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Home insurance 'does not have to be expensive'

Taking out a home insurance policy does not have to cost a fortune, according to one expert who has urged property owners to shop around for a good deal. Steve Foulsham, head of technical services at the British Insurance Brokers' Association (Biba), said that there are many options open to people, with things like accidental damage cover not being essential. "You ...

31st Jul 2012

Buy to let mortgage competition 'increasing'

There has been an increase in competition among building societies offering buy to let mortgages, with some good deals available, one organisation has observed. Lee Grandin, director at Landlord Mortgages, said that building societies are "definitely" becoming more competitive, in light of Leeds Building Society reducing the rate on its two-year fixed-rate ...

31st Jul 2012

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Prime global property experiences solid gains

There has been a significant rise in the value of global prime property, with prices across 27 major cities across the world increasing by 3.5 per cent in the 12 months to June 2012. Knight Frank's Prime Global Cities Index, which tracks the performance of the top five per cent of mainstream housing markets, rose by 1.4 per cent in the second quarter of 2012, which ...

30th Jul 2012

UK house prices fall for first time since 2011

House prices have fallen for the first time in seven months, according to the latest report, which reveals that home values have fallen by 0.1 per cent throughout July.  Prices fell across eight out of ten regions in July, with London the only region to register a price increase, up 0.1 per cent, though the rate of growth has slowed. The number of postcodes in the ...

30th Jul 2012

Net mortgage lending 'on the rise'

Net mortgage lending by UK banks grew by 0.9 per cent in the year to June, according to new figures released by the British Bankers' Association (BBA). The data shows that personal deposits rose by 5.1 per cent over the 12 months to June, boosted by strong inflows continuing after the start of the ISA tax year. High street banks saw £16.1 billion flow into cash ...

27th Jul 2012

Interior designers 'essential to a home makeover'

There are many common mistakes people make when it comes to designing their home, but the main one is not employing an interior designer, one expert has stated. Adrienne Chinn, managing director of Adrienne Chinn Designs, said that if homeowners are doing anything structural it is good to have a professional person working with them, as they are trained to know how to ...

27th Jul 2012

New private housing projects up 40%

There has been a substantial rise in the number of new private housing projects commencing in the UK, the latest industry figures reveal. Data published by Glenigan points to private house-building recovery, as the underlying value of projects starting on site increased by 40 per cent in Q2 2012, compared with Q2 2011. There was a 57 per cent increase in detailed planning ...

26th Jul 2012

Skimping on home insurance 'is not worth it'

People tempted to skimp on home insurance or miss out on protection altogether have been advised that the risks of doing so are not worth it. Carl Burton, home insurance manager for Co-operative UK, said it is important to take out contents insurance because people need to be prepared for "every eventuality". "By having insurance in place, if something bad ...

26th Jul 2012

FTBs 'should search for the worst house in the best area'

People taking their first step onto the property ladder have been advised to search for the 'worst' house in the best area and work their way up from there. Paul Holmes, chief executive of the advice site Firstrung, said that if first-time buyers are in a position to save then it is ideal, but if not then the best option is to wait for "the next leg ...

25th Jul 2012

UK landlords 'should cater for student requirements'

UK landlords need to do what they can to cater for the needs of their target markets, particularly if they are investing in buy to let property in student areas. That is the opinion of property expert James Davis, who said that students are increasingly becoming more demanding, so extras power showers, Wi-Fi and a cleaner should all be included within the rent. He said the ...

25th Jul 2012

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