A brief guide to the budget

Overall the Budget was helpful for the housing market, although we could always ask for more. The change in stamp duty lifts the vast majority of first time buyers out of the tax and that will help to encourage more activity in the market. But movers also suffer from the tax and it would have … Read more

International Buyers

International buyers have traditionally seen the UK as a safe haven to invest in property.  They’ve seen prime UK property perform better than many other assets and also property in other major cities across the globe.   International buyers have historically bought in prime central London, but today they’re increasingly looking beyond the most expensive … Read more

Gathering interest

It’s been more than a decade since there was an increase in interest rates in the UK.  Back in July 2007 the Bank of England base rate increased from 5.5% to 5.75% – a number that is hard to take in now we have had rates at 0.5% or below for eight and a half … Read more

Bigger Landlords

Landlords expanding their portfolios, and buying more homes is increasing the size of the rental market. Recent regulatory and tax changes have made it more complicated and more expensive for amateur landlords to enter the sector.  There are 171,000 more homes to rent since 2015, but the number of landlords has fallen by 154,000 in … Read more