Tue 18 Feb 2014
Getting a mortgage can often be a daunting and complicated process, especially if you are a first time buyer. It is very important to ensure you not only choose the right lender, but also that you don't end up paying a higher rate than you need to.
It is much harder to get a mortgage these days, with lenders required to perform a much larger number of checks on borrowers than in previous ...read more
Tue 18 Feb 2014
Almost any estate agent will tell you that the best time of the year to sell a house is in the spring, closely followed by early autumn.
With holidays planned in the summer months and school starting in September, the last thing you want to be doing between June and October is sorting out removal vans and dealing with the goings on of moving house.
The winter months are usually cold and with ...read more
Tue 18 Feb 2014
Billionaires' Row in North London is home to some of the most sought after properties in Britain and is the second most expensive street in the entire country.
Though this street may conjure images of grandeur and elegance, the reality is that a third of the mansions housed on Billionaires' Row actually stand empty and many have even fallen victim to serious neglect.
An investigation carried ...read more
Thu 12 Sep 2013
Over the last several months London house prices have steadily risen across most parts of the UK. With some areas seeing an overall increase of 1% - 2% over the last 12 months, it may come as a surprise to learn that London has seen an overall increase of around 8.1%, according to the Evening Standard. Quite a rise when you consider the next best area of the country has been the West Midlands ...read more
Thu 25 Jul 2013
Much like the rest of the capital, the demand for housing continues to outstrip supply in the West Hampstead area. However, due to the high proportion of buyers from overseas leaving properties empty for much of the time, this isn't necessarily a positive thing.
House prices aside, councils are warning that allowing properties to be bought up in this manner and the healthy trend in 'buy-to ...read more
Thu 11 Jul 2013
House prices in the UK continue to rise, seeing a modest increase of 0.3% in June, according to the Nationwide Building Society. Overall, this puts the annual figure at 1.9%, which is the fastest pace of growth since September 2010.
The boost is being driven by a combination of government plans to "reboot the property market" and falling mortgage rates, with estate agents reporting the eff ...read more
Mon 08 Jul 2013
Getting a foot on the property ladder can seem like an unsurmountable task for many people in the UK, which is why the government announced the launch of a new scheme to help at the last budget.
The 'Help to Buy' scheme is a new initiative for those looking to buy a home and is designed to support those who have a 5% deposit buy their first home, or climb further up the property ladder. ...read more
Thu 04 Jul 2013
The UK rental market is thriving, not only is buy-to-let a strong market, but homeowners who have difficulty selling their property are increasingly turning to the rental market to keep their heads above water.
Whilst things are improving, thanks in part to recent government initiatives, it's a slow process and so we've put together some of our top tips for those considering becoming a lan ...read more
Fri 14 Jun 2013
It's not easy to get your foot on the property ladder these days and this is reflected in the fact that the private rental sector is now at the highest level since the early 90s and quickly closing the gap on the social rental sector.
The last governmental English Housing Survey to be carried out, for the years 2011-2012, found that in that time, around 65% of all households were owner occup ...read more