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Mortgage Blog: Curbing London market could lead to consequences for the rest of the country

Thursday 5 June 2014
Tagged: bubble, buying a home, London, mortgage blog, mortgages

One of the UK's biggest lenders has warned that attempts to restrict mortgage lending to try and prevent a London property bubble could have ‘unintended consequences' for the rest of the country.

The Nationwide building society believe that concerns about rising house prices have...

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Eight of the best villages near Tenterden

Wednesday 4 June 2014
Tagged: Appledore, Benenden, Biddenden, buying a home, Kent, London, Rolvenden, Sissinghurst, Smallhythe, Tenderden, village life, Wittersham, Woodchurch

The ancient Cinque Port town of Tenderden sits in the beautiful Weald of Kent, fifty-seven miles from Central London. Tenterden's thriving High Street is one of the most attractive in Kent, lined with a wide range of independent traders, well known brands, historic buildings, pubs and fine...

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Final phase of Porter Building in Bermondsey to be launched on Friday

Wednesday 4 June 2014
Tagged: Bermondsey, Bermondsey Spa, Hyde New Homes, London, new homes, Porter Building, South London

With 22 one-, two- and three- bedroom apartments remaining, the final phase of The Porter Building, Hyde New Homes' striking new development in Bermondsey Spa, launches on Friday 6 June following positive sales during the past four months.

The Porter Building is a striking collection of...

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Why a long term fixed rate could help you bypass strict mortgage checks

Wednesday 4 June 2014
Tagged: affordability tests, Interest Rates, MMR, mortgage applications, Mortgage Market Review, mortgages

Lenders have seen a rise in the number of borrowers choosing five or even ten year fixed rate mortgages in order to bypass strict new affordability checks. It has emerged that taking a long term fixed rate removes the requirement for a lender to ‘stress test' whether you could continue to...

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Galliard given green light for Squire & Partners

Wednesday 4 June 2014
Tagged: Galliard Homes, London, luxury homes, Squire & Partners, Westminster

Property developer Galliard Homes has been awarded planning consent to build a selection of luxury new homes in central London, as part of its Squire & Partners scheme.

The development will see the former European Council for Foreign Relations building at 29-35 Old Queen Street in...

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Help to Buy helps Kent couple secure family home before baby's arrival

Wednesday 4 June 2014
Tagged: buying a home, case stud, Deal, Help to Buy, Kent, new build, Sholden Fields, Ward Homes

A young couple in the resort town of Deal are celebrating after securing a brand new family-sized home thanks to Help to Buy - in time for the arrival of their baby.

On discovering the exciting news that they were expecting a baby, Chris Bailey and Carol Munnings soon realised they would...

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Mortgage bulletin for week commencing Monday 2 June

Tuesday 3 June 2014
Tagged: Accord Mortgages, Aldermore, Halifax, Natwest, Paragon, Post Office

Confidence is blossoming, according to buy-to-let lender Paragon Mortgages. Their quarterly tracking survey of mortgage advisors shows confidence levels at their highest for six years. Intermediaries also reported that during the...

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House price growth continues in England and Wales

Tuesday 3 June 2014
Tagged: housing market, Land Registry, market research, Marsh & Parsons, Property Prices

Residential property prices in England and Wales have increased at their fastest pace in almost four years, according to the latest figures from the Land Registry. The average price of home was 6.7% higher in April than a year earlier, with property prices now stood at £172,069.

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Weekly affordable homes round-up

Tuesday 3 June 2014
Tagged: affordable homes, East Dumbartonshire, Ed Miliband, Kris Hopkins, Lancashire, London, Nottinghamshire, Scotland, Shropshire

New affordable homes in London

Taylor Wimpey North Thames is calling for people's views about a new housing scheme which will provide 68 new flats in Sudbury Hill, including a number of affordable homes...

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Reasonably priced homes abound in Dudley

Tuesday 3 June 2014
Tagged: Barratt Homes, Barrows Place, Brecon View, buying a home, David Wilson Homes, Dudley, First-time buyers, Friars Gate, Keepmoat, Lovell, new build, new homes, Priory Park, Redrow

Housebuilders in and around Dudley, the 'capital' of the Black Country, offer a fantastic choice of reasonably-priced new homes suitable for first-time buyers and larger families.

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Adding value to your home by improving its energy efficiency

Monday 2 June 2014
Tagged: adding value to your home, cavity walls, draughts, energy efficiency, floorboards, home improvements, insulation, selling your home, tips

As fuel bills continue to creep up, creating an energy-efficient home has never been more important. If you are looking to sell up this year and make a move to a new home, increasing your energy efficiency is a great way to make the property appealing to buyers.

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Agent Insight: Gavin Human of Fine & Country in Cambridge

Monday 2 June 2014
Tagged: agent insight, buying a home, Cambridge, Fine & Country, market conditions, One-on-One interview, property market, selling your home

In our latest Agent Insight column, we speak to Gavin Human, director at Fine & Country in Cambridge about the local property market in his area. 

Could you please tell me a bit about Fine & Country and the areas you operate?

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Mixed response to London Rental Standard announcement

Monday 2 June 2014
Tagged: Landlords, lettings, London Rental Standard, market conditions, property market, tenants

The London Rental Standard was announced last week by the Mayor of London in a bid to improve the conditions faced by tenants in London's private rental sector. The standard set out...

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What is the London Rental Standard?

Monday 2 June 2014
Tagged: Boris Johnson, Landlords, letting agencies, London Rental Standard, management agencies, market conditions, Mayor of London, property market, tenants

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced a new rental standard, which he hopes will improve the conditions of tenants in the city's private rental market. The voluntary guidelines set out a range of commitments that landlords and agents must adhere to receive accreditation.

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Help to Buy advice on offer at Mactaggart & Mickel’s Thornybank Green in Midlothian this weekend

Friday 30 May 2014
Tagged: buying a home, development, Help to Buy (Scotland), Midlothian, new build, Scotland, Thornybank Green

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes is helping first time buyers get on the property ladder by holding a special Help to Buy event at its Thornybank Green development in Dalkeith, Midlothian on 31 May-1 June.

The event will provide prospective buyers with information and assistance on buying...

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