Planning homes for the future

Planning homes for the future

The UK is experiencing a ‘housing crisis’ the political parties say, with all promising to deliver an additional million homes by the end of 2022. But what homes are needed and for whom?

As the delivery of new homes creeps upwards, where is the new supply being concentrated?

As the delivery of new homes creeps upwards, where is the new supply being concentrated?

The long run average over the last 50 years has been around 190,000 per annum, with the highest numbers being achieved at the start of this period and the lowest in the immediate aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2007/08. Over the last few years government initiatives, including the Starter Homes Fund, Housing Zones and Get Britain Building to name a few, have been launched to help stimulate the house building industry. This plus a recovery in the housing market has resulted in a pick-up of supply taking both starts and completions in line with each other at about 150,000 in 2015/16.

The rise of the first-time buyer – Is this the return of generation buy?

The rise of the first-time buyer – Is this the return of generation buy?

There are more first-time buyers (FTBs) finding a way to get a foot on the property ladder than at any time since the Global Financial Crisis in 2008. Since 2011, the number of loans to this group has risen by over 75% and, in the last year alone, over 339,000 loans were issued to FTBs, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders. 

Residential property comes out on top for investors

Residential property comes out on top for investors

Not many of us have a multi-million property portfolio, so the results of the MSCI / IPD UK property index for the last quarter of 2016, may have passed you by. The results are interesting though and certainly a good story for residential investment over the last year - the sector did better than retail industrial, leisure or office property.

Is building homes in factories the solution to the UK housing crisis?

Is building homes in factories the solution to the UK housing crisis?

The chronic shortage of housing supply in the UK relative to demand has been a national issue for decades. The Government are committed to delivering a million new homes by 2020. Yet with limited land availability, rising costs and shortage of skilled labour the government and the house building industry need to become innovative with regards to how housing is built if those targets are to be met.

What homes will we build – where will government policy go next?

What homes will we build – where will government policy go next?

While we would expect to see differences in the provision of flats and houses across the country due to the dynamics of the local population, the size and setting of localities – cities versus villages, suburbs versus regeneration zones - and the opportunities available for development, it is perhaps surprising, that the balance of flats and houses swings so distinctly and dramatically over time at a national level.

Farewell to 2016 and a cautious welcome to 2017

Farewell to 2016 and a cautious welcome to 2017

There is no doubt that 2016 managed to catch the world by surprise more than once – so will 2017 be equally unpredictable, or can we expect a calmer more measured year ahead?    

London’s night economy

London’s night economy

London Mayor, Sadiq Khan’s aim of creating a 24 hour city is one step closer with the appointment of London’s first Night Czar, Amy Lamé.

How much of your earnings go on rent?

How much of your earnings go on rent?

Dataloft regularly analyse mortgage affordability and how much of our earnings are typically spent on meeting mortgage payments. Mortgage affordability tells us a lot about the future direction of the market

Dataloft day out

Dataloft day out

It’s not just numbers at Dataloft HQ, our brainstorming session took some of the team to King’s Cross this week for some real-life bricks and mortar. Dataloft day-out photos.

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