Housing

Don’t be too quick to applaud the Chancellor’s ban on letting fees

23 November 2016 12:01

If there’s one thing sure to get estate agents’ knickers in a twist, it’s a threat to their income. And…

Decent broadband now a ‘must-have’ for house buyers

22 November 2016 11:58

Location, location, location is the estate agent’s mantra when asked to define what makes a property hot – or not.…

Britain’s troubled housing market is fuelling social immobility and resentment

7 November 2016 12:00

‘Prefabs to solve housing crisis,’ screamed the front page of the Sunday Telegraph last weekend. Can the shortage of homes…

What does Philip Hammond have planned for the autumn statement?

29 October 2016 10:05

The City and Westminster are waiting to see what Philip Hammond does in the autumn statement next month. I write…

How to talk to your builder

26 October 2016 11:11

Television has a lot to answer for. The terrible reputation of the building trade for one. But not all builders…

House sellers must be realistic if they want to do a deal

8 September 2016 11:12

After a long summer of uncertainty following the Brexit vote, data is finally dribbling in. While some of it strikes…

Parents willing to pay tens of thousands more to live near a top school

5 September 2016 12:59

I have no recollection of my first day at school. I was four-years-old so it’s not surprising that I can’t dredge…

Is the sharing economy over already? Yes, if letting companies get their way

16 August 2016 11:04

Sitting on the lanai (balcony) sipping a beer, the wind gently rustling through the palm trees and my Hawaiian hosts’…

Don’t fall victim to dodgy estate agents

30 June 2016 10:25

How do you spot a good estate agent? No, I’m not about to tell a joke. It’s a serious question.…

Housing hyperbole: what’s next for house prices

27 June 2016 12:17

Without wishing to add to the hyperbole over Brexit (from both sides), it’s fair to say that Britain is all over…

Shared ownership could be the alternative to the bank of mum and dad

15 June 2016 10:09

Stepping onto the property ladder has become an enormous stretch for first-time buyers. But for those with no access to…

Why a win for landlords is a win for everyone

14 June 2016 10:20

There was victory for a group of mortgage borrowers last week when Court of Appeal judges ruled West Bromwich Building…

How Vote Leave plan to persuade the electorate that there are real risks to staying in the EU

28 May 2016 10:31

The IN campaign’s plan for victory in this EU referendum is relatively simple.  ‘Do you want the status quo or…

Can we really trust the economists on EU immigration?

13 May 2016 10:49

A recent Coffee House blog quite rightly noted that many British people are concerned that high levels of immigration have hurt…

Generation doomerang: moving back in with mum and dad

11 May 2016 10:57

Am I a ‘doomeranger’? If a new survey is to be believed then, yes, that’s exactly what I am. In…

Marathon mortgages you’ll be paying off for life

3 May 2016 9:59

When the baby-boomer generation bought their first homes they were typically in their twenties, took out a 25-year loan, and fully…

What you are telling us about the housing market

27 April 2016 10:35

Every month, some 1,500 households across the country tell us what they think has happened to the value of their…

Your home insurance holds the key to property disputes

8 April 2016 9:20

Rising house prices and a lack of properties has prompted many homeowners to improve rather than move. And who can blame them?…

Housing

Counting the cost of becoming a nation of renters

6 April 2016 10:16

Proof, if proof was needed, earlier this week that property prices in the capital are out of control. Research by Savills…

Housing

More misery for landlords

30 March 2016 10:08

The news for landlords seems to keep getting worse. Following a clampdown on tax relief and a huge hike in…

PMQs sketch: Cameron’s new tactic to steal Corbyn’s mascot

10 February 2016 16:59

Housing is Jeremy Corbyn’s second favourite subject (after drainage lids). Back in the 1970s the grateful proletariat hailed his long…

Labour must make home ownership its priority

4 February 2016 12:03

Housing is now the biggest domestic public policy failure since the Second World War. A broken market that doesn’t meet…

George Osborne has made his own ‘dangerous cocktail’ of economic risk

7 January 2016 12:54

When David Cameron said this week that he is worried his children would not be able to afford to buy…

Why the government is getting involved in commissioning new housing

4 January 2016 12:45

David Cameron’s announcement today that the government will be involved in the direct commissioning of new homes on public land…

David Cameron opens up shared ownership scheme

7 December 2015 9:05

David Cameron is marking his tenth anniversary as Conservative party leader with a speech in the West Midlands today on…