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Interest rates 'may not change for three years'

The base interest rate in the UK may not change until 2015, according to one expert who has predicted the impact this will have on the mortgage market. Ray Boulger, senior technical manager at John Charcol, explained that fixed-rates bottomed out around the turn of the year and they have been moving up over the last three months. Therefore, while rates are still "well ...

26th Apr 2012

Brits 'opting for long-term fixed mortgages'

British homeowners are increasingly opting to take put long-term fixed mortgages on new properties , the latest figures suggest. Research compiled by moneyfacts.co.uk shows that the average rate for a five-year fixed mortgage has decreased over the past year from 5.59 per cent to 4.86 per cent. It is also lower than the figure recorded in April 2010, when the average rate ...

25th Apr 2012

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Gross mortgage lending rises in March

There was a significant increase in gross mortgage lending in the UK in March, according to the latest report issued by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). The data shows that gross mortgage lending was an estimated £13.4 billion, which represents a 30 per cent rise on the £10.3 billion recorded in February and a 17 per cent rise on the £11.4 billion ...

24th Apr 2012

FTB access 'is very important'

It is very important that young people are able to afford their own property in rural areas, according to the English Rural Housing Association. Martin Collett, operations director at the organisation, said that if first-time buyers (FTBs) cannot access the housing market, they move to urban areas where there may be more affordable accommodation and leave behind their ...

20th Apr 2012

'Balance taste and added value' with improvement projects

Property owners considering embarking on a DIY project have been advised to try and achieve balance while they are carrying out the work in order for it to be as successful as possible. Anna-Marie DeSouza, editor of Build It + Home Improvement magazine, said that people need to be "sensible" and work out what they can add to their home that will improve the price ...

19th Apr 2012

Building an extension 'requires careful thought'

People thinking of adding an extension to their property have been advised to bear some things mind before embarking on the project. Andrew Leech, director at the National Home Improvement Council, said that property owners must first consider what their budget is going to be and then approach their local authority and ask them whether there are any space restrictions. ...

17th Apr 2012

Cutting energy bills 'is easy'

People can make some simple amendments to their home in order to cut energy bills and the overall running costs of the property , it has been pointed out. Charles Dowson, founder of Be Energy Smart, said the two main ways of cutting expenditure are by installing insulation and low-energy lighting. He said there is now no excuse to get loft insulation, as it is easy to come ...

16th Apr 2012

UK remortgage enquiries rise

The number of people in the UK looking to remortgage has hit an all-time high, according to the latest figures. A report by unbiased.co.uk shows that 37 per cent of all searches on unbiased.co.uk's 'find a mortgage adviser search' were related to remortgaging in March 2012, compared to 33 per cent in February 2012 and 31 per cent in March last year. Commenting ...

13th Apr 2012

Brownfield building projects 'a step forward'

Building on brownfield sites would be a great way of helping to make property construction projects more sustainable, which in turn would boost the perception of the industry, it has been claimed. Dr Mark Cowley, principal partner at Listers Geotechnical Consultants, said that one of the most important factors in making building projects more environmentally sustainable is ...

13th Apr 2012

Energy tariff plans 'a good start'

New plans to simplify the range of energy tariffs available in the UK are welcome, but more still needs to be done to help homeowners it has been claimed. The big six energy companies - British Gas, E.ON, npower, Scottish and Southern Energy, EDF Energy and Scottish Power – have revealed that they are to contact their customers at least once a year letting them know ...

13th Apr 2012

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