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Mortgage blog: Why you should brace yourself for a mortgage rate rise this year

Wednesday 25 June 2014
Tagged: Bank of England, buying a home, Mark Carney, MMR, mortgage blog interest rates

For over five years, mortgage borrowers have benefited from record low interest rates. Now, though, homeowners are being warned to brace themselves for an interest rate rise which looks increasingly certain to happen before Christmas.

The most recent comments from the Bank of England...

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Mortgage bulletin for week commencing Monday 23 June

Tuesday 24 June 2014
Tagged: buying a home, Halifax Intermediaries, HSBC, MMR, mortgage bulletin, mortgages, Nationwide, Santander, Tesco Bank

Five-year mortgages are becoming an increasingly popular choice for homebuyers, according to mortgage lender Halifax.

Fixed-rate mortgages for terms from four to nine years account for a third of all of the lender's mortgage sales, up from 22% in 2008 to 34%. Five-year fixed-rate deals...

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Nine of the best villages near Littlehampton

Tuesday 24 June 2014
Tagged: Amberley, buying a home, countryside living, Ford, Littlehampton, Lyminster, rural life, south coast, West Sussex

Littlehampton is a seaside town in West Sussex, on the southern coast of England. The town is 50 miles south of London, 18 miles from Brighton and 10 miles from the county town of Chichester. Served by a number of rail services to London and Portsmouth, the town and its harbour have good road...

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Selling your home in an auction

Tuesday 24 June 2014
Tagged: Marc Da Silva, property auctions

If you are thinking of selling your property and are looking for a quick a painless sale, it may be worth the auction route: a tried a tested method of selling almost any property.

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NAEA appoints Simon Gerrard as new president

Monday 23 June 2014
Tagged: buying a home, Landlords, NAEA, National Association of Estate Agents, property news, selling your home, tenants

The National Association of Estate Agents has announced the appointment of Simon Gerrard as President. After being a member of the NAEA board for the last four years, Gerrard was officially passed the ceremonial chain by the outgoing President Jan Hÿtch at the organisation...

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Rental market in England and Wales remains stable

Monday 23 June 2014
Tagged: buy-to-let, investors, Landlords, LSL Property Services, property news, rental market, tenants

There was a marginal increase in rental values across England and Wales between April and May, with the average rent rising by 0.6%, which will please many people investing in the buy-to-let market.

But despite the monthly change, the data from the latest LSL Property Services index shows...

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Over 30,000 new homes to be built in Gloucestershire

Monday 23 June 2014
Tagged: buying a home, Cheltenham Borough Council, Gloucestershire, JCS, new homes, Office for National Statistics

There will be no changes to plans to develop more than 30,000 new homes in Gloucestershire over the next 17 years despite data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing that the population across Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury should grow by 11% less than previously expected...

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New developments in Falkirk offer great choice for homebuyers

Friday 20 June 2014
Tagged: Barratt Homes, buying a home, Cala Homes, Falkirk, new build, Oglivie Homes, Scotland, Taylor Wimpey

Taking in a number of towns and villages, the Falkirk area is convenient for commuters to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling yet has plenty facilities of its own to attract house hunters. Buyers looking to find a new home in the area will find they are offered the best of both worlds with great...

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Newmarket area offers ideal commuter base for Cambridge

Friday 20 June 2014
Tagged: Bidwells, buying a home, Cambridge, Crest Nicholson, Newmarket, round-up, Suffolk, Taylor Wimpey

Several well-known house builders have recently released new homes in and around the unique Suffolk market town of Newmarket, famous for its thoroughbred horse breeding - and since it is situated so near to Cambridge, these homes offer a very feasible commuter alternative to living in the city...

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Weekly affordable homes round-up

Friday 20 June 2014
Tagged: affordable homes, Barratt Group, Berkshire, Cornwall, Devon, Kris Hopkins, London, London Borough of Brent, new homes, Oxfordshire, Sovereign Housing Association

The number of new affordable homes started in England in 2013-14 increased by 15% to 41,654 compared with the previous year, according to Housing Minister Kris Hopkins. Citing data compiled by the Department for Communities and Local Government, Hopkins said the figures brought the number of...

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Mortgage blog: Bank of England to be given powers to curb lending

Friday 20 June 2014
Tagged: Bank of England, George Osborne, Mark Carney, mortgages

The Bank of England will be given legal powers to curb mortgage lending in order to protect the British economy against a runaway housing market. George Osborne has announced that the Bank will be given licence to take decisions in the housing market including possibly limiting the amount of...

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Making your home smarter - is gadgetry the way forward?

Thursday 19 June 2014
Tagged: gadgets, home improvements, selling your home, tips

Whatever changes you make to your home, they must always add value in some way. It is far better to make cheaper and simpler alterations and have your home make a profit than to create vastly complicated and high-end designs that potential buyers will refuse to pay a premium for.

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Sought-after Truro offers quality and choice for buyers in Cornwall

Thursday 19 June 2014
Tagged: Acorn Blue, buying a home, Copperfield, Cornwall, Help to Buy, Linden Homes, Penn an Dre, Persimmon Homes, Royal Barham House, Taylor Wimpey, The Beach, Truro

Several housebuilders are releasing homes for sale at developments in and around Cornwall's only city, Truro, ranging from slick contemporary apartments to historic conversions and family homes.

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Make a comfortable move with McCarthy & Stone

Thursday 19 June 2014
Tagged: Clarkston, McCarthy & Stone, new homes, Retirement homes, Scotland

This month McCarthy & Stone's Retirement Living development The Fairways in Clarkston is offering buyers a generous £5,000 furniture package on reservations by 30 June and completions by 31 August 2014.

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Mortgage blog: Should mortgages be capped at three times your income?

Wednesday 18 June 2014
Tagged: Bank of England, mortgages, Vince Cable

A leading politician believes that mortgage lenders are "throwing petrol on [the] fire" of the housing boom by offering mortgages at four or five times a borrowers' salary. Vince Cable, the business secretary, says that lenders should cap mortgages at three times income in order to avoid another...

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