News from the property industry
The new Tenant Fees Act came into force on 1st June 2019 effectively banning agents and landlords from charging a tenant fees other than rent, tenancy deposit and holding deposit.
Half of all new home loans have been made to people buying their first property, research finds.
UK house prices fell in January amid Brexit concerns and lack of affordability in some parts of the country.
The cost of securing legal control over a deceased person’s estate will soar next April from £215 to as much as £6,000
More first-time buyers will benefit from a tax break after the Chancellor extended stamp duty relief to those buying with shared ownership
The government’s controversial Help to Buy scheme has been extended for an extra two years to 2023, but will be limited to first-time buyers and have stricter price caps
After the recent rate rises and with all the political and economic uncertainty of Brexit, is now the right time to fix your mortgage and if so, for how long?
The Bank of England has raised the base rate by a quarter of a percentage to 0.75% - only the second rise in over a decade. We take a look at what it means for mortgages and house prices.
It has been hard-hit by government and some landlords are selling up as profits shrink, so is this the end of buy-to-let? We ask the experts.
Britain’s biggest mortgage lender has reported the cost of the average UK home dropped by £7,000 in April, the steepest monthly fall since September 2010. Is this a blip or the start of a slide in property values?
Asking prices jumped by an average £4,500 in March, says Rightmove. Analysts highlight increased demand and lack of supply
Landlords warned to improve energy efficiency or risk being banned
Stamp duty has been scrapped for most first-time buyers. Will the tax break help young people trying to get a foot on the housing ladder?
Housing market analysis: is this generation rent?
Interest rates are set to rise - what should you do?
Fixed rate mortgage interest rates are set to rise.
Government plans to ban new-build homes with rip-off leaseholds in England - and here's why
Homebuyers locked into leases with spiraling ground rents
Bank of England tightens mortgage rule. What does that mean for you?
Getting a mortgage is a hurdle most people have to jump to buy the home of their dreams. For some, it is a significant stumbling block. Now the bar is being raised even higher.
Should you buy, sell or stay-put?
How does Brexit affect the property market?
Predictions from the property experts
Buyers and sellers should “keep calm and carry on” despite the shock General Election result. That’s the message from estate agents who say it is business as usual.
Get a handle on your moving costs here
Most people know they need to save for a deposit to get a mortgage for their first home. But prospective property owners might not realise there are a raft of other fees, charges and taxes they also need to pay – running into thousands of pounds. Prices vary around the country from £20,000 to £30,000 in London but if you are in the north then your costs may only be between £5,000 and £10,000.
Increase your quality of living
When buying or renting property, people are rightly starting to think harder about noise issues that may affect them once they get to their new home. After all the house-hunting, stress and, at times, breathtaking expense, how must it feel to hear the first bark of the neighbour's dog in the back garden, or to be kept awake until the early hours on the first Friday night by a continuous stream of pedestrians on their way to a nightclub - or worse still, by the distant but persistent sound of the music from the nightclub itself?