Monthly Archives: September 2013

Forget about bubbles… we’re getting sustainable growth

I have found the past year very frustrating. It seems that for every positive story in the media about the property market, there are five negative ones. Most of the time it is sensationalism rather than fact. The latest negative … Continue reading

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How things have changed

I was recently reminded how things have changed in estate agency. Upon arriving at a client’s property to measure the rooms, take photographs and draw a floor plan, the owner surprised me by producing a copy of the sales particulars … Continue reading

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Appearance matters

Apparently we use 25% less fuel in our homes than we did 8 years ago, reflecting  the move towards better insulation but mainly the fact that it’s getting too expensive to leave the heating on.  I think this will influence … Continue reading

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Is it time to slacken the grey belt?

The ‘grey belt’ is sometimes mistaken for its glamorous sister the green belt and thereby misunderstood. In practice it is far less lovely. It does not delight us with the unmolested and inviting vision of the rural idyll. It is … Continue reading

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We have lift-off!

With prices increasing faster than the UK average, London has proved incredibly buoyant. However, it seems that the South East is hot on its heels. Since the start of the year, the South East really has started to lift off, … Continue reading

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With a housing shortage, should we make room for micro homes?

The RIBA reports that the average home in Britain is smaller than those in The Netherlands and even Japan, where there are similar constraints on land. It makes the case for minimum space standards. The London plan has minimum space … Continue reading

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