5 top tips to help baby-proof your home

Barratt Homes Manchester is offering homeowners five top tips for moving with a baby and making your new home safe for young families Michaela Lancaster, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Manchester, said: “With the popularity of Help to Buy, more and more newly-weds and young families are finding it easier to get onto the property ladder. In support of these younger homeowners we’ve decided to put together our five top tips to help homebuyers protect their babies from the most common causes of…

Happy Birthday Fleet | Property Reporter

Buy-to-let and specialist lender, Fleet Mortgages is celebrating its 4th birthday this week having launched on the 17th of September 2014. During that period, the lender has grown significantly in terms of lending activity, loan portfolio and the employee headcount of the business. At the time of writing, Fleet Mortgages has a loan portfolio of £1.2 billion, and after eight months of 2018 has already surpassed 2017’s origination volume for the entire year, plus it still has no accounts in arrears. The business…

Mansfield BS announce new Retirement Interest Only products

The Mansfield has announced that it has launched its Retirement Interest Only proposition with two new products that aim to enable borrowers to take additional drawings up to a maximum of 40% LTV. To ensure that borrowers receive appropriate advice, access to The Mansfield’s RIO mortgages is exclusively available through qualified advisers holding the CeReR or CertER qualification. Both products are available to borrowers over 55 years of age, and include 2.83% variable pay rate, £199 application fee, £800 completion fee and no…

Rental growth in the capital driven by tech hubs

According to newly released data from Residently, the rise of tech hubs in the capital are driving rental growth across the city. Online rental brand, Residently has reported strong growth across the city’s tech centres. Shoreditch and burgeoning hotspots King’s Cross, Hammersmith & White City, Soho and Battersea to name but a few. Soho in particular, has seen substantial growth over the past year, with rents of one and two-bedroom apartments increasing by 26%, compared to tech stalwart Shoreditch, which experienced growth of 1.7%…

How far does London rent money go in the rest of the country?

For the first time in 7 years, house prices are coming down. Despite this, first-time-buyers are still struggling to get a foot on the property ladder and renting remains the only financially viable option for many looking to get their own place. Renting in London remains the most expensive in the country, with the average renting cost being an eye-watering £666 a week (£2,885 a month) for a whole property. GoCompare have researched properties across the UK and released a 3D 360° tool revealing…

Is it logic or love when buying a home?

With one in two UK homeowners viewing their property just once before making an offer, home builder Countryside has teamed up with relationship expert, John Donlon, to uncover just what makes us lead with our hearts when it comes to buying a new home. According to a recent survey by Countryside, it took just one visit for 53% of homeowners before purchasing their home, describing the experience as ‘love at first sight’. An additional 25% stated that only a second visit was needed before…

House prices continue to tumble as stock levels stack up

The latest data and analysis from Home.co.uk covering asking prices in September has found that the average price of a home in the UK fell further this month as the slowdown appears to be tightening its grip. According to Home’s figures, price falls across most English regions have dragged the average for England and Wales down a further 0.3%, and both mean and median marketing times are longer than a year ago. The scale and scope of the downturn are both increasing, in line…

House prices would crash back to 2004 levels if Carney’s prediction came true

New research from online estate agents, Housesimple.com, has revealed that in the event of a ‘No-Deal Brexit’ average UK house prices could fall back to levels not seen since 2004. Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, has warned ministers that, should no deal be reached on our exit from the EU, house prices could slump 35% over the next three years. According to the latest Land Registry figures, the average UK house price in June 2018 was £228,384. If prices fell by as…

Network Auctions announce multi-county sales success

Network Auctions’ 12th September London ballroom sale has proven a hit with regional and capital buyers selling lots in 19 different counties from Merseyside to County Durham, West Midlands to London and West Glamorgan to Devon. Toby Limbrick, director said, “We’re delighted with our results which proves our belief in Local Expertise – National Coverage. This sale saw plenty of locals competing against London investors and that’s the right way to achieve the best price.” Key highlights from the sale included a two-bedroom…

Barclays announce cuts to BTL fees

Barclays has announced today that they have reduced rates across across their residential and buy-to-let ranges. The lender confirmed that it has also cut all £1,950 buy-to-let fees to £1,795 as well as removing the ERCs on the majority its fee based tracker products. According to Barclays, new 95% LTV rates now include a two-year fixed rate at 3.06% with a £999 product fee or 3.20% fee-free. Five-year fixed rate Help to Buy products have seen reductions of up to 13bps and…