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Four in ten BTL landlords set to add to portfolio this year

Fri 29 Mar 2019

Four in ten buy-to-let landlords are planning to expand their portfolio this year, according to new research.

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First-time Buyer? 7 Tips to Finding the Right Home for You

Tue 26 Mar 2019

Looking to buy your first home? Here’s invaluable first-time buyer advice and tips on finding the right home for you...

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Average age of people buying BTL property falls significantly

Mon 25 Mar 2019

The average age of people buying investment property has fallen by more than three and half years in the past nine months, new analysis from yieldit has found.

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Buy to let in the UK is still a good investment compared to gold and other assets

Fri 22 Mar 2019

Buy to let is still a good investment option in the UK, beating investing in gold, cash and fine art in the last decade in terms of returns, new research has found.

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House prices edge up in February

Thu 21 Mar 2019

The latest data released from LSL Acadata shows that, for the third consecutive month, average house prices increased during February by 0.5%.

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Choice of Buy-to-Let Mortgages Hits 12 Year High

Thu 21 Mar 2019

Need a buy-to-let mortgage? Find out why you now have a huge choice and find three tips for choosing the right buy-to-let mortgage...

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The best mortgages for first-time buyers

Wed 20 Mar 2019

The first-time buyer market is booming, with the number of people buying their first home hitting its highest level in 12 years, according to data from UK Finance.

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North west house prices rise faster than rest of England

Wed 20 Mar 2019

New figures show house prices in the north west have risen faster than any other region in England.

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How to improve your property’s EPC rating

Tue 19 Mar 2019

Here are some top tips from Everest on how to improve your EPC rating.

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7 Things Not To Do When Selling Your Home

Thu 07 Mar 2019

Want to sell your home quickly and for the best possible price? Here are seven mistakes to avoid when selling your home...

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Housing costs: Five surprises explained

Mon 04 Mar 2019

The UK's housing market is changing. People are renting for longer and buying their first home later.

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Most home purchases made by first-time buyers in 2018, research shows

Fri 01 Mar 2019

The majority of home purchases were made by first-time buyers last year for the first time in 23 years, according to new research.

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The step-by-step design guide to investment refurbs

Thu 28 Feb 2019

Useful information here on renovating for investment purposes.

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This is why buy to let looks a good investment for many years to come...

Wed 27 Feb 2019

London lettings agency Benham and Reeves has produced figures showing, indirectly at least, exactly why buy to let and property investment looks a safe bet for the long term.

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Cash buyers pay less on average for a home in Britain, study has found

Tue 26 Feb 2019

People in Britain who buy a home with a mortgage pay on average 9% more than those paying with cash, new research has found.

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It's true: buying a home now is much MORE affordable than a decade ago

Tue 26 Feb 2019

Monthly mortgage payments as a proportion of income have dropped to 31 per cent now from 43 per cent a decade ago.

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Competitive mortgage deals drive first-time buyer numbers upwards

Fri 22 Feb 2019

First-time buyer numbers increased to their highest level in 12 years, driven by Government incentives and competitive mortgage deals

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Help to Buy sends number of first-time buyers into the 12-year record books

Fri 22 Feb 2019

According to trade body UK Finance, there were 370,000 new first-time buyer mortgages completed last year, some 1.9% higher than in 2017.

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Report says 45,000 new homes could be built on empty sites in UK town and city centres

Fri 22 Feb 2019

There is around eight million square meters of vacant space in town and city centres across the UK, a third of which could be used to deliver 45,000 new homes, according to a new report.

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Business as usual for Wirral property market

Thu 21 Feb 2019

Despite a slow start for new stock coming to market this year, it appears that confidence continues to be high across Wirral for property buyers.

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First-time buyer numbers hit 12-year high

Wed 20 Feb 2019

First-time buyer mortgages totalled 370,000 in 2018 - 1.9% higher than in 2017 and the highest number recorded since 2006, according to research from UK Finance.

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New asking prices continue to tiptoe up as Rightmove claims affordability has improved for buyers

Mon 18 Feb 2019

New asking prices rose 0.7% this month – equivalent to an extra £1,981 on the average price tag.

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First time buyers can find cheaper mortgages than a year ago

Fri 15 Feb 2019

In the UK first time buyers have a rare opportunity to take advantage of cheap mortgage rates at a time when property price growth has slowed, according to new research.

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UK property market enjoys strong start to 2019

Wed 13 Feb 2019

The UK’s property market experienced a promising first month of 2019, according to the latest data from the Agency Express Property Activity Index.

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80 and still paying a mortgage? No problem, say lenders

Tue 12 Feb 2019

Mortgage lenders are relaxing age limits so that house buyers can still be paying off their home loan well into their 80s.

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7 Things to Consider When Investing in a Property

Mon 11 Feb 2019

If you're thinking of investing in a buy-to-let property, here's a handy guide to seven things you should always do…

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Big surge in properties coming to market despite Brexit jitters

Fri 08 Feb 2019

There’s been a big rise in the number of homes being listed for sale despite ongoing concerns over Brexit.

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Fewer people owning their own homes? Don't you believe it...

Mon 04 Feb 2019

Conventional wisdom appears to have it that there are fewer owner-occupiers and more renters these days - but that’s not what the latest English Housing Survey reveals.

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Mortgage borrowers “defy seasonal trends” in December: UKF

Thu 31 Jan 2019

Data from UK Finance shows that the value of gross residential mortgage lending grew 4.7 per cent on a yearly basis in December, from £20.1bn to £21.1bn.

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Mortgages – why 80 is the new 60 as far as lenders are concerned

Thu 31 Jan 2019

Many lenders have relaxed the maximum age at which a mortgage should end.

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Wirral property market snapshot - January/February 2019

Fri 25 Jan 2019

Andrew Spink Msc, Data Analyst, looks at what the Wirral property market will look like in 2019...

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Are you paying £3,500 a year extra in mortgage costs?

Fri 25 Jan 2019

Remortgaging can save you thousands of pounds, so isn't it time you switched and saved?

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Right up my street: one in three house hunters already know just where they want to live

Fri 25 Jan 2019

Almost a third of buyers know the exact street where they want to move, according to Zoopla research, with those in London, the north and the midlands most likely to target their property searches.

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First-time buyer mortgage costs down by a quarter since 2013

Tue 22 Jan 2019

Mortgage deals for those with a modest deposit have dropped significantly - once you've saved your deposit.

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Mortgage industry encouraged by FCA move

Mon 14 Jan 2019

The industry has responded positively to the news that the FCA plans to relax affordability rules with ‘relative’ stress tests to help mortgage prisoners.

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Motivation to remortgage hits 11-year high

Wed 09 Jan 2019

The motivation for existing borrowers to remortgage from a lender’s SVR is at its highest since February 2008, Moneyfacts UK Mortgage Trends Treasury Report data shows.

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Young homeowners are paying off their mortgage faster than planned

Wed 09 Jan 2019

Almost half of homeowners are making overpayments on their mortgages, according to new research from Which? Mortgage Advisers.

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Why borrowers with two-year deals ending should remortgage now

Tue 08 Jan 2019

If you need motivation to remortgage at the end of your current deal, look no further than the latest figures released by financial experts at Moneyfacts.

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Rising demand for eco friendly homes

Wed 02 Jan 2019

A new survey of 1,000 25-40 year old home owners and renters has revealed that almost a third want future homes to be more eco-friendly...

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Top tips for a more energy efficient home in 2019

Wed 02 Jan 2019

Being energy efficient impacts simple actions like switching on a light, opening a fridge or heating water. Here are heating experts, Hometree’s top tips for becoming energy efficient in 2019.

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Top tips for a lucrative mortgage in 2019

Mon 31 Dec 2018

Without much doubt, a mortgage is one of the biggest financial commitments someone will ever make and with Brexit on the horizon, 2019 will certainly be an interesting year for your finances.

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Vital things first-time sellers need to know

Fri 21 Dec 2018

Here's some useful tips for first-time sellers...

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Top tips for first time home buyers

Fri 21 Dec 2018

Here's some useful tips for first-time home buyers...

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Brits get moving again - as house purchases rise to highest level in months

Thu 13 Dec 2018

The penny seems to have dropped for sellers holding out for unrealistic house prices - as the latest figures show deals are being done again

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Wirral property market snapshot - December 2018

Wed 12 Dec 2018

Our Data Analyst looks at two of the key questions often asked by home sellers...

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More than 180,500 first time buyers have benefited from stamp duty exemption

Fri 07 Dec 2018

More than 180,500 first time buyers in Britain have saved a total of £426 million through the stamp duty relief programme introduced a year ago, official figures show.

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​​​​​​​Are you paying too much for your mortgage?

Thu 06 Dec 2018

New analysis of mortgage rate data by Private Finance shows that borrowers on their lender’s Standard Variable Rate (SVR) could save more than £4,000 in mortgage interest alone over the course of just a couple of years by simply switching to a two...

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Karl Tatler average time to sell six weeks quicker than UK average

Wed 05 Dec 2018

Our data shows us that our branches are finding you a buyer quicker than national average…

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Brits rent five times longer than expected - but still want to buy

Fri 30 Nov 2018

A new study has revealed that the average Briton rents four years longer than they initially planned to...

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The pros and cons of buying a home in need of renovation

Wed 28 Nov 2018

Here's a useful evaluation of what to consider when buying a home in need of renovation.

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Report suggests narrowing of North-South property price divide

Tue 27 Nov 2018

A report by Savills, the upmarket estate agent, has opened up an interesting debate regarding the North-South property price divide.

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Top 10 worst home renovations that turn off buyers revealed - including carpeted bathrooms and artex ceilings

Mon 26 Nov 2018

If you are thinking of making some home improvements to your property, whatever you do don’t even think of adding woodchip wallpaper or a carpeted bathroom. Mirrored ceilings are also a definite no-no.

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Help to Buy: your questions answered

Mon 26 Nov 2018

Greg Cunnington, director of lender relationships and new homes at Alexander Hall, discloses how using an intermediary has helped first-time buyers to navigate the Help to Buy scheme and successfully get onto the property ladder

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UK house prices continue to rise

Fri 23 Nov 2018

House prices are one of the nation’s favourite talking points, and it seems like they continue to rise. Despite uncertainties over Brexit, a fall in the pound and regional disparities, the UK housing market remains strong overall.

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A few interesting facts about land & new build homes

Fri 23 Nov 2018

In a recent report by the NHBC forty interesting facts about UK homes, housing and house building have been revealed.

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Fixer uppers are a way onto the housing ladder for first time buyers

Wed 21 Nov 2018

Homes that require major structural work can be purchased for £40,000 less than the market average and could be a way onto the housing ladder for first time buyers, it is suggested.

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How to get a new build mortgage

Thu 15 Nov 2018

Looking for a new build mortgage? Here’s your complete guide to getting a mortgage on a new property...

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One in three homeowners unaware of their mortgage rate

Mon 05 Nov 2018

As many as one in three UK homeowners don’t know what mortgage rate they are on, potentially costing them thousands of pounds each year, according to Which? Mortgage Advisers.

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Record low for five-year buy-to-let mortgage rates

Fri 02 Nov 2018

Landlords looking for medium-term security can lock into exceptionally low interest rate deals

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Number of first-time buyers reaches record high

Wed 31 Oct 2018

There were 35,500 new first-time buyer mortgages completed in the month, some 2 per cent more than in the same month a year earlier...

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Autumn Budget 2018: Help to Buy modified and extended until 2023

Tue 30 Oct 2018

The government has extended the Help to Buy equity loan scheme until 2023, details in the Budget show.

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Stamp duty removed on shared ownership

Tue 30 Oct 2018

Stamp duty has been abolished for all first-time buyers of shared ownership homes with a market value of up to £500,000.

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Gifted deposits driving surge in lifetime mortgages

Fri 26 Oct 2018

13% of lifetime mortgages are being used to give a financial gift to family members, with much of money being used towards first homes, according to research from OneFamily.

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The impact of loyalty on insurance

Fri 26 Oct 2018

Loyalty is a term we use to describe your feelings for our favourite football team, our friends, or a particular brand. Many people also stay loyal to their bank and other financial services providers.

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Not so grim up north as buy to let investors move from south

Fri 26 Oct 2018

New data from Countrywide’s luxury brand agency Hamptons International says the average price of a home bought by a landlord in the first half of 2018 fell to £174,580.

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Think tank proposes Help to Own scheme for landlords selling to tenants

Fri 26 Oct 2018

The Centre for Policy Studies has proposed a new scheme to increase home ownership at no cost to the Treasury, by giving tenants and landlords a rebate when a rented property is sold by the landlord to a sitting tenant.

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Property demand increases in Q3

Wed 24 Oct 2018

Property demand across the UK increased in the third quarter of year both year-on-year and compared to the second quarter, Emoov’s National Hotspots Index has found.

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Don't hold up completions at the last minute, conveyancers are told

Wed 24 Oct 2018

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers has called for conveyancers to have all monies, including mortgage funds, in place the day before completion.

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UK home buyers rate broadband as 'more important than crime rate'

Wed 17 Oct 2018

67.1 per cent of people surveyed said that they demanded a minimum domestic broadband speed of at least 50Mbps.

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How can technology make your home 'greener'?

Mon 01 Oct 2018

When you think of making your home ‘greener’, you may think of adding unsightly solar panels to your roof or buying expensive recycling gadgets.

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Transactions up month-on-month

Fri 28 Sep 2018

In August there were more residential transactions and less non-residential transactions than that in July, HMRC property transactions showed.

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Top tips to get your kids on the property ladder

Fri 28 Sep 2018

Here's some tips on giving your children a helping hand with their first home...

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Wirral house price rise by 1.5% in July

Thu 27 Sep 2018

House prices in Wirral increased by 1.5% in July, contributing to a 3.3% rise over the last 12 months.

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Poll reveals the top list of work carried out by British home owners in last five years

Wed 26 Sep 2018

A lick of paint, a new floor and a bathroom makeover top the list of work carried out by home owners in the UK in the last five years, according to a new survey.

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Mortgage applicants in the UK are getting younger, bank research shows

Wed 26 Sep 2018

First time buyers trying to get on the property ladder in the UK are younger than they were five years ago, new research has found.

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This July was strongest for remortgaging in a decade

Mon 24 Sep 2018

This July was the busiest for remortgaging in a decade, as there were 46,900 residential transactions worth £8.7bn that completed, UK Finance figures show.

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What children want in their home

Sat 22 Sep 2018

A recent survey has revealed what is on the home wish lists of children aged 6-10...

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Top tips to help get your house in order before winter hits

Sat 22 Sep 2018

Here's some tips on getting your house ready for winter

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Mortgage approvals rise in August: e.surv

Sat 22 Sep 2018

New figures from e.surv show that, with 66,543 mortgages approved in August, seasonally adjusted, approvals rose 2.7 per cent on a monthly basis, down 0.7 per cent annually.

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Biggest house price drop since 2012: is now the time to buy?

Wed 19 Sep 2018

Nationwide data claims average UK property price at £215,000

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Wirral property market snapshot - September 2018

Wed 19 Sep 2018

Whether you're a current homeowner, or just curious about the Wirral property market, this update will keep you up-to-speed with the latest trends in your local area.

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Remortgage activity "spikes" in second quarter: Imla

Thu 13 Sep 2018

The Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association Mortgage Market Tracker for Q2 shows that 76 per cent of remortgage applications resulted in a completion, up from 70 per cent in Q1.

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Buy to let a strong investment for most

Thu 13 Sep 2018

The majority of buy to let investors still see buy to let as a good strong investment, with 56 per cent looking to keep or buy more rental properties.

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Interest-only mortgages one of top requirements for later life

Wed 12 Sep 2018

Product terms, interest-only mortgages and downsizing as a repayment vehicle were voted top requirements for brokers providing later life advice for their clients, Marsden Building Society has found.

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Over 65s make £47bn on their homes in a year

Wed 12 Sep 2018

Retired homeowners have gained £45.7bn in property wealth in the past year despite housing market worries, analysis from equity release adviser Key has found.

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Property market comment: Moving? It pays to do your homework

Wed 12 Sep 2018

As the long hot summer draws to a close and autumn makes an appearance, many people will be thinking of a new start. Sebastian Hipwood from Savills in Cirencester, recommends doing your homework before taking your property to market.

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Is your house for sale? This is the one thing that puts people off buying

Wed 12 Sep 2018

Property can often prove difficult to sell, but there is one thing in particular property owners should be aware of when putting their home on the market.

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Conveyancer holidays blamed for delays in house completions

Mon 10 Sep 2018

New research and analysis from conveyancing management specialists, When You Move, has revealed that more than 4 million people across the UK have been left temporarily homeless due to solicitor delays.

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How to get started in property

Fri 07 Sep 2018

Property investor Bindar Dosanjh gives her advice on what to consider if you are thinking of investing in property

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Young adults driving demand for waterside living, says report

Fri 07 Sep 2018

Young adults are the driving force behind increasing demand for waterside living in the UK, according to a recent survey by Strutt & Parker.

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Thinking of a 10-year fixed-rate mortgage? Here is everything you should know

Tue 04 Sep 2018

10-year fixes are growing in popularity. Here's everything you should know about a 10-year fixed-rate mortgage...

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Top tips to add value to your home

Tue 04 Sep 2018

Whether you're thinking of selling or investing in the future, these top tips from National estate agent Strutt & Parker will help you increase the value of your home.

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Registrations rise 35% in July

Tue 04 Sep 2018

The latest figures from NHBC have revealed that new home registrations saw a 35% rise in July against the same month last year.

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Why picking the right estate agent can make house sales stress-free

Mon 03 Sep 2018

How do you choose the best agent to sell your home? NAEA Propertymark have the answers...

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First time buyer numbers reached an eight month high in the UK in July

Fri 31 Aug 2018

First time buyers make the most of summer buying opportunities.

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Buy to let investors in UK are younger than a decade ago

Thu 30 Aug 2018

The average age of buy to let buyers in the UK has fallen by 10 years since 2014, according to a new piece of research.

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What survey should you get when buying a property?

Wed 29 Aug 2018

Buying a property? Here's your complete guide to valuations, so you know which survey to have...

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Number of homes being built for retired people set to rise significantly in the UK

Wed 29 Aug 2018

The number of properties being built specially for retired people is set to increase significantly by 2022 as the demand for this kind of home rises in the UK due to an aging population, new research suggests.

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Gross mortgage lending rises 7.6% annually: UKF

Tue 28 Aug 2018

Figures released by UK Finance show that in July, gross mortgage lending rose 7.6 per cent on a yearly basis, totalling an estimated £24.6bn as compared to £22.87bn.

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Low rates spark resurgence in two-year buy-to-let fixes

Tue 28 Aug 2018

Commercial Trust has reported a resurgence in the proportion of two-year fixed rate buy-to-let purchase applications in Q2 of 2018.

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81% of first-time buyers get on property ladder using Help to Buy

Fri 24 Aug 2018

More than 420,000 people have bought a home using one of the government’s Help to Buy schemes including more than 365,400 first-time buyers, according to latest government statistics.

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Invest in a pricey doormat and NEVER hide your house number: Five steps to the best-looking home on the street

Fri 24 Aug 2018

Read expert tips on how to make your home stand out from the rest

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The rise, fall (and rise again) of the much-loved bungalow

Fri 24 Aug 2018

An interesting, if a little sombre, story here about the future of bungalows

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People still like to meet estate agents face to face in the UK, survey suggests

Fri 24 Aug 2018

More than half of consumers in the UK prefer to communicate with estate agents face to face, indicating that having a physical presence on the High Street is still important despite the rise in use of technology.

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Average age of buy to let investors falls dramatically, website claims

Fri 24 Aug 2018

The average age of buyers of properties for buy to let has dropped from 52.3 years in 2014 to 42 years now.

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Young households defy stereotype by saving most

Wed 22 Aug 2018

OneFamily has conducted research that describes the average under-30s household as having saved £194 a month as compared to the £174 average that all UK adults saved in 2017.

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More than half of UK landlords are optimistic about outlook for buy to let

Mon 20 Aug 2018

Over half of landlords in the UK fell optimistic about the current buy to let sector despite a raft of regulatory and tax changes which have had an impact on their business, a new survey has found.

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First-time buyers dominate market

Fri 17 Aug 2018

The proportion of first-time buyers has reached its highest level in a decade and now represents more than half of the market, the latest data has revealed.

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The route out of the rental market

Thu 16 Aug 2018

Though buying a home may seem like a distant pipe-dream for many young people in the UK, there are some practical measures they can undertake to put themselves in the best possible position to get on the housing ladder...

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Thousands of potential homeowners wrongly think they can't get a mortgage

Fri 10 Aug 2018

Thousands of potential homeowners aren't applying for a mortgage because they mistakenly believe they would be turned down, new research suggests.

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Property market comment: buying and selling in the summer

Fri 10 Aug 2018

Summer is now in full swing with schools having broken up for half term and many packing for, if not already on, their holidays and getaways.

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How to future-proof your home and make it irresistible to buyers

Fri 10 Aug 2018

If you're eyeing up a new build home and need to sell your current property, you'll want to make the most out of your home to make it irresistible to buyers...

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Last-time buyers flock to retirement villages

Tue 07 Aug 2018

Retirement villages are an increasingly popular option for ‘Last Time Buyers’ – according to new research from Inspired Villages Group (IVG)

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Fixed rate mortgages the dominant choice for buy-to-let landlords

Mon 06 Aug 2018

Some 93% of landlords financing buy-to-let property opted for a fixed rate mortgage in the second quarter of 2018, according to the Buy to Let Mortgage Index recently published by Mortgages for Business.

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Six things you need to know about protecting yourself if you buy a home with a friend or partner

Fri 03 Aug 2018

If you're planning on buying a home with a partner or friends there can be serious financial risks involved if you don't take the right precautions.

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What You Should Teach Your Kids About Mortgages and Borrowing

Fri 03 Aug 2018

Teaching your kids about finance & mortgages can help them to manage their money better as an adult. Here’s your guide…

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Does Britain have a downsizing crisis?

Thu 02 Aug 2018

Over 620,000 over 65s have considered downsizing, but cannot find suitable alternative accommodation

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69% of BTL landlords choose to fix for five years

Thu 02 Aug 2018

One-fifth of buy-to-let mortgages were fee free

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Buy-to-let investors increasingly targeting low cost, high yield properties

Tue 31 Jul 2018

Buy-to-let investments will continue to offer attractive rates of return compared to other asset classes, but investors will increasingly search out cheaper and higher yielding properties, according to a new special report commissioned by The Mort...

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Think buy to let is dead, think again

Mon 30 Jul 2018

This article looks at how sustainable is the buy-to-let market

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Over a third of mortgages are fee-free

Mon 30 Jul 2018

The deals are particularly popular with first-time buyers looking to cut the upfront costs of getting on the ladder

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Mortgage market in the UK was stable in June with lending up to first time buyers

Fri 27 Jul 2018

The stable performance of the UK mortgage market during May continued into June, with approved mortgages up by 3%, led by lending to first time buyers, the latest research shows.

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Why You Should Take Rates and Fees Into Account When Choosing a Mortgage

Fri 27 Jul 2018

Should you pick the lowest mortgage rate? Or the deal with the lowest fee? Find out here

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What should you know before buying a leasehold flat?

Thu 26 Jul 2018

What is a lease, what does the lease entitle you to do and what are you restricted from doing?

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House prices continue to edge up across England and Wales on an annual basis

Wed 25 Jul 2018

The average house price in England and Wales increased by 2.1% on an annual basis in June, up from 1.8% in the previous month to £303,960, the latest property index shows.

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UK mortgage lending picks up, credit conditions seen improving

Fri 20 Jul 2018

UK mortgage lending picked up in May, figures from the industry on Thursday showed, while the Bank of England reported slightly higher credit availability for residential mortgages in the second quarter.

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How to sell your home FAST in summer: Property experts shares top sales tricks

Fri 20 Jul 2018

AS WE head towards the summer break with school holidays just around the corner, it’s tempting for many would-be vendors to think that it may be better to hold off and list their home for sale in September, fearing that the next eight weeks or s...

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First-time buyers and home movers get pre-summer lending boost

Fri 20 Jul 2018

The mortgage market experienced a pre-summer boost in May as lending to first-time buyers and home movers increased, figures suggest.

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Home owners in England are older than they were 20 years ago, national survey shows

Fri 20 Jul 2018

Most people in England own their own home, representing 63% of all households but they are older than they were 20 years ago, the latest official survey of the state of housing shows.

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Getting ready for moving day

Thu 19 Jul 2018

Here's a few helpful tips to assist you with moving day!

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Failure to shop around for your mortgage can cost thousands

Thu 19 Jul 2018

Brits spend more time shopping around and researching new cars and holidays, than they do selecting the right mortgage deal, a new survey claims.

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Property for sale? Home for sale? This feature will sell your home fast, experts claim

Mon 16 Jul 2018

Property for sale will sell quicker with these must have features estate agents are claiming. While some of the features that house-buyers look for remain the same, there are other more surprising additions that the millennial market look for when...

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Top tips for selling your house in the summer

Mon 16 Jul 2018

A list of tips for making your home more attractive to buyers during the quieter summer months has been released by the professional body for estate agents.

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Selling the new build dream

Mon 16 Jul 2018

In a recent survey of 1000 UK adults 82% said that they would prefer to buy a period property rather than a new build home.

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UK mortgage approvals hit four-month high in May - UK Finance

Fri 13 Jul 2018

The number of mortgages approved by British banks for home purchases hit a four-month high last month, according to industry figures that differed from other signs of weakness in the housing market.

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5,000: That's how many UK mortgages you can now choose from

Fri 13 Jul 2018

Borrowers have a vast choice of deals, with the number of available mortgages topping 5,000 for the first time in a decade.

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1/3 of UK homeowners are living with these dangerous faults. Are you?

Wed 11 Jul 2018

Up to 1/3 of UK residents could be living with a potentially dangerous fault in their home according to research from leading online roofing supplier Roof Stores.

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Nearly half of mortgage customers looking for trackers in May

Tue 10 Jul 2018

Nearly half (46.8%) of mortgage customers were looking for trackers in May, up from just 32.5% in April, Experian’s Credit Search Barometer has found.

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How to add thousands to your home

Mon 09 Jul 2018

By spending £3,500 creating an open plan kitchen a homeowner could boost the value of their property by as much as £26,000. But there are plenty of other things you can do enhance the returns on your property when you come to sell. Experts at Ar...

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First-time landlords have record choice

Wed 04 Jul 2018

Latest findings reveal that the number of deals for first-time landlords has increased by 13% since the start of the year to reach a record high level.

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10 mortgage questions to ask your lender

Wed 27 Jun 2018

Looking to get a new mortgage? Here are 10 questions you should ask your mortgage lender before you sign up...

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Wirral property viewing to sale ratio superior to rest of UK

Mon 25 Jun 2018

Some reports have recently suggested that the average number of viewings required to achieve a property sale in the UK has increased from 11 to 19 over the past three years. That�s handy to know, but what does the picture look like for the Wirral?

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Better later than never? Property market springs back to life in May

Mon 25 Jun 2018

The typical spring bounce in the property market may have started slightly later this year, as HMRC data shows a 12.1% boost in transactions during May.

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Property transactions up 0.8% in May

Mon 25 Jun 2018

The latest data from HMRC has shown that during May there were 99,590 residential transactions recorded, a seasonally adjusted rise of 0.8% but a 0.5% drop compared to the same month a year earlier.

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Hundreds of thousands of UK owners want to downsize but cannot find the right home

Mon 25 Jun 2018

More than 1.4 million home owners in the UK aged over 65 will consider downsizing in the next five years but they are struggling to find the right kind of property, new research suggests.

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Owning a home is cheaper than renting in all areas of the UK

Fri 22 Jun 2018

Potential first-time buyers would have lower monthly outgoings if they bought a property rather than renting one, with rental prices surpassing average mortgage repayments in every region of the UK, Santander Mortgages has found.

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Work driving UK property market

Fri 22 Jun 2018

Jobs not money behind UK property moves

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Dwindling stock in north drives prices to new national record

Wed 20 Jun 2018

The asking price of newly-marketed properties has hit a new record for the third consecutive month, Rightmove’s House Price Index has found.

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Is now the last chance to get a cheap mortgage?

Tue 19 Jun 2018

Mortgage industry observers have warned that the age of the cheap mortgage could soon be over, despite rates falling in recent weeks.

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A complete guide to shared ownership and how it can get you on the property ladder

Mon 18 Jun 2018

Think you can’t afford to buy a house? Perhaps you should think again

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Save £880 on your energy bills with THESE five home improvements

Mon 18 Jun 2018

Energy bills can add up to thousands of pounds a year. With heating on for most of the year and many homes without proper insulation, your home could be pouring out as much money as heat. A new guide reveals the top five ways to save yourself hund...

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8 out of 10 plan to fund retirement with property wealth

Mon 04 Jun 2018

The latest research from SunLife has revealed that eight in ten homeowners age 55 and over would use equity release or downsize

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This is why your house could be worth £15,000 more than last year

Fri 25 May 2018

House prices in Liverpool have rocketed, according to the latest figures

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Flat prices rose by £75,000 over last five years

Tue 22 May 2018

The average price of a flat in the UK has risen by £75,074 over the last five years, equivalent to £1,251 per month, Halifax has found.

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UK House Prices Climb 0.8% in May - Rightmove

Tue 22 May 2018

House prices in the UK were up 0.8% on month in May, property tracking website Rightmove said on Monday.

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Millennials look at joint mortgage options to get on property ladder

Fri 18 May 2018

Almost six out of 10 millennials would consider taking out a group mortgage, with two or more friends or siblings, as a means of getting onto the housing ladder.

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Demand for property remains strong, but buyers are bargain hunting

Fri 18 May 2018

Word is getting out that there are property bargains to be had this Spring...

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Landlords set to make £162,000 profit per property over next 25 years

Fri 11 May 2018

Bullish claim is made by lender KentReliance which says buy-to-let will remain profitable for investors despite government tax takes.

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Clear recognition of value of professional mortgage advice

Fri 11 May 2018

Mortgage Myths campaign highlights brokers' important role

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One in three borrowers paying too much for their mortgage, says regulator

Tue 08 May 2018

A new report by the Financial Conduct Authority says that around 30% fail to find the cheapest mortgage. More here...

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Number of BTL mortgage products hits record high

Fri 04 May 2018

Buy-to-let investors now have plenty of choice when looking for a mortgage after new data revealed that the number of buy-to-let products currently on the market has reached an all-time high.

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Fixed-rate vs tracker mortgages: which should you get?

Fri 04 May 2018

Tracker deals getting more popular as fixed-rate mortgages grow in cost

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Better housing options for ‘last time buyers’ could ‘unlock’ the market

Thu 03 May 2018

Last time buyers could hold the key to unlocking the housing market but only if more provision was made for later living.

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Terraced homes still the most popular property type in England and Wales

Thu 03 May 2018

Terraced homes are still the most popular among buyers in England and Wales but sales of semi-detached properties are not far behind, the latest official figures show.

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Average UK house price reaches £213,000 in April

Mon 30 Apr 2018

House prices reached a new record high of on average in April, according to an index.

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Mortgage costs fall in first quarter of 2018, despite base rate worry

Fri 27 Apr 2018

A new survey suggests that despite many lenders increasing their rates, most mainstream mortgages are down compared to the start of the year.

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Remortgaging for the first time: what you need to know

Fri 27 Apr 2018

Tempted to stick with your existing lender rather than go through the whole process of finding a new mortgage? Then think again – you could be paying over the odds. If your first mortgage deal has come to an end, then it’s time to shop around.

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UK house prices edge up in April

Fri 27 Apr 2018

House prices in Britain rose a bit more quickly this month after touching a seven-month low in March but they are still expected to slow this year, reflecting weak economic growth and possibly higher interest rates, mortgage lender Nationwide said.

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Meet the new 'Tribes' of first-time-buyers

Wed 25 Apr 2018

'Alternatives', 'Boomerangers' and 'Minimalists'. According to the latest research from Santander Mortgages, these are the three new strategies first-time buyers are adopting to save up a home deposit.

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UK house price rise set to continue into 2018, despite London dip

Fri 20 Apr 2018

UK house prices are going up, despite Brexit uncertainty and possible interest rate rises

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Mortgage freedom: Why you're wasting £4,500

Fri 20 Apr 2018

They may feel painful but our mortgages have rarely been easier to pay

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Positive Outlook On The Investment Property Market

Fri 20 Apr 2018

Private buy to let investors are feeling positive about the future of the market, despite the last two years being peppered with changes to the buy to let market, according to Aldermore.

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How to save money on your mortgage

Tue 17 Apr 2018

Thinking about remortgaging? Not sure how much you’re paying? Here's everything you need to know about getting the best price for your home...

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UK house prices rise 0.4% in April - Rightmove

Mon 16 Apr 2018

The average asking price of a house in the UK was up 0.4% on month in April, property tracking website Rightmove said on Monday

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Number of buy-to-let investors hits record high

Fri 13 Apr 2018

The number of buy-to-let investors in the UK reached a record high of 2.5 million in the latest tax year, up 5% in 12 months, new research by ludlowthompson has revealed.

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UK annual house price growth up 2.7 per cent as gains spike in March

Tue 10 Apr 2018

UK house prices in the first three months of the year were up 2.7 per cent compared to the same period for the previous year, according to the latest house price index from Halifax, an increase on the 1.8 per cent growth recorded in February.

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House price growth rebound sparked by rising North West prices

Wed 21 Mar 2018

The North West topped the regional house price growth table for the first time in February, pushing up national growth to 0.5% - the highest rate in five months - according to the latest Your Move data.

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Average house prices rising at fastest rate for five months to touch just under £300,000

Tue 20 Mar 2018

Average house prices rose at the fastest rate for five months in February to £299,556, Your Move claims.

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Five-year BTL mortgage interest rates fall to record lows

Fri 16 Mar 2018

The average five-year fixed rate has fallen to a joint record-low of 3.43%, a rate last seen in October 2017, according to the latest research from moneyfacts.co.uk.

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House-hunters flood the market

Fri 16 Mar 2018

The number of house-hunters looking for new homes rose by 37% in January in line with the supply of available properties and the number of sales agreed also increasing.

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Popularity for longer-term mortgage products surges

Fri 16 Mar 2018

New data from Paragon has shown that mortgages of 5 years or more are now the product of choice for 48% of applicants - over taking 2 year deals for the first time.

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Nine in 10 of FTB applications through brokers go to offer

Thu 15 Mar 2018

Almost nine in 10 (87%) first-time buyer applications through an intermediary resulted in an offer in 2017 – up from seven in 10 (71%) in 2016, IMLA’s Mortgage Market Tracker has revealed.

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Which UK cities are set for a 30% house price surge?

Wed 14 Mar 2018

Hometrack reveals the large regional cities it expects to narrow the North-South house price divide.

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Increase in buyers with small deposits

Mon 05 Mar 2018

There was a positive start to the year for the UK mortgage market, with an increase in the number of small deposit borrowers being approved, says e.surv.

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More small deposit borrowers approved in 2018

Fri 02 Mar 2018

It was a positive start to the year for the UK mortgage market, with an increase in the number of small deposit borrowers being approved, e.surv found.

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UK house prices gain 0.8% in February - Rightmove

Fri 02 Mar 2018

The average asking price for a house in the UK was up 0.8% on month in February, property tracking website Rightmove said.

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Average asking prices rise in all but one region, Rightmove figures suggest

Fri 02 Mar 2018

Average asking prices have risen in every region of England, Wales and Scotland bar one, according to new figures from Rightmove.

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What are mortgages and how do they work?

Fri 02 Mar 2018

What is a mortgage? How do they work? And what different types of mortgage are available? Keep reading for answers to all these questions and more.

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House prices UK: Buyers out in force as sellers return to market in February

Thu 01 Mar 2018

Rightmove house price index reported their highest ever level of website visits with asking prices increasing in all but one region of the UK, showing home buyers were busy last month.

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More bungalows needed to house ageing population

Fri 23 Feb 2018

There will be an estimated shortfall of 400,000 ‘specialist’ homes for older people by 2035, despite strong demand for bungalows. A housing inquiry has called for change.

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First time buyers "back to the market in a big way" claims agent

Fri 23 Feb 2018

The number of first-time buyers has increased 16 per cent in the past month and 10 per cent year on year according to figures released from Haart agency.

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Property remains the ‘preferred form of investment for so many people’

Fri 23 Feb 2018

Residential property remains the long-term investment of choice for many Britons, illustrated by the high number of properties sold under the hammer at auction over the past couple of weeks.

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Remortgage product numbers rise 41% in 2017

Fri 23 Feb 2018

The latest LMS research has revealed that between December 2016 and December 2017 the number of remortgage deals saw an increase of 41%.

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First-time buyer mortgage rates still falling

Thu 22 Feb 2018

Unexpectedly, mortgage rates have fallen, not risen...

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Number of first-time buyers reaches decade high

Wed 21 Feb 2018

The number of first-time buyers has reached its highest level in a decade, new figures from UK Finance have revealed.

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How long does it take to sell Wirral property?

Mon 19 Feb 2018

Our research indicates that the first two weeks on market are the most critical for achieving a sale.

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FTB numbers up 7.4% during 2017

Fri 16 Feb 2018

Data released from UK Finance reveals dramatic surge in the number of people taking their first step on to the property ladder.

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Stock shortage sees average house prices rise 5.2% in 2017

Fri 16 Feb 2018

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics has revealed that average house prices in the UK saw an increase of 5.2% in the year to December 2017 (up from 5.0% in November 2017).

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How the older generation are giving a cash boost to their grandchildren

Mon 12 Feb 2018

Growing numbers of grandparents are now giving cash to their grandchildren for a deposit on a first home. Read more here.

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Some 44% of British landlords still looking to invest further in buy to let properties

Fri 09 Feb 2018

Landlords in the UK still want to invest in buy to let property with a new survey showing that 44% are looking to expand their portfolios before the middle of 2018.

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Property remains a 'popular investment choice'

Thu 08 Feb 2018

Half of Britons feel property is the best investment opportunity. Read more here.

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Half of Brits back property as investment: ONS

Tue 06 Feb 2018

Almost half of the UK population believe property is the best way to make the most of their money when saving for retirement, the latest Wealth and Assets survey from the Office for National Statistics reveals.

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What's the true cost of holding an empty property?

Fri 02 Feb 2018

According to official figures, more than 200,000 homes in England were empty for at least six months during 2016. In London, this equated to 19,847 vacant properties with a total value of £9.4bn, based on the average price in the capital.

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The biggest turn-offs for prospective renters

Fri 02 Feb 2018

Every wondered what the main turn-offs are for prospective renters? Find out here.

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UK house prices rise at fastest rate in 10 months

Fri 02 Feb 2018

UK house prices rose at the fastest annual pace in 10 months in January, bolstered by a lack of new homes coming on to the market, according to Nationwide.

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Stamp duty change behind house price increases for first-time buyers

Fri 02 Feb 2018

Some areas of the UK have seen “noticeable increases” in the purchase prices paid by those taking their first steps onto the property ladder, new data from the Mortgage Advice Bureau has found.

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Many older home owners in the UK do not want to downsize, research finds

Thu 01 Feb 2018

Home owners aged over 55 in the UK are almost as likely to upsize to a new home than downsize, according to new research.

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First-time buyer numbers hit decade high

Tue 30 Jan 2018

Low mortgage rates and government schemes have made a 'big difference' to the number of people taking an initial step on to the property ladder, reports Halifax.

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First-time buyer count highest since 2007

Mon 29 Jan 2018

The number of first-time buyers has gone up by 6% in the last 12 months, reaching an estimated 359,000 in 2017.

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Don't play the waiting game when buying a property, estate agents warn

Mon 22 Jan 2018

Don't wait until you have found what you want to buy before putting your own property on the market. That’s the new year message for househunters from one of the largest estate agency groups in the south east.

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Number of UK homemovers at 10 year high

Fri 19 Jan 2018

The number of people moving home at any one time is now at its highest level since those heady pre-financial crash days...

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A guide to buy-to-let in 2018

Fri 19 Jan 2018

Positive news on the buy-to-let front as we begin 2018

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The North West of England remains ‘the best region for BTL investors’

Tue 16 Jan 2018

The local area is achieving amongst the highest rental yields and capital growth in the UK.

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Property prices and demand up

Mon 15 Jan 2018

The average price of properties coming to market has risen by £2,067 (0.7%) this month on Rightmove, which tracks over 90% of the UK property market.

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Top tips for a smooth property transaction

Wed 10 Jan 2018

Here's a few things you can do to make the moving process as stress-free as possible.

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What you need to know about porting a mortgage

Wed 03 Jan 2018

Moving home and need a new mortgage? Read this guide for porting a mortgage...

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Mortgage sales showed growth in UK in November, particularly buy to let sector

Fri 29 Dec 2017

Mortgage sales in the UK rose by 4.1% or £637.4 million and up by 3% or £470 million year on year, the latest intermediary marketplace data shows.

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The Scores Are In: 2018 prices up 1% to 4% say most pundits

Fri 29 Dec 2017

The last of the leading agency analysts and business consultancies have now given their predictions for the UK housing market in 2018 - and all of them suggest there will be at least some price growth.

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House prices rising faster than stocks and shares

Fri 29 Dec 2017

House prices in Britain have outstripped the huge rises seen in stocks and shares over the past decade, according to property experts.

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How first-time buyers can get on the property ladder in 2018

Fri 29 Dec 2017

Mortgage deals and stamp duty cuts could offer buyers a boost

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Residential property sales in November in UK up over 7% year on year

Thu 28 Dec 2017

Residential property sales in the UK increased by 0.6% between October 2017 and November 2017, some 7.1% higher compared with the same month in 2016, the latest official figures show.

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Download your latest Wirral Market Update here

Thu 21 Dec 2017

See our latest Wirral Market Update here

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Would you opt for a tracker mortgage if interest rates are set to go up in 2018? Here's why it might be worth it

Tue 19 Dec 2017

The number of homeowners opting for a variable rate when they remortgage has plummeted 75 per cent over the past year as the Bank of England was tipped to raise interest rates - and then did.

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Latest Wirral Market Update

Mon 18 Dec 2017

Our latest Wirral Market update shows how we average property sell prices have steadily increased over the last five years.

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Buy-to-let mortgages now make up almost a fifth of all mortgages - Paragon

Wed 13 Dec 2017

Buy-to-let mortgages made up 17% of all mortgage cases in the three months to October, according to a new report by Paragon Mortgages.

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Have things improved for first-time buyers?

Fri 01 Dec 2017

Have a read of this interesting overview of the market for first-time buyers

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UK house prices continue slow, steady rise despite Budget boost for first-time buyers

Fri 01 Dec 2017

Low mortgage rates, high employment and a lack of homes for sale is keeping house price growth stable.

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Value of homes in the UK up by 48% in last decade

Wed 29 Nov 2017

The value of privately owned homes in the UK had risen by £1.94 trillion over the last decade with over half of this increase in London and the South East, new research shows.

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Buy to let - a recap of 2017

Wed 29 Nov 2017

We’re now nearing the end of the year and since we’ll soon be entering 2018, it’s important to look back at what has occurred over the last 12 months in the world of property.

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How to prevent storm damage caused by trees to your home: Tips on what to do now

Mon 27 Nov 2017

Trees in the garden provide shade, privacy, and an attractive focal point for homeowners. But in the winter months, they can also cause massive problems.

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Budget 2017: the key points on housing and the property market

Fri 24 Nov 2017

The abolition of stamp duty for first-time buyers was the headline announcement of the 2017 Budget. But here's what else is in store for the housing market, and what it means for aspiring homeowners and renters...

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Stamp duty change - government defines the 'first time buyer'

Fri 24 Nov 2017

The government has defined the ‘first time buyers’ who will benefit from its immediate scrapping of stamp duty for FTB purchases below £300,000.

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When Do You Pay Stamp Duty? Everything You Need To Know

Fri 24 Nov 2017

What is stamp duty? How does it affect you? Here is a guide with everything you need to know about stamp duty...

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Should I overpay my mortgage or not?

Thu 23 Nov 2017

Overpaying your mortgage can save interest and reduce your mortgage term. Here’s your mortgage overpayments guide.

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Longer tenancies could give UK rental sector a boost

Thu 23 Nov 2017

The lettings market in the UK could see a boost from the Government’s housing plans announced in the Budget with money being put into new homes for rent as well as for sale.

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Buy-to-let mortgage costs remain stable

Wed 15 Nov 2017

The second phase of the Prudential Regulation Authority changes, coupled with the recent interest rate hike, appear to have had minimal impact on the cost of buy-to-let mortgages, according to fresh data from Mortgage Brain.

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Tips for house-hunters preparing their home for sale during the winter

Wed 08 Nov 2017

Don't wait for spring - house-buyers are still out there in the autumn and winter

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Karl Tatler Estate Agents progression makes big difference to clients

Wed 08 Nov 2017

Introducing our new Sales Progression team.

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Nationwide house price index: Annual growth rate picked up in October

Fri 03 Nov 2017

The annual rate of house price growth rose to 2.5 per cent in October, from 2.3 per cent in September, according to the latest Nationwide house price index.

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Demand for five-year fixed rate mortgages reaches record high

Fri 03 Nov 2017

Over four out of 10 (42%) remortgagors opted for a five-year fixed deal in September, according to conveyancing service provider, LMS.

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The North takes bigger buy-to-let share

Fri 03 Nov 2017

A quarter of Commercial Trust’s buy-to-let applications were in the North of England in 2017.

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Taking on a 35-year mortgage term - The five minute guide

Tue 31 Oct 2017

As house prices climb ever higher, mortgage terms are following suit by stretching for longer and longer periods.

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This is the question you should always ask when you buy a house for sale

Fri 27 Oct 2017

A house for sale can be tempting, but there is something you should always check then purchasing a property for sale. When buying a UK home, make sure you ask this question first.

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Five ways to give your house curb appeal

Fri 27 Oct 2017

Five ways you can give your house instant curb appeal

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Jamie Clague promoted to Branch Manager of Prenton Sales

Thu 26 Oct 2017

Much-deserved opportunity for Jamie Clague as Karl Tatler decides to appoint from within.

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Home buying to be made cheaper, faster and less stressful in England

Mon 23 Oct 2017

The Government has pledged to make buying a home cheaper, faster and less stressful in England and has launched an eight week call for evidence where it is seeking views from the industry.

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35-year mortgages see demand surge

Mon 23 Oct 2017

New data from IMLA has found that 69%) of mortgage brokers have reported an increase in demand for 35-year mortgages.

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How long does it take to move home in the UK?

Mon 23 Oct 2017

New research undertaken by estate agent lead generation specialists,The ValPal Network, has revealed the average time it takes to move home in the UK.

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UK house prices up 1.1% in October - Rightmove

Tue 17 Oct 2017

House prices in England and Wales rose 1.1% in October - or £3,432 - following a 1.2% decline in September, according to the latest data from Rightmove...

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35-year mortgages double in a decade

Mon 16 Oct 2017

Longer mortgage terms have rocketed in popularity as a result of higher house prices

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