Everyone has used, or has at least heard of rightmove right ? after all it is the biggest and most used property portal in the UK, but do people know that there is going to be a new property portal set to rival rightmove's No.1 position from the end of January. Will the UK search for property another way ? or will rightmove still be the peoples choice ? After all Zoopla tried to claim the top spot and failed, will On The Move fair any better ? The word from 'people in the know' is rightmove may have a challenger for the title.
The short answer is yes, according to a recent survey by Trustmark. 9 out of 10 people polled said that they would reduce their offer if they spotted bodged attempts at home improvements. The main offending examples of the shoddy workmanship that would put potential buyers off were visible and exposed wiring and badly fitted kitchen units and appliances.
The amount of stamp duty a buyer will pay changed today - 4th December but what does it mean to the average buyer in the street ? Type houses for sale in Lytham into a search engine and take your pick of whats on offer and the chances are you will save a few thousand pounds on stamp duty given the average price in the area. This alone will not give the housing market a dramatic boost in itself but has been welcomed by the industry and the majority of home buyers.
According to the National Housing Federation it will depend as much on the wealth of the family you were born into as much as your own hard work whether you will become a home owner. With many people feeling they will never be able to afford their own homes and home ownership will be something only the rich and well off will be able to afford. Is this feeling something the government will help to change ? not according to a recent survey.
You have seen it before, a market leader becomes too greedy and brings about their own downfall by pricing themselves out of the market. But will rightmove become an 'also ran' ? The markets will dictate - don't they always ! but the signs are not looking too good for rightmove and the like with the launch of the new property portal 'On The Market' now only 8 weeks away. How will this affect the way you search for property information ? read on ......
Now that the Scots have realised that the oil won't last forever and remaining part of Great Britain is their best option and the furor that took over the news like there was nothing else for the BBC to report has subsided somewhat we can now get back to the real problems that face our country, and more importantly it's inhabitants every day.
A recent survey has shown that over half of homeowners fear a rise in interest rates. With ever changing economic climates around the world we have had a good many years of stability but, and there is always a but right ? we all knew that the Bank of England would eventually raise the base lending rate and it looks like that time is getting ever closer. But how will that effect the housing market ?
Recent research by the NLA, National Landlords Association has shown that there is an increasing number of inexperienced Landlords in the property rentals market. Is the inadequate pension system a contributing factor to this increase ? Do TV shows like Property Ladder and Homes under the hammer have an effect on the 'Have a go' property markets ?
The UK residential lettings market has never been as busy as it is today, but do tenants get as good a deal from a private Landlord ? With less than a third of tenants surveyed reporting that they have never met their Landlord there is a lot to be said for the services of the dedicated Letting Agent whose job it is to represent the interests of both Tenant and Landlord alike.