy-to-let landlords must meet their self-assessment tax return deadline of January 31st.

17 Jan 2008
Landlords given tax returns reminder
Market downturn 'good news' for buyers

People looking to buy a property in the UK could actually benefit from the recent decline in property prices.

16 Jan 2008
Market downturn 'good news' for buyers
Rics: UK house prices drop

Property prices in the UK have fallen significantly, according to a new study, prompting comparisons with the market slump in the 90s.

16 Jan 2008
Rics: UK house prices drop
February rate cut still on the cards

Mortgage borrowers look as though they are still set to benefit from a February cut to the base rate of interest.

15 Jan 2008
February rate cut still on the cards
Hips need more information

There are calls for Home information packs (Hips) to contain more information.

15 Jan 2008
Hips need more information
Housing stock worth £4 trillion

It has been revealed that the value of the UK's private housing stock increased by nine per cent in 2007.

14 Jan 2008
Housing stock worth £4 trillion
UK landlords are in it for the long haul

Only four per cent of buy-to-let property investors consider being a landlord as their profession.

14 Jan 2008
UK landlords are in it for the long haul
Investors upbeat about market prospects

Property investors are confident about the state of the housing market, despite a belief that house prices will not rise markedly in 2008.

11 Jan 2008
Investors upbeat about market prospects
NI market remains robust

The Northern Ireland housing market remains strong despite slight falls in property prices in recent months.

11 Jan 2008
NI market remains robust
Bank holds rate

The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has held the base rate of interest for January.

10 Jan 2008
Bank holds rate
Call to ban landlord fees

There are calls for tenancy renewal fees to be abolished for landlords who have managed the property themselves throughout the agreement.

10 Jan 2008
Call to ban landlord fees
Consumers confident about the next 6 months

Nationwide has published its Consumer Confidence Index for December, revealing some negatives but many positives.

09 Jan 2008
Consumers confident about the next 6 months
Base rate decision hangs in the balance

It is unclear whether or not the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will cut the base rate of interest tomorrow (January 10th).

09 Jan 2008
Base rate decision hangs in the balance
Population rises fuel price growth

London has recorded the biggest overall population increase of all UK regions in the last decade.

08 Jan 2008
Population rises fuel price growth
Londoners not bothered by energy efficiency

New research shows that the majority of Londoners do not consider energy-saving features to be an important consideration when buying a property.

08 Jan 2008
Londoners not bothered by energy efficiency
Landlords confident about the future

UK landlords remain confident about the future prospects of the buy-to-let industry.

07 Jan 2008
Landlords confident about the future
Liverpool offers investment opportunities

Liverpool remains a good place to invest in property and the city may be the success story of 2008.

07 Jan 2008
Liverpool offers investment opportunities
Prices rise in November

House prices in England and Wales rose in November, according to the latest Land Registry House Price Index.

04 Jan 2008
Prices rise in November
UK landlords see huge rise in rents

The UK buy-to-let market is "just about the strongest in the world".

04 Jan 2008
UK landlords see huge rise in rents
Govt 'lost nerve' over Hips

The government has been accused of losing "its nerve" over the introduction of Home information packs (Hips).

03 Jan 2008
Govt 'lost nerve' over Hips
2007's cheapest mortgage lender

HSBC has been named as the cheapest mortgage lender in 2007, based on a £50,000 loan at the standard variable rate being lent to an existing borrower.

03 Jan 2008
2007's cheapest mortgage lender
Nationwide tops lenders poll

Nationwide has come top of a new survey from moneysupermarket.com looking at the most trusted banks and building societies, it has been revealed.

02 Jan 2008
Nationwide tops lenders poll
Prices down in December says Nationwide

The latest Nationwide house price index has revealed that prices fell by 0.5 per cent in December, bringing the annual rate of inflation down to 4.8 per cent in the process.

02 Jan 2008
Prices down in December says Nationwide




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