A roundup of comments on George Osborne’s Budget from property experts.
We’ll find out very shortly (at about 12.30pm today) what will be in George Osborne’s Budget, but in advance of his announcements, estate agency eMoov.co.uk has suggested ways the Chancellor could bring buoyancy and stability to the property market:
1. Stamp Duty
Traditionally paid by buyers, stamp duty should instead be paid by the seller. This will [...]
Traditional househunter lists of ‘must haves’ include off-street parking, en suite bedrooms and mature gardens. But increasingly this list now also includes ‘home office’.
An entire RIBA village, a rundown on the greenest Olympics ever, innovative ways to recycle carpet, the BREEAM Awards, timber homes that can be made watertight in a day – these are some of the highlights of Ecobuild which opens today.
There are few property topics which generate as much heated debate as second home ownership. In Switzerland, voters have just agreed to limit the construction of second homes in certain communes, while over here in the UK, a new report from The National Housing Federation suggests that almost three per cent of houses in the [...]
The National BIM Library will launch at Ecobuild 2012
The National BIM Library, from NBS (National Building Specification), is a “platform-neutral free to use library of high quality generic and proprietary BIM objects designed for use in the UK”. More details at the joint RIBA/NBS stands at Ecobuild (S1630 and S1640). The Library will be accessible [...]
As regular as the first cuckoo of spring comes news that an estate agent has put a beach hut on the market for some incredible price.
How will we live in the future?
The NewBuy scheme got up and running today. Of course there have been some doubts about its chances of success but Rightmove argue that it offers a major housing market boost for those who really need it.
Mortgage approvals in the UK fell by 21% in February
“The stampede of first time buyers rushing to beat the stamp duty deadline bloated the January figures out of all recognition,” said Richard Sexton, director of e.surv. “They created an artificial spike in approvals which shouldn’t be misconstrued as a sign the market is resuscitating in [...]
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