New research shows that complaints against estate agents are at their highest levels ever. We just don’t seem to like or trust them – but do estate agents really deserve their poor reputation?
Online property portal Rightmove is teaming up with BT to list the broadband speed of homes on its website. Would you pay more for a new home that guaranteed faster broadband?
Would you be better off if you were 25 in the 1980s or today? Apparently today’s young need to earn twice as much as their parents to match their lifestyle of marrying, buying a house and having children.
The reputation of estate agents is pretty close to that of politicians or used car sales men – not great. So do stories about deliberately overvaluing properties to drum up business really add up?
The Home Office says the new crime-mapping website is an attempt to increase transparency in crime, policing and justice – but could it end up just increasing sales of alarms and deadbolts?
A new report suggests it’s cheaper to buy than to rent in 80% of British cities and towns. Meanwhile, my experience is a powerful reminder of why many tenants climb aboard the property ladder as soon as they are able.
If you don’t get a proper survey done when you buy a new home, you could be looking at big bills further down the line – or worse. Is it time for full surveys to become mandatory?
The mortgage industry is concerned that proposals for the future of mortgage lending will have a negative impact on consumers. So do we really need to be stricter when it comes to lending?
Reports say that more and more house buyers are undercutting asking prices at the last minute – or ‘gazundering’. It’s a practice that needs to end as it’s unethical – or is it?
If you’re young and want to get onto the property market – think again. The cost of jumping on board is so high, it’s locked out thousands of first-time buyers. And it’s a problem that’s unlikely to be solved for a generation.
Mortgage lenders are approving fewer applications, putting an end to many a dream of home ownership. But is this really such a bad thing? Could it be better for our financial health?
House prices rise and fall, but there’s lots of additional extras that are always there. If we want people to own property, then we need to bring these costs down right now.
In this troubled economy you’d expect mortgage lenders to be cautious about lending. So why are they still handing out massive mortgages when it’s their job to ensure people can meet their repayments?