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First-time buyers using Help to Buy to sidestep house price inflation

New house buyers are bypassing four years of house price inflation by using the second part of the Help to Buy scheme. Homebuyers are using the mortgage guarantee element of the government’s incentive scheme to get onto the property ladder, … Continue reading

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Number of mortgage approvals falls for third successive month

The number of mortgages approved by High Street banks has fallen for the third month in a row. In January, 48,000 home loans were approved. This fell to 45,045 in March and the latest figures show a further decrease to … Continue reading

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Sharp rise in new-build housing starts across England

The number of homes being built across England has increased by almost one third over the past 12 months. New government figures show that starts were made on more than 133,650 homes in the year to the end of March. … Continue reading

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Mortgage arrears down in first quarter of 2014

Both the number and the proportion of mortgages in arrears fell during the first quarter of 2014, according to new figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). At 138,200 and 1.24 per cent, both the number and proportion of … Continue reading

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Minister promises more support for UK housebuilders

Housing minister Kris Hopkins has pledged to help the industry improve its relationship with the public and local government and to help housebuilders showcase their contributions to society. Speaking to the Home Builders Federation (HBF), the minister (pictured) said that … Continue reading

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33 per cent annual increase in gross UK mortgage lending

Gross mortgage lending rose by four per cent in March to £15.4 billion. The amount loaned to homebuyers was 33 per cent higher than the £11.6 billion figure recorded in March last year. According to the latest figures from the … Continue reading

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Acceleration in house price rises since new year

House prices across the country have risen sharply since the beginning of the year. According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), prices increased by 9.1 per cent during the 12-month period to February 2014. This … Continue reading

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