Buying Process


Income multiple cap must be lifted, says trade body

First-time buyers will suffer if smaller lenders are not given greater freedom to lend above four-and-a-half times borrowers' income, warned the Building Societies Association (BSA).

Mortgages | 01 Sep 2014
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East London property values rocket 800%

The total value of East London property has grown by more than 800 per cent since 1987, outrunning any other area in the capital, including the upmarket West End borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Mortgages | 29 Aug 2014

Is superstition why your house won't sell?

Two thirds of Brits could be put off buying a particular home by a bad vibe, whether that was proximity to a crime scene or just an odd feeling about the owners.

Mortgages | 27 Aug 2014

Top state schools add 8% premium to house prices

Parents are paying £21,000 more to buy a home near a top state school in England where prices have now reached an average of £268,000.

Mortgages | 26 Aug 2014

Cost gap between buying and renting widens

First time buyers spend an average of £110 per month – and about £1,300 per year – less than their renting counterparts.

Mortgages | 23 Aug 2014

Edinburgh least affordable British city for next-time buyers

The average price difference between a flat and a first house is 125 per cent in Edinburgh, making it one of the hardest places to scale the property ladder in the UK.

Mortgages | 21 Aug 2014

How to get a mortgage if you’re self-employed

Millions of Brits are now working for themselves, but the freedom of being your own boss could be a roadblock when it comes to securing a mortgage.

Mortgages | 21 Aug 2014

July asking prices fall but Rightmove remains upbeat

The price of property coming onto the market has taken its first dip this year, falling by 0.8 per cent in July according to the Right Move House Price Index.

Mortgages | 18 Aug 2014
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Top tips: How to get a mortgage post-MMR

Just half of aspiring homeowners are aware of Mortgage Market Review (MMR), according to TSB, but the new affordability rules could impact their ability to secure a mortgage.

Mortgages | 16 Aug 2014
Vincent Kompany holds aloft the Premier League Trophy courtesy of Stuart Grout

Proximity to Premier League grounds boosts house prices

Average house prices close to Premier League grounds have increased 129 per cent over the last decade, more than double the country-wide average of 55 per cent.

Mortgages | 14 Aug 2014

Housing market takes a breather

Demand from UK property buyers hit a plateau in July, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Mortgages | 14 Aug 2014

Housing market shifts in favour of buyers

Property hunters have a better chance of getting their hands on the home they want as the market shifts in favour of the buyer, a national estate agent has claimed.

Mortgages | 12 Aug 2014

Harried buyers spend just half an hour inspecting homes

Pressured home-buyers spend just half an hour inspecting a property before putting in an offer, leading to high repair bills for unnoticed faults.

Buying Process | 11 Aug 2014

House sales recover by 10% in July - LSL

House sales across England and Wales rose by 10% in July to 90,000 as the market recovered from April's regulatory changes laid out in the Mortgage Market Review (MMR).

Mortgages | 08 Aug 2014

Want a new home by Christmas? Get ready to list.

Homeowners looking forward to a new home by Christmas should put their property on the market by 28 September if they want to accept an offer in time.

Buying Process | 06 Aug 2014

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