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Green loan launched

Green loan launched

Barclays has launched what it claims is Britain’s first “green mortgage”, with a deal offering preferential rates for borrowers buying a new property which has an A or B energy rating from builders including Barratt and Redrow, with plans to parner with more builders by the end of the year. Barclays Mortgages will offer the preferential interest rates […]

NORTHERN POWERHOUSE

NORTHERN POWERHOUSE

The so called Northern Powerhouse cities of Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool have joined the Bangkok, Lisbon and Berlin at the top of a list of global property investment hotspots, according to a new ranking report. These cities could soon also be joined by Newcastle and Seattle at the top of the table, offering the best […]

Mortgage market bounces back

Mortgage market bounces back

Mortgage approvals bounced back in January – despite the base rate hike to 0.5%. Some 67,478 mortgage applications were approved, which is the highest number in six months, according to the Bank of England. Remortgage numbers also ticked up on the month to 49,242, though this remains below the recent high of 54,010 in November. […]

Britain has 768k £1m homes

Britain has 768k £1m homes

Britain has 768,553 homes valued at £1m or more, analysis by Zoopla shows, with the figure accounting for 2.7% of the nation’s housing stock. The figure is 143,476 up on August 2016, marking a 22.95% increase. Of the total, 430,720 of the properties are in London. Westminster is the capital’s million-pound property hotspot, with 54,231 homes worth at […]

Single buyers find affordable homes in the north

Single buyers find affordable homes in the north

The most affordable areas for single home buyers to buy a one-bed flat in England and Wales outside London are revealed in a new Zoopla survey. Newcastle-under-Lyme topped the list, with buyers typically needing to sacrifice 10.84% of their monthly wage in mortgage payments there. The entire top five is comprised of northern locations, with […]

House buyer demand up by 37%

House buyer demand up by 37%

Demand from prospective buyers looking for new property jumped up over 37% last month, according to new figures from NAEA Propertymark, which also show that a busy New Year also saw more homes put up for sale. However, NAEA suggests increased competition looks set to take its toll this year, with sales to first-time buyers […]

Second home tax hike abandoned

Second home tax hike abandoned

A proposal to pursue a council tax hike on second homes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park has been abandoned following a Richmondshire District Council meeting. Park boss David Butterworth cautioned that much of the progress on building new homes and infrastructure to make the park more attractive for families to live and work now […]

Vince Cable: Halt right-to-buy

Vince Cable: Halt right-to-buy

Sir Vince Cable has called for a halt to the government’s right-to-buy policy, describing it as the key reason for the “catastrophic shortage of homes” in England. The leader of the Liberal Democrats said that there must be “an immediate pause” on the scheme for both councils and housing associations until the homes that have […]

Stamp duty cuts had little impact

Stamp duty cuts had little impact

Despite the November Budget seeing the abolition of stamp duty for first time buyers, almost nine in ten members of the Rics reported no increase in first-time buyer inquiries in December. A chief economist at Rics, said: “The initial feedback from the market doesn’t suggest that the change in the stamp duty regime announced in […]

15% increase in first-time buyer loans

15% increase in first-time buyer loans

November saw a 15.2% annual rise in the number of new first-time buyer mortgages, new figures from UK Finance show, with 34,800 new first-time buyer loans. Lending to home movers rose 16.8%, with 36,200 new mortgages, and remortgaging also increased, with an 8.5% climb recorded. Across all mortgages, lenders approved 13% more loans in November […]


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