Which? Mortgage Advisers has revealed that buying a house is viewed as one of the most stressful life experiences, with nine in 10 people considering it taxing.
The dream of getting a foot on the property ladder – one of life’s most momentous occasions – is actually one of life’s most stressful events, according to new research. Continue reading
Broadband was listed as the main issue that the government should tackle to improve the countryside as a place to live or do business.
According to Knight Frank’s Rural Sentiment survey, over 70% of those who took the survey listed it as the top priority. Continue reading
Tenants are to get a greater choice of newly-built homes to rent, under plans announced last week.
Housing Minister Kris Hopkins published a shortlist of developments in areas including London, Manchester, Liverpool and Kirklees, which could benefit from a share of the £1billion Build to Rent fund to deliver homes specifically for private rent. Continue reading
New York will overtake London as the most important city for the ultra-wealthy by 2023, according to Knight Frank’s Wealth Report, an annual analysis of wealth flows and property investment around the world.
The report shows that three of the top five most important cities by 2024 will be in Asia, knocking Geneva from the top 5. Continue reading
London estate agency Douglas & Gordon will be co-hosting the annual ‘Move to the Country Show’ at the Battersea Arts Centre on the 27th March.
32 country estate agents will be giving hands-on advice to buyers thinking of moving from London to the country. Continue reading
The Chancellor should look again at the nation’s Stamp Duty thresholds, an archaic tax structure which is distorting the housing market, says RICS as part of its 2014 Pre-Budget statement.
The existing ‘slab’ Stamp Duty system taxes a percentage of a home’s purchase price according to which value bracket it happens to fall into. Continue reading
All eyes will be on the budget next week to see if Chancellor George Osborne addresses the chronic housing shortage on the UK, especially for older people, says Peter Girling, Chairman of Girlings Retirement Rentals.
The Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) has called for government to abolish stamp duty for older people should they decide to downsize and purchase a smaller property. Continue reading
Latest figures released by ESPC reveal that the rise in housing market activity in East Central Scotland has continued to gather pace.
During the three months from December to February the number of homes sold across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife rose by over 90% annually. Continue reading
The recent BBA’s high street banking stats point to growing consumer confidence, with mortgage approvals now at their highest levels for six and a half years.
BBA statistics director, David Dooks said: Continue reading
UK house prices increased by 0.6% in February and were 9.4% higher than February 2013 according to Nationwide.
Prices are around 3% below the peak of 2007. Continue reading