The Week in Housing: Up, 99, Up, Nothing, Boom.

5FF Feb 23 2024 Rightmove’s “Asking Price” Index Up: https://www.rightmove.co.uk/news/content/uploads/2024/02/Rightmove-HPI-19th-February-Final-.pdf Hunt mulling 99% taxpayer-guaranteed mortgage lending https://www.ft.com/content/ce643bfa-d4a9-4d85-b28c-6cc0fceba62f Lenders Raise Rates https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-68374500 Bank of England nothing burger makes big headlines https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/bank-englands-bailey-sees-signs-uk-economy-upturn-2024-02-20/ BestAgent “People’s” open source House Price Index targets overvaluing culprits and beats hackers https://bestagent.property/hpi

2024 New Rules for UK Home Sellers from National Trading Standards

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) are implementing new requirements for material information to be included in property listings. Part A came into place in 2022 and requires information that, regardless of outcome, is always considered material for all properties. Such as council tax banding, tenure, and price/ monthly rent. Parts… Continue reading 2024 New Rules for UK Home Sellers from National Trading Standards

5FF – Fri 27th October 2023

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1 UK’s biggest wealth manager blocks clients from withdrawing money from their £1bn property fund. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/st-james-place-blocks-clients-pulling-money-major-property/ https://archive.ph/Po6I4 2 Almost half of the 1,200 people surveyed incorrectly think Interest Rates correlate more strongly with house prices than anything else  https://x.com/moving_charlie/status/1717178983110832254?s=20 https://x.com/moving_charlie/status/1717541641727115671?s=20 3 Lloyds/Halifax predicts house prices will fall until 2025 https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-12673173/House-prices-fall-2025-says-Lloyds-rates-peaked.html 4 Foxtons reports 23% fall… Continue reading 5FF – Fri 27th October 2023

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5 Fact Friday 13 October 2023

RICS September Survey: Demand, sales, instructions and prices all remain in negative territory https://www.rics.org/content/dam/ricsglobal/documents/market-surveys/uk-residential-market-survey/9._WEB_September_2023_RICS_UK_Residential_Market_Survey_tp.pdf Wages Cooling: KPMG Survey shows slowest rise in starting pay in over two years https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-10-10/uk-wage-growth-cools-as-job-cuts-mount-and-firms-cap-costs IMF Says Israel-Hamas War will impact global economy, especially oil prices https://news.sky.com/story/israel-hamas-war-is-new-cloud-darkening-horizon-of-global-economy-imf-warns-12983198 Labour pledges to bulldoze planning barriers and build 1,500,000 in the next parliament if… Continue reading 5 Fact Friday 13 October 2023

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Housing Market Woes Worsening in Q2.

5 Fact Friday – 19 April 2024 ONS: Scotland and NI prices up, England and Wales prices fall 1.1% UK House Price Index summary: February 2024 – GOV.UK Inflation Stays Sticky – CPIH Unchanged at 3.8%, CPI slips slightly to 3.2% https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationandpriceindices/bulletins/consumerpriceinflation/march2024 Mortgage rates start increasing https://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/property/mortgages/mortgage-rates-rise-inflation-dash-hopes-summer-rate-cut/ Unemployment jumps “unexpectedly” to 4.2% https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/employmentintheuk/april2024 Job Vacancies… Continue reading Housing Market Woes Worsening in Q2.

5 Fact Friday 12 April

5FF April 12th FCA: 7.4m struggling to make payments https://www.financialreporter.co.uk/fca-introduces-new-rules-for-mortgage-lenders-as-74m-still-struggling-to-meet-payments.html Download: RICS March Survey – House Price Survey Balance -4% reflecting slightly negative but stable picture https://www.rics.org/content/dam/ricsglobal/documents/market-surveys/uk-residential-market-survey/March_2024_RICS_UK_Residential_Market_Survey.pdf Bank of England Credit Survey – Defaults expected to increase https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/credit-conditions-survey/2024/2024-q1 Halifax HPI down -1% https://www.halifax.co.uk/media-centre/house-price-index.html https://www.halifax.co.uk/assets/pdf/march-2024-halifax-house-price-index.pdf Feb GDP up 0.1% https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/grossdomesticproductgdp/bulletins/gdpmonthlyestimateuk/february2024 Use my First Time Buyer Email… Continue reading 5 Fact Friday 12 April

An Easter Feast of Housing Guff

5 Fact Good Friday 29 March 2024  Down valuations ‘rearing their head again’ says big property firm MPs launch inquiry into home buying and selling proce… https://www.zoopla.co.uk/discover/property-news/no-further-house-price-falls-expected-this-year/ https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/grossdomesticproductgdp/bulletins/quarterlynationalaccounts/octobertodecember2023 https://www.ft.com/content/bef934b4-7474-4381-8195-447d5346dc1f ONS revises down three years of house price readouts. https://x.com/moving_charlie/status/1772263638360887735?s=20 South East

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5 (7) Fact Friday 22 March 2024

Land Registry releases ONS Local House Prices tool: https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationandpriceindices/articles/housingpricesinyourarea/2024-03-20  Bank of England leaves base rate unchanged at 5.25% https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/monetary-policy/the-interest-rate-bank-rate  Rightmove March House Price Index misleads again: https://www.rightmove.co.uk/news/content/uploads/2024/03/Rightmove-HPI-18th-March-Final.pdf   ONS published meaningless national average house prices for January https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-house-price-index-for-january-2024/uk-house-price-index-summary-january-2024  UK CPIH inflation down to 3.8% https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationandpriceindices/bulletins/consumerpriceinflation/february2024  BONUS FACT: Supply of homes for Sale year to date… Continue reading 5 (7) Fact Friday 22 March 2024

5 Fact Friday the Ides of March

Not much suggests good things ahead for the home moving market, as the end of Q1 2024 nears. RICS shows biggest rise in new properties coming to market since before the pandemic. https://www.rics.org/news-insights/market-surveys/uk-residential-market-survey Rents in London fall 10%  https://www.standard.co.uk/homesandproperty/renting/london-rent-feb-2024-chestertons-b1144821.html Job Vacancies fall almost 25% https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2024-03-reed-jobs-report-falling-vacancies-endangers-recovery/ Jeremy Hunt confirms to Parliamentary Committee that he expects house… Continue reading 5 Fact Friday the Ides of March

A “cult” of kindness.

When unscrupulous debt-brokers call it a “cult” for wanting affordable homes for everyone, you can see the nature of the real problem society faces. These are the ones who don’t see the problem. They’re also the ones who cry “buyer beware” as they sell overpriced lifelong obligations to people and call it “target”. Then there… Continue reading A “cult” of kindness.

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5 Fact Friday 8 March – Great news

5FF 8 March 2024 Jan 2024 Transactions fall 10% on year earlier, 20% on December.  https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/monthly-property-transactions-completed-in-the-uk-with-value-40000-or-above/uk-monthly-property-transactions-commentary 2023 Mortgage Lending lowest in 50 years – UK Finance https://ukfinance-newsroom.prgloo.com/news/affordability-pressures-push-down-mortgage-lending-and-savings-in-2023 UK Spring Budget 2024 – CGT Cut from 28 to 24%, Stamp Duty holiday ends, Holiday Lets tax break ends https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/spring-budget-2024/spring-budget-2024-html#:~:text=a%20timely%20manner.-,6.6%20Housing,-Barking%20%E2%80%93%20The OBR: 2026 before house prices rise https://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/property/house-prices/falling-interest-rates-to-drive-house-price-recovery… Continue reading 5 Fact Friday 8 March – Great news

2024 Spring Budget Boost for Affordable Housing

Charlie Lamdin thinks the budget was great news for the housing market

The lack of help for first time buyers or other government stimulus is the best thing that could have happened. What goes up, must come down. Except house prices, it would seem. The chances of buying a home have continued to escape more and more would-be home buyers. The average age of a first time… Continue reading 2024 Spring Budget Boost for Affordable Housing

If we fix housing first, we will be better placed to fix everything else.

Why today’s budget won’t fix the housing crisis (and what will). Today is budget day. An opportunity to help the housing crisis. The housing crisis is a social crisis. It started with selling off social housing, then not replacing that social housing. So now we don’t have enough social housing. As a result, we the… Continue reading If we fix housing first, we will be better placed to fix everything else.