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The housing market may be booming for a fortunate few, but the have-nots of Britain are still being left way behind

9 11 19
29.04.2021

Today I received an email from one of the UK’s leading estate agents for high value properties. I like to know what they are all up to, so I subscribe to all of their sites. On opening the message titled ‘The Outlook is Sunny’ I was informed of how positive the housing market is with strong levels of demand, 52% higher than this time in 2019, and told sellers should really take advantage of this good news.

I’m one of the millions who privately rent and, as a middle-aged single woman, there is no chance of me ever getting a mortgage and owning a home. I equally have no chance of renting a council property thanks to Margaret Thatcher’s very popular and vote winning policy 40 years ago ‘Right to Buy’. This involved selling off council houses and not replacing them because a home owning democracy would be a ‘better’ society. Which is true, if by ‘better’ you mean more compliant and in hock to the bank with mortgages for the bulk of their lives – the emphasis since 1979 has been on buying property and using it as capital rather than a home.

The consequences of ‘Right to Buy’ in 2021 are that: in the middle of a pandemic, with millions furloughed, unsure of their fate and an increasing dole queue thanks to entire industries disappearing; the housing market is also now blowing up. But the “outlook” is only “sunny” for those who have stable well-paid work and large deposits or access to the ‘bank of mum and dad’. These are the only people........

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