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KEYWORD "First Home" - 126 RESULTS
London exodus: Record share of first-time buyers look beyond the capital

A record share of buyers are leaving London to purchase their first home, research shows. Analysis by Hamptons found that a record...

01 August 2022

From: Breaking News

First-time buyer asking prices and rents rise three times faster than pre-pandemic

Asking prices for typical first-time buyer homes and equivalent rents have risen three times faster compared with the pre-pandemic years, Rightmove...

25 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Property market questions pace and funding of PM's housing reforms

Property professionals and MPs were left wanting more after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s much-anticipated housing announcements yesterday. Johnson yesterday promised a review...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Platinum Jubilee: Agency windows given a royal refresh

Agents from Leaders are getting into the Platinum Jubilee spirit across the country. The brand’s branches have added a royal touch to...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers need a 112% larger deposit compared with 10 years ago

It is no longer significantly cheaper to rent compared with making monthly mortgage payments, Rightmove claims, but raising a deposit remains...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers ‘don’t know enough about mortgages’

A lack of mortgage knowledge could be holding buyers back, research claims. A survey of more than 1,000 consumers by Nottingham Building...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Insight - is it Time to Stamp Out SDLT?

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) has long been the bugbear of many property transactions. Even the very wealthy will lose interest...

07 May 2022

From: Features

Long-term mortgages 'boosting sales but storing future issues' - warning

The pandemic may have helped first-time buyers get on the property ladder sooner but are they paying too high a price? Research...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Consumer confidence drops sharply amongst potential buyers

The Building Societies Association’s regular confidence tracker about the housing market shows rising pessimism over interest rates, the escalating cost of...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Ukraine crisis will put brakes on runaway housing market, warns analyst

Despite the latest Halifax house price index showing a 10.8 per cent annual rise, a leading housing market analyst is warning...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Success for young PropTech founder helping first time buyers

A young entrepreneur has won an award for creating an online service making it simpler for couples to buy their first...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive rise in first time buyers’ contribution to housing market

There’s been a huge rise in the amount of money contributed to the housing market by first time buyers. They paid over...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency increasingly vital to buyers - claim

Features often overlooked by agents and buyers now, such as double glazing and insulation, are likely to become high up on...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Property TV star tells first time buyers to give up lattes and Netflix

Outspoken TV property expert Kirstie Allsopp has told first time buyers they may have to sacrifice lattes, Netflix and gym membership...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New housing market boom as one-in-five want to buy this year

Results of a study of 2,000 adults suggest that almost one in five of them want to buy or invest in...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

First time buyer average age creeps up across UK

The average age at which someone buys their first home has risen to 32, up from 29 in 2011 and is...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – my predictions for the property market in 2022

As this is the first Natter back since the Christmas break, I should like to first wish all our readers a...

15 January 2022

From: Features

Property Wealth Tax proposed by former agency boss

A wealth tax on overseas owners of UK homes could raise £5 billion a year to help local people buy their...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stand By - upsizers committing to move as agents return to work

As agents return to work after the Christmas break, here’s an insight into possible new instructions. A quarter of owners apparently think...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Sellers flee London in record numbers as market elsewhere booms

This year, Londoners purchased 112,780 homes outside the capital, the highest number since 2007. New data, from Connells-owned agency Hamptons, shows that...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring price of first time buyer homes outstrip wages

The average first-time buyer’s home across Britain has increased in price by approaching £9,000 a year for the past decade. FTBs are...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Portals hit out at lack of details over pledges for new homes

There’s been some cynicism amongst the industry in response to new homes promises made by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in yesterday’s Budget. Sunak...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

How technology can shape the customer experience beyond 2021

2021 redefined what it meant to offer exceptional customer experiences for consumers across multiple industries, but particularly for the residential property...

13 October 2021

From: Features

The Modern Method of Auction is fast, transparent and the future

The Modern Method of Auction (MMoA), also known as Conditional auction, can sometimes get a bad rap. However, much of the...

13 October 2021

From: Features

How the 2021 consumer will impact the residential property industry

The property industry and its many stakeholders are key participants in a global digital transformation that has been underway for quite...

09 October 2021

From: Features

How affordable is it to buy a new-build house?

Affordability has always been a hot topic when it comes to the property market, and this is doubly true for first-time...

22 September 2021

From: Features

Part exchange – why agents should be including it as part of their pitch to developers

It’s certainly the case that awareness of part exchange isn’t very high in the property and agency world, despite the potential...

22 September 2021

From: Features

Phil Spencer - Why agents MUST get their communications right

Day in, day out, I see how good estate agents really are.  Whether it’s in my day job on Location, Location, Location...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour politicians blasted over “unsustainable” house prices

A nationalist party has blasted a Labour government in one national region of the UK for its lack of intervention in...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t expect a quiet August, says senior estate agent

If you were hoping for a summer lull during August, think again. That’s the messages from Nicky Stevenson, managing director of Fine...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

First time buyers flee London in record numbers

Londoners purchased over 60,000 homes outside of the capital in the first half of 2021 - and many of those buyers...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

The post-Covid outlook: what next for the lettings market?

Our long-awaited ‘Freedom Day’ approaches. From Monday all of the restrictions, introduced since the Covid-19 pandemic made an impact across the...

17 July 2021

From: Features

Labour condemns “failed approach” of stamp duty holiday

Labour says the stamp duty holiday is an example of the government’s “failed approach” to home ownership and housing affordability. Labour’s Shadow...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Can the property market sustain its current momentum?

The property market is currently in a unique position where the number of house hunters looking for their next home is...

19 June 2021

From: Features

Agents back First Homes - but should government do more to boost supply?

Agents have given their backing to the government’s First Homes initiative, offering discounted houses for local people and key workers and...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark heaps praise on government’s First Homes policy

Propertymark has thrown its weight behind the government’s First Homes initiative, describing it as “creative” and saying it’s a sign of...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Bonanza: biggest lender yet offers 95% loans

Nationwide Building Society is to become the largest mortgage provider to reintroduce 95 per cent Loan-to-Value home loans without government support.  These...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Pro-Ownership and Anti-NIMBY laws likely in Queen’s Speech

Government leaks ahead of today’s Queen’s Speech suggest a major planning shake-up is set to stop NIMBY objectors to new homes. News...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - now, where are my Plus Fours?

Hello and welcome to Agents Do Charity as we are on the threshold of May why not get on to the...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

SDLT not a problem for most first time buyers even as holiday ends

Some 80 per cent of the property market will remain free of stamp duty for first-time buyers, even after the current...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Up to 40% of homes for sale are chain-free in parts of UK

New research shared with Estate Agent Today suggest that in areas of the country almost four in 10 homes for sale...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Boom Goes On: index shows market “resurgence”

The Chancellor’s decision to extend the stamp duty holiday has “put a spring in the step" of the housing market according...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

First time buying cheaper than renting - if you have the deposit

First time buyers are now saving more than £800 a year in comparison with tenants, new analysis suggests.  The Halifax says the...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Chain-free properties boom as sellers rent ahead of next move

Data from Rightmove suggests a sharp increase in the number of chain-free properties on the market because sellers are increasingly willing...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: government clarifies Budget announcement

The government has issued an official note to detail the announcement made yesterday by Chancellor Rishi Sunak regarding stamp duty holiday...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday allows older owners give more help to younger

Older homeowners gifted an average of £42,500 to younger relatives to help them buy in the past year, according to new...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Blow for first time buyers - Affordability at its worst for 10 years

Affordability across the housing market is at its worst for 10 years according to an analysis by a London agency. Benham and Reeves...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Warren Buffett’s estate agency launches UK television ad campaign

The UK outlet of Warren Buffett's estate agency empire is launching its first TV advert in this country.  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kay &...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

You guessed it…10 things to watch for in 2021

Here’s hoping you managed to have as good a Christmas and New Year as Covid rules allowed. Journalism in early January is...

02 January 2021

From: Features

“Deplorable” government slammed for years of housing problems

A scathing document produced by MPs slams the government for its “deplorable” housing policies which are "invented, abandoned and reinvented" -...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - spotlight on independents: the backbone of our industry

Firstly, let’s get the obvious out of the way. Lockdown 2, as it’s being known, is now with us, but fortunately...

07 November 2020

From: Features

Mortgage struggles and house-buying complexity hit first timers

A new survey reveals the uphill struggle first time buyers appear to be having in securing a mortgage. A study of 1,000...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

We’re left behind! First time buyers hit by Coronavirus impact

Almost half of the country’s first time buyers say their plans have been delayed - or worse - thanks to Coronavirus,...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

First time buyers lose out whatever happens to house prices - claim

Many young people are stuck unable to purchase their first home even if house prices fall in the wake of the...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: 30% discount for first time buyers under new scheme

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed that the First Homes scheme will provide newly built homes at a 30 per cent...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax - could it be applied to first homes over £500,000?

Speculation is mounting that Capital Gains Tax could for the first time be applied to gains made when owners sell first...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as property industry titan dies suddenly

One of the highest profile and most widely respected figures in the British property industry has died suddenly. He was 72. Tony...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

London Labour council opposes 30% discount for first time buyers

A Labour council in London has come out against the government’s plan to offer 30 per cent discounts to first time...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

The final stages of Section 24 – where does this leave the PRS?

This month saw the introduction of the final stages of the Section 24 tax changes, first introduced in April 2017. Whereas buy-to-let...

18 April 2020

From: Features

House prices to drop 10% thanks to virus, warns OnTheMarket partner

A mortgage broker that’s just become a partner of OnTheMarket is warning that house prices are likely to fall 10 per...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Affordability crunch means most first time buyers quit home towns

A survey suggests that 77 per cent of first time buyers do not purchase their initial property in the same town...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Consumer group concerned over 30% cut price First Home scheme

The HomeOwners Alliance, a leading property consumer group, has now suggested it has some concerns about the government’s First Homes scheme. This...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Consumer champion backs 30% discount scheme for local first timers

One of the leading consumer groups has backed the government’s controversial First Homes policy, which aims to give 30 per cent...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

30% Discounts: good idea but...er…how will they work?

Not for the first time, a government policy on housing ends up begging more questions than it provides answers - but...

08 February 2020

From: Features

Discounted homes for first time buyers scheme unveiled by government

The government has announced its First Homes scheme - a policy under which it says some new homes will see their...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

How can agents build an inclusive rental society and trust with tenants?

We are facing a new world in the lettings industry, with the proportion of households in the private rented sector (PRS)...

08 January 2020

From: Features

The Whole Nine Miles - the distance of a typical house move in 2019

The typical house move in 2019 turned out to be just nine miles - and large numbers of buyers moved within...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Good news for market as first time buyer numbers hit 12-year high

First time buyers reached an estimated 353,436 in 2019, the highest level since 2007. This is the fifth time in six years...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

30% ‘first timer’ discount: Top agent’s key questions for government

A former residential chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has posed key questions for the government to answer over...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Details of 30% discounts for 'First Home' local buyers revealed

The government has given details of a scheme allowing 30 per cent reductions for what it calls ‘local first time buyers’...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

The changing profile of first-time buyers

Recent Zoopla reports stating that first-time buyers are deciding against purchasing one-bedroom flats came as no surprise to me, or I’m...

23 November 2019

From: Features

Election 2019: what agents should expect from the main parties

It’s on - although judging by the early lack of enthusiasm amongst the British public, you might be forgiven for thinking...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris and the house moving process - O Lucky Man!

There are many adjectives that can be applied to Boris Johnson, probably very few of them complimentary, but there’s one that...

26 October 2019

From: Features

Stamp duty and easier mortgages help first time buyers select larger homes

First time buyers will constitute the largest single group of purchasers in 2019, despite the apparent difficulties of deposits and securing...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Is Help to Buy a friend or foe to the property market?

It’s been six years since the Help to Buy scheme was launched, with the honourable intentions of helping more people onto...

07 September 2019

From: Features

Brexit not deterring first time buyers - but mortgage length is soaring

Brexit is not deterring first time buyers this year according to an analysis by the Yorkshire Building Society. It says that despite...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - on our greatest summer weekend of sport…

Once a year you might be perfectly justified in putting your feet up for a weekend and enjoying some great sport...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Praise for estate agency diversifying into equity release

Specialist providers catering for the over-50s has welcomed a move by high-end estate agency Knight Frank to move into equity release. Commenting...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Hope for first time buyers as affordability improves in UK's big cities

The income required for first time buyers to purchase in the three most expensive UK cities has fallen slightly according to...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Commonhold in action – one small builder’s attempts to change the system

So far in our contribution to the campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold we have outlined the stories of some of...

18 May 2019

From: Features

Silver lining for housing market as first time buyer numbers rise

There’s a silver lining to another set of stodgy housing market figures - at least one sector, for those buying their...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Capturing tenants when they convert to buyers

With the UK population spending longer in rental accommodation, due to the upfront expense of buying a home, their time and...

01 May 2019

From: Features

Why age-proofing homes could lead to market stagnation

A survey by the Centre for Ageing Better recently showed that 72% of people want to see every new home built...

16 March 2019

From: Features

Agents slam “regurgitated rhetoric” in Hammond’s damp squib statement

Estate agents have responded cynically to the small-fry property sector announcements made by Chancellor Phillip Hammond in yesterday’s spring statement mini-Budget. Overshadowed...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

First time buyers slam fees for mortgages, removers and conveyancers

Half of first time buyers say they made expensive mistakes during their process of purchasing their home, with mortgage brokers, removal...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ problems won’t deter investors, insists rival online agency

Online agency platform Love2move insists that its current bid to attract investors will not be damaged by the adverse publicity surrounding...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Good market news at last as first time buyer borrowers hit a 12-year high

After several days of gloomy market news, here's something more optimistic - there were 370,000 new first time buyer mortgages completed in...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents' fees unchanged in past year but moving costs hit record high

An annual study of transaction charges shows that house moving costs are now at a record average high of almost £10,000...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

A new approach to data can empower Generation Rent to buy

Purchasing a property. It’s a key life goal that so many Millennials aspire to - yet one that has become frustratingly...

02 February 2019

From: Features

On second thoughts…not all government legislation is bad

I often speak of my wish to see property taken out of the hands of politicians. Indeed, this is likely to...

19 January 2019

From: Features

£7.29 TRILLION - amazing value of UK’s fast-growing housing stock

There may be a cloud over the economy right now but growth of 2.7 per cent in house prices last year...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Londoners cash in their equity and spend £30 billion on homes across the UK

Londoners paid some £30 billion on homes elsewhere in the UK this year - the highest amount since 2007. A report from...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Guess how much first timers need to earn to buy in a major city...

The income first-time buyers need to purchase a home in the UK’s largest cities has shot up by 18 per cent...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

A third of first time buyers from London move away to purchase

Some 31 per cent of first time buyers residing in London ended up moving away from the capital to purchase a...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty - first time buyer confusion 'shows need for a simple system'

A respected mortgage broker has found that there is widespread public uncertainty amongst the public about the effects of stamp duty...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Not just Mum and Dad - more evidence that families help people move

Many existing homeowners wanting to trade up now rely on financial help from family and friends to help make the jump...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London vs the rest of the UK - first-time buyers spending double

Average first-time buyers in London spend double the amount paid by those across the rest of Britain. A typical London buyer now...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Study exposes how little first time buyers actually know about buying

A new study reveals precisely how little first time buyers apparently understand about the buying process.  In a survey of 500 people...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

First time sellers must find average of £136,000 to move to their next home

A survey by Lloyds Bank has revealed that the average ‘first time seller’ requires very nearly £136,000 to bridge the gap...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Consultation underway on first time buyer duty relief in Scotland

Scotland is considering giving first time buyers relief or exemption from Land and Buildings Transaction Tax - the replacement for stamp...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market analysis: what is the outlook for 2018?

A range of factors - including fierce competition under the supplied housing market, rising property prices and political uncertainty – have...

08 February 2018

From: Sponsored Content

First time buyers 'typically purchase for £5,300 below asking price'

A poll of over 2,500 first time buyers suggests that on average they pay £5,300 less than the asking price -...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says buyers take eight minutes to decide to purchase

Foxtons says it takes just eight minutes for a purchaser to know whether they will go ahead with buying a home.  The...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property industry reacts to the Autumn Budget

Earlier this week, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the Autumn Budget with a strong focus on housing.  The decision to cut stamp duty...

25 November 2017

From: Features

Call for auto-enrolment to help first time buyers save for deposits

Employers and government should introduce auto-enrolment of monthly salaries to allow people aged 18 to 40 to save for deposits on...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the falling leaves edition...

It’s not just that the days are shortening and the occasional smell of smoke lingers in the evening - the weather...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

The market’s missing homemovers

It appears activity in the housing market in 2017 will be around 15% down on 2016. The number of housing transactions...

16 September 2017

From: Features

Three reasons why we need stamp duty reform

Whenever any research is released, part of me can’t help thinking of that old adage, ‘lies, damn lies and statistics’ especially...

02 September 2017

From: Features

'Second Steppers' face bigger challenge than first time buyers - claim

Homeowners ready to take their second step up the property ladder say it's harder than getting on it in the first...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild says first white-labelled auction wins £18,000 commission for agent

The Guild of Property Professionals says the first sale through its white-labelled Guild Auctions operations has produced over £18,000 in commissions...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost 2m would stay together 'unhappy' if it meant they could buy

Some 1.8m UK adults have stayed or would stay in a relationship chiefly in order to get on the housing ladder,...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Solo first time buyers - should they purchase with friends instead?

We’ve had the Bank of Mum and Dad so is the next big thing to hit the market a growing number...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Not just first timers - many 'second steppers' need parental help to buy

New research suggests the Bank of Mum and Dad is now helping so-called ‘second steppers’ - existing owners moving up the...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Will it work? Owner bids to sell home via Facebook Live viewing

Online estate agency Housesimple says it is aiming to sell the first home in the UK via a viewing on Facebook...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

General election 2017: Facing the UK’s housing crisis

Theresa May’s call for a snap general election on June 8 took many by surprise. But estate agents have been broadly...

03 June 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the getting-close-to-Easter edition

It’s peak business season for many agents right now and yet they still have time to do good work for charities...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Total number of homemovers fell during 2016

There were an estimated 354,000 homemovers in 2016, a fall of 4% compared to the 367,000 recorded the previous year. Analysis by...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market defies Brexit jitters as rates hit record lows

Fears raised over the UK housing market in the wake of the Brexit vote have so far proved to be ‘wide...

30 September 2016

From: Features

The future looks bright for Bristol

A campaign has been launched to make Bristol the colour capital of the UK by ensuring that more homes are painted...

02 September 2016

From: Features

Education, Education, Education – and renting and buying, too

So what is it with young people failing to stand up for themselves and not making the most of their money...

20 May 2016

From: Features

Housing guru demolishes Shelter 'scaremongering' on first time buyers

Respected housing analyst Kate Faulkner is accusing campaigning charity Shelter of ignoring key facts and scaremongering about the alleged difficulties of...

20 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents say first time buyer numbers up despite surge in landlord purchases

The numbers of households purchasing their first home has grown by almost seven per cent annually, despite the surge in buy...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Chris Rundle, Managing Director of GK Signs

Who are you?  Chris Rundle, What does it say on your business card? Managing Director of GK Signs.  How long has GK Signs...

07 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Labour hopeful wants price-capped homes for first time buyers

David Lammy, one of six contenders for the Labour nomination for next year’s Mayor of London election, says he wants to...

02 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Joshua Rayner, Managing Director of Rayner Personnel & Estate Agency All-Stars

Who are you? Joshua Rayner MIRP What does it say on your business card? Managing Director of Rayner Personnel & Estate Agency...

09 July 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

First time buyers miss out as buy to let booms says Connells

The post-election period has triggered a flurry of interest in buy to let but a sharp decline in business from first...

11 June 2015

From: Breaking News

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