We need a Secretary of State for Housing

An urban planning minister is urgently needed to develop a long-term strategy for housing to go alongside promises of new build houses. Meeting pre-election commitments on housing supply is arguably easier than making tough and expensive decisions on infrastructure, which is required to sustain new builds and ultimately ensure they’re a viable and attractive proposition. […]

29 April 2015 by Alistair Hargreaves

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Pensions – four things to consider before investing in property

Select Property Group discusses what to think about before investing pension money in property in this sponsored article. Landmark pension reforms came into effect this week, and those with a pension will now be able to access more of the money they’ve saved during their working lives. So, now you no longer have to automatically […]

13 April 2015 by Select Property

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Pensions: 4 reasons why buy-to-let is such a strong investment choice

Select Property Group discusses the benefits of buy to let investing as a source of retirement income below. This month’s pension reforms are set to hand a generation of pensioners the kind of access to their savings that’s never been seen before. But what are they going to be spending their money on? Well the […]

7 April 2015 by Select Property

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The difference between funds investing directly in property and funds investing in property shares

Property has become fashionable once again over the previous 18 months. The once maligned sector, which was characterised by large drawdowns and daily liquidity being suspended, in some cases, during the financial crisis, has two funds in the top 10 for net inflows in the seven months up until the end July of 2014. What […]

10 September 2014 by The Harried House Hunter

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Finance for developing a property – what you need to think about

One of our resident experts, Alistair Hargreaves, considers the challenges posed by development finance. I often receive inquiries about development finance, ranging from the relatively simple – for example, turning a Victorian town house into two self-contained flats; to the vastly complex – such as converting a disused warehouse into multiple flats and penthouses. But […]

1 July 2014 by The Harried House Hunter

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Does the Bank really think this week's measures will be effective?

#Carneyge on house market The news from the Bank of England this week BANK OF ENGLAND FINANCIAL POLICY COMMITTEE TO CAP BULK OF HIGH LOAN-TO-INCOME MORTGAGES AND TOUGHENS UNDERWRITING STANDARDS TO SET FROM OCTOBER LOAN TO INCOME RATIO AT 4.5 FOR 85 PCT OF NEW MORTGAGES TOUGHENS AFFORDABILITY TESTS FOR NEW HOME LOANS FROM THURSDAY […]

26 June 2014 by The Harried House Hunter

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Does the Bank really think this week’s measures will be effective?

#Carneyge on house market The news from the Bank of England this week BANK OF ENGLAND FINANCIAL POLICY COMMITTEE TO CAP BULK OF HIGH LOAN-TO-INCOME MORTGAGES AND TOUGHENS UNDERWRITING STANDARDS TO SET FROM OCTOBER LOAN TO INCOME RATIO AT 4.5 FOR 85 PCT OF NEW MORTGAGES TOUGHENS AFFORDABILITY TESTS FOR NEW HOME LOANS FROM THURSDAY […]

26 June 2014 by Jonathan Davis

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Snap up a DIY bargain in Home Retail

The UK home improvements sector has done very well of late, boosted of course by a combination of a recovering domestic economy, and in particular the feel-good “wealth effect”  which has enveloped home owners as property price inflation has roared back. Unsurprisingly, retail sales volumes in furniture and lighting have been buoyant, no doubt also […]

9 April 2014 by The Harried House Hunter

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Three reasons not to rush into housebuying now

I came across these charts while trying to figure out the best places to hunt for houses in London on a value-for-money basis; I think they speak for themselves… 1. Slump in New Buyer Enquiries Points to Slowing House Prices Ahead Source: RICS, Department of Communities & Local Government   2. Slump in New Buyer […]

3 April 2014 by The Harried House Hunter

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Confessions of a London Househunter, (Part II)

The case of the disappearing inventory… Well, despite what seem to be ever-rising prices, I am still looking to buy my ideal 2-3 bed house in London, which is more than can be said for a lot of prospective house hunters in the Capital: Source: RICS Survey, Feb 2014 New buyer enquiries collapsed in London […]

20 March 2014 by The Harried House Hunter

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