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What I learned from a day on the frontline

Life at Aster

Opportunities to meet customers and experience different sides of the business are often limited due to the nature of my role in finance, so I like to jump at chances to get out and about on the frontline.

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Our comment on the launch of Virgin Money shared ownership mortgages

Shared ownership

The cost of the average home has gone up by nearly five per cent in the past 12 months while salaries increased by only two. Affordability is a long-term issue and ‘traditional’ ownership is becoming unrealistic for increasing numbers of people.

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Election result comment from Bjorn Howard

Housing

What’s needed now is consistency rather than upheaval. A government must be formed as quickly as possible so that we can continue to build on the progress made in recent years in supporting the housing and housebuilding sectors. It was a good sign for the sector that all major parties recognised the need for a focus on housing in their manifestos...

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Sector’s role in educating housing investors

Housing

Private finance has become increasingly vital to housing. More could be done to help investors understand and continue to support the sector

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Our comment on the 2017 election manifestos

Housing

The most pleasing aspect of the manifestos is that the major parties appear to recognise the scale of the housing crisis facing the UK and particularly the problem of affordability. They have put forward some bold ideas to tackle these issues.

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A new charter will give us what’s needed to help grow the shared ownership market

Shared ownership

The housing shortage is at the forefront of public consciousness. Rising rents and capital values, within the context of fairly static wage growth, have left a huge cross-section of society with limited opportunities to own their own homes. With the affordability of housing for those even on above-average incomes now a national crisis, the recent shift in policy focus away from traditional ownership, has been broadly welcomed by the sector.

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