Mill Hill East Transport (before the bean counters cut it all)


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

The Independent: "How much more expensive is it to live in a London 'village'?"

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"Research from Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward and Zoopla suggests that there is a massive premium on properties in or near to a ‘village’ in London. Looking at 24 village areas across London, the data shows that on average there is a £200,000 premium – so that while they estimate the average value of a property in London at £456,802, a home in a 'village' is just over £690,000.

"Admitting that it's hard to pin down an exact definition of a village, KFH says their typical attributes are green spaces, independent shops, weekend farmers markets and thriving high streets, plus good schools, which together form close-knit communities."

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

The Independent: "Economic Focus: Does anyone think Help to Buy is a good idea?"

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"A host of independent economists have criticised the Coalition’s decision to push ahead with a controversial mortgage guarantee scheme.

"George Osborne confirmed on Monday that the Help to Buy subsidies, which will offer state insurance for 15 per cent of the value of new mortgages, will be put into operation next week. The scheme was originally not scheduled to be introduced until January. 'We are the party of home ownership and we’re going to let the country know it,' said the Chancellor.

"But writing here in The Independent today, figures affiliated to institutions ranging from the Trades Union Congress to the Institute of Economic Affairs call on the Chancellor to reverse course."