• UK government under pressure to increase housing stock

    UK government under pressure to increase housing stock

    A report by the National Housing Federation has cast a very interesting light on the UK property market and in particular taxpayer funded housing benefit. The housing benefit system is slightly complicated because it accommodates those who have zero income as well as those in employment but not earning enough to cover the cost of

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  • What does the future hold for Scottish property prices?

    What does the future hold for Scottish property prices?

    At this moment in time many investors are sitting on the sidelines watching the Scottish independence situation develop. On one hand we have UK government adamant that the 2014 independence referendum was a “once-in-a-lifetime” event while the Scottish government is using the recent Brexit vote as a potential reason to call another independence referendum. So,

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  • Understanding the headlines about UK property prices

    Understanding the headlines about UK property prices

    Have you ever read an article with a headline such as “UK property price growth slows” which leaves you with a distinctly negative flavour before you even read the article? However, upon further investigation how can it be negative that UK property prices are still expected to grow even during the so-called Brexit uncertainty? Somehow

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  • Could Brexit exodus create buying opportunities for UK property investors?

    Could Brexit exodus create buying opportunities for UK property investors?

    Despite the fact that surveys and experts have confirmed little or no change in UK property markets, in light of the Brexit vote, the scare stories still circulate. We have even seen some politicians suggesting there will be a second referendum in the next two years despite the fact that the UK electorate have made

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  • Is the UK tax system fair on property owners and tenants?

    Is the UK tax system fair on property owners and tenants?

    A recent report by housing charity Shelter and YouGov has placed a focus on the UK taxation system with many homeowners/ tenants struggling. While some people are pointing the finger at the ever-growing cost of UK property perhaps we need to look at the UK taxation system which seems to penalise those in employment. The

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  • London property premium falling back

    London property premium falling back

    Data released by the Land Registry has opened up a very interesting debate on the gap between property prices in Greater London and the rest of England/Wales. It would be foolish to suggest that the gap will ever reach parity but figures from May show the average price of property in England and Wales now

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