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KEYWORD "First Time Buyers" - 176 RESULTS
Agents should ‘counter media idea that it's an unaffordable market’

A housing market expert says agents should be more pro-active and explain to the public that contrary to popular belief, some...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist

The housing industry has set out a list of demands in advance of the government’s hotly anticipated Autumn Budget on Wednesday.  Despite...

18 November 2017

From: Features

A Short history of Stamp Duty

British politics is extraordinarily volatile right now and the ongoing battle between austerity and anti-austerity, Leave and Remain, and Conservative and...

18 November 2017

From: Features

easyProperty backs switch in stamp duty for first time buyers

easyProperty, the online agency, says stamp duty should be paid by sellers and not by first time buyers. The online firm’s head...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New portal targets agents to sell and let ex-council flats and houses

A new portal has been launched aimed at marketing ex-council properties for sale or to let through agencies.  Ex-Council.com says it is...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

First time buyers massively over-estimate purchasing costs, says bank

Two thirds of first time buyers over-estimate the cost of purchasing a home according to a survey from the NatWest. The NatWest’s...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Savills' gloomy market warning on sentiment, Brexit and interest rates

Savills has given a pessimistic outlook for the mainstream housing market for the next five years.  It says average house prices across...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy inflating new build prices, says research chief

The residential research associate director of Cushman & Wakefield says there is now evidence that the Help to Buy equity loan...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: pressure building on government for more reforms

Pressure is continuing to build on the government to reform stamp duty in next month’s Budget. Firstly a group of senior financial...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 40% of parents can't afford to help offspring buy a home

Some 41 per cent of parents are not in a position to provide any financial support towards helping their child get...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Stamp duty reform at heart of NAEA's ideas for next month's Budget

Stamp duty reform lies at the heart of the submission by the National Association of Estate Agents ahead of next month’s...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Prominent Tory wants stamp duty switched from buyers to sellers

Conservative MP John Stevenson is the latest to throw his weight behind switching the burden of stamp duty from the buyer...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry criticism of Tories' monumental mistake in boosting Help To Buy

Figures in the property industry have sharply criticised the announcement made at the Conservative party conference to pump an estimated £10...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Forget Mum and Dad - now first time buyers can crowdfund deposits

An online platform has been launched with the aim of allowing first time buyers to seek crowdfunding to raise enough cash...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-NAEA chief tells government stamp duty should be paid by sellers

Simon Gerrard, a past president of the National Association of Estate Agents, has called on the government to switch the burden...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Summer stock levels were lowest for at least 15 years - NAEA

Stock levels for estate agents at the height of summer were their lowest for at least 15 years according to the...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

First time buyers should ponder more options, urges mortgage analyst

Independent financial service Moneyfacts says first time buyers who opt for a fixed rate deal might be better off if they chose...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

'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

No crash but London market stalls 'thanks to Brexit, economy, taxes'

Ten out of 14 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News say Brexit and economic uncertainty are likely to stall London’s housing market...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents broadly welcome better-than-expected mortgage data

New data from UK Finance - previously the Council of Mortgage Lenders - paints a relatively optimistic assessment of the UK-wide...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

First time buyers more active, says Connells, but Brexit clouds linger

Almost half of all property purchase valuations last month were conducted on behalf of first-time buyers according to Connells - well...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Government tries to stamp out speculation over Help To Buy

The government has poured cold water over industry speculation that Help To Buy could be phased out or significantly modified between...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy: is the government about to scrap or modify it?

The government is thought to be reviewing Help To Buy which, it is claimed, could end with the scheme being scrapped...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed: how many homes buyers view before making an offer...

Well over a third of buyers will view between four and eight houses before putting an offer in on their choice,...

07 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

Bounce-back: NAEA reports market recovering from election

The latest figures from NAEA Propertymark suggest that the market is bouncing back after its hiatus during the General Election and...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency chief condemns Theresa May's housing disaster

First time buyers have finances stretched beyond their means, buy to let is attracting fewer investors because of taxes, and affordability...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Senior agent undeterred by downbeat Halifax house price index

Former RICS residential chief Jeremy Leaf says he is not downcast by the latest Halifax house price index which shows prices...

10 July 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

An inconvenient truth - Help To Buy mostly helps the better off

Government schemes like Help To Buy, supposedly assisting more people get on the ladder, have little impact on improving social mobility...

04 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

Over 285,000 use Help To Buy to purchase homes, says government

Figures released by the government suggest that over 285,000 people, including 240,000 first time buyers, have used one or more of...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Another report urges Bank of Mum and Dad to fund next generation

A new report, conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research for the financial services group Legal & General, claims...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Property needs to rise above politics now more than ever

“Housing policy should be in independent hands.” That was the conclusion of a panel debate that Andrews held, not recently, but two...

17 June 2017

From: Features

Just eight sales agreed per branch last month as election hits the market

The number of house hunters registered per estate agency branch fell last month to 381 - well down on its figure...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Good news - mortgage demand grows for the first time in six months

The overall mortgage market has grown in the past month according to e.surv - bringing to an end months of decline...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy ISAs 'offer little help to first time buyers' says Moneyfacts

First time buyers who were supposed to be helped by the high-profile Help To Buy ISA have in fact found it...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 250,000 'given up on owning a home' claims consumer group

Over 250,000 non-homeowners appear to have given up on the dream of owning their own property in the past year alone,...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

New homes must be marketed to Britons first, say Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have set a building target of 300,000 new homes a year, have pledged to scrap housing association Right...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

More mortgage products available now than at any time since 2008

There are more mortgage products available to buyers now than at any time since 2008 according to respected finance monitor service...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

First time buyers 'still missing out because of high deposits'

More than one in three first time buyers have missed out on potential home deals because their deposit was too small...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Split stamp duty between sellers and buyers, urges top agent

Trevor Abrahmsohn, one of London’s best known estate agents and a founder of OnTheMarket, says stamp duty should be split between...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Parental funding to help buyers rises 23% in just one year

Research from Legal & General and the Centre for Economic Business and Research says parents are to spend 23 per cent...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Supply drought goes on as NAEA declares stock level 'a record low'

The number of properties available to buy on agents’ books decreased to 39 last month - the lowest amount recorded for...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency figures show many more first time buyers entering the market

First time buyer registrations in the past month have jumped nearly 20 per cent across the UK and almost 30 per...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reports another record high for asking prices

The price of property coming to the market has hit anoher record high, up 1.1 per cent over the past month...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents 'must advise on property decisions - not just sell homes'

A prominent housing expert says estate agents must not merely sell homes but should become “lifelong consumer property advisors.” Kate Faulkner -...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Nearly half the public want help for downsizers to move home

A survey from a financial organisation suggests that nearly half of the UK public says they would support a government incentive...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Transaction levels to remain sluggish this year, warns top agency

Savills is warning that while low interest rates will probably keep house prices relatively static, transaction volumes are likely to remain...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Parents pay £825 for child's first owned home or £631 for first rental

A survey of 1,000 parents has apparently revealed just how much they pay when their offspring first leaves home to live...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

NAEA says sales at 10-year high - but most asking prices not met

The National Association of Estate Agents says the number of sales agreed rose to a 10 year high in February. The NAEA...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

What's wrong with using Bank of Mum and Dad? asks property guru

A leading housing market analyst has made a stout defence of the growing trend of young buyers relying on their parents...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

'Family Mortgage' idea for first time buyers provokes criticism

Nationwide has introduced what it calls a ‘Family Deposit Mortgage’ in a bid to help first time buyers. It is aimed at...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

First time buyers' problems set to continue, warns commission

The proportion of first time buyers relying on inherited wealth or loans from the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ has reached...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgages for buyers approach two-year low as market flattens

Data from the Council for Mortgage Lenders show that loans taken out by buyers have hit a near two-year low.   Home buyers...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Many first time buyers save for up to a decade for a deposit

Research from the consumer organisation Which? claims that first time buyers are typically saving for anything up to a decade for...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Why no stamp duty reform? Angry agents ask Hammond

Estate agents are angry that Chancellor Phillip Hammond made no attempt in his first Spring Budget to reform stamp duty -...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: another leading agent wants it to be a seller's tax

Jeremy Leaf, the London estate agent and former RICS residential chairman, is the latest industry figure to call for the government...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

A look into the future of the buy-to-let market

With tax relief changes, a rise in Stamp Duty for second homes and strict mortgage affordability checks now in place, it...

04 March 2017

From: Features

Budget 2017: Should stamp duty be a tax on sellers, not buyers?

An estate agent and a building society have both advocated radical moves to reform stamp duty - and want Chancellor Phillip...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Registered buyers up, property supply down says NAEA

The average number of prospective buyers registered in each branch in January was 425, a 10 per cent rise from December...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

London market: fewest mortgages for buyers since 1991

The number of home buyers in London dropped to a four-year low in 2016 while the number of loans taken out...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage rep in each agency branch boosts Connells figures

Connells Group’s mortgage services wing has recorded a 10 per cent increase in the number of mortgages in 2016 and has generated...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Borrowing by first time buyers hits record high

First-time buyers borrowed £5.1 billion from mortgage companies in December, far above the same month in 2015, and the highest December...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

A new way to buy? Mortgage lender offers to pay stamp duty

One of Britain’s biggest mortgage companies has come up with a new way to try to boost buying across the housing...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Drop in mortgage cash-backs available for first time buyers

Cash rebates with mortgages - seen by housing market analysts as a great sweetener for many cash-strapped first-time buyers - may now...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

What homes will we build – where will government policy go next?

Over 168,000 new homes were completed in the year to March 2016, according to data released by the government, over 15,500...

28 January 2017

From: Features

Experts give sceptical welcome to government new homes pledge

The government’s blizzard of New Year announcements about new homes has received a distinctly frosty welcome from many within the property...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Estate Agent Today - this is what's in store...

This is the final Estate Agent Today until Tuesday January 3 2017, so everyone at Angels Media sends all good wishes for...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Three year record high for proportion of homes sold below their asking prices

No fewer than 84 per cent of homes sold for less than their asking prices last month - the highest number...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing crisis: number of 25-year-old owners 'halved in past 20 years'

Home ownership rates among 25-year-olds have plummeted by more than half in 20 years, council leaders have warned.  New analysis for the...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Quote, unquote - What the industry said in 2016

Forecasts are so last year: who anticipated Bowie, Brexit or Balls for example? Quotes, on the other hand, really ARE last year...

17 December 2016

From: Features

House prices to stall next year 'but no Armageddon' promises NAEA

House prices will stall in 2017 and there won’t by any significant improvement in affordability for many hard-pressed buyers - but...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Transactions 60% down in some parts of London, admits agency

Transaction volumes across all of London are 48 per cent lower than they were a year ago, claims an estate agency...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

First time buyers have a lot to thank Help To Buy for says Moneyfacts

Moneyfacts, the independent financial products monitoring service, says first time buyer have a lot to thank Help To Buy for -...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Record sales to first time buyers in 'bounce back' market

Almost a third of total sales in October were to first time buyers according to the National Association of Estate Agents...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Good news for London market - mortgage demand up in third quarter

There’s good news for London’s troubled market - a report from the CML shows that buyers in the capital took out 12...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty change 'means HMRC to miss revenue target' says agency

Recent stamp duty changes have resulted in a substantial decline in transaction numbers and HM Revenue & Customs missing its revenue...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer claims older buyers priced out of traditional areas

A conveyancing firm says the buyers at former retirement hotspots such as seaside towns are getting younger because mainstream purchasers are obliged to...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgages, not more homes, key to increased home ownership

The long-awaited Redfern Review has recommended that improved access to mortgage finance and improved income levels for first time buyers are...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Long-awaited Redfern Review into housing expected tomorrow

Labour’s long-awaited Redfern Review, set up a year ago after the party’s defeat in the general election, finally reports tomorrow. Although it...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

First timer transactions drop despite 16% rise in buyer registrations

The average number of house hunters registered at each branch of the National Association of Estate Agents rose to 333 from 287...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Young London buyers may have to save 121 years for a deposit

A remarkable survey conducted by a crowdfunding platform suggests that young Londoners on an average annual salary of £34,320 may have to...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Live chat drives business on agency websites - claim

A website live chat provider claims research shows that the facility significantly influences activity amongst users of websites on which it...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Let’s take the higher ground on foreign workers and buyers

Some of this week’s headlines - ‘Firms must list foreign workers’ and ‘NHS to no longer rely on foreign doctors’ -...

07 October 2016

From: Features

Fierce critic of estate and letting agents to head anti-poverty charity

One of the country’s most outspoken critics of estate and letting agents is quitting his role as chief executive of Shelter...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

There's a property person in The Apprentice - and this is where she'll be living

The Apprentice returns this evening on BBC1 at 9pm and, as usual, there’s a property person amongst the 18 hopefuls seeking...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Crisis? - What Crisis? Surge in mortgages in 100 days since Brexit

Research from the consumer organisation Which? suggests that the number of mortgages on the market has increased by 13 per cent...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

No reprieve for Help To Buy mortgage scheme which ends this year

The government says its latest release of figures from its various Help to Buy schemes show that over 185,000 people have...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Leading Tory joins clamour for government to end Help To Buy ISA

An influential backbench Conservative MP is the latest to speak out, urging the government to resolve the growing argument over the...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Sharp drop in high-LTV mortgage choice for first time buyers

The number of 95 per cent loan to value mortgages available for first time buyers has dwindled 16 per cent in...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

NAEA wades into row over Help To Buy ISA 'deception' by government

The National Association of Estate Agents has waded into the row created by the revelation that the government’s Help To Buy...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy ISAs exposed as not helping first time deposits after all

The Daily Telegraph appears to have exposed the government’s much-vaunted Buy To Let ISA scheme - billed as helping first time...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventing the web needed vision; isn’t it the same for development?

This week, 25 years ago the world's first website went live to those of us who were around then.  Amazingly, despite the...

12 August 2016

From: Features

Look what Labour’s Owen Smith has done to me

Older readers may recall a terrific movie called Network where a character, disillusioned by life, shouts from a window: “I’m as...

29 July 2016

From: Features

Flood of 20- and 30-somethings leaving London says estate agency

There are more people quitting London than ever before, with 20- and 30-somethings leading the exodus according to high-end agency Humberts.   The...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Consumer group says 'last time buyers' could free-up housing market

The HomeOwners’ Alliance claims that over the past two years alone over 500,000 owners aged 55-plus have had to ditch plans...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Valuation totals grew in June despite market's referendum jitters

The pace of property valuations conducted last month grew on both an annual basis and since the previous month, despite jitters...

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing costs 'delaying young people from reaching key life milestones'

Campagining housing charity Shelter claims that an estimated 13 million people aged between 18 and 44 feel the high costs of buying...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy ISAs taken up by over half a million would-be buyers

No fewer than 555,000 would-be first time purchasers have opened Help To Buy Individual Savings Accounts - HTB Isas - since...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Demand for homes at three-year low - and that's before Brexit...

Uncertainty - even that which existed before the EU referendum just a week ago today - means demand for property has...

30 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Pre-referendum price falls bucked by first time buyers, say agents

Data from Your Move and Reeds Rains - for May, so well before the EU referendum result - suggests average prices slumped 0.4...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

2016 half year news round up for Estate & Letting agents

As we have just passed the 6 month half way point of 2016 we thought it would be a good idea...

09 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Confirmed - new official UK House Price Index launching next week

The government is launching the new official UK House Price Index - to be known in short-form as the UK HPI...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Brexit could have damaging consequences warn NAEA and ARLA

The National Association of Estate Agents and Association of Residential Letting Agents say that although there are no conclusive ‘leave’ or...

19 May 2016

From: Breaking News

20% rise in transactions by 2020 - if only things hadn't changed...

Conveyancing firm My Home Move has come up with an interesting view of how the housing market could look if -...

19 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says stamp duty fall-out acts against first time buyers

A modest 0.4 per cent rise in average asking prices over the past month conceals a nasty surprise for first time...

16 May 2016

From: Breaking News

The 100% mortgage is back (but Mum and Dad must agree first)

Barclays has reintroduced the 100 per cent mortgage - but there’s a catch.  The bank’s so-called Family Springboard Mortgage is now available...

05 May 2016

From: Breaking News

High-end estate agency calls for more dedicated retirement housing

A high end estate agency is calling for “a dramatic increase” in purpose-built retirement housing for older people.  Knight Frank says around...

04 May 2016

From: Breaking News

New credit risk rules could curtail mortgages for first time buyers

First time buyers with small deposits are among those likely to suffer as a result of new regulations on credit risk...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

NAEA says first time buyers benefit from stamp duty surcharge fallout

The National Association of Estate Agents says there is light at the end of the tunnel for first time buyers seemingly...

26 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Property transaction charges catch out first time buyers, claims survey

A new survey suggests that it is the other fees associated with moving house - not estate agents’ charges - that...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Want to save for a deposit? Then move back to Mum and Dad, says agency

Hamptons International says single first time buyers and couples can significantly cut the time it takes to save for a deposit...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Valuers say buy to let client collapse softened by first time buyer surge

Connells Survey and Valuation says the total number of valuations conducted in March showed a 21 per cent increase over the...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

First time buyer numbers up - and so are their deposits

The Haart agency claims the number of first-time buyers looking to enter the market saw a 22.7 per cent increase on...

07 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

NAEA says buy to let surge takes demand to its highest for 12 years

The National Association of Estate Agents has quantified what the industry has known for some weeks - there has been a...

30 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Storm clouds darken over central London's housing market

More storm clouds appeared over central London’s housing market at the weekend. The Bank of Ireland has announced that it is capping...

21 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Claim that government Starter Homes could be bought by investors

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron is claiming that the government’s flagship Starter Homes project could allow properties to be bought by...

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents and mortgage experts welcome surge in first time borrowers

There has been a warm welcome given to figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders showing that lending to first time...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Good news for market as first time buyers lead surge in borrowing

In December 2015 first time buyers borrowed £4.5 billion for house purchases - that’s up seven per cent on November and...

17 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Government Starter Homes will be unaffordable for most families - claim

Discounted starter homes could be out of reach for the majority of families in need of an affordable home in many...

17 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Chris Coates, Oakford Homes MD

Who are you? Chris Coates What does it say on your business card? Chris Coates As a small team we don’t have a hang up...

16 February 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Credit agency accuses Bank of England of fuelling high house prices

The credit agency Standard & Poor’s has taken the radical line of accusing the Bank of England’s low interest-rate regime of...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty change spurs small rise in first time activity since late 2014

In the latest of many mixed signals from the housing market, a survey by agents Your Move and Reeds Rains suggests...

29 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty and buy to let tax changes: Readers' views put to David Cameron

In January readers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today were given the opportunity to give their views on proposed...

25 January 2016

From: Features

Mortgage lending for house purchases soars 12.5% in just one year

Mortgage lending has risen 12.5 per cent in the past year, despite a small dip at the end of 2015. Chartered surveying...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency franchise giant's expansion goes on despite buy to let tax change

One of the UK's largest property franchises has reported strong figures in an interim trading statement to the City - with group...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Legal Ombudsman issues conveyancing guide after buyer's £20,000 bill

The Legal Ombudsman has published new guidance for first time buyers as a result of conveyancing problems topping the list of...

19 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says 'supply famine' easing after small rise in stock on sale

Rightmove is reporting this morning that there has been a 6.6 per cent increase in the number ot homes with two...

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lending suffers one-month dip but shows full-year increase

Mortgage lending for home buyers dipped by nine per cent in November according to new data - but it is up...

15 January 2016

From: Breaking News

First time buyer numbers buoyant, despite substantial house price rises

The number of first time buyers is estimated to have totalled 310,000 in 2015, virtually unchanged over the past year despite...

12 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Sharp drop in number of homes sold to first time buyers says NAEA

The number of sales made to first time buyers fell in November according to data just released by the National Association...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Lease extension demand soars 140 per cent in just five years

A conveyancing firm claims there has been a 140 per cent increase in the number of properties requiring leasehold extensions in...

23 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Quite a present - over 5% of buyers given their deposits by their parents

Over one in 20 home buyers this year used a gift for all or part of their deposit, helping to fund...

21 December 2015

From: Breaking News

2016 will need some thought

In many respects 2015 has been a good year. Despite global challenges, we have seen a marked improvement in the UK...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Stamp duty and stock shortage mean 'winter of higher prices' says top agent

The director of two major agencies says George Osborne’s stamp duty surcharge and stock at an “historically low level” will force...

10 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Sales to first time buyers now at six year high claims NAEA

The number of sales made to first time buyers has risen for the second month running, to the highest level in...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

First time buyer numbers well down from summer peak, say agents

The number of first time buyer transactions in October stood at 28,100 - a drop on previous months despite the fact...

27 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Osborne's property-related Autumn Statement measures

- From April 2016 buy to let landlords and people buying second or holiday homes will have to pay an additional...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Shock extra buy to let stamp duty; house building programme confirmed

George Osborne has announced a shock additional 3.0 per cent stamp duty on second homes and buy to let properties. Details are...

25 November 2015

From: Breaking News

First time buyer sales rising significantly says NAEA

Sales to first time buyers now account for 29 per cent of all sale transactions according to the National Association of...

27 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Doing the math behind the figures

We have reached an interesting point in what has been a most unusual year for the property sector.  The latest figures from...

23 October 2015

From: Features

Rightmove says stock famine has pushed asking prices to record high

Rightmove says the average asking price of a home coming to the market has reached an all-time high of £296,549 despite...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Great Scott Marty! What happened to the UK housing market?

On Wednesday 21st October future and reality will collide. Back to the Future’s Marty McFly will arrive in the DeLorean to...

16 October 2015

From: Features

Whatever Cameron says we're still waiting to see new homes says NAEA

There has been a mixed response from the agency world to David Cameron's pledge to reform planning, promise that 200,000 new...

08 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Has Help To Buy helped the market? The jury's out says agency analyst

An estate agency analyst has queried whether the £2 billion spent on the equity loan Help To Buy scheme in England...

30 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in deposits means first time buyers priced out, warns agency

Agency chain Haart says UK-wide property prices have risen 7.3 per cent annually and 0.9 per cent in the past month.  It...

30 September 2015

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NAEA says stock drought goes on and warns market at crisis point

The number of properties available to buy per estate agent branch has plummetted to an 11 year low according to the...

25 September 2015

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Help To Buy schemes assist 120,000 buyers says government

Help to Buy’s equity loan and mortgage guarantee schemes have helped nearly 120,000 people buy a home, according to government figures.  Since...

14 September 2015

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Big rise in houses purchased with gifted deposits

Over 64,000 property purchases over the last year involved the buyer relying on a gift of cash for all or part...

14 September 2015

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MP wants pensioner-investors to fund first time buyer homes

One of the candidates for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party says she wants pensioners to invest in bonds which...

03 September 2015

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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

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Say no to George before housing crisis

A new website has been launched to fight back against the attack George Osborne made in the Summer Budget on the...

21 August 2015

From: Features

Big summer slowdown in valuations says Connells

The number of valuations has dropped over the summer according to figures from Connells.  Although valuation volumes for July are significantly up...

18 August 2015

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Lending edges back for first timers and owner-occupiers

Figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show that lending to first time buyers bounced back in the second quarter of...

12 August 2015

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Government fund to encourage more starter homes

The government has launched a £26m fund for house builders and developers to demonstrate the range of high quality homes appropriate...

11 August 2015

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Scepticism greets first time buyer crowd funding website

A crowdfunding website has been set up with the aim of raising money to assist first time buyers purchase their homes. It...

06 August 2015

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Rent To Own unveiled by Liberal Democrats

Young prospective buyers will be able to pay the equivalent of rent on a property which they then go on to...

31 July 2015

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13.6% drop in first time buyer registrations

First time buyer registrations have plummeted over the past year and the average price of a home purchased by FTBs has...

28 July 2015

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11-year high for house hunters is bad news says NAEA

The number of house hunters registered per agency branch in June was the highest recorded in 11 years according to the...

28 July 2015

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Owner-occupation to fall to 60% by 2025 says report

Owner occupation in Britain will plummet from its current level of about 68 per cent of homes to around 60 per...

23 July 2015

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A financial crisis refresher course?

In case we didn’t learn the lesson last time around, we appear to be on the brink of a refresher course...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Surge in valuations, especially amongst owner-occupiers

June has witnessed a surge in residential valuations according to Connells.  It says there were 23 per cent more property valuations conducted...

08 July 2015

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Government housing action plan coming this week

The government says it will publish an action plan this week to explain how it is going to implement some of...

06 July 2015

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Worst May for first time buyer completions for three years, say agents

This year saw the lowest May for first time buyer completions in three years according to data from Your Move and...

03 July 2015

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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

A victory V sign to the housing sector?

The Conservatives’ election victory came as a surprise, so much so that television pundits spent all night after the vote rubbishing...

15 May 2015

From: Features

NAEA, Foxtons and LSL blame election for slump

Demand for property is at the lowest level it has been since March 2014, according to the National Association of Estate...

01 May 2015

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NAEA backs Labour's first time buyer policy

To the surprise of some, the National Association of Estate Agents says Labour’s proposals to scrap stamp duty for first time buyers...

28 April 2015

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Labour scraps first time buyer stamp duty

In a dramatic intervention in the sales market, Labour says it will scrap stamp duty for first time buyer purchases of...

27 April 2015

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Tips for First Time Buyers in London

London house prices rose year-on-year at a figure of more than 18% in 2014, with the Metropolitan area experiencing similarly huge...

22 April 2015

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Estate agent fees up 61% in a decade

Typical estate agency fees have risen 61 per cent in the past decade although average house prices have increased by a...

22 April 2015

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