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We are addicted to property

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Ever since Margaret Thatcher declared her belief in a ‘property-owning democracy’ and introduced Right to Buy in 1980, the UK was converted into a nation obsessed with residential properties. Let’s be honest,…

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Investors hung out to dry as BoE gets tough

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The Bank of England has announced plans to introduce more stringent checks on buy-to-let lenders amid concerns that the property investment market is moving into bubble territory. The Bank’s Prudential Regulation Authority…

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Right to Buy worsens housing crisis

The Government’s commitment to build a replacement for every social rented home sold through the Right to Buy scheme is not being fulfilled, new figures show. The latest published data from the…

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Rush to purchase buy-to-lets before SDLT surcharge

Estate agents report that there has been a significant increase in the number of buy-to-let investors attempting to push sales through before this Friday’s stamp duty deadline. Landlord investors are naturally keen…

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Bank of England to consult on buy-to-let ‘prudence’

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The Bank of England has published a consultation paper (CP) which seeks views on its proposals which could result in strict limitations for buy-to-let mortgages. David Smith (left), the Residential Landlords Association’s…

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Scottish house sales hit 8-year high

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Residential property sales in Scotland reached the highest level for eight years in January, as buyers rushed to avoid an LBTT surcharge, the latest Scotland House Price Index from Your Move reveals.…

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Rents rise 3.2% year-on-year

Rents rose by 3.2 per cent to an average £926 per month in February compared to the same time last year, the latest figures show. The Countrywide monthly Lettings Index for February…

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Property transactions increase 9.7 per cent

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The number of UK residential property transactions rose by 9.7 per cent year-on-year in January, fresh figures from HMRC shows. Last month there were 105,940 residential property transactions, which although on a…

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Fall in English home ownership halted

The decline in home ownership recorded over the past decade in England ground to a halt last year, the latest figures show. The data from the 2014/15 English Housing Survey reveals that…

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