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House prices are falling at their fastest rate since 2012 as people face 'squeeze on real incomes'

On a seasonally adjusted basis, prices declined by 0.4% in April according to Nationwide. It may not sound like a lot but Britain’s recent rampant property market means the drop represents the worst monthly decline since 2012.  Annual price growth is also weak. Average prices in April were 2.6% higher than the same month last …

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Two and three-bed buy-to-lets 'will become unviable'

Two and three-bed buy-to-let properties will become more difficult to buy under lenders’ plans to apply far tougher checks on landlords, new analysis suggests. Landlords with traditional 25pc deposits will be unable to buy property in 91pc of areas if all lenders go ahead with plans to increase the amount of rent which is required to cover …

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Energy efficient homes will 'boost economy'

More government investment in home energy efficiency programmes could help tackle climate change and create up to 9,000 jobs, economists have said. Researchers said increased spending could boost economic activity across Scotland and reduce fuel poverty. They have called for a national infrastructure programme to improve the efficiency of Scotland’s homes. The Scottish government said …

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