Our blog

Read our take on the latest developments of interest to homeowners and aspiring homeowners, with contributions from our staff, supporters and guest contributions.

You won’t agree with it all, but hopefully you’ll enjoy reading it. If you have any comments, please feel free to leave them.

The views expressed are those of the individual writers, and not necessarily those of the HomeOwners Alliance. We believe in the importance of free debate!

  • December 15, 2014

    New property portal “OnTheMarket” blow to consumers

    From the end of January a new property portal "On The Market" will launch, splitting the marketing of your property between Rightmove and Zoopla. We explain what's happening, why it's bad news for consumers and what you can do...

  • November 16, 2014

    Conducting your own viewings – A Guide

    How to show prospective buyers round your home

  • October 6, 2014

    RIP Sole Agency Shackles

    Isn't it time sole agency contracts, which tie people into long contracts without any real consumer benefits, are outlawed?

  • September 29, 2014

    Mansion Tax or Happenstantial Tax?

    Andrew Arden, QC and author of numerous works on housing and local government law, explores what's wrong with the recent proposals for mansion tax

  • September 1, 2014

    Solar panels condemned by Hounslow Council

    Our very own green guru, Dr Paula Owen, recently met Mr and Mrs Skinner who were told to pull down £20,000 solar development despite being encouraged by local council to go ahead

  • July 29, 2014

    Emma’s story of Help to Buy

    With help from the Bank of Mum & Dad and Help to Buy equity loan scheme, Emma has her first flat

  • July 15, 2014

    Crime data, security measures and home insurance top tips

    Home insurance expert Leigh Jackson shows us how to research crime data for our area and offers tips for managing our insurance premiums

  • July 14, 2014

    Closing the Luxury Gap

    In a starter flat but need more space? Don't let your credit rating be a barrier to moving on up. The credit experts, Experian, have some advice.

  • June 16, 2014

    First time buyers in London – sound familiar?

    Buying a home is expensive. Even more so in London. And then of course there is the process which is enough to bring you to tears. Here is one young couple's experience which has left them wanting to make house buying fairer. Here here!

  • May 22, 2014

    How to Protect Against Rising Rates

    Interest rate rises must come eventually. Here are some ways you can prepare for when mortgage costs start to lift.