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.... Many people who would like to trade up to a bigger property currently feel they have no choice but to stay put. Some of those who are digging down or building upwards have decided to do so because, with house prices having risen much faster than incomes – the average price in London is £584,000 and nationwide it is £219,000, according to Halifax – they feel their “next home” is simply too far out of reach. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Going underground: number of Britons digging basements soars image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of August 2017 05:01:05 AM
.... Many people who would like to trade up to a bigger property currently feel they have no choice but to stay put. Some of those who are digging down or building upwards have decided to do so because, with house prices having risen much faster than incomes – the average price in London is £584,000 and nationwide it is £219,000, according to Halifax – they feel their “next home” is simply too far out of reach. ...
House prices: Northants leads Midlands 'mini-boom', says Rightmove image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 21st of August 2017 05:01:02 AM
....Miles Shipside, Rightmove director and housing market analyst, said: “The heat has come off much of the market. A combination of traditional summertime price blues and the chill of uncertainty in the air has cooled house price growth in some parts of the country and affordability remains very stretched. ...
Is your house in a British boom town? Best price growth revealed as values rocket £85k image
....”. In spite of the monthly anomaly, in Wales house prices were up 3. ...
Weak pound could boost manufacturing, if manufacturing itself wasn’t so weak image
.... The earlier Treasury paper had predicted what the economy might look like in 2030; the one published in May 2016 was about the immediate impact of leaving the EU. It predicted a year-long recession, an increase in unemployment of 500,000, turmoil in the financial markets and falling house prices – all of which turned out to be well wide of the mark. ...
Here’s help to decide which of two Isas is the best to buy into image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of August 2017 06:00:06 AM
....Currently, the scheme is set up so that you can open accounts until December 2019, and it will pay out bonuses on savings until December 2030 – so you have up to 13 more years of monthly saving for that dream first home. By that time of course, house prices may have risen another million percent, rather cancelling out your attempt to save. ...
Inheritance tax: How death duty could hit YOUR family  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 18th of August 2017 04:24:00 PM
....Millions of Britons have not taken any steps to protect their wealth from death duty, research by Drewberry Wealth revealed. More people are paying inheritance tax at a eye-watering rate of 40 per cent amid rising house prices and stock markets. ...
Slow house price growth and steep rail fare increases image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of August 2017 02:37:41 PM
....Hello and welcome to this week’s Money Talks – a roundup of the week’s biggest stories and some things you may have missed. UK house price growth slows with London and north-east hardest hit. ...
Inheritance tax: The trick that allows grandparents to avoid death duty image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of August 2017 04:05:00 PM
.... This year an additional £100,000 of allowance can be used to reduce the duty paid on the main home. But amid inflation, rising house prices and investments, it is feared more hardworking Britons will see the increasing amount of inheritance landing in the hands of the taxman. ...
UK house price growth slows with London and north-east hardest hit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of August 2017 12:57:18 PM
. Growth in UK house prices rose at a slower pace in June, yet remains close to the 5% average rate seen this year, with the slowest increases coming in London and the north-east. ...
REVEALED: House price hotspots - areas where values are BOOMING one year after Brexit vote image
....9 per cent, compared to a year earlier. Overall, house prices in Britain jumped 4. ...
Boom or bust: what’s the truth about UK house prices? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 03:00:48 PM
....Britain’s housing market has hit the buffers as political uncertainty, stamp duty changes and squeezed household incomes all dampen buyer demand. Over the past week, Britain’s biggest mortgage lender, Halifax, said that annual house price growth had slowed to the weakest rate in four years and the official surveyors’ body said that activity was back to 2011 levels in some parts of the UK. ...
Too much hinges on house prices: but Britain may yet avoid a crash image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 03:00:47 PM
....Clearly, the picture would change if higher interest rates plunged the economy into recession. That would result in higher unemployment and higher arrears, and turn house prices negative. ...
Have we gone too far in vilifying landlords? | Patrick Collinson image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 06:00:37 AM
....I don’t think the Money pages of the Guardian can ever be accused of being pro-landlord. During the extraordinary rise of buy to let we have consistently pointed out its broader social impact, given a voice to groups such as Priced Out and Generation Rent, highlighted abusive practices by letting agents, tried (though not always successfully) to avoid a style of reporting in which house price rises are a good thing, and, more recently, campaigned against the exploitation of leaseholders by freeholders. ...
Pensioners moving to smaller homes should NOT have to pay Stamp Duty, Hammond told image
....Dubbed a tax on moving, stamp duty is contributing to the housing crisis. Supply is now at record low levels, raising house prices and pushing ownership out of reach for younger people. ...
'Political uncertainty' blamed for slowdown in UK property market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 05:01:28 AM
.... In London, the net balance reporting price rises was strongly negative, at -48%. Surveyors were also asked by Rics to give their forecast on house prices. ...
Living costs rising twice as fast as inflation, new figures reveal image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of August 2017 10:50:00 AM
....6 per cent in the year to June. Rising house prices are forcing people to take larger mortgages and pushing up costs despite low interest rates, while rents are also rising. ...
‘Draconian’ Stamp Duty will trigger HUGE house price CRASH by stopping elderly downsizing image
....". The lack of supply has pushed house prices to record highs in recent years. ...
Mortgage rates will rise – so 
are you ready 
to take a hit? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of August 2017 04:52:17 PM
....Mortgage professionals working in the area point towards tougher regulations providing a safety net against a swathe of homeowners being unable to afford their repayments. Hollingworth says: “High house prices mean that many borrowers will have stretched their mortgage borrowing to the upper limits when buying in recent years. ...
Total UK wealth tops £10tn thanks to City and property boom image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of August 2017 11:01:22 PM
. A booming City and rising house prices provided a double boost to Britons holding assets in 2016 as they pushed the nation’s wealth through the £10tn mark, according to a new survey. ...
House prices fall for FOURTH quarter in a row but here’s why homeowners shouldn't panic  image
.... "This squeeze on spending power, together with the impact on property transactions of the stamp duty changes in 2016 now being realised, along with affordability concerns, appear to have contributed to weaker housing demand. “However, a continued low mortgage rate environment, combined with an ongoing shortage of properties for sale, should help continue to support house prices over the coming months. ...
Is it a bad idea to buy a property in London if it's not home for life? image
....uk. “The reality is that the rate of house-price growth has slowed in the past few months, yet property prices remain higher than a year ago” although Quirk does concede, as do other commentators, that there is “a potential prolonged flat rate of growth” in house prices. ...
UK house price rises slow to four-year low, says Halifax image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of August 2017 09:54:34 AM
. Annual house price growth has slowed to the lowest rate in four years, according to Britain’s biggest mortgage lender. ...
The Guardian view on Grenfell and the housing crisis: no more excuses | Editorial image
....The only surefire way of bringing down prices is to increase supply. That means confronting greedy developers who hoard land, release homes slowly and build only the most expensive ones; being bold about admitting that house prices will have to fall; and returning to local authorities the powers they need for volume housebuilding. ...
House prices stabilise as number of homes on the market falls image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of August 2017 12:13:12 PM
. A shortage of homes for sale has kept house prices rising despite falling consumer incomes and political uncertainty, according to Nationwide. ...
UK buyers 'pay 22% premium' to live in national park image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 01:58:21 PM
....While that might be welcomed by the 450,000 people who live in one of the 15 national parks spread across England, Scotland and Wales, it is bad news for would-be homebuyers – in particular, those living and working in the area who dream of owning their own home but may feel they have been priced out of their community. In the New Forest in Hampshire, the most expensive national park in which to buy a home, with an average house price of £525,000, the price premium is estimated at £115,000. ...
Have we reached 'peak London' as millennials leave in record numbers? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of July 2017 11:05:04 PM
....The news last week that the number of people leaving the capital has reached a five-year high will come as no surprise to anyone trying to house themselves in the capital. Whatever the political shocks of the last year, some things are unchanged: house prices continue to bear no relation to earnings, private landlords remain largely unregulated and rents continue to eat up two-thirds of the average Londoner’s wages. ...
Goodbye 25-year mortgages, but are we walking into a borrowing trap? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of July 2017 06:00:43 AM
....It comes amid fresh warnings from the Bank of England this week about the dangers of reckless lending and surging consumer debt. With high house prices, escalating student debts and a rise in the age at which couples have children, many people are tending to buy a home later and opting for a longer repayment term. ...
INHERITANCE TAX SHOCK: Government rakes in £5BN record high from Britain's dead image
.... The threshold for the controversial levy has been stuck at £325,000 since 2009. At the same time, house prices have surged exposing more people to inheritance tax at a rate of 40 per cent. ...
Foxtons blames economic uncertainty as profits plunge by 64% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 09:25:24 AM
....Budden said in March that the London market was “severely impacted” by the Brexit vote, which he claimed had led to a “substantial reduction in property sales transactions”. The numbers come after official figures showed annual house price growth cooled down further in May. ...
Housing market still reeling a decade after financial crisis, Savills says image
.... Over the past decade, London price growth has been twice that of the south-east and at least four times that of all other regions. The average house price now stands at £478,142 in London, compared with the UK average of £209,971, the report says. ...
Britons sit on ‘ticking time bomb’ as interest rates HIKE risks financial security image
....Bank governor Mark Carney and MPC members are torn over the pace of future rate hikes but pressure is rising, especially with the US Federal Reserve hiking rates four times since 2015. Moore Stephens’ Michael Finch says: “Seven years of near-zero interest rates, rising house prices and ballooning consumer credit have made a ticking time bomb of debt. ...
Inheritance tax grab: HMRC swipes MORE money in 'aggressive' raid on grieving families image
....” . Rising house prices are typically the trigger for a sharp increase in IHT receipts. ...
Mortgage time bomb? Interest-only borrowers with NO plans to repay debts image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 04:40:00 PM
.... But the CML warned there is "a small but material number of higher risk loans" where borrowers have little equity in their homes. Rising house prices "can do little to improve the equity position for these loans", it added. ...
Brexit economy: sterling fall hits public finances and fails to boost trade image
.... Unemployment beat economists’ expectations, falling to its lowest level since 1975, retail sales bounced back more strongly than anticipated as a result of the hot weather in June and inflation undershoot. But surveys of business all showed slower growth, the trade deficit was bigger, earnings were weak and house price growth moderated. ...
Could you spot a fake Airbnb listing, plus what's so fishy about cans of tuna? image
....Take from rich mothers to help poor, says maternity pay plan from Tory thinktank. UK house prices rise nearly 5% despite political turmoil. ...
UK growth will slow as consumer spending is squeezed, forecasts PwC image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of July 2017 05:01:11 AM
....But the consultancy firm said the economy had slowed markedly in the first half of 2017 and pointed to a sharp reduction in housing transactions as evidence of the blow to purchasing power caused by the decline in the value of the pound since the referendum. PwC said it expected house price inflation to fall from 7% in 2016 to 3. ...
Let buyers borrow more on greener homes, urges report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of July 2017 05:01:11 AM
....The idea is the latest in a string of mooted incentives to encourage people to insulate their homes and nudge buyers towards greener properties, such as a discount on stamp duty for energy efficient homes. Experts said the proposal could be a “major driver” in linking energy performance to house prices, and ministers called the work a “timely and valuable contribution”. ...
If home ownership continues to shrink, the retirement system is in trouble | Greg Jericho image
.... That is hardly surprising given the increase in housing investment in that period. The massive boom in prices has seen median house prices in Sydney increase by around 60% in the five years from 2011 to 2016 and the cost of mortgage repayments on such loans increase by 30% despite falling interest rates. ...
Dublin is streets ahead of EU rivals as City firms plan for Brexit relocation image
....Any boost to the financial services industry will be welcomed in a city still recovering from the banking crisis and property price crash a decade ago. The collapse of the economy went deeper than the UK, with house prices slashed by up to 70% and taxpayers left on the hook for toxic banking debt guaranteed by the state, which in turn was bailed out by the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank. ...
MAPPED: Britain’s house price hot spots where values are growing fastest image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 14th of July 2017 05:21:00 PM
. Despite Brexit fear mongers claiming leaving the European Union would hit house prices, in reality figures show a different picture. ...
Why a population of, say, 15 million makes sense for Australia image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of July 2017 04:54:13 AM
....The growth coalition has no real interest in the cumulative social or environmental downside effects of this growth, nor the actual welfare of the immigrants. It fully expects to capture the profit of this growth program, while the disadvantages – such as traffic congestion, rising house prices and government revenue diverted for infrastructure catch-up – are all socialised. ...
Facebook village? Social media giant to build 'social housing' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of July 2017 06:56:57 PM
.... Menlo Park’s rents, which rise to an average of $3,934 for a two-bed apartment, are some of the highest in the country and considerably higher than in New York City. The median house price across Silicon Valley has jumped from $535,000 in 2012 to $888,000 last year, according to real estate agency Trulia. ...
House price pick-up allays fears of property market crash image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 9th of July 2017 03:37:00 PM
UK house price fall takes annual growth rate to slowest in four years image
. UK house prices fell unexpectedly in June, dragging the annual rate of growth to the lowest level in four years in the latest sign that consumers are shying away from major spending commitments. ...
HOUSE CRISIS WARNING: Higher interest rates could hit London prices, says top estate agent image
.... At the same time, the Bank has tightened mortgage lending rules amid concerns of rising debt levels in British households. Mr Buckle said: “While the Nationwide house price index showed a surprise uptick in June, our analysis of other indicators – especially the RICS survey - suggests this may not be sustainable against the backdrop of current economic and political uncertainty. ...
Hold the Shard-enfreude – a house price drop is not about to happen | Patrick Collinson image
....Could the Shard be this decade’s Centre Point – the west end skyscraper that lay empty for years after construction, and which symbolised the end of the late 1960s/early 1970s boom in London building? Many will hope so. A slump in the property market is the fervent wish of young adults and families who see mounting evidence that the longed-for day of reckoning on house prices may, at last, be nigh. ...
House prices will NEVER crash and just keep rising, predicts ex-Bank of England economist  image
....According to the Daily Telegraph, the economy expert told a New City Agenda audience: “Are houses going to become more affordable relative to incomes? I’m not sure that is the most likely outcome. “It is more likely that house prices will continue along the kind of trajectory we have seen in the past 50 years if there are no improvements in travel times. ...
Should we use the London help-to-buy scheme to purchase a home? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 29th of June 2017 06:00:15 AM
.... How much exactly would depend on the size of mortgage you could get. And even though the equity loan is interest-free, the fact that the amount you owe is likely to rise in line with house prices means that rather than overpaying the mortgage, it would make more sense to build up enough cash to be able to repay the equity loan as quickly as possible. ...
House prices BOUNCE BACK amid election and Brexit - but London growth worst since 2012 image
.... "A city such as Birmingham is just over an hour away, for example - with people prepared to commute for that long if it means a more affordable property. The gap between house price increases across the regions has fallen significantly, according to Nationwide's index. ...
London house price growth slows as rest of UK bounces back image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of June 2017 09:37:05 AM
. London house prices suffered a sharp slowdown in the second quarter, rising at the weakest rate in five years and falling behind the rest of the UK according to the latest snapshot of the property market from Nationwide. ...
Consumer confidence collapsed after general election, YouGov finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 26th of June 2017 11:05:13 PM
....Consumer confidence slumped in the 12 days after the general election to its lowest level since the aftermath of last year’s Brexit vote, as households were unnerved by the impact of a hung parliament. A poll by YouGov found that consumers feared the unstable political situation would hit house prices and dent their living standards, which have already come under pressure in recent months from high inflation and sluggish wages growth. ...
Record low interest rates send house prices SOARING for homeowners image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of June 2017 12:01:00 AM
....com. Researchers analysed how much UK house prices have risen or fallen since March 2009, by looking at average house prices in 100 UK towns and cities between March 2009 and April 2017 to find homeowners recording rocketing price rises. ...
Property owners' £2.3tn windfall 'has created huge inequality gap' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of June 2017 05:01:01 AM
....3tn windfall for those lucky enough to own their own homes during the property boom of the 1990s and early 2000s has opened up a deep and widening inequality gap between the generations, a thinktank has warned. Rising house prices that have enriched older generations have priced the young out of home ownership, said the Resolution Foundation, adding that the pattern whereby each generation was wealthier than the previous one had broken down. ...
Pension transfers are now worth more than the average home image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 19th of June 2017 12:00:00 AM
....Mutual insurer Royal London found a growth of more than 50 per cent in the volume of transfers out of final salary pensions taking place in the last year, with the most common transfer value lying in the £250,000 to £500,000 range. This compares with an average house price in the UK of £216,000 as at March 2017. ...
Why the political uncertainty won't shake house price foundations   image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 18th of June 2017 09:46:00 AM
....The noise levels are now rising again, with experts warning that the hung Parliament could also hang the property market out to dry. As ever, they will find a receptive audience, especially with Nationwide recently reporting that house prices have dipped for three consecutive months. ...
Wealth gap rises as home ownership falls, says study image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 17th of June 2017 07:06:21 PM
....A fall in home ownership is fuelling the return of rising wealth inequality across Britain, it has emerged. Booming house prices in the run-up to the financial crisis had led to a decade-long fall in the uneven distribution of the country’s wealth. ...
Taxman has his sights on Bank of Mum and Dad as complex rules increase  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of June 2017 08:15:00 AM
....Key Retirement’s research shows that nearly six out of 10 parents and grandparents want to help children and grandchildren onto the property ladder, even if it means forking out large sums. With the average house price standing at £220,000 in April, according to the Office for National Statistics, first-time buyers will have to produce £22,000 to put down a 10 per cent deposit. ...
House price inflation in April at six-month high, official figures show image
....Almost £3,500 was added to the value of the average house during April after the property market enjoyed a spring boost, according to official figures. The data, which shows that annual house price inflation has risen to its highest level since last October, runs counter to reports from mortgage lenders and others that the market was slowing down. ...
House sales in Greater London slump by almost a third in a year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of June 2017 06:01:18 AM
....3% increase in the average cost for buyers. It said average house prices had risen to a new peak of £303,200, a year-on-year increase of 4. ...
Quarter of households in UK will rent privately by end of 2021, says report image
. Almost one in four households in Britain will be renting privately by the end of 2021 as soaring house prices and stagnant wages put home ownership out of the reach of growing numbers of people. ...
What are the markets telling us about the election? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of June 2017 11:36:19 AM
....Housebuilders have also been hit, with shares in suppliers like Howdens and Travis Perkins being marked down. With the property market already slowing, it appears the City believes house prices are likely to go sideways over the next couple of months, if not down. ...
Election 2017: Hung parliament and coalition means more house prices turmoil, warn experts image
....Buyers and sellers could put plans to move on hold after the 2017 election resulted in a hung parliament, as a new Government forms and housing policies for the future become clear. The uncertainty could stall the market, hitting house prices, which have already showed signs of dipping in the run-up to the election. ...
UK rents fall for first time since 2009, plus peer-to-peer lending left me in the red image
....Hello and welcome to this week’s Money Talks – a roundup of the week’s biggest stories and some things you may have missed. UK house prices fall for third month in a row for first time since financial crisis. ...
Election exacerbating UK property slowdown, say surveyors image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of June 2017 11:19:01 PM
....The average number of properties on the books of surveyors was just 43 - another record low. Earlier this week the Halifax said annual house price inflation had slowed to 3. ...
How will the General Election affect your money? Pensions, savings and tax compared  image
.... One of the party's key proposals is to replace business rates and council tax with a Land Value Tax (LVT). It's predicted this could damage house prices, as the levy is likely to directly affect a home's value. ...
Jeremy Corbyn's Land Value Tax: Labour's garden tax will see house prices CRASH image
....Families face plunging home values and potential negative equity if Jeremy Corbyn slaps a Land Value Tax (LVT) on properties, as promised, according to the Labour Land Campaign (LLC). The levy would replace council tax and business rates and will result in the "collateral benefit" of knocking house prices, the group gleefully told Labour members. ...
UK house prices rise for first time in five months image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of June 2017 08:54:02 AM
....“Surveyors up and down the UK are observing on the ground what many others in the industry suspect; those who need to move are doing so, and those who are seriously considering it are just ‘holding off’ for a few weeks and then, regardless of the election result, are likely to get on with it,” said Brian Murphy, head of lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau. A shortage of properties coming onto the market was reflected in a separate report from Halifax, which said a lack of supply helped to drive the first rise in house prices in five months in May. ...

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