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Scottish property prices bounce back after dip due to referendum vote
2014-12-17 07:38:18 [Europe]
After a cooling in the market due to the referendum vote on independence, house prices in Scotland have now recovered, according to the latest index figures.Read full article: [Scottish property prices bounce back after dip due to referendum vote]
 
New starter home initiative announced by UK government
2014-12-17 07:20:05 [Europe]
A new scheme offering 100,000 first time buyers in the UK new homes with a 20% discount has been announced by the Prime Minister as part of a major push to help people onto the housing ladder.Read full article: [New starter home initiative announced by UK government]
 
Return of foreign buyers to Italian property market set to continue in 2015
2014-12-16 15:44:39 [Europe]
The last year has been a good one for the Italian real estate market and going into 2015 there are still good buys to be found in many areas, it is claimed.Read full article: [Return of foreign buyers to Italian property market set to continue in 2015]
 
Residential property cash sales in the US falling, latest data shows
2014-12-15 18:09:00 [North America]
Cash sales in the United States made up 34.8% of total home transactions in September 2014, down from 37.2% a year ago, according to the latest data to be published.Read full article: [Residential property cash sales in the US falling, latest data shows]
 
Latest CML figures show lending to first time buyers still rising
2014-12-12 10:00:41 [Europe]
Lending to UK first time buyers increased by 12% in October compared to the previous month and is now 14% up on the same month in 2013, according to the latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.Read full article: [Latest CML figures show lending to first time buyers still rising]
 
Renting costs twice as much as owning a home in US cities
2014-12-11 16:40:16 [North America]
People renting a home in the United States can expect to pay twice as much of their incomes on their rent than an owner on mortgage payments, new research has found.Read full article: [Renting costs twice as much as owning a home in US cities]
 
Bank of England figures show home buying lending has gained ground this year
2014-12-11 08:51:57 [Europe]
Overall lending for buying homes in the UK gained much ground in the third quarter of 2014 compared to last year as the residential property market continued its recovery.Read full article: [Bank of England figures show home buying lending has gained ground this year]
 
UK viewers take just 38 minutes on average to decide to buy a property
2014-12-09 10:50:43 [Europe]
On average it takes just 38 minutes to make a decision to buy a home and prospective buyers no longer spend as much time viewing, new research has found.Read full article: [UK viewers take just 38 minutes on average to decide to buy a property]
 
Large group of UK first home owners can’t afford to move up the housing ladder
2014-12-08 14:57:07 [Europe]
Over four million young home owners in the UK are frustrated middle movers who cannot afford to move up the property ladder, new research reveals.Read full article: [Large group of UK first home owners can’t afford to move up the housing ladder]
 
Survey confirms certain groups facing difficulties due to UK mortgage reforms
2014-12-08 10:09:04 [Europe]
Mortgage Market Reforms (MMR) in the UK are making it more difficult for certain customers to get a mortgage including over 40s and the self-employed, new research has confirmed.Read full article: [Survey confirms certain groups facing difficulties due to UK mortgage reforms]
 
Home sellers likely to benefit from new UK property tax rules as well as buyers
2014-12-04 09:37:33 [Europe]
House sellers in the UK could be set to save £213 million a year to the tune of almost £7,500 each, according to research by property website Zoopla.Read full article: [Home sellers likely to benefit from new UK property tax rules as well as buyers]
 
CML says just 1.5% of mortgaged sales will pay more under new property tax rules
2014-12-04 09:14:16 [Europe]
The Council of Mortgage Lenders has welcomed the stamp duty changes which have now come into place in the UK and revealed only a small number of mortgagees will be affected.Read full article: [CML says just 1.5% of mortgaged sales will pay more under new property tax rules]
 
UK residential property tax changes widely welcomed
2014-12-03 17:28:27 [Europe]
Sweeping reforms to the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in the UK have been announced which take effect immediately and will mean many people, especially first time buyers, will pay less property tax.Read full article: [UK residential property tax changes widely welcomed]
 
First time buyers and renters in UK underestimate their outgoings, research finds
2014-12-03 07:23:50 [Europe]
The majority of first time buyers and renters in the UK underestimate their monthly outgoing by almost £200 a month, suggesting they could have problems if their income reduced.Read full article: [First time buyers and renters in UK underestimate their outgoings, research finds]
 
Mortgage market in Wales looking strong going into 2015, says CML
2014-12-02 11:15:15 [Europe]
Mortgage lending in Wales remains driven primarily by lending for house purchase, with first time buyers in particular showing strong year on year growth, according to the latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.Read full article: [Mortgage market in Wales looking strong going into 2015, says CML]
 
Emerging real estate markets expected to lead the way in online property searching
2014-12-01 16:40:43 [Global News]
In many emerging countries online property searches are overtaking more traditional methods of looking for a home to buy or rent, such as newspaper classifieds and word of mouth, new research has found.Read full article: [Emerging real estate markets expected to lead the way in online property searching]
 
Call for empty UK homes to be used to help young onto the housing ladder
2014-12-01 15:34:46 [Europe]
More than three quarters of British adults believe the government should prioritise the issue of empty homes, according to a new poll.Read full article: [Call for empty UK homes to be used to help young onto the housing ladder]
 
Annual rate of UK property price growth down for third month in a row
2014-12-01 09:14:53 [Europe]
UK house prices increased by 0.3% in October but the annual pace of growth has slowed to 9%, according to the latest index from the Nationwide Building Society.Read full article: [Annual rate of UK property price growth down for third month in a row]
 
Highest level of house lending in Scotland since 2008, latest CML data shows
2014-12-01 08:34:49 [Europe]
Home lending in Scotland remains driven primarily by lending for house purchase, with remortgage activity showing a year on year decline, according to the latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.Read full article: [Highest level of house lending in Scotland since 2008, latest CML data shows]
 
UK govt flagship Help to Buy scheme helps over 70,000 home owners
2014-11-28 16:38:29 [Europe]
Help to Buy, the UK government’s flagship scheme, has helped more than 71,000 people across the country buy a new home, the latest official figures show.Read full article: [UK govt flagship Help to Buy scheme helps over 70,000 home owners]
 
UK estate agents report a better balance between buyers and homes for sale
2014-11-28 15:29:54 [Europe]
A better balance between the number of homes for sale and the number of registered home buyers in the UK is emerging, according to the latest report from the National Association of Estate Agents.Read full article: [UK estate agents report a better balance between buyers and homes for sale]
 
Home buyers in London borrowing higher amounts, latest CML data shows
2014-11-27 09:24:45 [Europe]
More mortgages were completed and a higher amount borrowed in Greater London in the third quarter of this year than in any quarter since 2007, according to the latest data from the Council of Mortgage lenders.Read full article: [Home buyers in London borrowing higher amounts, latest CML data shows]
 
Next year looking optimistic for British buyers looking for dream home abroad
2014-11-27 09:08:25 [Europe]
Interest from British buyers looking for property abroad in 2014 was driven by the strength of the pound against the euro and this continues to be the case, according to a new outlook report.Read full article: [Next year looking optimistic for British buyers looking for dream home abroad]
 
Wealthy Chinese and Russian buyers return to top end London homes market
2014-11-26 07:19:44 [Europe]
A lowering of asking prices at the top end of the London property market seems to have led to an increase in sales of home in the £10 million plus range.Read full article: [Wealthy Chinese and Russian buyers return to top end London homes market]
 
Non standard UK home borrowers face lack of clarity on mortgages
2014-11-25 11:31:16 [Europe]
Fears of a future clampdown by regulators are preventing mortgage lenders from offering loans that stretch into people’s retirement, according to a new report.Read full article: [Non standard UK home borrowers face lack of clarity on mortgages]
 
Gazumping is back in the UK with buyers in Brighton most affected
2014-11-25 09:21:21 [Europe]
Brighton leads the way as the gazumping capital of Britain with 34.9% of residents losing out in this way, new research has found.Read full article: [Gazumping is back in the UK with buyers in Brighton most affected]
 
Concerns over watering down of affordable housing commitments
2014-11-20 09:30:07 [Europe]
Property experts are warning of an affordable housing time bomb in the UK which needs addressing to ensure enough homes are not only built but in the pipeline to cover future demand.Read full article: [Concerns over watering down of affordable housing commitments]
 
UK buyers better off than renters after five years, new study has found
2014-11-19 18:21:32 [Europe]
Buyers in the UK are better off than renters within five years on average as a result of equity outstripping the value of savings, new research has found.Read full article: [UK buyers better off than renters after five years, new study has found]
 
UK second steppers want a four bed detached home, new research has found
2014-11-19 07:20:03 [Europe]
Detached houses are now the property of choice for home owners moving up from their first property, new research shows.Read full article: [UK second steppers want a four bed detached home, new research has found]
 
UK construction industry gets boost from improved home lending
2014-11-17 09:41:49 [Europe]
The UK government’s Help to Buy scheme and a renewed willingness by banks to lend to home owners has boosted the construction industry, it is claimed.Read full article: [UK construction industry gets boost from improved home lending]
 
Global economic outlook and general election impacting on UK property markets
2014-11-17 09:09:51 [Europe]
A more challenging domestic and global economic outlook and political uncertainty in the lead up to next year’s general election are having an impact on property price growth in the UK.Read full article: [Global economic outlook and general election impacting on UK property markets]
 
Research reveals how UK home owners are switching mortgage deals
2014-11-11 15:55:01 [Europe]
Some 18% of borrowers in the UK have changed their mortgage details or come to a new arrangement with their lender in the last three years, new research has found.
Read full article: [Research reveals how UK home owners are switching mortgage deals]
 
A property overseas still proving popular among British buyers
2014-11-06 11:14:44 [Europe]
Buying property overseas is proving more popular this year than it was in 2013 although there is evidence of growth levelling off during the third quarter, according to new research.Read full article: [A property overseas still proving popular among British buyers]
 
Survey reveals many non-home owners in UK think they will never be able to buy
2014-11-05 08:02:06 [Europe]
Almost half of non-home owners aged 25 to 34 in the UK don’t think that they will ever be able to buy a property, new research has found, while one in three have no interest in buying.Read full article: [Survey reveals many non-home owners in UK think they will never be able to buy]
 
Research shows sneaky fees and charges make it hard to get best mortgage deal
2014-11-04 12:39:32 [Europe]
UK borrowers could be paying over the odds on their mortgages and with sneaky fees and charges making it harder for people to find the best deal, it is claimed.
Read full article: [Research shows sneaky fees and charges make it hard to get best mortgage deal]
 
Latest data shows UK help to buy schemes attracting strong support
2014-11-03 13:23:50 [Europe]
New figures show the UK government’s flagship Help to Buy scheme is helping more people onto the property ladder and getting more homes built.Read full article: [Latest data shows UK help to buy schemes attracting strong support]
 
Up and coming Istanbul suburbs proving popular with Gulf property investors
2014-10-31 13:40:45 [Global News]
Two up and coming districts on Istanbul's European side have become hot spots for Gulf investors purchasing second homes in 2014, it is claimed.Read full article: [Up and coming Istanbul suburbs proving popular with Gulf property investors]
 
Poll reveals large number of UK home owners think their home is haunted
2014-10-31 08:30:01 [Europe]
A large number of home owners in the UK think there are some ghostly goings-on happening behind their front doors, with 15% saying that they think their property is haunted.Read full article: [Poll reveals large number of UK home owners think their home is haunted]
 
UK estate agents see surge in home hunters as supply remains low
2014-10-30 11:16:47 [Europe]
The number of house hunters recorded by estate agents in the UK is at the highest level in nearly 10 years as supply is at a 12 year low.Read full article: [UK estate agents see surge in home hunters as supply remains low]
 
British appetite for overseas property remains strong, new figures suggest
2014-10-30 09:00:13 [Europe]
British investors’ appetite for overseas property is still strong with one specialist reporting enquiries up by 37% so far this year compared with 2013.Read full article: [British appetite for overseas property remains strong, new figures suggest]
 
Non home owners in the UK despair at lack of affordable housing to buy
2014-10-20 15:31:24 [Europe]
British house hunters feel increasingly disenfranchised by the lack of affordable housing, new research has found.Read full article: [Non home owners in the UK despair at lack of affordable housing to buy]
 
Research reveals almost half of UK non-home owners think they will never buy
2014-10-20 09:04:23 [Europe]
Almost half of non-home owners in the UK don’t ever expect to own their own place and 1.1 million, or 7%, would consider moving abroad to fulfil their dream of owning a property, new research has found.Read full article: [Research reveals almost half of UK non-home owners think they will never buy]
 
Second steppers finding it hard financially to move up housing ladder
2014-10-17 08:31:42 [Europe]
Second Steppers in the UK need to find an extra £58,400 to fund the move to their second home, over double the average first time buyer deposit, according to new research.Read full article: [Second steppers finding it hard financially to move up housing ladder]
 
Majority of UK buyers and sellers have had problems with estate agents, new research shows
2014-10-16 11:26:31 [Europe]
Nearly two thirds of buyers and sellers have experienced problems with their estate agent in the last five years, according to new research.Read full article: [Majority of UK buyers and sellers have had problems with estate agents, new research shows]
 
New research reveals what new home owners spend their money on
2014-10-13 09:26:57 [Europe]
Over two thirds of first time buyers and home movers are spending up to £2,500 on their first project in their new home, according to new research.Read full article: [New research reveals what new home owners spend their money on]
 
RICS latest monthly survey confirms house price growth is slowing in the UK
2014-10-09 08:00:11 [Europe]
House price growth in the UK has slowed back to levels last seen over a year ago as demand slips for the third month in a row, according to the latest monthly report from surveyors.Read full article: [RICS latest monthly survey confirms house price growth is slowing in the UK]
 
The rate at which UK house sales fall through is rising
2014-10-03 16:33:15 [Europe]
The rate at which house sales in the UK are falling through has increased steadily since March 2013, new research shows.Read full article: [The rate at which UK house sales fall through is rising]
 
Many aspiring home buyers in the UK facing uphill struggle to save a deposit
2014-09-30 10:43:50 [Europe]
Over a third of aspiring first time buyers in the UK have given up hope of ever being able to raise a deposit to buy a home, new research has found.Read full article: [Many aspiring home buyers in the UK facing uphill struggle to save a deposit]
 
Agents report rush of business in Scotland after referendum vote
2014-09-30 08:30:21 [Europe]
Scotland has seen renewed activity in the residential real estate market in the weeks after the historic referendum vote.Read full article: [Agents report rush of business in Scotland after referendum vote]
 
Latest data from UK estate agents shows younger buyers priced out of market
2014-09-29 14:17:19 [Europe]
People aged in their thirties are dominating the first time buyer market in the UK with those who are younger prices out of the market, according to a new report from the National Association of Real Estate Agents (NAEA).Read full article: [Latest data from UK estate agents shows younger buyers priced out of market]
 



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