Episode 19: The New Build Outlook

In our latest episode, Mark Charlesworth, Head of Business Consultancy takes up the hosting seat as he introduces Stacey Wood, National New Build and Surveying Relationship Manager who interviews Andy Mason, Head of Housing Development at Lloyds Banking Group. 


We kick-off this episode with an introduction to Andy Mason and a short exploration of his career so far before moving to discuss everything Help To Buy, looking at the extension of this scheme, the opportunity of shared ownership and plugging the gap that will be left behind.


Andy gives us a summary of the current view of Lloyds Banking Group and provides us with his market outlook, discussing everything from risk appetite, operational backlogs and how pent-up demand is currently shaping lenders plans. He discusses the positive outlook for the rest of the year as we see lenders across the market returning and the positive signs so far and how that fares against initial fears of house prices falling.


We then discuss future new build prices and the effect of the stamp duty holiday before moving onto discuss cladding in apartment buildings. Andy provides us with an overview of the cross-industry collaboration to resolve this issue and how a change in process could lead to more positive customer outcomes for leaseholders.


Andy also talks us through changing customer journeys and how packaging applications correctly is imperative at the minute. Stacey then talks through our Sesame packaging grids intended to help those looking to ensure each case is submitted in-line with lender expectations.


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