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Prime central London property 'shows annual decline'

Prices for prime central London residential property fell by 1.3 per cent in August to record their fourth consecutive monthly fall, according to research from Knight Frank.

29 Aug 2008
Prime central London property 'shows annual decline'
Analysts predict 'no rate change' in September

It looks likely that the Bank of England will once again choose to hold interest rates at five per cent in September, according to several experts.

29 Aug 2008
Analysts predict 'no rate change' in September
New home energy ratings 'will help tenants'

The introduction of new home energy ratings will provide tenants with an opportunity to find the most efficient homes while providing landlords with a chance to market their green credentials.

29 Aug 2008
New home energy ratings 'will help tenants'
House prices fall in August

The cost of the average British house fell by 1.9 per cent in August bringing the total annual decline to 10.5 per cent over the last 12 months, the first time it has fallen into double digits since 1990.

28 Aug 2008
House prices fall in August
Buy-to-let lending 'falling'

Landlords borrowed less money for buy-to-let property purchases in the first half of 2008, as the credit crunch caused borrowing conditions to tighten, according to new research.

28 Aug 2008
Buy-to-let lending 'falling'
AHIPP defends home information packs

The Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) has responded to calls from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) for the removal of search information from home information packs (Hips).

27 Aug 2008
AHIPP defends home information packs
Estate agents 'ignorant on green issues'

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) has criticised estate agents for their alleged lack of knowledge over the green issues affecting the housing market.

27 Aug 2008
Estate agents 'ignorant on green issues'
Mortgage costs 'falling'

Home buyers will be pleased to learn that the average cost of a UK mortgage has fallen back to the same level as in August 2007, before the credit crunch.

26 Aug 2008
Mortgage costs 'falling'
Property rental prices 'historically low'

Tenants looking for property to rent are in a good position because prices are relatively low at the moment, it has been claimed.

26 Aug 2008
Property rental prices 'historically low'
New redress scheme 'to keep estate agents in line'

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has given approval to a new redress scheme because of the growing number of complaints being lodged by buyers and sellers against estate agents.

22 Aug 2008
New redress scheme 'to keep estate agents in line'
Government 'should leave stamp duty alone'

The government should avoid meddling with stamp duty and let the housing market sort itself out over time, it has been claimed.

22 Aug 2008
Government 'should leave stamp duty alone'
Landlords enjoy 'strong demand' in student towns

Buy-to-let landlords are experiencing strong levels of demand for accommodation and rental yields over ten per cent in some of the country's largest university towns, it has been revealed.

21 Aug 2008
Landlords enjoy 'strong demand' in student towns
Seafront property sales remain strong

Despite downturns in the housing market in certain parts of the country, seafront property remains in strong demand, according to a property investment company.

21 Aug 2008
Seafront property sales remain strong
Mortgage lending up in July

The latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) have revealed that gross mortgage lending stood at £24.8 billion in July.

20 Aug 2008
Mortgage lending up in July
London rents 'leveling out' for tenants

As the supply eventually begins to meet demand in London, tenant rents are beginning to level out, according to a new report.

20 Aug 2008
London rents 'leveling out' for tenants
Mortgage competition 'great news' for buyers

Home buyers will benefit from a battle being waged between Britain's two biggest lenders, as they fight to secure new mortgage customers, it has been claimed.

19 Aug 2008
Mortgage competition 'great news' for buyers
Home sellers 'moving into letting sector'

With many sellers waiting for house prices to pick up before placing their properties on the market, a growing number are choosing to rent them out to tenants in the mean time, according to new research.

19 Aug 2008
Home sellers 'moving into letting sector'
How to beat the credit crunch

New guide packed with practical ideas and tips to help you survive the Credit Crunch just launched

19 Aug 2008
How to beat the credit crunch
Landlord possession rates continue to drop

The number of landlords being forced to pursue possession claims against their tenants fell during the second quarter of 2008, according to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Justice.

18 Aug 2008
Landlord possession rates continue to drop
Home sellers 'investing in long-term'

Given the current economic situation, home owners are becoming more prepared to increase the valuation of their existing house with improvements such as underfloor heating, it has been revealed.

18 Aug 2008
Home sellers 'investing in long-term'
Sellers need "kerb appeal"

As the slowdown in the housing market continues and industry experts seem undecided about whether prices will fall further, many homeowners are left struggling to sell their property.

15 Aug 2008
Sellers need "kerb appeal"
Survey reveals 98 per cent of buyers can secure a mortgage

The vast majority of homeowners do not have an issue arranging a mortgage, according to new research from HSBC.

15 Aug 2008
Survey reveals 98 per cent of buyers can secure a mortgage
Law Commission's plans to regulate buy-to-let market

The Law Commission has announced plans to tighten the regulation of the buy-to-let and private rented market which it hopes will improve standards.

14 Aug 2008
Law Commission's plans to regulate buy-to-let market
Shard-equity mortgage enquiries on the up

Those trying to get onto the housing ladder may want to consider a shared-equity mortgage.

14 Aug 2008
Shard-equity mortgage enquiries on the up
Industry body calls on government to make decision on 'stamp duty holiday'

The latest report from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has hinted at a stabilisation of the housing market over the coming months.

13 Aug 2008
Industry body calls on government to make decision on 'stamp duty holiday'
Northern Rock rate cuts - sign that 'competition is returning to home loan market'

The fact that Northern Rock has launched a range of new mortgages is sign that "competition is returning to the home loan market", the Guardian reported.

13 Aug 2008
Northern Rock rate cuts - sign that 'competition is returning to home loan market'
Industry body gives tips to landlords

Whilst many landlords are reaping the benefits of increasing demand for rental properties and high yields on properties, an industry body has issued advice on surviving the economic downturn.

12 Aug 2008
Industry body gives tips to landlords
Scottish housing market 'most resilient' while London and south-east 'strongest'

Consumers concerned about falling house prices should consider Scotland or London and the south-east.

12 Aug 2008
Scottish housing market 'most resilient' while London and south-east 'strongest'
Rental demand 'high' and yields 'good'

As the housing market cools, professional investors could be set to benefit from falling prices, the Times has reported.

11 Aug 2008
Rental demand 'high' and yields 'good'
AHIPP claim Hips help process of buying and selling

According to the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP), there is no doubt that Home Information Packs (Hips) have delivered benefits to both buyers and sellers.

11 Aug 2008
AHIPP claim Hips help process of buying and selling
Sale and rent back scheme code of practice for landlords

The sale and rent back system that offers those facing repossession the option to sell their property and then have it rented back to them is being examined by the National Landlords Association (NLA).

08 Aug 2008
Sale and rent back scheme code of practice for landlords
Tips for selling property

It is currently taking, on average, 11 weeks to sell a property and Simon Hills of the Times has revealed tips on how "canny sellers" can beat a cooling housing market.

08 Aug 2008
Tips for selling property
High street bank cuts rates

Cash-strapped borrowers will be pleased to hear that Abbey is cutting the rates on some of its two and three-year fixed and tracker deals by up to as much as 0.10 per cent.

07 Aug 2008
High street bank cuts rates
Housing market 'is stabilising'

Those in the capital looking to sell property will be pleased to hear that the market is stabilising.

07 Aug 2008
Housing market 'is stabilising'
Sellers look to home improvements to boost property value

Homeowners are making improvements to their property in the hope of making it more attractive to prospective buyers.

06 Aug 2008
Sellers look to home improvements to boost property value
Stamp duty suspension could help first-time buyers

First-time buyers may benefit from a government proposal to waive stamp duty to help struggling consumers get onto the housing ladder.

06 Aug 2008
Stamp duty suspension could help first-time buyers
Energy performance certificates could make homes 'more desirable'

As the credit crunch hits homeowner's pockets those who are considering moving are keeping a close eye on the associated costs and are keen to find ways to find ways of cutting back.

05 Aug 2008
Energy performance certificates could make homes 'more desirable'
'Kid's digs' are 'adding value' for those looking to sell property

Homeowners who are keen to add value to their property before selling it may want to consider building a wooden chalet in their garden.

05 Aug 2008
'Kid's digs' are 'adding value' for those looking to sell property
Shared ownership schemes popular

As lending criteria becomes tougher and borrowers are expected to raise larger deposits, shared ownership schemes are giving first-time buyers a lifeline to get onto the property ladder.

04 Aug 2008
Shared ownership schemes popular
Estate agents accused of not providing buyers with Hips

A number of estate agents have been accused of breaking the law by not providing prospective buyers with Home Information Packs (Hips).

04 Aug 2008
Estate agents accused of not providing buyers with Hips
Consumers urged to keep house price figures 'in perspective'

Whilst the Nationwide house price index has shown that house prices have fallen again by 1.7 per cent, the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has said that the figures need to be taken in context.

01 Aug 2008
Consumers urged to keep house price figures 'in perspective'




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