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UK Property Prices Increase Again

UK Property Prices Increase Again

UK Residential Property Prices
Return To Good Health

UK residential property prices increased again in June 2013, marking the return to good health of the property market.

Property price rises are at their fastest rate in over two-and-a-half years as mortgages became more available and less expensive, adding to fears of another property market bubble as overall housing supply remains low.

The latest monthly residential property price index from UK mortgage lender, Nationwide, shows that UK property prices were up 0.3% in June 2013, while the annual increase of 1.9% was the sharpest residential property price increase since September 2010, but those gains were below the 0.4% monthly rise and 2.1% year-on-year price increases forecast by many economists.

In May 2013, residential property prices rose an unrevised 0.4% on the month and 1.1% on the year overall, signalling the recovery of the UK property market.

The number of mortgages approved by UK banks also increased by a quarter in the twelve months to May 2013. However, over the same period, the value of outstanding mortgage loans secured on property dropped by 0.2%.

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Advertising Property For Sale

Advertising Property For Sale

Once you have made the decision to put your property for sale on the open market you will need to decide on your marketing strategy. There are various options available in the UK for sellers to consider; do you want to go it alone with a private sale, stick with convention and instruct a local high street estate agent or opt for the middle ground with an internet based agent?

Each option has its pros and cons but no matter which you choose you will need to get the property for sale seen by potential buyers!

For sale boards are a great strategy. Many people consider them old fashioned but they really are a cost effective, simple and efficient way of generating interest in your property. For sale boards will work more successfully for some properties than for others based on two main factors.

Firstly the area, is there good footfall or a high level of passing traffic?
The board needs to be seen in order to work!

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Residential Property Prices Continue To Rise

Residential Property Prices Continue To Rise

Residential Property Prices Up For Fourth Consecutive month

UK residential property prices increased for the fourth consecutive month in May 2013, according to the latest Halifax House Price Index (HPI).

Data from the latest Halifax House Price Index has shown that UK residential property prices rose by 0.4% in May 2013.

This means that the value of UK residential properties have now risen for four consecutive months, with prices in the three months to May 2013 coming in at 1.5% higher than in the preceding three-month period.

UK residential property prices have been rising modestly on this quarter-on-quarter measure since December 2012, with price increases between 1-2% in each of the past five months, while an increase in residential property sales has also been observed in the property market.

The Halifax House Price Index report as a whole indicated that UK residential property market conditions are better now than they were in 2012, with the ratio of residential property sales against the stock of unsold properties improving and demand for UK residential property purchases gradually gaining momentum.

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Post Office Offering Lowest Ever Fixed Rate Mortgage Deal

Post Office Offering Lowest Ever Fixed Rate Mortgage Deal

Post Office Top Mortgage Charts

The Post Office has cut the rates on a variety of its mortgage products and are now offering their lowest ever fixed rate mortgage deals, taking some of their mortgage products to the top of the best-buy mortgages tables.

The Post Office says it will now be offering their best ever mortgage range, slashing rates among its mortgage products.

Three of its fixed rate mortgage products are now the best mortgage deals available in the UK mortgage market.

Topping the list are the 2 year fixed rate mortgage deals that have no arrangement fee.

The market-leading products are:

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Confusion Remains Over Displaying EPC's

Confusion Remains Over Displaying EPC’s

As of the 9th January 2013 the laws regarding Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) changed, however some landlords have stated that the regulation changes are still causing some confusion.

An EPC is a certificate stating how environmentally friendly a property is. By law an EPC must have been commissioned on all properties prior to marketing for sale or to let, and must be obtained within 7 days of the property first being marketed.

If an EPC is not obtained within 7 days, a further 21 days are allowed providing it can be proven that all reasonable efforts were taken to obtain the EPC beforehand. It is the responsibility of the seller or landlord of the property to obtain the EPC not the Estate Agents.

Although changes have been made there are certain similarities between the new laws surrounding EPC’s and the previous regulations.

For example, EPC’s are still required for all properties with the amendment that listed buildings are now exempt. An EPC must still be displayed on all documents however; the requirement to put the front page of the EPC into advertisements and property particulars has now been replaced with a requirement to insert the asset rating instead.

A summary of changes that have been made due to the new legislation are as follows:

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UK Is A Buyers Market As Property Values Increase

UK Is A Buyers Market As Property Values Increase

UK property investors have known that the day would come when the rest of the country’s population would cotton on to the fact that there is money to be made from property.

With newspapers and television media reporting that UK property values are experiencing the strongest annual growth for nearly two years, there is little doubt that the UK public will be able to ignore the facts for very long.

The media reports are based on data from the UK Land Registry, showing the average cost of residential property in England and Wales increased by as much as 1.1% to £162,561 in September 2012, the biggest year-on-year rise since November 2010

The majority of the public have been made aware of the upward trend in house values and now believe that the UK housing market will favour buyers rather than sellers, over the next year.

The thoughts of the general UK public are also backed by new research from the Halifax, however, only 9% of people feel truly positive about buying and selling property in the near future, suggesting the UK market may still remain quiet for some time yet.

56% of respondents think it will be a good time to buy property within the next year, and just 11% believe it is the right time to put one on the market.

Halifax said that the UK was gradually becoming more optimistic about property price rises, although most people still believe any price variation within 2013 will be relatively small, with two thirds expecting fluctuations of around 5%.

The national average property valuation has begun climbing gradually again since May 2012, after a year-on-year price drop was recorded in every month between January 2011 and April 2012

62% of people believe one of the biggest challenges remains finding the money for a deposit on property, and 30% said mortgage availability would still be a challenging obstacle.

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Property Buyers Who Beat Stamp Duty Deadline Are Laughing All The Way To The Bank

Property Buyers Who Beat Stamp Duty Deadline Are Laughing All The Way To The Bank

Her Majesties Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have reported that there were 466,000 home sales in the first six months of 2012.

The data released by HMRC shows that there were 10% more residential property sales, in the first 3 months of the year, than in the same period of 2011 when there were 425,000 residential property sales, and 2% higher than in the second half of 2011 when there were 458,000 residential property sales.

The increase in residential property sales had been widely attributed to the end of the stamp duty holiday in March 2012, and now the HMRC data has confirmed it.

Until the end of March this year, first-time buyers purchasing property under £250,000 were not required pay the stamp duty tax.

The residential property sales figures support the HMRC data, with sales dipping 11% between the first and second quarter of the year.

Many property pundits had predicted a flurry of activity from first-time buyers before the end of the stamp duty holiday in March, but the increase in the amount of First Time Buyers taking positive action and purchasing property was greater than many expected.

The notable increase in prospective first-time buyers in the first three months of this year, eased drastically following the closing date for the stamp duty holiday and now residential property sales interest from first time buyers has waned compared to 10 years ago due to the lack of affordable mortgage finance available to them and the large amount of money needed to be able to put down a deposit on residential property, often up to 50% of the property’s purchase price.

First Time Buyers, who have finance in place, are like property investors, they want to put their money in and invest in property regardless of stamp duty or any other form of tax.

It’s almost as if they know that there is money to be made from property

With only 2 weeks to go, the UK coalition Government have finally produced guidance on the changes to Energy Performance Certificates, (EPC’s) for residential properties, complete with a contradictory anomaly.

The UK Government’s department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) are now under pressure to clear this up and have indicated that they may release further guidance in certain areas.

Currently, letting and estate agents have 7 days from the commencement of marketing a property for an EPC to be obtained, followed by 21-day period of grace should it have proved impossible to obtain one.

However, the guidance then contradicts itself, by then saying that the EPC must be made available to prospective buyers and tenants when they request information, or when a viewing takes place.

The guidance underlines that the EPC must not be provided later than either of those two events.

By definition, it means that all letting and estate agents might not be able to conduct viewings on the first day of marketing – or even within the first week, or at a push, the first 28 days, whilst awaiting an EPC, if the CLG department stick to the new rule.

Nick Salmon said that the requirement to produce an EPC on a viewing sets every alarm bell ringing: “Does it means that if I take a property on the market and the EPC is ordered, that I cannot do viewings on the property unless the EPC is actually at hand? Have they just killed off first-day marketing again.”

The requirement to have an EPC ready for viewings is repeated on both pages 3 and 4 of the guidance.

On page 4, it says:

Q. When should the EPC be made available under the new regulations?


A. The EPC should be made available as early as possible and in particular, when a prospective buyer or tenant requests information in writing or views the property in question. In addition, the seller or landlord must ensure that an EPC has been given to the person who ultimately becomes the buyer or tenant.

Salmon said: “We need an urgent answer to this. Unless CLG make it clear that viewings can be made while the EPC is ordered but awaited, we are back in the dark days of their mega-stupidity with HIPs.”

The guidance, which cites an industry survey which found that 36% of estate agents believed EPCs were only needed at the point of sale as one of the reasons for introducing the changes, answers a number of outstanding issues, although it does suggest that agents needing further clarification take their own legal advice.

It makes it clear that the ultimate responsibility to make an EPC available to potential buyers and tenants rests with sellers and landlords. However, under a new duty, an agent must be satisfied that an EPC has been commissioned before marketing can start. Trading Standards officers can ask for evidence of this.

The seller, landlord or their agent must use all reasonable efforts to obtain the EPC within seven days of the start of marketing. A further 21 days is allowed if necessary. “The effect of this is to provide an absolute duty to obtain an EPC within 28 days of the property going on the market,” says the guidance.

If the property remains on the market after 28 days without an EPC, Trading Standards officers may serve a £200 (GBP) penalty notice ‘even if there is a legitimate reason for the delay’.

The guidance also defines ‘written particulars’ and what the ‘giving’ of written particulars is.

“The giving of written particulars includes making them available electronically, such as in an email or as information on a website.” In other words, agents will have to retrieve the EPC from the central Register and attach it to online written particulars.

However, newspaper adverts and estate agents’ window cards appear to be let off the hook. This also needs further clarification as the guidance actually specifies ‘lets’.

Q. Do newspaper adverts or window cards for property lets meet the definition of written particulars?

A. No. The requirement to attach a copy of the front page of the EPC to written particulars is where an agent provides written particulars to a person (i.e. a specific individual) who may be interested in buying or renting the building.

This implies that a copy of the front page of the EPC does not need to be attached to advertising material, i.e. a newspaper or window card.

The guidance also clarifies what attached means: The first page of the EPC can be incorporated into the property details, or attached.

In an apparent swipe at NFoPP and RICS, who both wanted redactions, CLG has stuck to its guns about not allowing addresses to be redacted from residential EPCs, although redactions are allowed from commercial EPCs.

It says addresses cannot be removed from domestic EPCs, “Following discussions with property agents’ representatives it was agreed there was no requirement to extend this service to domestic sales and rentals.”

One issue which is not specifically addressed in the Q & A concerns lists of available rental properties which are sent or emailed to applicants.

However, as the guidance suggests that properties listed would meet the criteria of ‘written particulars’, a list could hypothetically list 15 rental properties on an A4 sheet of paper, and then have individual EPCs attached.

The changes kick in on April 6th 2012. Any letting or estate agent who has not seen the Q & A guidance can email EPC.Enquiry@communities.gsi.gov.uk

Source: Estate Agent Today

The Financial Services Authority (FSA), are urging people seeking mortgage advice to ensure they obtain the correct type of mortgage product for their residential property purchase.

The FSA have said that Buy to Let Mortgage applications are rising, but a growing number of applications are fraudulent.

Would be homeowners and borrowers who, for whatever reason are unable to meet the strict lending criteria now demanded for a UK residential mortgage, are attempting to fraudulently use Buy To Let (BTL) mortgages as a means to purchase property, despite having no intention of being a landlord or ever renting the property out to tenants.

Buy to let mortgages are not regulated in the same way as residential mortgages and the borrowing criteria are more relaxed.

This means that buyers who fail to meet the income and credit check requirements of a residential mortgage can still get approval for a similar sized buy to let mortgage.

The FSA believe that intermediaries and financial advisors are involved in the fraudulent applications.

When asked about the rising levels of deception an FSA spokesman commented: “We are seeing anecdotal evidence of unregulated buy-to-let mortgages being used fraudulently as a replacement for regulated residential mortgage contracts, as borrowers and intermediaries seek to circumvent more stringent income and affordability checks.”

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