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KEYWORD "Interest Rates" - 132 RESULTS
Gloomy mortgage data may mark ‘start of housing slowdown’ says agent

Agents have reacted gloomily to the release of figures showing that the number of new mortgages offered to both movers and...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

30 years in the property industry – an insider’s view

1989 was a significant time for the property industry: it marked the beginning of the end of a period of unprecedented...

04 May 2019

From: Features

It's true: buying a home now is much MORE affordable than a decade ago

Monthly mortgage payments as a proportion of income have dropped to 31 per cent now from 43 per cent a decade...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Downbeat official house price figures - but do they show today's market?

Government figures show the UK’s annual house price growth now being down to 2.5 per cent - the lowest rate since...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy boosts housebuilder’s profits once again

While even agents of the calibre of Savills struggle in today’s market - see the agency’s figures here - it’s a...

17 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

Agencies bite the dust as property sector insolvencies rise

There’s been a four per cent rise in the number of estate agencies becoming insolvent according to a new report. In the...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit Bedlam: Rightmove and agency give housing market warnings

The chief executive of online agency HouseSimple says “sellers need to be prepared and willing to lower their expectations” in the current...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Prices inch up but buyers still waiting for Brexit clarity

House prices showed an unexpected pre-Christmas boost last last month but worries about Brexit remain foremost for buyers according to the...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Good or bad? Help To Buy surge reignites debate about scheme

Figures released by the government over the weekend show that 14,867 Help To Buy equity loans were taken out in the...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Would housing market improve if owners switched mortgages?

Shock figures out this morning show that a staggering £15.4 billion of annual interest is being paid by mortgage borrowers sitting...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Market gloom from Savills: London, SE and Buy To Let downbeat for years

Savills has issued its forecast for the housing market for the next five years, and while it highlights some bright spots...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Is it time to take more notice of Brexit?

“Baton down the hatches. Stockpile the food cupboard. Brexit is coming and it’s little more than six months away!” I jest, but there is...

15 September 2018

From: Features

Why letting agents need to be ready for a challenging market this autumn

The buy-to-let sector, which has been under sustained pressure for a number of years now thanks to tax changes designed to...

15 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Business funding options - what choices do you have?

When you are starting up a new business, it is unlikely that you will already have enough capital to invest. Taking...

10 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Top economists still pessimistic about housing market fortunes

The EY ITEM Club, regarded as one of the most influential groups of economists in the UK, says it’s still “dubious”...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

It's not a big deal - agents try to brush off rate rise impact

Most estate agents have tried to dismiss the impact of the Bank of England’s base rate rise, which came following a...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise today 'could hurt housing market balance' - warning

A leading estate agent is warning that an interest rate increase today ould hurt the delicate balance of the housing market. The...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mixed messages: transactions slump again but London prices improve

The latest transaction figures from HM Revenue and Customs make depressing reading - a three per cent drop between May and...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

House price rises will struggle this year and next, say top economists

One of the UK’s leading group of economic experts has repeated its warning that housing market is not going to see...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency as it used to be - EAT looks back at 2008

Estate Agent Today is 10 years old this weekend. We hope you’ll agree that’s a cause for celebration and a great...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

More downbeat market news - price growth at five year low

House prices rose at their slowest annual rate in five years in June according to the latest indicator of this summer’s...

28 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

House prices still rising but market is softening, Halifax figures show

Prices grew at a faster than expected rate last month according to the Halifax House Price Index, which has reported a...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sigh of relief as interest rate rise put off for now

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has decided to keep the base rate unchanged at 0.5 per cent this month. The...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Prime London woe: price falls, slow sales and valuation mark-downs

Coutts bank has issued a starkly pessimistic snapshot of prime London’s housing landscape, reporting price falls, valuation mark-downs and slower sales...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit: Agencies and sector 'facing significant financial distress'

The UK’s real estate sector, embracing estate agencies as well as other aspects of the property industry, has been facing “increased...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New mortgage offers preferential rates on homes with best EPC ratings

Barclays is next week launching a so-called ‘green mortgage’ which links the loan to the Energy Performance Certificate rating of the...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Two more interest rate rises likely this year, top economists predict

The Ernst & Young ITEM Club - a group of economists highly regarded by politicians and some sectors of the property...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Prices dip slightly but transactions suggest a robust market

House prices in the UK have suffered their first quarterly fall in almost a year - but strong transaction totals suggest...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Big chill hits housing market with unexpected drop in prices

House prices fell unexpectedly in February with the Nationwide Building Society reporting a drop of 0.3 per cent. This ended some analysts’...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency warns about effect of interest rate rise on household budgets

A 1.0 per cent interest rate rise would add £930 a year to the cost of servicing the average mortgage, according...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Ten-year fixed rates on the up as early interest rate rise looms

Over the last few weeks, mortgage lenders have started to adjust their pricing in anticipation of a further interest rate rise...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG reports 53m average monthly visits to websites and apps

ZPG says it anticipates a strong 2018 according to a trading statement ahead of the company’s annual general meeting today. The firm...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise starts to make an impact as mortgage costs increase

The costs of the majority of mainstream mortgages increased in the final three months of last year.  The news comes from mortgage...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Over 10 per cent of sellers change their minds because of rate rise

A survey suggests that over 10 per cent of existing homeowners have been deterred from selling thanks to the recent interest rate...

24 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

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

Market unlikely to be impact by small rate rise - even if it happens

Experts suggest that a possible interest rate rise this morning - if it is backed by a majority of members of...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buoyant mortgage lending fuels talk of interest rate rise next week

New figures from UK Finance, the umbrella body for finance houses, show gross mortgage lending in September rose to £21.4 billion...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Some mortgage costs rising already, anticipating base rate hikes

Respected mortgage market monitor Moneyfacts says that the costs of some mortgages are already rising in the expectation of a base...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

More London house price woe but UK market is stable - Nationwide

UK house price inflation is now running at a modest 2.0 per cent but London's housing market has recorded its worst...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Market - no sign of the early autumn bounce, warns Rightmove

Rightmove’s monthly price index says the average asking price of homes coming to the market has fallen 1.2 per cent in...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Winkworth celebrates new franchise signings despite weaker sales

Winkworth says solid performances from its lettings and property management services, plus new franchise deals, have compensated for a challenging sales...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Customer service is top priority when choosing mortgage provider

Customer service is a definitive priority for prospective borrowers when choosing a mortgage lender.  This is according to a study of over...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Building bridges: Q&A with Daniel Owen-Parr of Together

As the mainstream mortgage market braces itself for yet another clampdown on buy-to-let lending, a growing number of property investors are...

04 August 2017

From: Features

Rightmove warns supply is low and 45% of agents' stock is SSTC

The housing market is approaching something of a standstill as the summer holiday season begins according to a downbeat report from...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Many mortgage rates still falling for now, market monitor says

The housing market may appear stagnant but one of the leading monitors of the mortgage market says many rates for borrowers...

11 July 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

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

Should we be concerned by a cooling property market?

News headlines talk more and more about a slowdown in the property market, a drop in house prices and the need...

20 May 2017

From: Features

The good, the bad and the ugly of mortgage brokers

One of the biggest stories post-Brexit is how the housing market has proven to be more resilient than anyone could have...

15 April 2017

From: Features

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

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

Looking back at ten years of tenancy deposit schemes

Ten years ago this month (April 2007) tenancy deposit schemes were first introduced in England and Wales.  You need to go a...

08 April 2017

From: Features

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

Winkworth plans to bounce back after 25% fall in pre-tax profits

Winkworth’s annual figures for 2016 reveal a franchise turnover drop of six per cent and a pre-tax profit fall of 25.6...

31 March 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

Buy-to-let mortgages: What opportunities and challenges lie ahead?

The rapid growth in popularity of buy-to-let in recent years, fuelled in part by the failings of the pensions industry, has...

17 February 2017

From: Features

South West London is 'risky' mortgages hotspot

The highest number of 'risky' mortgages issued during 2015 was in South West London, according to new analysis of the latest...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Farewell to 2016 and a cautious welcome to 2017

There is no doubt that 2016 managed to catch the world by surprise on more than one occassion.  But will 2017 be...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Another major forecaster says price rises will be sluggish next year

The Nationwide is the latest major industry forecaster to predict a sluggish average house price rise of two per cent in...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2017?

Following a strong start to 2016, particularly in the lower to middle range of the UK housing market, that lasted up...

17 December 2016

From: Features

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

Brexit uncertainty will slow market activity across UK says agency

The latest forecast for the housing market in 2017 and beyond includes a warning that Brexit uncertainty will create a slowdown...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

No crystal ball needed, just exceptional customer service

Graham Norwood recently wrote that it’s going to be harder than ever to predict the shape of the property market in...

05 November 2016

From: Features

120,000 fewer sales next year thanks to Brexit uncertainty - Savills

Savills is the latest estate agency to warn that economic uncertainty following the Brexit vote will trigger two years of low...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Typical home now six times average salary - highest since 2008

House prices were unchanged in October according to the latest Nationwide house price index, but a typical home now costs six...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Market sentiment dips - but still up on immediately after Brexit vote

Most householders taking part in a sentiment survey by estate agency Knight Frank say they believe the value of their home...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

2017: If anyone says they know what’s going to happen, they’re lying

I hate to be a party-pooper, but one of the agency industry’s coming-up-to-Christmas traditions is going to be particularly hard to undertake...

22 October 2016

From: Features

New rules being considered to handle mortgage arrears

The Financial Conduct Authority is consulting on new guidance to lenders on how to measure and treat the repayment of arrears...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Ye cannae change the laws of physics

It is a tedious fact, but the housing market is underpinned by economic fundamentals. This won’t be a surprise.  However, at a...

14 October 2016

From: Features

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

Is AI the future of mortgage advice?

This week, tech startup Habito claims to have launched the world's first artificially intelligent 'digital mortgage adviser'.  The robo-adviser takes into account...

16 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Is buy-to-let investing still a safe bet?

The huge rush to acquire buy-to-let property in the first quarter of the year ahead of the stamp duty change deadline...

09 September 2016

From: Features

Will your agency be ‘archived’ by consumers who choose hybrid?

I can’t remember a time when there were so many changes in the property industry. Forget Brexit and interest rates, the...

09 September 2016

From: Features

Bank of England to cut base rate again in November, economists forecast

The Bank of England may cut its base rate again, but probably not until November predicts a survey of 59 leading...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit: UK housing market confidence plummets according to new survey

Confidence in the UK housing market has slumped according to an annual survey conducted by economic consultancy ING.  The survey, called Homes...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing market boost as tracker mortgages fall to lowest-ever cost

There has been a spur in activity in the mortgage market since the Bank of England base rate dropped to 0.25...

17 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

What has been the Brexit impact on the housing market so far?

The morning after the EU referendum, and Westminster, Britain, Europe and the world were left in shock at the news that...

05 August 2016

From: Features

Bank of England cuts base rate to 0.25 per cent

  The Bank of England has, as expected, cut its base rate to 0.25 per cent after a record seven years at...

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage deals for buyers substantially better than earlier this year

Respected financial comparison website Moneyfacts says the average buyer requiring a mortgage and securing a deal now will be £240 a...

26 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Peter Brodnicki

As promised, this week’s Natter is dedicated to a question and answer session with Peter Brodnicki, the man who has been...

22 July 2016

From: Features

More bad news for London transactions and prices from Hometrack

London’s rising supply of homes on sale and relatively low level of transactions are “pointing to slower house price growth in...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

No change - Bank of England base rate stays at 0.5% for now

The Bank of England has kept its base rate to 0.50 per cent despite many analysts expecting it would be cut...

14 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

Carney says owners and buyers should budget for interest rate rises

House owners and buyers with mortgages in today’s market should budget to ensure they can “have enough headroom” for a rise...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

A new Prime Minister - and will that be followed by an interest rate cut?

The news that Theresa May will be installed as Prime Minister tomorrow has immediately stabilished the share prices of estate agents...

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Global property insight

With the new Formula One season now well underway, we delve into the fast lane to take you on a whirlwind...

08 July 2016

From: Features

Agents talk up market as Brexit uncertainty starts to recede at last

Estate agents from around the country are reporting only limited damage to business or prices caused by the Brexit result of...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Possible Brexit base rate change: key committee to comment today

The Bank of England is expected to set out its latest thinking on the UK’s Brexit economic changes today - including...

05 July 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

Affordability will curb demand and prices later this year, warns Halifax

Worsening affordability caused by a sustained period of higher-than-earnings house price growth, should curb demand and result in a slowdown in...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Bridging the gap

While buy-to-let lenders brace themselves for further interventions as part of proposals currently being drawn up by the Prudential Regulation Authority...

01 June 2016

From: Features

Isn’t it time to embrace ‘Generation Rent’?

Use of the term ‘generation rent’ has grown beyond all measure in recent years, but it’s not always quoted in the...

27 May 2016

From: Features

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

Property Natter – the top five Proptech products

Last time out I spoke about the beginnings of a PropTech revolution, with two major London-based events in the offing over...

13 May 2016

From: Features

Another year of low repossession levels likely, says mortgage firm

A mortgage servicing company is forecasting that the number of UK houses repossessed this year will represent only 0.09 per cent...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

End of stamp duty buying-frenzy leads to small dip in house prices

House prices dipped by 0.8 per cent in April, the first month of the stamp duty surcharge and the period when...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Annual house price inflation tops 10% - but it may have peaked

House prices in the three months to March were 10.1 per cent higher than in the same quarter a year earlier...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage clampdown is too late and unnecessary says leading agent

New proposals to curtail mortgage borrowing in the buy to let sector have been branded as “a classic case of slamming...

30 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Revealed - new restrictions on buy to let mortgage lending

A key Bank of England body has revealed its proposals for tougher borrowing standards to prevent buy to let lending overheating the wider...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Property and technology: The birth of the silicon brick?

The amount of column inches taken up by ‘property’ is at an all-time high.  In my mind there are two major contributing...

20 February 2016

From: Features

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

You read it here first – what to look for in 2016

There’s been plenty of forecasting in recent weeks - banks, consultancies and high-end estate agents have predicted house prices in the...

31 December 2015

From: Features

Interest rate rise likely to be delayed further, hints key Bank of England figure

One of the leading members of the Bank of England's influential Monetary Policy Committee has suggested that the recent fall-back in...

22 December 2015

From: Breaking News

House prices up 3% to 6% in 2016 even if interest rates rise - Nationwide

The Nationwide says house prices will rise three to six per cent in 2016, despite the prospect of interest rate rises during...

18 December 2015

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

The scores are in: 10 agents and analysts forecast the 2016 housing market

The scores are in: here are the top 10 high-end agencies and property analysts' predictions for what 2016 has in store...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise delay would unleash major house price surge

A leading bank is forecasting that if interest rates do not rise next year - as some experts predict - then...

08 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Halifax forecast latest to predict subdued 2016 housing market

Britain’s biggest mortgage lender, the Halifax, says the housing market will slow next year with average price rises of four to...

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Most mortgage borrowers don't know their interest rate, claims Which?

New research from the mortgage advice section of the consumer group Which? reveals that one in three mortgage holders have no...

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Interest rates - no change until 2017 according to some commentators

Economic and housing market commentators have interpreted the latest raft of Bank of England data as indicating that interest rates may...

06 November 2015

From: Breaking News

‘Between a rock and a harder place'

Stephen Moss, CEO of Pring.co.uk the UK’s leading property investment search engine, takes a look at the impact of ‘Corbynmania’ on...

28 October 2015

From: Sponsored Content

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

More woe for Prime Central London as agent slashes price forecast

The latest blow to the prime central London market has come from Knight Frank, the high end agency, which has slashed...

12 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Is 2015 the year that changed property?

There was once a time when you knew where you were in the year by virtue of what was happening in...

02 October 2015

From: Features

Over half of home owners will struggle if rates rise, warn building societies

Over half of Britain's home owners will hit problems if interest rates rise. The Building Societies Association says new research which it...

30 September 2015

From: Breaking News

What do this week's housing market figures really mean?

We’ve had a flurry of data for all of us involved in the property sector to mull over on our sun...

21 August 2015

From: Features

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

Key Bank of England figure hints at interest rate rise

A member of the Bank of England’s key Monetary Policy Committee says waiting too long to raise interest rates risks undermining...

18 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Bank of England to break interest rate tradition tomorrow

The Bank of England is to publish three previously-separate pieces of information on interest rates tomorrow in a bid to avoid...

05 August 2015

From: Breaking News

The interest rate warning bell has been rung

When Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, recently announced that interest rates would have to start to rise sooner...

24 July 2015

From: Features

Public confidence in market slips back says Halifax

Confidence in the outlook for house price growth hit its highest level in four years following the general election in May...

20 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market waking up as summer bounce beckons

Lending for house buying is still down compared to this time last year but there are signs that the market is...

15 July 2015

From: Breaking News

'15 years of house price booms' - forecast

The director of housebuilder Taylor Wimpey says “a 15 year property boom, with no bust, is more than a distinct possibility”...

26 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Zoopla wants Tory/LibDem coalition to go on

Zoopla says a Labour victory would be “likely” to lead to falling house prices and rising interest rates and suggests “a...

06 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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