On the PRoW(l) and walking the dog

On the PRoW(l) and walking the dog

It can happen at any time of day or night, at any time of year. You may have gone out for a breath of fresh air, or to pick blackberries, or to take photographs. Whatever your reason for being out and about, you will, almost certainly, meet a dog walker. You may even be one of them.

Superhighway or country lane: navigating the broadband landscape

Superhighway or country lane: navigating the broadband landscape

When we go on a journey of any length we invariably have a choice of routes. We could opt for the high-speed convenience of the motorway for efficiency, or take the winding country roads for the joy of the journey. Both have merits: depending on the mood and purpose of the journey: fast lane or slow road can have upsides.

Connectivity: the invisible kerb appeal

Connectivity: the invisible kerb appeal

A quick analysis shows that, of all the Local Authorities or Unitary Authorities where transaction levels have increased this year (January to July 2018 vs January to July 2017), on average, 49% of properties have access to Ultra-fast broadband with an average download speed of 46.4 mbps.

Remote working and the housing market

Remote working and the housing market

Managing a work-life balance in the era of the smart phone, with its incessant dings as yet another email drops through the inbox, is a twenty-first century challenge. And it is not only our mobile devices that have blurred the boundaries. Our offices have become more like homes and our homes are far more likely to include working areas.

Real house price growth

Real house price growth

The housing market – including prices, mortgage approvals and rental prices – are viewed as symbolic of wider economic trends, such as in investor and consumer confidence. House and rental price growth, or lack thereof, is seen by economists, media commentators, and the public as a fundamental economic indicator, and these metrics always get a lot of air time.

Game, set – house prices

Game, set – house prices

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon hosts the 132nd Championship and is one of four Grand Slams worldwide. It is the most prestigious annual tennis tournament held in the UK and is one of ten significant tournaments being held this summer across England.

Do Royal occasions really influence the housing market?

Do Royal occasions really influence the housing market?

Do large and publicly visible Royal events have any impact on house prices in England and Wales? With Prince Harry marrying Megan Markle later this month, here is a quick run-down of house price changes in the two-year period around previous Royal occasions.

Consumer confidence declines in April

Consumer confidence declines in April

It is a complicated story for the housing market in the first quarter of 2018 with marked regional variations and continuing uncertainty as the country waits for the outcomes of the Brexit negotiations. The UK economy continues to grow, albeit slowly, but despite declining inflation levels and wages finally starting to rise, consumer confidence remains in negative territory.

Lies, damned lies and statistics

Lies, damned lies and statistics

Statistics are a brilliant way to shed light on the way markets behave and have become an essential part of business life in these days of big data (and fake news).

Digging deeper: London’s rental market demographics

Digging deeper: London’s rental market demographics

At Dataloft we like to get to the heart of the matter and understand the true story behind the numbers. What is rental affordability like in different areas? How old are tenants? Which profession do they work? How far do tenants typically move when they change address?

Valuing homes by the square foot

Valuing homes by the square foot

There are so many ways to alter a property. The same short description ‘three bed terrace’ or ‘four bed semi’ might gloss over a kitchen extension, an en-suite carved out of a master bedroom or a knock-through kitchen diner. All of which makes analysing average prices on a truly like-for-like basis, increasingly difficult. A one bedroom penthouse apartment and a small one bedroom flat are both defined as ‘flat’ in Land Registry data.

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Road, Street, Close or Square – which is the most popular and does it affect price.

How do schools affect house prices?

How do schools affect house prices?

As the new school year gets underway, it seems timely to revisit the well-oiled notion that schools are an instrumental driver of local house prices.

The role of overseas investors in the London new build market

The role of overseas investors in the London new build market

In the same week as the terrible fire in Grenfell Tower, a report slipped quietly out from the Mayor’s office on the role of overseas investors in the London new build residential market[1]. The research was undertaken by the LSE, on behalf of the Mayor, to address an issue that has nagged at the London residential market for years. Given the timing of the publication, most journalists shied away from writing about it and some of those who did, chose to take a swipe at the paucity of hard data rather than to reflect on the key messages.

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