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Rent Hits All Time High

UK rents surpassed their pre-downturn peak in September to reach a record high,  according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index.

In September,  UK rents rose to £689,  exceeding those seen in August 2008,  the previous market high.  The average UK rent is now 3. 1% higher than at the same time last year,  following 8 consecutive months of rises. (more…)

House Prices Lowest In 16 Months

A new survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors indicates that House prices in England and Wales experienced their largest fall in September since May 2009.

The RICS house price index dropped to -36 in the three months to September from -32 in the three months to August, a drop that the RICS has blamed on supply pressures as homeowners’ rush to sell before public spending cuts kick in next year. (more…)

House Prices May Dip Again

House Prices May Dip

The housing market may take another dip as potential buyers struggle to get mortgages according to Bank of England policy maker Kate Barker.

The global credit crisis saw house prices in the UK drop by 20% at the lowest point as banks wary of risking new lending withdrew from the market and confidence was dented.

The market has however come back strongly since hitting bottom.

Barker, who has penned reviews of Britain’s housing supply and planning for the government and helps to set the interest rate said she had been surprised by the rebound.

“It seems more likely than not to me that mortgage finance is clearly not going to be available going forward on the terms it used to be,” Barker told MPs. (more…)

Loans For House Purachases Highest In 2 Years

Loans Rise

Approved House purchase loans rose to a high of 53,300 in October a rise of 9% over September and up 43% from a year ago, said the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

“The amount of buyers has risen from a trough in January 2009 when only 23,000 loans were advanced. It is now up nearly 100 percent from that low point,” the CML stated.

Remortgaging loan numbers remain low but they’re not falling, they’re holding steady at 33,000 the same figure as September. However this is still one of the weakest figures since the records began in 2002.

House Prices Increase Reports Land Registry

House Prices

October saw house prices rise by 0.6% according to a survey by the Land Registry

This is now the fifth month in a row that prices have risen said a Land Registry spokesman.

The average house price is now £159,546, which is 3.4% lower than October last year.

North West England saw the biggest rise at 1.9% while Wales experienced the largest fall of 2.3%. (more…)

Mortgage Approvals Jump

Mortgage Approval

According to Reuters, Banks have approved 81.4% more home loans in August than they did in August 2008 a survey showed on Wednesday a rise towards pre-credit crunch levels.

The British Bankers’ Association stated 38,095 mortgage applications were approved in August. That was slightly lower than the 38,186 approved in July but a significant rise on August 2008 when activity in the housing market almost stopped completely.

Other surveys indicate that record low interest rates have helped to stabilise Britain’s housing market after sharp drops in value last year.

Loan applications for house purchases have recovered to early 2008 levels, but low levels of consumer demand and a low number of properties coming onto the market will continue to impact on lending.

Analysts stated that the figures provided evidence of a recovery in confidence, despite the the annual rise in approvals being flattered by a particularly weak month last year.

House prices in the UK fell by a fifth during 2008 but appear to be picking up in recent months. A Reuters survey earlier this month indicated that most analysts think property prices have bottomed out but predict growth will be slow as supply gradually increases.