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  1. More than 200 UK shopping centres 'in crisis' https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-45707529
  2. Someones finally twigged. BBC has some use.....anyone with more recent data? I know I cant afford to get pregnant ;-)....or buy a house, pay the rent and eat...TPTB plan in action!!? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43195765
  3. Tax bill of £420k. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/feb/15/hmrc-wins-tax-case-against-bbc-presenter Never mind, just sell a few BTLs. Taxy, taxy .....
  4. Haven't sent a thread yet - But the BBC are stating that High Street banks approved 39,507 mortgages during the month, the lowest since August 2016. They are blaming it on the rise in interest rates........... http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42502610
  5. Caught 10 minutes of this today, it's not a radio show I normally listen to because it is just soap opera drivel for the middle classes, but what I did hear: Landlord deciding to sell because "it's a lot of responsibility being a landlord" Young couple unable to buy at current prices Deluded seller being advised, "it's only worth what someone is prepared to pay for it" drip drip, I wonder if the BBC writers are in the priced out generation now? This is the kind of thing the average landlord does listen to, it gets around 5 million listeners a week.
  6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-38269394 Birmingham couple buys house for asylum seekers A couple saving for their own home bought a house for asylum seekers instead. Matthew and Steph Neville, from Birmingham, had been saving for years when they decided to help people who had nowhere else to turn. The couple are part of a Christian community and live in a church. Asylum seekers who have recently arrived in the country are expected to move into the terraced house, in an undisclosed West Midlands location, by Christmas.
  7. There is a radio programme on Fivelive each week with Gabby Logan about buying houses. I have never listened to it but I have had the misfortune to listen to the endless promos for it on BBC Fivelive. Has anyone else listened to the promos - they are all about rising house prices, not too late to buy, property can only go up. I find it pretty disgusting. That's all I wanted to say really. Got that off my chest.
  8. I attended a social gathering the other day, in which the topic went on to buying houses and BTL. One bloke (in the medical profession) said he's in the middle of buying a house specifically to renting it out and was wondering if he should inform the HMRC at all. In reply, a teacher said he had 2 houses and had never informed the tax man. Another attendee, who works for the BBC, also mentioned he has roughly 4 houses he lets and has only informed the authorities of 1. The subject of 100% mortgages also came up and the teacher hoped they would come along again, as then he would buy another. I w
  9. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37696978 It is the most common residential road name in Great Britain, so what can Station Road tell us about housing today? There are more than 2,000 Station Roads - how have the people living in them been affected by the housing crisis? Here, a young couple in Islington, north London, look at whether they could afford to buy a one-bedroom flat on any Station Road in London. Video by Daniel Gordon, Harry Low and Robert Spencer. Join the conversation - find us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter
  10. Saw this on the BBC news this morning. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37508968 Ironically, my sister and I fall into these two profiles (all be it I was born late 60's) and I rent and she has a mortgage/owns house.
  11. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36866975 The most-affordable - and the least-accessible - places for first-time buyers have been revealed by the UK's largest mortgage lender, the Halifax. Compared to local earnings, the cheapest places to buy are mostly in western Scotland and northern England. The most expensive are all in London. East Dunbartonshire, on the northern fringes of Glasgow, is the most-affordable place in the UK. On average, house prices here are just 2.6 times local annual earnings. By contrast, the least-affordable place is Brent in north London, where house prices are
  12. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36273448 The Bank of England has given its starkest warning yet that a UK vote to leave the EU could hit the economy. Mark Carney, the Bank's governor, warned that the risks of leaving "could possibly include a technical recession". Prime Minister David Cameron said the warning amounted to "a very clear message" of the dangers of Brexit. Vote Leave campaigners have strongly criticised Mr Carney, with one calling for him to resign. However, a spokesman for Mr Carney rejected the call, saying the Bank had "a duty" to make its judgements known. The latest
  13. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36266178 UK industry fell back into recession as it shrank for the second quarter in a row, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It is the third time UK industry has been in recession in eight years. Although industrial production rose 0.3% from February to March, it fell 0.4% both in the first three months of 2016 and in the last three of 2015. Compared with a year ago, manufacturing production in the first quarter fell 1.9%, the biggest fall since 2013. The biggest fall in output came from the basic iron and steel sector which saw pro
  14. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36243871 There have been calls for the industry to do more to help older buyers Nationwide is raising its age limit for people paying off mortgages by 10 years to 85, in the latest sign of the impact of rising house prices on buyers. The building society said the increase was due to "growing demand", and the limit would be in force from July. It means a 60-year-old could take out a 25-year mortgage as long as they prove they can afford the repayments. The move comes as Halifax increases its age limit for mortgages from 75 to 80 from Monday. There have
  15. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36181318 'Bank of mum and dad' lends £5bn a year in UK, says L&G Lending from parents to help their children get on the UK property ladder will amount to £5bn in 2016, according to data from Legal & General (L&G). L&G says it means the so-called Bank of Mum and Dad will help to finance 25% of all UK mortgage transactions this year - at an average amount of £17,500. If this lending prowess was combined into a formal business, it would be a top 10 UK mortgage lender, adds L&G. But it warns this method of lending is coming under increasi
  16. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-36093072 A dilapidated beach hut on a north Wales beach has sold at auction for an eye-watering £153,000. The wooden building is at Abersoch on the Llŷn Peninsula in Gwynedd. Measuring just 13ft by 9ft, it has no electricity or water - and you are banned from sleeping in it overnight. For the same price just a few miles away you could snap-up a two-bedroom house in the village of Llanbedrog - or even a seven-bedroom terraced house at Tywyn across Cardigan Bay. "It's certainly the highest price ever achieved for a beach hut in Abersoch,"
  17. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36070761 The chancellor said "it would be the poorest" who would be most affected by an EU exit, citing people whose jobs "depend" on the car plants and steel making factories. "They are the people whose incomes would go down, whose house prices would fall, whose job prospects would weaken, they are the people who always suffer when the country takes an economic wrong turn," he said. I say bring it on.
  18. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35941503 North-South house price divide hits record high By Brian Milligan Personal Finance reporter House prices in northern England are now less than half those in the south of the country, according to the Nationwide - a new record. On average, a house in the North of England is worth nearly £163,000 less than one in the South. In the first quarter of 2016, prices in the South rose by 9.9% year-on-year, compared to just 1.8% in the North. Measured on a monthly basis, the average price of a home in the UK was £200,251. That is the first time on t
  19. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35406324 A CNN/ORC poll carried out in December 2015 suggests 69% of Americans are either "very angry" or "somewhat angry" about "the way things are going" in the US. #GETANGRY
  20. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35154420 Rent rises could soon outpace house prices, warn surveyors By Brian Milligan Personal Finance reporter The cost of renting in the UK could rise faster than house prices over the next five years, surveyors have warned. At the end of that period tenants could find themselves having to pay at least 25% more than they do now, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics). Simon Rubinsohn, Rics chief economist, blamed government moves to discourage buy-to-let landlords. "In the long run I'm concerned that rents might increase ra
  21. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/news/press_releases/2015/impartiality_statistics
  22. From the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30024257 Right. Because personally I was crapping myself about buying a house without knowing what was happening with Scotland. Now I know they're still with us, I'll go and stretch myself to the limit on debt to buy a shoe box. We don't need more props to save the market. We need more referendums.
  23. Anyone watching this laugh a minute nonsense? I've been tweeting it live. The BBC has got a pet letting agent to explain how to make living in Cambridge 'affordable' His solution. Tiny rooms and studio's for young professionals. The letting agent is opposed to minimum sizes, and asks a Council official if they will 'go smaller' His vision of the future was a Premier Inn 11.4 square metre hotel room allowing them to squeeze in 30% more rooms. Hopefully on iPlayer soon. Its a classic!
  24. The PRA has this morning released its consultation on depositor protection, which seeks to implement the requirements of the EU's Deposit Guarantee Schemes Directive. http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/pra/Documents/publications/cp/2014/cp2014.pdf The part of the consultation that will perhaps be of most relevance to HPC members is the proposed rules on Temporary High Balances (THB), for example the proceeds of the sale of a residential property held in a bank deposit account. The proposal is that THBs will have protection up to a limit of £1 million (with an exception made for compensation awa
  25. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27794161 Surveyors have reduced their expectations for house price growth in the UK, despite a continued shortage of homes for sale. Property prices are expected to grow by 5% a year over the next five years, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics). This prediction had edged down in recent months, Rics said. Price rise expectations in London have dropped from an estimate of 9% a year in March to just under 5% now. "What we are really seeing is some of the very strong upward momentum starting to come off the housing market, as a l
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