Thursday, September 30, 2004 

This is London: House crash fears ease Fears of a housing crash in London eased today with a survey showing the property market on course for a soft landing.
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NATIONWIDE: Second consecutive month of subdued price growth (PDF) House prices rise 0.2% during September as annual rate of ouse price inflation slows to 17.8%
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Guardian: Warning of big fall in house prices The International Monetary Fund last night issued a double warning on the UK economy, urging house buyers to beware a sharp fall in property prices and predicting that higher taxes may be needed to plug the hole in the government's budget deficit.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2004 

BBC NEWS | Business | Why I'd like a house price crash One of the more striking features of the recent housing bubble has been the proliferation of house price measures.
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BBC NEWS: Mortgage lending at 12-month low Mortgage lending slowed to its lowest level in a year in August, figures from the Bank of England have shown.
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Sky News - MORTGAGE LENDING SLIDES Mortgage lending in August rose at its slowest level for a year. And the number of new loans for house purchase fell to its lowest in nearly four years, said the Bank of England.
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ic Wales - Who said the housing boom was over? ANXIOUS property buyers are camping out to guarantee the home of their dreams.
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Tuesday, September 28, 2004 

Hometrack: House prices fall across the whole of London (PDF) No London boroughs report price increases as prices fall by -0.7% this month.

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Independent: Plunge in mortgage deals 'points to end of the UK housing boom' The number of mortgage approvals for homebuyers suffered a sharp fall for the second successive month in August, according to figures from leading high street banks.
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Monday, September 27, 2004 

BBC NEWS | Business | World oil prices hit new highs World oil prices broke fresh records on Monday, with US light crude closing in on the $50 a barrel mark, and Brent crude topping $46 in London.
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Moneyextra - Mortgage day - will it impact on you? With just over a month to go until Mortgage Day - the date on which the Financial Services Authority (FSA) takes over the statutory regulation of mortgages - the Council of Mortgage Lenders is advising consumers to check that any adviser they plan to use to arrange their mortgage will be appropriately registered to introduce mortgage business in the future.
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The Move Channel: Excess house supply points to further falls The Hometrack September survey of the national housing market reports a –0.3% fall in average national house prices. Over the last seven months house price inflation has steadily reduced from a peak of +0.9% in February.
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ThisisLondon: House prices fail to bounce back
House prices fell across the whole of London this month - a time which traditionally sees the market coming back to life after the summer lull.
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More gloom for housing market Fresh evidence that Britain's housing market has ground to a halt will emerge this week as Nationwide reveals that estate agents saw little pick up in business in September.

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Sunday, September 26, 2004 

Guardian: Surplus land scheme to aid first-time buyers John Prescott today promised to make £60,000 homes available to first-time buyers under a scheme to release surplus public land.
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Saturday, September 25, 2004 

ic Wales - Debt chickens come home to roost as interest rates hit DIPPING consumer confidence in the economy is set to turn spenders into savers as the housing market begins to slow.
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Friday, September 24, 2004 

Hometrack - House prices go south across the whole country (PDF) House prices fall for the third month in succession as more and more buyers exit the market.
posted by Webmaster  @ 12:07 PM 0 comments News - Opinion - House prices enter the danger zone JUST when we thought we were over the worst and that a gradual cooling of house prices was under way, along comes the International Monetary Fund to warn us that a sharp fall may still lie ahead.
posted by Webmaster  @ 12:00 PM 0 comments - IMF warning on UK house price crash downplayed: FURTHER interest rate rises could trigger a house price crash in the United Kingdom, the International Monetary Fund warned yesterday.

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Thursday, September 23, 2004 

ThisisLondon: House price 'meltdown' Fears of a looming meltdown in the property market deepened today after shock warnings of a dramatic shortage of buyers.
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The Motley Fool UK: Cockroaches In The Housing Market 23/09/2004 Bad news for property bulls this morning. Two profit warnings indicated looming trouble in the housing market.
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Guardian Unlimited Money | Property | Mortgage costs 'highest since 90s' Homeowners have seen the cost of their mortgages rise by 12% during the past year as the price of borrowing increases, according to a report.
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Sky News: Fears Of 'Sharp Fall' In House Prices
The International Monetary Fund has warned of a possible sharp fall in UK house prices.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - HAS BRITAIN'S BUBBLE BURST? WORK for all in a booming economy, huge sums being pumped into health and education, a better deal for mums, longer holidays.
It's tempting to think Britons have never had it so good - if you listen to the government.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2004 


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Times Business: House prices slide as mortgages bite THE property market has finally turned, with prices falling across much of the country. Four separate surveys of estate agents and mortgage lenders revealed that interest rate rises have sapped buyers’ confidence, preventing them from taking out new loans and causing prices to fall.
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What's happening today? The Federal Reserve Bank is expected to announce an increase of 0.25% in the overnight lending rate from 1.5% to 1.75% with the prospect of more to come.
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Monday, September 20, 2004 

House prices drop 5% in two months House prices in the capital are continuing on a downward spiral, new figures reveal.

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Independent: House prices are unchanged since middle of August, survey reports The recent drop in house prices came to a halt this month as a small rebound across most of Britain offset falls in London and the West Country, a survey of estate agents shows today.
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Sunday, September 19, 2004 

The Observer | Cash | Are house prices really falling like the leaves? 'House slip' screamed the Sun. 'Homes in Price Drop' yelled the Mirror. Even the Times chipped in with 'House prices suffer biggest fall since 2000'.
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Friday, September 17, 2004 

Belfast Telegraph: Fears over property prices in Republic The Republic's property market is beginning to look like the stock market bubble of the late 1990s, says Davy Stockbrokers, in one of the strongest warnings yet of the dangers of a price collapse.
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Times Property: Tesco poised to sell mortgages with groceries
TESCO is poised to launch a major offensive into Britain’s multibillion-pound mortgage lending market as part of a drive to seize more sales in financial services
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Thursday, September 16, 2004 

BBC NEWS | Business | Surprise rise in UK retail sales UK retail sales defied forecasts and moved higher in August, putting more pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates again this year.
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This is Money: Flood risk could slash house prices People living in a property which is at risk from flooding could see the value of their home drop by up to 40%, a report claimed today.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2004 

Find a Property: Buy-To-Let Begins To Cool The buy-to-let feeding frenzy is starting to abate as rising interest rates erode landlords' profits, says a new report. But there's still money to be made...
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Tuesday, September 14, 2004 

Telegraph: Bank expert warns of house price fall A Bank of England expert has warned of a "significant probability" that house prices will fall by as much as a third.
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Reuters: Inflation shows surprise fall The inflation rate unexpectedly fell further below its 2.0 percent government-set target in August as clothing and footwear retailers put prices up by less than a year earlier, official data shows.
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Monday, September 13, 2004 

ODPM housing market report: August 2004 (PDF) This will take you to the actual report by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. It's only 10 pages long and contains various graphs and tables so it's quite easy reading...unlike the MPC minutes!
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BBC NEWS | Business | House prices show sharp July rise Demand for larger properties pushed house prices up by 2.1% in July, latest government figures show.
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Sky News - ESTATE AGENTS 'CODE' Estate agents have been urged to sign up to a new code of conduct that ensures customers are treated fairly.
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Sunday, September 12, 2004 | Rip-off landlords welcome new prey As a new generation of students looks forward to living away from home for the first time, many are about to fall for one of the oldest scams in the book.
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Friday, September 10, 2004 

Investment Property Databank IPD Residential Investment property achieved a creditable return of 11.5% in 2003, modestly ahead of UK commercial property. A slow start to the year was more than offset as investor sentiment improved with the ending of the war, strong consumer spending and a more bullish stock market injecting confidence into the housing market.
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Independent: Levelling off in rates 'could spark fresh house price surge' House prices could enjoy a new year surge if the Bank of England stops raising interest rates, the body that represents the mortgage industry said yesterday.
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Thursday, September 09, 2004 

BBC NEWS | Business | Bank rates are unchanged at 4.75% The Bank of England (BOE) has decided to keep interest rates on hold at 4.75% for September, as widely predicted.
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Reuters: Bank of England set to hold rates The Bank of England appears almost certain to keep interest rates on hold at 4.75 percent tomorrow and economists say there probably won't be many more hikes to come in this cycle, if any at all.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2004 

Independent: Retail gloom puts rate rise on hold 'Abysmal' August weather gives high street worst month of the year - House prices levelling off, says Bovis
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Monday, September 06, 2004 

Guardian: Hot property She was the poor little rich girl with the stunted social antennae, but then she grew up. Harriet Lane meets her ex-Bedales schoolmate Kirstie Allsopp - TV presenter, private location scout and 21st-century dykon

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Telegraph: When will it be safe to buy a house? To someone like myself, returning from a holiday abroad, the most striking economic development in the UK is the apparent turn in the housing market....
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Yorkshire Post: Life is cheap... but will we pay for it tomorrow? Debt is the scourge of 21st century life. And if you believe what you read in the papers, we're all up to our necks in £1 trillion of it, with each of us carrying, on average a personal debt of almost £5,000, excluding our mortgages. Shock horror stories about how we're all doomed to a life of penury are ten a penny (excuse the pun), but how often do you read that life has never been as cheap?
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Sunday, September 05, 2004 

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Saturday, September 04, 2004 

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Friday, September 03, 2004 

BBC NEWS | Business | UK house prices go into reverse
UK house prices fell by 0.6% in August from the previous month, says Halifax, the UK's biggest mortgage lender.
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Thursday, September 02, 2004 

BBC NEWS | Business | UK banks' £3bn overdraft 'sting' UK banks charged their customers £3bn for unauthorised overdrafts during the past year, Which magazine has said.
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BBC NEWS | Business | Mortgage advisers 'fail' public Financial advisers working at High Street banks have been accused by Which? magazine of giving poor advice.
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Sky News - SURVEY REVEALS FEARS One in four homeowners would struggle to meet their monthly mortgage repayments if interest rates rose by a further 2%, new research shows.
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Wednesday, September 01, 2004 

BBC NEWS | Business | Are UK house prices closer to crashing? Predicting the next housing market crash is in danger of toppling football as the UK's favourite pastime.
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BBC NEWS | Business | Are UK house prices closer to crashing? Predicting the next housing market crash is in danger of toppling football as the UK's favourite pastime.
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BBC NEWS | Business | UK house price growth 'slowing': UK house prices rose by just 0.1% in August, the slowest monthly increase for almost three years, according to the Nationwide building society.
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