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The rise of the suburbs: London has overtaken the rest of the country in sales of £1m homes

More than half of properties purchased for over £1m will be sold outside London this year, according to research from mortgage broker Private Finance using Land Registry data. This will be the first time on record and is due to house prices surging in the last 6 years. The research found that between 2011 and 2016 in England and...


5.8 million households expected to be renting privately by 2021

It is expected that one in four households in the UK will be renting privately by the end of 2021. This is due to house prices accelerating past the growth of wages with both factors putting house ownership out of the reach of an increasing amount of people. 5 million households (21% of the total) are in private rented...


Hot Topic: Sharp rise in landlords leaving the private renting sector

Higher stamp duty costs and the phasing out of mortgage tax relief means there has been a significant increase in the number of landlords exiting the buy-to-let sector, according to a new study.  There was an average of four landlords selling properties per branch estate agents reported in April, up from three in February, new research from the Association...


One in five rental properties owned by limited companies, according to new study

New figures have revealed that the proportion of homes let through a limited company reached an all-time high of 20% in the first quarter of the year.  Many landlords have made the switch to owning their buy-to-let portfolios through a company, rather than as a personal asset, due to the phasing out of mortgage tax relief for individual landlords...


Hot Topic: Young people increasingly giving up on owning their own home

A growing number of young people are giving up on the idea of ever owning their own home, due to the widening gap between income and house prices, according to a new report. Almost half (48%) of young Brits think that it is now harder than ever to buy their first property, while a quarter of 18-34 year olds...