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Nationwide mortgage move 'is a surprise'

An industry expert has said he is surprised by the Nationwide Building Society's recent decision to cut the rate on some of its mortgage products. This week, the group announced changes to two of its fixed-rate packages and one of its tracker deals that a spokesman for Ark Financial Planning has suggested may be against current lending practices. Phil Perry, director at the ...

5th Aug 2009

NHF comments on house price report

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has commented on a recent report predicting house prices in England up until 2014. Published this week by the organisation, which represents around 1,200 independent housing associations across the country, the survey suggested that five years from now average values may reach about £227,800. NHF chief executive David Orr commented ...

4th Aug 2009

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Recent house price predictions 'provide necessary confidence'

Recent reports have installed a little more confidence in the current housing market - and this can only be a good thing, it has been advised. A spokesman for Bestinvest, a firm of independent financial advisors founded in 1986, said predictions from the Land Registry, Nationwide and the National Housing Federation had given everyone a boost. Peter O'Donovan, head of ...

4th Aug 2009

Report predicts house prices up to 2014

A new report has predicted that although house prices will see "substantial falls" both this year and next, this will be followed by a series of rises. The National Housing Federation (NHF) study revealed average values in England can expect to be at around £227,800 by 2014 - a rise of 20 per cent on current numbers. However, the growth is unlikely to occur ...

4th Aug 2009

Nationwide figures 'accurate but adjusted'

Recent figures from Nationwide predicting solid house price rises for the rest of the year could be accurate, one expert has argued. A spokesman for Assetz, a UK-based property investment advisor and investment specialist, said there was every possibility the year could end with values slightly higher than at the start. Stuart Law, chief executive of the group, said however ...

3rd Aug 2009

House prise rise predictions "very reckless"

Homeseekers should not be fooled into thinking the housing market has recovered, it has been advised. A spokesman for Firstrung, a group which specialises in the delivery of financial solutions for first-time buyers, said recent figures from Nationwide and the Land Registry could create false hope for some. Paul Holmes, chief executive officer at the firm, said house prices ...

3rd Aug 2009

Mortgage approvals increases 'steady but slow'

A recent report detailing increases in the number of successful mortgage applications should be treated with caution, one expert has advised. According to a spokesman for Alexander Hall, a group specialising in brokerage and advisory services, the first quarter of the year saw the market hit rock bottom and although it is getting back on track, this has been slow. Chief ...

3rd Aug 2009

Homebuyers 'gambling on fixed-rate deals'

Many property buyers are hedging their bets over the current fixed-rate mortgage deals available to them, claims a home loan broker. Andy Pratt, chief operating officer at Alexander Hall, believes many people are forecasting interest rates are due for a rise and are opting for such packages while the base figure remains low. He explained many homeowners could be thinking: ...

31st Jul 2009

First-time buyers 'should tread carefully with shared ownership'

House buyers wanting to step on to the property ladder should carefully consider shared ownership schemes, claims a national lobbying group. According to PricedOut.org.uk, an organisation campaigning to make homes affordable to all types of consumer, first-time buyers need to fully research such deals to make sure they are aware of all the advantages and disadvantages. ...

31st Jul 2009

Expert predicts house prices will grow

A real estate expert is forecasting that property values will move upwards during 2009. Stuart Law, chief executive of Assetz, believes UK house prices could grow by five to ten per cent over the course of the year. "There are many good reasons why it will happen. We are 80 per cent confident growth will end the year in this range and 90 per cent confident they will be ...

31st Jul 2009

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