Property News Round-up 3/8/16

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Hi guys and welcome to our first property news blog of the month! As usual, we will be taking a look at the latest goings-on in the UK property market with five short stories. Today, we start our property news round-up by looking at Generation Y and their renting habits to focusing on Aegon’s research on homeowners and pensions. Missed our last round-up? If so, catch up here.

Millennials Like The Flexibility & Freedom of Renting

Millennials Property

Recently, a study confirmed something that most 18 to 30-year-olds already know: they can’t buy houses and also something we are familiar here at The House crowd from conducting our own research. As The Independent’s Thea De Gallier points out : “Millennials are abandoning their dreams of home ownership,” declared a damning report that revealed home ownership in the UK has fallen to 63.8 per cent (for context, it was 70.8 per cent in 2003).”

So why is it so hard for millennials like myself to become a property owner? Firstly, the average house price in this country is just over £200,000, (almost 10 times the average wage!) Secondly other regions are playing catch-up with London’s astronomical prices which has left us no choice but to rent.

But is renting necessarily a bad thing? Today, Generation Y are known for their fast paced life style and are constantly on the move, renting is surely ideal for them.

Research can back this claim up, for example, Deloitte found out that 44 per cent of millennials want to leave their current jobs in the next two years, in addition, Econsultancy found that 69 per cent of all graduates thought freelancing was a more attractive option than long-term employment. (Stats taken from The Independent)

On the other side of the Atlantic, many commentators have mentioned that millennials simply don’t want to own a property. One source in particular views that millennials are “[thinking] differently about what it means to “own” something”.

I totally agree with the commentator as we are currently living in a sharing economy. Moreover, I completely side with De Gallier’s points in her article that we need a similar renting cap that is used in European cities such as Berlin. It’s fair to say the current system isn’t working for us even though some of us like to rent. We definitely need to seek alternatives – the likes of property crowdfunding could be one of those methods, which you can read more about here.

Why Are Fewer People Purchasing Properties in Greater Manchester?

Property News North West

BBC News reported yesterday that home ownership has fallen more sharply in Greater Manchester than anywhere else in England.

The biggest question on everyone’s lips is why? Financial Analyst Louise Cooper says the issue stems from house cost to wage ratios. She told the BBC that : “The average house price in England in 1986 was £38,000, today it is £226,000,” she said. “Over the same period the average salary has gone up two and half times.”

She adds : “The price of property compared to salaries has gone up hugely. Everyone says it is a London problem. It is not. Manchester is one of the worst.”

Our very own Frazer Fearnhead mentions in the BBC article that Manchester has a large student population and young professionals in the city prefer to rent.

Frazer believes that the Greater Manchester area mirrors the rest of the UK in the fact there are not enough houses being built, fuelling a demand that pushes up prices.

Read more on the issue here.

 

Investors Pull £1.4bn From UK Property Funds in Brexit Month

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Retail investors withdrew £1.4bn from property funds in June, 6 per cent of the sector’s assets, as the Brexit vote sparked an exodus that forced some of the largest funds to halt trading. (FT.com, August, 2016)

Following to the leave the EU in late June, led to many moving money out of property funds which forced Standard Life’s UK Real Estate fund to suspend redemptions in early July.

Others followed suit, such as Aviva, M&G, Columbia Threadneedle, Henderson and Canada Life.

Senior analyst at the retail investment broker Hargreaves Lansdown, Laith Khalaf, told the FT : “The scale of the exodus from investment funds in June is quite extraordinary, with the Brexit vote eclipsing the financial crisis in terms of putting the frighteners on retail investors in the short term.”

At present, around £15bn of investors’ money remains trapped in suspended funds that lack enough liquid assets to meet redemption requests.

 

UK Construction Crashes At Fastest Pace Since Financial Crisis

UK Construction

Construction output in June has fallen at its fastest pace since the dark days of the financial crisis in 2009 according to a survey by Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (Cips).

Purchasing Managers Index figures indicate that Slower demand has lead to a drop in purchasing activity for the first time in just over three years. The index dropped from 51.2 in May to 46.0 in June, with anything below 50 indicating a contraction, as The Independent’s Ben Chapman reports.

Despite having record house prices, it was revealed that the weakest performing sector was residential construction. In addition, commercial building work was also weak, as new projects did not start to replace those that were coming to completion.

The EU referendum has been linked to the slowdown as there are still many uncertainties. Senior economist at Markit, Tim Moore told The Independent : “Widespread delays to investment decisions and housing market jitters saw the UK construction sector experience its worst month for seven years in June.”

However, David Noble, chief executive officer at Cips mentioned that the only glimmer of light through the brickwork is the rate of decline was not as sharp as that experienced during the previous financial crisis.

A spokesperson for Home Builders Federation said recent figures should not be viewed in isolation and that long term trends for the sector were good.

 

Little Appetite For Using Property As Pension As Research Shows

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Research conducted by Aegon revealed that majority of homeowners do not want to use their property wealth to fund retirement.

Their study showed 74% of homeowners would only use their home as a “last resort” to provide a retirement income or do not consider their home as a source of retirement income at all. (Professional Adviser, August, 2016)

Moreover, Aegon found out that more than half of the research respondents want to leave their home to their loved ones.

Only 3% of those surveyed said that they would sell their property and move in with family as a means of funding retirement. 21% of homeowners are hoping they can fall back on inheritance to assist them with their retirement plans.

 

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Property News Round-up 13/7/16

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Hi guys and welcome to our first property news blog of the month, as usual we will be given you a snap shot of the latest goings-on in the domestic market. This week we look at the Manchester property market and how it is still strong after the Brexit vote to ending our round-up and focusing on landlords setting up companies in order to save tax. Slightly behind with what’s going on in the property world? If so, catch up with our last property news blog update.

Manchester Property Market Still Strong Despite Brexit

Property News North West

New development plans in the city are not overheating despite recent news of apartment developments that have been given the green light.

New schemes approved in the last few days include Salford council’s approval for a 35-storey tower and a 17-storey tower at New Bailey Street developed by Trinity Riverside Holdings and a 68-storey tower at Owen Street proposed by Renaker. The landmark development will provide 1,508 apartments and penthouses in four blocks of 39, 46, 52 and 66 storeys. (MEN, July 2016)

Natwest’s Heath Thomas mentioned in MEN that consumer confidence will affect demand for mortgages, but the fundamentals in the city’s residential market are remain sound because there is a structural shortage of homes across the length and breadth of the country.

Addleshaw Goddard’s, Marnix Elsenaar also added his views in the MEN saying Manchester has all of the ingredients it needs to take forward housing delivery, however, it will need to fight with the central government to be able to deliver the right housing products that cater for the city specifically.

He stressed that it is important to ensure central government policies don’t kill off this growing sector.

Read more on this topic here.

 

Chinese Buyers Look Again at U.K. Property

China P2P

Due to the recent drop in the pound, many Chinese property investors have started to look at the U.K. market for potential bargains.

The number of so-called leads from Chinese home-seekers for U.K. properties recently doubled according to Juwai.com, a real-estate website based in Shanghai that allows Chinese buyers to browse residential and commercial properties around the world. Leads indicate that a buyer was interested enough in a property to contact a real-estate agent or developer. (WSJ,June 2016)

Manchester in particular has seen a wealth of Chinese buyers and investors. For example, a recent development at Salford Quays, called the Dock Office, just half the apartments were sold to locals. A quarter went to Chinese nationals.

They are not just buying and investing they are also involved in the construction process.

The Beijing Engineering Construction Group is investing £800m in Manchester’s Airport City, which will include a hub for other Chinese firms to set up. President Xi Jinping saw the site in person when he visited last year. (BBC, April 2016)

Now that Manchester has direct flights to both Beijing and Hong Kong also makes it even more easy for potential investors to visit the city and seek long-term opportunities.

 

Rental Prices Increased in June

Property News Landlords

Rents kept increasing in the three months to June, but there are signs that the growth in the rental market slowed in the first half of 2016 as compared to last year. (City A.M., July 2016)

According to HomeLet, The average renter in the capital now pays £1,575 per month, up 3.9 per cent on last year. For the rest of the country, renters pay an average £773 per month, which is 3.5 per cent higher than last year.

Barbon Insurance Group’s chief executive Martin Totty shared his views in City A.M. stating : The impact of the EU referendum vote will now play out over the months ahead: if as expected, the result acts as a restraint on the supply of new housing, the gap between demand and supply in the private rental sector will remain marked; all the more so if more people decide to rent while waiting to see what happens to house prices.”

 

How Much Will Your House Be worth in 2030?

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The average price of a home in England will be more than £450,000 in 2030, according to research from estate agents eMoov.

Their calculations were based on the 84 per cent increase in house prices during 2000 and 2015 and applied it to the next 15 years.

The map (below) illustrates just how dangerous this current artificial inflation of the market could be in the long run (as eMoov’s Russell Quirk mentions in the Daily Mail), it’s not just London (where typical values of £1.9million could climb to £3.4million in some parts), the issue will spread all over the country.

UK Property Map 2030

Image Source : eMoov/Daily Mail

 

Landlords Expected To Set Up Companies To Save Tax

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Landlords are increasingly expected to exploit a loophole in the law that allows them to avoid the Chancellor George Osborne’s hefty, punitive tax raid on rental properties, according to a leading mortgage expert. (Landlord Today, July 2016)

Foundation Home Loans‘ commercial director Simon Bayley told the FT that he predicts to see over 75% of mortgaged buy-to-let acquisitions going through a limited liability company (LLC) structure in the next 12 year or so.

In addition, Mr. Bayley believes that many landlords may consider transferring their existing properties to a LLC.

He goes onto mention that if landlords are using income from a current rental they may require help calculating if the capital outlay is affordable for them, even if the long term benefits suggest to explore the LLC route (also mentioned in Landlord Today).

Mortgage Concepts Associates director Mike Richards agrees with Bayley’s insights, his view is that gradually most lenders who are in the sector will offer this (the 75% or more projection) and premium lenders that are charged for limited company mortgages of around 0.5% will ultimately vanish.

Moreover, he reckons that you will still get a percentage of people who will mistrust the limited company route, but in reality, this is really the only way to go for the future of the buy-to-let market in the UK.

 

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Property News Round-up 25/5/16

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Hi guys welcome to another edition of our property news blog, today we once again look at the latest goings-on in the domestic market from looking at the average house prices in Greater Manchester in 2030 to focusing on landlords that have had a property abandoned by tenants. If you missed our last property news round-up, catch up here.

 

Average House Prices In Greater Manchester Are Set to Reach Record Levels By 2030

Property News Greater Manchester

According to new research from property search engine eMoov, the average house price in Greater Manchester is set to reach record levels by 2030.

First-time buyers will struggle even more, with an average home in the Greater Manchester area predicted to cost £316,920.

eMoov’s UK property research, which also looked at house prices from the start of the millennium to 2015 revealed that property prices had increased by 84%. This increase was then applied to every area of the country.

The only regions offering house prices below £280,000 are Merseyside at £275,074, East Riding of Yorkshire at £277,411 and County Durham at £279,985.

eMoov created a map (view here) which illustrates just how dangerous this current artificial inflation of the market could be in the long run (as mentioned in a previous article by eMoov’s CEO Russell Quirk), and the worrying thing is that it isn’t just the capital that will go beyond the average reach for these seeking to get on the property ladder.

 

Direct Foreign Investment Levels In Manchester Are Currently At A 10-Year High

Property News Manchester Investment

 

According to Select Property Group 98 project deals were struck in the north-west in 2015, with the growth contributing to a 190% increase in new jobs across the region in just 12 months.

Key foreign investor focus included :- software, business services, construction and retail markets. In addition, it was revealed that investment from US funds was the north-west’s number one source of FDI projects, followed by European nations the Netherlands, Germany and France.

Manchester is the leading city in the north west according to the latest EY UK Attractiveness survey. Increased investment from foreign investors plus job growth in the city and the region have risen by 190% over the past year.

 

More Than Half Of UK Home Buyers Rent Before They Can Buy A Property

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Some 64% of aspiring home owners in the UK rent a property before they pick up the keys to their very own home, new research has found. (Property Wire, May 2016)

Saving for a deposit remains one of the biggest financial hurdles facing first time buyers and research from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks found that renters are less likely to benefit from help from family, with only 41% receiving any financial assistance, compared to 62% of those who are living with their parents or family members.

Our very own research last year on millennials showed that Generation Y feel that UK property is so out of reach that 23% say they will have to wait until they inherit money before they can get on the property ladder, also, 36% of those surveyed said they felt they’d have to rent forever.

Another sobering piece of research, this time conducted by Royal London, almost five million renters in the UK have no plans in place to cover their rent if they became too ill to earn for three months or more, even though recent cuts to housing benefits could leave them at risk (as mentioned in this Property Wire article).

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Britain’s ‘Property Premier League’ Locations With The Highest House Prices

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Leicester might have been crowned 15/16 Barclays Premier League Champions but when it comes to the ‘Property Premier League’ the Foxes sit in 8th place whilst Chelsea win the Property League title with the highest average house prices (£1,152,137!), however, it is not all good news for the Stamford Bridge side as luxury properties prices in the area saw a significant slowdown this year which brought the average value down with it.

So how did our Manchester clubs get on? United finished the property season in 11th place – the M16 post code saw a hefty drop since the season kicked off back in August. Moving to The Etihad, City ended their property season in 16th place. The Citizens had the biggest house price drop on the whole list, by almost 6%.

Despite sitting in the lower ends of the table, both Manchester sides would finish top if the league was based on achieving higher rental yields for investors. The average rental yield in Manchester is at 6.02%.

At The House Crowd unfortunately we can’t help your club crowdfund the next Mourinho or Pep Guardiola but we can offer you some free handy Manchester guides (North and Central).

 

A Third of Landlords Have Had A Property Abandoned By Tenants

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Some 36% of UK landlords have had a property abandoned by tenants, according to research. (Letting Agent Today, May, 2016)

The National Landlords Association (NLA) study revealed abandonment can be very costly for landlords especially when there is an outstanding amount of rent owned.

The NLA’s data shows that the issue is most prevalent in the North East, where 58% of landlords surveyed said they have had a property abandoned.

In contrast, the lowest recorded region for having properties abandoned was in the South West with 31%. In London 33% of landlords experienced similar issues.

The Housing and Planning Act – which includes measures to tackle tenants abandoning properties, will come as a  huge relief to landlords up and down the country.

 

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Property News Round-up 4/5/16

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Hi guys welcome to our fortnightly property blog, today we once again look at the latest goings-on in the UK property market from looking at the ‘Bank of mum and dad’ to examining the tough buy-to-let rules that could backfire for first-time buyers and movers. If you missed our last property news round-up, catch up here.

 

‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ Lends £5bn a Year in UK

Bank of Mum and Dad

 

Lending from parents to help their children get on the UK property ladder will amount to £5bn in 2016, according to data from Legal & General (L&G). (BBC News, May, 2016)

The ‘Bank of mum and dad’ will help to finance 25% of all UK mortgage transactions this year – at an average amount of £17,500 as the BBC’s Bill Wilson mentions.

L&G’s chief executive Nigel Wilson told the BBC : “The Bank of Mum and Dad plays a vital role in helping young people to take their early steps on to the housing ladder.”

He stressed a whole range of issues, including house prices which are out of sync with what Generation Y are currently earning.

Millennials that are accepting property funds from their parents are receiving substantial amounts.

Dan Howdle (a millennial featured in the BBC article) bought a three-bedroom semi-detached property in Rugeley, in the West Midlands, thanks to his parents giving him £50,000.

Mr. Howdle said that if it wasn’t for his parents, he would have expected to be a renter for the rest of his life.

Research conducted from L&G and economics consultancy Cebr suggests the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ will provide deposits for more than 300,000 mortgages, purchasing homes worth £77bn this year.

If you would like to know more about millennials check out our research that we conducted back in October last year, view here.

 

Is This Greater Manchester’s Most Expensive Garage?

Manchester Garage

The region is no stranger to luxury homes and high property prices, but you wouldn’t normally associate a garage with luxury.

However, a property in Salford Quays which is very close to MediaCityUK is featured on property portal site Rightmove.

The advert mentions that the Salford Quays garage is : “Ideal for those requiring additional garages for storage or the housing of a vehicle etc.” (MEN, May 2016)

Although the 16’2 x 7’9 unit has enough space to suit every need, as mentioned in MEN, at almost £156 per sq ft, the space is coming at a premium.

The irony is that once you’ve saved your hard earned cash you might not be able to afford to put anything in it!

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Image source : MEN

 

Surprising Things That Affect The Value Of A Property

Messy Child's Room

There are many factors that come into play when it comes to property values, some much more obvious than others. From the quality of your local to the sea of toys on a kid’s bedroom floor, issues that may seem insignificant can have a shocking impact on the value of a property.

As previously mentioned, A messy kid’s bedroom is one factor that might shock you. According to ING Direct, a messy kid’s bedroom can knock £8,000 off the value of the average house.

Street names also comes into play, kings are 20 per cent costlier than queens. Rude names also sell for less – fancy living in Bell End? Thought not!

So what also affects property values? Some other factors include numbers, if you own a number 13 home, it’s likely the property will sell for £6,500 less than its neighbours according to a Zoopla study. Another surprising factor is the local pub. If the local is known for having rowdy regulars it can really put potential buyers off and have a negative impact on the property price. In contrast, a lovely local pub that serves craft ale and has a delectable line in homemade pies is a major plus for property buyers and prices.

 

New-build Homes Aren’t The Answer To Rising House Prices, According to Academic

UK Property

New-build homes make property even more unaffordable, according to research from a leading academic.

The finding of Dr Alla Koblyakova, of the real estate economics and investment research group at Nottingham Trent University, dispels the assumption that the supply of new-build properties alone helps to stem unsustainable growth in house prices. (This is Money, April 2016)

Dr Koblyakova mentions in This is Money that The Government thinks that by increasing the supply of new homes, the overall cost of owning a property will come down.

However, research indicates that the mortgage market behaves differently. For example, when new housing comes on to the market, lenders relax their conditions and lend more money. When consumers are more able to buy a property for a higher price, the price of property doesn’t come down.

Dr Koblyakova stressed the biggest issue was that property values in the UK go up faster than wages.

In addition, she states : “It’s not possible for the Government to control house prices. But it is possible for politicians to motivate lenders to offer longer mortgage contracts to reduce the size of monthly mortgage payments.”

Her recommendation is to increase the duration of a mortgage to 30 years, in order to make it possible those on average incomes.

Alistair Hargreaves from mortgage broker John Charcol shares the same view with Dr Koblyakova on the housing issue. He mentions in the This is Money article that in Britain there is a perception that we are full. In reality, there’s loads of space, Britain is just badly designed. What is lacking is infrastructure as well as the fact there aren’t enough, or good enough, jobs and schools nearby to make people want to relocate.

You can read more about Dr Koblyakova’s and Alistair Hargreaves’ views here.

 

Tougher Buy-To-Let Rules Could Backfire According To Expert

House Buyers UK

 

Tougher conditions for the buy-to-let market could backfire and result in amateur landlords selling their properties on to bigger players – reducing properties available to homemovers and first timers. (Daily Mail, May, 2016)

John Charcol mortgage broker Alistair Hargreaves (who also gave his views on the matter in the Daily Mail) states : “I think it’s likely that the changes to the [stamp duty] tax regime will allow the larger, already incorporated landlords to buy more BTL properties, buying from smaller amateur landlords.”

The ramifications could be that there are fewer houses on the market for the likes of first-time buyers and owner occupiers.

Last month the government put a 3 per cent stamp duty surcharge for every additional property landlords purchase. The increase in stamp duty has hit many who were considering the buy-to-let approach and was aimed at loosening some of the demand from the market.

Hargreaves mentions in the Daily Mail that with restrictions (stamp duty, personal lending etc), who else will be able to buy the properties offered for sale by amateur landlords being pushed out of the market? Areas such as London where property prices are astronomical and yields are low, amateur landlords are bound to struggle unless a first timer has an inheritance, parental support or a large income.

He wholeheartedly believes that expert mortgage brokers need to support the little guy – the landlord with one or two but to lets – and make sure that they are holding the properties in the most efficient way possible. If not, the sector will be dominated by the 1 per cent (the rich investors).

You can read more about this topic here.

 

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Property News Round-up 20/4/16

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Hi guys and welcome to another fortnightly property news round-up, today we once again take a look at the latest goings-on in UK property from looking at why Manchester is a city for Generation Y to looking at how commuters can save £3,000. If you missed our previous property round-up, catch up here.

 

Manchester Is A Generation Y City

Manchester

Manchester is rapidly becoming a place where young people migrate to for work and also to study. 22% of the city’s population are Millennials (aka Generation Y), which is more than four times the national average.

Due to an increase in young people, there is now an emphasis for build to rent property investment in Manchester. So what exactly is attracting Generation Y to live in the city?

According to the Complete University Guide, “Manchester is a thriving, prosperous northern hub and considers itself the commercial and cultural capital of the north of England. The city is also probably the most fashionable student location in Britain.” (Select Property Group, April 2016)

Manchester is also known for its universities and is synonymous with higher education. Moreover, over 50% of graduates stay in the city and around 20,000 are enter the job market in Manchester each year. Since Manchester is the country’s second largest economy, Manchester is one of the biggest regional employers.

In addition, with thousands of graduates looking for work, they also need to somewhere to stay and the city attracts Generation Y as accommodation costs are significantly lower compared with London prices. Latest figures from the Expatistan Cost of Living Index show that everyday amenities in the north-west are 37% cheaper than inside the M25.

A graduate living in Manchester would pay around £700-800 a month for rent, in the capital, they would pay over three times the amount for a rented property.

Millennial’s fast paced lifestyle and the need for everything in an instant makes the likes of buy to rent a perfect solution in the city. This also makes the city a great place to invest, not only because of its large millennial population but also being at the forefront of the Northern Powerhouse.

Want to know more about the city? If so, why not check out our free guides (North and Central).

 

Housing Market ‘To Cool’ As BTL Rush Dies & Brexit worries Increase

UK Property

The UK’s housing market is set for a slowdown as the buy-to-let rush of the first three months of the year dies away, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. (Telegraph, April, 2016)

A lot of confidence with regards to the UK property market has fallen due to uncertainties that surround the Brexit vote, stamp duty charges, a weaker pound, plus the devolved elections in May.

Despite these political uncertainties, in the long term, the imbalance between demand and supply will still exert a strong influence on the market, with house prices expected to rise by close to 25pc over the next five years as Simon Rubinsohn (chief economist at Rics) mentions in a recent Telegraph article.

Halifax recently reported that confidence in the housing market was at its lowest in more than a year and its housing market confidence tracker indicates that 65% of the general public believe that the average UK property prices will be higher rather than lower in 12 months’ time.

 

Railway Stations ‘Will Deliver Thousands Of Jobs & Homes’

Railway Stations UK

 

Thousands of jobs and homes are set to be created on what has been dubbed “the biggest programme of rail improvements since the Victorian age”, the government has stated.

Up to 10,000 new homes could be built across the country as part of new railway development scheme. York, Taunton and Swindon councils have already looked at proposed sites that could used for new builds.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark recently mentioned that : “With record numbers of people travelling by train, it makes sense to bring people closer to stations and develop sites that have space for thousands of new homes and offices.” (Yorkshire Post, April 2016)

He also mentioned that railway stations are hub for local communities, connectivity, and commerce and we should be making the most out of their unique potential to attract investment.

 

More Affordable Homes Needed According To Manchester Businesses

House Buyers UK

From millennials in Manchester to looking at local business views on property.

A recent survey which was conducted by Housing The Powerhouse revealed that the majority of Greater Manchester businesses see building more family and affordable homes as a priority.

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s Steve Burne told Manchester Evening News that : “Over the past few weeks we’ve seen concerns raised about transport links for the Northern Powerhouse – but the provision of suitable housing is equally as important.”

He stressed that the city is witnessing a boom in business across the city but a focus is needed on providing homes for families. The northern powerhouse needs to cater for families otherwise there will be a major set-back and could see this workforce disappearing down the M56, M6 and M62.

Matthew Good of the Home Builders Federation and member of the Housing the Powerhouse coalition told MEN : “These results show us that the provision of family and affordable housing in the region is already a real issue for businesses.”

The survey results have an eye-opener, and a result, as Matthew explains, the likes of the Housing the Powerhouse coalition are making the case for local councils to take this once in a generation opportunity to set ambitious targets for the mix of homes that the engine room of the Northern Powerhouse desperately needs.

 

Commuters Save £3,000 On Property Each Minute They Are Further Out Of London

UK Trains

House prices in the London commuter belt fall by more than £3,000 for every minute further away the property is by train from the capital, research has found. (The Guardian, April 2016)

Savills conducted research property prices around 314 stations in places surrounding the capital on direct commuter lines into the city.

They found that average property prices within half an hour’s train ride from the capital were £458,000, compared with £606,000 in inner London.

Moreover, Land Registry data revealed the cost of housing fell sharply to £337,000 for journeys of one hour to 69 minutes, with the saving averaging £3,048 per minute!

However, the research also show that the correlation between distance and price is uneven. For example, an average property in Oxford costs £730,000 for a 57-minute commute. In contrast, an average property in Welwyn Garden City costs 430,000 and takes 21 minutes to reach the capital by train.

Families moving to areas outside of the capital have had to factor in journey times, house prices, quality of life and the high cost of commuting in and out of London, Sophie Chick, who led the research for Savills said savings on house prices usually outweighed the increased travel costs. Read more on the story here.

Image source : The Guardian

 

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Property News Round-up 23/3/16

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Hi guys welcome to our fortnightly property news blog, as usual we will be taking a look at the latest domestic news and will be taking a look back at last week’s budget to taking a tour of a fairy tale castle in Greater Manchester – can you guess the property’s price tag? If you missed our previous property news round-up catch up here.

 

Budget 2016: What It Means For The Property Industry

George Osborne Budget 2016

Last week George Osborne made a number of announcements in his 2016 Budget that will affect the property industry here in the UK.

The chancellor, (as quite a few were expecting) did not take a u-turn with regards to the additional stamp duty rate. So what does this mean exactly? In a nutshell, it means an extra 3% levy on top of normal stamp duty rates if you buy multiple properties.

In addition, he also scrapped the “slab” system for tax rates on commercial property purchases. According to the IBT, the reform now works like income tax, with the rate only applied to the portion of the property price that falls into its bracket. He also raised rates in the top price brackets and cut them at the lower end. Moreover, only 9% of commercial property purchasers will pay more.

Mr. Osborne also cut Capital Gains Tax (CGT) rates. On the day it was announced that the higher rate will reduce from 28% to 20% and the basic rate from 18% to 10%. If you’re thinking there has to be a catch there, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The catch is the former rates will still apply for sales of residential property. It’s worth noting that Capital Gains Tax is not applied to profit made on your own home. However, if you own any additional properties then CGT does apply to you. This is bad news if you are a landlord as you will be penalised if you decide to sell. This doesn’t apply to all types of property investors. For example, people who have invested via funds will benefit from lower CGT rates on the profits they make.

On the day it was also revealed that property developers must pay tax on their profits. In addition, the HM Revenue and Customs will bring together a task force for targeting offshore developers in the UK. It has been reported so far that the tax office has identified 100 “high risk” developments.

The government stated in the budget that it will work closely with local councils to identify where they can be given more “planning freedoms” to ensure thousands of new homes are built. Additional financial support will be given to councils that plan to build houses on the outskirts of towns and cities (aka garden villages) which consist of 1,500 to 10,000 homes.

Lastly, it was announced that money will be going to the homeless. Osbourne’s budget said that £115m being put towards helping rough sleepers. The majority of the homeless spending will go towards low-cost ‘second stage’ accommodation. However, while many homelessness charities welcomed the government funding, they stressed that the problems run far deeper than a shortage of money.

What are your thoughts on the budget? What other changes would have you liked to have seen Mr. Osborne include on the day?

Image Source : Liverpool Echo

Northern Cities Are Among The Best Places To Invest In Property

Liverpool Property Invest

Northern cities are the hottest up-and-coming areas for UK property investors, according to data released today on affordable homes. (City AM, March 2016)

Research from Which? shows that where property prices are surging, thaey also have an average house price below £200,000.

Liverpool’s city centre takes the top spot for when it comes to affordability. Land Registry data indicates that the average home in the L1 postcode still costs just £120,000 despite house prices increasing 41 per cent over the past year.

Other areas that have seen strong price rises but remain affordable include Bradford’s BD1 postcode which is east of the city’s university.

Manchester’s M12 postcode came fifth on the affordable list with an average house price of £98,000, the area is cheaper than Liverpool’s central district, however prices rises from this postcode have not been as dramatic, rising at 32 per cent.

Are you interested in investing in the north? If so why not check out our guides on Manchester (North and Central) and also our South Yorkshire guide.

 

Property Prices In Manchester Increased Over 30% In 2015

North of England Property Invest

Staying in the north and looking at property prices a little bit more closer to home (part two of the above if you like), Salford’s M5 postcode recorded the region’s highest rises, with the average value of £127,890 representing growth of 34% in just 12 months.

As Select Property Group mention in one of their recent articles, 2015 was a year in which Manchester firmly established itself as a property investment hotspot. It was named by HSBC as the UK’s number one city for yields, with rental rates being driven by one of the lowest levels of housing supply and a population growing at three times the national average.

Investors have started to whet their appetite when it comes to investing in Manchester due to the fact it has one of the country’s youngest populations, with 60% more 25 to 29-year-olds living in the city. The millennial generation (aka Generation Y) are known for renting and with a vast amount of graduates and others relocating for jobs, Manchester is currently a prime place for property investors.

 

London Property Prices Rose Almost £500 A Day In January

London Property Prices

Moving from the north to travelling ‘down sarf’- London house prices increased by almost £500 a day in January, according to government figures that provide fresh evidence of a “two-speed” property market. (Guardian, March 2016).

Data from the ONS (office for National Statistics) indicates that London and the South East are still dominating and continue to power ahead with double-digit annual growth rates. In contrast, in other regions of the UK such as in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland figures appear to have stuttered to a halt.

According to the ONS, The average London house price hit a record £551,000. This was £15,000 up on December’s figure of £536,000 and an increase of £484 a day.

Dragonfly Property Finance’s managing director Mark Posniak told The Guardian : “This latest annual house price data once again throws into sharp relief the contrast between the housing markets of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They may be geographical neighbours but they could be thousands of miles apart in terms of house prices.”

 

Fairy Tale ‘Castle’ In Greater Manchester – Can You Guess Its Price Tag?

Manchester Castle

Want to become lord or lady of the manor? Here’s your chance (if you’ve got a LOT of spare cash lying around that is!) Wharmton Tower, in Grasscroft (Oldham) has eleven bedrooms, a separate coach house and even a stone-built summer house – and is just a short drive from Manchester!

Grasscoft has some well-known residents such as Paul Scholes and Dr. Brian Cox and is ideal for those who love to live in a relaxed and quiet surrounding. BUT to live this life of luxury how much will it cost you?

 

How Much Does The Fairy Tale ‘Castle’ In Greater Manchester Cost?

 
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Property News Round-up 9/3/16

Property News Round-up 9/3/16

 

Hi guys and welcome to another fortnightly edition of our property news round-up. As usual we will be looking at the latest goings-on in the domestic property market from looking at various house prices around the country to the sobering prospect of Brits having to face on average a three year wait before they can afford a property. If you missed our last property round-up, feel free to catch up here.

Average London Home Is Worth Nearly Triple Those Across England & Wales

 

London Property

New figures reveal the change in house prices over the past year and highlight the regions with the fastest growth in Britain. (Homes and Property, February 2016).

It was revealed that house prices in the capital have risen by nearly 14% with the average house worth three times that of houses in the rest of the country.

In other parts of England and wales, an average property price is around £192,000, in contrast, in London, the average cost will set you back over £530,000.

According to the Land registry, London and the South East have performed strongly with capital figures at 13.9 per cent and 10.7 per cent for the South East respectively.

In addition, the South West prices rose 6.2 per cent this year, cities such as Bristol saw house prices rise to over £220,000.

Moving onto the north, the North East showed the smallest price increase of just 0.2 per cent, cities such as Sunderland fell by 3.2 per cent.

However, on Tyneside, Newcastle had the highest monthly price rise in the north east, with an increase in January of 2.1 per cent to just over £123,000.

In the North West prices grew by 2.1 per cent, Manchester once again showing signs of buoyant growth at 5.6 per cent.

 

Study Shows Third Of £1m-Plus Homes Paid For In Cash Since 2011

Expensive Homes UK

According to research, about a third of homes sold for £1m or more in the UK have been paid for in just cash in the last five years.

Cash buyers have spent more than £63bn in total on £1m-plus homes in England and Wales since 2011, spending on average £1.75m for a property. (Guardian, March 2016).

The research comes after a report from a high street lender predicted that the number of properties in the UK worth £1m or more would more than triple by 2030. Currently, less than 500,000 homes across the country are valued at £1m plus.

The house price analysis which was conducted by Bower Private Clients (BPC) also found out that almost two-thirds of cash buyers bought in London where the average spend per property hit £1.89m, but southern and eastern England also saw high numbers of cash buyers for £1m-plus homes.

Moreover, the Essex based company revealed that their research showed that in London, 22,852 properties costing £1m-plus have been bought for cash since 2011, and 7,864 elsewhere in the South-East. Heading north, there were 641 properties that were priced at £1m-plus and 239 in Yorkshire and Humberside respectively.

Property Investment Is Growing At A Greater Rate In The North East Than Anywhere Else In The UK

North East Investment

Investment in property is growing at a greater rate in the North East than anywhere else in the UK, with investors snapping up more than £1bn worth of commercial property in the last year. (Chronicle Live, February, 2016).

Commercial property experts CoStar revealed that investment volumes within the North East grew by 32% – the largest percentage increase of any UK region.

Gavin Black, chairman of the G9 Group of chartered surveyors told Chronicle Live the North East 2015 total of £1.06bn was almost double the £524m annual average over the last eight years.

He went onto to say that by any judgement this is impressive and that investors are increasingly searching beyond the capital for value and within the North East there is good value as well as asset management opportunities. Investors are always keeping a close eye out on lucrative deals in the region.

 

Property Sales In Scotland Up 4% In 2015

East Renfrewshire Property

We now leave the North East and travel to the north of the border to look at the Scottish property market.

A new analysis report points out that residential sales in Scotland increased by 4% in 2015, which were well below the 11% recorded in the previous year.

The report which was conducted by Savills indicates that tougher mortgage lending conditions during the first half of 2015 impacted the recovery of Scotland’s housing market, but the property market adjusted during the second half of the year due to a recovery in mortgage lending for house purchases across Scotland, which increased by 9% from 59,500 in 2014 to 64,800 in 2015. (Property Wire, March 2015)

East Renfrewshire (pictured) witnessed the strongest annual growth in the number of transactions during 2015 at 13% due to the good schools effect. Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian also performed well and experienced high transactional growth during 2015.

The number of transactions at £1 million and above reached its highest level since 2008. Savills report showed that Prime markets in suburban and commuter areas across the country’s Central Belt performed strongly last year, with growth spreading out from core urban hotspots.

Faisal Choudhry, director of Savills Scottish Research mentioned in Property Wire that the upturn in demand is driving an improving development land market. Sentiment for development land in Scotland’s cities remains a positive one.

Are you interested in Scottish property investment? If so why not visit our property investment in Scotland page.

 

Brits Face Waiting An Average Of THREE YEARS Before Buying First Home

House Buyers UK

A sobering thought… BRITS have to wait an average of three years before they can afford their first home, according to new research. (Express, March, 2016)

The biggest barriers involved include high prices, saving for a deposit and other costs associated with buying or moving house.

Recent research shows that one in two people want to buy their first home or move up the property ladder.

Moreover, six in 10 say they will have to wait 12 months, while 21 per cent worry they may never afford to buy or move home.

Price comparison site GoCompare found out that those who were thinking of buying or moving home have been doing so for an average of 3.2 years.

The sheer lack of availability in the area they want to live, job insecurity and the costs such as mortgage payments, as well as bills have been the main barriers for people. Also, saving for a deposit has been a huge hurdle for many.

GoCompare’s product development manager Matt Sanders told The Express : “Affordability is a big concern for both first-time buyers and those wishing to move-up the property ladder. House prices are increasing due to rising demand and lack of supply. (Express, March 2016)

He also mentioned that with house price inflation exceeding wage growth it’s even tougher to save enough money for a deposit – as a result has potentially put homeownership out of reach for many people.

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Property News Round-up 24/2/16

Property News All The Latest Updates

Hi guys and welcome to another fortnightly edition of our property news round-up. As usual we will be looking at the latest goings-on in the property market from looking at what would a Brexit mean for UK property to looking at Robbie Fowler aka “King of the terraces” and how he got into investing into property.

What A Brexit Means For The UK Property Market

Brexit Property

One of the biggest talking points at the moment is about leaving/staying in Europe and as we know in June we will be going to the ballot boxes to cast our votes.

There are so many questions around this topic such as what does a post-EU Britain look like? How long would a formal Brexit take? And that there are plenty of uncertainties in the property market.

Many in the property industry have said that if the UK does stay in Europe business will resume quite quickly, it we leave, well that’s when it gets all a bit misty, we will still be stuck with many uncertainties.

To get some idea, it seems that we would have to break down two buyers, the first being a domestic buyer and second, an overseas buyer.

The Brexit might not have such an impact for the domestic buyer as the market is linked to supply and demand and property prices are linked to people’s incomes. It seems that in this country we have still got this demand and supply imbalance, the demand as we know is definitely there and the supply is still fairly limited. Because of this, many analysts and industry experts think it would therefore not have a significant impact if the “leave” voters prevailed in June.

Moving onto the overseas buyer/investor, areas such as London that have a high percentage of overseas buyers, the Brexit may cost London its “safe haven” status (especially with wealthy Europeans) and look to go somewhere else in Europe, it could also put off a lot of investors altogether.

On the flip side, a weaker sterling could attract more investment in London property. As mentioned in the IBT, when sterling plummeted during the financial crisis, the London market boomed because foreign investors flooded in and bought up property in prime central postcodes at relatively cheap prices. (IBT, February, 2016).

Whether we leave or stay, until there is a relative amount of certainty about what’s going on, for now people will likely hold off from participating in the market.

Want to know more about the Brexit? We recommend reading The FT’s article on What are the economic consequences of Brexit?

NEARLY two million younger people have been locked out of the property market since 2001

Millennials Property

A recent stat we stumbled upon this week via The Express was that if ownership rates among 25 to 34-year-olds were the same as 15 years ago, an extra 1.8million of them would own their own homes in England.

As we all know, soaring house prices, stricter lending criteria for mortgages and the difficulty of saving for a deposit are the main barriers for millennials.

A leading think tank recently warned that the current situation is only likely to get worse as the UK faces a shortfall of 1.3 million homes by 2026.

An economist that we applaud, Katie Evans, is calling on the Government to support more innovative ways of helping young people get on to the ladder, such as through crowdfunding.

Are you in the 25-34 age bracket and looking for an alternative? If so, why not take a look at our Property Crowdfunding How It Works page for more info.

Shock study finds a quarter of homes EARN MORE than their owners

 UK Property

We don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, but another headline that grabbed our attention this week was that UK house prices are rising so rapidly that a number of homes now ‘earn’ more than their owners, according to new research.

Halifax found that more than a quarter of local authority districts property value increases have surpassed average earnings and these areas tend to be in London, the South East and East of England.

Martin Ellis, the housing economist at Halifax told The Express that “Clearly, this is good news for some homeowners. However, it does make conditions tougher for those looking to buy their first home in such areas, with prices being pushed increasingly out of range for many young people.” (The Express, February, 2016)

Council tax is cheaper for millionaires in London than those in terraced homes in Liverpool

London Liverpool Council Tax

Multi-millionaires living in one of the most exclusive and expensive parts of London pay the same or even cheaper council tax than those in a terraced street in Liverpool mentions The Liverpool Echo.

City mayor Joe Anderson described the situation as obscene and stresses that there should be a review on how councils are funded.

An example of how obscene the situation is as the Liverpool mayor quite rightly puts it, can be seen via Zoopla. A seven bedroom house in the heart of Westminster which is near to having a £20 million price tag and council tax costing £1,345.48 a year. In Liverpool, a Band B property, an owner would pay £1,256.65 a year.

Anderson has slammed the tax comparison and mentioned that wealthier areas such as central London need less help than disadvantaged cities such as Liverpool which suffers from high levels of deprivation – which places more costs on the local authority.

The mayor also mentioned that “If there was ever an argument to review the funding and stop it from disadvantaging cities like Liverpool you could not get a clearer example.” (Liverpool Echo, February 2015).

Robbie Fowler – The King Of The Terraces!

Robbie Fowler Property

The former Liverpool and City player is giving lessons on how to be successful in the property market. Beginner landlords get free tips on raising cash, spotting the best deals and negotiating.

The 40 year old Kop legend put his career earnings into property and has been named in a list of the UK’s 1,000 richest people, with a fortune of about £28million.

On his property academy site, Fowler mentions “Off the pitch one of my biggest successes has been investing in property”, he also mentions that he gained valuable property advice from people who understand the ins and outs of how the property industry works.

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Property News Round-up 10/2/16

Property News: All The Latest Updates

Hi guys and welcome to our fortnightly property news edition, today we look at an array of news items from the domestic market from the average home in Britain will cost over a £1 million to looking at the strangest estate agent photos ever taken! In the last property news blog post in our quiz we asked asked about what is all the property in the world worth? The answer was B $217,000,000,000,000!

Average Home In Britain To Cost Over £1 Million By 2032

UK Property

According to research by the Lib Dems, the average home in Britain will increase from £290,000 to £1.017 million in 2032.

Party leader Tim Farron mentioned in The Telegraph that a child born on the day of the debate faces the prospect of paying at least a million for a home to call their own.

He stressed that relying on the “Bank of Mum and Dad” isn’t an ideal option for everyone, and as a result, it puts a monumental amount of pressure to millions of families who have worked hard and done the right thing.

The Lib Dems research revealed that the average property price in the UK will reach £650,000 within the next ten years, which is an increase of £360,000 on today’s average price.

Farron’s solution, as mentioned in The International Business Times (IBT) is that we need new garden cities, allowing councils to build housing stock, and bring thousands of empty homes back into use.

So how did the political party come to this frightening property statistic? They looked at trends from National Statistics figures showing house price inflation for the past three years. Whether you agree or disagree with their research, it remains apparent that no matter what way you look at the property situation in the UK, we have a crisis on our hands. Again, whether the 1.017 million is accurate or has been hyperbolised, we need to look at alternative ways to get us out of this property black hole.

 

Yorkshire Property Investment Market On The Rise

Yorkshire Commercial Property

According to new research published by the national commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH), investment in commercial property in Yorkshire and the Humber increased by 11% in 2015.

Their research claims that a total of £1.765bn was invested in the region in 2015, with £189m of this coming in Q4. However, Q4 saw a fall in deals completed of nearly 30%, 31 compared to 44 in 2014.

The director of agency and investment at Lambert Smith Hampton Bill Lynn told BDaily that: “Despite a reduction in Q4, the figures for Yorkshire and the Humber are nonetheless positive, with an 11% growth in 2015 as a whole. This is something that is mirrored in other regions across the country and shows the continued strength of the investment market in virtually every sector. The indication for 2016 is that supply is robust and a strong year is expected.” (BDaily, January 2016).

The demand for hotels, student accommodation and healthcare (alternative assests) seen in Yorkshire also occurred nationally and was a key driver of activity during 2015, investment also increased to £14.8bn over the year, 53% above 2014’s total.

Are you thinking about investing in property in Yorkshire? If so, why not check out our South Yorkshire guide to help you get started, click here to access.

 

Manchester Leads The Way As Commercial Property Investment Hits £1.2bn

manchester commercial property

Leading commercial property information provider CoStar Group research shows that a total £67.5 bn was invested in UK commercial property last year, making it the second strongest year on record and 46 per cent above the 10-year average.

Manchester as we know has been centred around the Northern Powerhouse concept and in addition it was the first city to receive ‘City Deal’ funding and regional devolution.

Being centred around the Northern Powerhouse and having a demand in office space has made Manchester a very lucrative place for investors. As a result, investment in commercial property in the city hit a total of £1.2bn in 2015, a three per cent increase on the £992m recorded in 2014.

Manchester commercial property should continue to attract investment as many investors are looking for an alternative to London. Are you interested in property investment in Manchester? Why not check out our very own Manchester guides (North and Central).

Image Source : Manchester Evening News

Northern Ireland Sees Sharpest Rise In Building Of New Houses In UK

Northern Ireland Property

The National House Building Council revealed that there was a 30% increase in registered new homes, from 2,487 to 3,223 last year in the province.

One Northern Ireland based housebuilder said 2015 had seen the biggest number of developments come up for tender since the housing crash. (Belfast Telegraph, January 2016)

However, the National House Building Council claimed that Northern Ireland’s increase came “from a relatively low base” because house-building slumped so drastically during the economic downturn.

One managing director of a property firm from Northern Ireland mentioned that they faced barriers to house-building that were not present in England. These barriers included sewer bonds, gold-plating of EU regulations and demands to upgrade underfunded infrastructure and services.

The managing director went on to say that despite these barriers they have found ways of overcoming them, in addition, one representative stated : “In general, builders are now more confident about prospects for house-building and this optimism is shared by potential buyers.” (Belfast Telegraph, January 2016)

Richard Ramsey, the Ulster Bank chief economist said the house-building recovery in Northern Ireland still has a very long way to go, though picking-up from the downturn was welcome news.

Image Source : Property Pal

It’s Gone All A Bit Pete Tong In London! The Strangest Estate Agent Photos Ever Taken

Property Fails

A collection of the strangest photos taken by people attempting to shift properties around London has been made showing just how little they’re trying as ITV News points out.

The bizarre photos have been put together by a man called Andy Donaldson who stumbled upon the images whilst he was looking to buy a flat.

From a cluttered bedroom with a bunch of chairs stuffed together to an all in one shower toilet with a washing machine next to it!

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Property News Round-up 27/1/16

Property News  All The Latest Updates

Hi guys and welcome to our fortnightly property news edition, today we look at an array of news items from the Manchester property boom to leaving you with a quiz!

 

Manchester Property Boom Map

Manchester Property Map

Student and property enthusiast Ed Howe has put together an interactive map of Manchester which shows all the projects that are taking place in the city to demonstrate the clusters of development activity.

The Newcastle University student is currently studying for a masters in city planning and hails from the Salford area.

His colour coded map illustrates the areas where proposed buildings have been granted for construction. In addition, the map also highlights masterplan areas and transport schemes.

Howe stated: “I think Manchester is pretty special at the moment, as a city we’re starting to attract a lot of investment and cranes are beginning to bounce up onto the skyline once again, constructing skyline-altering schemes.” (Place North West, January 2016).

The masters degree student also mentions that it can be quite difficult to imagine, or remember, all the various developments and that his map makes the city’s regeneration and property boom accessible to the people who live and work in Manchester.

You can view Ed’s interactive map here and read the rest of Place North West’s article here.

Image Source : Place North West

The North West of England is the most lucrative region in the UK for private rented sector

manchester property

The North West of England is the most lucrative region in the UK for private rented sector landlords with Manchester and Liverpool coming out top for rental yields. (Property Investor News, January 2016)

LendInvest’s recent quarterly report also indicates that Cardiff, Coventry and Oldham come next, followed closely by Sunderland, Blackburn and Durham.

The fintech company’s report which analyses changes in trends in rental yields, capital gains and landlords’ total roi, also shows that London and the South East still championing house price growth.

In the report it shows that all of the top 15 performing postcode areas for capital gains are located in London and surroundings areas. Inner London however, sits in 18th place for rental yields but still comes up on top for capital gains.

LendInvest’s CEO Christian Faes mentioned in Property Investor News that there could be some weakening in Londons’s dominance of capital gains tables if house price growth does soften slightly as forecast, and as new buy to let stamp duty hikes take effect.

 

Buy-To-Let Landlords Storm UK Housing Market

BTL Landlords

A landlord industry body has claimed that there is currently a rush to purchase buy-to-let properties before a stamp duty hike arrives in the Spring.

ARLA’s (The Association of Residential Letting Agents) managing director David Cox stated in This is Money that ‘Buy-to-let landlords are determined to complete purchases before the changes come into force in April are storming the UK housing market, meaning the lull we’d usually see is less significant.

He also mentioned in the This is Money article that with supply, demand and the number of agents reporting rent increases all declining in December, this could well be the calm before the buy-to-let storm.

In addition he also stated that this period of easing in rents could soon end, with new rules cutting the number of properties available to let.

Many in the property industry have mentioned that after April it will be very likely to see the number of buy-to-let properties on the market begin to decrease, and the ramifications will most certainly have a detrimental effect on renters across the UK.

You can read more on the buy-to-let story here.

 

Brexit poses ‘serious threat’ to UK property investment

Brexit Property

A REFERENDUM vote to leave the European Union would pose a serious challenge for the UK property market, according to new research. (Yorkshire Post, January 2016)

A recent poll that was conducted by a group of property experts revealed that 65 per cent, believe that a Brexit would have a negative impact on investment in UK property.

What was particularly interesting to see it that only 10% of those who were surveyed stated that they would consider relocating their business to another EU country if the UK did leave the EU.

As The Yorkshire Post mentions, survey participants also highlighted their concerns about the housing shortage, rising construction costs and the prospect of higher interest rates, in addition to the property industry skills shortage and planning reforms.

A property industry expert stressed that we want certainty, regardless of the in or out EU debate. He uses the Scottish Referendum example of how many occupiers and investors delayed their decision-making due to having uncertainties.

Image Source : Al Jazeera

Quiz Time! What is all the property in the world worth?

 

What is all the property in the world worth?

A $11,000,000,000,000
B $217,000,000,000,000
C $550,000,000,000,000

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