House prices rally to hit their highest ever levels – but how long will the recovery last?

Average house price surges to all-time high as Halifax confirms post-lockdown property rally – but how long can the mini-boom last? House prices recovered following lockdown to hit the highest levels on record   Price of the average UK home now £241,604, 3.8 per cent higher than last year  Experts warn recovery may be short lived … Read more House prices rally to hit their highest ever levels – but how long will the recovery last?

Bereaved families being denied mortgage holidays

Bereaved families and struggling homeowners being denied mortgage holidays By Money Mail Reporter For The Daily Mail Published: 22:01 BST, 4 August 2020 | Updated: 23:15 BST, 4 August 2020 Struggling homeowners are being refused more time off mortgage payments, despite the banks being under orders to support customers through the pandemic. Banking trade body … Read more Bereaved families being denied mortgage holidays

Purple Bricks looks to abandon cheap fixed fees and start charging fees

Purple Bricks looks to abandon cheap fixed fees and start charging estate agency fees from autumn Online estate agent Purple Bricks could change its flat fee pricing structure The agent announced plans for a pilot to test a ‘hybrid system’ in the autumn Planned pilot was set to launch in Spring but was delayed by … Read more Purple Bricks looks to abandon cheap fixed fees and start charging fees

Government extends the Help to Buy build deadline beyond December

Aspiring homeowners thrown a lifeline as Government extends the Help to Buy build deadline beyond December New builds will now have to be finished by February to be eligible for the scheme This pushes the deadline back by two months, giving house builders more time The move comes as coronavirus hampers construction delivery times By … Read more Government extends the Help to Buy build deadline beyond December

First-time buyers face rising mortgage costs as HSBC and TSB up high LTV rates

First-time buyers face rising mortgage rates as lenders hike rates on high loan-to-value loans HSBC, TSB and Skipton BS upped rates on high LTV mortgages last week  Those worst affected will be first-time buyers, who typically borrow 90% of value By Sarah Bridge for The Mail on Sunday Published: 22:30 BST, 1 August 2020 | … Read more First-time buyers face rising mortgage costs as HSBC and TSB up high LTV rates

Move fast for a bargain as house prices see a surprise surge

Coronavirus has turned everything into extremes – and Britain’s property market is no exception. Just a short while ago in lockdown, thousands of sales were on hold and doom-laden forecasts of a house price crash were everywhere. But fast-forward two months, and it’s a very different story. Pent-up demand, combined with Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s stamp … Read more Move fast for a bargain as house prices see a surprise surge

First-time buyers face rising mortgage rates

First-time buyers face rising mortgage rates as lenders hike rates on high loan-to-value loans Some lenders increased their rates on high loan-to-value mortgages last week  Those worst affected will be first-time buyers, who typically borrow 90% of value By Sarah Bridge for The Mail on Sunday Published: 22:30 BST, 1 August 2020 | Updated: 22:53 … Read more First-time buyers face rising mortgage rates

Can you really hunt for your dream home under Covid rules?

Stepping out into the brave new world of house hunting is daunting in the wake of the coronavirus crisis – but the temporary cut to stamp duty could certainly make it worthwhile. Toby Walne finds out what it is like going in search of that dream home. The ‘stop’ sign in the doorway of estate agent … Read more Can you really hunt for your dream home under Covid rules?

Number of low deposit deals continues to fall despite Nationwide re-entering the market

Is the mortgage crunch really over? Experts warn deals for borrowers with small deposits are likely to remain limited for some time Number of deals for 10 per cent deposit borrowers continued to fall this month This is despite lenders like Nationwide and Coventry BS reintroducing products Experts predict deal numbers will continue to ‘ebb … Read more Number of low deposit deals continues to fall despite Nationwide re-entering the market

House prices up £4,500 but Nationwide warns of a ‘false dawn’

House prices jumped £4,500 in July as lockdown buyers hit the market but Nationwide warns of a ‘false dawn’ House prices bounced back in July, reports Britain’s biggest building society Nationwide said level of activity in the property market is better than expected But it warns ‘there is a risk this proves to be something … Read more House prices up £4,500 but Nationwide warns of a ‘false dawn’