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New listings ‘just keep coming’, says Move with Us

Estate agency network Move With Us says that agents’ new additions to property listings have reached a six-month high – and that buyers are not baulking at rising asking prices.

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Shapps launches bid to turn Britain into nation of self-builders

A package of measures to give as many people as possible the opportunity to build their own homes has been launched by housing minister Grant Shapps – amid the astonishing claim that 14,000 people a year are already self-building.

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New EPC twist: Government allows people to opt out of database

People WILL be able to opt out of having their EPCs made publicly available on the national database.

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First-time buyers may have vanished after Stamp Duty rush

Demand from first-time buyers nudged up in March, according to the NAEA in a report published today. But it said that sellers remained cautious, with 61 properties on the average branch’s books – down from 63 in February.

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More housing choices needed for over-55s

More private rented accommodation should be made purposely available to older people.

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Zoopla and Digital merger: let the fight begin

With the OFT having finally announced their decision to allow a merger between Zoopla and the Digital group of portals, the latest website traffic figures make interesting reading.

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Truth about housing market: even the spin doctor looks confused

Two statements flatly contradicting each other about the mortgage market were put out by the same PR company at almost exactly the same time yesterday.

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Tenants clock up more arrears while evictions mount

Growing numbers of tenants are in serious arrears, a firm of receivers has reported, and the number of court eviction orders has gone up 9% in the last year.

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