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Housing Market in the UKHousing Market in the UK
Activity in the property market for February showed the usual seasonal uplift in the number of buyers coming onto the housing market and the number of sales being agreed.
Property Auction Market UpdateProperty Auction Market Update
The auction market will always do well during a recession, but it's also a good guide to what's actually happening between real buyers and sellers.
How useful is a Sold Property Price?How useful is a Sold Property Price?
Did you know that you can now find out what price a property has sold for in the street you are buying or selling in?
Mortgage Deposit for a House PurchaseMortgage Deposit for a House Purchase
Saving for a mortgage deposit for a house purchase might seem like too much hard work, or indeed an impossible task.
BIS announcement on Post Office Banking and Financial ServicesBIS announcement on Post Office Banking and Financial Services
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson recently announced a major expansion of the financial services offered by the Post Office, in a drive to put banking back into the heart of communities.
Homeowners not using Low Interest Rates to Overpay Mortgage!Homeowners not using Low Interest Rates to Overpay Mortgage!
Research by Unbiased, reveals over two thirds of borrowers on a tracker mortgage are not taking advantage of the low interest rates to overpay on their mortgage.
Kate Faulkner featured on BBC Radio Nottingham with Frances Finn!Kate Faulkner featured on BBC Radio Nottingham with Frances Finn!
Latest property market update for Nottingham by property expert Kate Faulkner revealed property prices and sales volumes not really improving versus 2009.
Buying a House - 10 Ways to Exploit a Buyer's MarketBuying a House - 10 Ways to Exploit a Buyer's Market
A buyer’s market sounds ideal - lots of properties for sale to choose from and being in a position to make offers below the asking price, but just how do you make the most of it?
Is this one of the best times to buy a new home?Is this one of the best times to buy a new home?
If you have the money - and can get a mortgage for a new property - then the coming months is possibly one of the best times to buy a new home.
Top 10 Checks to Make when Buying a Period PropertyTop 10 Checks to Make when Buying a Period Property
Older properties (pre 1930s) may be full of character but they are also likely to be full of problems such as damp, problem plumbing and electrics and even lack foundations!
Five reasons why you should think about what type of property to buyFive reasons why you should think about what type of property to buy
When you are dreaming of your ideal home, you are likely to be doing it while wearing rose tinted spectacles! That dream penthouse flat might look fab, but not if it drains your cash each year with high service charges.
New Build Buyers get more Protection! New Build Buyers get more Protection!
Are you thinking about buying a new build property from a developer? Then read on, you may have a lot more protection than you have ever had before with the help of the new The Consumer Code for Home Builders website.
Nottingham Property Market PerformanceNottingham Property Market Performance
Nottingham property prices are faring well against the backdrop of the recession. The all time low since the credit crunch of average property prices at £119,233 has now been overtaken by an average price of £125,000.
How is the new build homes market faring?How is the new build homes market faring?
New build homes which have shown some staggering increases on a regional basis for the latter half of 2009, even succumbed to a fall in the average price, albeit a very small one.
A golden age for fiftysomethingsA golden age for fiftysomethings
Pensioners have more active lives. How will this affect their housing needs and where are the hot spots to retire to?
House Price Market Update for February 2010House Price Market Update for February 2010
Well the doom mungerers are out in force this month! January's data suggested the market was 'wobbling' while February data suggests it's on the slide.
Why is this company/individual so anti property?Why is this company/individual so anti property?
Well it’s only when you get down towards the bottom of the article that you realise that they appear to be as biased as the property professionals that they keep having a go at!
Is this the trend of property prices in a crisis?Is this the trend of property prices in a crisis?
It is true that you can see patterns in property market bubbles and that property prices can go up and then fall again, so they might be right. However, ....
Will house prices fall by 50%?Will house prices fall by 50%?
This is a popular view that is often headlined by the media about the property market.
Think you can trust lenders, mortgage advisors, surveyors and solicitors?Think you can trust lenders, mortgage advisors, surveyors and solicitors?
We constantly hear about horrendous things that estate agents and letting agents get up to, but the finance, legal and surveying professions I once took for granted I could trust, isn’t as squeaky clean as it should be.
Has the Credit Crunch made Homes Affordable Again?Has the Credit Crunch made Homes Affordable Again?
Affordability of property typically relates to how much the average property is worth versus what the average wage is.
2010 – The Year of Saving for a Deposit! 2010 – The Year of Saving for a Deposit!
Its official, you CAN save for a deposit and you CAN afford a home – if it’s what you really want!
Top Five Tips to Buying a New Home in 2010Top Five Tips to Buying a New Home in 2010
Top five tips to buying a new home in 2010. Read Kate’s Top Five Tips for Buying a New Home!
What to do if you are a Buyer in 2010What to do if you are a Buyer in 2010
What to do if you are a Buyer in 2010. Follow Kate's Top Five Property Tips for 2010.
Why do I need a Building Survey?Why do I need a Building Survey?
Why do buyers think it’s OK to buy a home without an independent survey, but won’t buy a car without an MOT?
Top Five things you need to know when Choosing an Independent Surveyor Top Five things you need to know when Choosing an Independent Surveyor
If you need a surveyor, then these are the top five things you need to know when choosing an Independent Surveyor.
A Surveyor
A Surveyor
Surveyors are an incredibly important part of buying and selling a home. Sadly the biggest problem caused when buying and selling a home is that few buyers pay for a survey
Are property prices going up or down?Are property prices going up or down?
With so many conflicting property price reports, some showing the market starting to increase, others indicating that property prices are still falling. What is actually happening and who is right?
Trading up – what to do to successfully sell and buy at the same time?Trading up – what to do to successfully sell and buy at the same time?
It’s tough enough to sell your home at the moment, let alone find the property you want and try and co-ordinate the sale and purchase!
I don't know the right time to buyI don't know the right time to buy
Knowing whether it's the right time to take the plunge into the property market or make that last move to your dream retirement home, isn't as clearcut as you would think.
Top five things you need to know about thatched propertiesTop five things you need to know about thatched properties
You just need to understand what the differences are between a thatched roof and a tiled one, and know a good Thatcher!
Make an offer that won't be rejected!Make an offer that won't be rejected!
Making an offer on a property and what to do if it rejected.

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