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Fees much bigger worry than online agents, says state-of-the-sector report

By | 2017-09-20T12:06:50+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Property News|

Repairs software provider Fixflo has issued its annual state-of-the-lettings-industry report - with fees the biggest concern to letting agents. Some 42 per cent of agents were worried most by the fees ban with the second concern being a lack of landlord instructions - named by 19 per cent.  The findings suggest 40 per cent of [...]

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Trade body urges government rethink on security deposit cap

By | 2017-09-20T12:06:49+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Property News|

Housing minister Alok Sharma has been told face to face that he should rethink the government's plans to cap security deposits to one month’s rent. Richard Lambert, chief executive of the National Landlords' Association, met with Sharma and pressed him to scrap the plans that will form part of the draft Tenants’ Fees Bill, announced [...]

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Labour wants councils to have more powers over private rental sector

By | 2017-09-20T12:06:47+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Property News|

Labour's housing spokesman has called on the government to give councils greater powers over the regulation of the private rental sector. In an article in The Guardian John Healey - along with Sir Robin Wales, the Labour mayor of Newham council in London - says schemes suggested by some local councils to have greater licensing [...]

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Agents urged to get behind Gas Safety Week and check appliances

By | 2017-09-20T12:06:45+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Property News|

NALS is urging letting agents and other property professionals to get behind Gas Safety Week, which runs until Friday,.  It says thousands of people every year are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning and over 43 per cent of people in the UK fail to check their appliances annually. The scheme says a vital part of [...]

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Proposals put forward for Bournemouth’s Winter Gardens site

By | 2017-09-20T12:07:27+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Property News|

The rejuvenation plans for one of Bournemouth’s most famous locations have moved a step closer after the submission of a planning application to the local council.The transformative proposals for the former Winter Gardens site revolves around a £150 million mixed-use scheme – the largest of its kind in the town centre – which would combine [...]

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UK slips down EU buy-to-let league table

By | 2017-09-20T12:07:10+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Property News|

The UK has dropped into the bottom five European buy-to-let markets for investors as UK yields plummet, according to the latest European Buy-To-Let League Table from WorldFirst. According to the assessment, the UK’s stuttering rental market is starting to adversely affect buy-to-let landlords with yields falling from 4.91% to 4% over the past year. The latest [...]

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Prime Central London experiences steady recovery in sales volumes

By | 2017-09-20T12:07:26+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Property News|

Asking price reductions continue to stimulate demand in transaction volumes in prime central London with a steady recovery through the summer, according to Knight Frank’s research. The number of residential exchanges was 5% higher in the first seven months of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. With political uncertainty surrounding the general election [...]

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Generation Rent hit by ‘rising house prices and low interest rates’

By | 2017-09-20T12:07:08+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Property News|

Renters in London face a five year delay in buying a home of their own if they leave savings in cash, due to record-low interest rates, fresh research shows. The surge in residential property prices over the past 20 years means that the amount required for a deposit to buy property has increased sharply. With [...]

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Leeds the best location for building new homes, research reveals

By | 2017-09-20T12:07:25+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Property News|

New research has revealed that Leeds is the best city in England for building new homes. Analysis of official figures by Argyll Property Partners has shown that Leeds has the best combination of planning success, demand for homes, value and house price growth.On average, new build homes in the Yorkshire city are worth 41% more [...]

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Mint Bridging launches new brand identity

By | 2017-09-20T12:07:24+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Property News|

Mint Bridging has pitched itself as a third-generation lender after launching its new brand and identity focusing on handcrafted loans. Since forming six years ago, the lender claims to have lent over £325,000,000 across 775 loans, with its current funds under management exceeding £100,000,000. As part of its rebranding, Mint has incorporated four key brand [...]

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