News Categories
News Archives

UK Property News 07 2008

Free Property advert
Proposal for improvements to Hips

A new Property Information Questionnaire (PIQ) may be introduced to help simplify the information contained in Home Information Packs (Hips).

31 Jul 2008
Proposal for improvements to Hips
Buy-to-let investors need to be 'selective' about property

Buy-to-let investors can still make money in the current market but they must be "very careful" to ensure they get the correct advice and select the right property.

31 Jul 2008
Buy-to-let investors need to be 'selective' about property
Lender cuts rates on buy-to-let mortgages

Property investors will be pleased to learn that one of the high street's biggest lenders has announced that is will be cutting interest rates on its buy-to-let mortgages.

30 Jul 2008
Lender cuts rates on buy-to-let mortgages
Buy-to-let investors looking at UK holiday homes

There are an increasing number of buy-to-let investors who are hoping to put money into a holiday home in the UK, according to new research.

30 Jul 2008
Buy-to-let investors looking at UK holiday homes
Next two years 'excellent time to snap up' bargains

There are opportunities for those in a strong financial position to snap up a bargain as the housing market slowdown signals the start of the "Great British property sale".

29 Jul 2008
Next two years 'excellent time to snap up' bargains
Advice centre urges more clarity for first-time buyers

First-time buyers are being charged "extortionate" fees by agents who are honing in on their lack of understanding of the "archaic" process that is involved in purchasing a property.

29 Jul 2008
Advice centre urges more clarity for first-time buyers
First-time buyers have 'massive opportunities' to grab a bargain

First-time buyers who have deposits are likely to benefit from the slump in the housing market as well as those who have built up equity in their homes.

28 Jul 2008
First-time buyers have 'massive opportunities' to grab a bargain
Buy-to-let investors search overseas for good mortgage deals

Buy-to-let investors that are at the top end of the market are looking to overseas lenders to secure more favourable terms on large loans.

28 Jul 2008
Buy-to-let investors search overseas for good mortgage deals
Sellers in northern English market towns see largest property price increases

Homeowners who live in market towns and are looking to sell their property will be pleased to hear that a new survey has revealed that house prices are likely to be higher in towns that have between 3,000 and 30,000 inhabitants.

25 Jul 2008
Sellers in northern English market towns see largest property price increases
Good news for buyers as intermediaries offered high value loans

In a move which it hopes will help ease the slowdown in the housing market and free up lenders, the Mortgage Works has launched a new large loans proposition for intermediaries.

25 Jul 2008
Good news for buyers as intermediaries offered high value loans
'Decent' arguments for staying in buy-to-let market

According to finance site, fool.co.uk, there are a number of "decent" arguments for landlords to stay in the housing market.

24 Jul 2008
'Decent' arguments for staying in buy-to-let market
AMI praises independent advisors

Responding to a recent Which? study that found a general failure of mortgage advisors to provide adequate advice, the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries (AMI) has said the report did not differentiate between independent advisers and those who sell products.

24 Jul 2008
AMI praises independent advisors
Fire guidelines help landlords

Landlords have been given guidelines to help prevent deaths resulting from residential property fires, and the move has been supported by a representative body.

23 Jul 2008
Fire guidelines help landlords
First-time buyers return to housing market

First-time buyers are slowly returning to the housing market as figures from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) have shown a steady increase in those getting on the property ladder.

23 Jul 2008
First-time buyers return to housing market
AHIPP says Hips "streamline" process of buying and selling homes

The Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) has hit back against claims by the government that Hips should be scrapped.

22 Jul 2008
AHIPP says Hips "streamline" process of buying and selling homes
Landlords advised to check tenant's credentials

Landlords need to make sure they carry out checks on prospective tenants to avoid becoming victims of rental arrears.

22 Jul 2008
Landlords advised to check tenant's credentials
Estate agents warned about commission

Cash-strapped sellers who want to avoid paying large sums to third parties may want to consult the Ombudsman for Estate Agents, a body which settles disputes between estate agents and consumers.

21 Jul 2008
Estate agents warned about commission
Energy Performance Certificates good news for "cash-strapped renters"

Tenants will be pleased to learn that those landlords failing to supply an energy performance certificate (EPC) will face "considerable fines".

21 Jul 2008
Energy Performance Certificates good news for "cash-strapped renters"
Survey shows tenants are easy to find

An independent survey of landlords, that looks at attitudes towards the government's proposed Sale and Rent Back system and the housing market, has revealed that capital growth is as important as rental yields.

18 Jul 2008
Survey shows tenants are easy to find
Housing market 'underpinned by strong fundamentals'

The average price of property in the UK has returned to the level it was at in August 2006, according to the latest Halifax House Price Index.

18 Jul 2008
Housing market 'underpinned by strong fundamentals'
Tenants rising under Rent now Buy later scheme

The number of people becoming tenants could rise significantly under the government's proposed 'Rent first, buy later' scheme.

17 Jul 2008
Tenants rising under Rent now Buy later scheme
Calls for recompense of private landlords under 'Rent First, Buy later' scheme

Commenting on the Government's proposed Rent First, Buy Later scheme, price comparison site Moneysupermarket.com has said that private landlords will want compensation.

17 Jul 2008
Calls for recompense of private landlords under 'Rent First, Buy later' scheme
TV programme gives sellers advice on impressing would-be buyers

A new programme that offers advice to home sellers is tackling the issue of slovenly neighbours whose properties act as a deterrent to would-be buyers.

16 Jul 2008
TV programme gives sellers advice on impressing would-be buyers
Amateur landlords need to be 'educated'

The lettings market is currently experiencing a glut of inexperienced landlords as those unable to sell their property decide to let it out instead.

16 Jul 2008
Amateur landlords need to be 'educated'
Sellers told that there has been an increase in buyer enquiries

Those wanting to sell their property will be pleased to hear that despite the economic downturn there are a number of would-be-buyers that area showing interest in the housing market.

15 Jul 2008
Sellers told that there has been an increase in buyer enquiries
Landlords told to 'make sure' they have an EPC certificate in place

Landlords have been warned that they could incur fines if they do not provide tenants with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

15 Jul 2008
Landlords told to 'make sure' they have an EPC certificate in place
Value of private rental sector now over £500 billion

The value of the Private Rented Sector is now larger than all privately-owned property and the rental market is helping to "stabilise housing".



14 Jul 2008
Value of private rental sector now over £500 billion
An industry expert advises that first-time-buyers could benefit from recession

First-time-buyers could be the beneficiaries of a recession, an independent financial advice site has said.

14 Jul 2008
An industry expert advises that first-time-buyers could benefit from recession
Rics proposes offsetting stamp duty for senior homeowners looking to downsize

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) needs to be reassessed to prevent it becoming a "major barrier to purchasing property".

11 Jul 2008
Rics proposes offsetting stamp duty for senior homeowners looking to downsize
Tenants 'less exposed' to rising cost of living

New research has shown that those looking to rent property are better placed than homeowners to ride out the financial storm caused by the rising cost of living.



11 Jul 2008
Tenants 'less exposed' to rising cost of living
New deals 'help boost mortgage market'

A number of new mortgage deals are set to help boost the struggling mortgage market, new research has indicated.

10 Jul 2008
New deals 'help boost mortgage market'
House prices will 'stop falling within 12 months'

House prices will stop falling within 12 months according to the majority of estate agents who were questioned about the state of the housing market.


10 Jul 2008
House prices will 'stop falling within 12 months'
NAEA calls for interest rate cuts

The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has called for the Bank of England (BoE) to keep interest rates down and increase funding for the mortgage market.

10 Jul 2008
NAEA calls for interest rate cuts
UK landlord associations merge

The two principle landlord associations in the UK are to merge to create a "national unified voice for private-residential landlords".

09 Jul 2008
UK landlord associations merge
House price adjustments 'healthy'

Whilst many homeowners are concerned about falling house prices an expert has reassured consumers that any correction in values is good for the market.

09 Jul 2008
House price adjustments 'healthy'
Fixed-rate mortgages still popular

Homeowners and first-time-buyers are still keen to go for fixed-rate deals despite rates climbing.



08 Jul 2008
Fixed-rate mortgages still popular
How to shift 'The unsellables'

As the credit-crunch hits the housing market and sellers find it increasingly hard to shift properties, a new program has come to the UK which promises to offer tips on making a home saleable.



08 Jul 2008
How to shift 'The unsellables'
London weathers house price falls

A new report has shown that the country's capital has experienced growth in house prices over the year.



07 Jul 2008
London weathers house price falls
CML urges BoE to increase wholesale funding

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has today called for an increase in the supply of funding for the mortgage market.

07 Jul 2008
CML urges BoE to increase wholesale funding
Mortgage rates being cut

A major high street building society has announced that it will be cutting the cost of its fixed rate and tracker mortgage deals which will come as a welcome relief to cash-strapped borrowers.

07 Jul 2008
Mortgage rates being cut
Industry expert says it has 'never been a better time to buy'

The current downturn in the housing market means that it has become a buyer's paradise as an increasing number of properties become available.

07 Jul 2008
Industry expert says it has 'never been a better time to buy'
Energy performance Certificate service helps landlords let property

Landlords who are keen to ensure they are compliant with energy efficiency laws will be pleased to hear about a new service offered by a specialist mortgage lender.

03 Jul 2008
Energy performance Certificate service helps landlords let property
First-time buyers could benefit from house price falls

As falling house prices continue to dent consumer confidence, first-time buyers (FTBs) are reminded that they are likely to be beneficiaries of the current situation.



03 Jul 2008
First-time buyers could benefit from house price falls
NAEA calls for government help to restore confidence in housing market

The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has urged the government to help the housing market.

02 Jul 2008
NAEA calls for government help to restore confidence in housing market
New measures to protect public from 'shoddy estate agents'

A government minister has ordered that all residential estate agents belong to a redress scheme to provide additional protection for those buying and selling homes.

02 Jul 2008
New measures to protect public from 'shoddy estate agents'
Rics call for end to stamp duty to 'increase accessibility' for first-time-buyers

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has called for a change to stamp duty to reduce barriers for first-time-buyers.

01 Jul 2008
Rics call for end to stamp duty to 'increase accessibility' for first-time-buyers
House price falls 'slowed significantly' in June

The rate at which house prices are falling has slowed significantly in June according to the latest report from the Nationwide Building Society.

01 Jul 2008
House price falls 'slowed significantly' in June




FREE Property Advert
Selling or Letting? List Your Property FREE Now!

FREE eBook worth £47
How To Sell Or Let FASTER and Save £1000s!

For Sale Boards & To Let Signs
Save £1000s, Sell or Let your property with a sign!

Mortgages
Fixed Rate, Capped, Tracker... We explain them all. Plus compare 1000s mortgages online.

Home Insurance
Compare Buildings and Contents Insurance. Get a Quote Now!

Cheapest Gas & Electric
Save up to £325 per year on your energy bills

Guides
Buyers
Landlords
Sellers
Tenants
Free ebook
For Sale & To Let Boards

Finance
Credit cards
Loans
Mortgages
Savings

Legal
Building survey
Conveyancing
Credit checks
EPCs
Gas safety certicates
HIPs
Inventory checklist
Tenant deposit scheme
Tenant reference checks
Tenancy agreements

Insurance
Heating insurance
Home insurance
Landlords insurance
Rent guarantee

Moving
House removals
Moving boxes
Self storage
Van rentals

Books
Tax guides

Search For
Property For Sale
Property For Rent
House Prices
Agents