Record 22% housing market share for first-time buyers

First-time buyers took a record 22% share of the housing market in the fourth quarter of 2016, the highest since records began in 2007. A press release from the Bank of England published on the 14th of March shows that the percentage of first-time buyers is rising, with figures set to go even higher later in the year. The fourth quarter of 2016 saw £62.8 billion of new residential loans taken out, which was a 2.6% decrease compared to the previous three months. Adrian Anderson, the director of property finance specialist ...

Budget 2014: The headlines

Budget 2013 the headlinesGeorge Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, got to his feet at 12.30 today and over the course of the next hour delivered his latest Budget Statement If you have a pension or ISA the changes announced today are possibly the largest for a generation; read on to learn more. He started by saying that the “economy was recovering faster than forecast” and that “together with the British people we held our nerve” he then went on to announce huge changes to the way in ...

Average rents near record levels, as 1 in 3 council tenants fall into arrears

iStock_000001437287_ExtraSmallRecently released figures show average rents are just £1 off a record high, whilst council tenants are struggling to cope, following the introduction of the so-called ‘bedroom tax’. The buy to let index, compiled by LSL Property Services, shows average rents rose to £743 per month during the month of August, just £1 short of a new high. Compared to July rents were 0.7% higher, but were only up 1.3% on the same time last year; well ...

More housing bubble fears as interest only mortgages return

iStock_000018295400_ExtraSmallHousing bubble fears were further increased earlier this week, as two banks have announced the return of interest-only mortgages. The announcements come just a year after the Financial Services Authority (FSA) branded these mortgages a “ticking time bomb,” with many borrowers having no way of repaying the debt at the end of the term. The two banks in question, Clydesdale and Yorkshire, have confirmed they will introduce a new product, which will allow borrowers to repay only interest for the first three years ...