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House hunters can be a superstitious lot, according to new research, with many saying they would avoid buying a property at number 13 if at all possible.

A recent report by the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee has concluded that the country’s transition to the new Land & Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) was ‘operationally successful’.

New research from Bank of Scotland has revealed that Scottish parents are prepared to pay a premium of as much as £80,000 on average to live in the catchment area of a top performing state school.

A new survey by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks has found confidence is on an upward trend among the UK’s ‘second steppers’.

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The Scottish Government has laid legislation in Parliament that will remove the automatic council tax discount for second homes.

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The latest House Price Index from Halifax has revealed a 1.6% increase in house prices in the three months to July, compared to the previous three months. This exceeds the 1.1% increase seen in June, and is similar to the rates recorded in April and May (both 1.5%).

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An interesting piece of research released recently by Lloyds Bank has revealed that living close to a well-known supermarket chain can add as much as £22,000 on average to the value of your home.

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Activity in the Scottish housing market slowed during May, as a decline in new properties coming on to the market was accompanied by a drop in new buyer enquiries.

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The UK has seen a significant rise in the average price of flats, according to recent research by Halifax. The analysis found that flat prices have risen on average by £86,474 (£1,029 per month) since property prices were at their lowest in late 2008 – from £150,749 in Q4 2008 to £237,223 at the end of 2015.

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Recently released statistics from Registers of Scotland (RoS) have revealed that the value of residential property sales in 2015 exceeded £16.5 billion.

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The Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee has given its backing to legislation that will levy a supplement on the purchase of additional houses.

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There were an estimated 310,000 first-time buyers in the UK in 2015, according to the annual Halifax First-Time Buyer Review.

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House prices in the latest three months (September-November) were 1.4% higher than in the preceding three months (June-August), according to the latest information from Halifax. The quarterly rate of change fell from October’s 2.8% to the lowest since December 2014 (0.3%).

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Property prices in the countryside are, on average, £27,047 (17%) higher than in urban areas, according to the latest annual Bank of Scotland Rural Housing Review.

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Confidence in the outlook for house price growth appears to be unaffected by a sharp rise in the proportion of the British public who are expecting an interest rate rise in the next 12 months.

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As many as one in ten home buyers didn’t take the time to carry out any checks while viewing the property they later bought, according to new research commissioned by Which?

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There was an increase of 3.5% in Scottish house prices in the first quarter of 2015-16 compared to the same period in the previous year, according to official statistics published by Registers of Scotland (RoS).

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The number of first-time buyers (FTB) in the property market reached an estimated 139,500 in the first six months of 2015, according to the latest Halifax First-Time Buyer Review.

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An influx of first time buyers and surging house prices have led to an equity boost for many Second Steppers (first time sellers) and given them more confidence in their ability to make the jump to the next step of the property ladder, according to Lloyds Bank.

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The latest official statistics from Registers of Scotland (RoS) have revealed a 13.3% increase in Scottish house prices in the fourth quarter of 2014-15 compared to the same period in the previous year.

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