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Vast majority of UK tenants don’t think they can afford to buy
2015-03-25 07:12:29 [Europe]
Over 90% of tenants in the UK don’t think they will be able to afford a property as rents continue to escalate and property prices stay firmly out of their reach.Read full article: [Vast majority of UK tenants don’t think they can afford to buy]
 
Research reveals concerns about new mortgage rules in UK
2015-03-24 14:37:40 [Europe]
More than half of people who are either considering, or are in the course of applying for a mortgage in the UK believe that the obligation placed upon mortgage lenders to assess their ability to repay will slow down the application process.Read full article: [Research reveals concerns about new mortgage rules in UK]
 
Demand for property in City of London pushes up home prices
2015-03-20 08:54:23 [Europe]
The City of London and its surrounds are now firmly part of the prime central London residential property market as increased job creation, coupled with strong buyer demand, has underpinned property price growth.Read full article: [Demand for property in City of London pushes up home prices]
 
UK set to see more transparency on mortgage fees and charges
2015-03-20 08:08:02 [Europe]
The Council of Mortgage Lenders and consumer organisation Which? have published a joint progress report on how to help people understand mortgage fees and charges. Read full article: [UK set to see more transparency on mortgage fees and charges]
 
Over a quarter of prospective UK buyers not confident about mortgage applications
2015-03-19 09:10:14 [Europe]
Some 28% of prospective buyers in the UK aren't confident their mortgage application will be approved first time and it is even lower among first time buyers, new research has found.
Read full article: [Over a quarter of prospective UK buyers not confident about mortgage applications]
 
Huge boost to first time buyers in UK with new deposit savings plan
2015-03-18 15:35:34 [Europe]
Thousands of would be home buyers in the UK will be able to fulfil their dream of owning a property after the government announced a new savings plan to help them get a deposit.Read full article: [Huge boost to first time buyers in UK with new deposit savings plan]
 
Fewer loans for first time buyers and home movers in UK
2015-03-17 10:46:53 [Europe]
First time buyers in the UK saw a drop in lending in January compared to the previous month and the same month in 2014, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.Read full article: [Fewer loans for first time buyers and home movers in UK]
 
Average new asking prices in UK up 1% in March
2015-03-16 16:28:47 [Europe]
The average price of property coming onto the market in the UK increased by 1% or £2,748 this month compared with February but it is a more muted rise than normal, the latest index shows.Read full article: [Average new asking prices in UK up 1% in March]
 
UK home owners waiting longer than expected to move up housing ladder
2015-03-16 08:35:31 [Europe]
Some 33% of home owners in the UK expected to be further along the housing ladder than they are now, according to new research, rising to 44% for first time buyers.Read full article: [UK home owners waiting longer than expected to move up housing ladder]
 
Supply of Help to Buy homes falls by over 7% in a year
2015-03-11 07:19:04 [Europe]
The supply of homes available under the UK’s flagship Help to Buy scheme has declined by 7.4% in a year and the average prices has risen by 5.5%.Read full article: [Supply of Help to Buy homes falls by over 7% in a year]
 
Outer London prime property becoming attractive to buy to let investors
2015-03-11 07:02:32 [Europe]
UK buy to let buyers are taking advantage of attractive mortgage rates and a thriving prime property market in outer London, especially new build schemes, it is claimed.Read full article: [Outer London prime property becoming attractive to buy to let investors]
 
Extent of UK mortgage market change shown in annual stats
2015-03-11 06:56:19 [Europe]
Home lending fell to £51.3 billion in the final three months of 2014, a drop of 8.1% compared with the previous quarter but was just 0.2% lower than the same quarter in 2013, new data shows.Read full article: [Extent of UK mortgage market change shown in annual stats]
 
Middle East property investment still strong despite drop in oil prices
2015-03-10 21:58:58 [Global News]
Middle Eastern investors’ have sustained their appetite for global property assets, particularly in London, despite lower oil prices, according to a new report.Read full article: [Middle East property investment still strong despite drop in oil prices]
 
BSA calls for more financial help for young UK home buyers
2015-03-10 08:54:06 [Europe]
The UK’s annual Budget will be unveiled next week but ahead of the announcement the Building Societies Association has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer asking for urgent help for buyers.Read full article: [BSA calls for more financial help for young UK home buyers]
 
Flagship Help to Buy taken up by almost 90,000 UK buyers
2015-03-09 18:19:08 [Europe]
Help to Buy, the UK government’s flagship housing scheme, has helped almost 90,000 people to buy a new home since it was created in 2013, the latest official figures show.Read full article: [Flagship Help to Buy taken up by almost 90,000 UK buyers]
 
More home being built in New Zealand, mostly apartments
2015-03-09 12:53:56 [Australasia]
The number of new home consents in New Zealand was 3.6% higher in January 2015 compared with the same month the year before, new data shows.
Read full article: [More home being built in New Zealand, mostly apartments]
 
Specialist lending set to see growth among UK home buyers
2015-03-06 06:02:11 [Europe]
Specialist lending is predicted be one of the key battlegrounds in the mortgage market over the next two years in the UK with new lenders launching and High Street providers targeting the sector.Read full article: [Specialist lending set to see growth among UK home buyers]
 
First time buyers lending in Scotland up 23% last year
2015-03-05 09:01:52 [Europe]
Lending for homes in Scotland fell in the final quarter of 2014 but there were more mortgages going to first time buyers compared to the same period the year before.Read full article: [First time buyers lending in Scotland up 23% last year]
 
High street lending in UK down 11% compared to a year ago
2015-03-03 10:19:11 [Europe]
Gross mortgage borrowing in the UK in January was £9.8 billion, some 11% lower than in the same month last year, according to the latest data from the British Banking Association.Read full article: [High street lending in UK down 11% compared to a year ago]
 
UK annual house price growth slows for six month in a row
2015-03-03 09:25:28 [Europe]
Annual house price growth in the UK slowed to 5.7% in February from 6.8% in January, the sixth month in a row that it has slowed, the latest index figures show.Read full article: [UK annual house price growth slows for six month in a row]
 
Rate of home ownership in England at lowest level for 30 years
2015-03-03 08:49:26 [Europe]
After rising almost continuously over the course of the twentieth century, the rate of home ownership in England has been declining steadily since 2003, the annual housing survey shows.Read full article: [Rate of home ownership in England at lowest level for 30 years]
 
Lending for home in Wales up 9% in 2014, latest data shows
2015-03-02 08:14:24 [Europe]
House purchase lending in Wales increased by 9% last year with a consistent performance throughout 2014, according to the latest data from the Council of Mortgage Landers.
Read full article: [Lending for home in Wales up 9% in 2014, latest data shows]
 
Stamp duty changes in UK push first time buyer deposits to 18 month high
2015-02-27 07:21:09 [Europe]
First time buyer deposits in the UK have increased by 15% in a year to average almost £30,000, driven by lower stamp duty bills for new buyers, according to the latest analysis.Read full article: [Stamp duty changes in UK push first time buyer deposits to 18 month high]
 
House purchase lending in London slowed in fourth quarter, says CML
2015-02-26 10:55:18 [Europe]
Greater London saw a decline in the level of house purchase and remortgage lending both year on year and quarter on quarter at the end of 2014, according to the latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.Read full article: [House purchase lending in London slowed in fourth quarter, says CML]
 
Weaker demand from overseas buyers hits London prime property market
2015-02-26 09:19:30 [Europe]
Prime property prices in London fell by 4.3% in the last quarter of 2014 due to weaker demand from international buyers, a new analysis suggests.Read full article: [Weaker demand from overseas buyers hits London prime property market]
 
CML reaffirms what needs to be done for UK home lending markets after election
2015-02-25 15:09:06 [Europe]
The Council of Mortgage Lenders has reissued its election manifesto aimed at political parties ahead of the forthcoming vote in the UK in May.Read full article: [CML reaffirms what needs to be done for UK home lending markets after election]
 
Two thirds of buyers in England and Wales to benefit from stamp duty tax change
2015-02-23 11:08:32 [Europe]
More than two thirds of buyers in England and Wales will benefit from the stamp duty changes announced last year and it is set to stimulate housing market activity.Read full article: [Two thirds of buyers in England and Wales to benefit from stamp duty tax change]
 
January saw 14% fall in mortgage lending in the UK
2015-02-20 11:39:10 [Europe]
Gross mortgage lending in the UK reached £14.3 billion in January, a 14% decrease from December, according to the latest estimate from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.
Read full article: [January saw 14% fall in mortgage lending in the UK]
 
Finding the right property often relies on gut instinct, survey finds
2015-02-19 09:03:07 [Europe]
When looking for a new home many people have a gut feeling about whether or not they can see themselves living in a particular property, a new survey has found.
 
First time buyers in UK giving up on their dream of owning a home, poll suggests
2015-02-18 11:33:26 [Europe]
A generation in the UK has given up on the dream of owning their own home as a result of the property boom, according to a survey by a legal firm.Read full article: [First time buyers in UK giving up on their dream of owning a home, poll suggests]
 
Overseas buyer confidence strengthening in Italy
2015-02-17 17:43:25 [Europe]
With the euro at a seven year low against the pound and prime prices in some parts of Italy at their lowest level since the financial crisis, buyer confidence is strengthening, it is claimed.Read full article: [Overseas buyer confidence strengthening in Italy]
 
Home purchase lending up just 1% in final month of 2014, CML data shows
2015-02-17 13:46:32 [Europe]
House purchase lending to home buyers increased slightly by 1% month on month in December but compared to December 2013, the number of loans fell by 5%, according to the latest CML data.
Read full article: [Home purchase lending up just 1% in final month of 2014, CML data shows]
 
Prime London property market likely to be subdued until after election in May
2015-02-16 07:07:18 [Europe]
The mood of buyers and vendors alike in the prime London residential market is likely to remain subdued up until after the general election in May, it is claimed.
Read full article: [Prime London property market likely to be subdued until after election in May]
 
Annual savings of £742 for those getting on the UK housing ladder
2015-02-16 01:10:31 [Europe]
First time buyers in the UK are £742 or 9% a year better off with their own home compared to those who rent, according to new research by the Halifax.
Read full article: [Annual savings of £742 for those getting on the UK housing ladder]
 
Increasing demand and lack of supply hitting UK first time buyer market
2015-02-15 17:55:25 [Europe]
The UK housing market is seeing increasing demand and limited supply and first time buyers are finding it increasingly difficult to get on the property market, according to a new analysis.Read full article: [Increasing demand and lack of supply hitting UK first time buyer market]
 
Home repossession in UK down 26% in 2014, year on year
2015-02-12 16:43:44 [Europe]
The number of home repossessions in the UK fell 26% in 2014 compared to the previous year, the lowest since 2006, according to the latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).Read full article: [Home repossession in UK down 26% in 2014, year on year]
 
Straw houses go onto UK general sales market
2015-02-11 07:20:15 [Europe]
Houses made of straw are on sale on the open market for the first time in the UK after becoming eligible for standard mortgages.Read full article: [Straw houses go onto UK general sales market]
 
Property prices in Cyprus continue falling, latest RICS index shows
2015-02-10 18:01:31 [Europe]
Residential property prices in Cyprus continued to fall in the final quarter of 2014 but some local agents are reporting an increase in sales.Read full article: [Property prices in Cyprus continue falling, latest RICS index shows]
 
UK residential mortgage market becoming too restrictive, study suggests
2015-02-06 06:39:30 [Europe]
Renewed optimism in the UK mortgage industry for growth in 2015 is being overshadowed by the view that the market has become too conservative, it is claimed.Read full article: [UK residential mortgage market becoming too restrictive, study suggests]
 
UK govt Help to Buy schemes continue to be a success, latest data shows
2015-02-02 13:40:56 [Europe]
The number of people joining the housing ladder in the UK using government support schemes continues to grow as new figures show more than 77,000 homes have been bought under the flagship Help to Buy schemes.Read full article: [UK govt Help to Buy schemes continue to be a success, latest data shows]
 
Mortgage approvals in UK rise for first time in six months
2015-02-02 09:16:17 [Europe]
Residential mortgage approvals in the UK rose in December for the first time since June, suggesting that a steady slowdown in the number of loans for home purchases could be bottoming out.
Read full article: [Mortgage approvals in UK rise for first time in six months]
 
Over half of UK property owners don’t like their home, research suggests
2015-01-28 16:19:57 [Europe]
One in 10 home owners in the UK regret buying their home with the biggest reason being that they think they rushed into it and 57% actually dislike their homes, new research has found.
Read full article: [Over half of UK property owners don’t like their home, research suggests]
 
Property in French Alps now offers a better deal due to currency changes
2015-01-28 06:56:26 [Europe]
Buyers in the French Alps are not happy to buy for the sake of buying but increasingly wanting to rent their property so it provides an income all year round, a new analysis has found.Read full article: [Property in French Alps now offers a better deal due to currency changes]
 
Online research becoming important for many UK buyers, survey suggests
2015-01-28 05:50:57 [Europe]
The impact that technology is having on the estate agency sector in the UK is changing the property buying and selling landscape, it is claimed.Read full article: [Online research becoming important for many UK buyers, survey suggests]
 
UK buyers less concerned about interest rates, survey suggests
2015-01-26 09:14:03 [Europe]
The drop in inflation in the UK to 0.5% in December 2014 has corresponded with a steep drop in the proportion of consumers viewing interest rates as one of the main barriers to buying a property, it is claimed.Read full article: [UK buyers less concerned about interest rates, survey suggests]
 
Gross mortgage lending in UK stalled in December, latest CML figures show
2015-01-23 15:10:54 [Europe]
Gross mortgage lending in the UK reached £16.5 billion in December, unchanged month on month compared to November but down 1% compared to December 2013, the latest data shows.Read full article: [Gross mortgage lending in UK stalled in December, latest CML figures show]
 
Middle market set to benefit from new property tax rates for Scotland
2015-01-22 10:20:49 [Europe]
Changes to the rate of property tax payable in Scotland from April have been confirmed with the middle sector of the market benefitting.Read full article: [Middle market set to benefit from new property tax rates for Scotland]
 
Report highlights potential property hotspots in emerging markets
2015-01-20 12:33:59 [Global News]
Most people buying an overseas property look to the safest markets such as France, the UK and the United States, but a new report highlights potential real estate hotspots in emerging markets.Read full article: [Report highlights potential property hotspots in emerging markets]
 
UK asking prices up 1.4% this month, latest index shows
2015-01-20 10:03:15 [Europe]
The price of property coming to the market in the UK increased by 1.4% in January at a time of year when prices usually fall, according to the latest index from Rightmove.Read full article: [UK asking prices up 1.4% this month, latest index shows]
 
New Scottish property tax rates being reviewed
2015-01-19 15:08:42 [Europe]
The new property tax rates due to replace stamp duty in Scotland in April are being reviewed amid concerns that families buying in areas like Edinburgh face unfair bills.Read full article: [New Scottish property tax rates being reviewed]
 



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