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Surge in demand for rental property expected

As first-time buyers struggle to get on the housing ladder and homeowners get cold feet about investing, landlords believe there will be a surge in demand for rental property.

30 Jun 2008
Surge in demand for rental property expected
Buy-to-investors behaviour 'proving to be a bonus for the nation's housing problems'

As consumers are losing confidence in the housing market, latest research reveals that buy-to-let investors are committed and realistic about the amount of time they will have to hold onto a property for.

30 Jun 2008
Buy-to-investors behaviour 'proving to be a bonus for the nation's housing problems'
Landlords warned to 'know their market'

In an increasingly competitive environment it is important that landlords "know their market" to attract the most suitable tenant for their property.

27 Jun 2008
Landlords warned to 'know their market'
Adding space adds value to property

Homeowners concerned about being trapped in a stagnant housing market should consider adding extra space to their property to add value and attract buyers.

26 Jun 2008
Adding space adds value to property
Modern kitchen and bathrooms may help landlords rent property

As buy-to-let investors find the market getting more competitive, the National Landlords Association (NLA) has suggested that having a modern bathroom and kitchen can attract tenants.



25 Jun 2008
Modern kitchen and bathrooms may help landlords rent property
Rental yields at an all-time high

As news of falling property prices hit the headlines again yesterday (June 23rd), good news comes to buy-to-let investors.



24 Jun 2008
Rental yields at an all-time high
Gross lending down but "at good historic levels"

The latest report from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) show that gross lending figures are only slightly down on the previous month.

20 Jun 2008
Gross lending down but "at good historic levels"
Survey reveals one in four people believe 'now is a good time to buy'

A new survey has revealed that nearly one in four people think now is a good time to be investing in property.

19 Jun 2008
Survey reveals one in four people believe 'now is a good time to buy'
Landlords need to make sure their property is insured

Falling house prices and tighter lending criteria are making buy-to-let investors more prudent and it is important that they get the right insurance for their properties.

18 Jun 2008
Landlords need to make sure their property is insured
Gardens are key to maximising values

Homeowners looking for ways to increase the value of their home should make improvements to their gardens.



17 Jun 2008
Gardens are key to maximising values
Building societies announce intention to expand mortgage services

As an increasing number of banks tighten their lending criteria, borrowers will be pleased to learn that building societies are planning to expand their mortgage services.



16 Jun 2008
Building societies announce intention to expand mortgage services
Concerned consumers turn to brokers for mortgage advice

As homeowners and first-time buyer's confidence is rocked by tales of a collapsing housing market an increasing number of borrowers are turning to mortgage intermediaries for advice.

13 Jun 2008
Concerned consumers turn to brokers for mortgage advice
Buy-to-let market 'remains strong'

Buy-to-let investors are benefiting from tougher lending criterion which is pushing first-time buyers off the property ladder and into the rental market.



12 Jun 2008
Buy-to-let market 'remains strong'
Five year fixed-rate mortgage deals give 'longer term stability'

Borrowers should aim to fix their mortgages for five years to achieve "longer term stability" from their deal, an industry expert has advised.

12 Jun 2008
Five year fixed-rate mortgage deals give 'longer term stability'
Changes to interest rate benchmark could create 'stability' in mortgage market

Changing the process that sets the interest rate at which banks borrow money from each other could stabilise the mortgage market, an industry expert has advised.



12 Jun 2008
Changes to interest rate benchmark could create 'stability' in mortgage market
House price drops could benefit over two million homeowners

House price falls could give hope to more than two million homeowners that are planning to move, new research has revealed.

11 Jun 2008
House price drops could benefit over two million homeowners
Borrowers that took 100 per cent mortgages shouldn't 'panic'

Homeowners with 100 per cent mortgages should get estimates from different estate agents to establish the current value of their property before being concerned about negative equity.



11 Jun 2008
Borrowers that took 100 per cent mortgages shouldn't 'panic'
Improved transport system means 'property prices will go up'

A new scheme to update public transport in Manchester could "do a lot of good" for the property market in the city, an industry expert has suggested.

11 Jun 2008
Improved transport system means 'property prices will go up'
New site for landlords helps keep "costs down and tenants happy"

As lenders tighten their criteria and mortgage rates soar, a new website has been launched to encourage landlords to stay in the market by helping to keep "costs down and tenants happy".

10 Jun 2008
New site for landlords helps keep "costs down and tenants happy"
Housing market will improve

Lenders will begin to relax their criteria to bring back consumer confidence in the housing market, an industry expert has suggested.

10 Jun 2008
Housing market will improve
Scottish buyers keen to get on the housing ladder

The number of people in Scotland wanting to get on the housing ladder will continue to rise, an industry expert has said.

10 Jun 2008
Scottish buyers keen to get on the housing ladder
BBC TV looking for private home sellers to star on TV

BBC TV launch new daytime TV show helping home owners sell their own homes.

10 Jun 2008
BBC TV looking for private home sellers to star on TV
Mortgage awards celebrate leaders in the industry

The winner of a mortgage award which recognises lender activity has been announced with best overall category gaining points for products, service, sales and marketing.

09 Jun 2008
Mortgage awards celebrate leaders in the industry
Mortgage market growth boosted by those looking to switch deals

Despite reports of tighter lending criteria leading to a dip in loan approvals, latest research shows that there has been a growth in the mortgage market.

09 Jun 2008
Mortgage market growth boosted by those looking to switch deals
Quirky could prove expensive

Homeowners that live in quirky homes can afford to charge a premium on their property as buyers will be willing to pay extra to get something unique, an industry expert has said.



09 Jun 2008
Quirky could prove expensive
Interest rate decision "expected" but "benefits" for lenders and borrowers later in year

Industry experts have commented on the decision by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to hold interest rates at five per cent saying it was "expected".



06 Jun 2008
Interest rate decision "expected" but "benefits" for lenders and borrowers later in year
Sub-prime lenders "fully committed" to working with borrowers

An industry association has reacted to accusations by the Liberal Democrats that sub-prime lenders are not meeting the same standards as their mainstream counterparts.

06 Jun 2008
Sub-prime lenders "fully committed" to working with borrowers
Homeowners and first-time buyers should "always" shop around for good mortgage deals

Tougher lending criteria should not deter homeowners and first-time-buyers from seeking out the best mortgage deals, an industry expert has advised.



06 Jun 2008
Homeowners and first-time buyers should "always" shop around for good mortgage deals
Landlords need to get insurance cover for rental arrears

Buy-to-let investors have been advised to check their insurance policies to ensure they are covered if their tenant fails to pay the rent.

05 Jun 2008
Landlords need to get insurance cover for rental arrears
Research boosts Office of Fair Trading's case against high letting fees

Landlords in the south of the country are unhappy with the fees they have to pay their letting agent, according to new research.

05 Jun 2008
Research boosts Office of Fair Trading's case against high letting fees
Call for interest rate cuts to help housing market

An industry body has called for the government to ease the pressure on the unstable housing market just ahead of today's interest rate decision.

05 Jun 2008
Call for interest rate cuts to help housing market
Buy-to-let market "performing pretty well"

Despite the latest industry figures which show a rise in the number of landlords failing to meet their mortgage repayments, the buy-to-let market is "performing pretty well".

04 Jun 2008
Buy-to-let market "performing pretty well"
First-time buyers "in better position"

As house prices fall, the UK population needs to recognise that it is a buyer's market, an industry expert has said.



04 Jun 2008
First-time buyers "in better position"
Brighton enjoying "stability" in the housing market

Londoners that are looking to downsize as a result of the credit crunch are choosing the south-east as it offers buyers "an attractive place to live".

04 Jun 2008
Brighton enjoying "stability" in the housing market
Homeowners advised to release equity "sooner rather than later"

Equity release is not affected by the current "short-term instability" in the economy but homeowners wanting to release capital from their property should act now.

03 Jun 2008
Homeowners advised to release equity "sooner rather than later"
South London property prices increase

London property south of the river is still appreciating in value, according to new research.

03 Jun 2008
South London property prices increase
Super prime housing market "very healthy"

As falling house prices leave homeowners reluctant to sell, the prime property market remains "pretty untouched", an industry expert has said.

03 Jun 2008
Super prime housing market "very healthy"
Architect scheme provides homeowners with expert advice

Buyers hoping to make the most of their new home by renovating it could take advantage of a new scheme that offers homeowners a free consultation.

02 Jun 2008
Architect scheme provides homeowners with expert advice
First-time buyers "silver lining" to housing market cloud

First-time buyers could take advantage of falling house prices, which, according to independent statistics, have taken another drop.

02 Jun 2008
First-time buyers "silver lining" to housing market cloud
Intermediaries create "choice and competition"

As buyers struggle to find the best mortgage deal, the answer may lie with intermediaries who provide consumers with a better choice and create competition, an industry expert has said.

02 Jun 2008
Intermediaries create "choice and competition"




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