Gavin Barwell toured the TV studios this morning, appearing on ITV, Sky and the BBC, prior to publication of the delayed Housing White Paper on Tuesday. It appears from his comments the White Paper will focus strongly on rental...
Moneyfacts has today reported a small fall of 5% in the number of Buy to Let products available but the number is still higher than 6 months ago and 12% higher than a year ago. There is still plenty of choice for BTL investors,...
Whatever the next year brings one thing that is guaranteed is the fact that the UK housing market will remain a hot topic in 2017. With more talk around the lack of homes being built, Brexit fears or the government increasing grabbing the buy to let market by the horns, one thing that you can always expect is the housing market's ability to throw up surprises and show resilience in ways you'd never expect.
The key paragraph in today’s statement from the Bank of England confirming no change in Bank Rate or the size of the QE programme is this:
"The MPC’s Remit requires that monetary policy should balance the speed with which...
Today’s October Housing Transaction figures from HMRC provide further evidence of the how manipulating (or to use the technical term “seasonally adjusting”) the actual figures can result in misleading impressions being promoted,...
There are good reasons to expect a 'housing heavy' Autumn Statement, based partly on comments from our new Prime Minister, but also because it provides an ideal opportunity for the new Housing Minister and Chancellor to put their stamp on some new and revised policies.
In the last year a raft of political (fiscal) and regulatory changes have had a significant impact on Buy to Let (BTL) investors and negatively impacted the BTL market. These changes have been made to dampen the buy to let market, and allow more first time buyers and families to get on the ladder – but what impact will they have on those who can’t afford to buy?
Following its consultation exercise the PRA has today announced its final rules for BTL mortgages, with few changes from the draft proposals announced 6 months ago.
In the post Brexit world (or at least post the decision to Brexit, as the actual deed is still well over 2 years away) little has changed in the housing market 3 months after the referendum except that mortgages have got cheaper, although there are still plenty of uncertainties ahead.
This week’s 0.25% Bank Rate cut was so widely expected, following the Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC) strong steer in its July minutes, it had already been taken into account by the market. Therefore The Bank had to do something exceptional to aim the market further in the direction it wants it to go.