Direct Property News

November 27, 2018
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Could the post-Brexit property market be fueled by pent-up property demand?

Brexit has undoubtedly had an effect on the property industry. Many agree that it has subdued it, with a fair amount of buyers erring on the side of caution. However, land agent, Aston Mead believes that it has also led to a pent-up demand, which is likely to feed back into the market next year. Richard Watkins, Aston Mead Land & Planning Director, said: “Any degree of political or economic uncertainty means that buyers tend to sit on their hands. People with important and costly decisions to make tend to pause and reflect, waiting for a time when the outcome is more predictable. The ongoing machinations of the Brexit process for the last two years are…
November 23, 2018
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More than 180,500 first time buyers have benefited from stamp duty exemption

More than 180,500 first time buyers in Britain have saved a total of £426 million through the stamp duty relief programme introduced a year ago, official figures show. The money saving tax relief, known as First Time Buyers Relief (FTBR), was introduced on 22 November 2017 extended in last month’s Budget to those purchasing through approved shared ownership schemes who choose to pay stamp duty in stages, rather than on the market value of the property. This has been retrospectively applied to eligible property transactions since last November with figures published by HMRC confirming it too is likely to be popular. ‘These statistics show that the Government was right to offer a helping hand to first…
November 20, 2018
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UK house prices up 3.5% in year to September 2018, official data shows

House prices in the UK increased by 3.5% in the year to September 2018, up from 3.1% in August 2018, taking the average price to £233,000, the latest official data shows. However, over the past two years, there has been a slowdown in house price growth, driven mainly by a slowdown in the South and East of England, according to the figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The figures also shows that prices fell by 0.3% over the year in London but this was up from a fall of 0.6% in the year to August 2018. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in the UK were unchanged between August and September,…
November 16, 2018
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Annual price growth in key global cities at lowest level for almost six years

In the last year, the price of a homes in the prime property market key cities across the world increased by 2.7% on average, the weakest annual growth for almost six years, new index figures show. Of the 43 cities tracked by the Knight Frank global residential cities index, the strongest year on year rise was in Singapore with growth of 13.1%, followed by Edinburgh up 10.6%, Madrid up 10.1% and San Francisco up 9.5%. At the other end of the index Vancouver saw prices fall by 11.3% year on year, price were down by 6.3% in Istanbul, Stockholm and Taipei, down 3.8% in Dubai and down 1.4% in Nairobi. The index report says that growth…
November 12, 2018
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Prices rising again month on month in England and Wales, latest index shows

Annual price growth in England and Wales continues to slow but month on month values are rising again with growth led by the East and West Midlands, the latest index shows. House prices rebounded in October, up 0.4% to an average of £304,433, the first monthly increase since February while year on year growth fell to just 1%, according to the latest house price index from Your Move. Despite this, most regions continue to show growth, the exceptions being both the South East and North East, which show modest falls on an annual basis of 0.1% and 0.2% respectively. However, the report points out that with overall annual price growth well below the rate of inflation…
November 9, 2018
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Brexit continues to dominate top property industry concerns

As Brexit looms, a new survey commissioned by Crowe UK identifies the biggest concerns facing the UK property industry and provides a unique snapshot of views across the sector. Crowe’s survey, which asks property developers and investors across the country for their views on the state of the market in 2018 and outlook for the future, reveals UK businesses are increasingly concerned about the impact the current political and economic uncertainty will have on the industry. Brexit: reality bites With daily headlines and speculation about the country’s preferred vision, it comes as no surprise that Brexit negotiations and the ultimate shape of the UK’s departure from the European Union is now the greatest concern to the…
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