Should the UK abolish Stamp Duty Land Tax?

A new report from the Adam Smith Institute lays out compelling reasons for the abolishment of the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in the UK.

There are arguments to support the idea that stamp duty on the sale of property is jamming the housing market, forcing people to stay in houses that are too large for them, and preventing people from moving areas to access the jobs they need. The report states that stamp duty is the most damaging tax in the UK, and that the Chancellor should have scrapping it at the top of the agenda in the run up to November’s budget. Continue reading

The rise and rise of private rentals

We’re living through a time of huge cultural shifts, including in the property industry. Within a few short years, there has been such a rise in the number of private renters that mortgaged home owners will soon be in the minority.

Experts predict that by 2025, just seven short years away, the number of households owned by mortgage holders will be under six million. At the same time, the number if households living in private rented accommodation will be slightly higher, at six million. Continue reading

Can blockchain fix the UK’s property market?

Blockchain technology underpins the much talked about Bitcoin – the leading cryptocurrency. If you’re not sure what blockchain is, then think of it as a permanent ledger used to record transactions. In addition to being user generated, it’s also tamper proof and therefore represents an unassailable record of proof. And its potential for use in the property sector are wide ranging. Continue reading

Trends in workplace design 2017 and beyond

richard carr office designDesign trends in the workplace are continuously developing. Creating an environment that helps employees work to the best of their ability, collaborate effectively and maintain productivity is a constant challenge.

With Millennials (born between 1980 and mid-2000s) taking over as the largest group in the workplace and Generation Z (born between 1994 and 2010) starting their careers, we’re looking ahead to many seismic changes when it comes to how and where we work. Continue reading

How will Brexit impact the commercial building market?

The uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the ongoing negotiations has led to questions over the future of every sector of business. And commercial property is no different.

Following the vote in June 2016, investment in commercial property did fall somewhat. Hotels, office space and retail properties took the biggest hit. However, there is still plenty of demand from tenants and, while initial numbers suggested tentative behavior, it could be a market correction, not a crash. Continue reading

UK commercial property investment set to reach record high

Property has once again shown its value towards the country’s economy as it was revealed that UK commercial property investment is set to reach a new record high, reports development specialist Richard Carr.

£70 billion forecasted

Richard Carr Commercial Property

Commercial Property Investment set to rise

Research produced by Propertydata indicates that investment volumes are set to be the highest ever on record this year.

During the first three quarters of 2015 almost £50 billion of transactions were completed and with a healthy pipeline of deals, the final quarter volumes are expected to exceed £20 billion.

The volumes for the first nine months of this year show a 17% increase against the same period last year with much of this capital coming from overseas investors.

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First time buyers finding their way onto the ladder

It has taken over six years, but finally the number of first time buyers getting onto the property ladder has hit a post-recession peak, writes Richard Carr.

Initiatives in the pipeline

Richard Carr First Time Buyers

Will supply meet the first time buyer demand?

Government incentives such as the Help to Buy scheme has seen more young people get on the property ladder and this is only likely to increase when the Help to Buy ISA comes into play, which will provide those saving for a mortgage with a cash bonus every month.

However, increased demand is only good if the supply of homes is at the same rate. According to recent figures, the output of new homes has increased over the last year, but there is still some way to go if the government is to meet its 2020 target of 275,000 homes per year.

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