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August 2018

Help to Buy…

Over the last five years, almost 170,000 buyers across England have benefitted from the Help to Buy equity loan scheme, borrowing £8.9 billion on property sales of over £42 billion. Take up from the scheme has been building. In the last 12 months there were just over 41,000 loans issued, a 21% increase on the previous 12 month period. First-time buyers have benefitted most, accounting for 81% of...

Interest Rate Rise…

At their meeting on 2nd August, the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee raised interest rates for just the second time in ten years to 0.75%. The small rate rise will affect those on variable and tracker rate mortgages (around 3.5 million), although increases for most are likely to be fairly minimal. Any mortgages taken out in recent years, which have been subject to strict mortgage lending...

Summer Sales…

The Summer of 2018 has certainly been memorable. England has enjoyed it’s strongest performance at the World Cup for many years while also enjoying (suffering) its longest, hottest summer on record. While Brits have been off enjoying the weather, thoughts of property purchases have taken a back seat for many. However, as we return to work after the long, hot summer, history suggests that agents may...

List your Rental Property Now…

While many people enjoy their summer holidays, agents up and down the country are gearing up for a very busy few weeks. Analysis by Dataloft Rental Market Analytics on tenancies started over the past three years reveals that more than a fifth of the year’s tenancies are expected to begin in the next two months. Over the next few weeks demand from students looking for accommodation before term...

Market Share – Top Ten Mortgage Lenders…

At their meeting on 2nd August, the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee raised interest rates for just the second time in ten years to 0.75%. The small rate rise will affect those on variable and tracker rate mortgages (around 3.5 million), although increases for most are likely to be fairly minimal. Any mortgages taken out in recent years, which have been subject to strict mortgage lending...

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