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Owning Property Is Better For Financial Security

Owning Property Is Better For Financial Security

Mortgage Payments Vs Savings: Property Provides Better Returns Over Traditional Saving Methods

There was a report in the Daily Express last week that said property owners have saved more than others with traditional savings accounts and ISA’s.

The report reckoned that the Bank of England’s record low interest rate has saved property owners almost £20,000 (GBP) over the last six years in inflated mortgage payments. However traditional savers have lost out by almost the same amount, prompting calls for more help for savers and warnings that borrowing could create a new debt crisis.

Bank of England statistics reveal that the record low interest rate of 0.5%, reached 5 years ago today, has been a mixed blessing for the UK.

Interest rates started to tumble back in 2008 and by March 2009 the Bank of England’s base rate had reached 0.5%, promoting cheaper borrowing.

Property owners with a £100,000 Standard Variable Rate (SVR) mortgage could have saved almost £20,000 (GBP), because mortgage payments were around £3,300 (GBP) a year lower than they were in early 2008 before the financial crash ended the previous property boom.

Savers with £100,000 (GBP) in cash ISAs lost around £18,500 (GBP) over the same period.

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Published UK Property Data For 2014 Suggests A Record Start To The Year

Published UK Property Data For 2014 Suggests A Record Start To The Year

Published UK Property Data For 2014 Suggests
A Record Start To The Year 

Confirmation that the UK’s residential property market has returned to health is the first data from Rightmove covering 2014 which suggests that the year ahead looks good for property!

The Rightmove House Price Index (HPI) of 2014 shows that property asking prices increased by 1% in January.

Property prices are traditionally subdued in the first month of the year, prices increased just 0.2% in January 2013 and have usually fallen by an average of 0.2% in the month of January over the last decade.

The number of properties coming to market and activity is also up as both estate agents and property vendors look to cash in on the increased confidence in the UK property market.

Year on year property asking prices are up 6.3%, the highest annual rate of increase since November 2007, before the onset of the UK’s credit crunch. 

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UK Property Prices Up £7,000 In Four WeeksUK Property Prices Hit 2008 Peak Values

UK property prices have jumped up £7,000 (GBP) in a month as UK property market activity picks up.

The huge increase in property values over the last four weeks is confirmation that the UK is enjoying another property boom.

The £1,750 weekly uplift puts the price of a typical residential three-bedroom semi detached property at £252,418 (GBP), according to popular property portal, Rightmove.

The biggest increase in property prices was recorded in London where new vendors have added an extra £50,484 (GBP) to average residential property asking prices this month, however property prices in the nation’s capital are over inflated compared to the rest of the UK.

The rise in UK property prices is being driven by first-time buyers and second step buyers following the introduction of the Government’s Help-To-Buy mortgage scheme.

Fears of a housing bubble have also been eased as the number of new property vendors entering the property market has also increased by 8%, however property shortages have driven up property prices in some UK regions.

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Property Portfolio Building With Experts

Property Portfolio Building With Experts

Are you a new or seasoned property investor looking to expand your property portfolio?

Property investment across the world has changed over the last five years, gone are the days of same day purchase and re-mortgage, property investors can’t find No Money Down (NMD) deals and mortgage availability has been better.

Since 2007 /8 when the effects of the economic crisis were first being felt, property investors across the UK became fearful over the subject of finance!

Many property investors have been forced to face the dramatic changes in available property finance since the property crash, when decisions used to be based on providing ultra minimal information and excessive lending to the masses was the norm. In fact, confidence in property was so high that lots of mortgage lenders failed to carry out proper checks into affordability and individual earnings.

The arrival of the financial crisis in 2008 saw banks and Governments realise the extent of the problems caused by irresponsible lending and the result was a global economic meltdown and the introduction of strict lending criteria to such an extent that even the most experienced investors were unable to obtain finance .

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UK Residential Property Prices Continue To Increase

UK Residential Property Prices Continue To Increase

UK Residential Property Prices Up For Seventh Month In A Row

Residential property prices in the UK have continued to increase for a seventh straight month in August, according to the latest house price index released by mortgage lender Halifax.

The growth in property prices suggest that the government initiative designed to kick start the property market is indeed working, to support the demand from willing first-time and next time residential property buyers, although there are fears that the UK could see another property bubble emerging, because property prices are rising so quickly.

Halifax said that residential property prices increased by 0.4% from July 2013 and were 5.4% higher than 2012, providing the UK residential property market with the biggest annual price increase since June 2010.

In July, residential property prices increased 0.9% from June 2013, and were up 4.6% from July 2012.

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Discoveries That Change Property Investors Lives

Discoveries That Change Property Investors Lives

I was fortunate to attend the PIN National Conference at the weekend and I found the attitude of new property investors is far hungrier than my own property ambitions were when I first started out.

These days property investors are becoming far more creative than they were a few years ago and new ideas and investment strategies are emerging almost daily that enable investors to control and profit from property using other people’s money, other peoples mortgages and even ways to profit without actually owning property.

I started my property investment journey in 2005 when I bought my first property at a price that was significantly well below the true market value (BMV) and used that to leverage my position and raised enough finance to enable the purchase of a few more investment properties.

I entered the property investment arena reluctantly on the advice of my wife and I wish I had listened to her a few years earlier as I would have not dragged my feet and we would have bought significantly more investment properties before the peak of the UK property market was reached in 2007, followed by the property crash in 2008 as the financial reasoning of many western nations was rocked by the collapse of the US real estate market and the aftermath affected property markets around the world.

My wife had realised far quicker than I had that there was profit to be made in property and she set about educating me on the benefits. It was one of those discoveries that changed my life and I remain eternally grateful to Rachel for opening my eyes to the possibilities that property investment can bring.

The property crash forced property investors to examine the strategies that had previously enabled them to profit from property and the contraction of financial availability meant that investors had to become even more creative in order to obtain investment properties. Among the new strategies was the emergence of Lease Options (LO) as a method to control property without owning it outright in the UK. The opportunities seized on by property investors already existed and was already being used by investors to control residential property in other countries. This investment method kept savvy investors ahead of the game and has now become widely adapted as a mainstream strategy.

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Boost For First Time Buyers As Banking Group Announces Lending Target For 2013

Lloyds Pledge To First Time Buyers

Lloyds Pledge To First Time Buyers

Lloyds Banking Group has committed to lend £6.5 Billion (GBP) to First-Time Buyers by the end of 2013 which is expected to help up to 60,000 new borrowers.

In July 2012, the Group committed £5 Billion (GBP) towards helping First Time Buyers (FTB’s) by the end of the year.

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