DaftDrop UK is a UK-targeted branch of DaftDrop, the non-profit commercial property price tracker, bringing you an unbiased and impartial view of the England, Scotland & Wales property market, with the easiest & fastest price search engine online.

What does DaftDrop UK do?

DaftDrop UK is tracking over 1 million residential and commercial properties that were, or still are, for sale across the UK. DaftDrop UK provides an easy way to determine the market history of a property or area, and to gain insights into the overall property market throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Why use this?

As a buyer, one of the main things you're interested in are price changes, right? Right. Knowing a property's history gives you, the buyer, a much better idea of the mindset of a seller, which is very valuable knowledge before entering negotiations.

For example, if a seller has dropped their prices several times in the last few months, you can be sure they're eager to sell. On the other hand, if a house has been on the market for years without much activity, it's less likely that the seller is clued in to the current market and their expectations may be unrealistic.

DaftDrop UK can:

  • Show price drops/increases, that are otherwise forgotton
  • Allows lightning fast and flexible sorting and searching
  • Show the real time on market
  • Show similar properties
  • Detect previous listings of the same property
  • Show unbiased, up-to-date trends via graphing
  • Automatically notify you of price changes in property you're interested in

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Estate Agents often:

  • Modify the ad's 'entered' date to make a property seem like it's fresh on the market
  • Or, re-create a whole knew ad, having the same effect
  • Increase price above actual expectation, just so an initial offer will be high
  • Change a price to Price On Application, because of lack of interest in an overpriced property

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<p>We live together but I don’t pay rent and I’m worried it will affect our mortgage when we buy a house</p><p><strong>Q</strong> Shortly after I met my boyfriend in September 2016 he bought a flat. I moved in with him in June 2017. I pay half of the bills, but I don’t pay any rent money, because this flat is his only and I never wanted contribute to his mortgage. When he bought the flat he took out a two-year fixed-rate mortgage which needs to be renewed very soon. The first time he used a broker but this time he intends to remortgage with a new product and lender. He informed the new lender that I live in his flat but do not contribute to his mortgage. The bank advised him that he should have a written confirmation from me that I don’t have any tenancy rights. He wants to fix this his new mortgage for another two years, and after that we are planning to buy a house together. Is there any possibility that my written confirmation that I do not have tenancy rights to my boyfriend’s flat will affect my future in any way? Is this document a requirement for any mortgage application? <br><strong>DC</strong></p><p><strong>A</strong> The new lender wants you to sign what other lenders refer to as an “occupier’s consent form” or “consent to mortgage form” to make absolutely sure that you won’t in the future lay claims to rights in the property. The reason that the bank wants this assurance is that it wants to be sure that if the property had to be repossessed, the property could be sold quickly. But provided your boyfriend keeps up with his mortgage payments, repossession is not a worry for either of you. As far as buying a property together goes, whatever you sign in relation to your boyfriend’s current flat, will make no difference whatsoever to your future joint purchase. </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/sep/17/rights-boyfriend-flat-mortgage-fix-house">Continue reading...</a>

Should I sign a statement confirming I have no rights to my boyfriend’s flat?

Sep 17, 2018 7:29

We live together but I don’t pay rent and I’m worried it will affect our mortgage when we buy a house

Q Shortly after I met my boyfriend in September 2016 he bought a flat. I moved in with him in June 2017. I pay half of the bills, but I don’t pay any rent money, because this flat is his only and I never wanted contribute to his mortgage. When he bought the flat he took out a two-year fixed-rate mortgage which needs to be renewed very soon. The first time he used a broker but this time he intends to remortgage with a new product and lender. He informed the new lender that I live in his flat but do not contribute to his mortgage. The bank advised him that he should have a written confirmation from me that I don’t have any tenancy rights. He wants to fix this his new mortgage for another two years, and after that we are planning to buy a house together. Is there any possibility that my written confirmation that I do not have tenancy rights to my boyfriend’s flat will affect my future in any way? Is this document a requirement for any mortgage application?
DC

A The new lender wants you to sign what other lenders refer to as an “occupier’s consent form” or “consent to mortgage form” to make absolutely sure that you won’t in the future lay claims to rights in the property. The reason that the bank wants this assurance is that it wants to be sure that if the property had to be repossessed, the property could be sold quickly. But provided your boyfriend keeps up with his mortgage payments, repossession is not a worry for either of you. As far as buying a property together goes, whatever you sign in relation to your boyfriend’s current flat, will make no difference whatsoever to your future joint purchase.

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<p>The high priest of Project No Fear ignores warnings over falling house prices in a no-deal Brexit</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2018/sep/15/jacob-rees-mogg-leads-his-flock-crashing-out-of-europe-cartoon">Continue reading...</a>

Jacob Rees-Mogg leads his flock crashing out of Europe – cartoon

Sep 15, 2018 18:00

The high priest of Project No Fear ignores warnings over falling house prices in a no-deal Brexit

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<p>If you like a busy life, head for Barcelona. Back in the UK, a leafy part of London packs the biggest people punch</p><p>There is an opinion among some that the UK is overflowing with people– that there is not one square inch of space left. There is a grain of truth in this. Our population has increased over the past 20 years, reaching 66,040,229 in June 2017 (though the growth rate has fallen lately). We have 273 people per square kilometre, <a href="https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EN.POP.DNST?locations=NL-GB-BD" title="">according to </a><a href="https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EN.POP.DNST?locations=NL-GB-BD" title="">2017 World Bank</a> figures: more than France (123)and Germany (237). Among major European countries, only the Netherlands (509) and Belgium (376) have more.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/aug/18/where-to-move-low-crime-rates">Where to move for… low crime rates</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/sep/15/where-to-move-for-high-population-density">Continue reading...</a>

Where to move for… other people

Sep 15, 2018 8:00

If you like a busy life, head for Barcelona. Back in the UK, a leafy part of London packs the biggest people punch

There is an opinion among some that the UK is overflowing with people– that there is not one square inch of space left. There is a grain of truth in this. Our population has increased over the past 20 years, reaching 66,040,229 in June 2017 (though the growth rate has fallen lately). We have 273 people per square kilometre, according to 2017 World Bank figures: more than France (123)and Germany (237). Among major European countries, only the Netherlands (509) and Belgium (376) have more.

Related: Where to move for… low crime rates

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<p>My partner is worried that the property market could collapse if there’s no deal</p><p><strong>Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.</strong></p><p>We’ve found a decent three-bed terrace in Bristol for just below £300,000, and are selling our one-bed flat. But my partner is really nervous about a hard Brexit and reckons the house could collapse in price. But if we duck out we lose our buyer. What should we do?</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/sep/15/buying-house-hard-brexit-property-market">Continue reading...</a>

We're buying a house – should we pull out because of Brexit?

Sep 15, 2018 7:00

My partner is worried that the property market could collapse if there’s no deal

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.

We’ve found a decent three-bed terrace in Bristol for just below £300,000, and are selling our one-bed flat. But my partner is really nervous about a hard Brexit and reckons the house could collapse in price. But if we duck out we lose our buyer. What should we do?

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<p>Mark Carney says he set out to cabinet worst-case scenarios used in bank stress tests</p><p>Mark Carney has said the Bank of England is not predicting a property market crash in the wake of a no-deal Brexit, as he sought to clarify a doom-laden briefing given to the cabinet on Thursday.</p><p>The Bank governor said a housing slump and other outcomes including a double-digit unemployment rate were worst-case scenarios used in stress tests for British banks, designed to ensure there is no repeat of the 2008 financial crisis. </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/sep/14/bank-not-predicting-no-deal-house-price-slump-says-governor">Continue reading...</a>

Bank not predicting no-deal house price slump, says governor

Sep 14, 2018 18:40

Mark Carney says he set out to cabinet worst-case scenarios used in bank stress tests

Mark Carney has said the Bank of England is not predicting a property market crash in the wake of a no-deal Brexit, as he sought to clarify a doom-laden briefing given to the cabinet on Thursday.

The Bank governor said a housing slump and other outcomes including a double-digit unemployment rate were worst-case scenarios used in stress tests for British banks, designed to ensure there is no repeat of the 2008 financial crisis.

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<p>It’s calmed down since Thomas Paine’s day, but revolution may still come</p><p><strong>What’s going for it?</strong> Once upon a time, Lewes was a hotbed of feverish radicalism. That time was 1772, when the town’s excise officer, one Thomas Paine, had had quite ENOUGH, thank you very much. So cheesed off at work were Tom and his colleagues, he published The Case Of The Officers Of Excise, a plea for better working conditions and salaries, and a more select variety of biscuits in the staff room. Paine and his pals concocted their shocking thoughts over a few pints in the <a href="http://www.whitehartlewes.com/" title="">White Hart Hotel</a>, in what they called the Headstrong Club. Needless to say they fell on deaf ears, and two years later Paine was off to America – more fertile ground for revolt, perhaps, than Sussex – to inspire the American and French revolutions. As you do.</p><p>These days, Lewes’s politics are slightly less convulsive. The town is so pretty, old and curious – all tile-hung cottages with the whiff of hops on the air from <a href="https://www.harveys.org.uk/" title="">Harvey’s Brewery</a> – it could be an exhibit on Antiques Roadshow. But don’t be fooled. The town is full of Marxist lecturers from Sussex University. They like to burn effigies of David Cameron at their famous/infamous Bonfire bight. The <a href="http://headstrongclub.co.uk/" title="">Headstrong Club</a> has been revived. And they still print Tom Paine’s scorching pamphlets at a press on the High Street. The revolution may still come.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/sep/14/lets-move-to-lewes-east-sussex-hotbed-feverish-radicalism">Continue reading...</a>

Let’s move to Lewes, East Sussex: ‘Once a hotbed of radicalism’

Sep 14, 2018 16:30

It’s calmed down since Thomas Paine’s day, but revolution may still come

What’s going for it? Once upon a time, Lewes was a hotbed of feverish radicalism. That time was 1772, when the town’s excise officer, one Thomas Paine, had had quite ENOUGH, thank you very much. So cheesed off at work were Tom and his colleagues, he published The Case Of The Officers Of Excise, a plea for better working conditions and salaries, and a more select variety of biscuits in the staff room. Paine and his pals concocted their shocking thoughts over a few pints in the White Hart Hotel, in what they called the Headstrong Club. Needless to say they fell on deaf ears, and two years later Paine was off to America – more fertile ground for revolt, perhaps, than Sussex – to inspire the American and French revolutions. As you do.

These days, Lewes’s politics are slightly less convulsive. The town is so pretty, old and curious – all tile-hung cottages with the whiff of hops on the air from Harvey’s Brewery – it could be an exhibit on Antiques Roadshow. But don’t be fooled. The town is full of Marxist lecturers from Sussex University. They like to burn effigies of David Cameron at their famous/infamous Bonfire bight. The Headstrong Club has been revived. And they still print Tom Paine’s scorching pamphlets at a press on the High Street. The revolution may still come.

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<p>What it’s experiencing now is the logical end to gentrification</p><p><strong>What’s going for it?</strong> If civil war ever breaks out between baby boomers and millennials, there’s a fair chance it’ll begin on Southwold Pier. The pier has already witnessed “<a href="http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/picnics-banned-at-southwold-pier-family-told-to-pack-up-their-sandwiches-1-4186980">Sandwichgate</a>”, when a family munching homemade sarnies and an elderly couple nibbling cake out of a Tupperware were reprimanded by staff who insisted they eat at the pier’s (somewhat pricey) cafes. The latest skirmish is about property. Prices and the proportion of second or holiday homes have risen so much that some think it’s reached a tipping point, with distant property speculators buying up the town and long-time locals priced out permanently. Southwold, along with Whitstable in Kent, was one of the first seaside towns to gentrify, in the 1990s. No wonder. It’s an utterly beautiful spot, long lauded by artists and writers from Turner to WG Sebald. Idyllic pubs. Dreamy streets. Astonishing history. And don’t get me going on the angels in <a href="http://www.solebayteamministry.co.uk/our-parish-churches/st-edmund-southwold">St Edmund’s church</a>. But what it’s experiencing now is the logical end to gentrification. So if you do move there, at least try <em>living</em> there, too.</p><p><strong>The case against</strong> Chronically unaffordable. The delicate balance between protectionism and nimbyism often wobbles. A little vain. One can have enough of the 50s theme-park feel...</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/sep/07/lets-move-to-southwold-suffolk-pretty-face-signs-strain">Continue reading...</a>

Let’s move to Southwold, Suffolk: a pretty face showing signs of stress

Sep 7, 2018 16:30

What it’s experiencing now is the logical end to gentrification

What’s going for it? If civil war ever breaks out between baby boomers and millennials, there’s a fair chance it’ll begin on Southwold Pier. The pier has already witnessed “Sandwichgate”, when a family munching homemade sarnies and an elderly couple nibbling cake out of a Tupperware were reprimanded by staff who insisted they eat at the pier’s (somewhat pricey) cafes. The latest skirmish is about property. Prices and the proportion of second or holiday homes have risen so much that some think it’s reached a tipping point, with distant property speculators buying up the town and long-time locals priced out permanently. Southwold, along with Whitstable in Kent, was one of the first seaside towns to gentrify, in the 1990s. No wonder. It’s an utterly beautiful spot, long lauded by artists and writers from Turner to WG Sebald. Idyllic pubs. Dreamy streets. Astonishing history. And don’t get me going on the angels in St Edmund’s church. But what it’s experiencing now is the logical end to gentrification. So if you do move there, at least try living there, too.

The case against Chronically unaffordable. The delicate balance between protectionism and nimbyism often wobbles. A little vain. One can have enough of the 50s theme-park feel...

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<p>It looks like Disney bought up the place and squished the whole of Scotland into a few square miles</p><p><strong>What’s going for it?</strong> “The Highlands in miniature”, they call it, and, true enough, the Trossachs (great name, by the way), <em>do</em> look as if Disney had come along, bought up the place and squished the whole of Scotland into a few square miles. Peaks and mountains (though not scarily high). Forests. Lochs. Glens. Dramatic ruins on mystical islands. Copious shops selling tartanned tins of shortbread and humorous bagpiping trolls. Dramatic, mysterious yet wistful histories of doughty locals valiantly holding out against evil overlords. The Rob Roy Experience in Callander closed some time ago, alas, but the spell of “Scotland’s Robin Hood” hangs over the place; not least because every stone and cul-de-sac seems to be named after him. Instead of Uncle Walt, the Trossachs had Sir Walter Scott, who mythologised the place in his writing. Rightly so, because once the theme park closes and the coach parties, hikers, mountain bikers and lovers of humorous bagpiping trolls go home, for most of the year it’s a fabulous, beautiful spot (the Falls of Moness!), with endless expanses of the most magical countryside in Scotland’s first national park. And, best of all, you have the whole place to yourself. And Rob Roy. You&nbsp;can’t escape Rob Roy.</p><p><strong>The case against</strong> The theme park. In high season you will curse the queues of coaches/mountain bikers/hikers/lovers of humorous bagpiping trolls. The place is so close to the central belt of Scotland that 4&nbsp;million people visit the national park each year, and leave their litter behind.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/aug/24/lets-move-to-callander-and-the-trossachs">Continue reading...</a>

Let’s move to Callander and the Trossachs: ‘Magical countryside’

Aug 24, 2018 16:30

It looks like Disney bought up the place and squished the whole of Scotland into a few square miles

What’s going for it? “The Highlands in miniature”, they call it, and, true enough, the Trossachs (great name, by the way), do look as if Disney had come along, bought up the place and squished the whole of Scotland into a few square miles. Peaks and mountains (though not scarily high). Forests. Lochs. Glens. Dramatic ruins on mystical islands. Copious shops selling tartanned tins of shortbread and humorous bagpiping trolls. Dramatic, mysterious yet wistful histories of doughty locals valiantly holding out against evil overlords. The Rob Roy Experience in Callander closed some time ago, alas, but the spell of “Scotland’s Robin Hood” hangs over the place; not least because every stone and cul-de-sac seems to be named after him. Instead of Uncle Walt, the Trossachs had Sir Walter Scott, who mythologised the place in his writing. Rightly so, because once the theme park closes and the coach parties, hikers, mountain bikers and lovers of humorous bagpiping trolls go home, for most of the year it’s a fabulous, beautiful spot (the Falls of Moness!), with endless expanses of the most magical countryside in Scotland’s first national park. And, best of all, you have the whole place to yourself. And Rob Roy. You can’t escape Rob Roy.

The case against The theme park. In high season you will curse the queues of coaches/mountain bikers/hikers/lovers of humorous bagpiping trolls. The place is so close to the central belt of Scotland that 4 million people visit the national park each year, and leave their litter behind.

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<p>Great schools, decent parks, a tight community and, on paper, good prospects</p><p><strong tabindex="-1">What’s going for it?</strong> With London’s property market closed to anyone earning less than a squillion a day, the early thirtysomethings are leaving the capital. They’ve scarpered to Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle. So while London’s property prices have flatlined, those in other big cities are rising, and they’re rising fastest in the once-cheapest spots: Birmingham’s Ladywood, Edinburgh’s Holyrood, <a draggable="true" href="https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/feb/09/a-day-in-finnieston-glasgow-city-guide">Glasgow’s Finnieston</a> and Openshaw, where prices have soared by 13%. Average home prices here are £126,553 still less than half that of Manchester as a whole. This is a neighbourhood that’s had – and has – substantial challenges. But, like Ladywood, Holyrood and Finnieston, it has a great location pretty close to the city centre (and to the M60 for escape) and a long period of fairly sustained investment. Up the road is the <a draggable="true" href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2012/aug/23/track-cycling-manchester-velodrome">National Cycling Centre</a> and <a draggable="true" href="https://www.theguardian.com/football/2011/jul/08/manchester-city-deal-etihad-airways">Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium</a>. There’s a new civic hub and a Metrolink tramline. Openshaw’s got great schools, decent parks, a tight community and, on paper, good prospects. But I won’t lie: you’re not in Kansas/Ancoats any more, Toto.</p><p><strong>The case against</strong> Openshaw is one of the most deprived spots in the country. It will need more sustained investment to see it prosper.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/aug/17/lets-move-to-openshaw-manchester-great-location">Continue reading...</a>

Let’s move to Openshaw, Manchester: a great location

Aug 17, 2018 16:29

Great schools, decent parks, a tight community and, on paper, good prospects

What’s going for it? With London’s property market closed to anyone earning less than a squillion a day, the early thirtysomethings are leaving the capital. They’ve scarpered to Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle. So while London’s property prices have flatlined, those in other big cities are rising, and they’re rising fastest in the once-cheapest spots: Birmingham’s Ladywood, Edinburgh’s Holyrood, Glasgow’s Finnieston and Openshaw, where prices have soared by 13%. Average home prices here are £126,553 still less than half that of Manchester as a whole. This is a neighbourhood that’s had – and has – substantial challenges. But, like Ladywood, Holyrood and Finnieston, it has a great location pretty close to the city centre (and to the M60 for escape) and a long period of fairly sustained investment. Up the road is the National Cycling Centre and Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. There’s a new civic hub and a Metrolink tramline. Openshaw’s got great schools, decent parks, a tight community and, on paper, good prospects. But I won’t lie: you’re not in Kansas/Ancoats any more, Toto.

The case against Openshaw is one of the most deprived spots in the country. It will need more sustained investment to see it prosper.

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