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After many years of unresolved supply issues in the UK housing market, the government has announced that thousands of new homes will be built...
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Former Chancellors Norman Lamont, Alistair Darling and Nigel Lawson have added their significantly powerful voices to a call for Osborne to scale down Help to Buy...
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Whilst most people in America the United Kingdom are aware of Section 8 Housing and Section 106 respectively, many are not fully informed on how these programs work. Documentary maker Kevin Murphy elaborates...
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Christmas might still be over a week away but the property world is feeling a little bit like it received some presents early in this year's Autumn Statement. And like with all good gifts, some reflection is due after the initial excitement...
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The British Property Federation (BPF) is warning that new taxes on foreign investors will only serve to damage the country's reputation as 'open for business', opposed to keeping a cap on prices...
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In what would seem to be a move to deflect the negative criticisms of the Help to Buy policy (or possibly a bout of madness), Chancellor George Osborne has taken the move to hand over control of the policy itself to the Bank of England – shrewd move one might think on the face of it, until you look at the Bank of England track record...
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Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled details of the mortgage guarantee element of the popular Help to Buy Scheme.
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Budget 2013 is coming under fire for creating confusion over whether state-backed mortgages can be used by the wealthy to buy second homes. After initially being praised for introducing a raft of measures to benefit home buyers, the government is now coming under fire...
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The UK housing market received the boost it had hoped for in the 2013 Budget. George Osborne revealed that the government will be giving GBP 5.4 billion of financial support to tackle long-term problems in the sector and support those looking get on or move up the property ladder...
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The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is calling on the government to deliver on its promises to get Britain building. Ahead of next week's Budget, the organisation has urged funds to be released to give the property market a much needed boost...
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London has been the centre of considerable property investment of late, but there is a notable lack of cash buyers among those choosing to put their money in bricks and mortar...
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The availability of all kinds of finance has been restricted since the onset of the global financial crisis, both in the UK and elsewhere around the world...
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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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Despite concerns that announcements made by chancellor George Osborne in his Budget speech last week (March 21st) will deter high net worth individuals (HNWIs) from investing in prime London property, one real estate expert does not believe the tax changes will have a significant impact...
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The UK's private rented sector (PRS) offers numerous property investment opportunities, particularly as one in five households is expected to be leasing their home by 2016...
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In his Budget speech yesterday (March 21st) chancellor George Osborne announced changes to the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) regime...
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The 2012 budget revealed by Chancellor George Osborne contained relatively little that would affect the housing or property market, because this was all covered in an earlier housing strategy document...
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For those that don't know, the combined intellect of the European Union's financial brains has come up with a tax first conceived in a university lecture in the seventies...
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At the end of October, David Cameron wrote in the Financial Times that the government intends to focus on infrastructure projects around the UK...
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Real estate investment trusts - or REITs - were first introduced to the UK in 2007. Initially, they could only be established with commercial properties. But earlier this year, that all started to change...
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Reforms to Stamp Duty Land Tax rules, as announced in yesterday's (March 23rd) budget, have been welcomed by UK's property investment bodies. Under new terms announced by chancellor George Osborne, the rate of Stamp Duty land Tax on purchases of multiple residential properties...
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As a rule I personally tend to largely steer clear of politics for a several reasons. Firstly, because I am not a politician, it doesn't really matter what I think, if a change is made in parliament there is little I can do about it...
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The results of the recent comprehensive spending review (CSR) are likely to be welcomed by real estate investors looking to capitalise on the London property market. At least this is the view of GM Real Estate which claimed that the austerity measures had been received "fairly positively" so far....
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