The Conservatives have announced that they would extend the Right to Buy council houses at up to a 50% discount to tenants of housing associations.
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Purpose-built retirement properties make a lot of sense for everyone – not just the elderly. We need a lot more of them. But, asks Merryn Somerset Webb, what’s the best way to create them?
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The Chinese authorities have announced measures to shore up the sinking property market.
For years home buyers took out big mortgages knowing inflation will ease the burden of repayment. That no longer makes quite the same sense, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
At current prices, it takes 232 ounces of gold to buy the average UK house – up 60% in the last three years. Here, Dominic Frisby compares the two markets.
Investors’ appetite for stocks is nothing compared with their love for property. But anyone expecting big gains from bricks and mortar could end up very disappointed, says Matthew Partridge.
Those lucky enough to be “asset-rich and cash-poor” might be better off selling up and using the money to fund their retirement, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
We need to persuade old people to downsize, and free up family homes for younger people. But the Tories’ latest inheritance tax plan will do exactly the opposite, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
‘Empty-nest’ retirees have been blamed for contributing to Britain’s housing shortage, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But the new pensions rules may fix that.