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KEYWORD "First-Time Buyers" - 173 RESULTS
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

It's back - the 100% mortgage for first time buyers

The 100 per cent mortgage for first time buyers, which many people thought had disappeared for good, is now back in...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Why we need to be able to move when we want, not when we have to

A review of the housing market at present, particularly when it comes to purchase transactions, might not necessarily feel overly positive.  The...

26 January 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

Brexit: where does our industry stand? and where do you stand?

It’s the word on everyone’s lips: after two and a half years of debate, and months before that leading up to...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Don't rely on politicians to solve housing crisis, says Phil Spencer

Phil Spencer is on the warpath against “constant tinkering” by government in housing matters - and instead, he wants the problems...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2019?

As 2018 draws to a close, it is fair to say that stretched affordability and uncertainty over the Brexit negotiations has...

29 December 2018

From: Features

Countrywide warns uncertainty will hurt housing market for years

Uncertainty will be a key characteristic of the housing market for “the next few years” warns Countrywide - and not just...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Fewer sales, supply static, first time buyers down - that was 2018

An end-of-year analysis from the National Association of Estate Agents shows the state of the industry - and it confirms just...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers take a reality check says agent after lending rises

Mainstream bank lending for house purchases grew by 3.6 per cent in October compared to the same month last year. However the...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Deal or no deal – how could Brexit affect the property market?

A no-deal Brexit The biggest impact of a no-deal Brexit in relation to housing is a potential fall in house prices -...

24 November 2018

From: Features

Gazumping - so is it declining or is it getting worse?

The latest research from online estate agency Emoov shows at least one silver lining to the current Brexit-hit housing market -...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

A quiet Budget – but there’s still enough to keep everyone busy

On the face of it, this year’s Budget was not what you could describe as ‘housing heavy’ in terms of the...

03 November 2018

From: Features

Three-year tenancies - should they be compulsory?

An open rental market, where neither landlord nor tenant is in a dominant position, enables rents to rise and fall, which...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Down they go - nearly 40% of asking prices slashed by vendors

Zoopla says 38 per cent of properties on sale have had their asking prices slashed. That’s a five per cent rise since...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Whatever happened to the autumn price bounce? asks Rightmove

We’re sorry to be starting the week with more evidence of the housing market in the doldrums, but Rightmove’s latest index...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Dear Mr Chancellor…this is what we need on October 29…

I’ve spoken many times before of my desire to see government take property more seriously. For more than just lip service...

13 October 2018

From: Features

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

Property Natter – legislation, legislation, legislation

Landlords and letting agents might feel they’ve taken a bit of a battering from the government in recent years – and...

22 September 2018

From: Features

Owning a home 'a pipe dream for public sector workers' claims union

Owning a home has become almost impossible for many public sector workers across Britain, according to research from the union UNISON. Getting...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Help to Buy scheme facing the axe in government review

Speculation is growing that the Help to Buy scheme is set to be discontinued following a review by government ministers. Recent research...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers on the back foot as first-timers take advantage of slow market

Property sellers have been on the back foot over the slow summer period, according to the latest report from NAEA Propertymark....

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Downsizing stamp duty exemption 'would boost market and Treasury'

Over a fifth of pensioners say they would be encouraged to downsize if there was a stamp duty incentive - particularly...

30 August 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

Help To Buy - new figures show 420,000 completions

More than 420,000 people have now used the government’s Help to Buy schemes to get themselves on to the housing ladder...

17 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

121,500 first time buyers since stamp duty cut, claims government

A government announcement this morning claims 121,500 first time buyers have taken advantage of the stamp duty cut introduced at the...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Why Brexit is killing the London housing market

With the continued indecision surrounding Brexit and the final divorce settlement still months away, it seems property buyers are choosing to...

28 July 2018

From: Features

Dominic Raab - another one bites the dust

Another day, another housing minister – at least that’s what it feels like! The resignation of the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson...

21 July 2018

From: Features

Agents misleading buyers about in-house mortgage services, says Which?

The consumer group Which? says some estate agents are misleading buyers about in-house mortgage services.  The consumer group has issued a number...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Why James Brokenshire must build on Sajid Javid’s pivotal housing work

To say this is a turbulent time for UK politics would be something of an understatement. As I write, the Brexit...

23 June 2018

From: Features

Why rent? It's now cheaper to buy than rent in every UK region

Potential first-time buyers in every area of the UK would have lower monthly outgoings if they bought a property rather than...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

More gloom and doom: economists say market won't improve this year

The housing market “is clearly currently struggling to gain traction” and any real upturn ”will remain elusive over the coming months”...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

First timers still have obstacles to buying, insists leading estate agent

One of the country’s leading experts on the housing market says first time buyers are still hampered from purchasing homes despite...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

A seller’s market returns - demand rises as supply falls

The housing market has swung back in favour of property sellers, according to the latest data from estate agents. NAEA Propertymark's Housing...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank of Mum and Dad remains open and contributes towards 25% of purchases

The Bank of Mum and Dad will provide funding towards around a quarter of property purchases this year, according to research. By...

30 May 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

Locked out: agent says stock shortage stops buyers buying

New data from Haart estate agency suggests that despite many homes sticking on the market, apparently would be buyers are locked...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Fast turnover of ministers has worsened housing crisis says agency chief

James Brokenshire - yesterday appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government - joins the rank of senior politicians...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents should educate first-time buyers now to gain clients for life

Given the level of resource and energy being put behind upping the number of first-time buyers in the UK, you might...

28 April 2018

From: Features

Surprise boost for housing market as mortgage volumes soar

Property purchases for buyers requiring mortgages reached 50,000 in February, the highest level for the month since 2007.  The data, from mortgage...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trouble ahead thanks to older home owners, lenders warn

Gross mortgage lending is set to reach its highest level since 2007 despite Brexit, says the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association. But its...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

NAEA says first time buyer stamp duty cut working - but more needed

The National Association of Estate Agents says the government’s first time buyer stamp duty incentive “seems to be having the desired...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Eight months to make a difference to UK housing

One day, I’ll sit down to write for Estate Agent Today and I won’t express my dismay at the lack of...

24 March 2018

From: Features

Mortgage approvals dip but first time buyers are up slightly

Figures just released assessing February’s mortgage borrowing show that approvals are 1.25 per cent lower than in January, and are down...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

The government must recognise its interference is now affecting the market

In the great swathe of housing market data which is delivered each month, conveyancers’ case volumes often get overlooked, however the...

24 February 2018

From: Features

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

First time buyers back to the market in a big way claims agent

The number of first-time buyers has increased 16 per cent in the past month and 10 per cent year on year...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Stark warning that estate agencies could close in next 12 months

A partner at Carter Jonas says that the next 12 months could see stagnation in the market and as a result...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

First timers' stamp duty cuts won't help in London says ex-Rightmove chief

Rightmove’s former lettings chief Sam Mitchell has taken over as chief executive of online agency HouseSimple, which recently won another £20m...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs tell government - stamp duty cut isn't really helping first time buyers

One of the most influential select committees in parliament has told the government that it needs to do more - much...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Down but not out - Haart's verdict on the national housing market

A set of figures produced by Haart suggests the market has had a difficult past 12 months - but the firm...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2018?

What a year it’s been! Back in 2016 we had Brexit, a new prime minister, Donald Trump’s election, and so when...

30 December 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: things to look out for in 2018

Another new year is nearly upon us and, once we’ve got the season of mince pies, mulled wine, pigs in blankets,...

16 December 2017

From: Features

Sales activity reached 2017 peak early in the year, NAEA admits

A survey of the housing market in 2017 from the National Association of Estate Agents suggests much of the busiest activity...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property wealth: More bad news for the young

It’s not breaking new ground to say that younger people have what many regard as the raw end of the deal...

02 December 2017

From: Features

UK housing: All change...or not as it turns out

Here we are again: another much anticipated Budget has been and gone and, yet, still nothing much has changed! Yes, of course,...

02 December 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: A to Z of the property industry for 2017

As we hurtle towards the end of 2017, it’s time to reflect on the year that’s just been.   Even better, this property-based...

25 November 2017

From: Features

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

Not everyone in the industry likes the stamp duty change...

Agents and even the Labour Party have backed the government’s scrapping of stamp duty for first time buyers’ purchases up to...

23 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

Mortgage approvals strong despite growing housing market worries

Mortgage approvals are well above last year's levels despite concerns about the health of the housing market.  There were 66,185 mortgage applications...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Base Rate UP - how will it affect the housing market?

The Bank of England has raised the base rate from 0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent. The Bank’s monetary policy committee was...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty tinkering will make the whole process more complicated

With the Budget just over a month away, the steady stream of ‘leaks’ continues to grow as journalists and the industry...

21 October 2017

From: Features

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

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

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

Another call for stamp duty costs to be transferred to sellers

With party conference season around the corner and the next Budget just a couple of months away, more industry players are...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

Drought - It's a lack of supply keeping prices rising, say agents

Agents say the latest Nationwide index showing a surprise rise in house prices does not change the fact that it is...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

London’s prime housing market is no longer roaring

Being a leading world-class city comes at a price – they are the most expensive for occupiers and the most lucrative...

14 July 2017

From: Features

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

Forget stamp duty reform - There’s a new tax on the horizon

When it comes to provoking anger in property professionals, taxation takes some beating. Press releases are still arriving berating the December...

01 July 2017

From: Features

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

Mortgage figures give cause for modest optimism, say commentators

Home buyers borrowed £11.2 billion in March - down on the ‘stamp duty bonanza‘ period at the same time last year...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reform can win over voters, says UK's largest independent

The boss of the UK's largest independent agency has called on the government to be 'radical' and consider a range of...

16 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

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

Stamp duty reform holds the key to meaningful market change

I wrote last month about how the Government, in introducing a 3% stamp duty surcharge on second homes, had scored an...

22 April 2017

From: Features

Finding a safe home for hard-earned income

By Wednesday April 19th, a UK citizen, on an average income, had earned £7,789 from their day job so far this...

22 April 2017

From: Features

Mortgage market review

In recent years the mortgage industry has gone through some testing times. Recession and regulation have led to more stringent lending...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Good news: easier to get mortgages now than any time since 2014

Mortgage brokers say they are encountering fewer difficulties sourcing products now than at any time for three years.  Research from the Intermediary...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

The rise of the first-time buyer - is this the return of generation buy?

There are more first-time buyers (FTBs) finding a way on to the property ladder than at any time since the Financial...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Article 50 may be huge for UK but housing market stays calm

The triggering of Article 50 may have been regarded as a historic event but it appears to have left the housing...

30 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

Brexit jitters have hit sales volumes, claims consumer group

The consumer group HomeOwners Alliance claims new research indicates that more than a million UK adults have shelved plans to purchase...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Bigger than expected asking price surge - but market still cooling

The average asking price rise for homes coming to the market in the last month has been a chunky 1.3 per...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market 'almost at pre-credit crunch best' claims broker

The number and range of mortgages being offered in the UK has almost returned to its pre-credit crunch level. That’s the view...

17 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

Budget 2017: Pleas for reform fall on deaf ears

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Budget this week pledging extra funding for the NHS, transport in the Midlands and the...

11 March 2017

From: Features

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

Budget 2017 wishlist: Expectations from the property sector

Looking ahead to the Spring Budget this week, the Chancellor Philip Hammond will be obliged to face up to the implications...

04 March 2017

From: Features

What does the future hold for the buy-to-let market?

Over the past two decades, investing in buy-to-let has been a relatively easy way to make money, which is why so...

25 February 2017

From: Features

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

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

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

Row over council paying 18 estate agents to find homes to buy

A row has broken out over council tax funds being used to pay 18 estate agencies to find homes for a...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

House prices in the East head north on demand from the South

The East of England, which takes in areas from Hertfordshire to Norfolk, has recorded the biggest hike in property prices over...

28 January 2017

From: Features

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

NAEA: Supply, demand and first-time buyer sales all up in December

The housing market ended 2016 on a positive note, according to the latest report from the National Association of Estate Agents...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New homes: Sajid and Gavin must do better

Now I’m not one to lose sleep over politicians, but it strikes me that Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Housing Minister...

07 January 2017

From: Features

New mortgage figures confirm housing market is gently slowing

New figures from the Council for Mortgage Lenders add weight to the argument that the housing market is gently slowing.  Home-owners borrowed £10.5...

15 December 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

Autumn Statement: The property industry's wish list for Philip Hammond

It may still be too early to start compiling a Christmas wish list, but it is the right time to provide...

19 November 2016

From: Features

The market is crying out for a positive Autumn Statement

We are now less than a month away from Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement to the nation, depending of course on...

28 October 2016

From: Features

Khan reveals London has 270,000 homes un-built but with consent

London’s Labour mayor Sadiq Khan says some 270,000 homes in London have been granted planning permission but have not yet been...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Why 'the UK housing market' no longer exists

The huge consequences of the EU referendum, and the impending Brexit negotiations, have drawn into sharp light the consequences for a...

22 October 2016

From: Features

First-time buyers – how agents can help them through the legal process

Conveyancing is the most complained about area of law in England and Wales – accounting, on average, for nearly a quarter...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Conveyancers urge Hammond to reverse Osborne property taxes

The Conveyancing Association says new Chancellor Phillip Hammond should use next month’s Autumn Statement as the opportunity to reverse controversial buy...

05 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

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

Three quarters of homes sold below asking price as supply increases

Three quarters of properties sold by National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) member branches in August were for less than the...

27 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Three months on – which way is the Brexit wind blowing?

Those working within the UK housing market would have felt considerable worry about the immediate impact of the vote to leave...

23 September 2016

From: Features

Sellers should pay stamp duty, says mortgage lender

A mortgage lender has called on the government to reform stamp duty so that it is paid by property sellers instead...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing must remain top of the government’s agenda

With the number of new homes being built across the UK still significantly below the level needed to meet demand, housebuilders...

16 September 2016

From: Features

Zoopla invests in another PropTech startup

Zoopla Property Group (ZPG) has announced that it has invested in a soon-to-launch PropTech startup. The group, which now owns uSwitch and...

16 September 2016

From: Breaking News

The city that never sleeps – London welcomes the Night Tube

In the capital, people will pay a premium to live near great transport links, and as we’ve seen from Crossrail and...

02 September 2016

From: Features

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

Sheffield is primed for growth: explains why Chinese will invest £1bn

Sheffield in South Yorkshire, which was once one of the leading industrial cities in Britain and is still recognised for its...

22 July 2016

From: Features

MIRAS: Could Theresa May go back to the future?

I’m indebted to one of the most enthusiastic estate agents I’ve had the pleasure of meeting for suggesting the subject of...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2016

With a number of agent partner programmes available nationwide, estate agents can often increase business by offering sales by auction, especially...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Squeezed activity shows why we should be grateful for new PM

What a month it has been. By the time you read this, we'll have a new Prime Minister, a new Cabinet,...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Agents say interest rate cut still likely despite surprise Bank vote

Estate agents and mortgage experts have reacted to the Bank of England’s surprise decision to keep base rate unchanged at 0.5...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit means fewer transactions as price growth 'slackens' says Savills

One of the first major pieces of research to come from an estate agency following the EU referendum suggests the short-term...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

The post-Brexit landscape

As I sit and write this piece, even with the FTSE 100 back up and sterling having recovered some of its...

08 July 2016

From: Features

Post-Brexit blues and what next?

Never in my lifetime have I seen so much enthusiasm and passion for politics. Brexit awoke the sleeping dog in almost...

01 July 2016

From: Features

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

What will happen to the housing market if Britain leaves the EU?

The sense of gathering momentum for the Leave campaign ahead of the upcoming EU referendum is causing high levels of uncertainty...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Stamp duty change leads to dramatic 11 per cent surge in house sales

There has been an 11 per cent increase in sales in Scotland over the past year - and one major agency...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Demand for property at two-year low, say estate agents

During April demand for housing dropped to the lowest level recorded since March 2014, according to the National Association of Estate...

27 May 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

Massive increase in mortgage loans - and not only for buy to let

There has been a 58 per cent rise in the past year for mortgages for house purchase purposes, according to the...

18 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Barclays no-deposit mortgage: a good idea?

It’s the news that has got everyone talking: Barclays are bringing back the 100% mortgage.  The market has taken a bit of...

13 May 2016

From: Features

The perennial school dilemma in this new market we call normal

The summer term – rounders, cricket and hayfever. It's also the last dash before the housing market supposedly closes down for...

23 April 2016

From: Features

Consumer group claims strong public support for stamp duty surcharge

A consumer group which champions home owners claims twice as many members of the public support the stamp duty surcharge as...

22 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

Big boost in mortgage lending says e.surv - but will it last much longer?

Home lending in 2016 saw its best opening quarter for nine years according to the figures from chartered surveying firm e.surv.  An...

15 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

Sharp rise in house prices as stamp duty surcharge deadline nears

Average house prices across the UK increased by 7.9 per cent over the year to January, up from 6.7 per cent in...

23 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Big rise in mortgage lending on back of more jobs and higher wages

Data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders shows that gross mortgage lending reached £17.6 billion last month - that's the highest...

18 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Budget: Stamp duty surcharge confirmed, no buy-to-let bombshells

In today's budget, the Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced a number of measures which will impact the property industry.  The Chancellor confirmed...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Why Help to Buy London is a sign of things to come in the capital

As we know, the property market in London is notorious for sitting a long way outside the conventions of the wider UK...

27 February 2016

From: Features

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

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

Home sales are absolutely soaring - well, at least in one part of the UK...

Property sales in Scotland for first-time buyers and home movers are increasing three times faster than the rest of the UK...

17 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Praise for agency diversification to cut damage from housing downturn

Investors’ Chronicle, the weekly investment magazine published by the Financial Times Group, has lavishly praised high-end agency Savills for diversifying its...

14 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

The weather outside is frightful – A new starter home would be delightful

So this weekend some of us will see our first snow of the season. Harsh weather, Christmas adverts and winter generally...

20 November 2015

From: Features

A million owner-occupied homes switch to lettings in a decade

Around one million homes that were owner-occupied in 2005 have in the intervening decade been sold and switched to being privately...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New recruits for two high profile London buying agencies

Two of London’s highest profile buying agency operations have announced new team members. Prime Purchase - the buying arm of Savills -...

02 November 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

Number of valuations at highest level for six months

Residential valuations have reached their highest level for six months according to Connells’ survey and valuation group. Valuation activity in September was...

13 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

The longer the viewing, the lower the sale price

An unusual but large-scale piece of research suggests that older buyers are more likely to take their time viewing a property...

07 September 2015

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Starter Homes scheme will fail, says Shelter

Controversial housing charity Shelter has published a report which claims that the government's Starter Homes scheme will fail the people it...

27 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Housing supply at two-year high, agents report

Housing supply increased by 25% in July, according to the latest report from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA).  The number...

25 August 2015

From: Breaking News

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

First-time buyers face £45,000 deposits within next decade, claims agent

An out-spoken estate agent has claimed that first-time buyers in the North East of England will need to save deposits of...

21 August 2015

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Manage your landlords effectively as tax changes take hold

Consider the scene. It is July 8th and new Chancellor, Ed Balls, stands at the Dispatch Box giving his first Budget...

17 July 2015

From: Features

Summer Budget's fiddly tax changes well worth a second glance

This week the Chancellor, George Osborne, delivered the first Conservative Budget for almost 20 years. While Mr Osborne claimed that it marked...

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

From: Breaking News

Could cross-party support solve supply conundrum?

Given that I wrote my last article on the day of the General Election but well before the result was known,...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Supply demand imbalance to remain, say agents

The majority of agents do not see the supply and demand of homes levelling out over the next five years, according...

05 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Property industry reacts to Housing Bill

The  new government has announced its legislative plans for housing in the coming year.  In the first all-Conservative Queen’s Speech since 1996,...

28 May 2015

From: Breaking News

The spotlight on our sector will not diminish, despite the result of the election

I write this article on the day of the General Election so you’ll forgive the political analogies. In particular, how any...

08 May 2015

From: Features

Will the surge of buy-to-let boom or bust?

Under new pension freedom reforms, people aged 55 and over can access as much of their savings from their defined contributions...

23 April 2015

From: Features

Prices up 0.9% in a month claims Haart

Haart estate agency claims average UK property prices have risen 5.6 per cent annually and 0.9 per cent in March, to...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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