Monthly Archives: July 2014

Help to Buy sales hit new high

Housebuilder.co.uk reports that new government figures published today (July 31), reveal that 4,357 sales were made under the Help to Buy equity loan scheme in June, the highest monthly total since the scheme launched in April last year. In total, … Continue reading

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Larkfleet boss announced as National Business Awards finalist

Karl Hick, CEO of housebuilder and development company Larkfleet, has been shortlisted in the Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year category of the 2014 National Business Awards. The Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year award recognises enterprising individuals … Continue reading

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Survey reports fall in opposition to new homes

The proportion of English residents who oppose more homes being built in their local area dropped by 15 per cent between 2010 and 2013, according to government-commissioned research, Planning Resource website reports. The British Social Attitudes Survey, carried out for the Department … Continue reading

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Hometrack suggests slow house price growth is ‘more than just a seasonal slowdown’

The housing market in July saw the slowest growth in house prices for 18 months, according to Hometrack’s monthly housing survey. Housebuilder.co.uk reports that house prices across England and Wales rose 0.1% during the month, a dip on June’s 0.3% … Continue reading

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More than 66,000 London homes are standing empty

Inside Housing reports today that more than 5 per cent of residential properties in some inner London boroughs are considered empty or second homes for council tax purposes. The Inside Housing website states that despite decreases recently, more than 66,000 properties … Continue reading

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Renters spend 40 per cent of their income on housing costs

Following a recent report from The Telegraph that states mortgage lending is falling, The Independent has reported that the shortage of affordable homes is leaving many younger homehunters in a ‘rent trap’ and unable to get on to the housing ladder. The … Continue reading

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Tougher rules take their toll as UK mortgage lending falls

The Telegraph this week reports that prospective homeowners borrowed 25 per cent more this June than in the same month in 2013 – despite stricter mortgage conditions. The number of mortgage approvals for house purchases edged up in June by 3.3 … Continue reading

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