Direct Property News

March 29, 2017

Prime rental market in key global cities showing signs of recovery

Prime rents across the 17 key cities around the world fell marginally by just 0.4% in 2016 suggesting that the sector is seeing a recovery. Some 10 of the cities recorded rental growth over the course of the year, up from seven in 2015, according to the data from the Knight Frank’s prime global rental index. But there is still some ground to be made up as two year ago there was growth of 2.5% and the difference between the strongest and weakest performing markets increased to 14%, up from 12.5% in 2015. Toronto saw the biggest growth in prime rents with an increase of 8% year on year and the index report points out that […]
March 28, 2017

Young people fear they cannot afford to buy a home in the UK

Many young people in the UK fear they do not earn enough to buy a home and a significant number also feel that owning is a thing of the past, new research has found. A quarter of young people aged 18 to 34 in the UK rely on inheritance to get on the property ladder and the same number are certain they will never be able to afford to buy their own home. But not all want to be home owners with one in five saying that home ownership is a thing of the past, according to the study from UK home lender the Halifax. The research also found that 48% of young people think it’s […]
March 28, 2017

Brexit uncertainty prompts decline in UK property activity

Home buyer demand has seen a slow recovery from initial Brexit uncertainty. Now, there are only 24 hours to go until the Prime Minister plans to trigger Article 50, in what is set to be a historic day for Britain. A new YouGov poll for HomeOwners Alliance and warranty provider BLP Insurance has discovered than over one million people have put off plans to move this year because of Brexit uncertainty. Brexit The housing market in Britain has slowed during the past 12 months, against a backdrop of political and economic uncertainty. This is attributed somewhat to the outcome of the EU referendum, with 15% of people saying that they had postponed moving plans for this […]
March 27, 2017

Remortgage approvals down during February

The latest analysis from BBA has revealed that, during February, mortgage approvals slipped by 3.5% against January’s figures and remortgaging approvals were “well down” when also compared to the previous month. Remortgaging approvals totalled 25,414 in February compared to the 28,088 approved in January and 25,484 in February 2016. According to BBA, house purchase approval numbers of 42,613 were 4.6% lower than in February 2016 but above the 2016 monthly average of 41,287. The data also revealed that gross mortgage borrowing of £13.4bn in February was 4.6% higher than in the same month last year. After allowing for repayments, February’s net mortgage borrowing was 2.5% higher than in February 2016. Eric Leenders, BBA Managing Director for […]
March 27, 2017

House prices sentiment in UK remains steady but with regional variation

Households across the UK generally believe that the value of their home has risen over the last month, according to the latest house price sentiment index. March’s report from Knight Frank and IHS Markit was the eighth consecutive month that the index has been in positive territory, unchanged from February, but it does reveal fairly large regional variations. Households in nine of the 11 regions covered by the index perceived that the value of their property rose in February and those in the South East at 64.4 reported the biggest rise over the course of the month, closely followed by Londoners at 64. Households in the North East at 48.2 and Wales at 49.3 were the […]
March 24, 2017

Manchester replaces London with strongest annual house price growth

Property prices in key UK cities increased by 6.4% in the 12 months to February 2017, down from 7.8% a year ago but the headline figure is being dragged down by a slowdown in London. It means that city house price growth is now being led by regional cities, most notably Manchester which has seen the fastest annual growth at 8.8%, according to the city house price index from Hometrack. London has dropped to tenth in the list of top 20 cities with annual price growth of 5.6%, down from 12.8% a year ago. Other cities with strong house price growth include Portsmouth up 8.1% year on year, Bristol up 8%, Glasgow up 7.7%, Birmingham up […]
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