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Does a local Lidl really bring down hous...

Does a local Lidl really bring down house prices?

Houses near a Waitrose are worth 12% more than average – and now three of its supermarkets have been sold to Lidl. But the discounter’s arrival might not be all bad news … Waitrose has sold off three of its supermarkets to Lidl, sparking a wave of middle-class outrage. It’s not just concern about access to venison […]

Leasehold reform is ‘inevitable’

Leasehold reform is ‘inevitable’

The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) believes that leasehold reform is higher on the political agenda than it has been in a generation.  The government has already published its proposals to reform the sector, and a recent Labour Party report now sets out the opposition’s plans for a “New Deal for Leaseholders”.  Labour’s report, ‘Ending the […]

Lenders ‘strong enough’ to keep lending

Lenders ‘strong enough’ to keep lending through a no-deal Brexit ‒ BoE

The Bank of England has admitted the chances of a no-deal Brexit appear to be rising, but argued that UK lenders are in a sufficiently strong position to continue their lending “through the wide range of UK economic and financial shocks” that may result. In its latest financial stability report and record, the Bank noted […]

New surveyors’ scheme sets quality stand

New surveyors’ scheme sets quality standards in residential surveying 12/06/2019

The Residential Property Surveyors Association (RPSA) is launching a unique standards scheme for independent residential surveyors that sets new quality and performance targets for the industry. Launching the Certified Building Surveyor Scheme at its annual conference, RPSA chairman Alan Milstein, said: “Our focus in developing this scheme has been to ensure that house buying consumers […]

Use pensions to fund first-time buyer pu...

Use pensions to fund first-time buyer purchases, says housing secretary Brokenshire

by: Liz Bury Housing secretary James Brokenshire MP has proposed that first-time buyers should be allowed to dip into their pension pots to fund deposits for buying a home. The MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup was offering “some personal ideas” to Conservative party leadership contenders on how to “empower consumers in the housing market”. “We […]