Obviously we need to get more houses built, both for rent and to buy but developing this as a strategy for calming the housing market is not going to remedy the prices uplift which we have recently experienced. It cannot do that simply because building more can’t achieve anything for as long as the considerable time it would take to actually complete the building of the extra housing needed!
The market itself is in need of intervention and this does need the steady hand of an experienced government. One that can put effective policies into practice faster than the simple and well-thumbed ‘build more’ idea.
My solution is to overhaul the way in which houses are marketed, both for sale and to let by changing the way agents themselves operate.
A more market friendly method is needed so that house prices can be attuned more towards peoples ability to pay, with less of the speculative pricing by agents, whom currently act only for the vendor legally. It is this which needs urgent attention.
A more transparent housing market would not only take the froth out of asking prices but would have the added effect of calming rent levels too. For more information please go to the link below:
My proposal for the way housing in England and Wales should be marketed, is based on changing from vendor-centric estate agencies to buyer-oriented ones as described in The Hendry Solution. This would not cost much to implement and would bring massive benefits to all local marketplaces.
To read more about The Hendry Solution go to the following link:
Improve The Housing Market.
How to Improve the UK Housing Market.
Peter Hendry, Consultant in Housing Valuation