Property often makes the news be it the latest house price index, the impact of a Budget or a global health emergency, or the seemingly endless debate of how many homes need to be built, for whom and where. Newspapers and broadcasters need commentators, experts and practitioners who can explainContinue Reading

Their son James is self-employed and unable to get a mortgage so mum and dad Pam & Keith are taking out a 40 year mortgage to help him to buy a home. I have some problems with this as I explained to Peter White via LuciLive whilst on holiday inContinue Reading

Persimmon, the UK’s second biggest volume housebuilder announced half year results. Turnover of £1.75bn and profits of £500m were both down slightly as was the number of homes built in the first 6 months as the Company said that it was concentrating on improving the quality of their homes afterContinue Reading

In what might be just a mis-speak the Chancellor Sajid Javid is said to have suggested in the Times that “he was looking at various options when asked about stamp duty reforms including reversing liability from those buying property to those selling.” Personally, I doubt that he is – it’sContinue Reading

If you ever wondered what two middle-aged white property men might talk about in a pub then here’s the answer. 25 minutes in the company of buying legend Phil Spencer chatting about how I got into the business and how of course I’m really just following in his footsteps. ForContinue Reading

One possible solution to the housing crisis? My comments on a scheme devised by a house builder in Essex that provides ‘Almshouses for the young’. Affordable rents for nice homes plus enforced saving towards a deposit. Something that Community Right To Build could help other communities to do – ifContinue Reading

To Osterley to Sky News to update Stephen Dixon and Gillian Joseph on the housing market on what is usually the busiest weekend of the year for estate agents.

“Lower house prices doesn’t mean that they are more affordable” I explained to John Humphrys – as RICS issues a downbeat market update Today want to know what the impact of Brexit might be. I’m in the studio with Simon Rubinsohn from RICS.

Despite warnings of a fall in transaction volumes and a slump in Stamp Duty receipts the latest numbers published by HMRC show a 16% rise in tax take to £9.5bn and an increase in the number of homes sold between £1m-£2m. Even for sales of homes over £2m there hasn’tContinue Reading