UK Property

The Bubble Won't Pop

Karim Goudiaby | Posted 05.12.2014 | 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 01.12.2014 | 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 24.11.2014 | 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 17.11.2014 | 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 16.12.2014 | 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 15.12.2014 | 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 13.12.2014 | 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 ...