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Deposits remain a barrier to ownership for many Brits

The price of deposits for mortgages remains the main barrier to home ownership in the UK property market. In the past 12 months, the costs of deposits have been driven down by the Funding for Lending and Help to Buy schemes, both of which have helped to reduce down payments to as little as five per cent. However, a new survey from Santander has discovered that 16 per cent ...

4th Oct 2013

Housebuilding is now the strongest arm of the construction sector

Housebuilders are now the strongest performers in an ever-improving UK construction sector, a new survey has found. In the past six months, newly-built UK properties have swelled in number thanks to the Help to Buy scheme introduced by the government.  This allowed people to purchase a brand new house or flat with just a five per cent deposit - a scheme aimed at ...

3rd Oct 2013

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BTL mortgage terms confusion follows tenancy announcement

Buy-to-let mortgage providers in the UK are facing a rush to renegotiate their terms following an announcement from communities secretary Eric Pickles. Mr Pickles announced on Tuesday (October 2nd) that families living in the private rented sector will soon be able to demand longer tenancies of between two and five years to give them a degree of stability. However, this ...

2nd Oct 2013

UK property prices to rise by a quarter in 5 years

The price of UK property is set to rise by a quarter in the next five years as mortgage lending becomes more and more affordable, a think tank has forecast. In its latest prediction, the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) said prices across the country will rise 2.9 per cent to an average of £225,000 this year, before jumping by 3.4 per cent this year. ...

1st Oct 2013

UK property boom goes nationwide

The recovery of prices in the UK property market has spread nationwide rather than being confined to London and the south, a new report has discovered. In recent months, the best commuter towns London is surrounded by started the rise, before those in regions further afield started to catch up, and Nationwide has reported that this means a country-wide return to health has ...

30th Sep 2013

Medieval castle scoops top architecture prize

A medieval castle which has been renovated in every century since it was built in the 12th century has scooped a top architecture prize, making it the first residential property to have ever done so. Astley Castle in Warwickshire, a renovation project designed by Witherford Watson Mann Architects, won the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize for the ...

30th Sep 2013

Osborne asks bank to keep an eye on Help to Buy

George Osborne has become the latest figure to ask the Bank of England to keep an eye on the Help to Buy scheme to ensure it does not fuel a UK property bubble, with fears rising recently that a crash could be on the cards. Earlier this month, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors asked the Bank of England to curb mortgage lending if house price rises exceed five per ...

27th Sep 2013

Interior design: A guide for new homeowners

A greater number of people are finding it possible to get onto the property ladder at the moment, and for most this will mean their first chance to make a house a home with effective interior design. Getting the design of a property right can be difficult though, and it's easy for newcomers to the UK property market in particular to go overboard and end up with ...

26th Sep 2013

Rising energy bills: How are you set for winter?

According to one of the leading consumer organisations in the UK, rises in energy bills expected this winter - the Big Six are forecast to raise annual bills by as much as £120 - could be catastrophic for the finances of UK property residents. So what are you doing to get ready for the colder weather ahead? With winter on the way, Gillian Guy, chief executive of ...

25th Sep 2013

UK buyers 10% better off than renters

People in the UK who buy their properties are now paying ten per cent less per month than those who choose to go down the rental route, new research has discovered. Halifax worked out what it would cost to purchase a three-bedroom house in the UK at the moment, and concluded that the £673 average payment per month on the mortgage was a full £72 less than the ...

24th Sep 2013

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