Property news roundup: One in three think they will never own a home

Plus, bingo, historic maps,  remortgage growth, and latest mortgage figures

More than 80 per cent of those hoping to get onto the property ladder would rather buy a home than rent one and nearly three quarters feel it is important to own the home in which they live.

The poll by ComRes also shows that while just over 60 per cent of people believe there is a housing crisis in Britain (19 per cent don't believe this), only 40 per cent think that there is a need for building new homes in their local area.

While nearly half say that the Government’s Help to Buy schemes have been successful in helping people buy homes they could not previously afford, four in ten add that it is contributing to the increase in house prices.

Bingo!

The Chancellor's Budget gave a marvellous tax break to those who enjoy their bingo so Zoopla has put together a list of some of the best bingo halls on the market.

Historic England and Wales maps now online

The National Library of Scotland has put a huge collection of Ordnance Survey maps online showing the development of England and Wales from the Victorian era up to the 1950s. This means that individual buildings and streets can be easily traced.

Chris Fleet, Senior Map Curator at NLS said: "These new maps cover all of England and Wales and are immensely valuable for local and family history. People can search for the street their grandparents lived in or see how 19 century farmland has turned into today’s suburbs."   

Remortgages grow by a third

Over the last year, the number of valuations for remortgaging has grown faster than any other part of the housing market, according to chartered surveyors Connells Survey & Valuation.

Remortgaging activity increased 18 per cent between January and February and the number of remortgage deals has increased 35 per cent since February 2013.

"Household budgets are still recovering from the last half decade of wage freezes and economic stagnation.  Remortgages are making up a large part of the market as people struggle to make budgets add up – they’re remortgaging to keep monthly payments down," said John Bagshaw, Corporate Services Director at Connells . "As the likelihood of an impending interest rate hike increases, so will the number of homeowners looking to remortgage as they try to ensure they will still be able to pay the bills in the future."

Mortgage lending up 43 per cent

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that total gross mortgage lending was £15.2 billion in February, 6 per cent lower than January’s figure of £16.1 billion, but 43 per cent higher than February last year and the highest total for a February since 2008.

CML chief economist Bob Pannell said: "First-time buyers have benefited most from the government’s Help to Buy initiatives, with the more recent mortgage guarantee scheme now starting to push typical loan-to-value levels higher. The housing market got a further boost from this week’s Budget. This, together with benign developments in the economy more widely, should bolster short-term sentiment and activity."

Discover more property articles at Homes and Property
Life and Style
A monstrous idea? Body transplants might no longer be science fiction
Science An Italian neurosurgeon believes so - and it's not quite as implausible as it sounds, says Steve Connor
Sport
Demba Ba (right) celebrates after Besiktas win on penalties
footballThere was no happy return to the Ataturk Stadium, where the Reds famously won Champions League
Arts and Entertainment
Natural beauty: Aidan Turner stars in the new series of Poldark
arts + ents
News
Mia Freedman, editorial director of the Mamamia website, reads out a tweet she was sent.
arts + ents
Property search
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Bookkeeper

£23000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This small, friendly, proactive...

Recruitment Genius: Photographic Event Crew

£14500 - £22800 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Software Developers - .NET / ASP.NET / WebAPI / JavaScript

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Software Developer is required to join a lea...

Austen Lloyd: Corporate Tax Solicitor - City

Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: A first rate opportunity to join a top ranking...

Day In a Page

HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower