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Where are the cheapest cities in the UK for first time buyers?

Manning Stainton estate agents recently carried out research concluding that Yorkshire and the Midlands are the best value cities in the UK in terms of property costs for first time buyers. Eight cities within these two counties offer the best deal to those looking to get on the housing ladder based…

Shared Ownership: Everything you need to know…

Shared ownership was introduced to give lower-income families and key the opportunity to get on the housing ladder. Shared ownership, ie: initially owning between 25 and 75 per cent of your home, can open the door to home ownership but depending on your stake and whether or not you intend…

Property law reform will help homeowners escape leasehold trap.

It will soon be possible for leasehold property owners to buy the freehold of their property more easily under plans for an overhaul of a stressful and costly system currently in place. At present as a leaseholder, you must wait two years before buying the freehold to your property and…

Brexit house prices: Mark Carney’s ‘no deal’ warning rejected by estate agents

It is reported that Bank of England governor Mark Carney has told a cabinet meeting that house prices could drop by 35 per cent in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Clarifying these comments he said a housing slump was used as a worst-case scenario in for British banks. Mr Carney, who…

CLC Price & Service Transparency Rules Consultation

Changes to the Regulatory Arrangements and Code of Conduct – How to comply with the new regulations resulting from the CMA recommendations In December 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) Published its Legal Services Market Study. It highlighted problems of transparency of price and quality and that consumers did…

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UK house price growth accelerates according to Halifax

UK house prices picked up In July, rising at its quickest since November, the Halifax has said. Halifax says prices during May, June and July rose by 3.3% compared to last year, with the average cost of a house hitting a record £230,280. Prices in July rose a higher-than-expected 1.4% from the month…

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Property Market heading towards better times.

The number of property sales agreed per branch of estate agents rose from eight in May to nine in June, the summer transactions are completing, says the NAEA Propertymark’s June Housing Report. However, this is 18% lower year-on-year than when agents agreed a total of 11 sales per branch. Sales…