Buying

Plan ahead to secure the best school catchment area

As kids head off to their new primary or secondary schools this week, it’s a timely reminder for anyone who has kids who will be starting school next year to consider moving to the best catchment areas.

House prices stall in London, while the North fares better

Thursday, 19 October 2017 | News

This month, the general consensus from property market data is that London house prices are growing at a slower rate than the rest of the country.

Crackdown on unfair service charges planned by government

Thursday, 19 October 2017 | News

The next step in plans to crack down on overpriced service charges has been announced by communities secretary Sajid Javid.

Will a base rate rise spark a house price boom?

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 | News

Anticipation is growing ahead of a potential increase in the Bank of England base rate, but what are likely to be the consequences of the first rise since 2007?

First-time buyer slump recorded in London

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 | News

First-time buyers are abstaining from buying flats in London, according to new figures that reveal a massive slump in the capital’s property market.

Looking for happiness? Move to Leamington Spa…

Thursday, 12 October 2017 | News

Leamington Spa in Warwickshire has been named the happiest place to live in Great Britain, according to an online property survey.

UK retirees face ‘devastating’ bungalow shortage

Monday, 09 October 2017 | News

Bungalows now account for fewer than 7% of houses for sale, according to new research – and this could have a knock-on effect on the choices retirees have when they want to downsize.

Thousands of Help to Buy Isa customers hit by declaration error

Monday, 09 October 2017 | News

Thousands of Help to Buy Isa customers have been written to by their bank or building society after signing...

£2 billion boost for affordable housing ‘a drop in the ocean’

Thursday, 05 October 2017 | News

In her closing speech at this week’s Conservative Party Conference, the Prime Minister promised to provide an extra £2 billion help fund the building of more council and housing association homes – but one specialist in...

Stamp duty in Wales to be overhauled: The winners and losers

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 | News

Nine out of 10 home buyers in Wales will either pay the same property tax or will be better off when a new land transaction tax is introduced next year.

Revealed: The cheapest and priciest places for country living

Thursday, 12 October 2017 | News

Homes in the country are £44,454 (20%) more expensive on average than those in urban areas (excluding London), according to Halifax’s annual rural housing review.