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Here are some examples of the many property articles that Kate Faulkner has written:-

Buying Articles

Kate Faulkner's Latest Nottingham Property Market Update on BBC RadioKate Faulkner's Latest Nottingham Property Market Update on BBC Radio
The latest Land Registry information suggests that the City of Nottingham is just holding its own versus the lows of 2009, with a current average price of just over £86,000 versus previous lows of £85,500. It's likely (on average) for properties in the centre of Nottingham to hover around the lows of 2009, sometimes dipping below and sometimes as this month, hovering just above.
Is the Property Market driving the recession or will the recession drive prices down further?Is the Property Market driving the recession or will the recession drive prices down further?
Much of what happens to the market for the rest of 2012 will depend on how confident people are to buy a property. This confidence will depend on figures from the media which will include unemployment levels, inflation, what is likely to happen to wages and especially what happens on the mortgage front as well as how they report the property market.
How to find out what's happening in your local property marketFor Sale and Sold Boards: How to find out what's happening in your local property market
When you want to have a good idea of what's happening in your local market, as long as there are no restrictions in your area, working out how many properties are for sale and sold, and comparing this to historic data can really help. 

Selling Articles

Current Property Market Analysis: Is now the time to sell your home?Current Property Market Analysis: Is now the time to sell your home?
We know from our ‘past property market' analysis that prices over the last few years have hardly fluctuated at all. However, the current market shows prices are softening slightly month on month at the moment, suggesting 2012 is likely to be a quieter year than 2011.
If you need to sell: Listen to your local Property Professionals! If you need to sell: Listen to your local Property Professionals!
Unfortunately many sellers will trust what they hear in the media a lot more than they will believe from their local estate agent. If the BBC say ‘prices are going up by 5%' we will believe them rather than a local agent telling us ‘prices have slipped by 5%'.
Selling Property Myth No.1 - Price Property High and then Drop the Price!Selling Property Myth No.1 - Price Property High and then Drop the Price!
Kate Faulkner, Property Market Analyst and Commentator and Managing Director of Designs on Property, is interviewed on how to price your property to sell.

Renting Articles

Andrew Stunell: More power for communities to bring empty homes back into useMore Power for Communities to bring Empty Homes back into use
Through many Government schemes, each political party always states their claim that they are going to bring back empty homes to habitable condition for the neighbourhood and the coalition government is no exception.
Current Rental Market PerformanceCurrent Rental Market Performance
Overall, rents are typically averaging around £700-£800 per month with the higher end being more London centric. Currently, rents are showing small monthly rises in some areas and small falls in others, giving a relatively stable picture and suggesting the worries of huge rent rises for 2012 were falsely founded.
To Rent or To BuyTo Rent or To Buy
With the economy being somewhat insecure and reports of property prices falling again, is now a good time for first time buyers to get on the ladder - or should you continue to rent?

Letting Articles

Buy to Let Implications for LandlordsBuy to Let Implications for Landlords
Following on from Kate Faulkner's analysis of past rental market returns, Kate explains the implications of buy to let performance for landlords who invested pre and post 2005.

Homes with EPCs rating ‘E' or less cannot be rented from April 2018!Homes with EPCs rating ‘E' or less cannot be rented from April 2018!
From April 2018 the government will make it unlawful to rent out a house or business premise which has less than an "E" energy efficiency rating.
Cap on Local Housing Allowance rates could cause problems if implementedCap on Local Housing Allowance rates could cause problems if implemented
The Coalition Government have started to realise that their cap on the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) could cause major problems within areas such as London if implemented.


Renovating and Converting Articles

Buy Property Investment to RenovateBuy Property Investment to Renovate
Many people are looking at investing in property, hoping to buy at a bargain price, renovate and sell on at a profit. The key question though is in a stable to falling market will renovating property for profit pay off?
Top Tips for Converting Commercial to Residential PropertyTop Tips for Converting Commercial to Residential Property
A huge potential opportunity may be possible for property investors and renovators following the Government's decision to facilitate the conversion of property from commercial to residential in an aim to boost housing supply levels.
STOP! Don’t give work to Cowboy Builders! STOP! Don’t give work to Cowboy Builders!
I’ve been trying to work out how cowboy builders carry on to stay in business during these tough times. Is it that they quote work ‘without VAT’ or that if you pay cash ‘we’ll all save on tax’? Well if it’s either of these, then this isn’t really a saving at all!


Self Build and Developing Articles

How to Add Value to Your HomeHow to Add Value to Your Home
In today’s post credit crunch adding value to your home is a great idea, as long as you are not expecting to reap the rewards anytime soon. Follow Kate Faulkner’s property tips on how to add value to your home before you decide what to invest your money on!
Grant Shapps: Your new year’s resolution should be to build your own home! Grant Shapps: Your new year’s resolution should be to build your own home!
Kate Faulkner, one of the UK’s top property commentators and Buildstore have been banging on about the benefits of self build for years. Kate has been saying for the last two years that “now is the time to self build”!
In the market for a plot of land

In the market for a plot of land?
If you're thinking of self building, then you need to know the latest land prices! Land values across the UK went up and down in 2009! Farmland continues to outperform development, with Farmland going up 164% in the last decade, higher than prime London property!


Property Investment

I can't get a mortgageBuying Property as an Investment
With news of rents rising when property prices are falling, now might be considered one of the best times ever to invest your money in buy to let rather than see inflation eat away at its value. So is the current property market at a state where buy to let is worth investing in?
BBC Radio Nottingham Property Market UpdateProperty Investment Fraud by a Developer and Surveyor Exposed to the tune of £50 million!
An amazing (well horrific really) court case is about to come to a close, but the main question still remains: "how on earth did they get away with it for so long!”.
Buy to Let Property Myth No.2 - Two or Three Properties will Support my PensionBuy to Let Myth No.2 - Two or Three Properties will Support my Pension
Here is the second in our series of Buy to Let Myths - 'Two or Three Properties will Support my Pension'. So, will just two or three buy to let properties support your pension or do you need to invest in far more properties?

Holiday Homes and Overseas Articles

Beware of ‘fantastic deals’ being offered on US properties!Beware of ‘fantastic deals’ being offered on US properties!
Just before you rush into buying so called ‘bargain’ deals in the US, bear in mind that the pundits are predicting a pretty rubbish year for the US property market.
Is it still acceptable to have a second home when so many people can’t afford one?Is it still acceptable to have a second home?
The subject of second home ownership is certainly very topical at the moment, hitting the headlines on television, radio and newspapers. So, is it still acceptable to have a second home when so many people can’t afford one? The answer to this is simple: Yes.
Is it Worth Buying a Holiday Home Overseas?Is it Worth Buying a Holiday Home Overseas?
OK, so you’ve had a fab holiday, drinking Ouzo or G&T’s and spent every day on the beach! You couldn’t help but notice a few ‘for sale’ signs for some lovely properties, perhaps ramshackle farm cottages in need of TLC or beautiful beach front penthouse apartments and villas.

Free Property Articles

  Stopping house price growth isn't as easy as we think
  Do Housing Associations working in the private residential sector offer enough protection to their customers?
  Are Scotland's rents being driven up due to a loss of tenant fees?
  Mark Carney must think we are all mad!
  Are Labour right to ban tenant fees before we know the real impact in Scotland?
 
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