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Announcement – Celebration of life

It is with great difficulty that we announce the very sad news of our colleague and friend Peter Sowerby passing away yesterday.

April 5th, 2018 | Comments Off on Announcement – Celebration of life

Search Acumen comments on ONS UK House Price Index, October 2017

Today’s house price statistics will bring little festive cheer to the UK’s first-time buyers. While growth in prices has slightly dampened during 2017, the market continues to push itself further out of reach for young market hopefuls who were wishing to put up a Christmas tree in their new home this year.

December 12th, 2017 | Comments Off on Search Acumen comments on ONS UK House Price Index, October 2017

Legal Futures Roundtable Report in association with Search Acumen: Exploiting data

The working practices of property lawyers have changed little since the 19th century. Many aspects of the conveyancing process remain offline – documents are still on paper and the data entered manually. The commercial transaction process is laborious, slow and expensive, and both the client and firm are losing out as a result, a maddening […]

December 4th, 2017 | Comments Off on Legal Futures Roundtable Report in association with Search Acumen: Exploiting data

Challenger firms take advantage as conveyancing market bounces back in Q3

The UK conveyancing market bounced back in the mid-summer following a significant drop in activity in Q2 2017, with challenger firms taking full advantage of a revival in transaction numbers across the property market.

November 20th, 2017 | Comments Off on Challenger firms take advantage as conveyancing market bounces back in Q3

Search Acumen comments on the latest ONS House Price Index, September 2017

Andy Sommerville, Director at Search Acumen, comments on the latest ONS House Price Index, September 2017

November 14th, 2017 | Comments Off on Search Acumen comments on the latest ONS House Price Index, September 2017

The Beginning Of The End – Commercial Property Searches Are Changing Forever

It’s the beginning of the end for searches as we know them in the commercial property market. And that’s a very good thing.

October 30th, 2017 | Comments Off on The Beginning Of The End – Commercial Property Searches Are Changing Forever

Search Acumen comments on the UK Prime Minister’s housing pledge at the Conservative Party Conference

Our country needs to embark on the greatest housing boom the UK has witnessed in a century. For decades, UK governments have neglected the critical issue of our nation’s housing shortfall and as a result we estimate by 2022 the UK will be short of a million homes

October 4th, 2017 | Comments Off on Search Acumen comments on the UK Prime Minister’s housing pledge at the Conservative Party Conference

England’s new homes shortfall will reach more than one million by 2022

England is on course to be lacking more than one million new homes to meet the demands of a growing population after years of reducing new home build development.

October 2nd, 2017 | Comments Off on England’s new homes shortfall will reach more than one million by 2022

Search Acumen comments on DCLG Help-to-Buy Equity Loan Scheme Statistics to June 30th, 2017

“The good news in the most recent Help-to-Buy loan scheme figures is just papering over the cracks in our housing market. A record number of borrowers in Q2 2017 took advantage of the programme and that’s an admirable thing. But, borrowers had to take on more debt than ever to make their homeownership dreams a reality. In London in particular, many first-time buyers are resorting to taking on equity loans of up to 40%.”

September 28th, 2017 | Comments Off on Search Acumen comments on DCLG Help-to-Buy Equity Loan Scheme Statistics to June 30th, 2017

There remains a national failure to build enough homes to meet demand

Search Acumen comments on ONS House Price Stats for Small Areas, year to March 2017

September 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on There remains a national failure to build enough homes to meet demand