123ArticleOnline.com: Bradley Weisshttp://www.123articleonline.com/rss/author/135042/bradley-weissArticles written by Bradley Weiss from 123ArticleOnline.comen-usCopyright (c) 123ArticleOnline.com All rights reserved. 200 Years of Housing Policy History in the UK: We Adapt http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/911903/200-years-of-housing-policy-history-in-the-uk-we-adapt The changes in population, construction and infrastructure technologies have certainly improved homes in the United Kingdom. But Government policy has also played a role. Adding the Wow Factor to Development http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/918910/adding-the-wow-factor-to-development The design of new property is a collaboration of architects, investors and the existing community. Ideally, cumulative creativity spawns exciting new places. Are Newly-Built Homes in the UK More Sustainable? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/911904/are-newly-built-homes-in-the-uk-more-sustainable Indeed they are. But whether new builds or retrofits, increasing the energy efficiency of homes is beneficial to the UK economy in all kinds of ways. Better Paying Jobs, Lower Cost Housing Mean Growth in the UK http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/855454/better-paying-jobs-lower-cost-housing-mean-growth-in-the-uk The unaffordability of home ownership is tough on families. But if a major city lacks for affordable housing, it can also negatively impact overall development. Better Paying Jobs, Lower Cost Housing Mean Growth in the UK http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/855455/better-paying-jobs-lower-cost-housing-mean-growth-in-the-uk The unaffordability of home ownership is tough on families. But if a major city lacks for affordable housing, it can also negatively impact overall development. Beyond Just Housing, the UK Needs to Develop Holistic and Sustainable Communities http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/823677/beyond-just-housing-the-uk-needs-to-develop-holistic-and-sustainable-communities Fast building, as is needed in England, can often lead to poor quality structures. But with new and better, sustainable homes, smart houses are possible and affordable. Beyond London: Investment Excitement Elsewhere in England http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/918916/beyond-london-investment-excitement-elsewhere-in-england The cost of living and doing business in London has reached a tipping point, driving young workers, employers and investors to consider other growing UK cities. Bradley Weiss http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/856188/bradley-weiss Foreign elements of the past sailed up the Humber to find wealth. But the economics in this region today serves residents, investors and trading partners alike. Bryson's Fundamentalism: Famed Author Battles Home Building on Green Belts - and the Backlash http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/919119/brysons-fundamentalism-famed-author-battles-home-building-on-green-belts-and-the-backlash Everyone loves the English countryside. But does green belt preservation trump the pressing need for homes in the UK? Two writers spar over the question. Build Houses Faster: Innovations in the UK that Speed Construction http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/919122/build-houses-faster-innovations-in-the-uk-that-speed-construction From bricklaying robots to factory-built houses, the country is looking for ways to build more homes quickly. This matters to homebuyers and investors. Building Upward: How the British Feel About High Rise Living http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/911905/building-upward-how-the-british-feel-about-high-rise-living The squeeze is on as the British population continues to increase. London is in a tall building boom, but not all UK residents are willing to let go of their gardens. Building Upward: How the British Feel About High Rise Living http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/911906/building-upward-how-the-british-feel-about-high-rise-living The squeeze is on as the British population continues to increase. London is in a tall building boom, but not all UK residents are willing to let go of their gardens. Buy-To-Let Investors: How Are They Faring? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/871712/buy-to-let-investors-how-are-they-faring Profits from rental property can be enticing, and current interest in investment homes is up from 2009 levels. But investors should consider alternatives. Can Nick Clegg's Garden Cities Deliver the Housing Needed in the UK? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/839873/can-nick-cleggs-garden-cities-deliver-the-housing-needed-in-the-uk Many more homes must be built in the UK. While garden cities might deliver homes on a large scale, smaller, privately-financed developments are already being built. Can the UK afford to Shift Land Use from Agriculture to Development? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/842130/can-the-uk-afford-to-shift-land-use-from-agriculture-to-development The beautiful countryside is indeed a national asset. But housing and commercial development are not necessarily less "green" than farming. CBI on the UK Housing Shortage: It's Bad for Business http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/911939/cbi-on-the-uk-housing-shortage-its-bad-for-business The million-plus homes deficit in Britain is treated like a social issue. It is that but so much more; leading business organisations have calculated the costs. Challenges of Land reclamation at Royal Pier Waterfront (RPW), Southampton http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/918912/challenges-of-land-reclamation-at-royal-pier-waterfront-rpw-southampton Forming new property from the sea has gotten sophisticated, even as the relentless tides are a force to be reckoned with. But it's worth the investment. Could the Empty Homes in England Fix the Housing Shortage? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/891310/could-the-empty-homes-in-england-fix-the-housing-shortage There are hundreds of thousands of houses and flats that sit empty in the UK for various reasons. Some might be reusable or appropriated to meet the housing shortage. Detached Home Building is Up in the UK: What are the Implications? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/911940/detached-home-building-is-up-in-the-uk-what-are-the-implications Detached homes are in high demand in Britain by 'second stepper' buyers upgrading from their first homes. One step up the ladder allows new people on the first. Do EcoVillages and Other Sustainable Developments Inform UK Housing Concepts? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/824536/do-ecovillages-and-other-sustainable-developments-inform-uk-housing-concepts Green developments are perceived as a means to circumvent local planning processes. Private investments in earth-friendly, resilient development can still work. Does a Land Investor Working with a Property Fund Manager Require an IFA? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/816225/does-a-land-investor-working-with-a-property-fund-manager-require-an-ifa Regardless of the type of investment you consider, your relative wealth or your age, it quite likely makes sense to get the objective advice of an IFA. Does the Conservatives' 2015 Victory Mean More Houses Will Be Built? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/897863/does-the-conservatives-2015-victory-mean-more-houses-will-be-built The fear of a mansion tax and general uncertainty preceding the May election stalled house sales and building. Prices have risen since May, emphasising demand. Does the Price of Oil Affect UK Housing Investments and Real Estate Values? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/895893/does-the-price-of-oil-affect-uk-housing-investments-and-real-estate-values Cheers and jeers greet low petroleum prices, depending on where and in what sector one invests. The impact on UK real estate is minimal - except Aberdeen. Does the UK Tax Regime Distort the Housing Market? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/911941/does-the-uk-tax-regime-distort-the-housing-market Part of how cities and towns accept new housing is through improvements in nearby infrastructure. But how that is assessed fairly is subject to debate. England's Hot Tech Towns: Where Growth Means More Houses are Needed http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/918913/englands-hot-tech-towns-where-growth-means-more-houses-are-needed If salaries are an indication, cities with the highest tech salaries are also the growth areas. Is this a shift in the winds for London and the South East? England's North West: What Rising Rental Values Might Mean There http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/891311/englands-north-west-what-rising-rental-values-might-mean-there George Osborne's vision of a 'Northern Powerhouse' might already be having an effect. It could mean the advance of cities outside of London is underway. England's Second-Tier Cities: Building Homes Will Help http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/918914/englands-second-tier-cities-building-homes-will-help The entire UK economy can benefit from stronger cities north and west of London. Part of that strength draws from improving home building and infrastructure. Family Loans for First-Time Homebuyers: What are the UK Housing Implications? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/855456/family-loans-for-first-time-homebuyers-what-are-the-uk-housing-implications To get on the property ladder, young Britons are going to "the bank of mum and dad." What does this adaptive financial strategy mean for housing development? Has Localism Failed? Osborne Gets Tough on Local Planning Authorities http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/912271/has-localism-failed-osborne-gets-tough-on-local-planning-authorities The post-election proposals from the Conservative Government seem to buck the trend of the 2011 Localism Act. Local councils need to move faster. Have Home Prices in London Peaked? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/864270/have-home-prices-in-london-peaked Do the sometimes-stalled housing price levels in London say anything to the would-be English homebuyer? Or for that matter, to the homebuilders or anyone investing in UK land for development? Homes Near Good Schools More Valuable: UK Infrastructure Matters http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/891821/homes-near-good-schools-more-valuable-uk-infrastructure-matters The fluidity of Britain's renter population reveals the importance of outstanding schools. Investors in all types of residential property take note. Hospitals to Homes: How the NHS Selloff Alleviates the UK Housing Shortage http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/879571/hospitals-to-homes-how-the-nhs-selloff-alleviates-the-uk-housing-shortage As healthcare delivery is made more cost-effective, the National Health Service is providing room for new housing. And it doesn't stop with hospitals. House builder Stocks Rise in 2015: Confidence is in the Home Buyers http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/864272/house-builder-stocks-rise-in-2015-confidence-is-in-the-home-buyers Market analysts were pessimistic in January. But the Help to Buy scheme is one of many reasons investors in builders, land and infrastructure see things looking up. Housing need, delivery and the political dimension to house building in the UK http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/855484/housing-need-delivery-and-the-political-dimension-to-house-building-in-the-uk Since the publication of the Barker Review in 2004 successive UK Governments have agreed that around 245,000 homes need to be built each year to meet the country's housing needs. How Advisable is UK Land as an Alternative Investment? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/885113/how-advisable-is-uk-land-as-an-alternative-investment There are many ways to invest outside of the FTSE and real estate investment trusts. Land for future housing development is an enticing example. How are "Locally Led" Garden Cities Different? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/825128/how-are-locally-led-garden-cities-different Localism in land use planning is the new mantra for address the UK housing shortage. But smaller scale, investor-driven projects get more done for now. How Are the UK's Homebuilders Faring in 2015? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/871714/how-are-the-uks-homebuilders-faring-in-2015 After a rocky January, the first quarter of the year showed a rapid uptick in building. General election results also show that confidence in building is up. How can Housing Developers Build Healthier Communities? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/907141/how-can-housing-developers-build-healthier-communities Research shows that certain features such as green space can add significant value to a property. But there are other features that can add even more. How Do Growth and Residential Construction Reduce Poverty for UK Cities? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/848142/how-do-growth-and-residential-construction-reduce-poverty-for-uk-cities Private investment in housing is largely about asset growth. But by fostering construction and new homes, the investor also plays a role in poverty abatement. How Do the UK's Housing Associations Work and What Do They Do to Increase the Housing Supply? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/839001/how-do-the-uks-housing-associations-work-and-what-do-they-do-to-increase-the-housing-supply The Thatcher government shifted social housing to private non-profits a generation ago. This decentralisation has a mixed record in building new homes. How Do Trends Toward Teleworking Affect Homebuilding in the UK? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/848143/how-do-trends-toward-teleworking-affect-homebuilding-in-the-uk Location formerly determined the value of most real estate. But technology now enables working from home, altering the need for homes to be near workplaces. How Does Chancellor Osborne Plan to Fix the Economy with Housing? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/912272/how-does-chancellor-osborne-plan-to-fix-the-economy-with-housing Housing is in the matrix of economic activities that make for a stable and prosperous Britain. The homes shortage can be fixed with policy and investment. How Does the Ageing of the Baby Boomers Affect the UK Housing Market? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/880419/how-does-the-ageing-of-the-baby-boomers-affect-the-uk-housing-market Grannies live alone in draughty three-bedroom homes while families with several children cram into two bedroom flats. Maybe we can switch things around. How Effective Might the Help-To-Buy ISA Be for First Time Buyers? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/898031/how-effective-might-the-help-to-buy-isa-be-for-first-time-buyers Younger working adults in the UK struggle to buy homes, largely because a deposit is hard to save. This programme might help, particularly outside London. How Have Greenfield-Brownfield Swaps Already Enabled House Building? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/842286/how-have-greenfield-brownfield-swaps-already-enabled-house-building Local councils are tasked with writing home building agendas. That might require eating into green belts - but "third way" solutions can lessen the loss. How Investors Can Choose the "Right" Property Fund http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/885114/how-investors-can-choose-the-right-property-fund Many investors choose a property fund to optimise asset growth in UK real estate, particularly in the residential sector. But not all funds are managed equally. How Many Empty Homes are in England - and what Does this Tell Real Estate Developers? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/848144/how-many-empty-homes-are-in-england-and-what-does-this-tell-real-estate-developers For a variety of reasons, there are many unoccupied residences in the UK. This is deeply ironic, given the housing shortage, but offers insight for housing investors. How Might Greenfield-Brownfield Swaps Promote House Building in the UK? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/839881/how-might-greenfield-brownfield-swaps-promote-house-building-in-the-uk Investors in UK housing are sometimes stymied by limitations on Greenfield development. Shifting green designations (and vegetation) to post-industrial sites are an option. How Might Greenfield-Brownfield Swaps Promote House Building in the UK? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/839883/how-might-greenfield-brownfield-swaps-promote-house-building-in-the-uk Investors in UK housing are sometimes stymied by limitations on Greenfield development. Shifting green designations (and vegetation) to post-industrial sites are an option. How Much Reporting Transparency Should Investors Expect from Property Fund Managers? http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/816508/how-much-reporting-transparency-should-investors-expect-from-property-fund-managers Disclosure and transparency are on the rise in commercial real estate investment. But the same factors also drive confidence in residential development.