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The buy-to-let sector is facing an increasingly tough time as research shows the UKs ranking of the best places to invest in Europe drop considerably in just 12...read more

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Since the 2015 launch of Help to Buy ISAs, over one million accounts were opened helping first time buyers get on the property ladder by saving more than &pound...read more

The government's Help to Buy scheme has helped thousands of families in Derbyshire to get on the property ladder. Information revealed by the Homes and Communit...read more

Online estate agent eMoov.co.uk claims that the average price of a UK property in 2027 will be £346,492, 56 per cent higher than today's average. Since th...read more

Figures from the Nationwide show that house growth fell from 2.9 per cent in July to 2.1 per cent in August. August also saw property values fall for the first...read more

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Research suggests that around 5.2 million UK adults, the equivalent of one in 10, have either inherited or bought a second home. Figures provided by the think ...read more

The slow death of the buy-to-let market is forcing lenders into a mortgage price war as they fight to survive the drop in borrower demand. The Post Office is t...read more

According to official figures, the average price of a UK home rose by around £2,000 to £223,000 in June. The year-on-year rate of house price incre...read more

A new survey from Britain's biggest landlord organisation has found that one in five buy-to-let investors are planning to sell their properties in the near futu...read more

New data has revealed that Brighton is the least affordable place in the country for first-time buyers, with only 2 per cent of properties in the city affordabl...read more

New research suggests that first-time buyers face 11 years of saving before they can afford a deposit, with this figure rising to nearly 18 years in London. Fi...read more

Britain's housing market continues to stall as mortgage approvals drop to their lowest levels in nine months. There was also a drop in lending growth as the eco...read more

Two of the biggest estate agent chains in the UK - Countrywide and Foxtons - have seen their profits plummet in the first half of the year, with the housing mar...read more

The £600,000 upper threshold of the Help to Buy scheme in London is distorting the capital's property market, an independent estate agent suggests. James ...read more

New government proposals would see a crackdown on the "unfair charges" imposed on people buying new-build houses. If the government's plans are approved by a pu...read more

New government figures show that the number of housing transactions taking place has fallen for the third consecutive month. In June, there were 96,910 house p...read more

A report from the Lenders group has urged lenders to allow for bigger mortgages on more energy-efficient homes. The government-funded research has found that f...read more

The average house price in the UK rose in the year to May 2017, but house price growth continues to slow down, new figures from the Office for National Statisti...read more

The average supply of housing stock has fallen to a record low with the housing market 'stifled' by uncertainty, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered...read more

Research provided by mortgage broker Private Finance suggests that over half of properties purchased in the UK for over £1m will be sold outside of London...read more

On average, first-time buyers need a deposit of £32,889 to get onto the property ladder, according to Halifax's First-Time Buyer Review. Halifax's report f...read more

The Halifax have revealed figures showing that UK house prices fell by 1 per cent in June, the largest monthly fall since January. The figures put the average ...read more

Bovis Homes has set aside an extra £3.5m for rectifying issues with the build quality of its new homes, bringing the total amount spent on remedial work u...read more

The Social Mobility Commission has revealed research which suggests government housing schemes are more likely to help wealthier first-time buyers. The researc...read more

Homeowners who turn a blind eye to extra fees when remortgaging are making a "costly mistake", according to a financial information service. Moneyfacts says tha...read more

The government's Help to Buy ISA has been used by more than 960,000 people trying to save up for their own home, according to figures from the Department for Co...read more

The government has outlined plans to ban lettings agent fees in England, as part of the Queen's Speech. While the Conservative party first announced the commitm...read more

Official statistics have shown that the number of government-funded houses available for social rent each year has fallen by 97 per cent since the Conservatives...read more

Research has revealed 51 per cent of first-time buyers who bought their home in the last five years regret not negotiating over the price before buying. Out of ...read more

Almost 13 per cent of London's newly-built homes were bought by foreign buyers between 2014 and 2016, with many looking to use them as buy-to-let investments, a...read more

Official figures show that the average cost of a UK home in April was £220,100, a rise of £3,500 compared to the previous month. The Office for Nat...read more

Nearly a quarter of UK households will be renting privately by the end of 2021, according to a new report, with stagnant wages and mounting house prices to blam...read more

Property surveyors suggest that the slowdown in the housing market has been partly caused by uncertainty over the general election. Members of the Royal Instit...read more

According to the UK's largest mortgage lender, the Halifax, annual house price growth is continuing to slow down. In the year to May, the rate of house price i...read more

Home loan approvals have fallen to their lowest level since last September, as fixed mortgage rates drop to new lows. According to the Bank of England, there we...read more

House building in England is at its highest level in 10 years, according to figures from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The DCLG rep...read more

House sales fell in April as the property market shows further evidence of slowing down. As well as the lower number of house sales, there was also a significa...read more

Mortgage lending in the UK's buy-to-let sector has halved since the stamp duty surcharge was introduced on 01 April 2016, according to the Council of Mortgage L...read more

The rate at which UK house prices are growing has slowed, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. In the year to February 2017 house price...read more

The Conservatives have said they will bring about a "new generation" of social housing, paid for out of current budgets, if the party wins the general election ...read more

Property surveyors are predicting a 'flat summer' with the UK housing market continuing to see a decline in activity. According to members of the Royal Institu...read more

According to figures from the Halifax, UK house prices have fallen in the last three months and are "stagnating". The three months to April saw prices fall by 0...read more

Nearly 500,000 more young adults may end up still living in their family home in the next decade, according to a study by Aviva. The insurance company analysed ...read more

March saw a drop in mortgage approval rates despite lenders improving the deals available to borrowers. The news comes after a similar fall was experienced in F...read more

Local councils across the UK have spent millions buying back the homes they sold at a discount under right-to-buy laws as a result of nationwide housing shortag...read more

Many first-time buyers are seeing potential house purchases fall through late on, despite nearly one in five having a deposit of at least 10 per cent saved up. ...read more

The general election will have little effect on the UK's housing market, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), after claiming mortgage lending has...read more

Hove's BN3 postcode area has been named England and Wales' most sought-after location for home buyers between the ages of 25 and 44 years, for the third consecu...read more

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), house prices growth rose in February. Nationwide, prices rose by 5.8 per cent in the year to February, r...read more

For the third consecutive year mortgages have been rated the most difficult product to switch, while home insurance provided the least hassle, according to GoCo...read more

New government estimates show that around four million homeowners in England do not own the freehold to their own properties. Labour says these leaseholders ar...read more

The introduction of tax rises for landlords today is expected to impact renters by as much as 30 per cent, according to the Residential Landlords' Association (...read more

Research suggests that over half of the people who received money from the government to help them buy a home did not actually need it. Around 4,000 households ...read more

The average house price in the UK is now £207,308, according to The Nationwide, as prices fell 0.3 per cent in March compared to February. It was the large...read more

The Lifetime ISA is set to launch on 6 April 2017, and is intended to help younger people save up to buy a home or increase their pension. Here we explain the t...read more

More first-time buyers than ever before are relying on financial help from parents, new research from the Social Mobility Commission (SMC) suggests. According t...read more

The number of new mortgage approvals dropped once more during February, according to fresh data from the British Bankers' Association (BBA). There were 42,613 a...read more

A quarter of young Britons believe they will never own their own home, with a further 25 per cent saying they think an inheritance windfall is the only way they...read more

Bellway has warned the Government that they must find a way to "sensibly exit" the Help to Buy scheme, in order to help housebuilders. Bellway's chief executiv...read more

Working people can typically expect the cost of a house to be 7.6 times their yearly income, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Ten years ag...read more

Almost a quarter of first-time buyers take up to a decade to save up the deposit required to purchase their first home, according to research from Which? Mortga...read more

Rents in the UK saw their first annual fall since 2011 according to figures from Countrywide, attributed to a surge in the supply of properties available. Brita...read more

Remortgaging activity rose to an eight-year high in January according to LMS, the conveyancing service provider, as homeowners remortgaged every four years in J...read more

House builder Persimmon has announced its annual pre-tax profit has risen by almost a quarter following an increase in sales, supported by the government's Help...read more

The asking price for houses in England and Wales is increasing more slowly, as figures from Rightmove showed the annual rate of growth was 2.3 per cent in Febru...read more

In 2016 the amount of money borrowed by first-time buyers rose 13.5 per cent compared to the previous year, as a total of 338,900 first-time buyer mortgages wer...read more

Outside of London, one in three new build homes were purchased through the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme, which was created to help first-time buyers get onto ...read more

The government has set out its new housing strategy for England, which will see councils ordered to build thousands more new houses, focusing on city-centre dev...read more

The Help to Buy ISA scheme has seen very little take-up in Oxford and Cambridge, while Leeds has proven to be the most popular city for first-time buyers using ...read more

According to Lloyds Bank, the number of home-movers in the UK decreased 4 per cent last year, the first annual decline fall in five years. In 2016, a total of 3...read more

There were 335,750 first-time buyers in the UK last year, the most since 2007 and the third consecutive year in which numbers have grown, according to the Halif...read more

In the year to the end of December 2016, house prices rose 6.5 per cent to leave the average UK house price at £222,484, according to the Halifax. From No...read more

The government has said that thousands of new homes for first-time buyers will be built before the end of the year, although critics claim the timescale is too ...read more

A report from the Labour party has called for an independent housing commission to be established in order to raise the levels of home ownership in Britain. In...read more

Record low interest rates have helped contribute to a surge in remortgaging, while buy-to-let valuations dropped in the last year, according to research from Co...read more

A review by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has found that an estimated 750,000 mortgage borrowers could be due compensation, after being overcharged beca...read more

Figures from the Bank of England for August have revealed the lowest number of mortgage approvals since November 2014, with analysts saying it is a sign of the ...read more

The Bank of England has announced that the Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee scheme is no longer needed, several months before it is due to come to an end, due to ...read more

The Lifetime ISA (LISA), a long-term savings product being launched in April 2017, is having its rules changed to allow first-time buyers to use the government ...read more

Barratt Developments, the UK's largest housebuilder, has reported an increase in demand for its sales post-Brexit, suggesting that the decision to leave the EU ...read more

It has been claimed by The Telegraph that theHelp to Buy ISA, recently criticised as having misled first-time buyers, underwent a "lower level of scrutiny than ...read more

First-time buyers cannot use the government's Help to Buy ISA scheme for an initial deposit on their first home, it has been reported, with the situation being ...read more

The number of first-time buyers has fallen 34 per cent since 1994 according to data from the English Housing Survey, fuelled by a lack of affordable housing, th...read more

The Bank of England cutting the official interest rate from 0.5 per cent to 0.25 per cent has meant that the mortgage bill for millions of borrowers will drop, ...read more

New research has indicated that home ownership in England has dropped to its lowest level in three decades, with Manchester experiencing the sharpest fall of al...read more

Boosted by the government’s Help-to-Buy schemes, the number of first-time buyers in Britain rose by 10 per cent in the first half of 2016, compared to the ...read more

High housing costs has resulted in the proportion of middle-income families who own their home falling from 69 per cent in 1995 to 50 per cent today, according ...read more

A group of six prospective first-time buyers have formed a housing cooperative, as they appeal for public help to purchase their first home. The Kindling Housin...read more

Since its launch in December, 555,000 people have opened up Help-to-Buy Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs), figures from the Treasury have revealed. The Help-to...read more

Last week, the UK voted in an unprecedented referendum, one which saw more voters turn out to vote than there has been since the 1992 general election. We voted...read more

An investigation by the BBC has found many prospective homeowners are being priced out of using the government's Help to Buy ISA scheme, with only a "lucky few"...read more

According to Nationwide Building Society, landlords and second home buyers fell out of the market as slow inflation rates affected house prices in May. The aver...read more

The number of mortgages available on the market for those seeking to buy their first home has increased significantly since the introduction of the Help to Buy ...read more

Insurance company Aviva has said that there will be one million more young people living at home with their parents in the next decade, due primarily to a lack ...read more

House building company Barratt Developments aims to approve between 21,000 to 23,000 new plots this year, due to an increase in competition in the mortgage mark...read more

Second charge lending has increased by two-fifths over the last quarter, according to the Finance and Leasing Association. In the three months to the end of Feb...read more

Changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax and other tax relief cuts have been waging a war on landlords, who are dominating the market. However, buy to let property mortga...read more

April sees the start of a new tax year, and the first fresh year for the Help to Buy ISA. The ISA offers people the chance to get a government boost to their sa...read more

Research has suggested that first time buyers aren't realising just how many fees are involved when moving into a home and are being blindsided by unexpected fe...read more

A recent look at the market has found that a third of borrowers are paying over 2,500 extra by not being on the ball when their mortgage entry rate runs out. R...read more

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