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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]
 
Home movers in the UK increased in 2014 but well below recent highs
2015-01-19 08:46:49 [Europe]
Last year there was an 8% rise in the number of home movers, the highest annual total since 2007 but still little more than half the average between 2004 and 2007, new data shows.Read full article: [Home movers in the UK increased in 2014 but well below recent highs]
 
British buyers returning to the French property market
2015-01-16 02:30:52 [Europe]
British buyers returned to the French property market in 2014, buying homes for holidays and investment, according to a leading overseas estate agency.Read full article: [British buyers returning to the French property market]
 
UK mortgage market sees lending fall off toward end of 2014
2015-01-14 17:37:48 [Europe]
Lending trends to first time buyers, home movers and remortgaging in the UK have declined but there has been an annual rise in buy to let lending, according to the latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.Read full article: [UK mortgage market sees lending fall off toward end of 2014]
 
New home building set to remain strong in Australia, it is claimed
2015-01-13 15:13:23 [Australasia]
Lending figures shows that new home building activity in Australia is set to remain at a strong level, according to the Housing Industry Association, the voice of Australia’s residential building industry.Read full article: [New home building set to remain strong in Australia, it is claimed]
 
Help to Buy boost for smaller developers in Scotland
2015-01-13 10:49:57 [Europe]
A £30 million scheme to open doors for people to buy new homes in Scotland from small and medium sized house builders has been launched.Read full article: [Help to Buy boost for smaller developers in Scotland]
 
Latest data shows UK Help to Buy scheme has now helped over 73,000
2015-01-08 12:30:19 [Europe]
The majority of sales under the UK government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme continues to be to first time buyers representing 83% of total sales, the latest figures show.Read full article: [Latest data shows UK Help to Buy scheme has now helped over 73,000]
 
Funding boost for affordable new homes in London
2015-01-06 10:35:08 [Europe]
The Mayor of London has announced his intention for millions of pounds of funding for two new schemes to help Londoners into affordable home ownership and accelerate the delivery of new homes.Read full article: [Funding boost for affordable new homes in London]
 
Number of first time buyers in UK rises for third year
2015-01-06 09:14:37 [Europe]
The number of first time buyers in the UK increased by more than a fifth in 2014, the third successive annual rise, new data shows.Read full article: [Number of first time buyers in UK rises for third year]
 
Ski property market in French Alps likely to be boosted by low interest rates
2014-12-31 15:19:35 [Europe]
With snow finally arriving across the French Alps a flurry of interest is expected in ski property, especially since interest rates offered by lenders in France are so low.
Read full article: [Ski property market in French Alps likely to be boosted by low interest rates]
 
Year ahead set to see more British buyers in popular European markets
2014-12-29 14:36:33 [Europe]
Rising confidence and a resurging pound are set to boost overseas property market as British buyers once again look for homes overseas, it is claimed.Read full article: [Year ahead set to see more British buyers in popular European markets]
 
UK buyers and sellers concerned about property prices, research suggests
2014-12-26 10:09:50 [Europe]
Both buyers and sellers in the UK are concerned about the price of property with 86% of buyers feeling it deters them and 91% worried about selling up.
Read full article: [UK buyers and sellers concerned about property prices, research suggests]
 
Demand for UK property down 8% since February, new data shows
2014-12-23 13:24:30 [Europe]
Demand for homes in the UK has dropped by 8% since February with London seeing an even bigger fall of 28%, according to the latest property hotspots index review.Read full article: [Demand for UK property down 8% since February, new data shows]
 
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]
 



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