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Increasing number of parents to put their student children on the property ladder

Wednesday 25th February 2015

A recent study has found that 280,000 parents are hoping to buy a property for their child to live in while studying at university.    According to Direct Line for Business’ survey, the most popular reason for this, cited by 40% of respondents, is to provide a safe and stable environment for their children to live...


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Housing market confidence hits three year high

Wednesday 25th February 2015

Confidence in the UK property market has reached a three year high, according to new research from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks.   The banks’ Annual Housebuyers Survey found that 44% of homeowners expect the value of their home to increase this year, while 54% think it will remain the same...


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What makes a good market town?

Wednesday 25th February 2015

A property buying agent has revealed what he thinks makes a good market town.   George Barkes of Stacks Property Search says that as property buyers flee their urban lifestyles, the market town has come of age...


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Property sales at their highest since 2007

Wednesday 25th February 2015

Property sales in the first ten months of 2014 reached 760,000, the highest level recorded in this period since 2007.    According to Lloyds Bank, the number of sales between January and October last year was 21% higher than in 2013...


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Housing market: confusion reigns

Thursday 26th February 2015

Two wildly contradictory sets of figures show just how confusing the housing market outlook has become.    The Halifax Housing Market Confidence Tracker said that house price optimism fell to its lowest level for 18 months in January, as lending got off to a sluggish start in 2015...


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BPF: survey shows acute need for purpose-built PRS

Thursday 26th February 2015

The English Housing Survey, which shows that the private rented sector remains the second largest tenure in England, has highlighted the need for a purpose-built private rental sector, according to the British Property Federation (BPF)...


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DPS now protecting over £1bn

Friday 27th February 2015

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) has announced that it is now protecting more than 1.2 million deposits across England and Wales, totalling just over £1 billion...


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Tenants let down by poor enforcement, says RLA

Friday 27th February 2015

Landlords are calling on the next Government to undertake a review of the enforcement of regulations in the private rented sector. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) says tenants are being let down by a failure to properly enforce the powers already available to tackle poor housing conditions...


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Rents up in January, says HomeLet

Monday 2nd March 2015

New findings from the HomeLet Rental Index have revealed that the rental market has returned to growth in 2015, with the average rent on new tenancies signed in January 2...


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Cambridge landlord fined for harassment

Monday 2nd March 2015

A landlord who harassed the American tenants of a house she owned has been order to pay a total of £4,500. Rosemary Hill, 74, of Mildenhall, denied harassment but was found guilty by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court...


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