The biggest UK regional cities are reporting record levels of construction activity, boosted by new transport links and the rise in popularity of city centre living.
Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Belfast have all seen a significant increase in development across a number of sectors, according to the latest Deloitte crane survey.
Paragon Bank has almost halved lending to buy-to-let landlords in the last three months of 2016 after increased regulation around second mortgages curtailed borrowing.
The bank agreed mortgages for rental properties worth £185.2m in the final three months of 2016, compared to almost £401m a year previously.
Shares in housing developer Countryside fell 1.55pc on Friday after its majority investor offloaded a 10pc stake in the business.
Oaktree Capital Management sold 45 million shares, or a 10pc stake, in Countryside via an accelerated bookbuild process, which valued the shares at 230p.
The housing market in areas outside London, such as the South East and the Midlands, is continuing to perform strongly, the chief executive of Countryside Properties has said.
Ian Sutcliffe said the fact that the Essex-based developer is not exposed to the more volatile London market had helped it to weather some of the uncertainty seen in recent months.
Nearly 250,000 of the cheapest rented homes could be lost between 2012 and 2020 in England, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).
Retirement house builder McCarthy & Stone has shrugged off a drop in business in the weeks after June’s European Union referendum to post a 5pc rise in the value of its sales.
The company said in a trading update covering the 20 weeks to January 20 that it sold £206m of homes in the year to date, 5pc higher than the year previously by value, in part thanks to higher prices.
Crest Nicholson has reached its £1bn sales target despite taking a revenue hit as buyers walked away from deals in the weeks surrounding the Brexit vote.
The FTSE 250 firm’s chief executive Stephen Stone said an increase in the number of buyers cancelling purchases of its homes in the period leading up to and just after the referendum in June cost the business £40m.
Housing benefits in Scotland will be paid out more frequently and more flexibly than the rest of the UK in the first phase of welfare reforms implemented by ministers in Edinburgh.
Tenants who receive help with rent through the universal credit system, including those in private rented housing, can opt for the payment to go directly to their landlord. In some areas, they will be allowed to claim it every fortnight rather than monthly.
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Construction work has started on-site for one of the UK’s largest build to rent projects in Manchester.
Moda Living and Apache Capital Partners have appointed Carillion to deliver the landmark Angel Gardens, a 36-storey tower in the heart of Manchester, within the NOMA neighbourhood.
The £154m development includes 520,000sq ft of space with 466 premium apartments and 22,000sq ft of commercial space.
St Modweb has sold five acres of land at the former Goodyear tyre factory in Wolverhampton to housebuilder Barratt Homes.
The site already has outline planning consent and following the purchase, Barratt has submitted detailed plans for 93 homes, including nine affordable homes, with construction expected to start in the spring.
They may not top the lists of the country's most desirable places to settle, but the UK's new towns have enjoyed formidable house price growth in the last decade, growing by 32pc and outperforming the national average.
The top performing places since 2006 are all in the south east, with Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire the strongest performer, recording a 67pc increase, according to Halifax. The national average was 26pc over the same time period.
Analysts at Jefferies have downgraded a number of the UK’s biggest property firms, saying the markets is “overly dependent” on foreign capital.
In a note issued today, analyst Mike Prew said companies such as Derwent London, Hammerson and Great Portland Estates were at risk from a slowdown in both the office and retail sectors.
Barratt Developments’ chief financial officer is to leave the business a week after the house builder reported a sharp drop in the number of homes it built in London last year.
Neil Cooper joined Barratt just 14 months ago, in November 2015, but has now left by mutual consent.
Members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) have downgraded their outlook for UK property sales in the year ahead.
The number of surveyors expecting sales to increase over the next three months has fallen significantly, according to the latest Rics survey.
Entrepreneurial tenants are being sought to take on eight Cambridgeshire County Council farms.
More than 1,500 acres of the council’s 33,000-acre portfolio will be launched for tender this week – ranging from starter farms to root-cropping operations.
House price inflation picked up to 6.7% in the year to the end of November, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
In October, the figure had fallen to 6.4%, having previously peaked at 9.3% in June.
The number of Britons moving home last year fell for the first time in five years, according to Lloyds Bank.
In total, 354,000 UK households sold up and bought elsewhere, 4% fewer than in 2015.
The bank said that was the first annual decline since 2011, after four successive years of growth.
One reason was the rise in prices. Home-movers had to pay an average of £291,777 for their new property, 7% more than in 2015.
It used to be “No blacks, no Irish, no dogs”, now it’s “No DSS, no pets, no children”. Check out the rental listings on websites such as Rightmove, or press your nose against the window of your local lettings agent, and you will often see “No DSS”. It means the landlord or agent won’t rent a property to someone on housing benefit or local housing allowance, though some younger readers might not even know what “DSS” stands for (it’s Department of Social Security, and was replaced by the Department for Work and Pensions 16 years ago).
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