Month: January 2013

Emaar Properties reveals profits of £365m in 2012

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Emaar Properties PJSC made 2.119 billion AED (£365 million) in profits in 2012. Summary: Emaar Properties PJSC reported profits of 2.119 billion AED last year This is a 18% increase compared with 2011 Annual revenues also rose from 8.112 billion to 8.24 billion between 2011 and 2012 Emaar Properties PJSC has announced it received full-year… Read more »

Gvt reveals part-exchange scheme to improve house sales

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The government has launched the NewBuy scheme allowing homeowners to part-exchange their properties for new-build homes. Summary: The NewBuy scheme will allow people to trade in homes for a new-build property This will help homeowners move up the housing ladder According to Housing Minister Mark Prisk, this will get “the housing market moving” The government… Read more »

Gvt ‘needs to offer financial support’ to university students

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The government needs to do more to support university students with their finances so as to not discourage young people from getting a higher education. This is the opinion of Luke James, Postgraduate Studies Officer for the National Union of Students (NUS), who spoke to the Huffington Post recently about the rising cost of attending… Read more »

Prospective students can see benefits of university, says Russell Group

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Russell Group has welcomed the news that there has been an increase in the number of students applying for places at university for this year. Yesterday (January 30th), UCAS reported that application numbers rose by 3.5% for those given in before the January 15th deadline. Dr Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group, commented… Read more »

2014 will see improvements in European property market

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There will be improvements in the European property market in 2014, says CBRE. Summary: 2014 will see signs of recovery in the property market in Europe This will come after improving economic performance this year Foreign investment in central London property will stay strong in 2013 There will be signs of recovery in the property… Read more »

BPF: Stamp duty exemptions would boost investment in UK housing

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The British Property Federation has spoken out against the government’s plans to extend tax charges on real estate in the UK. Summary: BPF said the government’s plans would hinder international investment in property The changes would damage businesses and are “ill-conceived” It stated an extension to the CGT and exemption to 15% stamp duty should… Read more »

UCAS reveals 3.5% in university applicant numbers

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UCAS has revealed the number of applicants for university places in the UK this year has risen by 3.5%. Today (January 30th), the organisation published its figures on application numbers for full-time undergraduate courses beginning in September 2013 that were submitted before the deadline of January 15th. Mary Curnock Cook, Chief Executive of UCAS, said:… Read more »

BPF guide on Green Deal ‘will support landlords’

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The British Property Federation’s (BPF) new guide to help landlords learn how they can improve their property’s energy ratings will come as a huge help to them. Trowers & Hamlins LLP Partner Christopher Hall said: “The BPF guide identifies suitable support to help landlords fund the necessary energy efficiency improvements.” Last week, the BPF together… Read more »