UK Property

Time to Dump Green Policy for Home Sales?

Jeremy Raj | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK
Jeremy Raj

Colourful, mandatory, and costing around £100 - but is anyone buying a house ever influenced to make a purchase decision based on its Energy Performance Certificate ?

How Corrupt Is Britain?

Robert Barrington | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

By most objective analysis, corruption is not as bad in the UK as in some parts of the world; but it is much more profound in the UK than many people understand or admit. Perhaps the biggest danger for the UK is complacency.

Osborne's Help To Buy Isas: The Pros And Cons

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Politics

Today's budget saw chancellor George Osborne hand out a range of offerings to savers - none so sweet as the offer of up to £3,000 for people eager to...

Is This the Most Dangerous Banner in Britain?

Daniel Brett | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Millions were wringing their hands this week in anxiety over the fate of BBC motormouth Jeremy Clarkson. Meanwhile, on the streets of East London on Thursday night the police were cracking down on Class War's sweary summing up of popular sentiment towards our political leaders, to complete indifference of the media.

Take a Chance, Chancellor: Let's Make London's Housing Market Work for Renters

Karim Goudiaby | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Politics
Karim Goudiaby

The current housing and property crisis affects all Londoners and it is of utmost importance that the Chancellor addresses these issues. It is our responsibility as citizens and government officials to tackle this situation head-on in order to improve the quality of life for all Londoners.

Tiny London Flat Complete With £10k Deposit Rented Out In 40 Minutes Flat

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK

The London property bubble continues to inflate with dizzying speed – after this miniscule flat no larger than a garage was snapped up in just 40 mi...

Wage Against the Machine - The Tale of the First Time Buyer

Adam van Lohuizen | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK
Adam van Lohuizen

How expensive are house prices now for first time buyers? It can be a difficult question to answer, but we've calculated that the average house price in England is £76,873 or 38.8% more than it should be. And that's only for the increasingly small group that can still afford to buy a home.

UK Property Gives Global Corrupt a Home

Robert Barrington | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

If you walk down a residential street in central London, the chances are that some, perhaps the majority, of property is owned by overseas buyers. You might wonder who they are. To find out, your first port of call would be the Land Registry, which lists who owns property in England and Wales. What this might tell you is that many properties are indeed owned by overseas buyers - but not the ones you would expect.

How Can I Add Value to My Home Ahead of Selling?

Stephen Maunder | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK
Stephen Maunder

One of the first things you'll need to decide is when you are thinking of moving. If you are looking to move in the immediate future, your focus will be on making aesthetic improvements to make your home more 'sellable'. Alternatively, if a move is a year or more away you could benefit from taking on a more significant project to add value to your home.

An Assessment of the Midlands Property Market

Michael Bruce | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK
Michael Bruce

Rising interest rates could also affect house buyers across the East and West Midlands. If the Bank of England decides to increase discount rate from its record low of 0.5 per cent, the cost of borrowing will rise, but we are divided across the industry as to whether we will experience a rise in 2015, as it is possible for changes not to come into fruition until next year.

A Better Way to House Londoners

Ivan Massow | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

It's clear, the current system is failing to provide the variety and type of housing that Londoners want. It's ridiculous that new housing is normally less popular and less valuable than homes built 200 years ago. As long as the problem of housing is left solely in the hands of planners and large developers, the housing crisis will not be solved.

Here's Why You May Never Need Estate Agents Again

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK

Estate agents may become a thing of the past thanks to a new property firm, which offers consumers the ability to buy, sell or rent property without ...

Safe House: The Mayor of London Guarantees that Your House is Your Home

Karim Goudiaby | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Karim Goudiaby

The next morning, you call the landlord to fix these issues, but the number you were given is a fax-line and none of your neighbors seem to have alternative contact details to reach him. And you are only at day two of your two-year lease.

A Stressed Dad's Top Tips for Moving House

Karl Young | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karl Young

If like me you have recently moved in the last few weeks you can probably remember the horror of finding those little extra costs and projects that you didn't foresee. I thought that other parents would appreciate a little help from for a dad who has been through the ordeal.

Asa Bennett

MPs Want Mark Carney To Save You From Interest Rate Rise 'Misery' | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics

Mark Carney has been urged by MPs to spare mortgage-holders and other borrowers the "misery" of interest rates rising too sharply, the Huffington Post...

Seven Top Tips for Renovating A Property

Tilly Wikeley | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tilly Wikeley

Having made cosmetic changes to our first flat and embarked on major renovation of our first house, people often ask me what are the key things I've learnt from the experience. We've learnt some the hard way and I know I'd definitely do things differently next here are my top tips for getting the best out of any house project you take on.

Just One in Ten Under-25s Now Get on the Property Ladder as House Prices Soar

Jack Kershaw | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
Jack Kershaw

Labelled as, 'The Jilted Generation' shocking research released yesterday by The Office for National Statistics has indicated that just 1 in 10 under-25s will now be able to get onto the property ladder as house prices continue to rise at an alarming rate.

You Could Buy This London Flat, Or 56 Normal UK Homes

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK

Britain's most expensive one-bedroom flat, in London's ultra-luxury One Hyde Park development, has gone on sale for £9.9 million. The luxury pad, ...

2015 Property Predictions for the UK Housing Market

Michael Bruce | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK
Michael Bruce

Whilst the first half of the year has always been the busiest period for the housing market I believe activity will flat line across the year with a little less in the first half but made up in the second. Whatever the outcome, sellers in the first half could be winners in the second.

Nine Facts You Need to Know About the Housing Crisis

Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes

We are a property mad nation, we all want our own castle to call home, and yet our property market is in perpetual crisis. We have damagingly high house prices and yet at the same time there is a lack of house building. There is a stream of initiatives from our politicians, but little changes. Here are nine facts that will challenge how you think about the housing crisis.

The Bubble Won't Pop

Karim Goudiaby | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Karim Goudiaby

Concerns of a real estate bubble in London are overblown - in fact, we must not be concerned, we must change our perspective. We should be thrilled by the multiple benefits and opportunities that London's housing boom has provided and will continue to provide.

'Warped' Osborne Under Fire For Suggesting £250,000 Homes Are Cheap

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been accused of having a "warped view" of the housing market after telling MPs that homes at £250,000 were just at the "lower end"...

Stamp Duty Reform Vs Mansion Tax - Who's Got It Right?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot and Asa Bennett | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's Autumn Statement surprise, the slashing of the "single-slab" rate of stamp duty for 98% of home buyers announced today, is a direct c...

As Safe as Houses: £1Trillion to Be Invested in Property by Landlords

Michael Bruce | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK
Michael Bruce

The property market needs investor activity and any initiatives that make a difference should be welcomed. The only sting in the ointment is the number of properties coming to the market. Is there going to be enough to go around?

Whatever Happened to Help to Buy?

Ann McKechin | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Politics
Ann McKechin

Whatever happened to Help to Buy? Ministers seldom mention the government's two-part mortgage guarantee and equity loan scheme these days, yet it was initially heralded by the chancellor and the prime minister as a major Coalition policy... The reason is that the scheme has fallen rather flat.