Housing

arc4 Director interviewed on Korean Housing Market outlook

With Korea firmly on the world stage again, Derek Long was interviewed by Asian Property News for his insight into its unique property market.

- After a major dip in the housing market in 2013, have things begun to improve, or have recent problems - presidential corruption, threats from DPRK, a shift in US policy away from Asia - exacerbated the problem?

Non - starter

In a year when May came after June, you might have bet that the Starter Homes initiative would also have landed on the new prime minister's bonfire of George Osborne's vanities. Yet, as the government gets set to announce a paradigm lurch towards ownership in planning policy, our new research into the Starter Homes market raises important questions about whether developers and councils can meet Downing Street's aspirations.

Steve Wood comments on the Autumn Statement and the impact for older people

So, the dust settles on an Autumn statement which left some low income families breathing a sigh of relief as proposed cuts in tax credits were scrapped and buy to let landlords contemplating the impact of a 3% surcharge on stamp duty.

Win or lose, there is little doubt that he changes announced by the Chancellor this week will be closely scrutinised over the coming days and weeks, and here are some early observations on how they impact on older people.

A conference devil’s in the dictionary

Veteran Conference speaker Derek Long, has drafted “another page from the housing textbook for the University of Life” to help you get through your next conference. “Whether you’ve been caught resting your eyes just too long in the morning plenary or returning from an important break out session in a nearby pub, these are the topics to distract your boss with,” he says.

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Arc4’s Derek Long on the Korean Housing Market

The South Korean housing market is currently under immense pressure. Jeonse, its unique tenure form where tenants pay upwards of 60% of the entire value of the house, has become almost unaffordable in the first half of 2015.

Arc4 director Derek Long, a keynote speaker to the government’s First International Housing Finance Forum in Seoul in 2013, was recently asked by Seoul’s equivalent to Radio 4's PM programme to bring a British perspective on what reforms could rebalance the Korean housing market as part of a discussion with local professors. Click the play button below to listen to the programme, which was broadcast at the end of July.

Arc4 assesses opportunities and challenges for registered providers

With the Chancellor's Summer Budget adding momentum to the "Northern Powerhouse", Arc4’s Derek Long was invited to analyse the future opportunities and challenges for the new grouping of the Chairs of Greater Manchester Registered Providers. The group will now complement the longer-standing Chief Executive led providers group in the city region and will be a focus for non-executives' development.