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Sales up as price falls are reported

House sales were at their highest level for two-and-a-half years in February, according to the latest RICS housing market survey.

Chartered surveyors sold an average of 16.8 homes in the three months to February, up from 15.9 in the preceding three months, as an additional 8 per cent of surveyors remain positive on the outlook for the next three months.

The national price balance dropped from minus four to minus six as more surveyors reported falls in house prices than increases over the past three months.

There was a marked increase in the number of new buyer enquiries as the balance rose from minus 10 to positive three.


UK wins ground for BTL mortgages in negotiations over EU directive

Proposals to regulate buy-to-let mortgages in the same way as residential loans are set to be scrapped from the European mortgage directive. Negotiations for the directive were held in Brussels last week between member states, European commissioners and MEPs. Conservative MEP and shadow rapporteur Vicky Ford says it was agreed that buy-to-let will not be […]

Steve Payne

Protection? The old ones are best

As a new generation of house buyers filters through, many advisers feel they need to revise their sales techniques to keep up with their clients’ differing tastes. Now, more than ever, it is vital that we educate young homeowners about the need for protection insurance. But perhaps we are better sticking to the basics to […]


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