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Home sellers need to consider cosmetics

Anyone wishing to sell their property may need to consider repainting their front door, according to new research from the Co-operative Bank.

29 Feb 2008
Home sellers need to consider cosmetics
March rate cut not on the cards

A new poll suggests that the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will not cut the base rate of interest next week.

29 Feb 2008
March rate cut not on the cards
Hips to highlight asbestos problems

Home information packs (Hips) will help to highlight problems with asbestos before a purchase is secured.

28 Feb 2008
Hips to highlight asbestos problems
New housing strategy launched

The government has launched a new housing strategy which could change the face of UK new builds.

28 Feb 2008
New housing strategy launched
Sellers advised on making gardens appear bigger

Home sellers have been offered some advice on how to make their gardens appear larger.

27 Feb 2008
Sellers advised on making gardens appear bigger
Tracker mortgages good option for many

Tracker-rate mortgages are proving to be popular among borrowers at present, with many people expecting the base rate of interest to continue falling.

27 Feb 2008
Tracker mortgages good option for many
Landlord lending rises

Buy-to-let mortgage lending rose in the second half of 2007, according to the latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

26 Feb 2008
Landlord lending rises
Market offers FTBs many opportunities

The current housing market conditions favour first-time buyers (FTBs) and present huge opportunities.

26 Feb 2008
Market offers FTBs many opportunities
Mortgage lending rises

Gross mortgage lending increased in January, according to the latest figures from the British Bankers' Association (BBA).

25 Feb 2008
Mortgage lending rises
Stamp duty bills rise

UK stamp duty bills increased between 2002 and 2007, making it increasingly difficult for first-time buyers (FTBs) to make it onto the property ladder.

25 Feb 2008
Stamp duty bills rise
Optimistic outlook for the housing market

There is a new sense of optimism in the UK housing market, according to the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA).

22 Feb 2008
Optimistic outlook for the housing market
Rate cut joy for borrowers

It has been revealed that the majority of UK mortgage lenders have already passed on the latest cut to the base rate of interest.

22 Feb 2008
Rate cut joy for borrowers
Chancellor urged to act over stamp duty

The chancellor of the exchequer is being urged to raise the threshold for stamp duty.

21 Feb 2008
Chancellor urged to act over stamp duty
Borrowers seek mortgage security

New research suggests that the majority of British borrowers would prefer to take out a fixed-rate mortgage rather than any other type of deal.

21 Feb 2008
Borrowers seek mortgage security
MPC unanimous in rate cut vote

It appears that further cuts to the base rate of interest are on the cards, following the publication of the minutes from the latest Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting.

20 Feb 2008
MPC unanimous in rate cut vote
CML: "Mortgage lending up"

UK homeowners have been boosted by the news that gross mortgage lending increased in January.

20 Feb 2008
CML: "Mortgage lending up"
Buy-to-let impacts house prices

Buy-to-let mortgages have had only a modest impact on UK house prices.

19 Feb 2008
Buy-to-let impacts house prices
Parents need not worry about helping children to buy

Parents who want to help their children onto the property ladder need not worry about inheritance tax complications.

19 Feb 2008
Parents need not worry about helping children to buy
Advice for landlords may increase yields

Landlords can increase their rental yields by seeking advice from a professional broker.

18 Feb 2008
Advice for landlords may increase yields
Price boost for homeowners

UK homeowners received a boost in February, with the average property price rising again.

18 Feb 2008
Price boost for homeowners
Buyers opting for suburbs over London

An increasing number of people are choosing to buy properties in the suburbs rather than in London.

15 Feb 2008
Buyers opting for suburbs over London
Good year for landlords

UK landlords enjoyed a bumper 2007, according to the latest figures from Birmingham Midshires.

15 Feb 2008
Good year for landlords
Landlords benefit from lack of affordability

Levels of owner-occupancy in England fell in 2007, spelling good news for buy-to-let property investors.

14 Feb 2008
Landlords benefit from lack of affordability
Tracker mortgages rise as base rate falls

New figures show that mortgage borrowers are increasingly choosing to take out tracker-rate mortgages.

14 Feb 2008
Tracker mortgages rise as base rate falls
Base rate boost looks likely

Homeowners look set to receive another base rate boost following the release of the consumer price index (CPI) inflation figure for January.

13 Feb 2008
Base rate boost looks likely
Prices up in January

The average property price increased marginally between December and January.

13 Feb 2008
Prices up in January
Interest rates to fall slowly but surely

Capital Economics believes that the base rate of interest will fall to four per cent but not for some time.

12 Feb 2008
Interest rates to fall slowly but surely
House prices up 0.4% in December

UK house prices rose by 0.4 per cent in December, it has been revealed.

11 Feb 2008
House prices up 0.4% in December
Buy-to-let market sees 'substantial' growth

Landlords in Britain have seen the collective value of their properties increase by £5.79 billion a month, it has been revealed.

11 Feb 2008
Buy-to-let market sees 'substantial' growth
Repossessions lower than expected

There were fewer repossessions in 2007 than had previously been expected, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

08 Feb 2008
Repossessions lower than expected
Borrowers want fixed rates

The majority of UK homeowners would rather be on a fixed-rate mortgage than a tracker, according to new research.

08 Feb 2008
Borrowers want fixed rates
MPC cuts the base rate

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

07 Feb 2008
MPC cuts the base rate
Reduce mortgage term with interest rate savings

Mortgage borrowers have been advised that they can reduce the term of their mortgage by taking advantage of a cut to the base rate of interest.

07 Feb 2008
Reduce mortgage term with interest rate savings
New builds 'could be easier to sell'

New properties could be easier to sell on in the future because they are build to more contemporary standards and therefore could potentially appeal to more people.

06 Feb 2008
New builds 'could be easier to sell'
Property-owners seeking better mortgage deals

A considerable number of property-owners in the UK are choosing to switch mortgage providers rather than stick with an unsatisfactory deal.

06 Feb 2008
Property-owners seeking better mortgage deals
First-borns receive more help with home buying

Parents are more likely to help their first-born child onto the property ladder, according to research from Abbey.

05 Feb 2008
First-borns receive more help with home buying
Hips benefits highlighted

The benefits of Home information packs (Hips) have been highlighted by the National Association of Registered Home Inspectors (Nahir).

05 Feb 2008
Hips benefits highlighted
Landlords take long-term view

The majority of UK landlords now see their properties as long-term investments, according to Property Hawk.

04 Feb 2008
Landlords take long-term view
Surrey tops expensive counties list

Surrey has been named as the UK's most expensive county, according to the latest Halifax County House Price Survey.

04 Feb 2008
Surrey tops expensive counties list
Homebuyers confident, internet leading the way

The majority of UK homebuyers and property investors remain confident about the future prospects of the housing market.

01 Feb 2008
Homebuyers confident, internet leading the way
MPC expected to cut the base rate of interest

The vast majority of financial analysts expect the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to announce a cut to the base rate of interest in February.

01 Feb 2008
MPC expected to cut the base rate of interest




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