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....The status of Bond Street as the UK’s most exclusive shopping destination is under threat, as one in four retailers on the famous street consider shutting up shop and moving out as a result of high rents and business rates. About 25 of the 100 top fashion brands with stores on Old and New Bond Street are understood to have flagged to the property market that they are ready to quit the world-famous fashion district. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. 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. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....“The hung parliament seems to have further dampened consumers’ spirits, which were already sinking following the continued squeeze on household finances. “But the real cause for alarm will be the cooling of the property market as this is one of the key things that has propped up consumer confidence over the past few years,” he added. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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House prices BOUNCE BACK amid election and Brexit - but London growth worst since 2012 image
.... Dwindling supply and low mortgage rates are helping to underpin prices, said experts. However, performance on a regional basis showed London's property market has sharply slowed in recent months, Nationwide's analysis also showed. ...
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
....“The hung parliament seems to have further dampened consumers’ spirits, which were already sinking following the continued squeeze on household finances. “But the real cause for alarm will be the cooling of the property market as this is one of the key things that has propped up consumer confidence over the past few years,” he added. ...
Bond Street: status of UK's most exclusive shopping street under threat image
....The status of Bond Street as the UK’s most exclusive shopping destination is under threat, as one in four retailers on the famous street consider shutting up shop and moving out as a result of high rents and business rates. About 25 of the 100 top fashion brands with stores on Old and New Bond Street are understood to have flagged to the property market that they are ready to quit the world-famous fashion district. ...
House sales have fallen by nearly a third in some parts of UK, says Lloyds image
.... Lloyds said the average cost of moving home is £11,000 in England and Wales, rising to £31,000 in London. The long buy-to-let boom may also have fundamentally changed the dynamics of the property market. ...
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. ...
Foreign investors snapping up London homes suitable for first-time buyers image
....When he launched the research project four months later, he said: “We urgently need more transparency around overseas money invested in London property. Londoners need reassuring that dirty money isn’t flooding into our property market. ...
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. ...
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
.... . Experts said the hung parliament was the last thing Britain's property market needed. ...
China trade healthier than expected image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 08:22:28 AM
....But the rise of zombie factories and ghost cities, an increase in capital outflows and the collapse in commodity prices seem finally to be taking their toll. China's government has been forced to take steps to cool the property market and clamp down on speculative market activity. ...
Compensation at last for Britons burned by Spain’s property crash image
. After years of legal wrangling and setbacks, British homebuyers who were caught cold by the Spanish property market crash are finally beginning to recoup the millions they paid for holiday homes that were never built. ...
Former Anglo Irish chair Seán Fitzpatrick walks free as trial collapses image
....In 2009, Anglo Irish was nationalised, with the Irish taxpayer having to pay €30bn (£23bn) to rescue an institution that was once the preferred bank of builders and property speculators. The sharp practices at the bank during the Celtic boom, when it became the major financier for overstretched Irish developers and investors playing the global property market, caused national outrage. ...
China's credit rating downgraded amid fears over slowing economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 12:48:29 PM
....Chang Liu, China economist at Capital Economics, said activity in the country was likely to slow further in the forthcoming quarters as officials continue their efforts to rein in credit risks. He said a weaker property market could also start to weigh on the wider economy. ...
Further signs of UK property slowdown in April image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 10:32:02 AM
. There were further signs of a slowdown in the property market in April, as the number of sales fell significantly, while fewer people took out mortgages. ...
LEASEHOLDER heavily penalised after honest payment slip    image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 22nd of May 2017 07:54:00 PM
....In the worst case scenario if you do not pay, you could incur a county court charge which will affect your credit rating and end up with you losing your property. Leaseholders need to beware, this sector of the property market is not blessed with flexible, benign operators and resorting to legal threats is common. ...
Stop spending money on avocados? Good idea, I’ll have a house deposit by 2117 | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett image
....Brunch has become a convenient scapegoat for structural inequality. Instead of truly examining the social and economic forces that lock young people out of the property market, why not focus on our expenditure? Never mind that, for most young people, it would take over a century of skipping their luxurious monthly brunch in order to get a mortgage for a poky starter home. ...
House prices in UK shift to lower gear image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 10:33:40 AM
. The pace of house price growth has slowed dramatically in London in the past year, highlighting a change of gear in the UK property market. ...
Leasehold now the No 1 concern for UK homeowners, study finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 05:01:05 AM
....Ground rents are not the only issue worrying homeowners, with many new buyers engaged in battles over service charges and the cost of extending existing leases. Leasehold, once seen as a dying relic of the Victorian property market, has returned with a vengeance since the 1990s, according to the HomeOwners Alliance. ...
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
. House prices fell again in April and are now nearly £3,000 below their peak in December 2016, amid broadening evidence of a slowdown in the UK property market. ...
London rents fall for first time since 2009 amid post-Brexit vote slowdown image
. Rents have fallen year on year in London for the first time since 2009 and are flat in much of the rest of the country in fresh evidence of the post-Brexit vote slowdown in the property market. ...
House price CRASH: Top London home values plunge lower in April image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Saturday 6th of May 2017 11:58:00 AM
....Experts blame changes to stamp duty for collapsing the top of the market, after an extra duty on sales of second homes was introduced last year. The UK election has also created a small degree of added uncertainty for the top-end of London's property market, but is unlikely to have a large impact on sales or prices, according to Knight Frank. ...
Buy a home, get a car free: offers galore as London estate agents struggle to sell image
. London estate agents have begun to offer free cars worth £18,000, stamp duty subsidies of £150,000, plus free iPads and Sonos sound systems to kickstart sales in the capital’s increasingly moribund property market. ...
Smaller deposits raise hopes for UK first-time homebuyers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 11:01:13 PM
.... Likely buoyed by the number of government schemes and low mortgage rates across the board, small-deposit buyers are growing in strength in today’s mortgage market. “A more first-time buyer oriented market is good news for all as new buyers help start chains and allow others to move up the housing ladder – vital for a properly functioning property market. ...
Chinese economy cools as key sectors continue to slow image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 02:42:19 PM
....China’s economy has shown more signs of cooling with key barometers from its manufacturing and services sectors dipping in April. The latest data comes as Beijing attempts to rein in a booming property market and rapid credit growth. ...
Bankruptcy risk as ‘desperate’ councils play the property market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 10:10:17 PM
....Desperate councils risk being plunged into an Icelandic-style financial crisis after investing £1. 5bn in the commercial property market, according to Sir Vince Cable, former business secretary. ...
Good and bad news from an economy in uncharted territory image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 03:00:02 PM
.... But ultimately, a share index populated by big international mining companies, pharmaceutical giants and banks tells you little about the UK economy. House prices are steadyAmong the dramatic predictions made for the UK ahead of last year’s referendum, the International Monetary Fund warned that a vote to leave the EU could spark a property market crash. ...
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
. UK house prices fell for a second month in a row in April in a sign that the squeeze on family incomes is starting to weigh on the property market. ...
London rents fall sharply as monthly bill drops across UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 06:01:03 AM
....6% rise in prices in February. Some of the frothiest parts of the central London property market have recorded the biggest price falls over the past year. ...
Taylor Wimpey to pay up to £130m to settle ground rent scandal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 11:35:12 AM
.... Earlier this month, a report by the campaign group HomeOwners Alliance warned of the worsening “nightmare” of the leasehold system in England and Wales, saying millions of homebuyers were hostages to exorbitant bills and estimating that landlords were in line to pocket £4bn from lease extensions. Leasehold, once seen as a dying relic of the Victorian property market, has returned with a vengeance since the 1990s, according to the report. ...
Millions rethink their investment plans and move away from buy-to-let property image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 12:01:00 AM
....” Stagnant wage growth will further squeeze property. She adds: “If the Bank of England pushes up base rates to combat rising inflation, the impact on the property market could be significant. ...
How the MoD’s plan to privatise military housing ended in disaster image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 04:30:38 AM
.... “We’re talking about buying 57,000 houses in variable condition,” said the financier. “How do you factor in the combination of what is going to happen to the property market in terms of valuations? How are we going to refurbish them? How are we going to sell the ones we need to sell? All of those components we looked at, and then broke them down individually, and then we worked out what the value of each of those components was, added it all up and then stuck our finger in the air and said, ‘We’ll bid this much. ...
Minister makes U-turn over £300m business rates relief fund image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 06:16:40 PM
.... “Councils should establish their own schemes to distribute funds to local firms and can claim the funding from DCLG as soon as their schemes are up and running,” she said. The revaluation, which is revenue neutral for the government, is supposed to make the system fairer by ensuring business rates reflect the property market with rates bills actually coming down in some parts of the country. ...
FTSE 100 suffers worst day since Brexit vote after May calls election image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 05:11:25 PM
.... Eventually those who have been speculating on its decline would need to close their positions,” said head of research, Guy Foster. The property market typically seizes up during a general election campaign, with buyers deferring purchases until a result is clear. ...
China's first quarter growth beats expectations at 6.9% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 17th of April 2017 02:36:03 AM
.... . Government spending on infrastructure, a booming property market and taking on debt were all things China's leadership has pledged to move away from in the transition towards a new, modern, open economy. ...
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
....“These prospective homeowners will be pleased to see a decrease in overall property values as seemingly unstoppable growth has pushed many areas out of reach in the past year. “It’s also encouraging to see the resilience of the Welsh property market which in the past has often lagged behind England and Scotland. ...
Beijing bans property ads promising high returns and good feng shui image
....Beijing's surging home prices have made it unaffordable for many, and led to high debt levels. Authorities have issued new restrictions this year, calling the property market an economic risk. ...
Estate agents struggling to find homes to sell, says report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 11:01:10 PM
....Surveyors are forecasting a mild recovery in activity over the coming 12 months, with a net balance of 24% saying that house sales numbers will increase, although that is weaker than expectations in Rics’s report last month. The Rics data is the latest sign of a slowdown in the property market. ...
REVEALED: Map shows where in Britian has seen the BIGGEST house price growth image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 03:39:00 PM
.... . The map shows there is a still a stark north-south divide within the property market with most parts failing to see price increases above four per cent and certain regions even registering price falls over the year. ...
Homes under the sledgehammer: the dreams that got demolished image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 04:48:17 PM
. It’s Trigger’s broom for the overheating property market: when is a house a new house?. ...
Is there a housing bubble or isn't there? | Greg Jericho image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 02:00:07 PM
....In the run-up to the May budget each year, the talk is often about tax cuts and welfare cuts, or general hubbub about the budget balance. This year a topic which is only of secondary importance to the budget balance is front and centre – housing affordability, and more crucially, whether or not Australia’s property market is in a bubble. ...
Leasehold 'nightmare' will cost homebuyers billions, report warns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 06:01:13 AM
....The worsening “nightmare” of the leasehold system in England and Wales is holding millions of homebuyers hostage to exorbitant bills, according to a report by campaign group HomeOwners Alliance, which estimates that landlords are in line to pocket £4bn from lease extensions. Leasehold, once seen as a dying relic of the Victorian property market, has returned with a vengeance since the 1990s, according to the report. ...
The property billboards that reveal the truth about Britain’s luxury housing market image
....7m Gehry two-bed, or a penthouse on the roof of the power station for £45m. The globalised nature of the high-end property market is having an interesting effect on how developments are being presented on the street. ...
China's young locked out of Beijing's property market image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 3rd of April 2017 08:17:18 AM
. If you're young, Chinese and living in Beijing, you're probably locked out of the property market. ...
UK house prices slide for first time in almost two years, says Nationwide image
. UK house prices fell for the first time in almost two years in March, according to Nationwide, in the latest sign of a slowdown in the property market. ...
Johnston Press reports £300m loss after huge newspaper writedown image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 08:59:13 AM
.... “Whilst we did see improving growth momentum towards the end of the year, it was not enough to return local display advertising to growth in 2016. In particular, the employment and property markets were under significant pressure. ...
Oil theft 'provides billions for terrorists and drug cartels' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 06:12:54 PM
....Donkeys laden with jerry cans are used to smuggle oil across the closed border between oil-rich Algeria and Morocco. As a result an estimated 660,000 cars in Morocco and Tunisia run on fuel smuggled from Algeria, and border cities have sprung up to provide a property market to launder some of the funds. ...
Homes cost more than seven times income image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 17th of March 2017 10:06:40 AM
....A recent report by Shelter suggested that nearly eight out of 10 families across England are unable to afford newly built homes in their local area. Northampton is the fastest-moving property market in the UK, according to analysis of listings on a property portal. ...
UK average annual rents fall for first time in six years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 06:00:24 AM
.... LSL added that a low volume of transactions in the area makes price reports highly volatile. Nationally, turnover in the property market has been falling, with the number of transactions down 9% on the year. ...
Foxtons sees property sales plunge as Brexit vote hits image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 08:06:35 AM
.... . "Last year's London property market was severely impacted by an unprecedented sequence of events with changes to stamp duty and the EU referendum vote leading to a substantial reduction in property sales transactions, especially in central London," said chief executive Nic Budden. ...
Business rates a 'ticking time bomb' for small firms image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 08:29:46 PM
....". A government spokesman said: "The revaluation is designed to bring rates into line with changes in the rental property market and ensures business rate bills more closely reflect the property market and that all businesses are getting a fair deal. ...
#RentInOz: Australian renters share their horror stories image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of February 2017 01:59:30 AM
. A new study of Australia’s rental property market has prompted people to share their horror stories. ...
Blow to City as London offices face £1.4bn rise in business rates bill image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of February 2017 05:18:45 PM
.... However, there are concerns this could leave some local authorities underfunded. Despite criticism of the business rates increases scheduled for April, the Department for Communities and Local Government, which oversees the system, has said it is fair because the revaluation reflects the state of the property market. ...
UK house price growth has hit 14-month low, says Nationwide image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of February 2017 09:06:31 AM
. UK house prices grew at their weakest annual rate in more than a year in January, in an early sign of the property market slowdown predicted for 2017. ...
UK rental property demand falls to two-year low image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 27th of January 2017 03:41:12 PM
. Demand for privately-rented flats and houses has fallen to a two-year low, while the supply of properties to rent has risen in fresh evidence of a slowdown in the property market. ...
Jobs lost and broken relationships: legacy of the Southern rail crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 21st of January 2017 09:09:30 PM
.... A report from the Landbay Rental Index has also shown that rents along the Southern network have fallen in five out of six key areas affected by the dispute over the last six months. Its co-founder, John Goodall, said: “These figures do suggest that [the dispute] is beginning to impact on local property markets. ...
Is the City of London going to hell in a Brexit handcart? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 19th of January 2017 07:41:32 PM
....To repeat, everything hinges on the new trading arrangements between the UK and the EU – and some form of standstill agreement, which allows adjustment to happen over time, could be the critical protection that the City requires. In the meantime, here’s a private pointer from one senior banker: watch the property markets. ...
Parody-defying World Economic Forum must do better image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of January 2017 07:33:53 PM
.... Perhaps it is time to revisit this thesis – not the charmless part, naturally, but the idea that Foxtons is as slick as supposed. The latest profit warning on Wednesday revealed how far Foxtons has fallen in these “subdued” times for the London property market. ...
UK house prices to rise marginally in 2017, says Halifax image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of December 2016 12:01:20 AM
....House prices will rise by between 1% and 4% in 2017, according to Halifax’s annual forecast, marking a sharp deceleration from 2016, as it raised the prospect of falling prices in London. Britain’s biggest mortgage lender said a slowdown in economic growth, potential rises in unemployment and pressure on household incomes will put a brake on the property market after several years of growth. ...
UK housing market: what to expect in 2017 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 26th of December 2016 04:11:22 PM
....From the beginning of the year, the Brexit poll had triggered uncertainty in the market and the shock result ensured that the feeling will linger into 2017. Here is a round-up of the state of the British property market in 2016 and where it could be heading in 2017. ...
Value of UK housing stock has risen by 7% to £8.17tn, study finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of December 2016 07:00:42 AM
....Lawrence Hall, a spokesperson for the site, said: “2016 has certainly been a historic year, with the events of the past six months giving rise to potential political uncertainty. However, the property market – it seems – remains resilient, and property values across Britain have continued to grow. ...
Portugal homes with sea views face higher tax to improve fiscal outlook image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of December 2016 01:39:41 AM
....The initial plan was to impose the increase on property of any value. However, an amendment devised by Communist MP Paulo Sá means it will affect only those homes with a so-called fiscal value of €250,000 (£210,000) – a tiny fraction of the property market, he said. ...
Housing worries image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 12:28:11 AM
.... But policymakers and economists are also worried about the financial implications. The property market is built on debt - developers have borrowed money to build; purchasers have taken on loans to buy. ...
House prices hit new record high after Brexit vote image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of December 2016 01:49:00 PM
....". Mario Berti, chief executive of Octopus Property, added: "Despite the turbulent economic and political backdrop, the property market remains surprisingly resilient. ...
Faster house price growth in November, says the Halifax image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of December 2016 09:44:51 AM
....Industry figures welcomed the pick-up in prices. Russell Quirk, chief executive of eMoov, said: "Many in the industry have been quick to put the boot in over the last few months where the UK property market is concerned, hanging gloomy predictions on a dwindling level of demand in the market. ...
UK office construction forecast to plunge after Brexit vote image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of December 2016 02:29:49 PM
....Savills also sees an end to the post-credit crunch house price boom, forecasting that residential prices will flatline next year after five years of increases. London’s luxury property market has been hit in particular, as Brexit uncertainty and increased stamp duty have been putting off foreign buyers. ...
Home truths: house price rises to slow to trickle as Brexit and stamp duty hit image
. Ongoing uncertainty over the manner of the UK’s departure from the EU is likely to weigh down the property market in 2017, say experts, who predict little or no growth in prices amid a slowdown in sales. ...
Brexit vote dents British demand for Spanish property image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 03:17:29 PM
.... Last year the strong pound led British buyers to purchase almost 10,000 Spanish properties, up 42% on 2014, giving them a 21% share of the number of homes acquired by international buyers. No other nationality buys as much property in Spain as the British, and in recent years they have made a significant contribution to the recovery of the Spanish property market. ...
Berkeley Group boosts profits by 34% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 08:15:56 AM
....“This sends a clear message out that Berkeley feels its own stock looks cheap at the moment. “With significant uncertainty around the London property market, this confidence is reassuring for investors. ...
At 20, am I too young to invest in buy-to-let property? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of December 2016 07:00:40 AM
.... I’d probably go for a buy-to-let so I have a constant income – but how much of this do I actually get after tax?. Do I have to have some sort of experience as a landlord before I’m likely to be lent money? How would I go about getting a mortgage: are there different types? I’ve tried researching this but I still don’t know if I’m deemed as ‘too young’ to start in the property market. ...
Countrywide shares plummet as transactions fall image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 24th of November 2016 09:49:08 AM
. Shares in the UK's biggest estate agent, Countrywide, have plummeted following the publication of its gloomy report on the property market. ...

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