Zoopla property news (April 2012)

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Small changes 'make a big difference' to home values

People hoping to boost the value of their home or make a quick sale can speed up the process considerably by making a few small changes to their property , it has been found. According to the 2012 HSBC Home Improvement Survey, many homeowners have misconceptions regarding factors which may help them to sell their property, and should spend less time cleaning windows and ...

30th Apr 2012

A good credit rating 'vital' for FTBs

It is essential that people hoping to take their first step onto the property ladder have a good credit score, according to one expert who has advised prospective homeowners to do 'all they can' to boost their rating. Catherine Hearnden, director at MyMortgageDirect, said that first-time buyers (FTBs) need to have a "squeaky clean" credit rating. ...

30th Apr 2012

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UK house prices rise 3%

The UK housing market had a strong start to the year, according to the latest report, with a three per cent rise in house prices in the first quarter. That is according to the new Assetz House Price Watch, which analyses house price data from the Office for National Statistics, LSL Acadametrics, Halifax and Nationwide and Rightmove. It shows that the average price of a UK ...

27th Apr 2012

London property prices 'buck the trend'

Central London property is currently "bucking the trend" when it comes to residential house prices , one expert has noted. Naomi Heaton, chief executive at London Central Portfolio (LCP), explained that prime London central consists of just two of the 33 boroughs which make up Greater London, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the City of ...

27th Apr 2012

House prices 'need to be realistic'

Property owners hoping to sell their home in the months ahead have been advised to ensure their asking prices are realistic. According to UK property expert Jane Marr, some people are unlikely to even view homes if they are priced too high, which makes it imperative that sellers adopt a realistic approach. "Determined sellers should be realistic and price a property ...

26th Apr 2012

Interest rates 'may not change for three years'

The base interest rate in the UK may not change until 2015, according to one expert who has predicted the impact this will have on the mortgage market. Ray Boulger, senior technical manager at John Charcol, explained that fixed-rates bottomed out around the turn of the year and they have been moving up over the last three months. Therefore, while rates are still "well ...

26th Apr 2012

Brits 'opting for long-term fixed mortgages'

British homeowners are increasingly opting to take put long-term fixed mortgages on new properties , the latest figures suggest. Research compiled by moneyfacts.co.uk shows that the average rate for a five-year fixed mortgage has decreased over the past year from 5.59 per cent to 4.86 per cent. It is also lower than the figure recorded in April 2010, when the average rate ...

25th Apr 2012

Landlords 'must do their research'

People considering moving into the buy to let property market have been advised to do plenty of research to ensure their experience is a happy one. Malcolm Harrison, spokesman for the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, said it is a good time for people to become landlords, as long as they take care. "You need to take the trouble to work out the location, the kind of people that ...

25th Apr 2012

FTBs 'expect to be 37' when buying first home

The average age at which people expect to be taking their first step onto the property ladder is 37, according to the latest survey. A poll of UK adults who do not currently own a property carried out by MoneySupermarket.com revealed that people expect to be an average 37 when they finally become first-time buyers (FTBs). Some 41 per cent of respondents, equivalent to eight ...

24th Apr 2012

Gross mortgage lending rises in March

There was a significant increase in gross mortgage lending in the UK in March, according to the latest report issued by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). The data shows that gross mortgage lending was an estimated £13.4 billion, which represents a 30 per cent rise on the £10.3 billion recorded in February and a 17 per cent rise on the £11.4 billion ...

24th Apr 2012

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