Help To Buy

David Cameron says Help to Buy has unlocked mortgage finance for 6,000 households

6,000 new homeowners through Help to Buy

The government claims 6,000 households have purchased new homes through the Help to Buy scheme in the first three months of its existence.

RICS says house prices will rise by 8% in 2014

House prices to rise by 8% in 2014, says RICS

RICS predicts house prices will go up by 8% in 2014 as supply fails to match the demand caused by government schemes to boost the property market.

RICS predicts house prices will go up in the next 2 years

House prices to surge as demand outstrips supply, says RICS

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors predicts that house pricesd are more likely to go up in the next three months than at any time in the last 14 years.

Mark Carney has announced that the FLS will stop lending for mortgages

Bank of England moves to stop house price bubble

The Bank of England has announced that it is to stop the residential mortgage lending element of the Funding for Lending Scheme to focus on business lending.

Gross mortgage lending in October 213 hit a five-year high

CML: Housing market recovery "key part of mix" in recovery

The Council of Mortgage Lenders reports that in October mortgage lending reached the highest level since October 2008 with £17.6 billion lent to borrowers.

The Yorkshire BS has launched new low-deposit mortgages

Yorkshire BS launches 36 FTB mortgages outside Help to Buy

The Yorkshire Building Society has unveiled a range of new mortgages for borrowers with a low deposit that competet with other deals available under the Help to Buy scheme.

Nationwide announces a big rise in profits and new customers

Nationwide gains 214,000 new current account customers

Nationwide has announced a tripling of underlying profits as it increases its market share in mortgage lending and new current account customers.

Rics warns on the lack of supply of new homes

House prices rise at fastest pace for 11 years, says Rics

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors warns that the lack of supply of new homes to cater for increased demand for property is "problematic".

The Prime  Minister says Help to Buy is a success

Cameron hails Help to Buy a success as 2,000 sign up

The Prime Minster, David Cameron has said the Help to Buy scheme is being accessed by the "hardworking people" it is aimed at but critics warn a lack of supply may push up prices.

The Treasury, where MPs questioned Bank officials over Help to Buy

MPs ask for clarity on Bank's role in policing Help to Buy

MPs on the Treasury Select Committee have asked for clarification on the role the Bank of England's Financial Policy Committee has in policing the Help to Buy scheme.

One of the UK's biggest builders says high interest rates are hurting Help to Buy 2

Persimmon warns Help to Buy impact hit by high interest rates

One of the UK's biggest housebuilders, Persimmon says the benefits of the second part of the Help to Buy scheme are limited because of the high interest rates being charged.

The Bank of England is keeping its eye on house prices

Bank of England policymaker says no to house price cap

A member of the Bank of England's external body, the Financial Policy Committee, Martin Taylor said he was "astonished" to hear calls that the FPC should cap house price inflation at 5%.

Gross mortgage lending is at a 5-year high, says the CML

Mortgage lending hits five-year high, says CML

The Council of Mortgage Lenders reports that gross mortgage lending was up 32 per cent on the same quarter in 2012 to achieve the highest total for five years.

UK house prices have reached a new record high

London helps UK house prices reach new record high of £247,000

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics shows the value of the average UK property has now surpassed the previous peak in January 2008.

The Item Club says the Help to Buy scheme won't cause a housing bubble

Item Club says Help to Buy won't lead to house price bubble

Ernst & Young's Item Club says consumers are driving the recovery and that the chances of the Help to Buy scheme causing a house price bubble are "extremely slim".

Help to Buy 2 has been launched this week

Do we need Help to Buy 2?

The second stage of the Help to Buy scheme has been launched but initial rates from NatWest and Halifax are similar to the best available on the open market.

Property sales are rising, says RICS

House prices set to rise by 4.5% a year for next five years

The latest survey of chartered surveyors puts expectations of house price rises at an 11-year high.

Cameron has brought forward the launch of Help to Buy 2

Demand for Help to Buy 2 could be hit by strict lending rules

Critics argue that unless there is an increase in the supply of new homes the Help to Buy scheme will not help the people it is intended to help.

A new survey shows the construction sector is growing at its fastest pace for 10 years

New house building grows at fastest pace for 10 years

The latest PMI from Markit shows the construction sector is growing at its fastest pace for 10 years.

Lenders do not share Cameron's enthusiasm for Help to Buy 2

Banks lukewarm over Help to Buy 2

The only two banks to commit to Help to Buy 2 so far are both part owned by us the taxpayer. Critics are asking if the FLS and Help to Buy part 1 have already done the job of boosting the property market.

Mortgage approvals hit a 66-month high in August 2013

Highest number of new mortgages approved since Feb 2008

The Bank of England reports that UK mortgage approvals reached 62,226, the highest number since February 2008 adding to evidence that the property market is growing.

David Cameron has announced Help to Buy 2 will start next week

Tories bring forward Help to Buy 2 despite bubble concerns

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has announced that the second part of the Help to Buy Scheme will start 3 months earlier than planned, in October rather then January.

George Osborne has moved to reduce the risk of a house price bubble

Bank of England to provide annual review of Help to Buy

George Osborne has asked the Bank of England's Financial Policy Committee to review the Help to Buy scheme every year to ensure it does not cause a house price bubble.

Mortgage approvals reached £16.6bn in August, says the CML

CML plays down talk of house price boom

The Council of Mortgage Lenders says that gross mortgage lending reached £16.6 billion in August, almost exactly the same as July's figure which was the highest since October 2008.

George Osborne defends the government's property initiatives

Osborne "alert to the risks" of Help to Buy

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has told the Institute of Directors that he is "alert to the risks" of a potential house price bubble but "lets not pretend their is a housing boom".

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