UK Property

Modern Construction With a Traditional Twist

Jim Matthews | Posted 17.11.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 28.10.2014 | 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 28.10.2014 | 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...

Private Tenants Are Being Ripped Off and Letting Agents Can Provide the Answer

Stephen Purvis | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK
Stephen Purvis

An alarming number of private tenants - sixty per cent - believe UK letting fees are poor value for money, according to a recent poll. The survey, carried out by Populus, found that nearly half of private renters felt that letting fees did not reflect the time and effort put in by the letting agent.

Have Half A Million Pounds To Spend? What About This Dingy London Garage...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

This dingy London garage, measuring just 11ft by 7ft, is set to be sold for around £550,000 at auction. In further evidence of the capital's e...

The (Not So) Secret Diary of a London First Time Buyer; Aged 34 1⁄4 - Part VIII ... Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want

David Lewis | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Comedy
David Lewis

I remain stuck in flat-moving-limbo-hell. In February, I agreed a price of £343,500 for a 400 square foot flat in the dodgy end of Islington, London N7. And because of some diabolically tedious legal wrangling over a lease, The Vendor and I have not been able to exchange contracts...

MIPIM and Labour's Housing Shame

Julian Hall | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Politics
Julian Hall

You can almost smell the contempt from here, but if out elected representatives think they can get away with playing politics with people's homes - as we have also seen in Newham - they are quite wrong.

House Prices - Exciting Times Ahead

Michael Bruce | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Michael Bruce

Last week Halifax announced that the property market is starting to cool and that house price inflation has peaked. There are many commentators, despite the increase in September, who believe that house prices will fall next year and the market will get tougher...

Here's Why You May Not Need To Worry About A Housing Bubble

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK

The housing market showed further signs of a cool-down in September and the trend towards softer property price growth is likely to continue into 2015...

Cable Fears Osborne Isn't Actually Helping You Onto The Housing Ladder

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's flagship mortgage guarantee scheme "doesn't actually help you buy" as it pushes house prices up and further out of reach, Vince Cable...

Asa Bennett

Top Labour Donor Has All Sorts Of Problems With Ed's Economic Plans

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband's flagship mansion tax would cause "all sorts of problems" like pushing many homeowners into negative equity, Labour's biggest individual ...

London House Prices Are Rocketing

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK

London house prices leapt by 21.6% annually in August to mark the strongest annual growth seen in the capital for 14 years, according to Land Registry...

Summer Is Over, Let's All Move To This Private Caribbean Island

South West News Service | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK

This paradise island is set to become home to a super-rich Robinson Crusoe after it was put up for a cool sale for £36million. Water Cay, in the T...

Miliband HQ Is Set To Be Demolished

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics

The Labour party's London headquarters is going to be demolished after the general election as part of a project that will see offices and luxury flat...

House Prices Have Not Soared This Fast In Seven Years

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics

Average house prices in Britain have jumped at their fastest annual pace in seven years to hit a new record high, official figures show. According ...

What You Should Buy for the Perfect Housewarming Gift

Sarah O'Meara | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah O'Meara

The problem with housewarming parties is that guests can accidentally morph from close friends, into strange relatives bearing surprising gifts. Where once they brought wine, now they come bearing indoor tulip trees, personalised chopping boards, and tasting plates, with accompanying dipping sauces.

'Independence Could Wipe £31,000 Off Average House Price In Scotland'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics

Scottish independence could lead to another UK housing market crash that wipes £31,000 off the average house price in Scotland, leading property webs...

How To Make House Packing Less Hellish

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If buying a house is one of the most stressful things that you can do, then surely packing comes in a close second. While moving home can be one of...

UK Housing: Making the Long Journey Home

Peter Rolton | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

When the recession hit, it wiped out livelihoods and decimated entire markets. In the face of a global slump, Britain's housing sector was no exception; buyers couldn't afford to buy and builders couldn't afford to build. Over the course of several years, the pace of the property market dropped from jet stream to tumbleweed and the UK was left with an increasingly problematic housing deficit.

Osborne's Great British Sell-Off Has Been A Seriously Awkward Flop

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's plan to sell redundant government property at a "fair price" has been branded a "damp squib" after the Huffington Post UK found that ...