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Don't despair: water damage needn't have a long-term impact on the value of your home
The waters may be receding, but for home-owners in the affected areas, the problems are just beginning. It is one thing to pump water out of the basement and wait for carpets to dry, quite another to convince people that the recent floods were a one-off event.
Mail Online - Posted 19/01/2014

Call to scrap Help to Buy in London as prices become 'absurd'
Legal & General CEO says drop scheme in London, warning that it is 'stoking up demand’ leading to 'absurd house prices’.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 19/01/2014

Help to Buy lenders launch mortgage price war
Borrowers wanting a 95% mortgage are benefiting from greater competition, as Barclays becomes the latest to enter the market.
The Guardian - Posted 19/01/2014

Fraud expert talks up big data as government reveals £2.8 billion loses
With official figures revealing that benefit fraud and claimant error overpayments totalled £2.8 billion in 2013, a fraud expert has outlined how big data can enable public sector organisations to enforce a zero tolerance approach.
24 Housing - Posted 17/01/2014

Economy at risk without extra flood repair funding, say councils
The bill to repair the damage and clean up after the recent floods may threaten economic recovery and growth, councils have warned, unless the Government steps in with help to meet the costs.
Housing - Posted 17/01/2014

Rent rises slowing as Help to Buy prompts rush on to property ladder - but London rents still surged 4% in 2013
Annual rent rises have halved over the last year as more tenants have found it easier to make the jump onto the property ladder, a major lettings network said today.
Mail Online - Posted 17/01/2014

Would you pass a mortgage stress test? New checks on home loan applications that probe your income and outgoings loom
Mortgage lenders will ban potential borrowers from taking loans unless they can show how they could afford to repay them when interest rates rise, under strict rules set to come into force within months.
Mail Online - Posted 17/01/2014

Pension charges cap shelved until 2015
Government believed plan to cap charges above 0.75pc would protect millions of workers from high fees.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 17/01/2014

Sixty Icon How capital's outer reaches are coming in from the cold
Inner London is running hot. Outer London is warming up. There are two conductors heating the sharp rise in development that is spreading through the 22 boroughs that lie in Zones 3 to 6.
London Evening Standard - Posted 17/01/2014

House price rises becoming "unsustainable" as home sales reach six-year high
Surveyors have warned that house price increases in some areas are becoming "unsustainable" as new figures show house sales reached their strongest level in six years in the run-up to Christmas.
London Evening Standard - Posted 17/01/2014

Inflation ebbs but Carney must watch housing market
You wouldn’t bet against Warren Buffett on many things — he is worth more than $50 billion for a reason.
London Evening Standard - Posted 17/01/2014

Surveyors warn house price rises verging on 'unsustainable' in some areas after property sales hit five-year high
House sales reached their strongest level in nearly six years in the lead up to Christmas, suggesting the market is ‘thriving once more’ across the country, a survey showed today.
Mail Online - Posted 17/01/2014

Bovis boss hails strongest order book in years
Bovis Homes said its order book was at its strongest state in many years and that it was seeing robust demand for its homes in the early weeks of 2014, as buyers backed by the government helped boost the housing market.
City A.M. - Posted 17/01/2014

Property news roundup: New mortgages for contract workers launched
Specialist lender Kensington is launching a range of mortgages aimed at the growing number of contract workers in England and Wales.
The Independent - Posted 17/01/2014

A buy-to-let investment with 6pc returns – and no property involved
Earn 6.125pc per year by lending to a buy-to-let bank, which in turn lends to landlords.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 17/01/2014

Video: Rics: 'No panic yet' on UK house prices
The number of UK homes sold per surveyor has more than doubled since the depth of the housing market downturn, a survey suggests.
BBC - Posted 17/01/2014

Sixty Icon Rental costs fell in December, says LSL
The cost of renting a home in England and Wales fell by 1% in December compared with the previous month, a survey suggests.
BBC - Posted 17/01/2014

Sixty Icon Midland Heart strikes NHS deal
A social landlord is opening a specialist care housing unit within the grounds of a hospital after winning a tender from the local NHS Trust.
Inside Housing - Posted 17/01/2014

Regulator out to punish poor timekeeping on finance data
The social housing regulator has hinted it could downgrade landlords’ governance ratings if they do not supply accurate data on time.
Inside Housing - Posted 17/01/2014

Sixty Icon ‘Unintended' housing benefit cuts hit tenants
Councils are cutting off housing benefit payments to tenants who are entitled to receive them, as an unintended consequence of sanctions applied to other benefits.
Inside Housing - Posted 17/01/2014

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