What trends will dominate the housing market in 2022?

Last year house prices rose to new heights and the sales market was at its most active since 2007.  Last year’s property boom was fuelled by a desire for more space, a mismatch in supply and demand, and the temporary Stamp Duty holiday.  Looking ahead, what trends will dominate the housing market in 2022? Strong … Continue reading “What trends will dominate the housing market in 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”

Residential Property Review – November 2021

Spending pledges for housing in Autumn Budget In his Autumn Budget delivered at the end of October, Chancellor Rishi Sunak committed more cash to building new homes on derelict or unused land in England, as part of a £24bn fund earmarked for housing. The plans will see 160,000 greener homes built on brownfield land and … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – November 2021”

Residential Property Review – October 2021

Supply still lagging demand Steady buyer demand and a sixth successive month of net negative new instructions, were the standout trends in the September UK Residential Market Survey published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). “At the national level, new buyer enquiries had a net balance of zero in September, up from -13% … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – October 2021”

Residential Property Review – September 2021

Signs of solidity in UK housing market After reaching record highs in June, the housing market is now ‘taking a breather‘, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) August survey. New buyer enquiries fell for a second consecutive month, with the latest net balance dropping to -14%. Despite this slip in demand, supply … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – September 2021”

Residential Property Review – August 2021

Transition to eco homes hotting up With climate issues becoming ever more urgent, policymakers and the housing industry are increasingly turning their attention to sustainable property development. Making homes greener will play an important part in the UK’s efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050: new and existing homes together account for 20% of the … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – August 2021”

Residential Property Review – July 2021

Building Safety Bill published Claiming “the biggest changes to building safety in nearly 40 years“, Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, said that the Building Safety Bill will set out a clear pathway for the future as to how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained. The Bill was published on 5 July to set out new … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – July 2021”

Residential Property Review – June 2021

Renting less expensive than buying a property Research from estate agency Hamptons, suggests that renters are better off than buyers for the first time in five years. The study found that, just prior to the pandemic in March 2020, the average buyer with a 10% deposit was better off than renters by £102 per month. … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – June 2021”

Half-price houses? The First Homes scheme launches

The new First Homes scheme is now being piloted in Bolsover and will be rolled out across England from the end of June. It offers first-time buyers – and key workers especially – the chance to buy locally and affordably. However, some parts of the UK will remain much more affordable than others. First-time buyers … Continue reading “Half-price houses? The First Homes scheme launches”

Seven deadly mortgage sins to avoid

Many people were expecting that house prices would fall during the pandemic, or at least stagnate. Indeed, a lot of first-time buyers were wistfully hoping that it might happen. But the government didn’t want a property crash on top of everything else, so introduced the stamp duty holiday to buoy up the market and protected … Continue reading “Seven deadly mortgage sins to avoid”