Yesterday we exchanged. I guess that makes us the "lucky" ones. We finally get closure. I dread to think how it will be for others affected by CPO now; what risible price will they be offered in today's economy? And how many affordable and social rent homes will be sacrificed to keep development partners sweet across the UK?
For better of worse Margaret Thatcher stoked the capitalist in all of us, and created a nation of homeowners. Now the Government could make us a nation of house builders and in doing so shake up the inward looking, greedy, house building sector* and save us from another botched political scheme.
While "Leave" has won the day, we believe that for the UK housing market in general and Property Partner in particular, the watchword is "Remain". It is going to seem like a helter-skelter for all markets for the next few months, but the medium and long-term prospects for UK residential property remain strong. In the end, people need somewhere to live.
Part of the reason that young men are still living 'at home' is economic. We have grown up against the backdrop of a severe recession that has robbed us of the cheap credit and plentiful homes that were available to the men that came before us. Our earning potential and job security has also been diminished - making the big move more unlikely than it was for previous generations. The economy has not been kind to the Boomerang Boys.
You don't need to employ an interior designer to make your home function and look at its best. Keep these few simple rules in mind and your home will always work well and look beautiful.
Ask five people how they sold their house and they'll give you five different theories. They'll tell you that the secret was renovating the kitchen, putting their house on the market just in time for the rush, or baking bread during each viewing. But while there's nothing stopping you from enjoying these great property-selling myths, there's something you should bear in mind: they're usually nonsense.
Annoyed by a dripping tap? Unsightly cracks in walls? Lukewarm radiators? Squeaky doors? There are tons of DIY jobs you can easily - and speedily - sort out yourself with a little know-how, saving you cash in the process. This guide steers you through just a few of the most common, irritating and easiest-to-fix DIY problems...
When it comes to the housing market, London has long been seen as a market within a market. After the credit crunch hit, and house prices across the country headed south, desire to buy within the capital remained robust. In seemingly no time at all, house prices within London had not only recovered but surpassed its previous peaks.
I'm not an economist and I don't have all the answers, but when two professionals have no hope of getting a mortgage without the support of their entire family, clearly something needs to change.
There are still eight weeks to go until the EU referendum, but we already find ourselves buried under an avalanche of claims and counter-claims of the...
While there is always scope for improvements or modernisation, the introduction of new owners whose primary focus must be profit, is unlikely to result in a system better able to guarantee title to land, or indeed to materially improve efficiency or value for money in the long term.
For now though, if you're into buying, renovating, developing or even just daydreaming about property, a handy lesson is this: don't be afraid to take some risks. Sometimes it's worth the gamble.
The time people spend while at work sourcing and organising property viewings along with the potential days off, can have a huge negative impact on the economy. Renters help make London tick and position it as one of the best cities the world to live in- it's time they stopped being ignored, their importance started being appreciated and their needs being put first.
As the British winter rages on, it's natural that thoughts start to turn to sun, sea and sand. The laid-back lifestyle on offer in Spain has always appealed to Brits, but it's fair to say the property market there has had its fair share of problems.
Modern pop-up homes may just hold the key to solving London's housing crisis. They are of extremely high quality, are manufactured cheaply and can be constructed in a matter of weeks. My new report, 'Pop-up Housing: A London Solution', suggests these kinds of high quality temporary homes could cut the cost of renting in the capital by a third.
All of this innovation will need to be catalysed, honed, and hosted somewhere, i.e. spaces, buildings, cities. The actual infrastructure of innovation is something that rarely is mentioned, we know that innovation needs ideas, visionaries, tools, money etc, however it also has takes a physical embodiment.