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‘Cut our taxes not our rents' landlords demand in pre-Budget appeal to Chancellor Osborne
The Government is being urged to support the “small army” of individual landlords who make up the bulk of the private rental sector – by keeping its hands off the rent levels they charge.
Housing - Posted 02/03/2014

Key players move to position private rented sector as tenure of choice to solve housing crisis
A thriving private rented sector offers a unique chance to help solve the housing crisis and provide high quality, secure and affordable homes, industry leaders will tell a major conference this weekend.
24 Housing - Posted 02/03/2014

Sixty Icon Negative equity afflicts 'half a million households'
Nearly half a million UK households are still in negative equity - meaning their homes are worth less than the mortgages on them, figures show.
BBC - Posted 02/03/2014

House prices rise to £178,000 and near 2007 peak
The average UK house price continued to rise this month, up almost 10pc over the last year, according to Nationwide .
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 28/02/2014

Younger buyers are making the most of Help to Buy, claims MAB
The Government’s Help to Buy is changing the demographics of home-buying by encouraging younger buyers on lower (though still well above average) earnings to make the leap into home ownership according to the Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB).
Housing - Posted 28/02/2014

First-time buyers 'driving housing recovery'
Lending to first-time buyers increased in all parts of the UK during the final quarter of 2013 as this group continues to drive the market's recovery.
Zoopla - Posted 28/02/2014

Sixty Icon Britain's housing market shows no sign of cooling down, says Nationwide
Average price of a home in February is 9.4% higher than a year earlier, according to the latest figures from building society.
The Guardian - Posted 28/02/2014

Barratt Homes created 3,000 jobs last year and plans to take on another 1,100 graduates and apprentices
The increase came as Barratt revealed profits are up 162% to £120.4million in the past six months, with the firm selling almost 6,200 homes – up 19%.
Mirror co uk - Posted 28/02/2014

Number of people seeking help for payday loan problems doubles and average debts exceed monthly pay of borrowers
The number of people seeking help with payday loan problems from Stepchange almost doubled in the last year, the debt charity has revealed.
Mail Online - Posted 28/02/2014

Taxpayer-backed RBS warned it should not be 'dishing out' £576million in bonuses after losing £8.2BILLION
The Royal Bank of Scotland made losses of £5.3billion in 2012.
Mail Online - Posted 28/02/2014

May Gurney cost halves Kier profit
Contractor hit with £22m of integration and acquisition costs, which brings down its half-year profit to £6.3m. - Posted 28/02/2014

Lloyds outstrips other big banks in UK's mortgage lending boom
Lloyds is the driving force behind Britain’s mortgage boom, financing the recovery in house buying activity, the big four banks’ 2013 financial reports reveal.
City A.M. - Posted 28/02/2014

Profits surge at Redrow and Barratt
Housebuilders Redrow and Barratt have posted a surge in first-half profits after ramping up construction on the back of an improving economy and the government's Help to Buy scheme.
The Guardian - Posted 28/02/2014

Money talks: Payday loans, first-time buyers and tenants
There's been a huge jump in the number of people seeking advice for problems with payday loans, according to the charity StepChange. It helped clients struggling under the weight of £110m worth of this kind of debt in 2013, up from £60m the previous year.
The Guardian - Posted 28/02/2014

Our economy's getting bigger, but not better
Self-congratulation over Britain’s growth figures masks a crippling productivity problem.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 28/02/2014

Sixty Icon Bank of England identifies need to shelter homeowners from interest spike
Base rates are set to remain lower than the long run average to ensure that mortgage rates remain affordable.
The Guardian - Posted 28/02/2014

Sixty Icon Builders Barratt and Redrow profits more than double
Profits at the house builders Barratt Developments and Redrow have more than doubled, fuelled by rising house prices.
BBC - Posted 28/02/2014

Tax and Benefit Reforms Threaten Inflation-Busting Minimum Wage Hike
Britain's business secretary Vince Cable's big reveal that the Low Pay Commission has suggested a rise in the national minimum wage by 19p from £6.31 to £6.50 is not to be sniffed at.
International Business Times - Posted 28/02/2014

Sixty Icon Real earnings have fallen back to their 2002 levels
Real incomes have fallen once again, ONS figures show.
BBC - Posted 28/02/2014

HCA mulls consent in Assettrust homes deal
A housing association has applied to the English social housing regulator for permission to raise finance against properties it wants to buy from a sister company which is in administration.
Inside Housing - Posted 28/02/2014

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