Economist.com: Britain's economy Domestic consumer spending, sustained by a housing bubble, kept Britain out of recession, but added to worries about its savings rate. In February 2003, the Bank of England cut its growth forecast, and in July 2003 Mervyn King, the bank's governor, slashed interest rates to their lowest level in 48 years, even though inflation was already above its target.
Times Online - Flight from buy-to-let may spark crash NERVOUS landlords are selling their buy-to-let properties as interest-rate hikes begin to bite. New investors are not coming forward to plug the gap, raising fears that a retreat from buy-to-let could trigger a plunge in house prices.
INDEPENDENT: Homeowners boxed in as property prices wobble Talk of whether the property market is going to crash or not has become almost an obsession for those who like to discuss the value of their home around the dinner table. And last week's figures from the UK's biggest building society, revealing the first drop in house prices for three years, will not have made for comfortable conversations.
Telegraph: House price sanity Many readers will be surprised to find The Telegraph, of all newspapers, welcoming a fall in house prices. After all, we have been champions of home-ownership for 150 years. But we are not turncoats: we believe that order is at last returning to the market, and that this is nothing to worry about.
FT.com / Your money - Sarah Ross: Piling on debt Bank of England figures released yesterday show that lending to individuals has risen again - to just over £1,000bn in September, about £21,000 for each adult in the UK. Of this debt, £852bn is secured against property and the rest is consumer credit
Mortgage demand slows AGAIN THE number of people taking mortgages last month was just 89,000 – the lowest figure since August 2000. It is a sharp decline from the summer when mortgage approvals averaged 102,000, according to the Bank of England, and a peak of 132,000 last December.
Guardian: Economists warn of big tax rise Taxes will almost certainly rise in the next parliament by three pence in the pound if Gordon Brown is to meet his self-imposed "golden rule" for the public finances, leading economists said yesterday.
The Sun Newspaper: HOUSING CRASH ON CARDS? HOUSE prices have fallen for the first time in three years. Britain’s biggest building society Nationwide recorded a 0.4 per cent fall in October. This means the average home now costs £152,159 — down from £153,727 in September. That’s a drop of £52.27 EVERY DAY in the past month.
Headline news from Sky News: LIVING ON CASH KNIFE-EDGE Many Britons are living dangerously close to their financial limits, according to new research. A report by internet bank cahoot found that 27% admitted that even a small increase in their spending, such as a rise in interest rates or even paying for a holiday, would cause real financial strain.
Business World: UK growth to slow next year, says report The UK economy is set to grow around its trend rate over the next two years but inflation is set to rise towards the government's target as a tight labour market feeds through into higher wages, a leading think-tank said today.
Reuters: Q3 mortgage possession actions soar The number of court actions entered to repossess British homes in the third quarter rose to its highest level since early 2000, official data showed on Wednesday, a sign that dearer mortgages may be hurting.
Western Daily Press: NO HOMES CRASH SAYS WESTBURY Housebuilder Westbury was able to shrug off any suggestion of a market meltdown yesterday with a 22 per cent leap in profits and an upbeat forecast. The Cheltenham group also raised its dividend by 20 per cent and promised double-digit growth in the payout for the long term.
ic Wales: HAS THE HOUSING BUBBLE BURST? People in Wales have spent the past few years watching as their homes have become transformed into gold mines. But can it go on forever, asks Darren Devine as he examines whether the housing bubble in Wales has burst
Times Online: Thousands of jobs to go in BBC shake-up THE BBC is finalising plans to cut up to a quarter of its 28,000 workforce in the biggest single reorganisation in its history. About 6,000 jobs are under threat from next year, although the final number of redundancies is yet to be decided, according to current thinking among BBC senior managers.
Find a Property: London Falling House prices fell in every borough in London last month as the market dipped by an average of -1.1 per cent, says Hometrack...October's fall follows last month's drop of -0.7 per cent and represents the fourth consecutive month in which London house prices have dropped. The average London house price now stands at £268,800.
Times Newspaper Edition: How house prices affect inflation THE TIMES is running a fortnightly economic briefing to coincide with Target 2 Point 0, the competition for schools run in conjunction with the Bank of England. Target 2 Point 0 challenges schools to play the role of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) and recommend a level for interest rates.
Times Online: House prices fall as buyers wither away HOUSE prices have fallen for the fourth consecutive month, confirming that the boom in property prices is over. Figures for the property market in September, released today by Hometrack, an independent data company, reveal that the average house price fell from its peak of £167,000 in May to £165,800 — a drop of 1.5 per cent.
Chancellor: 'I won't risk economy'Chancellor Gordon Brown has faced down critics in the City and the trade unions by insisting he will not relax financial disciplines in response to threatened strikes and soaring oil prices. Economists have warned that Mr Brown is in danger of breaking his "golden rule" because of worsening Treasury finances.
housefund.co.uk: Property Crash Warning to the IrishThe Economist has warned of a property crash in Ireland - reports AIB bank. The Economist believes that house prices in Dublin are evidence of a "frenzy" and in a report on the Irish economy, it believes that house prices could fall drastically.
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Find a Property: Move Or Improve?According to their research, almost half of all households - some eight million - are reluctant to move in the current market and are planning to invest in their home instead. David Bitner, head of product operations at Bradford & Bingley, blames high house prices and punitive taxes for the situation: "There are two key factors creating a stay put attitude: high house prices and costly stamp duty levels.
Daily Mail: THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME MERVYN King, governor of the Bank of England, believes the British economy is at a turning point. That much is clear from the minutes of the Bank's interest rate-setting committee, published yesterday.
Citywire: The Housing Boom is Over: "Building society gross advances amounted to just over �4 billion in September, compared with �4.3 billion a year before. Approvals, loans agreed but not yet made, fell dramatically from �5.1 billion in September last year to �2.8 billion this September.
This is Money: Mortgage muddle MORE than one million borrowers could be putting their homes in jeopardy by not having any plans for repaying their mortgages. And a further 1.5 million who have put some money aside may still find their savings are woefully inadequate.
Reuters: Have Interest Rates Peaked? The more interesting question when minutes of the October 6 and 7 meeting are published on Wednesday is whether or not they signal that borrowing costs have now peaked at 4.75 percent.
The Guardian | What a difference 40 years makes The average price of a British home has risen by almost 5,000% over the past 40 years, illustrating just how good a long-term investment property has been for many, according to figures published today.
Find a Property - HOUSE PRICE PUZZLES They're issued every month by various counting houses and discussed like sacred texts by concerned consumers. But do house price statistics really add up to an accurate representation of the market? And what exactly is an 'average' house?
The Move Channel: Townies dream of rural bliss 27% of the UK’s metropolitan house-hunters are looking for property away from larger urban areas according to a major survey of the UK’s moving trends by national property website assertahome.com. 10% are greenshifting and want to move to the countryside while a further 17% are looking for a new home in small towns.
Reuters:Factory gate inflation hits eight-year high
Economists said on Monday the figures indicated that inflationary pressures were building in the supply chain and that showed it remained possible that the Bank of England will hike interest rates once more this year.
This is Money: House buyers control the market
THE prices on the property details in the estate agent’s window haven’t yet been changed. But talk to the people in the office and they all say the same thing: the prices you see are just a starting point for negotiations, nothing more.
TheMoveChannel: House bubble book all fizz and no head A new book by city guru John Calverley warns that the UK housing market is currently in the "mother of all bubbles" and prices could slump by 30% before they return to their long-term average. But are the predictions by the Amex chief economist all froth and a bit too late?
Property Prices A Special Report Last week's prediction by Capital Economics of a 20 per cent fall in house prices generated its fair share of shock horror headlines in the national newspapers. The truth, though, to be though that at the moment no one has a completely clear picture of which way house prices are heading.
Mortgage & Homes: Terminal decline One of the few remaining reasons for homebuyers to hang on to their duff mortgage endowments is fast disappearing. This is the terminal bonus, which used to give a massive boost to the maturity payout.
This is Money: The great house price muddle Homebuyers could be forgiven for being confused today as the country's biggest lender reported house prices rising last month, a second lender said confidence in the property market had fallen for the fourth successive month, and a leading City investment bank predicted stagnation in the housing market until 2010.
The Guardian | Crash course not on the agenda Now we seem to have reached that point and everyone is holding their breath to see whether there will be a soft landing, where prices drift lower over a number of years, or a hard one, when they plunge.
Find a Property - Ten Things Tenants Hate Competition in the London lettings market is fierce, but the most successful landlords are adept at picking the right properties in the right places and presenting them in the right way.