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The scam goes on

Telegraph: Rents rise as extra stamp duty kicks in and buy-to-let investors prepare for higher taxes

Rents increased across most of the UK as a stamp duty hike for buy-to-let landlords came into force, an index has found

Posted by tom101 @ 11:03 PM 0 Comments

Here we go again? (part 2)

Express: Fancy getting a mortgage at 80? Top lender extends age limit for borrowers

LENDING giant Halifax has upped the top age limit on its mortgages to 80-YEARS-OLD, as Britons continue to live and work longer. Under the change, borrowers will be able to take out home loans where the term lasts up until their 80th birthday - up from the previous limit of 75.

Posted by jack c @ 12:35 PM 0 Comments

Here we go again?

Daily Mail: Barclays brings back the 100% mortgage giving new hope to first time buyers

Cashless people earning £50,000 can get three-year fixed deal at 2.99% | 100% mortgages vanished in 2008 after financial crisis took hold | Barclays deal requires family to put 10% in account for three years

Posted by hpwatcher @ 11:19 AM 7 Comments

Bubble, bursting, tumble, fear, crash and thats just the title

Daily Express: Housing market bubble BURSTING: Top prices tumble AGAIN sparking fears of CRASH

HOUSE prices in Britain’s wealthiest areas sank at an even faster rate in April than the month before, with estate agents saying the plunge is reminiscent of the 2009 market crash.

Posted by tom101 @ 03:38 PM 3 Comments

I need help with my mortgage. Where's their nearest branch?

Independent: 'Bank of mum and dad' finances 25% of UK mortgage payments in 2016

Parents will lend over £5 billion this year, providing deposits for over 300,000 mortgages and purchasing homes worth £77 billion The research shows that three-quarters of family-funded house purchases are funding by parents, with family friends and grandparents also making up the difference. Get your begging bowls out.

Posted by tom101 @ 11:58 AM 3 Comments

What do you mean, 'next'?

Telegraph: Is a buy-to-let bubble the next scandal in housing?

15pc of all mortgages now go to BTL landlords, compared to 8.5pc in 2007, before the last crash. BTL loans account for almost all the current growth in the mortgage market, with lenders planning to expand their BTL lending by 20pc per annum over the next two years. Lending standards are slipping. British banks have over £215bn of BTL loans on their books, compared to £146bn in 2009.

Posted by little professor @ 09:30 AM 1 Comments

The analysis HP referenced... Sauce for Bears?? Great Expectations The gap between asking and achieved prices 12 April 2016

This is the 10% which the Tgraph was referring to. Is not a 10% fall but actually the report refers to what percentage of properties have had their asking prices REDUCED by 10%+. "Analysis of quarterly sales in prime central London shows almost half (49%) of properties sold in Q1 2016 had their asking price reduced before a sale was agreed. This is higher than the 40% of properties sold in Q1 2015 and 27% two years ago in Q1 2014. The lettings market has also seen an increase in price reductions, from 32% a year ago to 45% in Q1 2016." But aren't ALL rents increasing?? "and a fall in the number of overseas buyers are all impacting the prime central London market." Eh? A But the number of overseas b uyers are increasing .... surely? Q: Where the smart money goes does the rest follow?

Posted by techieman @ 10:20 AM 9 Comments

"London has fallen"? - sorry Mr. Butler

Henry P: Housing market on the edge?

99% of what you read in the papers about the housing market, .... is put out by people with something to sell. Estate agents, [lenders] – all know about the market because they are selling houses,.... mortgages or financial services but they must be optimistic or they lose business. No one will instruct a depressed estate these commentators MUST have a glass that is half full. As you can see from the graphs below, what we can see is that half of all homes sold in the first quarter of 2016 sold in London went for more than 10% below the guide price. Not just in some parts but across central London and across price bands! 60% of the property that did sell in Knightsbridge and Belgravia had it’s guide price reduced prior to selling. The market is on the turn. Aha - the 10%!!

Posted by techieman @ 10:08 AM 4 Comments

Angry tenants across London have been taking to social media to share their renting horror stories

Daily Mail: Furious-tenants-share-housing-horror-stories-ventyourrent-hashtag-sweeps-Twitter

Those nasty landlords!

Posted by tom101 @ 03:42 PM 0 Comments

Slowing down

Telegraph: House prices fall almost everywhere as property market takes on 'uncomfortable' feel

"The infection from luxury to mainstream is much more transferable than anyone imagines, and these are the reasons why I am troubled by the Land Registry figures," A troubled Henry Pryor The Land Registry data also revealed a fall in the number of completed house sales in England and Wales in January fell by 5pc to 54,254 compared with 56,937 in January 2015. This dispels reports that there was a rush to buy a second home or a buy-to-property ahead of April - when the Chancellor introduced a 3pc increase in stamp duty on these two buyer tribes.

Posted by tom101 @ 11:46 AM 7 Comments

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House Price Statistics - UK National

Source website Period covered Average
house price
Monthly change
Annual change
Archive /Graph Peak average
house price
Change since
peak (%)
Official releases
Communities and Local Government House Price Index Jan 16 £292,000 N/A 7.90 TickThis monthN/A22/03/2016
LSL Property Services/Acadametrics Feb 16 £289,229 0.80 6.20 Cross£292,077
(Dec 15)
0.9810/03/2016 (PDF)
Halifax House Price Index Feb 16 £209,495 1.40 9.70 TickThis monthN/A03/03/2016 (PDF) (England and Wales) Mar 16 N/A 0.90 7.90 Cross N/A N/A 11/03/2016 (PDF)
Hometrack - Monthly National Survey Jan 16 N/A 0.50 7.80 Cross N/A N/A 26/02/2016
Land Registry Monthly Report Feb 16 £190,275 0.20 6.10 Tick£191,812
(Jan 16)
0.8030/03/2016 (PDF)
Nationwide House Price Index Feb 16 £196,930 0.30 4.80 TickThis monthN/A01/03/2016 (PDF)
Rightmove House Price Index Mar 16 £303,190 1.30 7.60 TickThis monthN/A21/03/2016 (PDF)

House Price Statistics - Greater London

Source website Period covered Average
house price
change (%)
change (%)
Annual change
Archive /Graph Peak average
house price
Change since
peak (%)
Official releases
Communities and Local Government House Price Index Jan 16 £551,000 N/A N/A 10.80 TickThis monthN/A22/03/2016
Halifax House Price Index Q4 15 £416,163 N/A N/A 16.40 CrossThis quarterN/A01/01/2016 (PDF)
Land Registry Monthly Report Feb 16 £530,368 0.60 N/A 13.50 Tick£530,409
(Jan 16)
0.0130/03/2016 (PDF)
Nationwide House Price Index Q4 15 £456,229 N/A 0.00 12.20 CrossThis quarterN/A01/01/2016 (PDF)
Rightmove House Price Index Mar 16 £644,045 0.00 N/A 11.00 TickThis monthN/A21/03/2016 (PDF)

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Source website Analyst Photo Date prediction made Amount predicted Region Time Period Evidence Notes
National Housing FederationDavid OrrPhoto of David OrrDec 2013 35%UK2013-2020Tick
House prices will increase by another 35% by 2020, leaving a huge swathe of the population locked out of home ownership for life.

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