A rise in the number of “super cases” has led to the value of alleged fraud breaking the £1bn barrier in 2016, which is apparently the first time since 2011 that fraud has reached this level.
The number of first-time buyers in the UK rose by 7.3% in 2016, from 312,900 in 2015 to an estimated 335,750, according to the latest Halifax First-Time Buyer Review. This is apparently the highest level since the start of the financial crisis in 2007 (359,900).
There was a rise in the average price of a property in Scotland in October 2016, taking the average price to £143,131, the latest UK House Price Index (UK HPI) has revealed. This is an increase of 4% over the previous year, and an increase of 1% compared to September 2016.