Tag: property prices

House prices up 2% due to London effect

House prices up 2% due to London effect

Property website Rightmove has reported a 2 per cent increase in property prices year on year, but this is largely due to a rise in the price of luxury homes in London. The 2 per cent increase in November 2012 compared with the previous year, is the highest annual rate of increase since 2007. Across […]

November 19, 2012 More
Knight Frank predicts long recovery for UK property market

Knight Frank predicts long recovery for UK property market

UK property prices are unlikely to return to the peak levels seen in 2007, until 2019, according to international property consultancy Knight Frank. This would represent the longest period between price peaks since records began sixty years ago. Although property prices in central London have grown substantially, prices for the market as a whole have […]

November 7, 2012 More
Planning rules to be relaxed to boost economy

Planning rules to be relaxed to boost economy

The government has outlined plans to boost Britain’s house building industry, including changes to planning regulations. The current restrictions on extending homes and businesses will be relaxed for a three-year period. This will allow detached homes to be extended by up to eight metres without the need for full planning permission, while all home owners […]

September 6, 2012 More
Home repossessions stop rising

Home repossessions stop rising

The first quarter of 2012 saw 9,600 homes repossessed, the same as in the first quarter of 2011, breaking a run of year-on-year increases. According to the latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), repossessions were 10 per cent higher than in the fourth quarter of 2011, when 8,700 homes were repossessed. However […]

May 10, 2012 More
Sales of £1m homes fall 5%

Sales of £1m homes fall 5%

The number of houses sold in the £1 million to £2 million price bracket fell by 5% to 6,911 in 2011 according to a report from Lloyds TSB based on figures from the Land Registry. The figures represent the first annual fall in million-pound sales since 2009. In contrast, sales of homes priced above £2 […]

April 27, 2012 More
Hometrack reports increase in house prices

Hometrack reports increase in house prices

House prices increased by 0.2 per cent across the UK in March, according to property analytics business Hometrack, representing the first price rise in 20 months. The increase was helped by increased demand from first time buyers, a scarcity of homes on the market and strong interest in properties in London from overseas buyers. First […]

April 2, 2012 More
House prices and mortgage approvals fall

House prices and mortgage approvals fall

House prices have fallen for the first time in six months, with the decline attributed to changes in stamp duty. The average house price in March was £163,327, 0.9 per cent lower than in March 2011. It was the largest fall in house prices since June last year. Nationwide’s figures showed a fall in nearly […]

March 29, 2012 More
Property prices up 5% in March

Property prices up 5% in March

UK house prices increased by £3,687 to £236,939 in March, a 4.9 per cent increase compared with the 2011 first quarter. The figures, from Rightmove’s house price index, represent the largest first-quarter rise in property prices since 2004, boosting hopes for an continued improvement in the market for the rest of the year. In London, […]

March 20, 2012 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 More
China manufacturing growth slows further

China manufacturing growth slows further

Manufacturing activity in China eased last month, two separate surveys have revealed today. Firstly, the official China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP) said its purchasing managers index (PMI) fell to 50.9 in June from May’s reading of 52 – the lowest level since February 2009. The reading was also lower than expectations of a […]

July 1, 2011 More
Chinese manufacturing slows in May

Chinese manufacturing slows in May

Manufacturing activity in China eased last month, two separate surveys have revealed today. Firstly, the official China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP) said its purchasing managers index (PMI) dipped to 52 in May from 52.9 in April. While the reading was better than expectations of 51.6, it represented the lowest for nine months. Secondly, […]

June 1, 2011 More
China’s house price growth eases in March

China’s house price growth eases in March

The National Bureau of Statistics has today revealed Chinese property growth eased in March. China‘s property prices have remained stubbornly high despite several Government incentives to avoid a property bubble. The country continues to grapple with high inflation in property and food prices. However, property prices slowed in March with fewer cities recording an increase, […]

April 18, 2011 More
China moves to cool property prices

China moves to cool property prices

China‘s property prices have remained stubbornly high despite several Government initiatives to avoid a property bubble. The Government recently announced plans to introduce a property tax. Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng said it is preparing for the “trial reform on property tax as required by the central Government”. It has also made it more expensive to […]

March 9, 2011 More
Property prices, not mortgages, are the problem

Property prices, not mortgages, are the problem

The property market has become unbalanced, caused by excessive lending, and low interest rates. Both of which have allowed for a surge in property prices over the past decade as people were able to buy in excess of their means. The current state of the market, where First Time Buyers are excluded, is a symptom […]

February 15, 2011 More
Chinese economic growth continues to surge

Chinese economic growth continues to surge

China, which is the world’s second largest economy, experienced growth of 10.3% in 2010 – much higher than expected, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. While the growth is staggering, it has again raised fears of the economy overheating, which is adding to inflation pressures. In addition, fourth quarter growth was better than expected, […]

January 20, 2011 More
Chinese  house prices continue to edge higher

Chinese house prices continue to edge higher

China’s property prices rose for the fourth consecutive month in December, albeit at a slower pace. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, prices rose 0.3% in December, taking the annual rate to 6.4% – although this is half of the peak reached in April 2010 – when prices surged 12.8%. However, prices have remained […]

January 17, 2011 More
IMF-EU officials investigate Ireland’s books

IMF-EU officials investigate Ireland’s books

As Ireland looks set to accept a multi-billion euro loan, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and EU officials have commenced their investigation of Ireland’s bank books. Yesterday, Governor of the Irish central bank, Patrick Honohan, said the country is expected to accept a “very substantial loan”. The news comes as speculation has been mounting all […]

November 19, 2010 More
Ireland looks to banks for bailout

Ireland looks to banks for bailout

There is speculation that Ireland is looking to its banks for emergency funding – the Irish Independent reported on Monday. The report comes as Ireland’s Government continues to reject claims that it is seeking emergency financial support via the EU rescue fund – established by European Governments and the International Monetary Fund after the Greek […]

November 15, 2010 More
Moody’s downgrades Ireland rating to Aa2

Moody’s downgrades Ireland rating to Aa2

July 19, 2010 More
Chinese economic growth slows in Q2

Chinese economic growth slows in Q2

It appears the world’s third largest economy is cooling after official figures revealed Chinese annual GDP slowed from 11.9% in the first quarter to 10.3% in the March to June period, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said today. The reading was marginally lower than the 10.5% expected by analysts. China’s economy has been growing […]

July 15, 2010 More