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Chancellor urged to boost housing in this week’s Budget

18 March, 2013

The Confederatin of British Industry (CBI) has urged the Chancellor to boost the housing market in this week’s Budget. They believe that it is critical to the economy, offering both social and economic benefit. Among the announcements they want to hear are measures to benefit first and second-time buyers, support for householders refurbishing homes and for… Read more »

Home Builders Federation – planning approvals and house sales rise

15 March, 2013

According to the Home Builders Federation, local authorities approved an increasing number of residential planning applications in the last quarter of 2012. Figures released by the HBF show that 51,000 residential units were approved across Great Britain during the fourth quarter of last year, an increase of 61% against the same period in 2011. The private… Read more »

Rightmove – Second-time buyers are now the ‘squeezed middle’ of the property market

14 March, 2013

According to Rightmove, almost half of people buying for the second time are finding it difficult to accommodate the needs of their family while they have to spend a long wait on the bottom rung of the UK housing ladder. Their latest buyers’ survey reveals that 40% of so called ‘second-steppers’ are worried that their… Read more »

Halifax partners with 50th builder on NewBuy scheme

13 March, 2013

It was announced this week that Halifax has reached a major milestone with the news that they have signed up their 50th house builder partner as part of their support for the Government’s NewBuy scheme. These 50 house builders represent a total of 69 individual builder brands. As one of the leading lenders on NewBuy,… Read more »

First time buyer activity hits four year high – Connells

12 March, 2013

First time buyer numbers have risen to their highest level for four year, according to a new report by estate agency Connells. The Housing Marketing Activity Report by Connells Survey & Valuation also revealed that valuation activity hit a twelve month peak in February. The number of residential valuations conducted by Connells in February showed… Read more »

Report highlights first major wave of council building programmes for a generation

11 March, 2013

A new report out later this week shows that English councils will build up to 25,000 new homes in the next five years. As a result of the end of the housing revenue account subsidy, which allowed local authorities in England to keep rental income rather than pay it into a centralised pot, there is… Read more »

Council of Mortgage Lenders calls for NewBuy to be extended until 2015

8 March, 2013

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) this week called for the Chancellor to extend the Government’s NewBuy scheme in his forthcoming Budget. NewBuy, which was launched in March last year, saw over 1,500 completed purchases by the end of 2012.

Halifax – house prices up 0.5 per cent in February

7 March, 2013

According to the Halifax, house prices rose 0.5% in February. This means the average cost of a home in the UK has gone up from £162,844 to £163,600 – a rise of £756. And prices in the three months to February were up 1.9% compared with the preceding three months. This makes it the third… Read more »

More news about critical illness claims

5 March, 2013

A serious illness, such as cancer or heart attack, affects one-in-four women and one-in-five men before retirement age. Yet few people have critical illness insurance, which is designed to ease financial pressures by paying a tax-free lump sum should you become seriously ill or totally disabled. It’s been recently revealed that Scottish Provident paid 93%… Read more »

Royal Bank of Scotland gross mortgage lending up in 2012

4 March, 2013

More good news on the financial front as the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) announced that they increased their gross mortgage lending by 9.6% to £16bn in 2012 with nearly 20% of its lending to first-time buyers, Their annual results revealed that the bank advanced £3bn to first-time buyers, while Funding for Lending helped it… Read more »

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