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The Slow Death of the Buying Agent !

Buyers agents - those who broker property on behalf of buyers rather than sellers are quickly dwindling.  “In 2014 we were working with 320 buying agents — now the number is down to 150,” said Charles McDowell, who runs a prime London estate agency. “The network is getting ever smaller.” …

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Camerons Housing Legacy

"Housing is the first of the social services,” said the manifesto.  The incoming government pledged to build 300,000 council homes a year and to make that target “second only to national defence”. This was the Conservatives in 1951 – and they kept their word achieving the target in December 1953, …

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Decline in UK Housebuilding.

A fall in housebuilding ahead of the EU referendum has halted construction sector in May as firms mothballed projects and delayed new work. Housing construction fell 3.2% during the month the biggest drop since February 2014. The UK’s biggest housebuilder, Barratt, said it could reduce the rate at which it builds …

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Heavy Investment in Property from Sovereign Wealth Funds.

Sovereign wealth funds are piling into property at an unprecedented pace in a bid to improve performance as the world’s largest investors grapple with low interest rates. State-backed investment vehicles, which are used by countries either to save for a rainy day or to provide money for future generations  

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Cost of Renting a One Bedroom Apartment Greatly Increases.

The cost of renting a one-bedroom property in the UK has risen to almost half of the average young worker’s pay, while those living in London are typically paying over 57% of their monthly wages. The average cost of a new tenancy on a one-bedroom home hit £746 a month …

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Will Brexit bring UK property doom or years of future boom?

The Effect of the European Referendum on the UK Property Market.   www.4qtrs.com Article Financial Times. 

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Developers taking Outdoor Space more seriously!

  Gardens – whether private or communal, small estates or balconies – have never been more important to British homeowners and tenants in search of relief from their increasingly busy lives. Now, after decades of developers squeezing more and more units on to small parcels of land, the message seems …

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Stamp Duty Effects House Price Inflation

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/jun/01/house-price-inflation-slows-stamp-duty-increase

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EU Referendum halts the Luxury property market.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jun/01/london-luxury-property-market-slows-eu-referendum-brexit

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Huf Haus

http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/luxury/property/huf-haus-is-bringing-prefab-chic-to-london-bold-and-elegant-are-these-the-uks-most-sustainable-homes-47226.html

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