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Ellis Sher

Opinion Piece: Developers must know who they are borrowing from ahead of leverage and price

More than 10 years on from the global financial crisis, there is an abundance of liquidity for new speculative property developments, with lenders fiercely competing for a share of the market.  Read more at Development Finance Today…

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Cass UK Lending Survey - Our Thoughts

The myriad crosswinds affecting the sector mean that the release of new data leads, more than ever, to industry experts scouring every data point for signs of what may lie ahead.  The Commercial Real Estate Lending Survey for 2017 launched at the end of April by Cass Business School (previously De Montfort University) highlighted some … Continued

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Has Help-to-Buy caused house prices to skyrocket?

It has been viewed as one of the most significant interventions in the UK housing market by a government in over 30 years, but since its inception in 2013 there has been continued controversy surrounding the Help-to-Buy scheme (HTB) which aims to help buyers onto the property ladder. Whilst hundreds of thousands of household’s acquisitions … Continued

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Rebecca Shafran

A look into our crystal ball, 2018, key trends to look out for

As the unpredictable, uncertain 2017 draws to a close, we have reflected on the year behind us and have taken a brief look at the key trends to look out for in 2018. Without doubt the housing sector will remain top of the government’s agenda in 2018, ahead of Brexit. With many considering supply shortages … Continued

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Ellis Sher

Without the right foundations, 300,000 new homes will simply not get built

When it comes to targets, human nature dictates that we are often drawn to one of two approaches: blind optimism, or relentless pessimism. There’s rarely a middle ground. And so it is with the chancellor’s confidence that abolishing stamp duty for first-time buyers will deliver a 38 percent increase in annual housing delivery over the … Continued