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Taxpayer-backed mortgage indemnity scheme extended to all new-home buyers

Friday 3rd February 2012

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Shortage of stock to continue to limit downside to house prices

Published 22 December 2011

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Chartered Surveyors in Norwich

4th January 2012

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Flats out of favour with home buyers

Wednesday 4th January 2012

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UK property prices rise in November

30th Nov 2011

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First-time buyers melt away to three-year low

Friday 25th November 2011

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Lending stutters downwards as home-movers stay put

Monday 14th November 2011

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Mortgage borrowing costs plummet, but with a sting in the tail

Monday 10th October 2011

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Average renter pays 13% more than an owner with a mortgage at 5% p.a

30th September 2011

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Abolish 'obviously stupid' Stamp Duty, says top think tank

Friday 16th September 2011

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Transaction levels stutter along the bottom

Wednesday 31st August 2011

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First-time buyers pay out £110 more to rent

Wednesday 31st August 2011

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House prices in 0.6% monthly fall, says Nationwide

Friday 2nd September 2011

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Chink of light after monthly transactions fall 10,000 in a year

Wednesday 24th August 2011

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Owner occupation at lowest level this century

Wednesday 24th August 2011

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House sales fall back as mortgage lending slides

Friday 19th August 2011

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Flurry of mortgage approvals as lenders rush to meet six-month targets

Friday 15th July 2011

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House transactions slip to 44,000 a month, says Land Registry

Wednesday 29th June 2011

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Housing market at 'tipping point' as buyers fail to materialise

Tuesday 14th June 2011

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Official statisticians at sixes and sevens over housing market

News Category: Industry News Published: 18-May-2011

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More small landlords back in buy-to-let market

Tuesday 3rd May 2011

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House prices 'to fall for next five years' , say economists

Friday 6th May 2011

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Bank tells first-time buyers now is the time to buy

Wednesday 4th May 2011

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Easter housing market quiet amid long holiday weekends

Wednesday 4th May 2011

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First-time buyers 'now renting for a decade'

Tuesday 19th April 2011

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House prices too high – but won't fall, say consumers

Wednesday 27th April 2011

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UK house prices and transactions in latest falls

Wednesday 30th March 2011

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Sales fall –but things look up for housing market

Wednesday 16th March 2011

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More good news? February sales up by a quarter, says Hometrack

Friday 4th March 2011

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Green shoots as more Sold signs are seen

Friday 4th March 2011

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CBRE forecasts short-term housing boom

4th March 2011

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Asking prices bounce up amid double dip warnings

Monday 21st February 2011

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House prices should fall by 20-30%

23rd Feb 2011

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'We got it wrong on housing', Labour admits

Monday 14th February 2011

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No magic bullet for first-time buyer crisis, summit hears

Wednesday 16th February 2011

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FTBs fall to one in five in much of UK

Wednesday 16th February 2011

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NAEA says year got off to a good start

 Wednesday 16th February 2011

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More owners cut asking prices

Wednesday 16th February 2011

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Housing market gets off to a bad start, says RICS

Wednesday 9th February 2011

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New mortgage approvals take a fresh battering

Friday 4th February 2011

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House sales slump to an 8-year low

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Buy to let lenders offer ‘golden goodbye’ discountsPosted

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House price figures deliver more nonsense valuesPosted

January 18, 2011

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Supply of new homes set for further falls

10th January 2011

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House prices not shifting in a year

5th January 2011

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More For Sales signs convert to Sold in December

5th January 2011

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Shapps tries to reopen doors for first-time buyers

5th January 2011

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Through the looking glass

Falling prices and historically low sales volumes have dominated the housing market for much of this year. Here, a panel of the UK’s leading economists provide an insight into their outlook for 2011.

 22nd December 2010

 

 

 

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Tight lending? You ain't seen nothing yet, says CML

15th December 2010

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Asking prices slide, and more falls to come

13th December 2010 

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New Agency Closures in Norwich

4th December 2010

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More falls in house prices as buyer interest wanes

4th December 2010

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Housing transactions at lowest on record, says CML

4th December 2010

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Asking prices drop as more properties stick on market

17th November 2010

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Dramatic drop in mortgage applications

17th November 2010

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House prices take a further dip – but transactions rise

2nd November 2010

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House buyers sit on their hands as mortgage levels dropWednesday

27th October 2010 

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Housing is the department hit hardest by Government cuts

23rd October 2010

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Gross mortgage lending tumbles to lowest for a decade

23rd October 2010

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Confusion as house prices plummet by record amount – or rise slightly

11th Octyober 2010

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Market 'less weak' than thought over summer

29th September 2010

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Buy-to-let lender Paragon re-opens its books to business

29th September 2010

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No more boom and bust for housing, Shapps declares

29th September 2010

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Mortgage approvals drop with no pick-up in sight

29h September 2010

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City banks predict double dip in UK housing market

29th September 2010

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House prices see second consecutive fall in August

 

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'Computer says no' culture blights housing sales

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August house prices fall nearly 1%, says Nationwide

3rd September 2010

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Housing market 'edging towards double dip' claim

2/1/10

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Prospective first-time buyers sink to new low

2/9/10

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House prices fall or rise (take your pick

1st September 2010

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Low prices and rates can't slow fall in home sales

27th August 2010 -Where the Yanks go is where we go

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Home ownership unachievable for millions, says CIH

27th August 2010 - There used to be millions of Council Tenants

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Mortgage rates 'could soar to 14% in next two years'

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Prices fall for the first time since July 2009-RICS urvey

0th August 2010

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Asking prices slashed on one-third of all homes for sale

4th August 2010

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Tough times ahead as property market dips on all fronts

30th July 2010

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Lenders set to crack down on suspended possession orders

21st July 2010

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House prices fell by 0.6% in June following a similar decline in May.

8th July 2010

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“Don't wait to buy property, buy property and wait!”

 These are not our words, they are the words of one of the worlds most prolific investors, Donald Trump. 6th July 2010.

 

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Tough times but sky will not fall in, says Shapps

30th June 2010

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Sales nudge up but volumes still staying very low

30th June 2010

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Buyer demand shrivels to a standstill in summer heat

30th June 2010

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Consumers lose the urge to move

23rd June 2010

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Property industry escapes lightly in Budget

23rd June 2010

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. as FSA records 22% fall in mortgage lending

23rd June 2010

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Asking prices are way too much, says Rightmove

21st June 2010

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Home ownership must be encouraged, says Shapps

9th June 2010

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NEWS FLASH – HIPs suspended

20th May 2010

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HIPs abolition to have top priority, says minister

20th May 2010

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HIPs abolition order is signed and ready

17th May 2010

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Tax hikes could kill off rental sector, say critics

15th May 2010

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Shapps named as new housing minister

15th May 2010

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Agents already breaking law over HIPs

15th May 2010

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NEWS FLASH:HIPs face certain death

13th May 2010

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Fantastic poem about the end of HIPs

13th May 2010

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Rightmove grabs 83% slice of market as more agents join

6th May 2010

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U.K. house prices set to rise by 5% in 2010

6th May 2010

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House sales stagnate as buyers sit on their hands

3rd May 2010

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Tesco lines up more property interests

28th April 2010

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Manifestos pledge to abolish HIPs

15th April 2010

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Election 2010: What a Tory victory could mean for house prices

14th April 2010

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Homeowners enjoy £15K rise in property values

14th April 2010

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House prices reverse February’s dip

1st April 2010

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Agent calls for end to doom-mongering over iSold

13th March 2010

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iSold (estate agency down the river!)

10th March 2010

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House prices fell by 1.0% month-on-month in February

5/3/10

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Tesco moving in

23rd Feb 2010 - cor big news day!!!

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One estate agency closes every day

23rd Feb 2010

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I recommend repossession, says John Healey

23rd Feb 2010

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Estate agents – wake up to a shake up, says OFT

Tuesday 23rd Fen 2010

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Housing supply to hit 87-year low

10th February 2010

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Instructions continue to slide

4th February 2010

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House prices make a strong start to 2010

29th January 2010

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Demand for rental homes increasing

24th January 2010

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Stock levels hit their lowest

21st January 2010

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Mortgage rates falling

21st January 2010

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Mortgage approvals increase 5%

8th January 2010 - Happy Birthday Elvis

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House prices up 5.9% over 2009

6th January 2010 - Happy New Decade to all.

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What will happen to house prices in 2010?

15th December 2009

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Asking prices decline 2.2%

15th Dec

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Haart under fire from advertising watchdog.

15th Dec 09

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Mortgage lending highest for two years

11th December 2009

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potter and co have moved

1st December 2009

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House prices edge up further in November

1st December 2009

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Rightmove continues to soar ahead in polls

1st December 2009

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NAEA demands Government action to prevent double dip

1st December 2009

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UK Economy & Property Market Overview

25th November 2009

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End to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday

10th November 2009

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NORWICH'S LONGEST ESTABLISHED ESTATE AGENTS TO MOVE

1st November 2009

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Could EPC data be charter for snoopers?

Friday 30th October 2009

 

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Warning that end of Stamp Duty break could snare buyers

1st November 2009

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Stock levels dry to a trickle as Nationwide reports prices back up

Friday 30th October 2009

 

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Price rise 'bubble' will burst, warns agent

26th October 2009

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Rightmove reveals six-year price high

24th October 2009

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FSA to implement new rules on affordable mortgages

22nd October 2009

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Buy-to-let's king goes bust

Simon Morris, the former Leeds United football club director whose property group collapsed last year with reported debts of more than £50m, has been declared bankrupt. 

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Double dip on the way, claims economic group

Monday 19th October 2009

 

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Rightmove still way ahead as Zoopla plan their assault

Monday 19th October 2009

 

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Complaints about touting to Ombudsman on rise

Wednesday 21st October 2009

 

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Next year? Just the same as this says think tank

Wednesday 21st October 2009

 

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August outperforms September in market's strangest year

In most parts of the UK, August out-performed September in terms of sales activity – underlining what a topsy-turvy market this has been.

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Zoopla survey reveals homeowner confidence surge 16/10//09

A staggering 79% of homeowners expect property prices to rise in the next six months, according to Zoopla.co.uk’s latest quarterly sentiment survey.

 

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Mortgage volumes rise 29% - 16th October 2009

Mortgage volumes increased 29% in the year to August, according to the latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

 

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Ministers 'knew about reckless lending four years ago' claim

Lenders and government ministers were aware of reckless lending as long ago as 2005 but each felt that the proble was the other's resposibility.

 

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'House prices will fall further'

October 07 2009 A leading ratings agency dampened hopes that the housing market had recovered, warning that there were more price falls to come.

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Low pipelines of business worry agents

Halifax have reported a third consecutive monthly increase in house prices, but agents warned that their pipelines are looking awful.

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House prices now at the same level as September 2008

House prices rose by 0.9% in September, the fifth consecutive monthly increase  High supply of rental property raises questions about durability of price recovery

 

 

 

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House prices still edging upwards as drought bites

Monday 28th September 2009

House prices crept up by 0.2% in September, according to Hometrack. It means prices are now just 5.6% below what they were this time a year ago.

 

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House purchase loans in annual rise

Friday 25th September 2009

The number of house purchase approvals from high street banks in August rose 81% compared with August last year, says the British Bankers Association.

 

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RICS Rural Market Survey H1 2009

Supply falls in both the non-residential and residential sectors

 

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Banks are blaming property professionals for billions of pounds of mortgage fraud based on inflated property valuations

11.09.09By Richard Heap

 

property professionals are on alert after revelations about buy-to-let mortgage fraud based on inflated property valuations.

 

 

 

 

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Countrywide reveals 96% surge in high LTV mortgages

The number of clients borrowing 85% or more of the value of their property has surged 96% in the last three months, according to Countrywide Mortgage Services

 

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Sales increase 10%, reveals RICS

The average number of property sales per surveyor increased by 10% between June and August

 

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Mortgage approvals increase for fourth consecutive month

The number of mortgages secured for house purchase increased 14% to 50,123 in July, marking the fourth consecutive increase since April, according to the Bank of England.

 

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Inflation report signals that interest rates to stay low well into 2010

There have been important developments in monetary policy this month, with possible implications for the housing market.

 

 

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House price bounce extends into August

 

House prices rose by 1.6% in August * Year-on-year decline slows from -6.2% to -2.7% * Low interest rates helping to underpin prices for the moment

 

 

 

 

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Mortgage approvals reached a 17-month high

July figures from the British Bankers' Association (BBA) show increases in the number of mortgage approvals and the amount of new lending, although this was below seasonal expectations.

 

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Rightmove reveals record visitor traffic

Rightmove has recorded its busiest ever day for visitor traffic.  

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House prices to surge 20% by 2014

The average house price will surge 20% to £227,800 in 2014, according to the National Housing Federation

 

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House price rises continued in June

House prices rose by 0.9% in June. Three month rate of change turns positive for first time since December 2007. Low supply supporting prices for now, but a sustained recovery still faces risks

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Base rate held at 0.5% 9th July

The Bank of England has left the base rate unchanged for the fourth straight month as the nation continues to struggle with the recession

 

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Sales volumes plummet 58%, reveals Land Registry

Sales volumes plummeted 58% to 31,315 per month between November and February

 

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Market recovery just a blip, warn industry experts

The recent upturn in market activity is “fragile and prone to collapse", claims Jones Lang LeSalle.

 

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House prices rise for second time in three months

 

House prices rose by 1.2% in May. Annual rate of decline improves sharply from -15.0% to -11.3%. Low supply levels may explain some of the improvement in price trends

 

 

 

 

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Buy-to-let lending plummets 69% in Q1, reveals CML

Buy-to-let lending plummeted 69% year-on-year in Q1, marking the sixth consecutive quarter fall.

 

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Instructions plummet 55% to six-year low, reveals Rightmove

Instructions plummeted 55% to 61,000 in May, reveals Rightmove’s latest House Price Index.

 

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Pace of decline in capital values accelerates

RICS Global Commercial Property Survey

 

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Home Buy Schemes

With this week's media interest in the fact that one of the Government's Home Buying schemes has already run out of money. The following Parliamentary question on numbers helped by the various schemes makes for an interesting read...

 

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RICS Housing Market Survey April 2009

Further rise in buyer enquires but new instructions fall again

 

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Moore Blatch dismisses repossession predictions as misleading

Predictions for repossession orders and distressed sales could exceed 1990 levels, claims Moore Blatch.

 

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House prices fall 1.7%, reveals Halifax

House prices fell to £154,716 in April, according to Halifax's House Price Index out today.

 

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Sales volumes slump 57%, reveals Land Registry

Sales volumes plummeted 57% to 24,770 in January, according to the latest Land Registry statistics.

 

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House prices fall slightly in April

The price of a typical house fell by 0.4% in April. Housing measures in the budget are welcome, but are unlikely to turn things around. Economic fundamentals will continue to dominate housing market prospects

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Surprise bounce to March house prices

House prices increased by 0.9% in March House purchase activity reaches highest level since May 2008 Welcome signals of market improvement but too early to talk of house price recovery

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London agents alone in price reductions, reveals Rightmove

Asking prices in Greater London fell 3.2% to £387,161 in April, reveals Rightmove’s latest House Price Index.

 

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House price bounce distorted, warns Nationwide economist

House prices made a surprise bounce of 0.9% last month, according to Nationwide's March House Price Index.

 

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Housing market 'picking up'

Activity in the housing market showed signs of picking up during February with the number of mortgages approved for house purchase jumping by nearly a fifth, figures have showed.

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House price falls of 55% possible, warns Numis

House prices could fall by up to 55% from current levels, reveals a report from investment bank Numis Securities

 

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FSA – MORTGAGE LENDING DATA PUBLISHED

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has today published its latest mortgage lending data for the United Kingdom covering the period from Q3 2007 to the end of Q4 2008.

 

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Rightmove.co.uk – House Price Index, March 2009

The property website Rightmove has released its latest house price index for March.

 

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CLG House Price Index

The Department for Communities and Local Government has released its latest house price index this morning, which is based on mortgages completions during January 2009

 

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Changes To Home Information Packs – Information From CLG

If you are involved in buying or selling homes in England or Wales, there are three key changes which apply to properties marketed on or after 6 April 2009 that you need to know about:

 

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American Repossession auction house moves in

REDC is one of the world's largest real estate auction firms. Since 1990, REDC has sold in excess of $5 Billion of real estate assets. Our goal is to match banks and institutional sellers with home buyers and real estate investors through the auction process. All auctions are open to the public and are free to attend.

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RICS Housing Market Survey March 2009

New buyer enquiries increase at the fastest pace since August 2006, but newly agreed sales and sales per surveyor continue to fall.

 

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Central London price drops slow as confidence trickles back

House price drops within the capital's wealthiest central postcodes are beginning to slow as confidence and in particular Russians return to the market, says a leading London agent.

 

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Oil exporters and emerging nations catch global property contagion

Collapsing oil prices have pulled oil rich countries into the global property malaise with capital values falling in emerging nations for the first time in the survey's history, according to RICS' latest Global Property Survey

 

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Where to lose £55,000 in a year

House prices are now at their lowest level since March 2005, according to a ‘poll of polls’ by Chesterton Humberts

 

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What's happening to the housing market in the USA

The house price downturn started well before it did in the UK - where is it today?

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LSL sees profits turn to losses – but repos up

LSL Property Services, the parent company of Your Move and Reeds Rains estate agencies brand, was badly hit by the housing market collapse last year.

 

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Agents say rate cut will make it harder for lenders

Yesterdays’s rate cut to 0.5% has failed to excite estate agents, who say that the latest reduction cheapens Britain to foreigners, whilst acting as a deterrent to savers and making it harder for lenders to lend.

 

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New buyer registrations jump 17.1%

New buyer registrations surged 17.1% in February, according to Hometrack’s National Housing Survey.

 

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House prices fell 2.3% in February, reveals Halifax

The average UK house price has fallen 2.3% to £160,327, according to the February Halifax House Price Index.

 

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“Best Time to Port your Mortgage?”

The Bank of England has once again sought to address the current economic downturn by reducing the base rate to an unprecedented low of just 0.5%. If their hope is that this will stimulate activity in the property market they may well be proved absolutely right – finally!

 

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Government snubs HIPs reform petition

The government has refused to give home sellers a grace period to prepare a Home Information Pack (HIP) for their property despite a recent petition to Downing Street asking for one signed by nearly 1,700 members of the public.

 

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Phil Spencer's upmarket homefinding firm folds

His alluring smile and boyish good looks propelled Phil Spencer, 39, from little-known estate agent to national icon. But in the final analysis no amount of TV fame could steer his posh home-finding firm through the credit crunch

 

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House prices fall 1.8%, reveals Nationwide

House prices fell to an average £147,746 this month, from £150,501 in January, according to Nationwide's House Price Review

 

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House purchase approvals rise 7.4%

House purchase approvals rose 7.4% to £2.9bn in January, reveals today's statistics from the British Bankers' Association.

 

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Hints for Landlords

With the appearance of many accidental landlords entering the market and the seasoned investor making the most of the current downturn to expand their portfolio, some tenants are being spoilt for choice when choosing their next place of residence.

 

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Big rise in commercial property firms in trouble

Commercial property insolvencies are set to surge, a leading business rescue firm is predicting

 

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More people want to know your number, agents are told

Interest in the property market has been increasing, according to data from a directory inquiries service

 

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Debt-laden Countrywide comes closer to cash restructure deal

Plans to inject more money into Countrywide, which includes Abbotts estate agents in Norwich, and write off much of its debts have moved a step forward.

 

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Transactions freeze to lowest in 50 years

Transactions levels in January slipped to their lowest since the1950s. According to HM Revenue& Customs, a record low of just 43,000 homes changed hands during the month.

 

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New £500bn bail-out package starts today

The Government’s new rescue package aimed at kickstarting the housing market and the economy starts today. The intention is to encourage lenders to start lending again.

 

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Buy-to-let loans plummet 65% in a year

The total value of new buy-to-let loans was 65% less in the last three months of 2008 than in the same quarter for 2007.

 

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Home repossessions hit 12-year high

The number of people who lost their homes soared by more than 50% during 2008 to hit a 12-year high.

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On market time triples in 18 months

The typical marketing time for residential property has tripled since the onset of the credit crunch, according to property search engine Home.

 

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Vendor numbers dive 45%

The number of new sellers on the market is 45% down on February 2008, according to Rightmove.

 

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Agents Diary The weary musings of a time-served estate agent (realtor) somewhere in the UK.

Give 'Em Enough Rope

 

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Sales volumes hit record low, reveals RICS

Agents completed an average 9.9 sales in the three months to January, according to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors survey

 

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Mortgage lending slumps to 1974 levels

The number of people buying a home fell last year to its lowest level since 1974 as the mortgage drought restricted activity in the property market, new figures show.

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Will British Room Sizes Finally Increase?

There may be an unexpected silver lining to the housing market's downturn: we could end up with larger rooms in our homes as a result

 

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HM Treasury - Yvette Cooper launches consultation on protective measures for vulnerable homeowners

The Government is today launching a consultation document on strengthening protection for vulnerable homeowners.

 

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Norwich agent takes on former Tops properties

Monday 9th February 2009 Sapey & Co in Norwich has taken on all 485 properties that were for sale with Tops, after doing a deal with administrators Begbies Traynor

 

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Are first time buyers finally returning to the market?

This will be promising news for anyone worried by the current weak property market, the woes of which are often blamed on first time buyer blues.

 

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Sellers find house price drops hard to swallow

The average time it took to sell a property lengthened by 40% last year, according to the company that analyses Land Registry data

 

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Survey of English Housing

Survey of English Housing, published by CLG. The report presents some preliminary findings from 15,622 households that were interviewed for the Survey of English Housing in the year beginning April 2007.

 

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House prices rise 1.9%, reveals Halifax

House prices increased 1.9% in January to £163,966, according to the Halifax House Price Index.

 

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Consumers on verge of buyer rally, claims Rightmove

Over half of consumers plan to buy a property in the next 12 months, according to a survey of Rightmove users.

 

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Tops directors in new agency launch after administration

Two former bosses of Norfolk estate agency Tops, which went into administration last week, are launching a separate new business selling houses under the ownership of property developer John Howard, the Eastern Daily Press reports today.

 

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First day marketing draws closer

In around two months' time on the 6th April it will be illegal to market a property without a HIP

 

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INFLUX OF FIRST TIME BUYERS

We need more FIRST TIME BUYER properties to satisfy INCREASED DEMAND

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Buyers dip toes into purchase pool

Vendor interest is gathering momentum and translating into sales, according to a number of agencies across the country.

 

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House purchase approvals slump 52%

House purchase approvals in 2008 were 52% lower than in 2007, reveals the latest statistics from the British Bankers’ Association

 

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New-build starts slump by 47%

Applications for new-build starts in the UK declined 47% last year, reveals the latest statistics from the National House Building Council

 

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Nationwide's January House Price Survey says: -New Year sees little change to recent house price trend

House prices fell by 1.3% in January Annual rate of decline reaches 16.6% but 3-month rate improves slightly Economy now officially in recession, but considerable stimulus is in the pipeline

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Why housing minister is planning for boom not bust

THE housing minister, Margaret Beckett, has claimed that there are signs of an "upturn" in the property market despite official figures showing prices dropping at an unprecedented rate.

 

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From April 6, mind your PIQs

The Property Information Questionnaire will now by law have to be included in HIPs from April 6 onwards.

 

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Average asking prices down by 1.9% - prices now within 8% of the bottom of rightmove's predictions

Email leads have more than doubled, with the rightmove site delivering 513,771 leads nationally from the 1st -14th of January 2009, compared to 242,090 during the same period last year, as buyers actively scour the market looking for a deal.

 

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DCLG - Housing Minister Launches Mortgage Rescue Scheme

A mortgage rescue scheme to help vulnerable families at risk of repossession to stay in their homes is being rolled out across England today.

 

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RUMOURS THAT TOP ESTATE AGENT IN NORWICH SOLD

Rumours abound about one of the Top Estate Agents in Norwich that has been sold.

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Ex president of the National Association of Estate Agents says this!

A bit shocking if you ask me, but meant as a joke I think.

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THERE ARE MORTGAGES OUT THERE

The cost of a mortgage repayment on a terrace house is coming close to the rental figures.

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Global bank crisis deepens

Economies such are the United States, Britain and Ireland, where soaring house prices fuelled a long-running credit boom, are expected to bear the brunt of a deepening global recession born out of a lending drought since widespread bank exposure to high-risk debt began to emerge in August 2007.

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House sales slump to new low

The number of homes changing hands has fallen to a record low despite increasing buyer interest, figures have showed.

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House price decline 'makes moving from bottom of property ladder easier'

The decline in the value of two-bedroom homes has been sharper than any other property type

 

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