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Lenders Finally Crack Down on 'Accidental' Landlords

Written by Sam Jones on Monday, 04 November 2013 16:21.

Thousands who let their property without telling their mortgage company face 'serious risk'.
Mortgage lenders are launching a tough new crackdown on thousands of so-called 'accidental landlords' who let out their own homes without notifying their bank.

House Price Inflation Could Reach 8% in 2014

Written by Sam Jones on Sunday, 03 November 2013 11:37.

A senior economist has warned about the dangers of a house price bubble, following figures that show prices are surging with forecasts that house price inflation could reach 8% in 2014.

Half of Central London Property Buyers From Abroad

Written by Sam Jones on Saturday, 02 November 2013 13:53.

Half of buyers of central London property costing more than £1m were foreign, according to research by Knight Frank, the property group.

Pensions Uncertainty Could Lead Retirees to Mortgage Market

Written by Sam Jones on Monday, 14 October 2013 22:22.

We remain concerned over reports of yet more tinkering with the pensions tax system leaving retirement income more uncertain than ever. With annuity rates at super-low levels and the Government reducing tax relief slowly over time it is a tough time for pensioners.

Foreign Buyers Account for 50% of Top London Home Purchases

Written by Sam Jones on Saturday, 12 October 2013 14:41.

Half of buyers of central London property costing more than £1m were foreign, according to research by Knight Frank, the property group.

Bank of England Must Limit House Price Booms, says RICS

Written by Sam Jones on Sunday, 06 October 2013 14:59.

The Bank of England should use its powers to limit house price increases to 5% a year to 'take the froth out' of price booms, a surveyors' group says.

Stage 2 Help To Buy Launches This Week

Written by Sam Jones on Saturday, 05 October 2013 00:01.

We can report this month that there seems a significant degree of activity in the mortgage and finance market as the political party conferences get well under way.

Banks Get Moving With Government Lending Schemes

Written by Sam Jones on Saturday, 07 September 2013 17:03.

We are pleased to reveal the Government’s flagship scheme to boost lending has finally started to have a major impact with net lending to homeowners and businesses in the second quarter of 2013 growing by £1.6bn.

99% of London Homes Liable for Stamp Duty Within 5 Years

Written by Sam Jones on Monday, 26 August 2013 12:45.

The TaxPayers' Alliance, which is campaigning for reform to the hated duty, said four out of every five homes sold in 2012/13 in England and Wales will be subject to the stamp duty land tax within five years.

North West Outstrips Central London For Rental Returns

Written by Sam Jones on Sunday, 25 August 2013 00:51.

Landlords from the North West are enjoying the highest rental returns in England at 6%, figures from the Association of Residential Letting Agents show.