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Bubble or balanced? What's actually happening in the housing market today?

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 14:04 -- Word Smith

The strain is showing in the housing market because of rising demand and low stock availability. So, how is the market going to cope with the looming rise in buyer interest expected in 2014? With low interest rates, a more confident economy and the Help-to-Buy scheme stimulating the market coupled with restricted availability of stock, tension is starting to rise.

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Just how affordable is housing and is the Government doing enough?

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:18 -- Word Smith

The number of affordable homes completed in 2012/13 was down by 29 per cent from the previous year, contributing to a chronic shortage of homes which forces up rents and pushes house prices and deposits further out of reach of first time buyers, so will the Help-to-Buy scheme be enough?

Affordability has improved with the Government stressing that it is building 170,000 new homes across England to help cope with demand.

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How long will it take me to complete the purchase?

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 01:58 -- Word Smith
process for house buying, house selling,

sites like Money Saving Expert (from where the attached picture was taken) contain lots of useful hints and tips - everything from how to work out what your house is worth, to how to assess if your home needs a specialist survey. But just how long does it typically take to buy or sell a house and is there a typical timescale anyway?

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It's all those little extras that add up - look at what buying a house really costs

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 01:42 -- Word Smith

It's all those extra charges that make selling and buying a house so very expensive. It costs literally thousands and thousands of pounds to move house so do bear this in mind if you are thinking of moving. You won't see a lot for your money and once it's gone it's gone - it's a necessary evil. First of all you will have to negotiate the fees with the estate agent who is handling the sale or the purchase of your proposed property - either way there are fees involved.