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    Housing Market

    Labour proposes housing bond to develop 125,000 new homes

    Labour plans to introduce a housing bond system to generate up to £5 billion to fund the construction of up to 125,000 new homes if elected at next month’s General Election, the party has said. Using the Help To Buy ISA, which was announced for first-time buyers by the Chancellor, George Osborne,as part of his Budget last month, the new bond scheme would enable house builders to develop significantly more new homes Income from the ISA would be placed into a “future homes investment fund” for new residential property schemes and is similar to housing bonds used in the 1920s to stimulate housebuilding. The fund, designed to help tackle the chronic housing shortage in this country, will be targeted at new sites with first-time buyers offered priority. In a speech to Labour supporters in Warrington on Saturday, Ed Miliband (left), said, “There’s nothing more British than the dream of homeownership. Starting out in a place of your own. But for so many young people today that dream is fading.” Describing Labour’s plan as the “first real plan for housebuilding in a generation”, Mr Miliband has vowed to deliver at least 200,000 homes a year by the end of the parliament,…

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    Housing Market

    First-time buyers return to the market

    Almost a third of all residential property sales in February were made to first time buyers, suggesting that market conditions are improving for first-time buyers, according to a new report. The findings, by the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), revealed that its member agents found that 30 per cent of homes were sold to first-time buyers, the highest figure since September last year – and since records began six years ago. It is clear from the findings in the report that things are starting to ease for first-time buyers, and Mark Hayward (left), Managing Director at the NAEA, believes that this could be down to reduced property prices or more accessible funding, especially following December’s stamp duty reforms. “We will all be waiting with bated breath to see if the first time buyer figures increase following the new Help to Buy ISA, and whether we see real momentum in the market,” he said. “It still remains notoriously hard to get cut-through in the property market, especially for first time buyers, so any green shoots are encouraging.” The findings in February show that demand for property rose, with 366 house hunter’s registered per NAEA member branch, up from 353 in…

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    Housing Market

    Housing is a top issue for voters

    One of the most closely contested General Elections for decades is now formally under way, with the NHS, economy, immigration, welfare and jobs all high on the political agenda. But housing is also a major concern for many voters and could prove a key electoral battleground for the various political parties, according to pollster Ipsos Mori. Ipsos Mori’s latest Issues Index reveals that 14 per cent of voters currently rank housing as among the most important issues facing the country, up from 5 per cent in 2010, as more people struggle to afford to buy their own home in light of higher property prices and a general housing shortage. The Conservative party, which has reformed the planning system and introduced various Government initiatives including its flagship Help to Buy scheme since coming to power in 2010, has vowed to boost the level of discounted starter homes available for first-time buyers under the age of 40 if re-elected in May. Writing in PROPERTYdrum magazine, Brandon Lewis (left), the Housing and Planning Minister, said, “We’ve supported the aspirations of hard-working people. Help to Buy is enabling homeowners to purchase with a fraction of the deposit they would normally require, and leading developers…

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    Regulation & Law

    Housing industry welcome Chancellor’s boost for homebuyers

    First-time property purchasers saving for a deposit will be given a 25 per cent financial top up from the Government, George Osborne (right)  announced in last week’s Budget statement, much to the delight of many property professionals. Many industry experts are pleased that the Chancellor has recognised the need to provide yet more support for homebuyers by announcing the launch of a Help to Buy ISA later this year. Whilst the operational details still need to be finalised, in principle the scheme will provide an important financial incentive for first-time buyers, helping many people achieve the goal of owning their own home. “Combined with the extension of Help to Buy and measures introduced in the Autumn statement to reform Stamp Duty Land Tax with a fairer system, this should provide further positive stimulus for the wider housing market,” said Chris Endsor, Chief Executive of Miller Homes. Nicholas Leeming (left), Chairman of Jackson-Stops & Staff, with 44 offices nationwide, also welcomed the announcement of a new Help to Buy ISA in last week’s Budget. He commented, “Any help to incentivise the young to save money and enable them to get on the property ladder has to be welcomed. We look forward…

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  • Housing Market
    Housing Market

    General Election

    With the clock ticking towards the 7th May, this is a good time to reflect on what we’ve achieved in this parliament. In 2010 we inherited a broken housing market: builders couldn’t build, lenders wouldn’t lend and buyers couldn’t buy. Housebuilding starts were at their lowest for any peacetime year since the 1920s and a generation of hardworking young people – who could have rightly expected to take their first step on the property ladder – were locked out of homeownership. Great progress has been made but the challenge remains considerable.” Fast forward to today and the landscape is very different. The numbers of first-time buyers has hit a seven-year high; planning permission has been granted on 240,000 new homes in the year to October, and housebuilding starts are at their highest since 2007. LONG-TERM STRATEGY And this turnaround didn’t happen by accident – it required a longterm economic plan to restore confidence to the market and get the country building again. Above all that meant security. Firm action to tackle the deficit – keeping interest rates at their record low, ensuring mortgages remained affordable and encouraging business investment. We’ve supported the aspirations of hard-working people. Help to Buy is…

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    Products & Services

    Property investors – fill your boots!

    With buy-to-let mortgage borrowing rates plunging and rental values rising, landlords are adding to their buy-to-let portfolios, says Marc Da Silva.

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    Housing Market

    FTB or not to be?

    Fritz Graves asks the question, where is the first time buyer?

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