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  • Will Bank’s intervention aid mortgages?


    The Bank of England, backed by the Treasury, is considering a scheme to help ease Britain’s credit crunch by injecting much-needed liquidity into the financial markets by means of a ‘collateral swap facility’, which should help lenders offer more affordable mortgages.


    (Filed: Wed Apr 23 2008)
  • Will rate cut help housing market?


    The latest fall in house prices – 2.5% in March, the biggest drop since the property crash of the early 1990s – has contributed to the Bank of England’s quarter-point rate cut on Thursday to 5%. While this is a welcome move for businesses and financial markets, it is not expected to have a dramatic impact on the struggling housing market.


    (Filed: Tue Apr 22 2008)
  • Crunch, squeeze, pinch – credit conditions painful for all


    The credit squeeze for UK households and businesses has become considerably worse in the past three months and is expected to deteriorate further, according to the Bank of England’s quarterly survey of credit conditions released last Thursday.


    (Filed: Mon Apr 07 2008)
  • Many choose to sell up and rent


    As homeowners struggle with the combined pressures of higher living costs, tighter lending criteria and mortgage rate increases, more and more of them are choosing to sell up and move to rented accommodation.


    (Filed: Mon Mar 31 2008)
  • Rise in properties at auction could mean fall in prices


    The first quarter of 2008 has shown a huge rise in the number of distressed sales (repossessions and failed buy-to-lets) sold at property auctions, as well as a sharp decline in sale prices in the new-build sector – two trends which many fear will bring down prices further in the wider housing market.


    (Filed: Mon Mar 31 2008)
  • Selling up and renting is choice for many


    As homeowners struggle with the combined pressures of higher living costs, tighter lending criteria and mortgage rate increases, more and more of them are choosing to sell up and move to rented accommodation.


    (Filed: Mon Mar 31 2008)
  • Property sales fall to new low


    For both potential house buyers and sellers alike, these are difficult times as the beleaguered housing market in the UK continues to suffer the effects of a wider economic slowdown.


    (Filed: Thu Mar 27 2008)
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