The Resolution Foundation, a think tank, claims that home ownership is far lower than is widely believed to be the case in the UK - and as a result, the private rental sector is much larger than previously thought to be the case.
Brexit and wider economic uncertainties worsened by changes to property taxation have forced the Council of Mortgage Lenders to cut its forecast for next year's housing market transactions from its original 1.26m prediction to a revised 1.17m.
In the UK, we have a chronic shortage of housing. Apparently we need 200,000 new houses a year but last year we built 189,650 new homes. Bear in mind though that 2015/16 was a good year - and 11% up on the previous year in terms of houses built.
The latest official house price index, released by the Office for National Statistics, shows that house price growth was 6.9 per cent in the year to the end of October, down from 7.0 per cent a month earlier.