On 30th October 2014, the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) hosted a roundtable at The Maids Head Hotel, to discuss local issues faced in the housing sector.
Given the ever changing housing market, Mark Hayward, Managing Director of the NAEA and David Cox, Managing Director of ARLA held the event in order to
give stakeholders in the housing market the chance to provide insight into the real local issues affecting the housing sector in East Anglia.
The overarching theme that came across was the need to end the chronic short termism in the housing policy and adopt a more long-term approach that takes into account the needs of both consumers and the industry.
Mark Hayward, Managing Director of NAEA said: “Few things in life are as important as the home we live in, so it’s time to stop politicising housing. We need to stop thinking of housing policy in 5 year election cycles and adopt a long term approach to this critical issue. It’s simple. We need more housing. Across the eastern counties and Norfolk we are building too few properties for families, young couples and those simply wishing to live in a decent home.”
David Cox, Managing Director of ARLA said: “We need a sweeping review of the whole industry that governs building, selling and renting otherwise we risk perpetuating a cycle of failure in housing provision. Often policy making is very London and South East focused; we know from our members how varied the issues facing those outside of these areas are and this really needs to be reflected in government policy.”
Source: The Movechannel