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Lending by buildings societies and mutuals rises again

There was another rise in mortgage lending in the UK in January, according to the latest figures, with both building societies and other mutual lenders boosting approvals. Overall, mortgage lending was up 32 per cent on January 2011, while mortgage approvals rose by 54 per cent, meaning £1.7 billion of mortgages were approved throughout the month, the Building ...

2nd Mar 2012

Housing market conditions improve in February

Conditions in the UK housing market have improved this month, according to the latest industry figures. The Monthly National Housing Survey by Hometrack shows that the number of buyers registering with agents increased by 18 per cent throughout the month, which is the strongest level of demand seen since the beginning of the economic downturn. In addition, it is 15 per cent ...

27th Feb 2012

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Property market 'extremely buoyant' in 2012

Now is a great time to invest in UK property , as the market is set to be "extremely buoyant" in 2012, according to one market analyst. The number of property purchases witnessed in the first six weeks of 2012 is at its highest for five years and this is set to continue in the coming months as people realise now is a great time to move, said Stuart Flavell, chief ...

23rd Feb 2012

FTBs 'making the most' of stamp duty holiday

The country's first-time buyers (FTBs) are making the most of the stamp duty holiday as they purchase UK property , a new study has suggested. Figures published by National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) show that more FTBs visited estate agents in January than at any point in the previous eight months, with 23 per cent of overall sales last month involving first ...

23rd Feb 2012

London property 'a wise investment'

Investors around the UK and the rest of the world are realising that London property is a safe purchase because they are very unlikely to lose out while they own the building, one expert has explained. Ed Mead, director at Douglas & Gordon, said that the prime central London market remains attractive for investors at the moment, as although some realise they may not get ...

22nd Feb 2012

Impressive entrance halls 'extremely important' to sellers

The entrance hall of a property is one of the most important features when it comes to selling a house, and homeowners should bear this in mind when it comes to putting the property on the market, one specialist has advised. Graham Lock, director and co-founder of House Network, explained that many people underestimate the importance of the entrance hall when it comes to ...

22nd Feb 2012

Gross mortgage lending rises by 10%

Gross mortgage lending in January was ten per cent higher than a year ago, according to the latest report by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. Research carried out by the body shows that gross mortgage lending in the UK totalled an estimated £10.5 billion last month, which is down slightly from December but a big rise on the £9.5 billion recorded in January 2011. ...

21st Feb 2012

Buy to let mortgage options 'are widening'

The potential options open to people looking for buy to let mortgages are increasing as lenders realise they are more profitable, it has been noted. Lee Grandin, director at Landlord Mortgages, said that more people are currently looking to purchase buy to let property , as predominately rental returns are holding very well due to a general lack of supply of properties. He ...

17th Feb 2012

First half of 2012 'will determine lenders' criteria'

The performance of UK house prices in the first half 2012 will help to determine whether lenders will ease their mortgage criteria, it has been predicted. That is the opinion of Gary Styles, strategy, risk and economics director at Hometrack, who said the real question mark at the moment is that a lot of mortgage decisions will depend very carefully on the outlook for house ...

15th Feb 2012

Long-term mortgages 'may increase in popularity'

The popularity of long-term mortgages may be set to increase, according to one expert who has predicted these may be easier to secure in the coming months. Ben Wilkie, editor at What Mortgage, acknowledged that long-term fixed-rates have never been that popular in the UK, but in other parts of the world they are and Brits are beginning to look at these models as viable ...

14th Feb 2012

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