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....Britain has seen a 183% increase in planning applications for basement extensions, as homeowners barred from climbing the housing ladder by high prices decide to burrow down instead. The number of loft conversions has also risen dramatically, according to mortgage lender Halifax, in a bid to circumvent a soaring property market. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. House prices are still going up around the UK, and despite low mortgage rates increasing numbers of people are locked out of the property market. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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What are your experiences of the housing market as a BME person? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of August 2017 02:33:27 PM
. House prices are still going up around the UK, and despite low mortgage rates increasing numbers of people are locked out of the property market. ...
Going underground: number of Britons digging basements soars image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of August 2017 05:01:05 AM
....Britain has seen a 183% increase in planning applications for basement extensions, as homeowners barred from climbing the housing ladder by high prices decide to burrow down instead. The number of loft conversions has also risen dramatically, according to mortgage lender Halifax, in a bid to circumvent a soaring property market. ...
House prices: Northants leads Midlands 'mini-boom', says Rightmove image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 21st of August 2017 05:01:02 AM
....Asking prices for homes in Northamptonshire have jumped by 9. 1% over the past year, the biggest increase in England and Wales, Rightmove said today, as London’s unaffordable property market has driven people to buy further away and commute. ...
Japanese economy posts longest expansion in more than a decade image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of August 2017 02:23:48 AM
....Abe has pledged to reignite Japan’s economy with a plan dubbed “Abenomics”, a package of reforms and government spending coupled with loose monetary policy from the BoJ. The country has for years been struggling to defeat deflation and slow growth that followed a stock market collapse and property market bubble in the early 1990s. ...
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
....The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said a large majority of surveyors in both London and south-east England were reporting falling prices, though the national picture is balanced by price rises in the West Midlands, the south-west and Northern Ireland. Homeowners who have enjoyed rising prices for years should get used to slower rates of growth or even a drop in the value of their home, say property market experts. ...
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
.... Mostly, limits on supply plus strong demand equals rising prices. There is little to suggest that the property market is about to go though the agonies of the late 1980s and early 1990s, when prices fell in real terms for more than half a decade and record numbers of homes were repossessed. ...
Breakthrough in leasehold scandal, plus cash grabs by Student Loans Company image
....Minority ethnic families earning up to £8,900 less than white Britons. ‘Political uncertainty’ blamed for slowdown in UK property market. ...
'Political uncertainty' blamed for slowdown in UK property market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 05:01:28 AM
. The property market has ground to a halt, with activity back to 2011 levels in some parts of the UK, according to the official surveyors’ body, which blamed “political uncertainty” and forecast flat prices and rents for at least the next year. ...
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
....”. The Halifax, an arm of Lloyds Bank, said in its monthly snapshot of the property market that house price inflation had eased since the turn of the year. ...
Brexit-fuelled boom gives Dublin’s Celtic Tiger a reason to roar image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 6th of August 2017 09:42:50 AM
....But economist David McWilliams points out that commercial rents in Dublin, at €673 per square metre, are now 42% higher than in Frankfurt – and that Irish property investors must be praying for not just a hard Brexit, but a granite one. “If Brexit doesn’t drive a massive uptake in demand, we are in for a massive wobble in our inflated commercial property market,” he wrote online last week. ...
One in five high-street estate agents risk going bust, study claims image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 05:00:39 AM
....3m in the same period last year. Revenues and profits at Foxtons also fell in the first half as the London-focused estate agent pointed to “unprecedented” economic and political uncertainty hitting the property market. ...
Foxtons blames economic uncertainty as profits plunge by 64% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 09:25:24 AM
....“As the lettings market grows, it is becoming more complex too, with significant new regulation, legislation and tax changes introduced in recent years,” the company said in a statement. In the longer term, while recent political events have produced uncertainty for buyers and sellers, Foxtons said it expected London to remain a highly attractive property market for both sales and lettings. ...
Housing market still reeling a decade after financial crisis, Savills says image
....Property company Savills has found that the global financial crisis – which it considers to have started on 9 August 2007, when the French bank BNP Paribas froze three investment funds – is “still shaping the UK housing market” and will continue to cast its shadow over the sector for years to come. In the report, the firm says the property market is “more divided at a regional level than ever before”. ...
Leasehold in England and Wales is last redoubt of a colonial relic image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of July 2017 05:00:32 AM
....In New Zealand, approximately 15% of residential apartments are believed to remain as leasehold, mostly towards the bottom of the market, with what are called “Glasgow” leases, again dating to the colonial period. In Auckland’s super-hot property market, issues similar to those in England about soaring ground rents have emerged. ...
How has Brexit vote affected UK economy? July verdict image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 05:01:27 AM
REVEALED: The surprise area in Britain seeing bumper house price rises of 7.5% image
....Nick Leeming chairman at estate agent Jackson-Stops & Staff said: "Home owners in the East of England will no doubt be delighted that their region continues to accelerate ahead of the rest of the UK, exhibiting the highest annual growth rate of any region yet again. "All regional markets remain positive in terms of annual growth which just goes to show the resilience of the UK property market despite the various uncertainties generated by Brexit and politics at home. ...
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
....7% this year, with the previous property hot spot, London, receiving most of the backwash from the Brexit result. The London property market had been hit most by economic and policy uncertainty and the recent changes to stamp duty, the consultancy said. ...
What Brexit slowdown? UK housing market shrugs off concerns as property prices creep up image
....”. Rightmove’s monthly survey is calculated on asking prices rather than completed transactions, and comes at a time of year when the property market is generally much quieter, with the focus being on holiday bookings instead of property purchasing. ...
UK housing market shrugs off concerns of Brexit slowdown image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of July 2017 11:01:34 PM
....”. The monthly survey, which is calculated on asking prices rather than completed transactions, comes at a time of year when the property market is typically quiet, as buyers and sellers take a break from the spring selling season and households concentrate more on holidays than house buying. ...
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
....That hardly looks like the long-feared crash. Brian Murphy, head of lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau, says the property market remains “robust” with analysts expecting steady growth of 2 per cent in 2017: “Homebuyers are very much taking the view that their money is still secure in bricks and mortar. ...
HOUSE CRISIS WARNING: Higher interest rates could hit London prices, says top estate agent image
. Higher mortgage costs combined with tighter lending conditions are set to knock the the property market in the capital, according to Savills. ...
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. ...
High living, low sales: Shard apartments still empty, five years on image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of July 2017 05:00:05 AM
.... The 250-year lease valued the 10 apartments at a total of £199,250,000. Henry Pryor, a luxury property buying agent, said he was not surprised that the Shard’s owners had yet to sell any of the apartments as a sale of one apartment would set a publicly recorded price and make it harder to sell the other apartments for more if and when the London ultra-prime property market improves. ...
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
....Q My little family are looking to buy a house in London after many years of renting and scrupulous saving. The good news is that we have accumulated about £100,000 in savings, but the bad news is that the London property market is unfathomably expensive. ...
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. ...

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