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Mortgage Payment Holiday To Be Extended

By published on 01/11/2020  

Following on the weekend news of a second national lockdown there's some key news that estate agents will remain open for business.There are also additional updates that the government has made available, others are likely to follow in the coming days.This includes an extension to the owner occupiers’ and landlords’ mortgage holiday; and an extension of the furlough system. Both ar Tags: Mortgage, Payment Holiday, Extended


By published on 30/09/2020  

The Prime Minister has promised to help more people get onto the housing ladder through increasing the availability of mortgages for those with small deposits.Boris Johnson said millions of people who could afford a mortgage were prevented from getting onto the property ladder because they could not save the necessary deposit.He announced plans for a new scheme to give more people the chance to ta Tags: Governemnt, Help, First, Time, Buyers, First Time, First Time Buyers

House Prices Surge

By published on 01/09/2020  

House prices surged at their fastest rate in 16 years last month to an all-time high as the stamp duty holiday unleashed a “barnstorming” rush of buyers.Figures from lender Nationwide show that the average cost of a home in Britain rose two per cent in August to £224,123.It followed a 1.8 per cent rise in July, the month when Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the tax would be Tags: House, Prices, Surge

Help To Buy Deadline Extended By 2 Months

By published on 30/07/2020  

The government has extended the practical completion deadline for the current Help to Buy equity loan scheme by two months, moving from the end of December to February 28 2021.The move has come following the disruption the coronavirus pandemic has caused the housebuilding industry.For home buyers who reserved a home under Help to Buy before June 30th 2020 and “are experiencing severe delays

Demand For New Homes Increase

By published on 30/06/2020  

Demand for new build homes has soared by 66% since the housing market reopened, surpassing levels seen before lockdown.The upsurge seen in the six weeks since 13 May is a continuation of the trend recorded at the start of 2020, when the new build market enjoyed its strongest start to the year since 2016.The recovery in the new build homes sector significantly outpaces the revival in the market for Tags: New Homes, Demand, Increase

Lockdown Causes Slow Down Of Sales Market

By published on 01/06/2020  

House prices fell 1.7% in May from the previous month, the largest monthly fall for 11 years, according to Nationwide Building Society.Annual house price growth halved from 3.7% to 1.8%, as the coronavirus crisis hit market activity."The medium-term outlook for the housing market remains highly uncertain," Nationwide warned."We have already seen a sharp economic contraction as a res Tags: Lockdown, Slowdown, Sales, Property, Market

The Market After Lockdown

By published on 29/04/2020  

The ban on viewings and house moves as part of coronavirus lock down has brought the UK property market to near-total standstill.Anyone who was thinking of buying or selling a home before the pandemic hit will be wondering how the market is going to look, as we all figure out what the “new normal” is after Covid-19.If you were in the middle of a sale, should you now ask the vendor for Tags: Property, Market, Lockdown
From 1 April 2020 the prohibition on letting properties with an EPC rating of F and G will be extended to cover all relevant properties, even where there has been no change of tenancy. Landlords with properties assessed at EPC F and G must now improve the property rating to E or register an exemption if they want to continue to let it.REMOVAL OF COST EXEMPTIONThe validity of all existing exemption Tags: Epc, Energy, Changes, Prices, April-2020, England, Wales

First Time Buyers - Discount On New Homes

By published on 27/02/2020  

A new scheme being proposed by the Government will allow first-time buyers to buy new-build homes with a 30% discount.The First Homes scheme will give people in England the chance to buy a home in their local area for nearly a third less than the market price, saving them an average of nearly £100,000.Key workers, such as nurses, police officers, firefighters, and teachers, as well as armed Tags: First, Time, Buyer, Discount, New, First, Home

A Positive 2019 For The Housing Market

By published on 29/01/2020  

The housing market appears to have ended 2019 on a positive note according to the National Association for Estate Agents.Its latest market data shows that in December the number of sales agreed per member branch fell, as is usually the case at Christmas, from seven in November to six.But year-on-year however, the number of sales agreed has increased, from five sales agreed in both December 2017 an Tags: Property, Market

Looking to Invest in Property?

By published on 06/01/2020  

If you’re looking to invest your money in property that you want to see go up in value, then choose a house or flat in an up and coming area. Buy before prices rise and watch your investment grow as the area becomes more desirable.Sounds like a good plan? So how do you find an up and coming area? Looking for the following criteria is a great start to your search:Transport LinksIf the area al Tags: Investing, Property

Make Your Home Ready To Sell

By published on 02/12/2019  

If you’ve decided to put your home on the market, then you’re probably thinking about sprucing it up before potential buyers start to call. You don’t need to spend a huge amount of money to make your home more appealing to potential buyers. We have put together some short handy tips to improve the look and feel of your home without breaking the bank.De-ClutterYour home will appea Tags: Selling, Property

Renting Demand For All Adult Age Ranges On The Rise

By published on 04/11/2019  

New research from an international law firm FTI Consulting shows that the rental sector in major UK cities is now changing its demographic make-up and including far more retirees than ever before. The study surveyed 6,500 people living and working in three British cities as well as 200 estate agents and developers to get their findings.As we know the national rental market is now larger than ever, Tags: Renting, Property

What To Do With Your Spare Monthly Income

By published on 10/10/2019  

The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously to hold the Bank Rate at 0.75 percent during its September policy meeting, as widely expected. The bank also reaffirmed its pledge to gradual and limited rate rises in the event of greater clarity that the economy is on a path to a smooth Brexit, and assuming some recovery in global growth.Interest rates may have gone up slightl Tags: Money, Property, Interest Rates

Home Surveys - What Type Do You Need?

By published on 03/09/2019  

Home surveys are a good way of finding out if the property you want to buy has any problems or issues. It will help you to decide whether to go ahead with a property purchase if any red flags show up. There are various types of property survey you can choose from. Here is a short guide to each one so you know what to expect:Full Structural SurveyThis is the most expensive survey and the one that p Tags: Surveys, Property

Good News For First Time Buyers

By published on 05/08/2019  

As we all know, getting on the property ladder can be extremely difficult for many people. Deposit levels have gradually increased since the global financial crisis in 2008 – the average first time buyer deposit ranges from £79,000 in London to £15,449 in Liverpool – assuming that you put down a 10 per cent deposit.In good news the income required for first time buyers to b Tags: First Time Buyer, Housing Market, Property

Top Tips For Making An Offer

By published on 12/07/2019  

So, you’ve decided to make your move onto the property ladder and finally found the house that you love. You want to make an offer for it but aren’t sure where to start.Well firstly, a sellers asking price isn’t necessarily the amount a property will be sold for, in most cases people are willing to drop from the asking price. To stand a better chance of having your offer accepted Tags: Property, Offer

The Race For Number 10 Is On

By published on 15/06/2019  

It’s now a race for number 10 with Theresa May’s resignation sparking much debate over who will be next in power at Downing Street. Depending on which party gets in to power could have a huge impact on the UK housing market over the course of the next few years, so who and what are the implications?Boris Johnson, the favourite candidate to become the next Prime Minister has pledged to Tags: London Property, Brexit, Politics

Buying Your First London Home

By published on 17/05/2019  

Want to know what to expect why buying your first property? We have put together 10 helpful tips on what you will need to do and think about when buying the property.1. Know your budget:To get a sense of how much you can afford, then talk to a mortgage adviser. We can point you in the right direction with this, through them you will need to apply for an “Agreement in Principle” from th Tags: New Home, Buying, First Time Buyer

Stop Waiting On Brexit To Sell Your Home

By published on 15/04/2019  

You’ve been wanting to sell your home and have been waiting with bated breath for the end of March, only to be disappointed that the Brexit negotiations were extended, and uncertainty remains. Timing can be a critical factor when deciding to sell a house but if you’re waiting for Britain to leave the EU and things to settle down before making your move, then you could be waiting for a Tags: Brexit, Property, Selling

Property Transactions Figures Increase Pre Brexit

By published on 22/03/2019  

Brexit is upon us and the uncertainty remains. How will the deal play out and will it still be the 29th March that sees the UK leave the EU? No matter how you voted everyone’s eye is keenly on the Prime Minister and the next few months will answer many of our questions.One thing for certain is that Brexit will affect every single person in our country both personally and also in the workplac Tags: Property, Brexit

Moving To London For The First Time

By published on 20/02/2019  

Once you are here and settled, London is a fantastic place to live. If you haven’t lived in this sprawling metropolis before then where do you start and what hints and tips can we offer as Londoners ourselves?1. Accommodation in London is expensive:Regardless of where you decided to move in London, it is expensive. Be prepared for the cost of buying or renting and do your research into wheth Tags: London, First Time

UK Housing Market Still Benefitting From Help To Buy

By published on 18/01/2019  

It’s not been an easy year within the housing market and one of the slowest in recent times. With uncertainly around Brexit, this shows no sign of abating in the coming months so many businesses are cost cutting as a result.There are however some firms in the UK property sector such as Persimmon who are riding the crest of a wave on the back of the governments ‘Help To Buy’ schem Tags: Housing Market, Help To Buy

Top Tips For Buying Your Dream Home

By published on 04/01/2019  

It’s more than likely going to be the most expensive purchase you’re ever going to make, so why not try to guarantee you are making the most informed decision you can. When buying your dream home, you can be led by the heart, but with the amount of money at stake use your head to cover all basis before putting in that all important offer.Below is a list of our top 10 hints and tips to Tags: New Home, Property, Buying, Top Tips

Don’t Panic About Brexit Just Yet

By published on 20/12/2018  

With Brexit fast approaching, the uncertainty of the London housing market continues to be a hot topic of conversation around the city. What will it mean when Britain finally leaves the EU in March of 2019?According to Land registry figures there has been a dip in London property sales in the two years since the EU referendum, mostly due to people being slightly wary of selling their ho Tags: Property, Estate Agents, Brexit

Right to Buy Scheme: expanding in England, shut down in Scotland…

By Tom Hague published on 09/08/2016  

Wales is set to join Scotland in scrapping the right for council tenants to buy their homes. In the 37 years since the scheme launched in 1979, two million homes have been sold to their tenants – many of whom have sold them on at a substantial profit, or let them.Now, as the Conservative government expands the scheme in England, the devolved administrations of Scotland and Wales are halting the sc

London Mayor’s Housing policy

By Tom Hague published on 26/05/2016  

Sadiq Khan, the new London Mayor, says that his biggest priority is to build thousands more homes every year. “Our capital needs more than 50,000 new homes a year – yet Boris Johnson built barely half that number.” He also vows to create a living rent and improve the private rented sector in the Capital. This sounds good, most property professionals would agree… but is it possible?Miles Gibson, He

Housing market activity bouyant in January

By Tom Hague published on 17/02/2016  

The New Year has proved to be a catalyst for house-hunters looking to buy or rent property, new data suggests. Moneypenny reports that there was a significant rise in the volume of calls to estate and letting agents to request property viewings in January. The telephone answering specialist reported that there was a 70.8 per cent increase in the volume of calls handled last month compared with Dec

UK House Prices Set To Rise in 2016

By Tom Hague published on 26/01/2016  

With record-low interest rates for at least another few months and housing supply set to remain low, the general consensus among households across the UK is that property prices will increase in 2016, albeit at a slower rate than in 2015. The latest data from the House Price Sentiment Index (HSPI) from Knight Frank and Markit Economics found that house price growth this year is expected to be led

UK property sales hit 16-month high

By Tom Hague published on 21/10/2015  

Residential property sales have improved across the UK, reaching a 16-month high in September, the latest index report from RICS has revealed.It was the fifth month in a row that agreed sales rose, with the greatest increases over the month witnessed in the North, East Anglia and Scotland.According to RICS, this was the sixth consecutive month that the number of new buyer enquiries has increased,

First-time buyers activity hits pre recession high

By Tom Hague published on 02/09/2015  

There was a sharp increase in the volume of first-time buyers in the UK in July, as the prospect of a rise in mortgage borrowing costs encouraged more young purchasers to acquire their first home.The latest First Time Buyer Tracker index from Your Move and Reeds Rains reveals that the number of first-time buyers reached their highest level in July since the recession, paying £161,985, on average,

Housing Demand Soared to 11 year high

By Tom Hague published on 04/08/2015  

The UK housing market continues to be propped up by growing demand from buyers, which the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) says is now an 11-year high, fuelled by greater political stability, a strengthening domestic economy, record-low mortgage borrowing rates, rising employment levels and Government housing schemes such as Help to Buy.The NAEA’s latest monthly report found 439 house

Property Demand Continues to Soar

By Tom Hague published on 03/07/2015  

With uncertainty regarding the outcome of the general election over, demand to buy and rent property rose sharply in May, according to the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), but property supply is not keeping pace.The NAEA report that demand from buyers hit an eight-month high last month, with 383 house hunters registered on avera

Labour Proposes Housing Bond to Develop 125,000 new homes

By Tom Hague published on 08/04/2015  

Labour plans to introduce a housing bond system to generate up to £5 billion to fund the construction of up to 125,000 new homes if elected at next month’s General Election, the party has said.Using the Help To Buy ISA, which was announced for first-time buyers by the Chancellor, George Osborne,as part of his Budget last month, the new bond scheme would enable house builders to develop significant

Housing Industry welcomes chancellor's boost for homebuyers

By Tom Hague published on 25/03/2015  

First-time property purchasers saving for a deposit will be given a 25 per cent financial top up from the Government, George Osborne (right) announced in last week’s Budget statement, much to the delight of many property professionals.Many industry experts are pleased that the Chancellor has recognised the need to provide yet more support for homebuyers by announcing the launch of a Help to Buy IS

Stamp Duty Land Tax - The Facts

By Tom Hague published on 04/12/2014  

The details of the Stamp Duty Land Tax Reform announced as part of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement are available on the NAEA website. With almost immediate effect, the structure, rates and thresholds have been changed to deliver a more efficient and fairer system. Transitional rules apply where contracts are exchanged before 4 December but the transaction completes on or after that date. In that

Number of house hunters at a 10 year high

By Tom Hague published on 07/11/2014  

The number of people actively looking to buy property in September reached the highest level since 2004, the latest Housing Market Report from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) shows. The NAEA report for September found that member agents reported an average of 406 house hunters at each branch – the highest number recorded since October 2004, when an average of 511 buyers were repor

House price growth expectations hits 13 month low

By Tom Hague published on 24/09/2014  

The House Price Sentiment Index (HPSI) from Knight Frank and Markit Economics, which surveyed 1,500 households, found that 26.7 per cent of respondents felt that the value of their home had appreciated over the past month, while 5.5 per cent reported a decline. This gave the HPSI a reading of 60.6, the 18thconsecutive month that the reading has been above 50. Nevertheless, the reading was down on

Mortgage lending for house purchase at highest since 2008

By Tom Hague published on 21/08/2014  

There were £19.1bn worth of home purchase mortgages in July – the highest monthly figure since the property market collapsed in August 2008. According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, lending to home buyers was 7% higher in July than in June, and up 15% on July last year. In August 2008, lending for house purchase was £19.3bn. The CML said it concludes that a “robust market” is emerging after t

PWC warn house prices set to rise sharply

By Tom Hague published on 15/07/2014  

Recent property price rises may be starting to moderate, but the UK housing market still offers plenty more room for longer-term growth as far as prices are concerned, according to big four accounting firm PwC. A study by PwC said UK house prices are likely to appreciate by an average of 35 per cent in the next six years as demand from buyers continue to outstrip the supply of housing coming onto
House prices have risen by 31.5% in London since the last General Election, but by just 0.16% across the rest of England and Wales. Since May 2010, average house prices in the capital have risen by £103,323 on average from £331,711 in 2010 to £435,034 this year. This means that someone who purchased a property in London four years ago has had the equivalent of a second income of £25,830. However,

Get moving with Help to Buy

By Tom Hague published on 11/04/2014  

Help to Buy is a government scheme that means you could move home with a deposit as low as 5%. Whether you're taking your first step onto the property ladder or moving up a rung, Rightmove have put together everything you need to know about the two options available: Mortgage Guarantee and Equity Loan.

General Election

By Tom Hague

With the General Election in sight, its only right to look at the plans for housing. This has been a major topic discussed at length, with all main parties announcing various pledges in their manifestos. But other than the battle to become the next resident at number 10, what does this all mean for us?Land and property experts are saying that it’s not right to buy or help for first time buyers tha
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