UK Property

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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 26.01.2015 | 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 time...so 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 23.01.2015 | 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 09.01.2015 | 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 07.01.2015 | 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.

Modern Construction With a Traditional Twist

Jim Matthews | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK
Jim Matthews

Homebuilding in the UK is constantly influenced by a range of trends and architectural styles and naturally enough, it is consumers that lead the way in dictating what these will be. Starting with the building blocks, the bricks, customers are now realising that traditional manufacturing methods can really help add character to new homes.

It's the Assets, Stupid

Kitty Ussher | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Politics
Kitty Ussher

The recent decision by the Office of National Statistics to undertake large-scale data collection on the distribution of household wealth and assets in Britain has significant implications for public policy...

Class War Against London's Housing Elite

Daniel Brett | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Living in Bow in the Nineties, just one skyscraper dominated the skyline: ONE Canary Wharf. I would see it when I went to bed every night and when I woke up in the morning. With steam pouring from its air conditioning ducts through the night like some steam punk dragon, it winked knowingly at the council estates it towered over. It knew there was worse to come...

Tories Red-Faced As Big Land Sale Fails To Attract Single Successful Bid

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Politics

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles is under fire after it emerged that a high profile scheme to release any unused public land to the public has faile...

Someone Rushed To Snap Up This Rundown Garage For Over £500,000

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK

This dingy London garage, measuring just 11ft by 7ft, may not seem worth a lot, but someone rushed to pay over £500,000 for it before it even hit auc...

Traditional Estate Agency Is Fundamentally Flawed

Adam Day | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK
Adam Day

There are so many things wrong with estate agency in its traditional form and so many ways traditional agents are exploiting unsuspecting sellers, that it's hard to know where to start. But here is my attempt...

Why German Fears of a Housing Bubble Are Overdone

Guy Hands | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Politics
Guy Hands

No matter what our views on the European Union, we like to pretend in Britain that we are different from our continental neighbours. This certainly includes a belief that our housing market is somehow unique whether it is our attachment of owning our own homes or our concerns about rising prices and the dangers of a housing bubble.

Foxtons Thinks London's Property Market May Stop Being So Mad

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK

Foxtons estate agent has warned of a "sharp" slowdown in London's property market as it issued a profit warning, sending its share price falling by mo...