Hideaways Club

Spring is traditionally the time when many holiday homes are opened up and prepared for the coming summer season. Those considering buying a holiday bolthole abroad, should bear in mind there is actually more to it than meets the eye to ensure a home is ‘holiday ready’ Continue reading


Have you ever wondered what tenants say about landlords? CIA Insurance have put together this infographic based on a study they conducted in order to find out how tenants feel about rental properties and the risks that they face. Take some tips from the results of the survey to ensure that you are targeting the right market and making sure that your tenants are happy. Continue reading


Annual growth of 5.3 per cent in March brings the average house price in England and Wales to £178,007. Continue reading


Buy-to-let investment is still surging, fuelled by impressive returns. A study conducted by a former economist last week claims that buy-to-let investments have outperformed all major asset classes over the past 18 years. Continue reading

Election 2015

In the light of the upcoming UK General Election, Michael Holmes, property expert and spokesperson for The Homebuilding & Renovating Show (27-29 June, Sandown Park, Surrey,www.homebuildingshow.co.uk) provides comments on the impact of the main political agendas on the property market, highlighting the benefits and caveats to be aware of: Continue reading

CML Gross Mortgage Lending

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that gross mortgage lending reached £16.5 billion in March. This is 21% higher than February (£13.6 billion), and 7% higher than March last year (£15.4 billion). Continue reading


Rightmove’s April House Price Index reported reported the highest ever asking price of £286,133 meaning that policies to ensure more homes are made available will be key as housing becomes an important election topic. Continue reading


The strength of the economy and relatively subdued pace of activity in the housing market remains something of an anomaly. It is possible that heightened uncertainty ahead of the election is weighing on activity, though there is no compelling evidence from previous UK elections to suggest a strong impact. Continue reading

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Have you ever considered being a Landlord? Perhaps you’re a seasoned property investor who is looking to expand their portfolio? Whoever you are, it’s a great time to consider your options – research from Moneyfacts reveal that not only are the number of buy-to-let mortgages on the rise, but the deals are becoming cheaper too. Continue reading

Election 2015

Planning is key to addressing some of the most important issues we are currently facing including rebalancing the economy, addressing the national housing shortage and updating our infrastructure. Amanda Beresford, a recognised leading planning lawyer, Partner and Head of Planning at Shulmans LLP, reviews some of the political parties 2015 election manifestos main planning proposals. Continue reading