Author Archives: Kate Faulkner OBE
East Midlands regional property report
It’s time for another of our regional property update and this time it’s the East Midlands – for more visits http://www.propertychecklists.co.uk/articles/east-midlands-regional-property-report
Agents are being held accountable when they fail
A recent report from The Property Ombudsman Scheme (TPOS) shows that agents are now being held responsible and taken to task if they don’t deliver a good service. Most people tend to think that agents ‘get away with’ bad practice and … Continue reading
Moving house? Costs up in London, but down in N.Ireland and other areas in the UK
According to research from Lloyds Bank the average cost of moving house in the UK has risen by 9% during the last year, up to £10,996. This increase is much higher than the half a percent rise in the consumer … Continue reading
English Housing Survey Part 1 – All about our property stock
When someone shows me some figures which make a lot of sense and seem to be pretty robust – oh and they turn out to be from the Government, too – then I’m fascinated as no-one covers this very much … Continue reading
Beware the new property ‘sharing economy’!
Everyone loves a bargain and the idea of staying in someone’s home rather than a hotel or serviced apartment for a few quid may well appeal to many. However, having chaired a panel on behalf of the Residential Landlord Association … Continue reading
What now for London Property Prices post Brexit?
Over the past few weeks I have spoken to some very nervous Londoners. With prices having done pretty well there since 2009, there is a nervousness that with Brexit, prices will come down. When I say nervousness, some are very … Continue reading
What will happen to the property market now we are going to Brexit?
OK, so we are leaving the Europe Union… but what does that mean for our various property markets? Here’s a summary of my thoughts: Buyers are likely to hold off buying in the immediate future and over the summer. This … Continue reading
Can the Help to Buy ISA really help first time buyers?
According to a BBC investigation, their research suggests that, in many areas, “the average price of a starter home exceeds the maximum purchase cap of £250,000, or £450,000 in London”. Shelter said the Help to Buy ISA – in which the government tops up … Continue reading
Will you be helped by the controversial housing bill?
The Housing and Planning Bill has proved pretty controversial and whilst some of the changes it introduces are good, many are bad and in some cases even mad. Here is a reminder of the key points from the Housing and Planning Bill: … Continue reading
Why rents are not extortionate
Lots of people are saying that rents are ‘high’ or at their ‘highest’ and the other night on Question Time I heard Vince Cable saying they were unaffordable, and many MPs repeat this, some even claiming they are ‘extortionate’. The … Continue reading