Rob Clifford

Taking away this stamp duty burden for large numbers of purchasers could therefore provide a much-needed fillip to the housing market.

Few consumers who conduct execution-only business actually understand what they are signing up to.

I’d like to see the government take a scalpel to stamp duty for landlords.

Rob Clifford, group commercial director at property specialist SDL Group, questions how meaningful an interest rate rise would be for the property market.

Analysing Habito

Another side issue, which the team behind Habito might also want to beware of, is how the FCA views all of this.

I wonder if the marketing departments at various lenders are not already dreaming up ‘Surrogate lending’ schemes or products which allow savers to ‘Foster a first-time buyer’.

First-time help

The ball could be back in first-timers’ court for some time to come.

Sadly we can’t ignore the significant burden of responsibility placed upon lenders, in particular, in order to get any mortgage through to completion. Adding the pressure of placing a one-week deadline on this process is unthinkable.

The short-term fix debate

Many people are simply uncertain about what the next two years will bring, let alone the next five or 10 or even more.

I have noticed that each one of the last few years has come with its own natural gear change, as a defining moment which splits…