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House sale increases 'seasonal'

The small increase in property sales is a result of seasonal influxes in demand rather than proof of a market recovery.

31 Oct 2008
House sale increases 'seasonal'
Tenants should be 'protected' from ridicule

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has condemned landlords who seek to humiliate late-paying tenants.

30 Oct 2008
Tenants should be 'protected' from ridicule
Property prices to drop for further six months

House prices will continue to fall for the next six months before bottoming out, it has been claimed.

30 Oct 2008
Property prices to drop for further six months
Repossessions 'on the rise'

The number of home repossessions has rocketed by 71 per cent over the last year as the credit crunch has taken its toll, new research reveals.

29 Oct 2008
Repossessions 'on the rise'
Home sellers 'must be realistic'

People putting their homes up for sale need to be sensible about their prospects if they are to have any success.

29 Oct 2008
Home sellers 'must be realistic'
Lenders 'should give customers a break'

Mortgage lenders should "wake up" to the current economic situation and pass on interest rate decreases to their customers.

28 Oct 2008
Lenders 'should give customers a break'
Tenant non-payment 'disastrous for some landlords'

Non-payment by tenants can lead to "horrific problems" for landlords, it has been claimed.

28 Oct 2008
Tenant non-payment 'disastrous for some landlords'
House sales 'down by a half'

The number of property sales in the UK has fallen by 53 per cent over the last five years.

27 Oct 2008
House sales 'down by a half'
House affordability 'to improve for some'

Those people who manage to keep hold of their jobs over the next couple of years could find their affordability improving, an expert has been claimed.

27 Oct 2008
House affordability 'to improve for some'
Mortgage market remains 'subdued'

Net mortgage lending rose by £3.6 billion in September, according to the latest figures.

24 Oct 2008
Mortgage market remains 'subdued'
Report recommends private rented sector improvements

A more nuanced licensing system for landlords and mandatory regulation for letting agencies are two ways in which the private rented sector could be improved.

24 Oct 2008
Report recommends private rented sector improvements
No more 'loose' credit for homebuyers

An end to loose credit does not necessarily mean that there will be no more competitive pricing in the mortgage market, it has been claimed.

23 Oct 2008
No more 'loose' credit for homebuyers
Lenders 'should expect increase in arrears'

Mortgage providers will see "large increases" in arrears as people struggle to pay back their loans, it has been warned.

22 Oct 2008
Lenders 'should expect increase in arrears'
Homeowners 'misunderstand house market'

A great many homeowners looking to sell their properties do not seem to realise how tough the housing market currently it, an expert has claimed.

22 Oct 2008
Homeowners 'misunderstand house market'
Lenders 'must pass gains to mortgage payers'

Mortgage lenders have been urged to pass on the cut in Libor rates to their consumers.

21 Oct 2008
Lenders 'must pass gains to mortgage payers'
Government 'missing bigger emissions picture'

The government should be doing more to address the issue of carbon dioxide emissions from existing properties, the WWF has claimed.

20 Oct 2008
Government 'missing bigger emissions picture'
Credit crunch 'takes its toll on landlords'

Before the credit crunch started, buy-to-let investors were able to take advantage of easily attainable mortgages to purchase properties in northern cities.

20 Oct 2008
Credit crunch 'takes its toll on landlords'
Property market 'requires 95% mortgages'

In these harsh economic times, many property buyers need access to 90 and 95 per cent loan-to-value mortgages if they are to have any chance of buying a home.

17 Oct 2008
Property market 'requires 95% mortgages'
Don't make rash renovation decisions, architect advises

Homeowners should not rush into any decisions about renovations to their property, an architectural firm has suggested.

16 Oct 2008
Don't make rash renovation decisions, architect advises
New planning laws 'more straightforward'

Changes to the UK's planning laws will make it easier for homeowners to improve their property.

16 Oct 2008
New planning laws 'more straightforward'
Sale and leaseback schemes raise 'lots of concerns'

There are many potential issues surrounding sale and lease back schemes, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has warned.

15 Oct 2008
Sale and leaseback schemes raise 'lots of concerns'
New builds well-suited to ground source heat pumps

Ground source heat pumps can be successfully used in new build properties, but are not so suited to older homes.

15 Oct 2008
New builds well-suited to ground source heat pumps
Landlords 'enjoying strong tenant demand'

More than half of Britain's landlords are witnessing growing levels of tenant demand, it has been revealed.

14 Oct 2008
Landlords 'enjoying strong tenant demand'
Green improvements 'dependent upon location'

Conscientious homeowners should consider the location of their property when implementing green changes.

14 Oct 2008
Green improvements 'dependent upon location'
Housing situation 'requires government intervention'

The Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) has called for government intervention in the housing market.

13 Oct 2008
Housing situation 'requires government intervention'
Energy-efficient homes 'attractive to tenants'

Landlords will find it easier to interest tenants if their properties are energy efficient, it has been claimed.

13 Oct 2008
Energy-efficient homes 'attractive to tenants'
Tenants should be present for check-out

When moving out of a rented property, tenants should be present at the inventory 'check-out'.

10 Oct 2008
Tenants should be present for check-out
Government bailout 'to save housing market'

A proposed £500 billion bailout package should help the mortgage and housing market to recover.

09 Oct 2008
Government bailout 'to save housing market'
Bank announces early rate cut

The Bank of England's monetary policy committee (MPC) this week announced a massive 0.5 per cent cut to interest rates, a day ahead of schedule.

09 Oct 2008
Bank announces early rate cut
Housing targets should focus on quality, not quantity

The government and house builders should be thinking more about the kind of homes that need building rather than the number, it has been claimed.

08 Oct 2008
Housing targets should focus on quality, not quantity
Current market suits professionals

Professional landlords are thriving in the current housing market, it has been claimed.

08 Oct 2008
Current market suits professionals
Small landlords 'under mounting pressure'

With the property prices plummeting and mortgages vanishing from the market at an alarming rate, the buy-to-let boom appears to have finally come to an end.

07 Oct 2008
Small landlords 'under mounting pressure'
Sellers benefiting from university housing

People selling property in university towns are doing better than those operating in other areas.

07 Oct 2008
Sellers benefiting from university housing
PD rights 'help sellers increase property value'

The reform of permitted development (PD) rights will help home-sellers quickly add value to their property, but interference by local authorities could set dangerous precedents.

06 Oct 2008
PD rights 'help sellers increase property value'
Bank expected to cut rates

The Bank of England is expected to cut interest rates in October.

06 Oct 2008
Bank expected to cut rates
Landlords 'hit by B&B nationalisation'

The nationalisation of specialist mortgage provider Bradford & Bingley (B&B) has prompted a number of other lenders to withdraw their buy-to-let deals from the market, it has been revealed.

03 Oct 2008
Landlords 'hit by B&B nationalisation'
New home builds 'fall to 50-year low'

Research has indicated that new private-house building activity is at a 50-year low.

03 Oct 2008
New home builds 'fall to 50-year low'
Landlords urged to install cavity wall insulation

An energy efficiency expert has called on landlords to install cavity wall insulation.

02 Oct 2008
Landlords urged to install cavity wall insulation
First-time buyers 'must make sacrifices for mortgage'

Many first-time buyers will need to make sacrifices in order to secure a mortgage, it has been claimed.

01 Oct 2008
First-time buyers 'must make sacrifices for mortgage'
Tenants 'concerned by rising utility costs'

Eight in ten renters are worried about the cost of their household bills, new research has revealed.

01 Oct 2008
Tenants 'concerned by rising utility costs'




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