Brits with mortgages are feeling optimistic about how much their property will be worth a year from now, research shows. Knight Frank said the upturn may have been prompted by signs that the base rate will remain at a record low for the time being.
A quarter of 1,500 households polled for a country-wide index said their property value had fallen this month, while seven per cent said it had risen. Knight Frank said households in eight of the 11 regions expect prices to fall in the coming year.
Dads employed in the private sector with flexible working hours have better physical and psychological health, are less stressed and more committed to their employer, a new report by Working Families and Lancaster University suggests.
Houses are more affordable for key public sector workers now than in the 2007 property boom, Halifax research shows. Homes in at least a third of towns are within the means of the average nurse, teacher, police officer, fire fighter and paramedic.
The towns most likely to be hit by this week's comprehensive spending review have been discovered by zoopla.co.uk, which predicts that Government budget cuts will lead to falling house prices in these regions.
House Price Index
- House price recovery says Nationwide
- London Olympics forecast to stagnate house prices
- House prices for June show improvement
- House prices show improvement as market stabilises
- It’s a seller’s market in some parts of the country
- New build property prices ‘up 7.7% in 12 months’
- House prices ‘down 0.5% in 2011’
- Property prices ‘resilient in 2011’
- Property sales to rise, but house prices to fall in 2012
- Buyer demand and sales ‘lift in November’
- Investigation into consumer understanding of energy bills
- EDF Energy to cuts gas costs by 5%
- Energy saving tips from ConserveEnergy
- UK fuel poverty hotspots revealed
- Ofgem outlines Smart Meter protection plan
- E.ON energy price rise to kick in tomorrow
- Northerners paying more for home energy
- Families blame each other for energy wastage
- A quarter of UK boilers 'at risk of breaking'
- UK homes braced for biggest ever energy bills