Buy to let market running out of steam
The CML has today revealed that the UK buy to let market has rebounded strongly from post-credit crunch levels although it would appear to be running out of steam. The number of buy-to-let mortgages agreed increased by 13% in the second quarter of 2010 with around 25,000 confirmed. While these figures are welcomed by investors in the buy to let market they are just around 25% of the business levels seen prior to the credit crunch and the worldwide economic downturn.
There is no doubt that the buy to let market is "over the worst", at least in the short-term, but with many experts predicting difficult times for the UK economy and a difficult period for the property market it will do well to maintain current growth levels. Indeed even the CML believes that there are signs that the sector is easing back although how far it will fall remains to be seen. It is also worth noting that a large number of buy to let investors of years gone by have now left the market, many having been forced to sell on their properties at knockdown prices. The buy to let sector enjoyed something of an Indian summer for much of the first decade of the 2000s although whether these "good times" will return again remains to be seen.
Annual house price growth hits 10.5%
A report by the Nationwide today shows that UK house prices increased by 10.5% in the 12 months to the end of April. The average price of a home in the UK is now £167,802 with a 1% increase in prices during April helping to boost the overall figure. While the increase of 10.5% is welcome and fairly impressive it does come against a backdrop of one of the weaker months from April 2009. The Nati...Read More
Bovis concerned about UK housing market
Bovis, one of the UK's leading house builders, has today gone public with a number of concerns regarding the short to medium term future of the UK property market. While the company reported a return to profitability, with £3.5 million surplus for the first six months of 2010, and an increase in both house prices and housing sales, there was much mention of the government's spending cuts and tax...Read More
More Brits buying abroad
More than a quarter of a million Brits currently own a property abroad, and one-third of the population would like to buy a home overseas, new research by Natwest claims. A third of both current and potential overseas homeowners told Natwest that they thought that owning a holiday home would make holidays more affordable, while a quarter felt it would take a lot of the stress out of arranging a br...Read More
Construction Sector Woes Hit A Wider Market
The fall in activity in the construction sector has been more marked over the last few weeks with more and more firms hitting serious cash flow problems and being pushed into administration and receivership. While you might expect these problems to stay within the construction sector there are signs that they are spreading to other areas of the economy.
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House sales could increase to highest level in 14 years
The outlook for UK house sales has been described as the strongest since 1999, after data from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) was released. This comes after the majority of those surveyed reported increased house prices, as well as an increase in enquiries from potential buyers. However the best news comes from the predicted sales figures for the next quarter. 45pc of respond...Read More