MAY Election 2015…what do you really really want?……With the General election looming that’s the question politicians are concerned about for once.
In 1970, Norman Kirk, the Prime Minister of New Zealand said, “people don’t want much, they want someone to love, somewhere to live, somewhere to work and something to hope for.”
In 2015 I think this still rings true. With the housing shortage rarely out of the news, it is clear that finding somewhere to live is still a major ambition for many people.
In 2003-04, 59% of households made up of 25 to 34-year-olds were owner occupied compared with 36% a decade later, according to Shelter. Prime Minister David Cameron has set out plans to make 200,000 homes available to first-time buyers in England by 2020, if the Conservatives win the general election in May. Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis said: “We’re determined that anyone who works hard and wants to get on the property ladder has the help they need to do so. We’re now working with house builders to deliver new Starter Homes, which will be available to young first-time buyers at a 20% discount.” The coalition government has already announced plans for 100,000 cut-price homes for people aged under 40.
Labour has also jumped on the housing band wagon and pledged to build 200,000 new homes a year by 2020.
The Liberal Democrats have set out plans to build 300,000.They are also promising 190,000 affordable homes and want to bring 70,000 empty homes back into usage.
But what about YOUR DREAM Home?
As Estate Agents we can see that it is NOT just First time Buyers suffering from the housing shortage but also people looking to make that upmarket move. With so little choice of properties, people aren’t putting their house on the market for fear of not finding somewhere to move to, and so it goes on, up the chain. A self-perpetuating housing shortage.
We hope to break this self-perpetuating cycle through our new ‘What’s Your Dream Home?’ initiative.
This is how we hope to help you find your dream home. Contact us and one of our experienced staff will be assigned to help you and it’s a completely FREE home finder service.