Time to raise rates, but slooooowly!

The pace of the UK’s economic growth picked up steadily throughout last year, and while the overall annual growth rate was lower in 2017 than in 2016, the Bank of England is now hinting that it can begin to take away some of its support. The latest summing up of the UK economy in the … Read more

The outlook for the private rented sector (PRS)

Hidden Figures Why recent policy changes won’t stop the growth of renting Landlords are buying fewer homes. Since the introduction of the 3% stamp duty land tax (SDLT) charge in April 2016, landlords have sold 50,000 more homes than they’ve bought. Investors only made up 12.3% of purchases in 2017, compared to 16.4% in 2015. … Read more

Global Recovery

There is plenty of optimism surrounding the global economy. The Eurozone’s surprise recovery in 2017 has created confidence for the year ahead, and even Mr Draghi, the President of the European Central Bank (ECB), signed off the year with a more optimistic outlook. In fact, the IMF think economic growth in the Eurozone will reach … Read more

An hour from London

The growth spots. Value for money, space and quality of life are among the most commonly cited reasons families leave London. With more buyers moving out of the capital – 42% last year compared with 33% in 2013, we look at some of the most attractive areas for those who need to remain within commuting … Read more

Relative performance of London property

Is property investment growth still possible?   Aside from the cachet of living in one of the world’s most desirable cities, investment in London property still has to be attractive from a financial viewpoint. Low interest rates have had a negative impact on investment returns in many financial markets, pushing investors to search for yields … Read more

Hopes for growth

The performance of the UK economy in 2017 can be classed as decent, but unspectacular. Economic conditions will be challenging over the next three years too as uncertainty over Brexit still looms large and economic growth (GDP) is likely to slow over the next 12 months. But the low Sterling exchange rate combined with global … Read more

Crossrail House Price Hotspots

After two decades of planning and nine years of building work, 2018 is the year that Crossrail finally opens. The first train is not due to run on new track until December but the new links have already become engrained in the London housing market.   Homeowners along the route have seen the value of … Read more