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Home ownership: Did earlier generations have it easier?
created by BBC at 28th of Feb 2014


In April 1964, 300 people queued up for four days and nights in a muddy field not far from Heathrow airport. They camped in anything they could find: canvas tents, Ford Anglias and even deckchairs. They kept their spirits up by playing cards, or cooking bacon and eggs on portable stoves. Eventually the first 187 in the queue were rewarded. In return for a £50 deposit, they secured the promise of a new house on the site, in Sunbury-on-Thames. It was an era when the country as a whole made a psychological down-payment on the idea of home ownership, an aspiration that has inspired and troubled us ever since. But did previous generations have it any easier? Did they have to struggle to afford a home in the way that so many do now? Brick by brick Around a dozen of those who queued up in 1964 are still living in the houses they bought that day. Among them are John and Margaret Webb, who took it in turns to queue on that muddy field. They agreed to pay £4,600 ...

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UK house price predictions for 2014
created by BBC at 28th of Feb 2014


If you move home, you are going to need boxes - and plenty of them. So the mood of a packaging supplier should give some impression of the vitality of the UK housing market. Patrick Sheehy, sales director at PHS Teacrate, says that 2013 was a year of recovery for the packaging business and the housing market. The biggest dip, he says, was in 2011 - but things have picked up since, although they are not back to the boom years of 2006 and 2007. Movers, he explains, are searching for value for money. Cardboard boxes and brown tape are still the products of choice for most people packing up to move house, but many are renting crates. This gives them certainty regarding the cost, making it easier to budget during a time of considerable expense. Mr Sheehy says there is more activity than usual over winter. Staff have been known to take time off in December, but they have stayed to supply plenty of movers this time. Market stimulant So, is this acceleration in activity like...

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