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More loans available for UK property buyers

More mortgages are being granted for buyers in the UK residential property market but experts are divided over whether this is a blip or the start of the road to recovery.

London’s super-prime property sector breaking records

International interest in London’s prime residential market has boosted sales to new record levels, according to the latest data from Savills.

Highlands and islands property prices in Scotland edging up

Residential property prices in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland edged upwards during June, with the average house now up 2% compared with a year ago, according to the latest figures released by the Highland Solicitors Property Centre.

High end property market within range of London achieving top prices

The top end of the property market in the UK Home Counties is extremely active due to international interest and land is also selling well and achieving high prices, a new report shows.

UK private sector property landlords more confident, survey suggests

Private sector landlords in the UK are confident about the future with 67% positive about the outlook for the buy to let sector, according to a new research published today (Monday July 04).

The St. Botolphs office block in the City of London is one of Minerva's main developments.

The London property developer Minerva has recommended a £202.6m offer from a consortium led by Delancey and private equity group Area Property Partners.

Property locations with staying power

Laura Henderson The Telegraph 24.06.2011
Key location: homes in Key West, Florida, are being snapped up  Photo: Rod Mclean / The Travel Library/Rex Features

With billionaire investment magnate Warren Buffett proclaiming that America’s residential housing problems should soon be largely “behind us”, investor confidence in the US market is slowly returning, with real estate experts encouraging foreign buyers – with long-term prospects in mind – to re-enter the market.

Guard: An officer at a house in Salford where a 26-year-old man was allegedly stabbed   Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2007232/Suspected-burglar-stabbed-death-homeowner-defending-property.html#ixzz1Q6w9yb1G

A suspected burglar is believed to have been stabbed to death by a homeowner trying to protect his property, it emerged today. The alleged intruder is said to have been part of a balaclava-clad gang trying to break into a house in Salford, Greater Manchester, just before midnight last night.

Lenders in UK disappoint prospective homeowners

Buyers in the UK are still failing to overcome the significant barriers to home ownership that the current housing market represents, according to the National Association of Estate Agents.

The housing market has been relatively subdued in recent months

Property sales in the UK remained at a relatively low level in May and lower than the same month a year ago, new figures show.

First-time buyers to get a leg-up to the property ladder

Housing minister Grant Shapps has unveiled the latest attempt to help first-time buyers get on to the property ladder. FirstBuy is part of a series of schemes designed to reduce the amount of deposit buyers need to raise, as well as providing equity to cover the cost of their new home which can later be bought back to give them full ownership.

Property surge: The Pan Peninsula skyscrapers in Canary Wharf are said to be particularly attractive to Far Eastern buyers

Cash-strapped Brits are being squeezed out of affordable housing by Chinese property speculators, housing experts have warned. Chinese buyers spent £120 million in London over two months recently, according to new research by estate agent Knight Frank. And one in three buyers of newly-built homes in Canary Wharf's financial district now comes from mainland China and Hong Kong.

Property advice: Right of way

The Telegraph 11.06.2011
Increase in European commercial property values slows

European commercial property values continued to increase in the first quarter of 2011 but at a slower rate, according to the latest European Valuation Monitor report from consultants CB Richard Ellis.

Even Mr Bean seems aware that there is something wrong with this right of way  Photo: EDWARD HIRST/Rex Features

Life in the suburbs often sees people fall into a range of habits due to their relationships with those living around them. But what happens when relationships turn sour, and neighbours are suddenly not so keen on sharing their pathways?

The best of Island property now found in two places

Alan Marriott Isle of wight 11.06.2011
A search page from the new CP Online property section, powered by Wight Agents.

WIGHT Agents, the Island’s own property portal, has a new look as well as a second home on the County Press’s website. In addition to having a slicker new site of its own, Wight Agents is now the property search employed on www.iwcp.co.uk, the Island’s premier news and information site.

Sudden interest rate rise will hit recovery UK property market, it is claimed

If the UK economy improves later this year the Bank of England could be forced to make a series of sudden interest rate raises that could unbalance the property market, experts warned.

Risky strategy: turning to short-term lenders to secure your dream holiday home is not always the best idea Photo: kevin wheal spain / Alamy

Bridging loans can help you snap up a bargain holiday home, but it's important to be aware of the risks. With house prices abroad falling by as much as 70 per cent, more UK buyers are tempted by bargain holiday home investments, turning to short-term lenders to seal a quick deal.

Sudden interest rate rise will hit recovery UK property market, it is claimed

If the UK economy improves later this year the Bank of England could be forced to make a series of sudden interest rate raises that could unbalance the property market, experts warned.

Green property: Reducing water usage

The Telegraph 10.06.2011
The Ecocamel shower claims to use less water, without reducing power  Photo: ANDREW CROWLEY

Our cracked and forlorn garden looks more like it does at the end of August than it should in early June. I’ve long since waved a sad farewell to the desiccated borlotti beans as the driest spring on record gives way to what promises to be a pretty parched summer.


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