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.... Brent in north London and Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire saw falls of 30% in the number of transactions. Overall housing market activity is now substantially below the 1. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....To gauge the impact of the Brexit vote on a monthly basis, the Guardian has been tracking eight economic indicators, along with the value of the pound and the performance of the stock market. The dashboard for June shows retail sales have dropped, inflation is at a four-year high, wage growth has slowed and the housing market is losing momentum (pdf). ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The Council of Mortgage Lenders said buy to let had had a weak start to 2017, with lending falling faster than expected as landlords withdrew from the market in response to major tax changes and tighter lending rules. The data follows a series of recent surveys and indices suggesting the housing market is running out of steam. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... But a year on from the referendum and as exit talks with other EU governments begin, the effects of a weak pound and uncertainty over future trading agreements are being felt. Inflation has risen to its highest rate in four years, retail sales have slowed, businesses have reported that consumers are cutting back and the housing market appears to have lost momentum. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....On Wednesday we get the latest instalment of the Bank of England’s agents’ summary of business conditions – effectively a report from Threadneedle Street’s eyes and ears on the ground around the country. The field agents talk to hundreds of businesses and report back with scores and comments on the health of consumer spending, manufacturing, the housing market, pay awards and costs faced by business and consumers. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....“The collective sigh of relief will be audible. The benefit to our economy will be huge, in established sectors like manufacturing, the car industry, financial services, and pharmaceuticals; in emerging areas like biotech, and fintech; in the housing market; in the services sector; in the travel industry; in companies, large and small, right up and down our country, employing, between them, millions of people. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Buy-to-let UK property sales fall by almost 50% in a year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of June 2017 05:45:48 PM
....The Council of Mortgage Lenders said buy to let had had a weak start to 2017, with lending falling faster than expected as landlords withdrew from the market in response to major tax changes and tighter lending rules. The data follows a series of recent surveys and indices suggesting the housing market is running out of steam. ...
Brexit economy: UK faces slowdown amid living standards squeeze image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of June 2017 11:01:36 AM
....To gauge the impact of the Brexit vote on a monthly basis, the Guardian has been tracking eight economic indicators, along with the value of the pound and the performance of the stock market. The dashboard for June shows retail sales have dropped, inflation is at a four-year high, wage growth has slowed and the housing market is losing momentum (pdf). ...
Philip Hammond says Brexit deal must put jobs and prosperity first image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of June 2017 08:41:04 AM
....“The collective sigh of relief will be audible. The benefit to our economy will be huge, in established sectors like manufacturing, the car industry, financial services, and pharmaceuticals; in emerging areas like biotech, and fintech; in the housing market; in the services sector; in the travel industry; in companies, large and small, right up and down our country, employing, between them, millions of people. ...
UK economy will slow amid Brexit talks and pay squeeze, warns CBI image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of June 2017 11:01:49 PM
.... But a year on from the referendum and as exit talks with other EU governments begin, the effects of a weak pound and uncertainty over future trading agreements are being felt. Inflation has risen to its highest rate in four years, retail sales have slowed, businesses have reported that consumers are cutting back and the housing market appears to have lost momentum. ...
Did you hear the one about the inequality and the thinktank? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of June 2017 11:28:57 AM
....On Wednesday we get the latest instalment of the Bank of England’s agents’ summary of business conditions – effectively a report from Threadneedle Street’s eyes and ears on the ground around the country. The field agents talk to hundreds of businesses and report back with scores and comments on the health of consumer spending, manufacturing, the housing market, pay awards and costs faced by business and consumers. ...
Bank of England doves right to thwart hawks seeking interest rate rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of June 2017 01:18:37 PM
....The third is that the state of the economy favours the five MPC doves. Households are spending less, the housing market is weak, new car registrations have plunged and wage growth has fallen back, even though more people are in jobs. ...
Duke of Westminster's property group to build 1,500 rental homes in London image
.... The railway arches will be refurbished as commercial space. Craig McWilliam, chief executive of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, said the homes were aimed at people on “low and middle incomes who are locked out of London’s housing market”. ...
House price inflation in April at six-month high, official figures show image
....2% in May. Meanwhile, many economists have said they expect the housing market to weaken this year, as the impact of the Brexit vote weighs on the economy. ...
Theresa May's election victory will prove pyrrhic indeed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 11th of June 2017 01:25:35 PM
.... The European Central Bank has belatedly discovered the joys of full-blown quantitative easing and growth has subsequently picked up. In Britain, the stimulus was provided much earlier and the effects have gradually worn off, exposing the long-standing problems of weak productivity and an over-dependence on a booming housing market to support consumer spending. ...
Britain looks set for a politically hot summer but what is the future for your finances? image
....Weaker sterling could also drive up inflation, by increasing the price of imported goods. The housing market has slowed in recent months and north London estate agent Jeremy Leaf says electoral uncertainty will pile on further pressure. ...
Election 2017: Hung parliament and coalition means more house prices turmoil, warn experts image
....Jeremy Leaf, north London estate agent and a former RICS residential chairman, said: "A hung parliament will result in an extended period of uncertainty with decision-making kicked into the long grass. "Theresa May is correct - we need a period of stability as that will quash uncertainty which is bad for the housing market - but it is not clear at the moment whether she can deliver it. ...
Markets edge down as fears surface on size of Tory majority image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 04:46:15 PM
....Marc Ostwald of ADM Investor Services said even if May ends up back in No 10, she has a tough job ahead of her: “Even if a substantially larger majority is achieved, there is little doubt that it will make not an iota of difference to the EU’s stance on Brexit negotiations, though it will heighten the risk that both sides continue to talk at, rather than to each other, and end in a complete breakdown. “There is also little doubt that the UK economy is now facing some significant headwinds, above all consumers that are facing higher inflation, weak wage growth and the pressures associated with a far too rapid pace of credit growth, the more so given an increasingly soggy housing market, above all in the populous south-east. ...
Election exacerbating UK property slowdown, say surveyors image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of June 2017 11:19:01 PM
. Uncertainty over Thursday's general election result has contributed to the recent slowdown in the housing market, according to property surveyors. ...
Jeremy Corbyn's Land Value Tax: Labour's garden tax will see house prices CRASH image
....The LLC wrote: "The big losers would be the banks. 85 per cent of bank lending activity is in the residential housing market. ...
UK house prices rise for first time in five months image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of June 2017 08:54:02 AM
....1% fall. Economists expect the housing market to weaken this year, as the impact of the Brexit vote weighs on the economy. ...
AO World warns of 'significant' slowdown in UK growth image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of June 2017 07:33:02 AM
...."Challenging" UK trading conditions seen last year had continued, it said. AO said the UK market had been affected by weaker consumer confidence after the Brexit vote, the pick-up in inflation and a slowdown in the housing market. ...
Average UK rents fall for first time in more than seven years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of June 2017 05:01:14 AM
....Average UK rents have fallen for the first time in more than seven years, with London seeing the biggest decline, according to new data. The slowdown in the rental sector mirrors a similar picture in the housing market, with figures showing that property prices have fallen for the third month in a row. ...
House price WARNING: Values fall for third month in worst performance since 2009 image
....The average house price in Britain now sits at £207,699, according to the index. Robert Gardner, Nationwide's chief economist, said: “It is still early days, but this provides further evidence that the housing market is losing momentum. ...
UK house prices fall for third month in a row for first time since financial crisis image
....The fall further dragged down the annual growth rate in May, to 2. 1%, the lowest in nearly four years, providing further evidence that the housing market is losing steam, according to Nationwide, the UK’s biggest building society. ...
House prices fell again in May, Nationwide says image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 07:29:31 AM
....1% - the slowest pace for almost four years. Nationwide said it was further evidence that the housing market was "losing momentum". ...
Strong sales growth at Aldi and Lidl takes their market share to 12% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 31st of May 2017 08:55:13 AM
....”. Bank of England lending figures showed that consumers had also become more cautious before dipping their toes in the housing market. ...
Labour plans inheritance tax raid: Jeremy Corbyn sets his sights on YOUR inheritance image
....". Higher house prices, stagnant wages and lower job security have locked many young people out of the housing market, while rising rents make it hard to build a deposit for a home. ...
The new hipsters? London's exclusive 'downsizer' homes for the over-55s image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 31st of May 2017 06:15:16 AM
....The central economic argument for downsizer homes is twofold. They provide for an untapped demographic in the housing market: the post-children, pre-retirement “third agers”. ...
Sandbanks and Salcombe top UK seaside property league image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 27th of May 2017 06:01:20 AM
.... Next in price is the sailing hotspot of Salcombe, further along the south coast in Devon, where a house will set you back £618,000. The data from mortgage lender Halifax showed, however, that the price of a sea view still lags behind the wider UK housing market. ...
Housing market moving sideways, lenders say image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 10:28:25 AM
. The UK housing market appears to be 'moving sideways' mortgage lenders have said, as latest figures show a drop in borrowing. ...
The economy is stagnant because people fear for the future | Robert Shiller image
.... Politicians and the media then feed this optimism with rosy narratives that the general public is in no position to sort through or confirm. Since around 2012, the equity and housing markets have been hitting new records. ...
Further signs of UK property slowdown in April image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 10:32:02 AM
....Some commentators said the figures showed that the market was holding up relatively well. "At first glance, one might think these figures are hugely disappointing, but when you consider what was happening this time last year and what has happened to property transactions in the past few months, they represent steady progress for the housing market," said Jeremy Leaf, a London estate agent. ...
Average asking price for homes in UK hits record high of £317,000 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 22nd of May 2017 05:01:14 AM
....4% year-on-year over the last month, to £270,953. Miles Shipside, a Rightmove director and housing market analyst, said such families were more willing to ignore any uncertainty caused by Brexit and the general election. ...
House prices in UK shift to lower gear image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 10:33:40 AM
....5%). "It is now abundantly clear that the housing market is in its softest patch for several years," said Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, pointing to early indications of a significant fall in prices of new-builds. ...
Foxtons' tweets win few fans – now the slowdown gives it little to sing about | Simon Goodley image
....Still, the gathering comes as other irritating hecklers are also shouting from the sidelines. The company’s shares have lost about 30% of their value in the past 12 months, while fresh news from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) last week suggested that the UK housing market is continuing to slow down, with falling property sales and “stagnant” buyer demand contributing to one of the most downbeat reports since the financial crash. ...
May to appeal to low-paid voters with new social housing pledge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 13th of May 2017 09:00:05 PM
. Theresa May will vow to “fix the broken housing market” and arrest a decline in social housing by announcing a scheme designed to boost the number of new council homes for rent. ...
Buy-to-let landlords suffering tax increases plan to raise rents  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Saturday 13th of May 2017 05:27:00 PM
....9billion to the economy, supporting thousands of jobs in property maintenance, the research found. Buy-to-let owners now spend double the level seen in 2007 at the height of Britain's housing market, working out at around £3,632 before tax. ...
Surveyors predict 'flat summer' in housing market image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 11:35:58 PM
. Activity in the UK housing market is continuing to slow down, with property surveyors predicting a flat summer ahead. ...
'Stagnant' buyer demand puts the brakes on UK housing market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 11:01:33 PM
. The UK housing market is continuing to slow down, with falling property sales, “stagnant” buyer demand and general election uncertainty all adding up to one of the most downbeat reports issued by surveyors since the financial crash. ...
UK will face pay squeeze this year as inflation spikes, warns thinktank image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 04:57:33 AM
....Recent surveys have shown consumers devoting a bigger slice of their weekly shopping budget to essential items in response to increasing prices by a wide range of retailers. Theresa May has pledged to cap energy costs to boost disposable incomes, while Jeremy Corbyn wants to intervene in the housing market to reduce the escalating cost of buying a home and monthly rental costs. ...
UK high street sales weak as shoppers focus on buying essentials image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of May 2017 05:01:52 AM
....1% and have now fallen £3,000 from the peak reached last December. The latest data for consumer spending and the housing market comes ahead of the Bank of England’s interest-rate setting meeting on Thursday. ...
Are UK house prices starting to fall? The Halifax thinks so image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 8th of May 2017 09:31:28 AM
....Some experts welcomed the fall in house prices after years of above-earnings increases. Jeremy Duncombe of the Legal & General Mortgage Club said: “Today’s reduction is not necessarily a bad sign for our housing market. ...
UK house prices in first quarterly fall since 2012 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 8th of May 2017 08:36:14 AM
....5 times their annual income. That view was echoed by Howard Archer at IHS Markit: "We suspect markedly weakening consumer fundamentals, likely mounting caution over making major spending decisions, and elevated house price to earnings ratios will weigh down further on housing market activity and house prices over the coming months. ...
Falling real pay shows the British economy is still struggling | Larry Elliott image
....But the period of relatively strong growth since the middle of 2012 has been based on two factors: the fall in oil prices, which has since been partly reversed, and the willingness of consumers to take on more debt, which has limits. Growth this year will depend less on the housing market, which has topped out because property is unaffordable for first-time buyers, and more on the ability of exporters to take advantage of the depreciated pound. ...
UK economy gets boost as service sector growth hits four-month high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 4th of May 2017 11:14:24 AM
....Figures from the Bank, also published on Thursday, hinted at a slowdown in consumer spending and confidence. They showed approvals for mortgages dipped to a six month low in March, the latest sign of a softening housing market. ...
Over 65s mortgage crisis: Debts to DOUBLE in 13 years image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 10:38:00 AM
.... . This shift in the housing market is also part of a wider cultural change as people live and work for longer, the report said, with some people having a greater capacity to borrow into their older age. ...
Bank of Mum and Dad helps QUARTER of home buyers on to propery ladder image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 01:08:00 PM
...."The inter-generational inequality that creates the demand for Bank of Mum and Dad funding continues to widen - younger people today don't have the same opportunities that the Baby-Boomers had, including affordable housing, defined benefit pensions and free university education. "Parents want to help their kids get on in life, and the Bank of Mum and Dad is a testament to their generosity, but it is also a symptom of our broken housing market. ...
Bank of mum and dad 'involved in 26 per cent of property transactions in 2017'  image
.... . “Parents want to help their kids get on in life, and the Bank of Mum and Dad is a testament to their generosity, but it is also a symptom of our broken housing market. ...
Parents '10th biggest mortgage lender' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 09:52:41 AM
....". Legal & General chief executive Nigel Wilson said: "Parents want to help their kids get on in life, and the Bank of Mum and Dad is a testament to their generosity, but it is also a symptom of our broken housing market. ...
Are your parents helping you to buy your first home? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 09:25:58 AM
....The ‘bank of mum and dad’ shows “intergenerational inequality” widening among those who can afford to help their children and those who can’t. L&G has called for more affordable housing in a bid to repair “our broken housing market. ...
'Bank of mum and dad' to lend £6.5bn this year, report predicts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 05:01:18 AM
....The south-west of England and London will see the largest average parental contribution per transaction, at £30,000 and £29,400, with Wales the lowest at £12,500. The report says the amount of lending by parents is more evidence that the UK housing market is failing to work properly. ...
Trump is considering new Glass-Steagall-style bank rules image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 1st of May 2017 06:18:44 PM
....The American Bankers Association said on Monday it opposes reintroduction of Glass-Steagall. "There is broad agreement, including among all our bank regulatory agencies, that Glass-Steagall would not have prevented the crisis or the housing market collapse," association president Rob Nichols said in a statement. ...
Smaller deposits raise hopes for UK first-time homebuyers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 11:01:13 PM
....Hamptons said that increasing availability of lending at higher LTV, combined with lower mortgage rates, had improved the ability to buy for first-time buyers. That cautious optimism over affordability chimes with other commentators on the housing market who have highlighted recent signs of cooling in price growth as good news for first-time buyers. ...
Pensioners will carry on hoarding cash if state won’t step in image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 04:00:03 PM
.... No one should want house prices to rise at double or treble the rate of earnings growth to reach affordability levels that effectively mean homes in places with decent jobs are out of reach for most people. The latest figures show the UK housing market is currently matching average loan-to-income ratios seen just before the 2008 crash. ...
MPs say 'dominance' of big home-building firms must end image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 01:27:41 AM
. MPs have called for an end to the dominance of big home-building firms to fix the "broken" housing market. ...
House prices fell again in April, Nationwide says image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 07:25:06 AM
....". Last week, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said the UK's housing market was in "neutral gear", with a shift towards first-time buyer and remortgage customers, away from home movers and buy-to-let landlords. ...
UK house prices fall again in April as buyers feel the pinch image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 07:15:39 AM
....He said the outlook for the property market over the coming months was particularly difficult to predict because of the upcoming general election and uncertainty surrounding the outcome of Brexit negotiations. “The economic outlook is unusually uncertain, and housing market trends will depend crucially on developments in the wider economy,” he said. ...
Brexit economy: living standards are falling as the snap election looms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 10:38:58 AM
.... The export sector has failed to offset that domestic drag and GDP figures due this week are expected to show the economy slowed markedly at the start of this year. Still, lending support to those who say May was right to call a vote sooner rather than later, unemployment remains low, the housing market is steady, stock markets are near record highs and business activity continues to rise – albeit at a slower pace. ...
Asking prices for homes rise to record average of £313,655 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 06:00:04 AM
. The housing market continues to defy fears of a post-referendum slump after sellers’ asking prices hit a new record high of more than £313,000 on average in April. ...
Whatever the IMF thinks, we are a long way from the boom time of 2007 | Larry Elliott image
.... The world was experiencing the strongest period of sustained growth since the late 1960s and early 1970s and the fund thought the good times would continue. There was a bit of concern about the rip-roaring US housing market, but no suggestion that a crisis in the sub-prime mortgage market would be the catalyst for the biggest recession since the 1930s. ...
What does the snap election mean for your finances? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 01:10:00 PM
....Prime Minister Theresa May’s bid for a huge Tory majority has already given sterling a major boost, while sinking the benchmark FTSE 100 index. The housing market could also wobble if buyers delay their purchases until after polling day on June 8. ...
Low rates, tight margins: the mortgage market looks worryingly familiar image
....Hang on, though. It is clear that – just as with the Treasury and Bank of England’s Help to Buy scheme, which subsided deposits for first-time buyers – keeping the housing market afloat takes a constant layering of policies, one upon another, to keep even middle-income groups in the game while prices climb year on year. ...
Buy-to-let slump puts first-time buyers in the driver’s seat image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of April 2017 05:59:06 AM
. Buy-to-let landlords are finally in retreat in the housing market, leaving young adults in a better position to buy a property, according to the latest data from mortgage lenders. ...
UK retail surge since Brexit vote comes to an end image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 01:11:30 PM
....5% when fuel sales were excluded). A dry spell for the housing market – which has had almost a year of lacklustre sales, according to surveyors’ body Rics – was blamed for a steep fall in sales of household goods and furniture. ...
Record low rate signals mortgage battle image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 09:48:53 AM
....Since that surcharge came in, the buy-to-let market has become more subdued, as has the market for home movers. The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said this fall had been cancelled out by a pick-up in lending to first-time buyers but, overall, the UK's housing market was in "neutral gear". ...
George Osborne: history will not be kind to a man whose flaws led to Brexit image
.... He had claimed – correctly – that the UK economy had been too dependent on debt in the years before the crisis, but now found that the economy was flatlining. His solution was to get a moribund housing market moving by giving banks and building societies money to lend. ...
Hove's BN3 postcode the most sought-after for 'young urbanites' image
...." . Lloyds' research was based on profiling of "young, urbanite professionals" aged between 25 and 44 by CACI and Land Registry housing market figures. ...
Hove tops property hotspot rankings among young professionals image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 17th of April 2017 07:01:16 AM
....”. •The report was compiled using profiling of “young urbanite professionals” aged between 25 and 44 by CACI and Land Registry housing market figures. ...
Average UK house price falls £1,000 since start of year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of April 2017 07:01:18 AM
.... It did not provide figures on annual growth in previous months. The housing market is typically quiet around the turn of the year but usually picks up in the spring, meaning the price falls since the start of 2017 could be reversed. ...
Surveyors get gloomy as property market stagnates image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 11:19:32 PM
. Property surveyors are getting gloomier about the state of the housing market, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics). ...
Students face sharp rise in interest on tuition loans image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 11:02:18 AM
....The National Union of Student president, Malia Bouattia, said the rising levels of debt would cast a long financial shadow over young people's lives. "Graduates wanting to access the housing market, save and start pensions after university are already struggling to do so and this step will only disadvantage them further," she said. ...
Trump tax cut plan will be as big a flop as failed healthcare reforms | Nouriel Roubini image
.... Implementing revenue-neutral tax cuts for almost all income brackets means that Republicans would have to phase out many exemptions and broaden the tax base in ways that are politically untenable. For example, if Republicans eliminated the mortgage-interest deduction for homeowners, the US housing market would crash. ...

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