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Despite softening tenant demand across many parts of the country, some 41% of landlords in England and Wales have agreed higher rents with their tenants over the past 12 months to April 2013 compared to just 7% who have lowered their rents, according to the Rent Check report by BDRC Continental and Allsop LLP.
There was a ‘modest' increase in residential property prices in the UK this month, the latest survey from Nationwide building society shows.
The data shows that the annual rate of price growth rose to 1.1%, the fastest pace since November 2011, which nationwide said provided further support for "the view that the housing market is gradually gaining momentum".
The rise in property values means that the average home now costs £167,912, the Nationwide said.
Just like any student looking to achieve top marks at university, astute investors know that research is the key to success when it comes to investing in student property.
The student property sector in the UK has emerged as one of the best-performing property assets in the UK in recent years, which explains why many housebuilders are developing more units for students.
With rental demand continuing to rise, a growing number of investors are actively capitalising on the booming rental market by acquiring properties with a view to letting them out.
The latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) shows that gross mortgage lending of £4.2bn across 33,500 mortgages was advanced to buy-to-let landlords in the first quarter of 2013, up from £3.7bn in the corresponding quarter of last year.
There was a surge in the number of landlords trying to raise enough capital to take advantage of high gross rental yields by adding to their portfolios during the first quarter of this year, according to detailed research released by Mortgages for Business, the specialist buy to let broker.
Average rents increased, rent arrears fell and lettings times became faster in the first quarter of this year, according to Countrywide's latest quarterly lettings index.
The data reveals that rents rose across much of UK, led by Wales and the East of England, where rents increased to £616 and £814 per month respectively.
Bristol has the fastest growing population of any of the UK's core cities, including more singletons, significantly boosting demand for properties to buy and rent in the process.
The recent Census results showed that Bristol's population had increased by 10% in the past decade, while the city's population is increasingly young, with the proportion of those aged between 25 and 49 higher than the national average; suggesting that high long-term demand for housing is sustainable.
With London property prices sky-high, there is a growing trend of Londoners, particularly young families, moving out of the capital in order to get more property for their money.
International property investors spent in the region of £2.2bn on buying new homes in central London last year, according to a new Knight Frank report.
Residential property sales in Edinburgh reached a five-year high during the fourth quarter of last year, as more homebuyers, including property investors, looked to take advantage of cheaper property prices.