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  1. Thanks Democorruptcy, and to moonriver as well. I've never really been away, but have very little free time to post these days.
  2. The Indy article uses data from the LSL/Acadata England & Wales House Price Index for September 2017, which was released today. This is an index that has never received much attention on this board, although it's one that I have often referenced in the past as it uses Land Reg data and is more timely than the ONS index (although it is still somewhat laggy on a regional basis). http://www.acadata.co.uk/LSL Acadata E&W HPI News Release September 17.pdf With this index, house prices in England & Wales fell 0.1% in September and they have now fallen for six months in a row, w
  3. The housing white paper wasn't released yesterday, but it's expected before the end of the year. Meanwhile Sajid Javid continues to tease with claims that the white paper proposals will lead to a step change in new build supply (as I said above, I'm not holding my breath). DCLG has just published a speech he made today at the National House Building Council annual lunch. https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/building-the-homes-we-need "That’s why we’ll soon be publishing a White Paper setting out reforms that will get more of the right homes built in the right places.
  4. Countrywide Plc released a trading update this morning. From the RNS: http://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/news/market-news/market-news-detail/CWD/13045032.html The share price is down over 10%.
  5. Paragon Group has released final results this morning. BTL dropped from 89% of new lending in financial year 2015 to 70.5% in 2016, and the BTL lending pipeline is 55% down year-on-year. http://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/news/market-news/market-news-detail/PAG/13043668.html
  6. There have been hints that the Government's white paper on housing will be released alongside the Autumn Statement. We've been promised by Sajid Javid that the paper will outline 'radical' measures to boost housing supply, but I'm not holding my breath.
  7. From the FT: Canada walks out on EU trade talks Chrystia Freeland, Canada's trade minister: "It seems obvious for me, and Canada, that the EU is not able to have an international agreement even with a country which has such European values as Canada, and even with a country so kind, and so patient as Canada."
  8. Thanks HAM, I appreciate the feedback. That didn't work at first either, but it seems it was because I was attempting to post a .GIF image (which I've always done for lossless compression). I've now posted as a .PNG which is the format I'll use in future for charts.
  9. Oops. Not sure that this was part of the plan. Unlike the FLS scheme, the ONS has decided that loans to the financial corporate sector under the new Term Funding Scheme (TFS) are to be treated as illiquid assets and therefore should not be offset against the central bank reserves which are created to fund the loans (which are a public sector liability). As a result, the impact of the TFS on Public Sector Net Debt will be to increase it by the value of the central bank reserves created. This decision will be reflected in the Public Finances Release on 22 November 2016. http:
  10. Friday, 21 October 2016 HMRC: Monthly Residential Property Transactions, September 2016 Seasonally adjusted residential transactions totalled 93,130 in September, down 4.3% on August and down 11.3% on September 2015. This is a very weak number, but no surprise to those who have been following the trend in mortgage approvals.
  11. 'Expert' Mark Alexander dispenses advice to This Is Money readers: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/experts/article-3848280/Worried-ll-make-buy-let-pay-amid-tax-assault-One-expert-believes-s-way-pay-NO-tax-all.html
  12. Q3 Trading update: http://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/news/market-news/market-news-detail/FOXT/13005440.html
  13. Consultation published today by DCLG: Houses in multiple occupation and residential property licensing reforms
  14. Two Financial Times articles that indicate which way the wind is blowing regarding government housing policy (non-subscribers will hopefully be able to access via Google): Sept 13: Tories shift priority from mass home ownership Sept 30: UK still open to European builders after Brexit, says Javid From the second article:
  15. Letter from Hammond to Carney confirming Help to Buy: Mortgage Guarantee scheme will close to new loans at the end of 2016 as planned: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/556650/letter_from_chancellor_to_bank_of_england_governor.pdf
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