HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS ARE NOT UNIQUE

We’ve recently heard that large housing association partnership talks have failed due to differences in vision. I’m confused, I thought we were all broadly here to deliver the same thing in a similar way? My mistake. The Harvard Business Review highlighted that 70 – 90% of mergers fail to deliver synergies within 5 years. In the commercial world this is …

Impact of Brexit Upon Housing Associations (LTFP Guide)

The attached paper has been written as a source for reasoned and intelligent consideration of how Brexit may effect housing associations. We suggest embedding only limited amounts of unknowns into a business plan, but ensuring worst case scenarios are fully understood, thus allowing for contingency plans to be fully worked up. Click here –> Brexit on Housing Associations for a free report …

BRAVO Social Housing Asset Management

Let everyone in your company realise the full potential of BRAVO, the social housing asset management tool that empowers real decisions to be made at all levels, from scheme manager to chief executive. Valuations Bravo is the preferred supplier of Zoopla desktop valuations. In a real life example, a desk top valuation of a portfolio worth over £1bn came to …

Made2Aid are Hitting New Heights

Made2Aid are taking the occupational therapy, aids and adaptations market by storm. They were founded in 2013 by Jade Godier offering a search engine for specialist products that allows occupational therapists and end users to search by condition. This innovation sets www.Made2Aid.co.uk apart from its competition and in 2015 we’ve teamed up with them to help take the next step. Gabriel Star have had …

HA’s Managing Resident Expectations

Yesterday was an eye opening day. I glimpsed a new take on a problem that the social housing sector has been tackling for the past two years. The problem was around encouraging residents to down size in order to avoid The Bedroom Tax, and ultimately reduce the chance of falling into rent arrears. The sub-set of the problem is often …

Rental Data Capture Problem: Inviting Ideas & Tenders

Gabriel Star are helping a number of housing associations improve their rent collection systems.   We would like to hear the best ideas that solve the problems of: Within a hostel, housing association or student accommodation environment residents often visit the local office looking to pay their rent by plastic (visa debit card for example). Traditional terminals don’t allow the …

The Poor Door Problem in Social Housing

The Poor Door Problem Housing Associations tend to be filled with well-meaning kind hearted people. Like all humans they are of making mistakes. Paraphrasing Alan Greenspan (Renowned Economist), even the best humans tend to be right only 70% of the time.   It therefore irks me to hear such staunch criticism of the way housing associations and local authorities have …

Game Theory Points HA’s Towards Mergers

Game Theory Points HA’s Towards Mergers As the world of Maths and Financial Modelling mourns the passing of John Nash (Nobel Prize winning mathematician), it seems apt and coincidental that I’d been exploring the economic concept of “Game Theory” in the context of housing associations (HA’s). Principally, Game Theory points out that each and every housing association that competes against …

Are High Value Shared Ownership Units Ethical?

ARE HIGH VALUE SHARED OWNERSHIP UNITS ETHICAL? I’ve been fortunate enough to work with 3 large (12,000 to 36,000 units) dynamic housing associations in recent years. All the organisations had skilled finance and development teams capable of delivering quality units that served a clear social purpose time after time. However, what was starkly different was their approach and attitude towards …

What Factors Reduce Rent Arrears?

What Factors Reduce Rent Arrears?   Our staff are experienced in reducing rent arrears and maximising the rent roll. We therefor believe it’s worth sharing our knowledge in belief that the Social Housing Sector will benefit. See what factors you could use to improve your Housing Association.   Debt Collection Agency Behaviour Let’s assume that most Housing Associations have some rent …