Kirstie Allsopp along with her colleague Phil Spencer have become household names in the UK as they have hosted the house hunting TV programme Location, Location, Location – not to be confused withe TVNZ programme of the same name. The programme has been shown on both Sky and TVNZ and has captured a strong prime time position sharing with kiwis the property market back in the UK.
Some have said that the programme even contributed to the UK housing bubble highlighting as it did the appeal of property ownership and the potential gains to be made. Well now in the midst of the UK crisis the team are making a special edition to provide support and guidance for homeowners stuck in the midst of the crisis as well as people attempting to buy at this time.
Kirstie in an interview with the Sun newspaper offered some great quotes:
When asked if falling prices were the only problem?
The fact that people move house is a core part of our economy. While some people might benefit from falling house prices, nobody benefits from falling transactions.
Everyone from builders to bed-makers go out of business if people stop moving house.
When asked “Who’s to blame for the current problem?
Lots of people have asked me: “Do you think this is your fault?”
Well, yes – I have advocated home ownership, but I don’t feel guilty about that.
Blaming me for the credit crunch is like blaming Jamie Oliver for obesity. Yes, he has probably encouraged people to eat more but he has also encouraged them to shop and eat wisely.
Whilst there are those detractors of the simplistic manner in which the programme profiles the purchasing process there is no doubt that the broad appeal provides some useful tips and guidance to all who watch; and many would argue that it is a lot more real then many reality TV shows.
There is no doubt as you watch the show and read the commentary in the UK papers that clearly Brits are as besotted by property as we kiwis are – we are not alone!