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The Thorny Question of Housing Supply

Consult any property market report and it won’t be long before you’ll encounter the subject of under-supply in the residential market. It’s a problem that has persisted for many years, spanning the terms of successive British governments, and its inflationary […]

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New Stress-Tests for BTL Mortgages?

Almost two years ago, the Mortgage Market Review was introduced after several years of discussion and amendment. The legislation was first proposed in 2009, when it became clear that the existing rules had allowed the very risky mortgage lending that […]

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The Continuing Rise of Property

House prices hit the headlines again this month as new statistics confirmed that the price of the average home in Britain had passed the £300,000 mark. On 21st March, Rightmove announced that the average asking price now stood at £303,190. […]

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Politics and the Buy-to-Let Market – Part 2

In the first part of this article, we considered the immediate impact of last week’s Budget. In itself, it introduced nothing particularly new or damaging for property investors, although exempting property from a reduction in Capital Gains Tax was widely […]

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Politics and the Buy-to-Let Market – Part 1

The Spring Budget of 2016 ruffled a few feathers amongst commentators in the buy-to-let market but, in truth, there was nothing very momentous in it for landlords – and what changes there were should have come as little surprise. It’s […]

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Budget 2016 – What it Means for Investors

In the March 2016 Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced that the British economy was not growing as quickly as he had predicted. Consequently, previous calculations regarding tax, revenue and government spending now had to be revised. […]

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House Prices in 2016

House prices are never far from property investors’ thoughts and recent figures from the Land Registry look set to push the topic into the headlines again. At the end of February, the Land Registry published figures showing that average UK […]

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