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Help to Buy – Phase 2 to start in January 2014

The government will continue to take on some of the risk of mortgage lending with  the second phase of the Help to Buy programme due to kick in January 2014.   The aim of the scheme is to boost the housing market by stimulating lending and the construction industry, and it is hoped that lenders will be more likely to...


The property market steps into the virtual world with the first 3d-printed house

A Dutch firm is promising to do something for people that not even James Cameron, the king of 3D in cinema can do. They are going to create the world’s first 3D-printed house in Amsterdam – something which experts believe could change the property market forever. Based in the Dutch capital, DUS architects is going to use a six-metre-tall,...


Tenant immigration checks will be ‘light touch’, says prisk

Housing Minister Mark Prisk has caused considerable concern in the industry, after suggesting that landlords will only have to check the passports of their tenants to determine whether they are legally allowed to live in the landlords’ properties under new “light-touch” immigration regulations. The minister has been questioned by MPs on proposals outlined in the Queen’s Speech for landlords...