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First Scottish Tax in 300 Years Seen Cooling Housing
(23/10 08:41 - Bloomberg)
Buyers and sellers of homes in Scotland are rushing to close deals before the first new tax in 300 years imposed by a government in Edinburgh takes force in April. The regional parliament approved...
Tesco Bank lifts profit in first half as lending grows
(23/10 07:54 - Reuters UK)
LONDON (Reuters) - Tesco Bank said its trading profit increased by 15.9 percent to 102 million pounds in the six months to the end of August, driven by a strong increase in lending. The bank,...
Foxtons issues profit warning on cooling London house prices
(23/10 07:49 - City A.M.)
What a difference a year makes. Just over a year after its massively oversubscribed IPO, Foxtons has issued a profit warning, saying "constrained" growth in London's housing market is likely to hit volumes in its second half. The upmarket estate...
Should we buy our first home or carry on renting?
(23/10 07:43 - Guardian.co.uk)
Buying a house in Manchester is becoming increasingly expensive. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/ Q My girlfriend and I are debating buying our first home in Manchester, but are unsure when to take the plunge. At the moment we are renting a flat for...
EU’s Top Banker Warns of Rule Fixation ‘Going Beyond Reason’
(23/10 07:36 - Bloomberg)
Christian Clausen , president of the European Banking Federation, said regulators need to rethink an approach he warned will bury the industry under a mountain of rules with little coherence. ...
London Home Price Surge Outdoes Bank of Mom and Dad
(23/10 06:36 - Bloomberg)
Even the Bank of Mom and Dad can’t keep pace with London ’s spiraling property market. The average cost of a home in the city has climbed to more than 500,000 pounds ($804,000), forcing first-time...
Nationwide launches lowest ever fixed rate
(23/10 04:25 - Introducer Today)
Nationwide is offering the lowest fixed-rate mortgage in its history from today. The two-year fixed rate is available up to 60% LTV and charges 1.84% for new mortgage customers, or just 1.74% for...
Policy makers are set to delay first rate hike
(23/10 01:50 - City A.M.)
, 1:41am A COOLING housing market, low inflation, and a troubled Eurozone made for more dovish tones at this months meeting of the monetary policy committee. The meeting was held on the 7 and 8 October but the minutes were made available...
London’s prime housing market hits the brakes
(23/10 01:35 - City A.M.)
PRIME London house prices will stay flat until the end of year, estate agent Marsh & Parsons (M&P) said today. Prices grew by just 0.5 per cent over the past six months. The buyers-to-property ratio has halved since the start of the year and now...
Prime London plateaus
(23/10 01:07 - Mortgage Introducer)
Ryan Bembridge , 23 October, 2014 The ratio of buyers per property has dropped to 12 while supply has increased by 13% in three months. Prime London property values have risen...
LMS: Remortgage lending up 19pc
(23/10 01:07 - Mortgage Introducer)
Ryan Bembridge , 23 October, 2014 Comparatively remortgage lending totalled ?3.7bn in August according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders. The number of loans increased by 16%...
Is it time for major reform to how we tax property?
(23/10 01:01 - Money Marketing Online)
| By Scotland’s revolution in stamp duty has sparked debate about the archaic property taxation system in the UK and whether it needs wholesale change. Experts say there are a number of areas ripe for reform beyond stamp duty, such as raising more...
Price Gains for Costliest London Homes Slowest in 3 Years
(23/10 00:24 - Bloomberg)
Prices of London ’s most expensive homes gained at the slowest pace in more than three years in the third quarter as the market took a “necessary pit-stop,” according to Marsh & Parsons Ltd. ...
Housebuilding at strongest levels since 2007, despite skills shortage
(23/10 00:09 - Guardian.co.uk)
Housebuilding has been described as broad-based, with strong pockets of growth in the north-east and other areas. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian Housebuilding activity is at its strongest levels since 2007 as the recovery broadens out...
New home registrations at 2007 level
(23/10 00:05 - BBC)
Home-builders are reporting increased confidence in the housing market Builders are preparing to construct new UK homes at a rate not seen since the before the financial crisis, new figures...
How shared ownership can help get Londoners on the housing ladder
(22/10 23:07 - City A.M.)
The Scottish Parliament has set out plans to levy its first tax since 1707. In an effort to support first time buyers, it proposed reforming stamp duty into a marginal – rather than a “slab” – tax, meaning that house sales in Scotland will no longer...
TSB confirms first broker pilot through London & Country
(22/10 19:41 - Mortgage Solutions)
TSB is planning to launch a pilot with Bath-based broker firm London & Country (L&C) in December before it broadens distribution out to the wider intermediary market in January. David Hollingworth, associate director of communications at L&C said the...
Bank of England committee signals no rise soon for interest rates
(22/10 18:42 - Guardian.co.uk)
The majority of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee felt the risks associated with a rate rise were too great amid signs the UK recovery was losing momentum. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Bank of England policymakers have signalled that...
Nationwide offers its lowest-ever fixed rate mortgage
(22/10 18:37 - Mortgage Finance Gazette)
Nationwide is offering the lowest fixed rate mortgage in its history. The new two-year fixed rate deal, available up to 60 per cent loan-to-value, has a rate of 1.84 per cent for new mortgage customers, and 1.74 per cent for existing mortgage customers....
Inflation Short of Goal Means Fed Can Keep Rates Low: Economy
(22/10 17:57 - Bloomberg)
The cost of living in the U.S. barely rose in September, restrained by decelerating prices for a broad array of goods and services that signal the Federal Reserve can keep interest rates low well...

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