Housing & mortgage round up: House prices continue to fall as do interest rates

Housing & mortgage round upThis week we take a look at the latest house prices survey which makes grim reading for most homeowners, although people looking to get on the property ladder may take a different view. We also cover some interesting moves by the big lenders on their fixed rate mortgage products, in the wake of a new government scheme designed to encourage banks to lend at more competitive rates. House prices fall...

Housing round up: Spring bounce in house sales as confidence returns?

Housing & mortgage round upThe housing market has received its’ usual spring boost and confidence seems to be returning if the results of the latest Halifax survey are to be believed. HMRC report rise in house sales The property market has something of a spring bounce according to figures from HMRC. The number of completed purchases in March rose to 74,000, from 63,000 in February. Property experts put the rise partly down to the time of year, as the number of purchases usually rises in the ...