The Government must do more to keep local authorities, housing associations and institutional investors in the business of providing affordable homes for rent, whilst also doing everything possible to assist and encourage private developers to increase their output of new homes to buy. The fetish for home ownership, embodied in the Right to Buy legislation, has had its day, and should be repealed.
So, before you go adding any weird or wacky features to your home, consider how much you really want it. Is the time and money you will spend creating, worth how much you will lose when it comes to selling your house - either in terms of time and money to cover it up or having to accept a lower offer on your house. If it is - great - go crazy and make those dreams a reality.
Did Shakespeare gain experience of the real estate world during his lost years (1588 - 1592) through some sort of commercial or legal apprenticeship, or did he draw on first-hand knowledge gained once he started to make his way in London as a writer? What we do know is that Shakespeare had first-hand experience of a particularly combative lease renewal which threatened the very source of his own prosperity.
The number of new homes completed in the first half of 2016 in England stands at 67,560, down from 71,810 in the first half of 2015. The Government has committed to building one million new homes by the end of this parliament in 2020. At the current rate, we won't even come close. Drastic improvements are needed and soon.
There is a new occupant in Number 10 Downing Street. Theresa May is now the Prime Minister, and has inherited a fairly daunting to-do list. Brexit has inevitably taken many of the headlines, but it is heartening to see that Mrs May has already zeroed in on another issue that will impact our lives for generations to come: the UK housing crisis.
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.
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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.