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Full-time IT positions down by nearly 10 per cent at London boroughs since 2012

London property market suffers demand slump

Demand for properties in London has fallen by 28 per cent since February as people move further away from the capital to find homes which will fit their budget, research has shown.

Mortgages | 22 Dec 2014
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Homes within national parks command 21% price premium

House hunters purchasing homes within the boundaries of a national park have to pay a premium of £39,000 on an average home worth £188,810 - 21 per cent more than an otherwise identical property.

Mortgages | 19 Dec 2014

PM launches discount home scheme for 100,000 first-time buyers

The Prime Minister is set to launch a consultation into a scheme targeting those under 40 who have never owned their own homes.

Mortgages | 15 Dec 2014
Long-term prospects are now front of mind for accountants

House prices rocket 45% over 10 years in top job areas

The average house price in areas where employment has seen the greatest boost has risen by 45 per cent in the last ten years, research from Halifax has shown.

Mortgages | 05 Dec 2014
Full-time IT positions down by nearly 10 per cent at London boroughs since 2012

Wealthier London homeowners slash sales prices after Stamp Duty reform

Elite homeowners in central London began cutting offer prices following the Stamp Duty reforms in the Autumn Statement this week, with estate agents warning the move could decimate the high-net worth market in the capital.

Mortgages | 05 Dec 2014

Annual house price growth slowest since February - Halifax

Annual house prices are growing at their slowest rate since February bringing the value of the average home to 186,940 in November, Halifax research has revealed.

Mortgages | 04 Dec 2014
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Stamp duty: The reaction

The Chancellor’s ‘rabbit out of the hat’ for this Autumn Statement were the big changes to stamp duty. Here’s what the experts thought.

Mortgages | 03 Dec 2014

House price growth slowdown rumbles on for third month

House price growth has continued to cool in November marking the third consecutive month to see a slowdown in property price rises.

Mortgages | 28 Nov 2014
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Increase in housing stock eases pressure on supply and demand

A significant rise in housing stock has created a better balance between supply and demand in the property market, research has shown.

Mortgages | 27 Nov 2014

RBS 'wanted critic's mortgage back'

A businessman who wrote a government report that criticised RBS has been told he can no longer remain a customer of the bank, according to the BBC's Panorama programme.

Mortgages | 25 Nov 2014

We Buy Any House pulled up by ASA

Website ‘We Buy Any House’ has been censured by the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) for misrepresenting itself as an alternative to an estate agent while acting in a similar way.

Mortgages | 19 Nov 2014
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Retirees look to buy-to-let to invest pension pots

Retirees are looking to invest their pension savings in the buy-to-let market, according to a survey from the Bank of Ireland.

Buy to Let | 14 Nov 2014

2.5m over-55s plan to downsize in retirement

Four in 10 (41 per cent) of homeowners over the age of 55 plan to sell their current property, according to the bi-annual Prudential Downsizing Index.

Mortgages | 14 Nov 2014

Lloyds exits stand-alone protection advice

Lloyds Banking Group has announced it will no longer offer stand-alone protection advice across its Halifax, Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland branches after observing "significantly reduced" customer demand.

Insurance | 14 Nov 2014

Mortgage arrears and repossessions still falling

Mortgage arrears and repossessions continue to fall, according to Q3 data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

Mortgages | 13 Nov 2014

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