County towns in the UK lead price growth for five bed family homes, new research shows

Family homes in quintessential county towns in England have seen prices rise more than seven times the national average in key regional locations, according to new research. Warwick has seen the highest price growth for five plus bedroom homes in the past 12 months with York, Hertford, Bristol, Gloucester, Exeter, Chelmsford, Shrewsbury, Chester and Northampton making[…]

After buy-to-let: How would-be landlords can find alternative ways to invest in Britain’s booming property market

Would-be landlords who don’t want to stump up for extra stamp duty are looking for alternative ways to invest in Britain’s booming property market. In Wednesday’s Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne announced anyone purchasing a second home or buy-to-let would pay a higher rate of stamp duty that is 3 percentage points higher than ordinary rates.[…]

Continued low interest rates boosting UK property sales

Home sales in the UK have exceeded 100,000 per month for a fifth month in a row with buyers attracted by low interest rates and attractive mortgage products. The latest official transaction data from HMRC shows that the provisional seasonally adjusted UK property transaction count for October 2015 was 105,490 residential and 10,160 non-residential transactions. The[…]

Barnes house collapse: Georgian townhouse surrounded by builders’ scaffolding caves in ‘like tower of cards

A multi-million pound Georgian townhouse on the edge of the River Thames has collapsed “like a tower of cards” amid building work. The £3.8 million six-bedroom house in The Terrace, Barnes – until recenly owned by Welsh pop singer Duffy – caved in on itself just before midday on Thursday. Firefighters said three people fled the[…]