James' Blog about Property

Discussion, advice and philosophical points about all things property whether UK or International markets

Further signs of a recovery in the Housing market……

Posted by jamesdearsley on August 13, 2009

It has been interesting watching the news recently.

  • We have now had four months of continual house prices rises regardless of which indices your are watching
  • Economical figures from the UK, Europe and the US are looking more positive that expected
  • The FTSE 100 has rallied to a 14 month high and these gains are also seen elsewhere Read the rest of this entry »
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The future of the UK Property Market?

Posted by jamesdearsley on August 5, 2009

I have been debating for some time now about where the housing market is going to go to in the future however the thoughts have really picked up speed since the October 2007 and the start of the so called “property recession”

My main thought is the issue of Home Ownership (HO). Can our current rate of home ownership be sustained with rising house prices – or rather this was the case when I first started thinking about it! Now I question whether the amount of borrowing will have play a determining role rather than house prices. You could argue that it is both as first time buyers are still struggling with the multiples of income that they still need to afford house prices despite the falls – especially in the South of the country which is already seeing a slight recovery.

This article is going to cover my thoughts backed up by historical evidence and offers insights in to where I believe the future lies. The main issue here is that I believe we are on the cusp of a generational shift in the housing market and it is going to be interesting to watch it. The main issue here is that an Estate Agency would need to consider these thoughts to review its business model and change to reflect the market place. It will be really interesting to see what happens. Read the rest of this entry »

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Weekly Paper Review – July 20th

Posted by jamesdearsley on July 20, 2009

Helly everyone,

A quite week this week with regard articles on Property. I have discussed a few articles however (you can listen to thepapersAudio guide if you click on the left of the screen in the “Box.net application”).

Mainly there is talk about the mortgage market starting to thaw a little bit and buyer enquires up to a 10 year high – all fantastic news – and now all we need is the product. There are a lot of people calling for the “W” shape recovery and it is all pointing to this theory at the moment. It is certainly going to be an interesting time for the property market over coming months.

Have a good week.

James

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New Overseas Property Hotspot? Property in Calabria.

Posted by jamesdearsley on July 8, 2009

I am not sure that I should really say “new” here as there has been a lot of talk in the industry now about Calabria. I shallItaly focus here for two reasons. Firstly, of all the areas in Italy, perhaps with the exception of Puglia (the heel), Calabria is seen as an undiscovered market and one with a fantastic amount of potential. Secondly, my company promotes property in this area and I have actually purchased myself down here.

Therefore I feel perfectly placed to comment on both the positive and perhaps negative aspects of this “hotspot”. Feel free before reading this post to have a look at some example of properties by clicking here Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Google taking over the Real Estate World as well?

Posted by jamesdearsley on July 7, 2009

There has been all manner of talk over the last few days about Google making huge strides in the Real Estate World and trying to take over from Property Portals in promoting property for sale. I, for one, have to say that I can see why Property Portals would worry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Weekly Paper Review – July 6th

Posted by jamesdearsley on July 7, 2009

papersHello everyone. As always please see to the left of the blog for the audio guide to this article

There has been some pretty active journalists out there of late as the market continues to show some signs of movement. The Nationwide has reported three months out of four showing increases in House Prices which is always encouraging.

Some of the posts that i have reviewed this week include:

FT article about prices increasing http://tinyurl.com/ogo4yp

FT article about 90% mortgages on the increase http://tinyurl.com/pftxpx

Times Article about mortgages and their impact on the housing market recovery http://tinyurl.com/lvffy3

Times review about Property prices finding their level http://tinyurl.com/oy6uxy

News of the World article about the worst areas for Negative Equity in the UK http://tinyurl.com/omfz87

Have a good week everyone.

Best wishes

James

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Weekly Paper Review – June 15th

Posted by jamesdearsley on June 15, 2009

Hello everyone and welcome to a new week.

papersThere were some really interesting articles this week though mainly focussed on the UK property market – Please click on the Box.net application to the left of your screen for the Audio download. They were focussed on two main stories Read the rest of this entry »

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Will it really be a “W” shaped recovery in the UK Housing Market?

Posted by jamesdearsley on June 12, 2009

There has been a lot of talk lately about a recovery in the domestic housing market due to recently published figures; these were included in my post last week concerning the Weekly Paper Review – I was discussing something called a “W” Shaped Recovery. It got a huge response on both Twitter and LinkedIn with people agreeing. I thought I would expand on my thoughts and see if this really was the case if I looked into it with a little bit more detail.

When I first heard of the term I was asking “what actually is a “W” shaped recovery” and so this is where I will start my blog post. Read the rest of this entry »

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Weekly Paper review – 8th June

Posted by jamesdearsley on June 8, 2009

papersHello everyone. (please click on the Box.net application to the left of the screen for the audio)

There wasn’t a huge array of articles this week in the papers but certainly the figures were there to support my thoughts on the “W” recovery in the UK market. Having discussed it with people after a surge of comments last week following on from my opinoins on the Podcast, I firmly believe that this has been another week to show this is the most likely recovery cycle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Weekly Paper Review – June 1st

Posted by jamesdearsley on June 1, 2009

papersHello everyone and welcome to a new month!

There was quite a lot of house news this week in the papers and mainly focuesd on the UK market which showed some good figures last week. Find on the left hand side of this blog the “Box.net” application with my review on the papers. I also give some insight into my thoughts on the UK market looking at a “W” shaped recovery rather than a “V” shaped one which I think is quite evident at the moment with regard the latest housing figures.

Some of the articles I cover are in the links below if you expand out the article. I hope it is of some help to you all. Read the rest of this entry »

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