Monthly Archives: February 2015

First half will be challenging says Countrywide

Countrywide, the UK’s largest estate agent, whose brands include Bairstow Eves, Hamptons and Taylors, has warned of a potential slowdown in the housing market in the first half of 2015. The warning came as the firm announced its trading figures … Continue reading

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Think tank warning on UK house prices

Rapid increases in house prices over recent months may create risks to the UK’s financial stability in the event of slump in the housing market the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has warned. It said: “Housing supply has … Continue reading

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Right to Buy drives increase in affordable homes says Government

The Government has released new figures which it says highlight the success of its Right to Buy scheme and an increase in investment in affordable housing – no surprise In the run up to the general election in May. According … Continue reading

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The future of housing in the Eastern region

As a housing crisis grips the country the debate about the future of housing in the UK has grown increasingly urgent. The future of housing is one of the key issues in the lead up to this year’s general election. … Continue reading

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Lending slumps despite improved market conditions

Mortgage lending has fallen despite Stamp Duty changes and a continuing price war among lenders. However, lending may increase as lenders offer ever lower rates for fixed-term mortgage products. The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), which represents lenders who collectively … Continue reading

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It’s a buyer’s market

House price expectations have fallen to an 18-month low according to research published by estate agents Knight Frank and Markit Economics. The House Price Sentiment Index found that although the perception was that house prices had risen in February, just … Continue reading

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Housing starts up by ten per cent in 2014

The total number of house building starts in England in 2014 was ten per cent up compared with the year before according to the latest Government data. The total number of starts for the year was 137,010. In the Eastern … Continue reading

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