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Fixed rate fees drop

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Average fees on best-buy fixed rate mortgages have fallen 17% since November last year, but fees on variable rates remain virtually unchanged.

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Pensions and Buy to Let

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Pension Reforms Brokers believe the pension reforms announced in the Budget could trigger a surge in buy-to-let investment and an increase in the number of borrowers paying down interest-only mortgages.From next April, savers aged 55 and above will be able to withdraw their entire pension pot...

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The Pros and Cons of Probate investment

Thursday, February 19, 2015

AV Surveyors and Values take a closer look at the pros and cons of buying probate properties.

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House Prices Continue to Rise

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The ONS' November House Price Index has shown that UK house prices increased by 10.0% in the year to November 2014, down from 10.4% in the year to October 2014.On a monthly basis, average house prices increased by 0.2% between October and November 2014.The figures confirmed that house prices "contin...

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Help to Buy Scheme Deposits Fall

Friday, January 02, 2015

Average Help to Buy deposits fell to just £7,856 in November, a record low for 2014 and 7% less than the previous low of £8,441 in October.As a result, the average HTB2 loan also reached its lowest point of the year: £128,796 compared to £131,706 in October (a 2% fall).Mortga...

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Green Deal Information

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (HIF) is a massive cash giveaway from the Govt to encourage home energy efficiency measures. Last time £120 million went in just six weeks. So in Nov we warned you to be ready this time. Today (Wed) at 9am the HIF is back and while £100 million i...

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Could you cope with a rate rise?

Monday, December 08, 2014

Economists at the Bank of England have said that the majority of mortgage borrowers could cope with a 2% increase in interest rates.The Bank’s latest quarterly report found that assuming incomes rise 10%, just 4% of mortgage holders would need to take action if interest rates rose to 2.5% from...

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Are buyers getting less enthusiastic

Monday, December 08, 2014

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) publishes a report on the property market that looks at what surveyors (the people who check your house for hidden faults) are thinking.

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Changes to Stamp Duty

Monday, December 08, 2014

In his Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne revamped  stamp duty that will see the levy being cut for 98% of homebuyers, and made changes that will enable partners to inherit a deceased spouse’s Isa. The impending stamp duty reformOutlining the measures in his Autumn Statement, Os...

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Momentum in the UK housing market has faded with house price growth slowing to the same level as 16 months ago, surveyors say.Demand from new buyers fell for the third month in a row in September, a survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) suggested.In London, "caution took a ...

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House prices in 2014 double the prediction

Monday, September 15, 2014

UK house prices will end the year 9.5% higher than they started it, but the strength of increases this year means that in London the market could flatline in 2016, property firm Savills said on Tuesday, as it revised its forecasts for the next five years. House Price Growth in 2018 The firm had ...

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Speculation about a rise in the Bank of England’s base rate doesn’t seem to be impacting the Northern Ireland housing market the way it is elsewhere, according to RICS.The latest RICS and Ulster Bank Residential Market Survey for Northern Ireland shows that price momentum and demand rema...

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August House Prices

Friday, August 29, 2014

UK house prices rose during August at a much faster monthly pace than expected, according to a survey by Nationwide on Friday that contrasted with other signs of cooling in the housing market.The mortgage lender said house prices rose 0.8% on the month in August compared with a 0.2% rise in July. Ec...

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House Prices in June Reach Record High

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Official figures have provided further evidence that runaway house price rises have begun to slow, as the rate of annual growth cooled slightly to 10.2% in June.The Office for National Statistics data showed the annual growth rate had fallen from 10.4% in May, but prices rose by 0.5% on the month to...

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Impact of Fracking on house prices

Monday, August 11, 2014

Some very interesting news regarding fracking and the potential impact on house prices.If you are in a potential area for fracking then it makes essential reading.The government has been criticised for censoring a report into the impact of shale gas drilling that examines the effect on house prices ...

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The essentials of a survey

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Find out why it’s crucial to get a survey carried out when your offer has been accepted on any property as part of the AV Surveyors essential survey guide

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Property valuations for probate

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dealing with a loss is hard enough but having to organise a loved ones estate can be the last thing anyone would want to do. Typically the persons property is the largest asset and in most cases will be valued in order for a sale to take place.When dealing with such a case a recent customer of AV's ...

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Are we building enough houses?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

An increase in housebuilding helped the UK construction industry to grow at its fastest pace for four months in June, a survey has suggested.The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI) for the sector rose to 62.6 in June from 60.0 in May.The reading beat analysts' forecasts for a fall to 59.5. ...

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Fixed Rate Mortgages

Monday, July 14, 2014

More and more pressure is being applied to the Bank of England to raise interest rates, last week they chose to keep the record breaking low's but for how long, speculation resounds the next statement will show a rise. So what should we do?

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Interest Rates

Friday, July 11, 2014

Interest rates were kept on hold, once again, yesterday. The Bank Rate has been at 0.5pc since March 2009, helping borrowers and hurting savers.

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   April was the fourth consecutive month to experience a fall in properties coming on to the market, according to a survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics). But buyer inquiries are starting to fall in London amid "tentative signs" that the market in the capital is co...

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