Direct Property News

November 28, 2016

Sales to first time buyers in UK reach highest level since 2000

Sales to first time buyers in the UK have increased strongly to their highest level since in 16 years, according to data from estate agents, suggesting the housing market is buoyant. Some 32% of total sales made in October were to first time buyers, up 9% from the previous month and the highest since the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) began recording them in 2000. The last time the number of sales to first time buyers was at a similar level was in October last year when 31% of sales were made to people buying their first home. Overall, the number of sales agreed stayed the same in October, at an average of nine per […]
November 28, 2016

CBI calls for an end to ‘one size fits all’ approach to building homes

The position of the purpose built rental accommodation sector in the UK’s property market could be strengthened markedly over the course of the coming years, after the government was urged in a new report to look at new ways of building homes to meet demand. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has published its new study looking at the government’s UK house building targets for 2020, and said that the way it has been looking to meet goals for some time are no longer fit for
November 25, 2016

Top tips for selling your home this winter

During the winter, when the days are shorter, the house market is renowned for being quieter, as many sellers postpone putting their house on the market until the spring. However, this doesn’t mean buyers stop searching, so sellers should do everything they can to market their property in the best possible light.
November 25, 2016

Autumn Statement 2016:five ways it will affect the property market

1. £3.15 billion is being set aside for 90,000 new houses in London. Mayor Sadiq Khan welcomed the investment, the highest ever secured for housing by City Hall, but warned Londoners that they faced “a marathon, not a sprint”. The Mayor will use the cash for housing tenures, including those with below-market rents for low-income Londoners and homes with rents set at no more than a third of average local income for middle-income earners. In addition, there will be more shared-ownership homes to help Londoners who want to buy but can’t afford to on the open market. 2. £1.4 billion is being set aside to deliver 40,000 affordable homes. Again, there is little detail as to […]
November 24, 2016

Autumn Statement: Billions announced to boost new home building by UK Chancellor

The UK Government has announced billions of pounds of new funding to boost the building of new homes and will encourage a wider spread of home types to buy and rent. Delivering his autumn statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a £2.3 billion housing infrastructure plan to support the construction of 100,000 new homes in areas of high need. Hammond also announced a £1.4 billion cash injection which will help build 40,000 new affordable homes in places where first time buyers are being prices out of the housing market.
November 24, 2016

UK property industry disappointed over lack of stamp duty reform

There is disappointment in the UK property industry that Chancellor Philip Hammond did not take on board calls for a change to stamp duty, the tax paid when a property is bought. In the run up to the autumn statement there had been hope that he might reverse the 3% additional stamp duty imposed earlier this year on additional homes which affected by to let landlords and second home buyers.
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