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Does the Government’s Home Energy Upgrade Initiative Go Far Enough?

While the government’s recent decision to financially support homeowners and social landlords willing to conduct energy-efficient retrofits, the current measures simply do not go far enough. Worse still, social landlords who fail to take advantage of the offer at an early stage run the risk of missing out altogether. Chancellor […]

House Prices for July Hit a New Record High

The UK’s property market is bouncing back at a rate few could have predicted, with the easing of lockdown restrictions having a knock-on effect on property prices across the country. According to the latest figures published by Halifax, average house prices for July reached a new record high – a […]

Short-Term Holiday Lets Increase in Demand as Lenders Diversify Mortgage Options

Staycation spots are on a rise in the United Kingdom, and mortgage lenders are making their best attempts to meet the rising demand for them. Do you think short-term lets are the new direction property lenders and investors should be eyeing for the next couple of years? Before the onset […]

The 90% LTV Mortgage is Back – What This Means for Buyers

Recent months have seen most major lenders become increasingly reluctant to offer high LTV mortgages, primarily due to the economic uncertainty brought about by the Covid-19 crisis. As life slowly begins to show signs of normality once again, some of the nation’s leading lenders are once again introducing higher LTV […]

Equity Release Advice Standards Still Subpar, FCA Review Suggests

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is the body responsible for ensuring businesses and consumers in the UK are provided with honest and accurate financial advice on key financial matters. Unfortunately, a newly published review of equity release advice suggests that many service providers are not fulfilling their obligations. Significant efforts […]

Buy to Let: Is Now the Time to Invest?

For several years now, the United Kingdom has been widely regarded as a haven for buy to let investments. From casual investors with just a single rental property to those with extensive portfolios spanning the British Isles, skyrocketing rent prices have attracted investors from near and far. The coronavirus crisis […]

Six-Month Right to Buy Receipts Repayment Extension Confirmed

As part of the government’s on-going response to the coronavirus crisis, councils across England are to be offered an additional six months to spend the funds raised via Right to Buy sales. First reported by Inside Housing, the government has confirmed the six-month extension which will provide local councils with […]

Judge Declares DSS Exclusions by Private Landlords ‘Unlawful’

For the first time, a judge in the United Kingdom has ruled that the exclusion of people on housing benefit by private landlords is discriminatory and unlawful.  The court ruling was heralded as “momentous” by those campaigning for change, following a complex legal battle involving a single mother-of-two made homeless […]

Asking Prices for Properties up £6,000 on Pre-Lockdown Averages

Lockdown has taken its toll on the UKs housing market, but evidence would suggest things are gradually returning to normal, at least in terms of property values which are heading in the right direction following an extensive period of stagnation. According to the latest figures released by Rightmove, which is […]

UK Property Market Could Benefit from ‘Blockchain’ Style Platform

A software start-up in the UK has suggested that the speed of property sales nationwide could be doubled with the introduction of a new blockchain-style platform. Coadjute, the company behind the proposed ‘proptech’ platform, announced a deal this week that could put the software into increased use in the future. […]

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