Residential Property Review – March 2022

Sales up as demand stays strong 2022 has picked up where 2021 left off, with near-record demand leading to the busiest January and February since 2016, according to Zoopla. Sales agreed in February were 31% above the 2017-19 average for the month, according to TwentyCi, matching levels last seen at the start of 2021. Meanwhile, … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – March 2022”

Inflationary pressures continue to build

Macroeconomic and geopolitical worries: January was a challenging month for UK investors who had to contend with intensifying inflationary pressures alongside the prospect of higher UK and US interest rates and the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Over January as a whole, the FTSE 100 Index rose by 1.1%, while the FTSE 250 … Continue reading “Inflationary pressures continue to build”

A volatile start to 2022

Widespread declines in January Leading equity markets generally fell during January amid concerns over the prospect of higher interest rates in the US, the impact of the Omicron variant, and mounting tensions between Russia and Ukraine. The Vix Index – which tracks expectations of future volatility – rose to its highest level in over a … Continue reading “A volatile start to 2022”

Residential Property Review – December 2021

Slowing activity but demand remains high New buyer enquiries rose slightly in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) November survey, with a net balance of +13%, while new instructions fell for the eighth successive month to -18%. The end of the Stamp Duty holiday, among other factors, has contributed to a dip in housing … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – December 2021”

Commercial Property Market Review – June 2021

Shopping centres on the brink In another blow to the ailing retail sector, research from Local Data Company (LDC) has revealed that potentially 70 of Britain’s 700 shopping centres are in line for demolition. In a sector already negatively impacted by the rise in online retail, rising costs and changing habits, the fact that most … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – June 2021”

Pandemic leads to growing ESG awareness

The inclusion of ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues within mainstream investment strategies has been gaining in prominence during the pandemic, according to new research – and it’s a trend that’s set to continue. The global rise of ESG – a megatrend here to stay ESG investment has been increasingly catching the interest of investors … Continue reading “Pandemic leads to growing ESG awareness”

Economic Review April 2021

Stronger recovery predicted The UK economy returned to growth in February and survey evidence suggests a strong recovery is imminent, as lockdown restrictions ease and the vaccine rollout continues at pace. Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the economy grew by 0.4% in February, as businesses prepared for the lifting of … Continue reading “Economic Review April 2021”

Taking on the challenge of a self employed mortgage

Self-employed people still face an uphill struggle in mortgage applications, but help is at hand. Though some lenders have tightened their criteria, others are working with mortgage brokers to encourage buyers with complex incomes. If you run your own business, work as a contractor or earn through freelancing, then you’re disproportionately more like to have … Continue reading “Taking on the challenge of a self employed mortgage”

Economic Review March 2021

BoE: Outlook ‘unusually uncertain’ The Bank of England (BoE) has expressed growing confidence that a near-term recovery is gathering pace, although policymakers appear split over the country’s longer-term economic prospects. Gross domestic product (GDP) figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the UK economy shrank by 2.9% in January as the third … Continue reading “Economic Review March 2021”

Economic Review January 2021

Vaccinations provide economic hope Although recently released data has revealed a decline in UK economic activity, Bank of England (BoE) Governor Andrew Bailey, has expressed hopes that the vaccine roll-out programme will begin to spark a “pronounced recovery.” The latest gross domestic product (GDP) figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the … Continue reading “Economic Review January 2021”