Month: November 2018

TRANSACTION LEVELS RISE IN AREAS WITH ACCESS TO ULTRA-FAST BROADBAND

  • A quick analysis of sales volumes to date in 2018 indicates that in areas where sales have increased compared to the same period last year, on average virtually half of all properties have access to ultra-fast broadband, with an average download speed of 46.4mbps.
  • In contrast, in those areas where sales have fallen, just under one third of properties have access to ultra-fast broadband and the average download speed is slightly lower at just 42.9mbps.
  • While broadband coverage and speed may well not be the most important factors in choosing which home to buy, their impact on daily life is ever increasing. 89% of adults now use the internet each week, up from just 51% in 2006 (ONS), and a rising proportion of the population works from home for at least part of the week.
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UK AMONG LOWEST ESTATE AGENCY FEES GLOBALLY

  • A drop of more than a third of the average sole agency fee for a traditional estate agent in the UK, to 1.18% (plus VAT), since 2011 makes it among the cheapest prime location for agent fees in the world.
  • Of the places analysed, only China and Hong Kong had lower seller-side fees at 0.5% and 1.0% respectively. Other countries with significantly higher seller fees including Mexico (7.5%), the USA (5.5%) and France (5%).
  • The UK comes out as the cheapest location to buy in terms of estate agent fees when you consider the combined buying and selling commission fees (assuming no buying agent is used).
  • A survey carried out by TheAdvisory of over 2,000 property sellers in England and Wales, which was reported by Prime Resi, also identified that 95% chose a traditional agent over a new online and hybrid agencies (often with ‘no sale no fee’) to sell their home.
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changes in tax on your buy to let properties

As a Landlord, are you are aware of the imminent tax changes that are potentially affecting Buy to Let Landlords?

These changes were introduced in April 2017 and progressively increase the tax liabilities of all 40% tax paying Landlords who have Buy to Let mortgages. Is this you?

The first time you may become aware of this extra tax burden could be when you receive your next tax demand in January 2019.

We are recommending a meeting with our internal Buy to Let Expert to talk you through the implications and potential solutions.


Please call on 0161 442 1118 or email us at heatonslettings@julianwadden.co.uk to arrange a convenient time for either a telephone or face to face meeting.

Anna

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SECONDS TO SELL

  • A property was sold somewhere across England and Wales every 9 seconds of working hours between January and July of this year.
  • With 10 regions in the country, assuming an even distribution, this would equate to a property sale in every region within a minute and a half period. However, with regional differences including the number of available properties and volume of housing stock, there are variations.
  • In the South East and North West, a property was sold during every working minute of the day.
  • In the North East where fewer properties are sold than in other, more densely populated regions, there was still a sale every 3 minutes.
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