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High quality of life in Bucks

A new report claims that people in Buckinghamshire have the highest quality of life in the UK.

31 Mar 2008
High quality of life in Bucks
Property auctions will always generate interest

The UK's property auction market will remain strong, according to one expert.

31 Mar 2008
Property auctions will always generate interest
Brits want to own homes

Homeownership remains a priority for Britons in their twenties, according to a new report.

28 Mar 2008
Brits want to own homes
Bank urged to cut interest rates

An independent mortgages expert has called for a further cut in interest rates.

27 Mar 2008
Bank urged to cut interest rates
Fall in first-time buyers in February

Last month saw decreases in the number of house buyers on books, as well as falls in the number of houses available and percentage of first-time buyers, new figures show.

26 Mar 2008
Fall in first-time buyers in February
Bank 'will respond' to market conditions

An interest rate cut is more likely because of the tougher lending conditions, the governor of the Bank of England said today.

26 Mar 2008
Bank 'will respond' to market conditions
BoE 'needs to improve liquidity'

The director general of the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has called on the Bank of England (BoE) to address the "ongoing problems" in the mortgage market in the wake of new figures which show gross lending fell in February.


25 Mar 2008
BoE 'needs to improve liquidity'
House prices up 0.8 per cent in March

House prices rose in the month of March, the latest figures show.

25 Mar 2008
House prices up 0.8 per cent in March
Brown promises economic stability

Gordon Brown has promised that the UK economy will remain stable despite turbulence in the world's markets.

20 Mar 2008
Brown promises economic stability
Lack of contract leads to tenant dispute

A court case between a landlord and his tenant has highlighted the importance of getting a formal contract drawn up.

20 Mar 2008
Lack of contract leads to tenant dispute
Potential rate cuts alter FTB borrowing habits

With the majority of analysts predicting that the base rate of interest will be cut at least once more in 2008, an increasing number of first-time buyers (FTBs) are choosing to take out tracker-rate mortgages.

19 Mar 2008
Potential rate cuts alter FTB borrowing habits
Housing market prospects looking good

The future prospects of the UK housing market look bright, according to Legal & General Property.

19 Mar 2008
Housing market prospects looking good
April rate cut on the cards

Mortgage borrowers and first-time buyers (FTBs) may be boosted by a cut to the base rate of interest in April.

18 Mar 2008
April rate cut on the cards
Investor confidence remains

UK property investors remain particularly upbeat about the market in London.

18 Mar 2008
Investor confidence remains
Prices rise most in Welsh town

Homeowners in the Welsh town of Merthyr Tydfil saw the largest house price growth per square metre (m2) between 2002 and 2007.

17 Mar 2008
Prices rise most in Welsh town
UK market better placed than most of Europe

The UK housing market outperformed the majority of its European partners in 2007, according to a new report.

17 Mar 2008
UK market better placed than most of Europe
Brownfield development needs green focus

The development of brownfield sites should focus on creating green environments.

14 Mar 2008
Brownfield development needs green focus
Budget helps FTBs

The chancellor of the exchequer announced a number of measures in his first Budget which are aimed at helping new buyers onto the UK property ladder.

13 Mar 2008
Budget helps FTBs
Brits anticipate rate falls

New research shows that Britons increasingly expect the base rate of interest to fall.

13 Mar 2008
Brits anticipate rate falls
Buy-to-let remains worthy investment

A debate on the global credit crunch and buy-to-let property market ended with the majority of experts agreeing that buy-to-let remains a good investment opportunity.

12 Mar 2008
Buy-to-let remains worthy investment
Further house price rises

The average property price in England and Wales increased in value between January and February, according to the latest statistics.

12 Mar 2008
Further house price rises
Fixed-rate deals grow in popularity

New research shows that UK mortgage borrowers are more inclined to opt for a fixed-rate deal in the current climate.

11 Mar 2008
Fixed-rate deals grow in popularity
Landlords see rents rise

UK landlords benefited from increased rents in the three months to February 2008.

11 Mar 2008
Landlords see rents rise
Brits paying attention to EPCs

New research shows that many Britons are prepared to act on the information provided in their energy performance certificates (EPCs).

10 Mar 2008
Brits paying attention to EPCs
Mortgage changes to be announced

There are plans to introduce more long-term fixed-rate mortgages to the UK market.

10 Mar 2008
Mortgage changes to be announced
Landlord educational tool is launched

A new source of information for UK landlords has been established by the National Landlords Association (NLA).

07 Mar 2008
Landlord educational tool is launched
MPC decision welcomed

Organisations within the housing market have largely welcomed the decision to freeze the base rate of interest in March.

07 Mar 2008
MPC decision welcomed
Annual inflation at 4.2%

The typical UK property saw its value rise by 4.2 per cent in the 12 months leading to February.

06 Mar 2008
Annual inflation at 4.2%
Plan to boost mortgage markets

There are hopes that the wholesale mortgage markets in the UK could be revitalised by a plan drawn up by Alistair Darling.

06 Mar 2008
Plan to boost mortgage markets
NAEA wants base rate reduction

Mortgage borrowers may be boosted by a cut to the base rate of interest, if the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) gets its way.

05 Mar 2008
NAEA wants base rate reduction
Rental demand increases

Demand for rented accommodation increased in the final quarter of 2007, spelling good news for UK landlords.

05 Mar 2008
Rental demand increases
Home improvers to benefit from new Bill

The New Planning Reform Bill will have a large impact on home improvers.

04 Mar 2008
Home improvers to benefit from new Bill
March rate cut may go ahead

There is renewed hope that the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will cut the base rate of interest in March.

04 Mar 2008
March rate cut may go ahead
Target for rural homes welcomed

A new target for affordable new homes in rural communities has been welcomed by Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

03 Mar 2008
Target for rural homes welcomed
Prices up 0.9%

The average house price in England and Wales increased by 0.9 per cent in January.

03 Mar 2008
Prices up 0.9%




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