The English Housing Survey (EHS) is the best annual source for households by tenure but the latest headline report generated considerable debate when it showed a halt in the decline of homeownership.
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We are now midway between the 2011 census and the next one in 2021, and that has significant implications for our understanding of even basic trends in population and households.
Should we be worried about the current levels of household debt?
Increasing new housing supply is widely seen as the solution to the crisis.
Although house prices have risen rapidly relative to incomes over the last twenty years, mortgage repayments for current buyers are well within historically affordable levels.
Our understanding of the private rental market is severely hampered by a lack of publicly available data.
With the prospect of base rate increases seemingly drawing nearer, fixed rate mortgages should help many households avoid the immediate pain.
Despite the increase in cash-only buyers, around two-thirds of UK housing transactions are dependent on a mortgage.
Land is the fundamental component of new housing yet it is probably the least transparent part of the market.
Can supply that is heavily weighted to higher value new build homes open up the supply of other existing more affordable homes by increasing mobility through the housing market?
There are major issues facing the nation’s preferred tenure.
There are a number of UK house price indices released each month. Filtering out actual trends through the noise can be a challenge.
Many of the issues limiting the rate of new home building can be traced back to the pricing and availability of land for residential development.
It is essential for us to gain a greater understanding of the motivations for why one person households form and what has been preventing them from doing so.
Bigger than you might think, but with an important caveat.
Unless we find a way to break the 10 to 1 ratio, to substantially increase housing delivery we will either need to increase overall market turnover or increase delivery of other tenures.
There is a lot of debate around just how much of the £3.6 trillion of private pension wealth will hit the housing market thanks to pension reforms.
Demand side measures such as the Help-to-Buy ISA may help in the short term but without an equal level of supply side measures, they will just serve to drive up prices over the longer term.
The growth of the private rented sector has been a defining feature of the housing market since the early 2000s.
The issue of affordability is at the centre of the debate around our dysfunctional housing market.
Crystal ball or rear-view mirror?
By failing to offer the quantity and type of housing needed at an affordable price, large numbers of London’s workers commute from outside the region to work.
It's possible that a society of educated people is likely to be more cultured and scientific-minded than one of non-graduates, and this should have positive externalities in the form of better political discourse and higher culture. There is, however, little evidence of this in practice.
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