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The government's New Homes Bonus scheme to encourage the construction of properties in the UK where supply is weakest is failing to live up to its mandate...
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The controversial mansion tax will fail to deliver the revenue expected, according to new research. While this may...
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In this post, inspired in part by my fanatical attention to pointing out the flaws in many suggestions made by politicians, bankers and the public over the past few years. I am going to attempt to detect the root cause of the problem – and propose not one, but two possible solutions which you can all argue about...
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With 2013 now underway I was hoping some sense might have found its way into the UK housing market after a sustained break, or at best, there might be some delay before any nonsense crept in. Sadly it has not been the case...
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It's time once again for one of my Housing Humbug Reports in which I take a look at the past 12 months in the property and financial markets and see if there are any potential gems of wisdom to be found and make a few predictions on what next year might hold...
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As much as I have picked many a hole in Grants' bathtub-thinking approach to his plans and policies, it will be a bit of a shame to lose him from the ministry...
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The government needs to encourage investment in the private rented sector (PRS) if it is to meet the housing requirements of the UK's population. This is the opinion of Sir Adrian Montague...
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The Swiss: Famed for chocolate, banking, gold, cuckoo clocks and hiding things – the Swiss have decided their banks need more capital to offset a possible bubble burst in the Swiss property market caused by excessive credit growth...
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I have written several pieces regarding Government housing policies and suggestions, most of which have questioned the viability of the policies themselves, some have even gone so far as to label one as "Bonkers Suggestion of the Year"...
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Alterations to current legislation could significantly improve the landscape for institutional investment in residential property in the UK...
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It would be nice, just once, to come into the office and see some genuinely positive news in the housing market. Sadly, this week the press and all the feeds of PR have failed again to come up with any real stories that could have a positive impact...
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The government is making attempts to encourage more property investment from private financiers. Chloe Smith, economic secretary, together with housing minister Grant Shapps released a consultation to consider changes to Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)...
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As the world embarks upon what is no doubt set to be a turbulent financial year, the latest pomp and spin from the UK government is its poorly titled "Get Britain Building Fund"...
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The government has announced it will launch a review into the barriers to investment in the UK's private rental sector (PRS). Housing minister Grant Shapps revealed...
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The Tory Party has decided that it’s time to wheel the Right to Buy scheme out once again, offering several reasons as to how it will boost the housing market. On closer inspection and grilling by the press however, few of the reasons given actually stack up at all.
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The past few days has prompted a lot of hype surrounding the UK housing market which in turn has led to no end of pontificating as to the future of home ownership in the UK and quite what to do about it...
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Mr Shapps, despite being the UK Housing Minister seems to have overlooked the fact that "Mates Mortgages" already exist...
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First time buyers have almost always had a tough time, it is a big step to take in life (aside from being costly), the last thing they need is fancy mortgages that will only make matters worse....
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As we saw at the end of 2010, the consensus of opinion was mixed to say the least, although most were predicting further falls in the housing markets. Today however, Housing Minister Grant Shapps has called for "housing market stability"...
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