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Young Families Who Are Trying to Move Up The Property Ladder Are Being Urged to Stay Calm Despite The Number of First Time Buyers Continuing to Fall

7 September 2016

The latest report by the National Association of Estate Agents reveals that first-time buyers made up just 23% of sales in July – down from 29% in May. That is bad news for those such as young families who are looking to move from a starter home into their next property, with fewer potential purchasers around to invest in bricks and mortar.

A Cloudy August Despite Summer Sun

1 September 2016

A late August heat wave and a reduction in the number of people holidaying abroad did little to improve a gloomy summer property market, figures from Nationwide confirm. August saw a slight pickup in house price growth but the outlook is still “clouded” according to the lender.

UK’s Largest Group of Property Buyers Report Brisk Business in the Days Before The Referendum

22 June 2016

Research conducted by The National Association of Property Buyers (The NAPB) reveal a mixed picture ahead of the vote on Thursday which many have forecast will bring about a crash in the UK property market.

“Quick Sale” Firms: What To Watch For

13 April 2016

If you need to sell your house in a hurry then you might be thinking of using a quick sale firm. But what are your other options? And if you want to take the quick sale route, what should you watch out for?

Don’t Be Fooled By The Festive Fraudsters This Christmas

3 December 2015

Struggling home owners who are trying to find a way to pay the bills this Christmas are being urged not to rush to sell their properties without checking out the buyer first. Quick house sale firms operate by buying properties for cash. Some promise that customers can have the money in their bank account within seven days – and some deliver.

Selling A Property? Here’s Some Options

29 July 2015

Recently, online estate agents have received increased attention from the media, offering people a new way of selling their home cheaply and quickly. While it can be an alternative for people who are prepared to wait and dedicate their time, consumers may not realise that it won’t suit those who think they can use it to sell their house faster and with less hassle with any guarantee of sale.

The Pros And Cons Of Equity Release

23 July 2015

More and more often we are hear the term “equity release” as an option to ease financial woes or taking money out of a home without having to move… but what actually is equity release. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this route?

London Property Ladder, What Ladder?

11 June 2015

With a new majority Government in place and a growing economy, one would expect the housing market to be buoyant. However, the London market has been at the very edge of affordability for the average first time buyer for a while now and there seems to be a real bottleneck whereby banks won’t lend above 70% loan to value and are demanding strict affordability tests, making it harder than ever for new purchasers to get their ‘foot on the ladder’.

So, Why Are There So Many Cash Buyers At The Moment?

3 June 2015

Nationwide have just released their report into the property market and headlines have been made about the fact that a record nearly four out of ten homes were sold to people not needing a mortgage – cash buyers. The UK’s second biggest mortgage lender confirms the figure to be a massive 38% and UK home prices to be 4.6% higher than a year ago, down slightly from 5.2% for the period to April.

Having To Sell Your Home Quickly Doesn’t Mean You Have To Feel Vulnerable

26 May 2015

Selling a house is one of the most stressful times of your life and if you have to do it in a hurry it can often heighten the stress levels, sending blood pressure through the roof and causing endless sleepless nights… but the good news is it doesn’t have to be that way.

How Has The Election Impacted House Sales?

22 April 2015

There’s no doubt that the Election on the 7th May is going to be one of the most unpredictable in living memory. Gone (for now at least) is the old 2 to 3 Party politics and on May 8th we may be waking up to a Coalition of all shades. The economy has been at the heart of the debate of course and not far behind that, housing.

Property Buying – How Quick House Buyers Rewrote The Book

12 March 2015

Ask almost anybody about the process to buy or sell a property and you’re sure to hear the words slow, nightmare, painful and stressful. These words are from successful transactions! Adjectives from those that don’t go through can’t be published here.

How You Can Avoid Becoming A Victim Of Property Fraud

20 January 2015

Over the past few months The Land Registry have been testing and refining a new Property Alert service which will help people discover any unexpected legal activity on their property which could be fraudulent. While the likelihood of being a victim of property fraud is fairly low (at the moment at least), the possible consequences are not – imagine finding out that someone else has sold your home and you knew nothing about it!

‘Tis The Season To Be Wary

27 November 2014

With Christmas well and truly underway (well at least that’s what the retailers want us to think!), it’s almost time for the property market to take its seasonal break too.

Selling To A Cash Buyer, So Why Worry?

5 November 2014

According to most people, finding a CASH buyer is about as good as it gets – they have no mortgages to arrange and no necessity to have a survey. Very often they have accumulated the required cash by being savvy investors willing to take a view on many of the niggling issues that can crop up during a house sale. It will mean that the cash buyer can give the most flexibility to a seller and importantly, the most secure sale.

The Rise and Rise of Property Prices Continues – For Now

29 September 2014

The latest Land Registry figures confirm something we all already know – house prices have continued to soar in August, at least in some areas.

Ombudsman Services Report 40% Increase in Complaints

26 September 2014

Ombudsman Services, one of the three property industry redress schemes, has reported a 40% increase in complaints since the same period last year. The scheme includes surveyors, letting agents and estate agents.

The Rental Sector Falls Under The Spotlight

3 September 2014

With the sustained upward pressure on property prices even the Government’s Help to Buy Scheme isn’t enough to get everybody on the housing ladder. For millions of people there is no hope of ever achieving the Thatcherite Utopia of a home owning society.

How Is The Property Market Impacting On The Quick Sale Sector?

18 August 2014

Much has been said recently about the so called Property Boom, or Bubble depending on your viewpoint, with the London market being especially busy. So has the buoyant market meant a slowdown for companies in the Quick Sale Sector?

NAPB Launched!

14 May 2014

Today sees the long awaited launch of The NAPB. We have been very busy for months getting everything ready, most importantly the Code of Practice for Property Buyers by which all members must abide.