Buying Process


New mortgage rules will hit ‘self-employed and people earning under £25k’

Stricter mortgage criteria could bar the self-employed and those earning less than £25,000 a year from the mortgage market, a leading lender has said.

Buying Process | 24 Apr 2014
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Introducing the Help to Buy hub

The government's Help to Buy initiative was designed to help people buy a home with as little as a 5 per cent deposit.

Buying Process | 22 Apr 2014

Moving home? Why selling before buying could leave you better off

Sell first, or buy first? That's the dilemma faced by many people looking to move home.

Buying Process | 21 Apr 2014

Cost of moving home up by 6% in a year

UK homeowners collectively spent £6.6bn on moving house in 2013, up from £5.2bn the previous year, a study has found.

Mortgages | 21 Apr 2014

Mortgage lending up by a third, but new rules could put brakes on flying market

Mortgage lending in the first three months of this year was up by more than a third compared to the same period in 2013, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

Buying Process | 17 Apr 2014

BLOG: Why home sellers shouldn't always pick the highest bidder

Estate agent Russell Bennett explains why the strongest offer isn't always the highest one.

Buying Process | 16 Apr 2014

Britons feel positive about selling their homes

More than half of Britons believe the next 12 months will be a good time to sell their homes, according to the latest Halifax Housing Market Confidence tracker.

Buying Process | 12 Apr 2014
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House purchase approvals fall back in February - Bank of England

The number of house purchase loans approved fell back in February, statistics released by the Bank of England have shown.

Buying Process | 31 Mar 2014

Mortgage broker jailed for six years after ‘disgusting’ £3.5m fraud

A mortgage broker has been jailed for six years after fraudulently obtaining almost £3.5m from clients in the North East.

Buying Process | 25 Mar 2014

Budget 2014: Private buyers to benefit from stamp duty changes

Changes to stamp duty rules aimed at stopping wealthy investors purchasing property through companies will increase housing stock, an expert has claimed.

Tax | 19 Mar 2014

Pent up housing demand is ‘exhausting itself’, says RICS

Pent up demand in the housing market is gradually 'exhausting itself', according to the chief economist of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

First Time Buyer | 13 Mar 2014

Mortgage approvals reach six-year high

Monthly approvals for house purchases averaged 70,000 in the final quarter of 2013 making it the strongest rate for six years, the Council of Mortgage Lenders has revealed.

Buying Process | 20 Feb 2014

Damp tops list of biggest housebuyer turn-offs

Damp stains and poor maintenance have topped the list of house-hunters' biggest turn-offs, a new study has revealed.

Mortgages | 19 Feb 2014

Average UK house price hits £250,000

UK house prices increased by 5.5% in the year to December 2013, taking the average house price to £250,000.

Mortgages | 18 Feb 2014

UK house prices up 1.1% in January - Halifax

House prices have crept up again following a small fall in December, rising by 1.1% in January, the latest Halifax house price index has shown.

Mortgages | 06 Feb 2014

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