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Banks' rate cuts hurt first-time buyers

First-time buyers may be witnessing decreasing house prices , but banks' rate cuts are making it less likely for them to take advantage, according to experts. With the Bank of England keeping interest rates on hold for the past four months and expected to continue to do so this week, high street banks have been criticised for cutting savings rates in an attempt to boost ...

5th Aug 2008

Researchers recommend 'green mortgages'

Getting a 'green mortgage' could be extremely beneficial for homeowners , according to new research. Energy-saving measures could potentially decrease the price of house payments, a report from British Gas and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) revealed. The Green Streets report suggests that banks and energy companies could pay for the costs of energy-saving ...

5th Aug 2008

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Crunch 'sows seeds' for housing recovery

The credit crunch could already be sowing the seeds of recovery for house prices , according to leading analysts. Over the next five years, the government's targets for house building are unlikely to be met, but this could lead to a supply shortfall by 2010 and property price resurgence, the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) predicts. CEBR economist Richard ...

5th Aug 2008

'Hope remains' for fixed-rate mortgage market

It remains a possibility that the fixed-rate mortgage market could return to normal, according to one property expert. With mortgage rates slightly decreasing over the past fortnight, the average two-year fixed-rate has dropped to 6.95 per cent, having peaked at 7.08 per cent on July 11th 2008. Darren Cook of Moneyfacts believes that this could be a key indicator for an ...

4th Aug 2008

House prices 'could fall by 30 per cent'

Within the next three years, house prices could drop by 30 per cent, according to property experts. Average UK house prices are anticipated to decrease by £50,000 by 2011, from £185,000 to £135,000, current spread betting platform trading is indicating. James Lippett, head of sales at Cantor Spreadfair, believes the downturn is forcing investors to decide on ...

4th Aug 2008

Intermediaries: Mortgage market 'set to decline'

Mortgage intermediaries in the UK are expecting the mortgage market to continue to shrink as falling house prices take their toll. Research conducted by the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA) found that 49 per cent of brokers believe property prices will fall in the next year. Respondents to the survey also said they expected mortgage volumes to drop by six ...

1st Aug 2008

Energy improvements 'vital' in UK homes

Improving the energy efficiency of the country's residential property is a key part of the battle against fuel poverty, a housing organisation has said. According to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), the government must take steps to make homes more eco-friendly to reduce living costs. "Making our homes more energy efficient and lessening their impact on the ...

1st Aug 2008

Property prices in 'record rate' fall

The credit crunch has caused house prices to fall at a record rate, according to new figures. Property prices fell for the ninth consecutive month, dropping 1.7 per cent in July, in addition to a 0.8 per cent decline in June. This means that average UK homes have lost 8.1 per cent of their value in the past 12 months, Nationwide's monthly house price index indicates. ...

31st Jul 2008

House prices drop 'could decrease divorce'

As house prices drop, the rate of divorce may follow a similar pattern, new research indicates. With property values decreasing, the equity in houses may no longer be enough to cover the financial strains of divorce, so more couples are attempting to rebuild marriages rather than call a lawyer, according to Savills Research. Of all homes sold in the south east of England, ...

30th Jul 2008

Ten year fixed-rate mortgages double in past year

Improving the energy efficiency of the country's residential property is a key part of the battle against fuel poverty, a housing organisation has said. According to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), the government must take steps to make homes more eco-friendly to reduce living costs. "Making our homes more energy efficient and lessening their impact on the ...

30th Jul 2008

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