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ASIA MARKETS: Nikkei Closes Lower Despite Better-than-forecast GDP ...
18 Feb 2006 source: morningstar.com

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Asian stocks ended mixed Friday, with sharp declines in Tokyo despite the release of upbeat Japanese gross domestic product data suggesting the world's second-largest economy is firing on all cylinders. The Japanese economy grew at a higher-than-forecast 1.4% in the October to December period, an annualized rate of 5.5%, fueled by robust corporate spending and housing ...


Housing stock value trebles
18 Feb 2006 source: thisismoney.co.uk

Michael Clarke, This is Money18 February 2006 THE VALUE of the UK's private housing stock has trebled over the past 10 years to £3.4 trillion, with London witnessing the largest hikes. WANT TO KNOW MORE? DEAL FINDER: Mortgages EXPERTS: Mortgage questions CHAT: 'Fixed rates vs variable' DEAL FINDER: Household insurance POLL: What will happen to house prices in 2006? OTHER STORIES  ...


Teachers Building Society Two-Year Fixed-Rate Plan introduced ...
17 Feb 2006 source: moneynews.co.uk

Fri 17th Feb 2006 The Teachers Building Society Two-Year Fixed-Rate Plan is among new offerings made by the company today. It comes with a loan to value level of 95 per cent and offers a discount for the opening two years. Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) who have been in their job for a minimum of twelve months will be entitled to a Three-Year Fixed-Rate deal. Other deal ...


Heritable Bank buy-to-let mortgage among changes
17 Feb 2006 source: moneynews.co.uk

Fri 17th Feb 2006 The Heritable Bank buy-to-let mortgage, self-certification, semi-commercial and status products have seen changes in their two-year fixed-rates. Deals with a loan to value of up to 75 per cent will see their rates reduced by ten basis points. A larger reduction of 25 points will be applied to any packages that come with a loan to value level higher than 75 per cent. O ...


Property special: Housing market not on brink of boom
17 Feb 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Natalie Harrison LONDON (Reuters) - House prices are overvalued and the recent upturn in housing market activity will likely run out of steam towards the end of the year, a Reuters poll of economists shows. House price indices have been firmer across the board in the past month with the Nationwide Building Society reporting price rises of 1.4 percent in January and official figures showing mortgage approvals also picked up. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors also said on Thursday ...


ASIA MARKETS: Strong Japan Economic Growth Data Lift Region; Nikkei F ...
17 Feb 2006 source: morningstar.com

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Asian stocks tracked higher Friday, lifted by solid gains on Wall Street Thursday and robust Japanese gross domestic product data released Friday that provided additional evidence the world's second-largest economy is firing on all cylinders. The Japanese economy grew at a higher-than-forecast 1.4% in the October to December period, an annualized rate of 5.5%, fueled  ...


Ten tips for buy-to-let
17 Feb 2006 source: thisismoney.co.uk

Simon Lambert, This is Money17 February 2006 POOR old buy-to-let. Once upon a time it was David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Kate Moss all rolled into one – making headlines on a daily basis with every move endlessly analysed. BRICKS AND MORTAR: Buy-to-let can still be an interesting way to build up a good investment WANT TO KNOW MORE? REPORT: Where next for buy-to-let DEAL FINDER: Top mortgage rates GUIDES: House buying tips OTHER STORIES The £600,000 ex-counci ...


Fed chief upbeat on economy
17 Feb 2006 source: ft.com

By Andrew Balls in WashingtonPublished: February 16 2006 14:32 | Last updated: February 16 2006 22:54In two days of testimony before Congress this week, Ben Bernanke suggested that the discussion around the Federal Reserve’s boardroom table in coming months may focus on a topic that has become a mainstay of conversation at US dinner tables: house prices. // The outlook for the economy that Mr Bernanke presented in his first appearances on Capitol Hill as Fed chairman were based on the assumptio ...


UPDATE: NAHB Calls January Housing Starts A 'Temporary Burst' ...
16 Feb 2006 source: morningstar.com

BOSTON (Dow Jones) -- The chief economist for the National Association of Homebuilders cautioned not to read too much into January's gain of nearly 15% in U.S. housing starts, saying Thursday that the better-than-expected data were the result of unseasonably warm weather and a brief pullback in long-term mortgage rates. "I view the housing-starts and permit numbers for January as a temporary bu ...


Half of young first homebuyers need extra cash
16 Feb 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Ross Finley LONDON (Reuters) - The percentage of first-time homebuyers under 30 needing extra help from parents or relatives to shore up a deposit has quintupled in 10 years to about half, the Council of Mortgage Lenders said on Thursday. Soaring house prices have meant first-time buyers are often unable to afford a down payment. From 1999 to 2004, peak property prices rose about 125 percent while average pay rose just 15 percent. Average pay rises have slowed in recent months while house  ...


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