September 09, 2014
At Home 2014 - Autumn Magazine
Welcome to the Autumn 2014 edition of our At Home magazine, featuring a selection of properties for sale and to let in your area.
September 05, 2014
Parents' guide to student buy-to-let...
This may become the best investment you’ll ever make. And if your son or daughter is heading to university this year, it will also buy you priceless peace of mind.
Instead of wasting money on rent, canny parents are snapping up new-build buy-to-let properties near their child’s college. They earn through renting rooms to other students, and stand a high chance of securing capital appreciation when they eventually sell.
Student numbers are growing dramatically, too. According to the university admissions service Ucas, at least 413,000 school-leavers will start their first degrees this autumn.
September 04, 2014
First figures show MMR's drag on the...
The most thorough research yet into the effect of MMR on the housing market shows a significant increase in the time it takes for buyers to receive offers.
The Mortgage Efficiency Survey conducted by IRESS - a supplier of wealth management, mortgage and financial markets systems - shows that just nine per cent of mortgage offers are produced within five days, compared to 13 per cent last year.
August 19, 2014
London drives house price increase,...
Annual house price inflation was 10.2% in June, compared with 10.4% in May, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The rise was again driven mainly by London, where house prices increased by 19.3% over the year, a slight drop from the previous month's figure.
Excluding London and the South East, prices rose by 6.3% across the UK.
Prices were up in every region, including Northern Ireland, where they rose by 4.9%.
"House prices are increasing strongly across most parts of the UK, with prices in London again showing the highest growth," said the ONS.
August 15, 2014
Investors urged to take interest rate...
July 23, 2014
New housing minister pledges 165,000 home
In his first major act as housing and planning minister, Brandon Lewis has promised 165,000 new houses and apartments will be constructed in the three years from 2015 in a programme which will “change the way homes are built in Britain.”A fifth of the homes will be built with what Lewis calls “advanced housing manufacture” - pre-fabricated elements made in factories before being assembled on site. This technique is widely used elsewhere in Europe but only rarely in Britain, says Lewis.