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Buyers Move Into Pole Position In Housing Market

At the start of 2010 there were high hopes for the UK property market with signs that the market was stabilising and looking to move ahead in the short to medium term. However, problems in the European economy, liquidity issues and concerns about the UK economy, in particular ahead of the budget, have had a massive impact upon sentiment. It now looks as though buyers are in the ascendancy although many remain on the sidelines under the impression that house prices will fall in the short-term.

Why Is The UK Property Sector So Important To The Economy?

Over the last few years it has become more and more apparent that the UK property market is effectively the tail that wags the dog of the UK economy. Every economic bailout, every fiscal policy and every government initiative aimed at the consumer market would appear to have the property sector in mind. The truth is that the vast majority of individual wealth in the UK is tied up in the UK property market and jitters in this investment arena can reverberate across the whole economy.

One Beach Hut For Sale At £300,000

The location is the Chesil Beach at West Bexington, Dorset which is home to potentially the U.K.'s most expensive beach hut. The property, which is a 524 ft.² single-storey three bed wooden shack looks, on the outside, like a large garden shed but could in fact become a pot of gold for the property's owner. Despite the fact that we are in the grips of an economic downturn in the UK it would appear that despite being on the market for £300,000, offers could eventually hit £325,000!

UK Property Market Is Showing Signs Of Weakness

A report by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has today cast doubt upon the recovery in the UK property market amid signs that demand is beginning to fall and an increase in the number of houses for sale could put pressure on prices. The survey for June found that on balance only +9% of surveyors questioned reported a rise in prices which was well down on expectations of +20. When you compare this to the figure of +21 for the month of May it is easy to see why concerns are growing.

UK Property Market Should Escape Double Dip Recession

The UK property market is forecast to increase by around 3.5% this year and 1.9% in 2011 despite the fact that many analysts appear to be concerned about the UK economy. As a consequence, it is highly likely that the UK property sector will avoid a double dip recession although there is possible scope for a further small downgrade of forecast growth next year.

Fivefold Increase In Property Millionaires Over Last Decade

Santander, the owner of Abbey and other UK banking brand names, has today issued a report suggesting there has been a fivefold increase in the number of property millionaires in the UK since 2000. Despite the fact that the credit crunch has impacted heavily towards the top end of the market, the bank estimates that there are around 132,000 "million pound" properties in the UK at this point in time.

Halifax Survey Confirms UK House Prices Fell By 0.6% In June

A survey by Halifax has today confirmed that UK house prices fell by 0.6% in the month of June although this does contrast with an earlier report by the Nationwide which showed that house prices increased by 0.1% over the same period. The truth of the matter is that these property surveys have never moved in tandem although ultimately they are very useful in formulating trends for the short to medium term. So what can we expect in the second half of 2010?

UK Pensioners Looking To Unlock Property Equity

Despite the fact that more and more people have been increasing their mortgage payments, to take account of low interest rates, over the last two years, there is concern that many pensioners in the UK have in fact been reducing their equity stakes to pay off debts. This is a worrying trend and one which the UK government is acutely aware of with concerns about the potential consequences in the longer term.

Scottish Government Injects £45 Million Into Low-cost Homes

The Scottish government has today announced plans to inject £45 million into a program which will construct up to 800 new low-cost homes across Scotland. The money is made up of a £31 million injection from the previous budget and £14 million which has been freed up by the Scottish government from its existing housing program. So will this make a difference?

Is Equity Release An Option For The Future?

As the UK mortgage sector continues to struggle many experts are predicting a significant increase in equity release plans for households struggling to cover their mortgage payments. While there is no doubt that equity release programs can prove very useful for many people there is some concern about the rates available and the terms on offer.

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