Selling up? Here's the latest property headlines you need to read

Selling up? Here's the latest property headlines you need to read

If you're selling a home, preparation and knowledge is all important – alongside the help of a good estate agent of course.

These days keeping up with the latest news and views from the property market is an important part of the process, helping sellers to have a better understanding of local and national markets as well as what buyers are looking for.

Flicking through newspapers and browsing property news sites is definitely beneficial for property sellers but it is also time consuming. That's why each month we put together a round up of some of the most relevant recent stories to save you time.

Here's what's been going on in recent weeks...

House prices, house prices, house prices…

Each and every month the majority of property news stories which make national headlines focus on house prices – whether they're growing, falling or staying the same.

The last few weeks have been no different with Nationwide and the Land Registry posting their latest figures – which regularly have varying outcomes.

Nationwide says that house prices increased by 0.6% during September, with the average national price just £4,000 short of the £200,000 mark.

The bank says prices have now risen by an average of 3.9% over the past 12 months.

The Land Registry reports that prices in England and Wales have increased by 5.3% over the past year, although transaction levels have fallen by around 10% since Autumn 2014.

Although the figures are different, the message for sellers is a positive one as prices continue to rise.

What's more, looking ahead to next year – a phrase we'll be hearing a lot more frequently in the next few weeks – the Centre for Economics and Business Research has forecast property prices to rise a further 3.5% next year and a further 4.2% in 2017.

It says these rises can be put down to a continued limited supply of homes coming to the market. So if you've been putting off selling your home, the next few months really might be the right time to take the plunge...

A river view could add thousands to your sale price

A London estate agency recently reported that a home for sale on the River Thames or with a view of the capital's most famous water feature can secure a price premium of over 65%.

According to the research, South Bank properties with a Thames view achieve a premium of up to £2,000 per square foot compared to those without at £1,200 per square foot.

This is followed by properties in Tower Bridge with a view of the river achieving £500 more per square foot than those without.

Properties in Battersea (£300), Putney (£300) and Wapping (£250) also achieve significant premiums for having a view of the Thames.

Now while for most of us a property sitting on the banks of the River Thames is nothing more than a daydream, what this shows is just how valuable a riverside or lakeside view can be.

It also highlights the importance of accentuating and promoting your home's best assets to potential buyers, which may just help you achieve a higher sale price.

Selling a home on Facebook: fad or revelation?

During October, one Facebook user thought he would use the social media site for a little more than looking at friends' photos and sharing 'funny' videos.

That's right, Josh Hocking from Lancashire decided to sell his home via Facebook. Rather than using an estate agent, he said he would pay the person whose 'share' leads to a sale a tidy sum of £1,000.

Hocking said he had previously used Facebook to find a tenant for a rental property and wanted to try and get his house sold the same way after only receiving two offers in four months when selling via the traditional route.

Unsurprisingly, the post went viral with over 80,000 shares in its first 48 hours. There's been no news yet as to whether Hocking has found a buyer…

So, will this catch on? We think it's unlikley and of course we believe using a good estate agent to sell your property is still the best option for Britain's army of sellers!

Men and women agree that strong broadband connection is key buying criteria

We may disagree on many things, but it seems men and women have come to the mutual conclusion that a strong internet connection is one of the dealbreakers when buying a new home.

A study by Santander Mortgages looked at male and female concerns when buying a property. The research found that men are seemingly more concerned with a home's location, while woman's top buying criteria relates to space within the property.

The women surveyed by Santander also showed a desire for private outdoor space, while the men were more concerned with being close to work and public transport.

Although not categorical, surveys like this give us a good insight into the modern buyer's mind and help property sellers to identify what their buying audience are potentially looking for in a new home.

That's it for now, we'll be back again soon with another news round-up.