first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Brexit uncertainty ‘catastrophic’ for housing market confidence previous nextAgencies & PeopleBrexit uncertainty ‘catastrophic’ for housing market confidenceClaim is made within research by property expert Kate Faulkner, commissioned by leading estate agency chain, Belvoir.Nigel Lewis19th February 201901,894 Views The uncertainty created by Theresa May’s ongoing attempts to wrangle a last minute Brexit deal is having a ‘catastrophic’ effect on confidence in the housing market, it has been claimed.The comments are made within research by an independent housing expert into Brexit and the property market for Belvoir published today, including some alarming claims by several franchisees.Kate Faulkner canvassed a random selection of the company’s agents and found that although 86% believed rents will remain static or rise after we leave the European Union, 77% thought house prices will either stay the same or fall.“Typically, uncertainty about the future of the housing market results in three things – low numbers of transactions, price stagnation or falls, and rents struggling to rise, even where demand is higher than supply,” says Dorian Gonsalves, CEO of Belvoir.“However our survey suggests that rents in 2019 may break from past trends, with the majority of offices predicting rental increases or static rents, primarily due to government legislation and shortage of supply.”Falling pricesFaulkner’s research  also reveals that 40% of the agents she canvassed about the property market expected house prices to actually fall next year.“For example, Belvoir Tunbridge Wells, in the South East, reported that political uncertainty is prohibiting people from putting their properties on the market, and therefore stocks are low,” says Gonsalves.The local franchisee  also said people who have already put their houses on the market in the South East are unable to find anything suitable to buy, driving an increase in the number of people looking for rented property in the three-bedroom plus family market.  kate faulkner Belvoir Brexit Brexit housing market Designs on Properrty Dorian Gonsalves February 19, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

17 Jan / 2021

Concrete Cowboys

first_imgGeorgia’s Thomas County 4-H is saddling up to assist at-risk teenagers in Philadelphia in becoming Concrete Cowboys by providing the program with supplies.About 10 years ago, Malik Divers and some friends built an enclosure for horses on an abandoned parking lot in west Philadelphia. He then bought some horses and started the Concrete Cowboys project with the goal of reaching local, at-risk teenagers. His efforts have gotten attention from news outlets like NBC and People magazine.When Thomas County’s University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H agent Cindy Wynn learned about the Concrete Cowboys, her interest was piqued.“Malik is a retired construction worker but he should have been a 4-H leader, because without even really knowing it, he’s teaching some of the same essential elements we teach in 4-H,” Wynn said. “He’s playing a really vital role in his community by assisting at-risk teens through his equine program. He’s teaching mastery, belonging, independence, and these teens are learning skills that will help them later on.” Wynn contacted Divers to see if there was anything her south Georgia 4-H program could do to help.“When I was talking to Malik, I said it was very obvious from the video clip that they were in desperate need of some equipment,” Wynn said. “You could tell they were doing the best with what they had, but he said they could use absolutely anything.” The Pennsylvania-based group needed saddles, so Wynn and a group of 4-H members started a fund-drive to secure some supplies.  “Within 24 hours we had two Western saddles,” Wynn said. “We were able to collect many items related to horse care: brushes, buckets, lead ropes, holsters, horse blankets, anything you would need if you owned a horse.” Other Georgia counties heard about the Concrete Cowboys and began donating to the program. When school started last fall, members of the Concrete Cowboys needed school supplies, so south Georgia 4-H members gathered book bags and school supplies to send.“It taught a lesson in generosity. It’s a unique opportunity to practice service to others,” Wynn said. To donate tack items or funds to assist with shipping items to Concrete Cowboys, contact Wynn at the Thomas County Extension office at 229-225-4130.(Julia Rodriguez is an intern with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences based in Tifton.)last_img read more