Housing & Mortgage round up: Renters finding the going tough, whilst demand amongst homebuyers rises

Housing & mortgage round up_istockphotoNo house price surveys this week, but still plenty of housing news to bring you, dominated by an increase in house buying activity, plus news rents continue to increase. Housing demand at four year high New figures, from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), have shown demand for homes in the UK has risen to the highest level since 2009. The research also showed that the majority of Rics members are reporting rising ...

Signs of life in the housing market

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs we head into spring, a new survey has revealed further signs of life in the UK housing market. The research, carried out by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has revealed house sales in the UK reached a three year high during March. The Rics housing market survey, showed estate agents had, on average, sold 17.4 houses each during the past three months; the highest level since March 2010. The figures from Rics are echoed by those from HM Revenue and ...

Housing & mortgage round up: Increase in the number of retirees looking to downsize

Housing & mortgage round upA relatively quiet week, with none of the major house price surveys reporting this over the past seven days, but fear not, we’ve managed to dig up some interesting stories for those of you who need your weekly fix of housing and mortgage news. More retirees look to downsize Are you planning on downsizing in retirement? You are not alone if you are. Downsizing is becoming a key part of many people’s retirement planning and a new survey has ...

Housing & mortgage round up: Slow week for housing news

After last week’s bumper round up, including the house price figures from the Halifax and Nationwide, this week has been relatively quiet for housing news. We have however managed to find a few interesting stories for those of you who need your weekly fix of housing and mortgage news. Mortgage lenders cut interest rates again As the effects of the government’s Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) kicks, 10 mortgage lenders have reduced the interest rates on many of their deals. Amongst the lenders dropping their rates ING Direct has cut their two and five year fixed rates, whilst Nationwide are cutting their two ...