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BidX1 to launch first UK online auction

Online auction house BidX1 has launched its first UK online auction after its acquisition of auctioneer Andrews & Robertson as part of the ‘omni-channel’ strategy launch...

Crosslane secures planning permission on Coventry student development

Crosslane Student Developments has secured planning consent for a 266-bed, purpose-built student accommodation development in Coventry. The scheme, which is set to be completed in time for...

Strawberry Star secures GBP 260m Luton development mix-use scheme

Strawberry Star has announced that it has exchanged contracts on a major residential-led mixed use development scheme in Luton, Bedfordshire. Located close to Luton Airport, the £260...

Registration goes live for National Landlord Investment Show

Registration for the latest National Landlord Investment Show is now open. The event, being held at Olympia London on March 15 2018, is part of the...

Going once, going twice, sold! Loveitts kickstarts 2018 with successful auction

Loveitts’ first auction of the year attracted bumper crowds and a high success rate, helping the firm to kick off 2018 with a bang. Out of the...

Property professionals keen to expand portfolios in 2018 despite challenges

Research by bridging finance lender mtf has found that a third of UK property professionals are set to expand their portfolios in 2018, with an appetite...

Sales still nowhere near pre-crash levels, research finds

Property sales in the UK have still not recovered to anywhere close to their pre-2008 levels, a decade on from the start of the global financial...

Apartment rental brand opens 45-storey tower

Rental start-up UNCLE has announced the launch of its 45-storey rental building in Elephant and Castle, the latest in its expanding portfolio of rental properties across...

BTL lending margins squeezed as lenders competed in 2017

Lenders absorbed more costs to keep their rates competitive in the last quarter of 2017, according to the latest results of the Buy to Let Mortgage...

London prices drop as Midlands market continues to gain momentum

The London property market continues to struggle as the number of properties on the market increases while prices deflate, according to new research by Home.co.uk. The East...

Auctions power ahead while estate agent sales dwindle

The auction market continues to prosper while estate agent sales are still struggling, according to research conducted by Auction House. The auctioneer analysed the latest data from...

Uri Geller and Equinox Living offer buyers the chance to win brand new apartment

A new competition offering the chance to win a one-bedroom apartment in Bracknell has been launched by Uri Geller and Equinox Living. Geller – a self-proclaimed psychic,...

Auction roundup: February 2018

February has already seen strong auction activity across the board, with many lots snapped up and sold at whopping prices well over their guide price. Here,...

Where are the opportunities for UK property investors post-Brexit?

Following the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union on June 24 2016, investment in the London property market has seen a marked change.  Before the...

New-build luxury London homes could outlast existing properties on the market

New-build developments in the capital’s most popular areas could remain on the market for longer and be sold with higher discounts than existing homes, according to...

Ideal Home Show reveals its line-up of property stars

The Ideal Home Show 2018, held at Olympia London from 17 March to 2 April, has announced its line-up of property experts. The show, sponsored by Zoopla,...

London bounces back with UK rents on the rise

The average cost of renting a home in the UK is now rising for the first time in almost two years, according to Landbay. The Landbay Rental...

LendInvest completes new development deal for site in Southgate

Property finance lender LendInvest has completed a £16 million financing deal with finance borrower Yogo Group. The deal, which was completed in three weeks from initial introduction...

Ticket to success: Three London properties for a football ticket

When I moved to London in winter 1997, I was determined to make my fortune. I didn’t know it at the time, but property was going...

Large investment set to bring new homes to Sunderland

More than £7 million is being ploughed into a new housing estate in Sunderland, giving hope to eager first-time buyers looking to purchase through the government’s...

Average UK rents increased more slowly in 2017

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) has found that average UK rents increased at less than half the rate during 2017 than they did in 2016. As...

South East challenges London for BTL market share

The South East nearly caught London for buy-to-let purchase market share during 2017. That's according to new annual data from Commercial Trust Limited. Last year saw a 3.4% growth...

Foreign owners’ property register will bridge information gap

The UK Government has recently announced their plans to introduce a new public register that will compel foreign companies who own or buy property in the...

Outdated house price indices misleading buyers and sellers

The most well-known house price indices in the UK are publishing out-of-date statistics and misleading buyers and sellers, according to recent figures by Home.co.uk. The property search...

Brighton the latest city to join the Build to Rent revolution

Brighton will soon receive its first ever Build to Rent (BTR) development following the announcement that Legal & General has exchanged contracts to acquire land in...

UK ‘silver spenders’ contributed more than £7bn by releasing equity in 2017

The UK economy was bolstered by more than £7 billion in 2017 thanks to Britain’s older homeowner’s releasing equity for retirement, according to new research from...

Most holiday home owners do not live locally, research finds

More than 80% of holiday home owners do not live locally to the area where they own property, new research conducted by insurance company Schofields Ltd...

Liverpool and Nottingham revealed as the best location for rental yields

Private Finance’s latest buy-to-let hotspots analysis has revealed that Liverpool and Nottingham are the UK’s best-performing locations for property investment, with both cities experiencing average rental...

Portfolio landlords struggle to secure mortgage finance in light of PRA changes

Securing a mortgage is a challenging feat for three quarters of portfolio landlords after the introduction of the Prudential Regulation Authority changes, figures from Foundation Home...

Urban Splash and Alumno team up to redevelop iconic Sheffield housing estate

Regeneration specialist Urban Splash has joined forces with student accommodation developer, Alumno Developments, to create accommodation for around 350 students, as well as various new shops and...

Landlords are confident despite rising mortgage interest rates

Landlords are still reducing borrowing as levels of gearing – the ratio of long-term debt compared to its equity capital – reached an all-time low in...

Allsop Residential Auctions defied all the odds in 2017

Allsop Residential Auctions has taken a look back on a successful 2017 for the firm, when it raised a total of £424 million and achieved a...

Cogress funds major Battersea development

Private equity firm Cogress has underwritten £2.5 million in equity to fund a new mixed-use property development in South West London. Eager to tap into strong investor...

The Overseas Property Show returns for another outing

The Overseas Property Show returns to Birmingham this weekend, showcasing hundreds of luxury properties in Portugal, Spain, Cape Verde and California. Taking place at Birmingham's National Motorcycle...

Strettons' February auction catalogue appears online

The catalogue for Strettons' February auction is now available to view online, the property firm has revealed. The national property auction is the firm's first of 2018...

HMOs produced highest average yields in 2017, research finds

The latest Complex Buy to Let Index, published by Mortgages for Business, has revealed that HMOs produced average yields of 8.9% last year, the highest of...

Government encourages responses on rent-a-room relief

The government is awaiting responses from anyone with evidence on rent-a-room relief following its announcement to better target it towards longer-term lettings during the 2017 Autumn...

How to transform a property for under £5,000

Michael Holmes, spokesperson for The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show (22-25 March 2018, NEC, Birmingham), shares his secrets on how to transform your home for under...

“Javid must bring public sites to auction,” says auction boss

The head of one of the UK’s leading auction networks has welcomed new housing secretary Sajid Javid’s pledge to deliver more sites for housebuilding. While some are...

Loveitts set to auction recently refurbished bungalow

A four-bed dormer bungalow will be auctioned next month by Midlands' estate agents Loveitts. The agency, which operates in Coventry and Warwickshire, is offering eager house-hunters the...

Buying agent says Brexit won't put British buyers off French property

British people will not be put off by the weaker pound and Brexit negotiations and will continue to buy French properties throughout 2018, according to a...

London rental supply falls as sharp rise is recorded in other major UK cities

The latest Property & Homemover Report, released by marketing consultancy TwentyCi, has shown a sharp rise in the number of rental properties on offer in the...

The Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2018 announces last call for entry

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show, which has already seen 85% of its stand capacity being snapped up by exhibitors, has announced its last call for...

Annual rent rises muted, but London shows improvement

New research carried out by Rightmove has revealed that national average asking rents (excluding London) increased by only 0.7% in 2017. This is a much more muted...

New lender criteria did not deter landlords in 2017, says Accord

Landlords showed extreme resilience in 2017, new data has revealed, with 57% of the mortgage applications received by Accord Buy To Let coming from those affected...

SDL Auctions Graham Penny reflects on successful 2017

Ahead of its first auction of 2018, SDL Auctions Graham Penny has taken time to reflect on its success in 2017. Having held seven auctions in Nottingham...

UK property stock levels fall by more than a third in December

December was a quiet month in the property market, with less than 35,000 new properties listed across the UK, according to research conducted by HouseSimple.com. Ten UK...

Rents and train fares up in London’s commuter hotspots

Landbay’s latest Rental Index has revealed that commuters in nearly half of London’s most popular commuter towns face a greater overall financial strain from rising rents...

BTL landlords still set to benefit from tax relief despite changes

Analysis by London estate agent ludlowthompson has revealed that UK buy-to-let landlords will still benefit from £16.7 billion worth of tax relief even after the government’s...

Look out buyers and make way for … ‘dream searchers’

Every day, more than 6.5 million Brits are ‘dream searching’ for their perfect property but only one third are in the financial position to buy, new...

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