Rightmove pushes for housing market focus ahead of tonight’s general election leaders’ debate

Rightmove is pushing for a greater housing market focus, as the various parties continue to outline their campaign promises.

Ahead of tonight’s head-to-head debate on ITV, Rightmove is asking Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer to ensure housing is a key topic that they focus on.

Sunak and Starmer will face each other at 9pm, with the hour-long programme set to be moderated by presenter Julie Etchingham, who also hosted debates in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

The head-to-head debate between the two party political leaders will take place in front of a live audience.

Rightmove’s director of agent partnerships, Christian Balshen, said: “We want to make sure that housing is at the forefront in the lead up to the election. Whilst we know that most people are carrying on with their home-moving plans, there will be another group of people thinking of moving later this year and beyond who want to hear more.

“We’re trying to get it higher up the agenda to help agents and home-movers, and we’ll continue to push for long-term solutions rather than short-term schemes.”

Rightmove is amplifying its call for a bigger housing focus through national print and social media advertising.

People will also be able to submit housing questions to Rightmove’s housing experts to answer this week.



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  1. EAMD172

    Just leave the housing market out of the election. Leave it alone. It is a free market and will find its own level naturally without any stupid incentives that cause boom and bust markets. No one is asking for the stock market to be a centre point of the election or the car market, or art or watches. We need a sustained period of a steady interest rate (around 4-4.5%) so wages catch up with house prices as they stay fairly static and rents become more reasonable and for lenders to increase regular lending to high percentage loans again around 95%. Which in a stable market is very safe. JUST LEAVE IT ALONE!!

    1. Robert_May

      4-4.5 % interest rates won’t redress the balance between wages and house price growth; the average property is already out of reach of the average wage. The number of units being introduced to the market isn’t enough to satisfy those who already have the means to buy off plan as; an institutional investment, to snuffle FTB homes into a BTL portfolio or who earn far more that the average wage.

      Housing won’t get sorted until its an apolitical department that’s immune from a change of direction every 5 years.


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