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Stamp duty rush causes rents to fall

Stamp duty rush causes rents to fall

Rents on private accommodation fell by 0.6 per cent last month, to an average of £707, according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index from LSL, a provider of residential property services. The agency suggests that the fall is likely to be temporary as it is related to an increase in the number of tenants deciding to [...]

March 16, 2012 | 0 Comments More
UK property market improves

UK property market improves

Signs are emerging that the UK property market is slowly starting to improve. According to the latest figures from The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the number of house sales increased in January, helped by first-time buyers rushing to secure a purchase before the end of the stamp duty exemption on homes under £250,000. [...]

March 13, 2012 | 0 Comments More
House prices down 1.1% in February

House prices down 1.1% in February

House prices fell 1.1 per cent in February according to The Halifax, contradicting earlier figures from Nationwide suggesting that property prices have increased. According to the Halifax’s three monthly index, house prices were 1.1 per cent lower in February than in the previous three months. The mortgage lender’s annual index showed that property prices fell [...]

March 7, 2012 | 0 Comments More
House prices soar near Olympics venue

House prices soar near Olympics venue

The average value of houses in the 13 postal districts closest to Olympic park in Stratford, east London, has increased by more than £62,739 to £268,884 since July 2005, when the capital was awarded the right to host the 2012 Olympics. A study by Lloyds TSB shows that house prices have risen by 30%, which [...]

February 28, 2012 | 0 Comments More
House prices stable amid strong buyer interest

House prices stable amid strong buyer interest

House prices remained steady in January and February according to property analysis firm Hometrack, but there was a surge for interest from potential buyers. The firm’s Monthly National Housing Survey found that property values fell across six regions, remained the same in three, and grew by just 0.1 per cent in London, in the first [...]

Online advertising boosts Rightmove

Online advertising boosts Rightmove

UK property website Rightmove saw traffic to its property portal soar by 22 per cent to 9.3 billion pages in 2011. The site accounted for 84 per cent of the pages viewed on the top four property websites. Over two-thirds of Rightmove’s advertisers took advantage of additional advertising products available to promote their properties, with [...]

February 24, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Rents continued to rise in January

Rents continued to rise in January

The average rent increased by 0.1% from December to January, a traditionally quiet period for the rental market. It was the first January increase in rents ever recorded by LSL Property Services, which said that tenants were trying to take advantage of the quiet period. With many potential first-time buyers unable to afford to buy [...]

February 17, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Home repossessions lowest for four years

Home repossessions lowest for four years

The number of UK homes repossessed fell to 36,200 in 2011, significantly below the Council of Mortgage Lenders’ forecast of 40,000, and lower than 2010 when 37,100 homes were repossessed. With interest rates remaining low and lenders adopting a sympathetic attitude to customers in financial difficulty, repossessions fell to their lowest level since 2007. However, [...]

February 9, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Government finds land for 80,000 homes

Government finds land for 80,000 homes

The Government launches its NewBuy mortgage guarantee scheme in March, which will help house buyers by underwriting 95% mortgages on new-build properties up to £500,000 in value. The scheme depends on having sufficient sites available to house builders and housing minister Grant Shapps revealed today that sufficient land for 80,000 properties has already been identified. [...]

February 2, 2012 | 0 Comments More
House prices fell 1.3% last year

House prices fell 1.3% last year

The latest figures from the Land Registry show that house prices fell by 1.3 per cent in England and Wales in 2011, with the average property costing £160,384 in December. Prices remained stable at the end of the year, with no change between November and December 2011. The only place in England and Wales where [...]

January 30, 2012 | 0 Comments More
House move costs soar by 69%

House move costs soar by 69%

The cost of moving house is 69 per cent higher than it was in 2001, according to Lloyds TSB, with estate agency fees, mortgage fees and stamp duty responsible for most of the increase. A typical house move cost nearly £9,000 in 2011, £3,632 more than it did a decade ago. Some regions have experienced [...]

January 27, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Property market remained stagnant in 2011

Property market remained stagnant in 2011

House sales fell 1 per cent in 2011, with just 869,000 residential properties sold, according to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). In January 2011, traditionally the weakest month for property transactions, just 45,000 houses were sold. However, the market did improve at the end of the year, with 76,000 sold in December. The property market [...]

January 25, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Cost of renting edges downwards

Cost of renting edges downwards

The average cost of renting a home in England and Wales fell to £711 in December, 0.8 per cent lower than November’s average, according to LSL Property Services’ latest Buy-to-Let Index. December was the second consecutive month in which rental costs have fallen, but over 2011 as a whole, they showed an increase of 4 [...]

January 20, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Property coming to market at record low levels

Property coming to market at record low levels

Despite record levels of search activity on its website this month, estate agency Rightmove reports that the number of new homes being put up for sale has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded. More than 44 million property searches were carried out on Rightmove’s site during the first ten days of 2012, a 27% [...]

January 16, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Unrealistic house prices hamper market

Unrealistic house prices hamper market

Although more new houses were put up for sale in December, transactions were hampered by sellers asking too high a price for their properties, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). December saw the number of houses put up for sale increase for the third month in a row, especially in London where [...]

January 10, 2012 | 0 Comments More
House prices down 1.3% in 2011

House prices down 1.3% in 2011

Mortgage lender the Halifax claims that house prices fell by 1.3 per cent last year to an average of £160,063, their lowest level since July 2009. According to the Halifax House Price Index, house prices fell 0.9 per cent in December, compared with the previous month. Although prices rose in the third quarter of 2010, [...]

January 6, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Rental costs fell in November

Rental costs fell in November

LSL Property Services, which includes Your Move and Reeds Rains, announced a 0.4 per cent drop in rent for a ‘typical’ property to £717 in November. Rents have been rising throughout the year, driven by increased demand from people unable to afford to buy a propert and November’s decline marked the first fall in rent [...]

December 16, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Economic gloom holding back the housing market

Economic gloom holding back the housing market

Although the demand for property increased in November, the ongoing economic downturn is holding back housing activity according to the latest report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) Rics’ UK Housing Market survey for the three months to the end of November showed a small improvement in both demand from buyers and property [...]

December 13, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Lettings agents’ fees soar in booming market

Lettings agents’ fees soar in booming market

Difficulty in securing mortgage finance and a slump in house sales is bumping up demand in the market for rented accommodation, but a new report warns that lettings agents’ fees are also soaring. Tenants may have to pay £2,000 upfront to move house according to independent thinktank the Resolution Foundation. As well as a deposit [...]

December 8, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Halifax expects housing market to hold steady

Halifax expects housing market to hold steady

The Halifax reported a 0.9 per cent fall in house prices in November, compared with the previous month, and it expects the housing market to remain steady over the winter. November’s fall in house prices came despite a 3 per cent increase in the number of mortgages approved during the month to 52,700, according to [...]

December 6, 2011 | 0 Comments More