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KEYWORD "Mortgages" - 486 RESULTS
Is the property market more than on the road to recovery?

I’m sure I speak for most in the property industry when I say that back in March and April I had...

19 September 2020

From: Features

A third of home buyers denied a mortgage, new survey reveals

The scale of the problems facing many prospective buyers has been set out in a survey showing as many as one-third...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Insight - what’s really going on in the property market?

If you’re in any way connected to estate agency all it takes is a quick glance at Facebook or LinkedIn to...

12 September 2020

From: Features

Independent agencies across the country buck trend by expanding

A south coast estate agency which has been operating since the 1980s has opened its seventh office.  Jacobs Steel’s latest branch is...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Good News: Negative equity threat “far lower” than after 2008 recession

There’s good news from the think-tank the Resolution Foundation, which says the threat of negative equity because of the Coronavirus crisis...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Bank of Mum and Dad still vital to house sales, figures show

Recent speculation that the so-called Bank of Mum and Dad would be playing a reduced role in the housing market has...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

A guide to commercial mortgages during the Covid-19 pandemic

With access to finance being such a hot topic at the moment, more and more estate agents are turning to commercial...

29 August 2020

From: Features

Major Countrywide shareholder demands “bold action to save company

One of Countrywide’s biggest shareholders has written a second letter to the company to demand bold action to save the agency...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Selling apartments? It might be more difficult from today…

One of the country’s highest-profile mortgage lenders, HSBC, is restricting loans on apartments from today. Only buyers of flats who have a...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Land Registry unveils latest digital upgrade for agents and others

HM Land Registry customers - including agents and conveyancers - can now manage all of their applications and correspondence including notices,...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: where people want to live (and where they want to leave)

It’s probably not a surprise but new research has revealed where people want to move to - as well as where...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ delight as mortgage lending bounces back

Mortgage approvals - a key indicator of short-term activity in the housing market - beat expectations in June according to Bank...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-19 is speeding up PropTech - what are you waiting for?

What do General Electric, IBM, Microsoft, and WhatsApp have in common? Yes, they are American companies that boasted revenues of $50...

29 July 2020

From: Features

Vendors’ homes listed on Rightmove for free by mortgage website

A new website that describes itself as an estate agency says it wants to “empower people to sell their own home”...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Faster conveyancing? Land Registry accepts electronic signatures

HM Land Registry is now accepting witnessed electronic signatures on documents for the  transfer of ownership of property, the creation of...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday: the first change to benefit landlords in years

As expected within the property industry, the Chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday in his Summer Statement. This now means that...

25 July 2020

From: Features

Portal says mortgage applications much faster with new software

The mortgage arm of a regional property portal has launched pre-approval software which it claims will significantly speed up the initial...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Boom for mortgage searches indicates strong housing market

Tuesday of this week was the busiest day of the year so far for searches for mortgages - widely seen as...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: We need long-term visions, not short-term fixes

With stamp duty cuts and 90% mortgages on their way back, anyone could think the housing market was about to go...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove endorses new 90% first time buyer mortgage

Britain’s second largest lender is to offer 90 per cent loan to value mortgages once again from next Monday - a...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s stamp duty holiday was never going to be enough

You have to feel for Rishi Sunak - well, at least a little. Leave to one side that he carries more presentational...

11 July 2020

From: Features

SDLT Bonanza! Mortgage enquiries and property portal visits soar

Evidence is pouring in that the stamp duty holiday introduced 48 hours ago has already produced huge levels of interest from...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Good news on mortgages - another rise in product choice

There’s been another increase in the number of mortgage products available to buyers and landlords - a sign of all aspects...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cuts WON’T help the market - a contrary view

An industry analyst is challenging the long-established agents’ view that reducing or temporarily scrapping stamp duty would help the market. On the...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage enquiries surge as prices dip slightly in latest index

Mortgage enquiries in June surged to double the rate of the previous month according to the latest halifax house price index. Although...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: How can agents help sellers overcome unsettled buyer market?

The property market has been reopen for almost eight weeks now and during that time demand from prospective buyers has soared. Rightmove...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property supply and demand - what's the latest and what's in store?

We recently issued our Zoopla House Price Index, which analyses the latest real-time trends from the sales market. In our analysis, we...

04 July 2020

From: Features

Younger buyers’ moving plans hit by mortgage changes - Zoopla

A survey of 2,000 prospective movers by Zoopla shows the vast majority still intent on buying - but younger purchasers’ plans...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cut would NOT help the market, claims tax specialist

A prominent tax specialist has suggested that stamp duty cuts would not help improve the housing market, despite many agents suggesting...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices to rise further over next three months - Zoopla

Zoopla predicts that the price strength that has been seen since the reopening of the housing market is likely to continue...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

One in six homeowners with mortgages now on payment break

One in six home owners with a mortgage across the UK are now on some form of payment holiday with lenders...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - the property industry should track Zoom’s phenomenal growth

“Let’s Zoom later”, “are we Zooming in the morning or afternoon?” “Yeah, I zoomed the client earlier” – variations on these...

20 June 2020

From: Features

Purplebricks and Emoov founders call for radical stamp duty reform

Online sector veterans Russell Quirk and Kenny Bruce have used social media to call for a temporary scrapping of all stamp...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

First time buyers take four in 10 mortgages since market resumes

Today is one month since the government lifted restrictions on agents and the housing market - and since that time the...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who are the challenger portals?

The only story that has come remotely close to pushing coronavirus – and its various knock-on effects – off the top...

06 June 2020

From: Features

Give first time buyers a break, mortgage lenders tell government

Restrictions introduced a decade ago after the financial crisis are holding back many first time buyers from purchasing a home. That’s the...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

The three key factors influencing the UK property market

The outlook for the housing market is still taking shape, but here I take a look at three market indicators to...

30 May 2020

From: Features

Property Natter - what happened when big lenders had their own estate agencies?

All my recent Natters have been focused on one particular topic, the coronavirus crisis, for obvious reasons. But there has been...

23 May 2020

From: Features

Physical valuations now undertaken by most lenders in England

The Bank of Ireland UK is the latest mortgage lender to resume physical valuations of properties in England, subject of course...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market reboot triggers surge in mortgage applications

A daily monitor of mortgage market activity has reported “significant volumes” of business across the sector, even over the weekend. Mortgage technology...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Big Three portals accused of abusing agents’ data

A free to list portal has blasted Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket for using agents' data to boost their profits.  Christopher May, chief...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holidays could be extended to up to a year

The Financial Conduct Authority is reported to be considering offering homeowners up to 12 month’s mortgage holidays. Currently 1.2m mortgage payment holidays...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage demand rises as market sees light at the end of the tunnel

The demand for mortgages in April was scarcely a quarter of what it was in March - but the figures show...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Strong market recovery likely after lockdown, claims Nationwide

The housing market is likely to rebound relatively strongly after the Coronavirus lockdown eases, according to the Nationwide. House prices grew at...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide senior staff have pay cut as 78% of workforce furloughed

Countrywide’s senior staff earning over £45,000 per year have had their pay cut by a fifth while some 78 per cent...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday essential to kick-start market, says top consumer body

A major consumer survey of existing home owners and potential movers has resulted in a plea to government to allow house...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for stamp duty holiday to reignite housing market

Rightmove and Knight Frank are today both calling for a series of government incentives to kick-start the market after the Coronavirus...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

One in nine mortgages in the UK enjoying payment holidays

Over 1.2m mortgage payment holidays have been offered by lenders to customers impacted by the Coronavirus crisis - that’s equivalent to...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

EXCLUSIVE - Agents' Cash Crisis: reduced income until autumn

The impact of the Coronavirus crisis is going to reduce agents' revenue into the third quarter finishing in late September warns a leading...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents quit Rightmove in new spurt of publicity for OnTheMarket

Two agents have quit Rightmove and taken to social media to give their reasons. One is the 12-branch Andrew Craig agency which...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New EPC assessment guidance issued - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the latest daily update to help the industry through these unprecedented times.  If you have any appropriate advice you...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

“A Long Time Ago … In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…”

It seems an eternity ago but the housing market in February - that’s only last month - was in rude health...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage offers likely to be extended up to three months

Two financial trade bodies say most mortgage providers will give customers who have exchanged contracts the option to extend their mortgage...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how is the industry coming together during self-isolation?

Where else to start? Since my last Natter two weeks ago, all our lives have changed more than we could ever...

28 March 2020

From: Features

Housing market could be ‘frozen’ to avoid Coronavirus crash

It’s been reported that the government is talking with banks and building societies about putting the housing market ‘on ice’ during the...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Figures show early lockdown effect on part of housing market

It’s far too early for authoritative figures on how devastating the Coronavirus lockdown has been on estate agents but there is...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

How will the coronavirus affect estate agents?

The coronavirus outbreak has highlighted once again how fragile and interconnected our societies have become. We don’t know yet how dangerous Covid-19...

07 March 2020

From: Features

Four-year high for mortgage approvals in pre-virus period

Mortgage lenders approved the highest number of loans for house purchase in nearly four years in January, according to Bank of...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how did agents advertise in the pre-portal days?

In the last few Natters I’ve focused on the slow death of local newspaper advertising, and how many agents are now...

29 February 2020

From: Features

SUCCESS STORY: How to win at Financial Services

When Wolverhampton estate agency Thomas Harvey opened its doors more than 50 years ago, mortgages weren’t really part of the equation...

28 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Cash is king - but does it really mean lower sale prices?

A new study suggests cash buyers secure lower sale prices than mortgaged purchasers - but is that really the case? The survey by...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Death of buy to let has been greatly exaggerated, new figures show

Predictions that landlords are not buying properties to let out because of tougher rental taxes and regulations appear to be short...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Negative equity warning to Help To Buy borrowers

The Financial Conduct Authority has issued a shock warning that mortgage borrowers who purchased properties through the Help To Buy scheme...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who will be the property disrupters of the 2020s?

The 2010s were a good decade for disrupters. Early on, Airbnb and Uber shook up the holiday lettings/hospitality and traditional black...

15 February 2020

From: Features

Mystery of Countrywide’s indisposed Monaco buyer deepens

The mystery of why Countrywide’s crucial sale of its commercial arm has failed to go through as scheduled deepened over the...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Seven days left for agents to defend referral fees to Trading Standards

Agents now have only seven days to complete a referral fees survey, announced late on Friday by Trading Standards and The...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

‘The Google of Estate Agency’ - firm recruits 100 for call centre

An estate agency is setting up a call centre employing some 100 people in a bid to become “a one stop...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Mortgage brokers vs robo advisers - who will win?

“Give me 100 leads and I will make five-times more good appointments than any AI you put me up against,” stated...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - movers and shakers across the industry

Hello and welcome to a new week, and a new edition of PJT. If you’re on the move or your firm has...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - meet the teenager who is shaking up agency marketing

Following on from the second half of the last decade, the first few weeks of 2020 have been a bit mad...

18 January 2020

From: Features

Is mortgage-provision a growth area for estate agents?

A new analysis from a financial services trade body shows that gross mortgage lending is expected to rise significantly in the...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More market optimism as mortgage approvals show uptick

The  number of mortgage approvals rose 1.9 per cent in the final month of last year according to e.surv’s mortgage data...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

EweMove and Martin & Co parent firm sets up mortgage arm

The Property Franchise Group - which operates five High Street agency brands and the EweMove hybrid - has set up a...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposits still hard to raise despite a weak decade for house prices

House price growth in the past decade was at its weakest for 30 years - and despite that it remains though...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Bank says Brexit worries may lead to base rate reduction in spring

Multi-national financial institution UBS says there could be a cut in the Bank of England base rate as early as May...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents upbeat at prospects for improved market in 2020

Annual UK house price growth exceeded one per cent for the first time in 12 months in December according to the...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Spike in mortgage applications may create a Happy New Year for agents

Analysts are putting a surprise surge in mortgage approvals from banks down to a spike in applications ahead of the General...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: let’s talk about conveyancing

It’s one of the most crucial aspects of the homebuying and selling process but is too often bogged down by frustrating...

21 December 2019

From: Features

Property Natter: what has the last decade meant for the property industry?

Yes, believe it or not, we’ve nearly reached the end of a whole decade. And what an eventful decade it’s been. We’ve...

14 December 2019

From: Features

Big Tory win: but agents warn over Stamp Duty and Section 21

It’s a substantial Tory government for the next five years: what does this mean for estate agents, property and the market? We have...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Is home purchase via blockchain now closer to becoming mainstream?

A new tie-up between Coadjute, a network for decentralised workflow and data sharing within the property industry, and banks including NatWest...

11 December 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Online firm Housesimple claims it’s second largest agency in part of UK

Online estate agency Housesimple is extending its offer to sell homes for free to some postcodes in the Midlands.  The offer is...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: The housing crisis remains a top issue

With Brexit still unresolved, the domestic agenda has been pushed from the headlines by the seemingly overwhelming public and political discord...

07 December 2019

From: Features

Countrywide ‘keeping branch structure under constant review’

Countrywide says it is constantly keeping its current branch structure under review, saying any responsible agency would have to consider the...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Election preview - what are the key issues for agents?

In just over two weeks, the UK population will head to the polls for the fourth general election since 2010. Of course,...

27 November 2019

From: Features

The changing profile of first-time buyers

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

23 November 2019

From: Features

Why agents need to embrace the incremental revenue

It’s easier than you might think. For any agent the challenge of making a business successful is hard work with the focus...

20 November 2019

From: Features

More first time buyers but fewer landlords, according to mortgage data

There was an increase in the number of first time buyers getting on the property ladder in September compared to the...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Home Logbooks, Property MOTs and agent regulation demanded by NAEA

The National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents have issued their manifesto for next month’s General...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons income drops again thanks to Brexit and fees ban

Foxtons' latest trading statement shows another fall in sales revenue - but this time lettings income is down too. In an announcement...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks, Housesimple and Yopa must merge to survive - claim

The former chief of an online estate agency says the top three surviving firms in the sector must merge if they...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warn of market stagnation until Election and Brexit fog clears

Agents have interpreted the latest house price figures as evidence that the market is in limbo waiting for the Brexit -...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency to sell mortgages, insurance and illness cover

Troubled online agency Yopa has launched an in-house subsidiary to sell mortgages and other financial services - and not just to Yopa...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in high-end deals in recent years, despite wider market woe

The number of prime residential housing transactions has increased rapidly in the past two decades and even in the past five...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s business as usual…for a week

It has been said time and time again that the uncertainty around Brexit is causing, well, uncertainty. As I write this, the...

26 October 2019

From: Features

Market worries: mortgage lending falls to six-month low

The number of new mortgages approved by banks fell to a six-month low in September - but the annual figure shows...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

10-branch agency rebrands to Hunters with plans to open central hub

An estate agency based in Cumbria has rebranded to Hunters following a management buyout. Cumberland Estate Agents has been purchased by its...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

'Annual house price growth at six-year low' - Halifax

The latest figures from Halifax show annual house price growth has dipped to a six-year low. Average property price growth in...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Targeting the right landlords for post-fees ban success

We know that the tenant fee ban has cost letting agents dearly, with an estimated loss of £300 million paid to...

02 October 2019

From: Features

UK house price growth 'grinds to a halt' as uncertainty goes on

House price growth in the UK 'ground to a halt' last month, according to the latest Nationwide figures. The lender's house price...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property market reality – it’s time to promote confidence

Although property transactions have, unsurprisingly, recently seen a decline which is almost certainly in part due to the ‘B-word’, this doesn’t...

28 September 2019

From: Features

Why agents need to warn clients about mortgage fraud

As an agent, it’s part of your role to protect and advise your clients throughout the buying and selling process. Mortgages are...

26 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Seven Year Hitch: House price growth now slowest since 2012

The annual rate of growth of UK house prices has slowed to its lowest level since September 2012. Official government data from...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for agents as first time buyer numbers improve

There's good news for the market in at least one sector - mortgages offered to first time buyers. Latest figures from the...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

How much do first timers know about buying a home? Not a lot...

A study from Santander Mortgages has blown the cover on first time buyers, suggesting they know almost nothing and research very...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: government amends guide for buyers and sellers

The government has issued a revised version of its official How To Buy and How To Sell documents, aimed at consumers...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy housebuilders get another government bung

It’s been quite a week for news so you might have missed this story - there is yet another boost for...

31 August 2019

From: Features

Tony Strover, Director of Allen Davies

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Tony Strover. On my business card it says...

30 August 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

“Unworkable” government housing tweaks widely criticised by industry

There has been a sceptical response by agents and others in the property industry to the government’s latest headline-grabbing tweaks to...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

London is only region to see rise in repossessions

A new analysis of privately owned homes with mortgages outstanding shows repossessions have risen in London - but they’re down in...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Typical Mum and Dad now fork out £24,100 towards offspring’s new home

The Bank of Mum and Dad is now officially one of the 10 biggest mortgage lenders according to data from Legal...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Big jump in repossessions but lenders try to calm market fears

The number of owners' properties being repossessed jumped 15 per cent year on year in the second quarter of 2019. There were...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty campaign hots up: top bank wants incentive for downsizers

A report by Santander says stamp duty cuts should be used as incentives for older home owners to downsize and allow...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit: Deal or No Deal could hit base rate and then mortgage costs

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee - which meets monthly to set the base rate on which the costs of...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and stamp duty uncertainties hitting the market, say agents

Seemingly-endless uncertainty over Brexit and now speculation over whether there will be an easing of stamp duty on transactions is making...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The market’s in good shape, new mortgage figures suggest

Data from UK Finance, which represents most of the country’s lenders, shows that gross mortgage lending across the residential market in...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: UK government is beginning to take PropTech seriously

I feel I am in a fortunate position. I have been central to the PropTech movement for a number of years,...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency welcomes 20-fold increase in mortgages running 40 years or more

The number of UK residential mortgages approved with a term of 40-years or more jumped over 20-fold in 2018. London estate agency...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

New evidence suggests equity release hurting transaction volumes

There’s more ammunition today for those agents who argue that equity release stops people moving and thus cuts the number of...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Price falls ahead for overheated London and south east - warning

Online estate agency Yopa is warning of price falls ahead in London and south east England - although price rises elsewhere...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Praise for estate agency diversifying into equity release

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

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Theresa May’s legacy - how has housing fared under her government?

Theresa May arrived in Downing Street some three years ago - but her premiership has not been a smooth ride. As she...

06 July 2019

From: Features

Banker’s brainchild: new First Time Buyer service is launched

FirstHomeCoach, the brainchild of a former HSBC banker, has launched with the aim of providing “every service” a first time buyer...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news as mortgage approvals show significant rise

The number of mortgages approved by High Street banks increased 5.4 per cent to 44,000 in April. Data from trade body UK...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed - exactly how long it takes to buy a home in the UK

New research suggests it takes, on average, six months and 24 days to buy a home. The study, for PropTech virtual tours...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Another boost for Equity Release: does it lead to fewer house sales?

Retired homeowners are increasingly using property wealth to clear unsecured debts and mortgages to strengthen their later life finances, a new...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: has Purplebricks' bubble now officially burst?

Whether you love or hate it, Purplebricks has undoubtedly left its mark since arriving on the scene in 2015 – much...

18 May 2019

From: Features

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

Government launches ‘How to sell’ and ‘How to buy’ booklets

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has launched its long-awaited ‘How to sell a home’ and ‘How to...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Equity release chiefs upbeat after record-breaking quarter

Equity release, seen by many agents as a reason why fewer older homeowners are downsizing these days, has reported more growth...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Silver lining for housing market as first time buyer numbers rise

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

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Major agency launches lifestyle service to bolster sales and lettings income

Humberts, the agency which was one of the first to ditch High Street offices in favour of fewer larger hubs, has...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Mortgage approvals show modest uptick as market improves

On the same day as one of the most optimistic Rightmove market snapshots of recent months, the latest mortgage monitor from...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

So farewell Theresa May and thanks for...well, not much

No, this isn’t about Brexit. But as the saga of leaving the EU is likely to bring about the downfall of...

13 April 2019

From: Features

Labour plans to control house prices dismissed as “bordering on the insane”

Labour is proposing two methods of controlling house price rises should it win the next General Election - and the ideas...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Halifax says latest index “partly corrects” last month’s shock figure

House prices rose slightly more rapidly in the first three months of the year but growth is likely to remain subdued...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – we’re backing the campaign!

The leasehold scandal has received plenty of press coverage, with horror stories of people living in homes that are impossible to...

06 April 2019

From: Features

Bad news for transactions as Equity Release grows again

New figures from the Equity Release Council suggest more growth in this sector, alarming those agents who see this as a...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Dodgy Dealing? Agents accused of pushing buyers to in-house mortgages

Mortgage brokers are claiming that “a big number” of buyers are being cajoled into using estate agents’ in-house brokers. The Financial Conduct...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit ‘prompts transaction surge to beat possible market slump’

A mortgage firm claims that around a third of all those who have moved homes since 2016 have done so -...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New portal bids to cut fall-throughs by offering ‘mortgage passport’

The new portal OneDome is offering what it calls a “consumer-facing digital mortgage product” in a bid to cut fall-throughs. OneDome already...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's share price dips to lowest-ever level - under 8p

Countrywide’s share price dipped to its lowest ever level yesterday, below 8p before recovering a little ground later in the day. The...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Nationwide proves that collaboration is worth the risk

Whether it is legacy providers with new, young businesses, or large banks with PropTech startups, all types of cross-collaboration are vital. It’s...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Mortgage prisoners given hope of escape route by City regulator

Mortgage prisoners - borrowers unable to switch lenders despite being up-to-date with payments - may have an escape route in sight...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Can 3% stamp duty surcharge be challenged after tribunal ruling?

It’s being suggest that a recent tax tribunal verdict might just open the way to challenges to the three per cent...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

40-year mortgages help buyers beat stricter affordability rules

Over 50 per cent of all mortgage products available to home buyers in the UK currently have a standard maximum term...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket and new portal OneDome reveal extra services

Two 'challenger portals' have revealed major new services this morning as they fight to take on Rightmove and Zoopla. OneDome, the new...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Homes with ‘terrace’ or ‘court’ addresses attract below-average prices

An analysis of thousands of transactions shows that homes with ‘street’ in their address produce sale prices which are almost exactly...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

First time buyers slam fees for mortgages, removers and conveyancers

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

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

First time buyer mortgages strong despite ongoing Brexit uncertainty

Figures released this morning show a surge in first time buyers securing mortgages in recent months, despite the market showing continued signs...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Number of movers now only half the level before financial crisis

The number of movers has declined by around 50 per cent since the halcyon days of 2006, before the global financial...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

80 and still paying a mortgage? No problem, say lenders

Mortgage lenders are relaxing age limits so that house buyers can still be paying off their home loan well into their...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

A new approach to data can empower Generation Rent to buy

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

02 February 2019

From: Features

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

One in six buyers rejected for a mortgage in the past, says Which?

One in six mortgage holders has been rejected for a mortgage in the past, according to new research from Which? It says...

28 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

Franchise agency chain bucks trend with more offices, more customers

Century 21 UK appears to have bucked the trend of closing offices and reduced footfall by marking the opening of 16...

08 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

Londoners upsizing from three beds to four ‘need £600k mortgage’ says agency

If your New Year’s resolution is to move to a four bedroom home in London or the south of England, you...

19 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

Purplebricks boss warns on dangers of borrowing more than one can afford...

The global chief executive of Purplebricks, Michael Bruce, has warned mortgage lenders against offering so-called ‘super-sized’ home loans to borrowers.  Bruce is...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency group beefs up mortgage side with £3.6m acquisition

Belvoir has this morning announced that it has acquired MAB Glos, part of the Mortgage Advice Bureau.  The £3.6m deal, done through...

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

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

Who comes out on top in the battle of the property portals?

Given that online property portals, dominated by a handful of websites, are by far the most popular home search method, it...

17 November 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: could these innovations change the market forever?

How will things be done in the future? There’s no knowing, of course, given the many variables at play, but it’s...

17 November 2018

From: Features

It’s time for conveyancing to up its game

Conveyancing regularly adds unnecessary and costly delays to the home buying process and improvement could be far quicker than any efforts...

17 November 2018

From: Features

London house marketed for £25m but sells for ‘only’ £15m

A house in Mayfair that was sold for £19.175m in 2014 and put on the market this year at £25m has...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Transactions Trauma - Brits now move house every 19 years

New data from Barclays Mortgages suggests Britons are now likely to stay in their homes for almost 19 years between house...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: ages, incomes and purchase plans for buyers with mortgages

New figures from the Mortgage Advice Bureau give an insight into the changing demographics of home buyers and buy to let...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Agents want Budget to help remedy slump in mortgage approvals

Mortgage approvals fell again in September - this means that every month of 2018 so far has seen a drop against...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage platform makes white label pitch for online agencies

A mortgage platform is making a pitch for online estate agencies to link with it and offer their customers “a customised...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news for first time buyers - terrible news for buy to let sector

Figures from the mortgage lenders’ umbrella group, UK Finance, suggest the government desire to see more first time buyers and fewer...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Young buyers face far more obstacles now than 20 years ago - report

Even the cheapest local homes are out of reach for at least 40 per cent of young adults according to a...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the surge in Equity Release killing the downsizing market?

The rise and rise of Equity Release continues with a more-than-doubling of the number of product options on the market in...

25 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

House prices: Nationwide records biggest monthly drop since 2012

The latest house price index from Nationwide shows a monthly fall of 0.5% in August, the largest decline recorded since July...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a bumper bundle for the long weekend...

Dare we mention it but this is the final Bank Holiday weekend of the year before Christmas - so what a...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Transactions slump prompts call for government action

The number of property transactions in July fell 3.2 per cent on the same month last year according to seasonally adjusted...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide loses its Mojo in mortgage brand name tussle

It’s not just the bosses’ pay incentives that have been a problem for Countrywide’s senior management - it appears the company...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Four-branch regional agency snaps up single-office firm

Oakwood Homes, a four-branch sales and lettings agency operating across East Kent, has acquired Parkland Estates, a single-branch firm based in...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: could it really be snapped up by Foxtons or Connells?

Rumours abound over the future of Countrywide, which lost further share value on Friday, closing very slightly down on the day...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news - mortgage arrears and repossessions continue to fall

There’s been another drop in mortgage arrears and possessions for owner occupiers - although an increase for some elements of the...

10 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

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

Property Natter: a changing of the guard?

The big story to break this week in the property world was the announcement by the new owner of Humberts that...

28 July 2018

From: Features

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

Good news on mortgages - no arrangement fees on 40% of them

The mortgage industry may be throwing agents and the housing market something of a lifeline - it’s been revealed that 40...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Making conveyancing quicker and better - that’s the promise...

The Law Commission has unveiled proposals that it claims could stop property fraudsters in theirb tracks and improve conveyancing at the...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is this why transactions have slumped? Equity Release hits a new high...

Only 24 hours after the Land registry released data showing a 20 per cent slump in housing transactions, new figures from...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today - a slim edition given how quiet the industry is at the...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London dominates 'high risk mortgage lending' league table

Locations in the capital dominate a league table of locations where the largest numbers of so-called ‘high risk’ mortgages are taken...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? Blog 3

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

09 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Back to the future? - Industry experts predict estate agency in 2028

A decade ago we were still years away from Purplebricks, Countrywide was a colossus in the industry, no one had thought...

02 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

'Buyers sitting on their hands' as mortgages for purchase fall again

Total mortgage approvals by the main High Street banks increased three per cent in May over the same month last year...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

PropTech Today: Corporate living? No thanks

The pace of change is extraordinary. As we reach the middle of one conversation, rumblings of the next already begin. I think...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list property portal launched for estate agents

A property portal that describes itself as free-to-list has launched today, taking the industry by surprise - however, at least one...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – marketing magic, Mr T and GDPR fever

Last time out I looked at the growing importance of content, social media and design – but these should only form...

02 June 2018

From: Features

It’s happening in the US too - a new portal and industry consolidation

A recent holiday in the US gave me an opportunity to catch up with property news over there - and surprisingly,...

02 June 2018

From: Features

Broken chains are biggest cause of fall throughs, costing buyers millions

Breakdowns within property chains are the most common cause of fall throughs, according to a new study. Over the last ten years,...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Century 21 UK slashes franchise price from £23,500 to £1,000

Century 21 UK is slashing the cost of becoming a franchisee for a six week period, cutting the price from £23,500...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Remortgaging surge is another sign of slowing housing market

A service that tracks different types of mortgage demand reveals that remortgaging is on the rise while borrowing for new purchases...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news as mortgage arrears plummet to record low

The housing market may have seen some depressing figures of late but there’s good news about mortgage arrears - they’re at...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Goldman Sachs pours millions into mortgage Tech project

Trussle, which describes itself as the UK’s first online mortgage broker, has won £13.6m in financing from international investors led by...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Buyers need more help to get the best mortgage deal, says FCA

The Financial Conduct Authority says house buyers need more help to find the best priced and most appropriate mortgage deal for their...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents voice concern as lending slump points to possible slow market

Fewer mortgages were approved for home buyers last month than in the same month a year ago according to figures from...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage costs fall in first quarter of 2018, despite base rate worry

A new survey suggests that despite many lenders increasing their rates, most mainstream mortgages are down compared to the start of...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Mortgage numbers dip but market ‘stronger than in late 2017’

The latest mortgage snapshot from e.surv has reinforced recent claims from other sources that London’s housing market remains the most difficult...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

First time buyer numbers still 11% below pre-recession levels

The proportion of first time buyers in the market is still 11 per cent below the level seen before the 2008...

11 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

First-ever mortgage with digital signature is lodged at Land Registry

The first-ever ‘digital mortgage’ deed has been lodged at HM Land Registry, for a property at Rotherhithe in London.  Coventry Building Society...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide goes back into online - this time for its mortgage side

Countrywide is not quite finished with online experimentation yet, for today sees the launch of an online mortgage service, backed by...

03 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

Countrywide, Connells accused of pressuring buyers over mortgages

A magazine claims its investigations into the sales tactics of Countrywide and Connells suggest the two agency are “harming consumers, stopping them from...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Boost for housing market with surge in number of first time buyers

The switchback of house price indices and other data on the state of the market has taken a turn for the...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency accused of pressuring buyers to use in-house mortgage team

The magazine Mortgage Strategy says Countrywide is investigating reports that one of its estate agent branches pressured buyers to use in-house...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons profits and sales drop - but much better figures from Connells

Foxtons has reported its 2017 figures to shareholders and the City this morning and as expected they show sharp falls in...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Leaders expands mortgage side with new products and in-house academy

Leaders is expanding the mortgage side of its business with a raft of new products and services, as well as introducing...

28 February 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

Purplebricks: boards up, shares down?

Why I won’t buy Purplebricks shares and why if I had any, I’d sell fast… In its latest adverts, Purplebricks attempts to...

13 February 2018

From: Features

LSL diversifies from agency work with £5.4m mortgage firm acquisition

LSL Property Services is beefing up the mortgage arm of its activities.  It has acquired the mortgage adviser network Personal Touch in...

01 February 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

Branding - game, set and match to the onliners?

According to The Branding Journal, a brand is “a name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller's...

20 January 2018

From: Features

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

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

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank wants house-buying 'education' for children and young people

The managing director of a bank has called for young people to be given more assistance in understanding the finances and processes behind...

16 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 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

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

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

Property Natter – here’s how to drive traffic, convert and monetise

Winter seems to be firmly with us now, if the plunging temperatures are anything to go by. After a ridiculously mild...

11 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

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

Mortgage approvals for buyers down for second month in a row

As the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee consider whether to increase base rate later this week, new figures from the...

31 October 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

Agents Do Charity - our salute to the industry's heroes

It’s been a big week for property news - controversies surrounding Purplebricks, merger discussions between big franchise operators, and another government...

20 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

PropTech Today: Blockchain - who are the key players?

In his PropTech 3.0 report, Andrew Baum dedicated an entire section to blockchain; it was titled: ‘Blockchain is coming – get...

04 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

Mortgage lending boost brightens housing market outlook

Mortgage lending reached £24.2 billion in August according to latest estimates by UK Finance. There were some 41,807 house purchase approvals, with...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Traditional agents blame onliners for chain delays and fall-throughs

There is growing concern that online agents who do not chase-up on behalf of clients are leading to delays and fall-throughs...

25 September 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

Whistleblower claims dodgy practices by agents cost public thousands

The Daily Telegraph claims that what it calls “dodgy practices” are leaving customers “thousands of pounds out of pocket.” The article quotes...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG's latest £80m acquisition - it's the Money comparison website

ZPG - which already owns and operates Zoopla, PrimeLocation, Hometrack and the price comparison website uSwitch - has acquired the financial...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Spicerhaart 'poised to snap up major independent regional agency'

Estate Agent Today understands that Spicerhaart is in the final stages of talks to acquire major regional independent firm butters john...

05 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

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 cautious on improved mortgage approval figures

There’s good news for the housing market from new mortgage and remortgage approval figures showing growth in July after three flat...

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

House price growth slows again this month says Nationwide

The average price of a home in the UK is now £211,6712 - up slightly on last month but with growth...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Could tax be the excuse to introduce national private rental licensing?

It’s not just the evenings drawing in that marks the approach of autumn - it’s also the return to work of...

26 August 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

Property Natter – are you GDPR-ready?

Are you protecting your data right? This may sound like the sort of direct warning you get from cold callers or...

19 August 2017

From: Features

UK home ownership is in structural decline warns Barclays bank

The price of houses in the UK will remain high because a “structural decline” means fewer homes are being sold and...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage choice for buyers grows for 15th successive month

The housing market may be a little sticky in the middle of summer right now, but there’s certainly no shortage of...

08 August 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

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

Big surge in equity release according to sector trade body

The equity release sector is claiming a record quarter between April and June with the number of new customers and total...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Savills says credit crunch still shapes housing market, 10 years on

High end estate agency Savills says the credit crunch - roughly 10 years old next month - is still having an...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lending up but figures reveal housing market 'plateau'

Gross mortgage lending reached £22.1 billion in June - that’s nine per cent higher than in May and three per cent...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency relaunches cheapest ever £99 sales listings

  A hybrid agency called 99Home Ltd, which made its debut back in April, appears to have relaunched with what it calls...

18 July 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

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

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

Nationwide predicts 'drag' on transactions and prices for rest of year

The Nationwide is warning that a slowdown in household spending is likely in the near future, leading to a ‘drag’ on...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

More interest-only owners selling up, claims equity release operator

Estate agents are increasingly helping customers who have been forced to sell their homes to pay off interest-only mortgages ahead of...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chiefs downgrade buy to let forecast for next 18 months

The Council of Mortgage Lenders’s buy to let forecast for 2017 and 2018 has been revised down from previous expectations at...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart's new 'talent acquisition team' seeks agents and others

Spicerhaart has launched what it calls a talent acquisition team to recruit new agents to the group’s range of brands, as...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Reform of buying and selling - The industry should prepare now

The banning of letting fees levied on tenants has dominated the industry headlines in recent months but this election campaign suggests...

27 May 2017

From: Features

Leading agent disappointed over slowing mortgage lending

A prominent agent admits to being “disappointed” at what appears to be slowing mortgage figures at a time of year when...

26 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

Mortgage firms respond quickly to attract more investment buyers

The proportion of mortgage products available for investor buyers operating through limited companies has risen by over 50 per cent in...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents strike gold at the ESTAS

The best estate and letting agents in the UK were recognised at the prestigious ESTAS luncheon and ceremony, which was held...

20 May 2017

From: Features

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

Cash makes up 42% of funding for buying homes - should we worry?

Cash is becoming an increasingly large proportion of the funding used to buy homes according to a new analysis of transactions...

11 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

Praise for Nationwide's crackdown on leasehold mortgage conditions

There has been widespread praise for the Nationwide building society's crackdown on criteria for mortgages for leasehold new build homes.   From May...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Disappointing mortgage figures suggest housing market is increasingly cautious

The Bank of England is warning that approvals of mortgages for property purchases in March were at a lower-than-expected 66,837, the weakest...

05 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

Mortgage rates now at their lowest-ever level, says bank

Mortgage rates continue to fall with the average new lending rate at a record low of 2.2 per cent: as a...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Transaction volumes rally according to latest figures from HMRC

Property transactions rose marginally in March this year, up 0.5 per cent on February’s total according to figures from HM Revenue...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Regulator to probe lenders who offer just interest-only mortgages

The Financial Conduct Authority says it is to review lenders offering solely interest-only mortgages to home owners. In its business plan for...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: Trussle and Revolut bring FinTech and PropTech together

News was released this week of a new PropTech partnership: banking disrupter Revolut has joined up with mortgage brokerage, Trussle, to offer...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents broadly welcome election despite short-term uncertainty

The industry has broadly welcomed the shock announcement of a June 8 General Election as a chance to end long term...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

'Stamp duty and mortgage problems scupper 1.2m sales' - claim

A building society claims that in the past three years alone no fewer than 1.2m buyers have given up on house...

12 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

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

Agents Do Charity - the ball, eggs and under-the-stars edition ...

It’s been another busy week of fund-raising for agents across the industry, sparing time to do good works despite the market...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

'Small deposit' buyers now over a fifth of mortgage market

Buyers with deposits of 15 per cent or less of the purchase price now make up more than a fifth of...

30 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

'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

Retired homeowners' property wealth hits yet another high

Total property wealth owned by over-65s who have paid off their mortgages grew to a new record high of £1.072 trillion...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Clients of agency and mortgage firm asked to come forward

Former clients of a Scottish estate and letting agency and mortgage company are being asked by a corporate insolvency firm to...

17 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

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

How can estate agents plug the gap in sales with financial services?

Recent stats from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show that last year 360,000 people moved homes, meaning the number has stayed...

11 March 2017

From: Features

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

Strong year for Connells with sales and lettings both rising

Connells Group has announced strong figures for 2016 with the total number of properties sold rising five per cent and lettings...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Sales progression tool cuts completion time - and pleases government

A sales progression tool claims to have reduced the average transaction time for a property from around 94 days to around...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

Is building homes in factories the solution to the housing crisis?

The chronic shortage of housing supply in the UK relative to demand has been a national issue for decades. The Government...

11 February 2017

From: Features

Crisis? What Crisis? Mortgage arrears plunge to 35-year low

The number of properties taken into possession last year declined by almost 25 per cent and has hit the lowest level in 35...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents - it’s time to get back to basics

Welcome to February! It means that 2017 is well under way and we’re edging closer to Spring – a time when...

04 February 2017

From: Features

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

Market boost as mortgage lending rises - with further to go

Gross mortgage lending reached a remarkable £246 billion in 2016 - that’s 12 per cent higher than the previous year and...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Total number of homemovers fell during 2016

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

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

PropTech: Mortgage startup secures £5.5m in funding

Digital mortgage broker habito has announced that it has raised £5.5 million in investment funding.  The firm says it will use the...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Good news - cheap mortgage deals likely to remain in place

A new report from the NatWest Bank nips in the bud any speculation that rising inflation may end the current cheap...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

What next for the rental market in 2017?

The rental market has had to face a raft of changes over the past year, including the introduction of the 3% stamp...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Agents worry that over-55s are latest to suffer mortgage restrictions

Around six in 10 estate agents say their experience shows that mortgage lending restrictions targeting customers aged 55 or over are...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Shelter says many owners will struggle if mortgage payments rise £50

Campaigning charity Shelter predicts as many as four in 10 owners or renters in one part of the UK would struggle...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit and property taxes lead to subdued forecast for 2017 market

Brexit and wider economic uncertainties worsened by changes to property taxation have forced the Council of Mortgage Lenders to cut its...

20 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

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

Over-65s see average property value rise £26,000 this year

Retired home owners have gained an average of £26,000 tax-free this year from their houses, new analysis from an over-55s financial...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Big take-up for Land Registry's property fraud alert service

Over 50,000 have signed up to the Land Registry’s property fraud alert service following a series of high-profile stories on the...

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

No excuse not to buy - number of fee-free mortgage deals soars

The number of fee-free deals on fixed rate mortgages has more than doubled in the past year according to research by...

30 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

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

Agents 'warn downsizers not to over-estimate property profit'

Older homeowners are unrealistic about how much money they will raise from downsizing, and estate agents are warning them to manage...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: on my travels

It’s all been kicking off in recent weeks, hasn’t it? Marmite wars, the endless Trump v Clinton debate, Samsung phones blowing...

28 October 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

Greedy sellers' high asking prices blasted by mortgage firm

The average UK property takes 91 days to sell - and that’s down to greedy sellers according to the mortgage arm...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

PropTech: lending collapse for firm partnered with Zoopla

A business publication says figures from a PropTech peer-to-peer lending firm which markets its products through Zoopla show a 95 per cent...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Alert to agents - read Landlord Today and Property Investor Today!

Agents don’t need reminding that Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today are invaluable sources of daily industry news - but...

11 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

Turning broken sales and chains into completions

As with finance broking, there can be many frustrations that come with being an estate agent – I perhaps don’t need...

30 September 2016

From: Features

Bank of England confirms tougher buy to let mortgage lending regime

The Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority has confirmed that tighter regulations will apply to lenders providing mortgages for buy to...

30 September 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

Zoopla launches dedicated investment channel

Zoopla has formally announced the launch of its new 'Invest' channel, which has been designed to provide consumers with the opportunity...

27 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents to identify 'transaction-ready' buyers with new Zoopla feature

Zoopla Property Group (ZPG) has announced the launch of a new feature on its website which will help estate agents to...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry's top PropTech tweeters revealed

As the PropTech industry continues to expand, with dedicated events and more innovative startups entering the world of UK property, online...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

How can Agents survive in an increasingly competitive market?

The key lies in improving your customer experience through technology For Agents, the tremendous growth in online estate agents highlights a strong...

13 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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

Savills warns of Brexit 'drag' on prices, transactions and mortgages

The credit crunch may have been the economic backdrop against which much of the housing market performance of the past 10...

06 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

Surprise pick-up in house price growth defies Brexit pessimism

Average house prices across the UK increased by 0.6 per cent in August, taking the annual rate of growth to 5.6...

01 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit fears return after worse-than-expected mortgage figures

The Bank of England says the number of new mortgages fell to 60,912 in July, down from 64,152 the previous month...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank mortgage lending drop suggests possible house price dip soon

The British Banking Association’s latest mortgage lending figures suggest early signs of fall-out from the surprise vote for the UK to...

25 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

Buyers now have over 23,000 mortgage products to choose from

The number of mortgage products available is now over 23,000 - a figure last seen during the heady days just before...

22 August 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

Rating agency worried over Brexit effect on buy to let purchases

An investment report from credit ratings agency Moody’s suggests it is concerned about the effects of Brexit on the housing market,...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Boost for housing market as mortgage arrears slump to record low

The number of mortgages in arrears is now at its lowest level since records began more than 20 years ago.  Data from...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Valuations cool slightly in July compared to same month a year ago

There was a small two per cent drop in residential valuations in July compared to the same month last year, according to...

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

House prices rising faster than expected 'but may not yet reflect Brexit'

The Nationwide says house prices rose at their fastest annual rate for four months in July, but that performance may not...

29 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Latest mortgage figures suggest resilience despite Brexit uncertainty

The latest figures on mortgage lending suggest that higher house prices led to greater lending in June this year than 12...

27 July 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

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

Call for evidence: why technology needs to underpin house buying

Nearly three quarters of people who have sold or bought a property deem it more stressful than having a child or...

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

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

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

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

Carney warns housing market: Brexit conditions will be difficult

The Bank of England’s governor is warning future mortgage borrowers who buy homes that “conditions will be difficult” as a result...

06 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Mortgage chiefs say transactions will fall but prices may only dip

The Council of Mortgage Lenders says the Brexit vote will hit transactions as buyers and sellers wait for the dust to...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers to consider how to cut costs, delays and fall-throughs

The Conveyancing Association is setting up a working group to consider how to increase transparency, cut unnecessary delays and costs, and...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – Big Data and a different kind of mortgage

A few of our Industry Views pieces this week focus on the upcoming EU referendum. I don’t think I can add...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Housing market in the doldrums as owner occupier borrowing falls

Home-owners borrowed £8.1 billion for house purchases in April, which was four per cent down on the same month a year ago. There...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency chief stands up for 'high spending' holiday home buyers

An estate agency chief operating in an area where there are high levels of holiday home ownership has stood up for...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Firm urges agents to short-let homes that are sticking on the sales market

A firm says it wants to help agents and sellers frustrated by a stagnating housing market to short-let homes using controversial...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Home loans slow as EU referendum torpor sets in to housing market

Home loans activity has fallen to a 12 month low as market torpor sets in ahead of the EU referendum.  According to...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Connells insists housing market is robust despite EU referendum jitters

Valuation activity in May rose by nearly a fifth on an annual basis despite the upcoming EU referendum according to research...

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

House prices to fall if Britain leaves the EU, says Osborne

George Osborne has claimed that average house prices could fall by up to 18% if the UK leaves the EU following...

23 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

April mortgage lending hits eight-year high - even after SDLT deadline

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that gross mortgage lending reached £18.5 billion last month - the highest April figure since...

20 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

FCA wants much more consumer choice in the mortgage market

The Financial Conduct Authority is to encourage lenders to give would-be buyers more choice in the mortgages available. In the Responsible Lending...

17 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

Repossessions now running at their lowest-ever recorded level

The Council of Mortgage Lenders says the number of repossessions in the first quarter of 2016 was 2,100 - the lowest...

13 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit would mean 'significant hit' for house prices, warns Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne has moved his campaign for the UK to remain in the EU on to housing issues with a...

09 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

Property Natter: conveyancing, mortgage advice and a PropTech revolution

On Tuesday we managed hail, snow, rain, sun and a chilly wind all in one day. Whatever you want to say...

29 April 2016

From: Features

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

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

The stamp duty rush should help us to improve on deadlines

It’s almost impossible to write about the conveyancing market and not reflect on the activity levels of the past month or...

15 April 2016

From: Features

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

How can traditional estate agents adapt their customer experience to compete with online?

In 2014 there were 19,000 estate agent branches in the UK. Of which 18,000 were registered to list properties on the...

14 April 2016

From: Sponsored Content

The Blairs' property empire expands - just before stamp duty deadline

Research by The Guardian has revealed that the Blair family’s property empire has expanded - secured just ahead of the stamp...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide acquires Mortgage Bureau to cement new build sector links

Countrywide has taken another step into the residential development mortgage market by acquiring Mortgage Bureau, which works with national house builders as...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Tax and Buy-to-Let – how short are our memories?

We talk about the unstoppable rise of buy-to-let and forget that it was only as recently as the early 1970’s that...

08 April 2016

From: Features

Bizarre but true: more new homes make existing ones less affordable

An academic study claims that increasing the supply of new-build properties - widely thought to be the favoured solution to the...

07 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Good news: huge rise in mortgage choice, with some record low cost deals

Despite the many woes in the housing market, there has possibly never been a better time to get a competitive mortgage...

31 March 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

Property Franchise Group agencies link up with financial services giant

The Property Franchise Group - including the brands Martin & Co, Whitegates, CJ Hole, Parkers and Ellis & Co - has...

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

Warning that housing market is likely to fall back in spring and summer

The Nationwide is warning that the busy start to 2016 in the housing market is driven at least partly by the...

04 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let surge takes mortgage lending to almost a two year high

Banks have approved the highest number of mortgages for almost two years as the rush to purchase buy to let properties...

25 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Market boost as buyers get best choice of mortgage products since 2007

Consumer choice of mortgage products has reached a near-eight-year high with 17,132 products available on the market. This is the highest number...

23 February 2016

From: Breaking News

£1m-plus homes to triple by 2030 - in London it'll be one-in-four

The number of UK properties worth at least £1m is expected to more than triple between now and 2030. A report from...

18 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