Mark Stephens argues that Scotland’s new system of housing transaction tax should be allowed to bed down, but that as the Parliament’s Finance Committee considers “A Scottish Approach to Taxation” it should consider property taxation in the round.
I hope you will forgive me for starting with my conclusion, that independence would be bad for the Scottish commercial property market. Indeed, what I want to do is to signal to you that I think it would be not just bad but catastrophic.
As the independence referendum approaches, the implications of independence for the property market and vice versa has not received any attention. The real estate sector is a major component of the Scottish economy, from new construction through to investment finance.
First edition of the IHURER Newsletter, where we will share with you news from the Institute, recent publications and conference appearances and dates for your diary.
There are fears ‘help to buy’ will artificially inflate prices, and that’s at a time when early indications are that in some parts of the country at least, house prices are already on the rise. Colin Jones was a member of the discussion panel on BBC Radio 4 programme which discussed the current housing market context, the government’s “Help to Buy” initiative and the regulation of the private rented sector.
Continuing on from her first piece ‘Charity Shops: Curse or Crux of the High Street?’, Dr. Nicola Livingstone reflects on the retail character of these shops in the twenty-first century. Are charity shops and their drive towards profit maximisation proving effective in achieving increased income for their relative causes, or are they caught-up in the quagmire of competition, constantly changing to remain relevant?
Our next IHURER seminar will take place Wednesday, 12th of June.
We live in a period where free market dominance is being openly questioned in terms of efficiency and sustainability – among other reasons. No doubt this has a lot to do with the financial crisis’ effect on every economy in the world, which is then retransmitted and multiplied due to globalization. Even the most fortified […]
Under a climate of a somehow promoted, and highly advertised, general optimism, Greek real estate is starting gradually to pop its head up – still afraid of another haircut. Some experts even dare to forecast a new beginning for the, until recently, dead Greek real estate market, before the end of 2013.
Does twenty-first century charity now begin on the High Street? It is surprising to see a High Street today without any charity shops; they have become ubiquitous to our retail landscape. Dr Nicola Livingstone questions their evolution, considering whether they are a curse or a crux of the High Street.