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Mortgage blog: Rise in approvals set to be start of steady increase in lending

Friday 8 August 2014
Tagged: Bank of England, Council of Mortgage Lenders, Mortgage Market Review, mortgages

Mortgage approvals in the UK rose for the first time in five months in June, suggesting that lenders have finally managed to get to grips with new regulations designed to make the industry more responsible.

Home loan approvals increased from 62,007 in May to 67,196 in June according to...

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Over 27,000 homes acquired using Help to Buy

Friday 8 August 2014
Tagged: Help to Buy, Home Builders Federation, Stewart Baseley

Over 27,000 homes have been snapped up by purchasers using Help to Buy since the scheme was launched 15 months ago, according to new data released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The figures reveal that more than 27,100 homes have now been acquired using the...

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Village life on offer from Mactaggart & Mickel at Polnoon

Friday 8 August 2014
Tagged: Eaglesham, Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, new homes, Scotland

Situated on the edge of the picturesque village of Eaglesham, Polnoon is an innovative development from award-winning family housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Homes. This vibrant neighbourhood of 121 high-specification, energy-efficient homes offers a perfect location for new homebuyers....

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Weekly property auction preview

Thursday 7 August 2014
Tagged: buying a home, Hertfordshire, Leicester, London, Property auction preview, selling your home

A wide range of properties will go under the hammer in the coming days. Here are some potentially good residential lots to look out for at auctions in Hertfordshire and Leicester. 

Hertfordshire 

Sometimes the best property bargains can be secured at small auctions that...

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Agent Insight: Jill Mitchenall, director of Jackson-Stops & Staff in Sevenoaks

Thursday 7 August 2014
Tagged: agent insight, buying a home, interview, Jackson-Stops & Staff, property market, selling your home, Sevenoaks

In the latest edition of our Agent Insight column, we get the lowdown on the Kent property market from Jill Mitchenall, director of Jackson-Stops & Staff in Sevenoaks.

Could you please give us a brief introduction to your company and the area in which you operate?...

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Majority of mortgage lenders expect interest rate rise in early 2015

Thursday 7 August 2014
Tagged: buying a home, Interest Rates, MMR, mortgages, research

More than one in three (36%) mortgage brokers expect a rise in the Bank of England base rate before the year is out, according to new research by the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA). The findings show opinion is divided in the mortgage industry on the widely anticipated...

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Essex house prices maintaining pace as London market cools

Thursday 7 August 2014
Tagged: Balgores Property Group, Basildon, Brentwood, buying a home, Chelmsford, Essex, Hornchurch, House Prices, London, market research, selling your home

Despite the cooling of London property prices and falling house prices across the UK in three of the last four months (according to the Halifax Price Index), Essex property prices are holding up, with an average rise of nearly 12% year-on-year. The average house price in Essex now sits at...

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Tips for tenants: Preparing to move out

Wednesday 6 August 2014
Tagged: letting, moving day, moving out, renting, Tips for tenants

Parting can be such sweet sorrow or a huge relief. Either way, at some point it will be time for you to leave your rented home. Whether you are still in search of that ideal property or are already exchanging the contracts and buying the furnishings, you should be careful not to neglect the...

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Agent Insight: Paul Gogerty of Rodor Lettings

Wednesday 6 August 2014
Tagged: agent insight, Birmingham, One-on-One interview, Rodor Lettings, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

We continue our series of interviews with prominent UK estate agents by speaking to Paul Gogerty of Rodor Lettings in the West Midlands.

Could you please tell us a bit about your company and the areas you cover?
Rodor Lettings is a very new company, founded last year...

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Bournemouth tops the list for UK retirement rentals

Wednesday 6 August 2014
Tagged: Bournemouth, downsizing, Girlings Retirement Rentals, Landlords, renting, retirees, Retirement, tenants

A growing number of people are retiring to coastal towns and resorts, according to statistics by Girlings Retirement Rentals. Seven out of the ten most popular destinations for Girling's customers this year are seaside towns with Bournemouth topping the list.

Girlings top 10 retirement...

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Home prices “to soar 30% by 2019”, says leading agent

Wednesday 6 August 2014
Tagged: CBRE, Jennet Siebrits, Property Prices

UK property prices are expected to increase sharply over the next few years, a new report has revealed.

CBRE estimates that residential property will appreciate 30%, on average, by 2019, including 12% growth within the next 12 months, despite growing speculation that interest rates will...

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Mortgage blog: Choice of buy-to-let mortgage deals hits six-year high

Wednesday 6 August 2014
Tagged: BM Solutions, buy-to-let, LSL Property Services, Moneyfacts.co.uk, mortgages, property investment

If you're looking to take out a buy-to-let mortgage then you now have the best choice of deals since 2008. According to new research from Moneyfacts, the choice of buy-to-let mortgage products has increased by over 40% in just one year, with over 650 deals now available.

Research has also...

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Oakham resident awarded £1,000 as ‘thank you’ for Larkfleet referral

Wednesday 6 August 2014
Tagged: case study, Help to Buy, Karl Hick, Larkfleet Homes, new homes, Oakham, Rutland

Bridgette Tan, a resident at the Larkfleet Homes Leighfield Park development in Oakham, has been awarded £1,000 for referring the development to a friend who has now also purchased a property there.

Mrs Tan moved to...

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Sample life on the water with The Kelpies on 9 August

Tuesday 5 August 2014
Tagged: Grangemouth Marina, Scotland, Scottish Canals

Scottish Canals is running an Open Day on Saturday 9 August to celebrate its launch of 15 new residential moorings at the Helix site on the new Grangemouth Marina, right under the noses of Scotland's famous sculpture, the Kelpies.

Visitors can view the site and its facilities, talk to the...

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Six tenants competing for each rental property as demand reaches record high

Tuesday 5 August 2014
Tagged: Landlords, lettings, London, market research, property market, Sequence, tenants, UK

Typical rent costs in London now account for 60% of the average wage  - but even so, the increase in demand over the past year is nine times the increase in supply, according to research by the estate agency network Sequence.

The research shows rental demand has reached record...

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