• Has the Bank of England lost sight of the UK economy?

    Has the Bank of England lost sight of the UK economy?

    Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, could become the first to serve a full term without adjusting interest rates since Lord Thomas back in 1949. When you bear in mind that just a few months ago Mark Carney suggested it was “inevitable” that UK base rates would rise in the short term,

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  • Is the Scottish property market back in favour?

    Is the Scottish property market back in favour?

    For many years the Scottish property market has been overshadowed by its neighbour south of the border but recent data suggests that Scottish property is coming back into favour. The period preceding the recent independence referendum and the fallout post the referendum did not help investors with their long-term planning. As a consequence, there is

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  • London property market showing signs of irrational exuberance

    London property market showing signs of irrational exuberance

    Irrational exuberance is a term coined by investment markets which often comes before a market correction. As the term suggests, demand for property and the prices people are willing to pay become irrational with very little correlation to cold hard facts and figures. Yet again we are seeing a raft of articles suggesting that the

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  • Are UK housebuilders stockpiling land?

    Are UK housebuilders stockpiling land?

    Historically there have always been suspicions that UK housebuilders were sitting on enormous land banks as a means of pushing up the value of property. There have been various attempts by governments over the years to reduce these land banks and incentivise housebuilders to build more homes. However, a recent report by the Guardian suggests

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  • Is the UK property market disconnected from average earnings?

    Is the UK property market disconnected from average earnings?

    When you consider that the average home in England now costs in excess of £300,000 (as of November 2015 in an ONS report) and London is even higher at £537,000, have UK property prices lost their long-term connection with average earnings? Over the last decade the average property price in England has increased by 50%

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  • Would a UK exit from Europe harm the UK property market?

    Would a UK exit from Europe harm the UK property market?

    David Cameron is currently attempting to renegotiate the U.K.’s relationship with the European Union amid plans for an in/out referendum probably sometime in 2016. Over the next few months we will see an array of propaganda in the media channels as those in favour of remaining part of the European Union highlight the benefits. There

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