All 27m UK homes listed on the new Zoopla.co.uk property app

Ever walked past the home of your dreams and wondered if it’s for sale or what it last sold for, or even what it might be valued at right now?

Perhaps you’re just naturally curious or a bit of a nosey neighbour?

Well, the new Zoopla property app caters for everyone – property addicts, home-hunters, owners and estate agents.

It’s the ultimate, highly addictive, free resource for the residential property market giving you access to much more than just property for sale or to rent listings. Our app has over 15m sold prices (who paid what for what), allows you to generate current value estimates on any UK home (27m of them!) as well as access to essential local market information (what’s happening in my area), all available on the move!

List view Map view Augmented reality

There are a few property related apps out there, but we have some genuine points of difference; the main one being that we do more than just for sale or to rent listings. Here are some more:

1. Map-led search as well as list view and Augmented Reality*

2. Free, instant value estimates for all 27 million UK homes – yes, your home will be on our app

3. Over 15 million house prices paid dating back to 1995 – who paid what for what?

4. Local market data including average home values by area – essential research

Download the Zoopla.co.uk app FREE from the iTunes store today

More information can be found here and images here

As always, we’d love to hear your views and feedback, so leave us a line in the comment box below, or better still, write a review on the Apple site!

*Augmented Reality available with iPhone 3GS and 4 only

July 20, 2010 at 8:44 AM Leave a comment

Frederick Forsyth’s farmland retreat

I live in a city now but I grew up in a quiet area surrounded by fields, so I can understand why so many urbanites are attracted to a rural life,  away from typical city issues such as noise, crime and pollution.

One famous former London dweller who swapped the capital for the countryside is The Day of the Jackal author, Frederick Forsyth, who bought East End Green farm in 1988 and has lived there ever since.

Until now, that is. Aged 71, Forsyth has conceded that the 130 acres of farmland he owns is too much work so he and his wife are downsizing to a converted barn with a more manageable four acres.

Frederick Forsyth’s house, East End Green,  is now on the market and will appeal to anyone who relishes such a physical – and financial – challenge: the asking price is £3.7 million.

In addition to 130 acres, you’ll be buying the farmhouse – a listed period property with four bedrooms and three receptions rooms, several outbuildings including stabling, an outdoor swimming pool and livestock including sheep, lambs and chickens.

There are also two cottages which are currently used to accommodate farm staff, and a former dairy which has been converted into four apartments.

And it’s in one of  these flats where Forsyth has written all his books since the late 80s, includng his most recent novel, The Cobra, which will be out next month.

East End Green is on the market with Knight Frank, Country Houses Department (0843 2829 424). Asking price: £3.7 million.

July 16, 2010 at 1:52 PM 3 comments

Model House

Series six of Britain’s Next Top Model with new host Elle Macpherson has started on TV, and once again, the models’ house is every bit as stunning as the contestants themselves.

The latest episode showed the girls as they first entered the property and, judging by the squeals, they seemed delighted with their temporary new home.

And no wonder, thanks to London company, Belle Interiors, who provided many of the eye-catching pieces which adorn this year’s house.

From the plush Renaissance style bedroom furniture to the funky hairdressing tables decorated with Marvel comic images, these beautiful designs are a perfect match for the beauties who’ll be using them.

And with the show’s winner set to pick up a cool £1 million contract with Models 1 agency, Belle Interiors may soon have a brand new model house to decorate.

July 15, 2010 at 5:25 PM Leave a comment

The Credit Crunch Effects: House Prices recover by 50%

We have reached an important point in a market seeking direction and despite the most recent 16 months of gains, only half of the value lost in the prior 16 months has been recouped.

This juncture  may well determine the direction of house prices for the months to come. Our data show us  that we have come through two periods of equal length and opposing directions. UK house prices have risen steadily for the past 16 months, bouncing off their lows of March 2009 and recovering half of the value lost during the prior 16 month period of price declines from the November 2007 market peak.

It is entirely possible that we may now have a similar length period of time where the market hovers without a clear direction.

The average UK home is now worth £218,705, up £21,667 (11.02%) since March 2009. However this figure remains more than £20,000 below the November 2007 peak, when average house prices reached £239,063, showing that, despite the rebound over the last 16 months, only half the ground lost over the prior 16-month period has been made up.

England - prices have recovered more ground than elsewhere, having climbed 11.46% since March 2009, with the average home in England now worth £226,342, but still well below the level reached in November 2007 of £246,714.

Wales – prices have been much slower to rebound, up only 7.07% since March 2009 to a current average value of £154,521, a long way short of the £173,388 peak in November 2007.

Scotlandproperty values have climbed 9.12% on average to £156,217 over the past 16 months, having fallen 18.1% in the prior 16-month period when they reached a high of £174,805.

Whilst the dramatic fall in house prices during the 16 months from the November 2007 high to the March 2009 low affected all areas of the country, the rebound in the 16 months since has been far more selective.

South East – property prices have bounced back strongly and have regained most of the value lost during the downturn. House prices in the South East, which peaked at £291,120 in November 2007 had fallen sharply by 18.24% to £238,017 by March 2009, and have since risen by 17.57% to £279,848.

North East – in contrast the North East saw average house prices drop 16.11% from £182,390 in November 2007 to £153,002 in March 2009, and have since only managed to regain 4.98%, standing today at £160,627.

London –  the market has seen the most dramatic turnaround, with average house prices today at new highs and above the levels seen in November 2007. Having fallen by 16.06% from a high of £410,577 in November 2007 to a low of £344,635 in March 2009, London house prices have made up all the ground lost in the downturn and now stand at £418,802. London house prices have risen by a remarkable 21.52% over the past 16 months.

Looking at property type…

The rebound in house prices since March 2009 has been strongest for semi-detached properties, which have risen by 12.83% over the past 16 months. The average semi is now worth £191,019. At the other end of the scale, flats across the UK have been much slower to rebound and have only gained 7.78% in value over the past 16 months, having fallen by 17.34% in the prior 16-month period. The average flat in Britain is now worth £199,573, down from a peak of £224,021 in Nov 2007.

Average house prices by Country

Country Jul 2010 Mar 2009 Last 16 months Nov 2007 Prior 16 months
England £226,342 £203,077 +11.46% £246,714 -17.69%
Scotland £156,217 £143,166 +9.12% £174,805 -18.10%
Wales £154,521 £144,315 +7.07% £173,388 -16.77%

Source: Zoopla.co.uk

Average house prices by Region

Region Jul 2010 Mar 2009 Last 16 months Nov 2007 Prior 16 months
London £418,802 £344,635 +21.52% £410,577 -16.06%
SE England £279,848 £238,017 +17.57% £291,120 -18.24%
E England £233,776 £208,322 +12.22% £259,967 -19.87%
SW England £225,773 £194,662 +15.98% £238,044 -18.22%
W Midlands £174,269 £165,332 +5.41% £202,139 -18.21%
E Midlands £161,919 £153,204 +5.69% £184,474 -16.95%
NE England £160,627 £153,002 +4.98% £182,390 -16.11%
NW England £160,071 £142,532 +12.31% £170,199 -16.26%
Yorks & Humber £145,783 £134,758 +8.18% £164,654 -18.16%

Source: Zoopla.co.uk

Average house prices by Property Type

Property type Jul 2010 Mar 2009 Last 16 months Nov 2007 Prior 16 months
Detached £317,957 £291,125 +9.22% £349,528 -16.71%
Semi-detached £191,019 £169,304 +12.83% £204,522 -17.22%
Terraced £171,637 £153,566 +11.77% £186,032 -17.45%
Flats £199,573 £185,170 +7.78% £224,021 -17.34%

Source: Zoopla.co.uk

July 15, 2010 at 9:29 AM Leave a comment

Housing market confidence dips as mortgage concerns remain

Our latest Zoopla.co.uk Housing Sentiment Survey reveals whilst 78% of homeowners think that property prices will rise by 5.5% from current levels over the next six months, this figure has fallen from 81% three months ago as concerns grow around the availability of mortgage finance persist.

Confidence amongst homeowners remains high for the time being, but the dip does signal a directional shift and that concerns are building again around the outlook for the property market. The fear remains that the revival in the housing market will be derailed unless the banks make a concerted effort to increase lending. With job cuts looming in the public sector and interest rate hikes expected at some point, the new government has its work cut out for it to ensure that home ownership remains affordable and attainable for most people.

Key points:

  • Number of homeowners expecting house prices to rise drops from 81% to 78%
  • 77% surveyed say mortgage funding is no easier to get now than 3 months ago
  • Worry about job losses and interest rate hikes hangs over the property market

However, although confidence remains relatively high, concerns remain around mortgage availability with one in three (34%) of those surveyed citing this as the biggest continued threat to the health of the property market and more respondents (27%) saying it is now harder to get a mortgage than 3 months ago than those saying it is easier (23%). Other key concerns to a continued recovery in the housing market were a potential rise in interest rates for 25% of respondents and the impact of job losses in the public sector for 21%.

The Scots appear the most upbeat over the prospects for their local property market, with 84% expecting house prices in their area to rise over the next six months, compared to 79% in England and 73% in Wales. Residents in Northern Ireland are least optimistic, with only 67% predicting house prices will rise over the next six months.

Please feel free to share and use these findings, all we ask is that you credit the source as the Zoopla.co.uk Housing Market Sentiment Survey and link to Zoopla.co.uk.

July 7, 2010 at 9:55 AM 3 comments

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