About Kate

Kate Faulkner is one of the UK’s leading property experts. She is passionate that most of the problems in the residential property market can be solved if the media, industry and government worked together to educate consumers on how to carry out property projects. To aid this, Kate has set up a free consumer site www.propertychecklists.co.uk and working groups for homebuying and selling and The Lettings Industry Council. Kate regularly features on BBC TV and radio including You and Yours, Moneybox and 5Live’s Midnight Property Expert as well as LBC’s Property Hour and on ITV’s This Morning.  See Kate’s latest media. She earns her money mainly through consulting projects with the industry.

On a monthly basis, Kate analyses what’s happening to the economy, property prices and rents, and the impact this has on consumers and indeed the industry.

Kate’s columns and regular media appearances:

Period Ideas Magazine
The Negotiator
Derby Telegraph
Direct Line for Business
Mortgage Advice Bureau
LBC Property Hour (co-host)
BBC Radio Nottingham

Property checklists
Kate’s business provides consumers with independent up to date advice on how to buy, sell, rent, invest, renovate, maintain or build a property. She does this via a free service called Propertychecklists.co.uk. Kate appears at consumer property shows around the country to present and offer free one to one property clinics.

The site is supported by forward thinking companies and organisations, such as Belvoir Lettings, Mortgage Advice Bureau, Reeds Rains, Your Move, Checkatrade, NAPIT, Barratt Homes, Direct Line, NALS, Big Yellow, AnyVan and Humberts.

Consultancy Services
Through her consultancy and property statistics portal Designsonproperty.co.uk, she helps companies provide compelling content online, offline and via video. Kate also works alongside the industry to create new products and services, such as the Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon.

Industry Conferences
Kate presents and chairs at industry conferences such as RESI, National Housing Federation Annual Conference, Financial Services Expo, Negotiator, Westminster Forums and NALS.

Industry Experience/Reports
TDS Reports
Independent PRS Report
Housing Policy Expert
Future Homes Commission
Self Build & Renovation Centre

Property Author
She has written 11 property books including four for the consumer organisation Which? – Buy, Sell and Move House; Renting and Letting; Develop your Property and Property Investment Handbook.

BBC Presenter
She has also presented a feature on Housing Solutions to our property crisis for BBC’s Inside Out

Media Interviews
BBC1 Breakfast News                               GMTV
BBC2 Your Money                                     ITV/ITN
Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show                      Channel 4
Radio 5Live                                                 LBC Radio
Radio 4 You and Yours                             The Telegraph
Radio Nottingham                                     The Times
Daily Mail                                                    Daily Express
Which?                                                         Moneywise
Fake Britain

BSc (Econ)


9 Responses to About Kate

  1. Lewes Price says:

    I saw you comments on BBC News, re the government New buy scheme.
    What needs to be done to assist with house purchases is legislation. There are no laws that protect the consumer when buying a house. Mainly new, it causes developers to cut corners and promise the earth but when you pay they change their attitude.

  2. Thomas J Butler says:

    I watched your piece on BBC Breakfast today about the new “Housing Bubble”. Thank God (and you) that you stayed entirely professional and were not tempted to follow the theme of their piece but rather, to actually disagree and effectively say: “Bubble..what bubble?,…lets have a recovery first!” I was most impressed with your professionalism and grasp of the situation and moreover your determination not to follow a clearly planned theme by the BBC to spook us all about the housing market again!! We in then industry have suffered enough! Thank you on behalf of hard working Developers everywhere.
    Tom Butler
    Scope Property.

    • Hi Tom, thanks for your kind comments. My aim is always to try and make sure the general public get the right information about what’s happening market wise, as opposed to companies or organisations might like to press release! Glad you liked the interview and just so you are aware, we do a free price and rental update every month, which you can either sign up to or view here – https://katefaulkner.wordpress.com/property-prices-2/
      Kate Faulkner

  3. Anne says:

    Something that has always puzzled me with housing association houses and council houses (what is left of them) and wondered if you can solve it for me. There is a shortage of these type of houses, but are exisitng tenants ever re-assessed on their status/earnings? I know of two families who live in these types of houses, both now earn a good salary and one even owns properties that they rent out – surely this is not right?

  4. Hi Anne, you are right in that it does appear many people who have gone into social housing in the past were given not just tenancies for life, but my understanding, is their children were also allowed to take up the tenancies. This practice is in the process of being changed, so many tenancies are being granted on a fixed term basis, for example, five years. So although it will take some time to filter through the system, in the future, tenancies for their families and their bloodline won’t be granted for exactly the reasons you highlight. What I find most shocking is the tens of thousands of council homes which have actually been rented out in the private sector by the people they were given to in the first place. Again, this practice is in the process of being withdrawn.

  5. nick says:

    Would be interesting to hear your perspective about money creation, the money supply, risk asset allocation and its relationship to house prices such as discussed by Positive Money and the NEF.

    • Hi Nick, thanks for getting in touch. We help consumers with their day to day housing needs and projects, so although I fully appreciate your view on housing bubbles caused by debt I do think to some extent that has already happened and that was partly what I tried to point out today. Some of the properties in Sunderland and other areas I have analysed will never recover their value, which is very different to the story people are normally fed that prices double every 10 years. That hasn’t happened in most areas since 2004/5. My aim is to provide honest information about property trends and help people use these to navigate their way through the market whether hanging a door or building a home for the first time. Although I do think there is money to be made in property, it’s a specialist skill, of which financing is one of key reasons it works – rightly or wrongly. For most people though, they just want to put a roof over their heads and we help them with that and what to do when they are in it.

      • nick says:

        thanks for the reply Kate. The reason I raise this point is that the finance system is not passive. Yes, giving advice is one thing, but ultimately the way the system is constructed today house buyers are being, I believe sometime unaware, taking a huge speculative bet for the sake of the greater good of keeping the economy growing. I liked your observation that it is not only supply and demand, but also wealth local patterns of wealth, that drive prices. But it is also what a bank is prepared to lend. I think you have done some nice research on this uncovering the jaggedness of the market. However, it raises more questions than it answers in policy. For example, help to buy. does it unnecessarily distort the market and make homes more expensive than necessary. Would caps on LTI and LTV protect the consumer from market fluctuations and volatility in price. Currently, because of the leveraged nature, people are exposed to huge risk, when, as you say, all they want to do is put a roof over their head. This makes them vulnerable to what is quite a predatory system, particularly here in the UK where the borrower is liable for the losses. Not only that, over allocation into housing capital means that capital is not invested in more productive uses to provide sustainable employment.

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