Nationwide HPI

Annual house price growth continued to soften at the start of 2015, slowing from 7.2% in December to 6.8% in January. This is the fifth month in a row in which annual growth has moderated, despite house prices increasing by 0.3% month on month in January. After taking account of seasonal factors, UK house prices are currently 2.4% above their pre-crisis peak Continue reading

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There is a very necessary and important shift happening in the world of architecture and design. We are awakened to the reality that we are part of a larger ecosystem of the earth and that what we create can both injure and amliorate the bodies and landscapes that we call home. Continue reading

Land Registry

The Land Registry has released its December HPI report. The December data shows an average house price in England & Wales of £177,766, compared with a peak of £181,138 in November 2007. London experienced the highest annual increase in property value with a movement of 16.3 per cent. The North West saw the lowest annual price growth of 1.5 per cent. Continue reading

Growth of Conveyancing

After a recent Conveyancer Sentiment Survey conducted by SearchFlow the conveyancing industry is predicting strong future growth. The findings from this survey are extremely promising for all involved in the industry. Continue reading

Changes to Stamp Duty will provide an uplift in 2015

In this video, Peter Bolton King FRICS, Global Property Standards Director at RICS comments on the results of the UK Residential market Survey for December 2014. He explains that although the December market was quieter there were hot spots. Members also believe the changes in Stamp Duty will provide an uplift to the 2015 market Continue reading

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Leading estate agency disruptor eMoov.co.uk has received a significant boost, securing a £1.5m financing round led by London venture capital firm Episode 1. Continue reading

mortgage

Buy to let lending remains strong with lenders serious about growing this part of their mortgage books. It’s still possible to get an 85% BTL mortgage with no early repayment charge and no minimum income required. Continue reading

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House prices are no longer at record levels in any region of the UK, with the majority of regions
having reached a record level in August 2014.
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According to JLL, Cairo’s residential property market is displaying positive signs. In particular, there are indications that the market in Egypt’s capital strengthened over the second quarter of last year, partly thanks to a number of new projects that have been announced. Continue reading

RICS House Price Balance

The December RICS Residential Market Survey shows that buyer enquiries decreased for the sixth consecutive month with the headline national figure masking a very mixed picture across different parts of the UK. While there does not appear to have been any immediate response in demand resulting from the recent changes to the Stamp Duty structure, respondents expect the reforms to result in an increase of around 2%-5% in both Prices and sales volumes over the coming twelve months, according to the December survey. Continue reading