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Scottish Widows Bank announces mortgage rate cuts

Tuesday 13th January 2015

Scottish Widows Bank has cut the rates on its Professional and Flexible mortgage product range with immediate effect......

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Saving for deposit remains the main barrier to home ownership

Wednesday 7th May 2014

Saving for a deposit was cited as the key obstacle to owning a property by 81% of British adults recently surveyed by Genworth as part of the latest Genworth Index......

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Fixed mortgage rates at historic low – but remortgage activity remains static

Wednesday 26th February 2014

Fixed rate mortgages are at their lowest rates in recent years. However, the number of homeowners remortgaging onto these products remains low, Halifax has revealed......

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Mortgage market continues to improve

Friday 1st November 2013

As part of its market update, Lloyds Banking Group announced this week that it has already delivered its commitment to lend to 60,000 first time buyers by the end of 2013......

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Mortgage lending by mutual sector shows 50% increase due to consumer confidence

Wednesday 30th October 2013

Lending by building societies and other mutual lenders was 50% higher in September 2013 than the same month last year, demonstrating a continued improvement in consumer confidence about home purchase......

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Home improvement fever leaves up to 1 in 3 insurance policies invalid

Friday 11th October 2013

It's official: when it comes to our homes, we are a nation of "improvers, not movers"......

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Britons more optimistic about property market

Friday 11th October 2013

Britons are increasingly more upbeat about the property market, according to research from Santander Mortgages......

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Housing planning permissions up 49%

Friday 11th October 2013

Figures released in the HBF’s latest Housing Pipeline report reveal a 49% year-on-year increase in the number of planning approvals for new homes in England in the second quarter of 2013......

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Britons more loyal to mortgage provider than partner

Tuesday 24th September 2013

More Britons stayed loyal to their mortgage provider in the last year, than their employers or partners - only 2% switched their mortgage compared with 11% changing jobs and 3% changing their partners......

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Almost £900 a year cheaper to buy than rent

Tuesday 24th September 2013

Homebuyers in the UK are £875 (10%) a year better off buying their own home instead of renting, according to research by Halifax......

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Households more optimisitic on property prices

Tuesday 24th September 2013

Households expect the sharpest increase in property prices over next 12 months - more than at any time since January 2010 - according to the latest Knight Frank/Markit House Price Sentiment Index......

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Mortgage possession cases fall in Q2

Friday 16th August 2013

The number of properties taken into possession by mortgage lenders declined in the second quarter of 2013, according to data published by the Council of Mortgage Lenders......

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Retired renters turn their backs on home ownership

Wednesday 7th August 2013

Many retired homeowners in the UK are stepping off the property ladder to join the 25% of retirees who already rent, according to Prudential......

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East London house prices rise £1000 per month since London 2012 bid win

Thursday 1st August 2013

To celebrate the first anniversary of London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, the latest research from Lloyds TSB looks at house price performance in areas close to the Olympic Park since the Games were awarded to the capital in July 2005......

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Funding package to deliver thousands of new homes

Wednesday 31st July 2013

Ministers last week announced a multi-million pound boost to build thousands of new affordable homes across the country......

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London homebuyers back to bidding wars

Friday 19th July 2013

Sealed bids have returned to the buoyant London property market, reports property consultants Cluttons, driven by fierce competition in the face of a severe shortage of homes for sale......

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Tenant demand high as landlords invest in more property

Tuesday 9th July 2013

Demand for private rented property has remained high during the second quarter of the year, landlords who took part in a Paragon Mortgages survey have revealed......

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Negative equity holds back second-time buyers

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

More than a quarter (28%) of second-time buyers could be stuck on the first rung of the property ladder because they are in negative equity or their home has not increased enough in value for them to buy their second home, according to research from Post Office's Step-Up report......

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Pick up in house price growth continued in June

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

UK house prices increased by 0.3% in June and were 1.9% higher than a year earlier, according to the latest data from Nationwide......

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Affordable housing gives first-time buyers leg up onto ladder

Tuesday 25th June 2013

First-time buyers remain the biggest beneficiaries of affordable housing schemes, accounting for 65% of purchases over the last year, according to Halifax's latest Affordable Housing Review......

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Home ownership still remains aspiration for majority

Friday 7th June 2013

Half of all adults surveyed in London would like to buy a new home to live in (be that a first or subsequent home) in the next 2-3 years, according to findings released today by the Council of Mortgage Lenders based on a survey undertaken by YouGov......

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UK house prices see modest rise in May

Friday 7th June 2013

The price of a typical UK home increased by 0.4% in May and was 1.1% higher than May 2012, according to the latest data from Nationwide......

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Seaside house prices continue to rise

Friday 31st May 2013

The average house price in seaside towns rose by 63% over the past decade, to £197,938, according to the latest research from Halifax......

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Burden of UK property debt revealed

Wednesday 22nd May 2013

The share of households in Great Britain who thought making their mortgage payments was "a heavy burden" fell during the recession, from 15......

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Repossession forecast for 2013 remains low

Wednesday 15th May 2013

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association show an increase in repossessions by second charge mortgage providers during Q1 2013, but the forecast for 2013 remains below the levels recorded in 2010 and 2011......

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Tenants spend extra month paying off housing costs

Wednesday 15th May 2013

Last weekend (12 May) saw this year's Rental Freedom Day. It is the 132nd day of the year, which is how long UK tenants have to work to earn enough to pay off the annual cost of their rent......

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House prices rise £383 per day in prime Central London

Friday 10th May 2013

Home owners in prime Central London are currently benefiting from price growth of £383 per day, the equivalent of a return air fare to New York City or Dubai, reports property consultant Cluttons in its latest Residential Investment Monitor Q1 2013......

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Mortgage lending and consumer credit remain in Doldrums

Friday 10th May 2013

The latest data from the Bank of England showed that total net lending to individuals rose by £0......

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Better insulation could save homeowners £5.9bn

Thursday 25th April 2013

UK households could save an average £220 every year on their energy bills, a total nationwide annual saving of £5......

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Buy to let hotspots identified

Tuesday 23rd April 2013

Rental yields of 7.82% and private rental accommodation making up almost a quarter of its housing stock make Southampton the best place in England and Wales for buy to let (BTL) investors according to research from HSBC......

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House prices continue to soar in London

Tuesday 23rd April 2013

Despite the poor weather, the UK property market has surged ahead in the first few months of 2013, according to the Home......

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House price optimism rises sharply

Friday 19th April 2013

Optimism in house price prospects has risen significantly over the past three months, according to the latest quarterly Halifax Housing Market Confidence tracker......

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Homeowners consider remortgaging for a monthly saving of £135

Friday 12th April 2013

While recent data suggests that homeowners have been choosing to remain on their existing mortgage deals while interest rates are low, the latest research from Bank of Scotland indicates that more homeowners in Scotland are considering remortgaging this year and would be willing to do so for a monthly average saving of £135......

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Home buying 'time bomb' revealed

Tuesday 9th April 2013

More than one in five homebuyers who did not take out a home survey are saddled with a property they would never have bought had they been aware of its true condition before purchase, according to research by RICS......

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No movement in UK house prices

Friday 5th April 2013

The price of a typical UK home was unchanged between February and March but was 0.8% higher than March 2012, according to the latest data from Nationwide......

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'Most renters will never buy a home'

Wednesday 27th March 2013

Around 4.5 million - equivalent to 61% - of all private and social renters in England do not ever expect to buy a home, according to new analysis from housing investment and shared equity mortgage provider, Castle Trust......

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1 in 4 house purchases in 2012 was above £250,000

Wednesday 27th March 2013

Research by Halifax Intermediaries Premier Mortgages team reveals that properties purchased above £250,000 made up 27% of total transactions in 2012......

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Budget 2013: Housing market growth key to recovery

Friday 22nd March 2013

Chancellor George Osborne has put the property market at the heart of the Government's plans for economic growth......

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Budget 2013: Osborne throws lifeline to homebuyers

Friday 22nd March 2013

The plans outlined in this week's Budget will be a major help for homebuyers, according to MoneySupermarket......

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Budget 2013: 'CML to help with mortgage changes'

Friday 22nd March 2013

Following the Budget announcement of a "Help to Buy" package incorporating a new guarantee scheme designed to support the widening of availability of low deposit mortgages, the Council of Mortgage Lenders has confirmed it will work constructively with Government to help deliver a workable scheme, but emphasises that the detail of its operation will be crucial to its success......

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Number of first-time buyers rises at fastest rate for 5 years

Friday 8th March 2013

The number of first-time buyers in London rose by 15% in 2012, marking the largest annual total since 2007, according to data released by the Council of Mortgage Lenders......

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UK house prices rise by 0.2% in February

Tuesday 5th March 2013

The price of a typical home rose by 0.2% in February, but was unchanged compared with February 2012, according to the latest Nationwide House Price Index......

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Thousands of homes sold at loss since 2007

Tuesday 5th March 2013

More than 130,000 families have sold their homes at a loss since 2007, according to exclusive analysis of housing transactions by housing investment and shared equity provider, Castle Trust......

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'Mortgage market is open for business'

Friday 1st March 2013

Here Ray Boulger, of independent mortgage adviser John Charcol, comments on the launch of a 2 year fixed rate at 3......

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'Property investors will look back on 2013 as vintage year'

Friday 1st March 2013

The year 2013 could go down as an historic vintage one for opportunistic property investors - but those who wait for more "normal" conditions  may miss the opportunity, according to a new report from J......

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Lowest number of repossessions since 2007

Wednesday 20th February 2013

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has reported a fall in the number of properties taken into possession by first-charge residential mortgage lenders from 8200 in the third quarter of 2012 to 7700 in the fourth quarter, maintaining a repossession rate of 0......

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Up to 1.5 million regret not buying home in 2012

Wednesday 20th February 2013

More than 1.5 million people (3.6% of UK adults) claim their biggest financial regret of 2012 was not moving or buying a home for the first time, according to research by first direct......

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House hunter numbers 'on increase'

Friday 15th February 2013

Figures from the National Association of Estate Agents show that the housing market is gathering momentum thanks to a growing number of people conducting property searches......

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Land Registry launches property fraud line for home owners

Friday 15th February 2013

A fraud hotline has been launched so owners concerned their property might be subject to a fraudulent sale or mortgage can quickly alert Land Registry and speak to specially trained staff for practical guidance about what to do next......

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Positive signs for UK housing market - Halifax

Wednesday 13th February 2013

House prices in the last quarter were 1.9% higher than in the previous three months, according to the latest Halifax House Price Index......

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