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Deposit 'biggest barrier' to homeownership

Britons are worried about their ability to save up for a deposit as they try to get onto the property ladder. Nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) of people surveyed said it is the biggest barrier to becoming a homeowner, according to a survey by the Building Societies Association (BSA). It represents the highest level for two years and demonstrates how first-time buyers have ...

31st Mar 2014

Edinburgh property prices rise in Q1

Property prices increased in the first quarter of 2014 in Edinburgh as buyers' confidence continues to increase.  A 1.3 per cent rise was recorded in the three-month period, which represents the fourth consecutive quarter of growth, figures from Knight Frank reveal.  The Scottish capital is increasingly resembling a sellers' market as people are keen to ...

31st Mar 2014

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Londoners 'not keen' to live in high-rise buildings

Londoners do not want to live in high-rise buildings, according to new findings. While the aesthetic qualities of developments such as the Gherkin, the Shard and the Cheesegrater are appreciated by residents in the city, 70 per cent of over-34s have no desire to set up home in one of them, a study by New London Architecture has found. Despite this, one-third believe these ...

28th Mar 2014

Buyers expect house prices to rise

Four out of five first-time buyers expect house prices to rise in the next 12 months as the market continues to recover. Only five per cent of people looking to get onto the property ladder think there is any chance that the cost of buying a house is going to fall in 2014, the latest opinion barometer from LSL Property Services shows.  In total, there were 22,400 ...

28th Mar 2014

First-time and cash buyers 'leading housing recovery'

First-time and cash buyers are driving the housing market recovery in England and Wales.  Some 28 per cent of sales in 2013 were completed by people making their first steps onto the property ladder, the best rate since 2000, according to figures from Hamptons International.  Cash buyers were responsible for more than a third of all transactions (350,000 ...

28th Mar 2014

London house price rises 'will drive out talent'

Young talent may end up leaving London due to the ongoing house price rises, Prince Charles has stated. The royal was speaking as part of the Housing London Symposium and he pointed to National Housing Federation data that suggests there could be a 40 per cent rise in house prices in the capital in the next six years. "This isn't sustainable and risks driving away ...

27th Mar 2014

MMR transition 'will be smooth' for lenders and borrowers

The transition to the Mortgage Market Review (MMR) will be smooth, according to a Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).  Significant changes are being made to the sector on April 26th as lenders seek to make sure people can afford to repay the mortgages they are given.  Lenders, brokers and consumers will start to notice major differences in the application procedure ...

26th Mar 2014

63% don't see home moves happening in next 12 months

Nearly two-thirds of Britons considering a move to a new house do not think it will happen in the next 12 months. The costs associated with buying and moving is the main barrier, according to Gocompare.com, and so 21 per cent are concerned they will never be able to get onto the property ladder as a result.  People have typically been mulling over their plans for 3.6 ...

25th Mar 2014

Teachers 'the most desired housemates'

Teachers are the UK's most desirable flat sharers, according to new research. Some 54 per cent of respondents specified teaching as the preferred occupation of a potential new house sharer, easyroommate.co.uk has discovered.  "Professions which require a high level of qualification or professionalism are by far the most popular among flat sharers," said ...

24th Mar 2014

Buy-to-let: Top tips

The buy-to-let market could be set to see greater activity in the coming months and years after the pension overhaul announced in the Budget. Chancellor George Osborne stated on Wednesday (March 19th) that people approaching retirement age would no longer be forced to buy an annuity, but rather could release their money in one lump sum instead.  According to mortgage ...

21st Mar 2014

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