The Land Registry HPI for November 2014 shows that the annual price change now stands at 7.1 per cent, bringing the average house price in England and Wales to £176,581. Continue reading


Sir Richard Branson of Virgin, the title sponsor for all 17 years, commented on this year’s results: “There has never been a better time to grow a business in the UK, as this year’s Fast Track 100 list proves. The pick-up in confidence and the speed at which technology is changing markets means there are plenty of opportunities for innovative businesses with entrepreneurial spirit and great ideas to thrive. The Fast Track 100 companies continue to exceed expectations – let’s hope they act as a spur to the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs.” Continue reading


It’s not uncommon to find yourself in a tug of war between multiple properties when looking to move. One property will perfectly fit one batch of your criteria yet another excels in so many features. Continue reading


The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that gross mortgage lending reached £16.9 billion in November. This is 9% lower than October (£18.6 billion), and matches the £16.9 billion seen in November last year. Continue reading

Rightmove December HPI

Rightmove forecast for 2015: price of property coming to market to rise by between 4% and 5%, with upwards price pressure driven by: Continue reading


Average house prices increased strongly in all nine English regions over the year to October 2014 (Figure 5). The largest increase was again in London at 17.2% followed by the South East (11.9%) and the East (9.6%). Continue reading

CML Gross Mortgage Lending

The CML report for October 2014 shows that there is growth in lending trends to first time buyers, home movers and buy to let but a decline in remortgaging. Continue reading

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Here is an interesting article from our new Architecture Expert, Deborah Shaw.

Deborah has grown a reputation delivering both simple and complex projects, ranging from small domestic extensions to large municipal buildings encompassing urban design. She is able to advise on both architectural and developmental matters as she has worked on a number of architectural projects in London and the South East. Continue reading

RICS Market Survey

With HM Treasury suggesting that around 98% of would-be purchasers will benefit from the recently announced reform to Stamp Duty (a removal of the previous slab structure in favour of a marginal system), this policy development has the potential to trigger a material shift in market sentiment. Continue reading


Landlord Action says under-resourced county courts are exasperated by the number of possession claims being put forward, resulting in costly delays for landlords. The leading tenant eviction service says it has become such a problem in the last 3 months, that chasing up cases with the courts is now a full-time role for one member of their in-house legal team. Continue reading