All Comment articles – Page 3

  • PW111122_moon dark side_shutterstock_604093850_cred Dotted Yeti
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    Glimpsing the moon’s dark side

    2022-11-09T00:00:00Z

    A potted history to give a sense of perspective of what might be coming: between mid-2007 and mid-2010, the top UK commercial agents shed 3,300 fee-earning staff, a decrease of around 20% during the deepest recession since the 1930s. Capital values fell by 24% between July 2007 and September 2008. ...

  • Housing development
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    Top tips to tackle housing crisis

    2022-11-09T00:00:00Z

    The government has long pledged its commitment to tackling the UK’s housing shortage, which began not because of a blip lasting one year but because not enough homes were built over many decades.

  • Remote working
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    Go hybrid – it’s good for business

    2022-11-09T00:00:00Z

    Stanford University professor Nicholas Bloom couldn’t have summed up the value of hybrid working any better than in a recent interview with Time magazine: “As an economist, I’d point out that firms don’t do things that lose them money. They do things that make them money. That’s why every firm ...

  • Energy efficiency graphic shutterstock_1853030806 (1) NicoElNino
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    Silver lining to asset retrofitting

    2022-11-09T00:00:00Z

    The government’s 2019 manifesto commitment to build 300,000 new homes a year has been in dispute across 2022.

  • Craig Lewis copy
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    Hospitals must stand test of time

    2022-11-03T00:00:00Z

    Hospitals and healthcare centres play a key part in UK communities and with the government’s ambitions for the biggest hospital building programme in a generation, there is a clear appetite for growth. 

  • London houses
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    Don’t listen to housing ‘experts’

    2022-11-03T00:00:00Z

    Was rehabilitated Levelling-up secretary Michael Gove right in one of his past pronouncements, that “people have had enough of ‘experts’ saying they know what is best and getting it consistently wrong”? Quite possibly, especially when it comes to housing.

  • Revaluation
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    Companies left unable to plan for Revaluation Day

    2022-11-03T00:00:00Z

    A lack of information on next year’s business rates revaluation is making it impossible for companies to budget with confidence. The government has not yet properly addressed the issue, leaving little time for businesses to plan for Revaluation Day on 1 April 2023.

  • Prospective house buyers
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    Next steps for first-time buyers

    2022-11-03T00:00:00Z

    The Help to Buy: Equity Loan has helped more than 350,000 people get on the property ladder since 2013, but after being limited to first-time buyers last year, the scheme is finally coming to an end in March 2023, with intake of new applicants ending last month.

  • Cabot Circus Bristol Christmas shutterstock_229186885 1000 Words
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    Will Rishi bring Christmas cheer?

    2022-11-03T00:00:00Z

    As we head towards the Christmas retail season, the economic headwinds do not look great: inflation in double digits, output falling to the point of recession, the highest tax burden since the war, political instability domestically and conflict in Europe.

  • PW041122_housebuilding_shutterstock_96855058_cred Gordon Ball LRPS
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    SME builders ready, willing and able

    2022-11-03T00:00:00Z

    It is well documented that a revival of small and medium-sized housebuilders would make a substantial contribution to our new housing requirements. Their output has fallen by around 75% from their peak, which represents a huge and increasing supply gap. 

  • Rishi Sunak Budget day shutterstock_1929157901 ITS
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    Past lessons on uncertain times

    2022-11-02T00:00:00Z

    Since the start of September, the UK has gone through a series of rather unsettling events. 

  • Housebuilding
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    Housebuilding sector can ride out the latest storm

    2022-10-27T00:00:00Z

    It is fair to say that it’s been a tricky few weeks for the government, the economy and the country as a whole. Yet, faced though we are by uncertainty and predictions of a recession, we must continue with our pragmatic approach as an industry.

  • PW281022_tenants_shutterstock_1414418585_cred fizkes
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    Experience must be BTR’s raison d’être

    2022-10-27T00:00:00Z

    The recent research from Savills and the British Property Federation (BPF) on the build-to-rent (BTR) sector shows how much progress has already been made (’BTR market could “rise fivefold and be worth £170bn by 2032”’, PropertyWeek.com). However, as the sector continues to advance and mature, it is essential that tenant ...

  • Green belt development shutterstock_2202521921 Nick Beer
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    Investment Zones: a few hurdles

    2022-10-26T00:00:00Z

    Investment Zones are one of the measures set out in the government’s growth strategy. Although a laudable objective, there is a lack of detail on how they will work to accelerate the delivery of jobs and homes.

  • Jeremy Hunt flag in BG shutterstock_2109247337 photocosmos1
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    REITs look ripe for consolidation

    2022-10-26T00:00:00Z

    It was mini-Budget remorse last week when chancellor Jeremy Hunt pressed Ctrl+Alt+Del on Trussonomics, and 10-year gilts fell back to 4%, from a recent 4.5% peak. 

  • Liz Truss Downing Street speech shutterstock_2198583263 Fred Duval PW230922
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    Truss turmoil has set reform back

    2022-10-26T00:00:00Z

    “The country has gone to the dogs; it’s unbelievable really. What a mess.” That was a comment sent to me by one of the finest industrialists I know in the UK, after Shore Capital Markets sent out our prognosis for the consumer economy following the Truss-Kwarteng show, to be followed ...

  • Affordable housing
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    Affordable homes key to growth

    2022-10-26T00:00:00Z

    If the government wants economic growth, then there is a huge contribution that our industry can make to this agenda by building more social housing. The country’s chronic shortage of affordable housing is hardly a secret. Quite simply, not enough people have the security of a decent home.

  • Stocks
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    Will 2023 offer relief for us all?

    2022-10-26T00:00:00Z

    Earlier this year, an industry survey reported that only 48% of the specialist lending market thought their cost of origination was likely to increase over the year. 

  • PW212022_Jeremy Hunt_Flickr_cred HM Treasury
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    Hunt takes charge as Truss lingers

    2022-10-20T00:00:00Z

    They say a week’s a long time in politics and boy, this has been one of those weeks.

  • Business rates
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    Burning questions on rates

    2022-10-20T00:00:00Z

    The response from shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves, after new chancellor Jeremy Hunt gave his “economic update” to the Commons on Monday, perfectly captured the calamity created by September’s mini-Budget.