Majority of FTB’s underestimate the cost of home-ownership.

In a survey carried out by Aldermore, 57% of respondents spent more money than intended, 23% lived in an empty house for months after moving in and 13% said it took years to afford to furnish and decorate it the way they wanted. https://www.propertyreporter.co.uk/finance/new-survey-reveals-majority-of-ftbs-underestimate-the-cost-of-homeownership.html read more

Scottish Government welcomes 15% increase of new housing supply.

This is the sixth consecutive annual increase in the total housing supply with Housing Minister Kevin Stewart adding: “We want to ensure everyone has a warm affordable home and these figures show we are on target to reach delivering 50,000 affordable homes by 2021.” However, Kevin Stewart fears that Brexit could impact future growth. See below. https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/article/scottish-government-welcomes-15-increase-of-new-housing-supply read more

£30m fund offered to create low-carbon heating infrastructure

The Scottish Low Carbon Heat Funding Invitation has made £30 million available to businesses and organisations for innovative solutions to heat buildings as part of a wider Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP). https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/article/30m-low-carbon-funding-to-encourage-renewable-heating read more

Help to buy! Is it really helping???

I have never been a fan of Help to Buy but the article below explain, eloquently, more reasons why it is not a good idea. https://www.mortgagesolutions.co.uk/news/2018/09/18/help-buy-skewed-housing-market-needs-targeted-cochrane/?utm_source=customsell&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ms-house-advert-1809-1537265992 read more

We became homeowners 12000 years ago

This a good article that talks about increased house prices and the need to look way back into our pass https://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/mortgages/humans-became-homeowners-12000-years-ago-time-return-nomadic/ read more

First time buyers outstrip home movers since 1995

This is a good article. http://www.financialreporter.co.uk/finance-news/first-time-buyers-outstrip-homemovers-for-first-time-since-1995.html I have noticed that home movers are reluctant to move until they have found the perfect home. In the past they would list there property and then go find a new house. Not anymore. This makes for a shortage in the house market. Perhaps people are choosing to stay put. read more