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Housing is back under the spotlight after Communities Minister Sajid Javid finally published his plans to ‘fix our broken market’. I would argue there are plenty of affordable houses, but in areas with few jobs, so people don’t want to live there. 

Instead of building more, we should be looking for a long-term solution and improving transport links, so we take people and job opportunities to the houses. This would both create more chances for people to get on the property ladder and also improve neglected buildings. 
But the reality is more people are long-term renters who need secure tenancies, so this spring magazine is full of tips for first-time landlords. We also have real-life makeovers plus features on the new Lifetime ISAs aimed at first-time buyers, where to find the best mortgage and how to sell your property quickly. 

It’s been a busy start to the year, with a great response to my one-off special about finding the UK’s best place to live and I’ve been filming a new series for Channel 4 about inventive ways to live mortgage-free. One to watch out for on 20 April! 

Until my next issue in the autumn, I hope you enjoy the read!

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