house prices

Land values, house prices and why land value capture won’t make homes cheaper

Recent media coverage has focused on how the housing crisis could be solved if only land values could be reduced. Lowering land values would mean the price of new homes would fall, making housing more affordable. As attractive as that may sound, it gets the problem backwards – high house prices are the cause of […]
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Two key failings of the Standard Method for calculating housing need

One of the challenges the government has identified in tackling the housing crisis is the way in which councils determine how many homes they need to build. In an effort to address that, the government is currently consulting on a new “Standard Method” for calculating housing need. This post explains what is proposed, and identifies […]
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