Category: property market news

BIGGEST CHALLENGES FACING THE HOUSING MARKET AT PRESENT

  • With just days to go before the UK was expected to leave the EU, we seem no closer to a solution than when Article 50 was triggered almost two years ago. It is little wonder therefore, that uncertainty is expected to continue to impact the housing market.
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ONE IN TWELVE LANDLORDS UNAWARE OF LEGISLATIVE CHANGES

  • One in twelve landlords is unaware of a suite of legislative changes that occurred across the lettings industry in recent years, according to the findings of the English Private Landlord Survey 2018 published in January.
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1000 SALES PER WEEK AIDED BY HELP TO BUY

  • On average 965 sales per week have been completed using Help to Buy across England and Wales during 2018 (to the end of September), according to data released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Welsh Government.
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We raised £2054 for Norris Bank Primary School

We are excited to share over the past 2 years we have been raising money, through sale of properties around the local area, for Norris Bank Primary School for them to put towards a projector. We managed to raise £2054!

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UK HOUSEHOLD SPEND

  • At £572.60, average weekly expenditure (all costs, adjusted for inflation) per household in the UK is at it its highest level since the financial year 2004–2005, according to data published in January 2019 by the Office for National Statistics.
  • At £632.00 per week, households in owner occupation spend on average £52 more per week than those in the private rented sector at £580.10.
  • Across the UK, the average weekly amount spent on a mortgage is £159.60, equivalent to 27% of total weekly expenditure. 44% of weekly mortgage costs are attributed to interest payments.
  • For those in the private rented sector, rental costs account for 26% of weekly expenditure. Across London and Wales, the average spend on rent per week is higher than the average spent on a mortgage. In all but four regions, the differential is less than £20 per week.
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ONE IN THREE HOME HUNTERS HAVE DECIDED ON THE SPECIFIC STREET THEY WANT TO LIVE ON

  • Close to one in three home hunters know the specific house or street they want to live in before starting a property search, according to new research by Zoopla
  • Londoners are most likely to have a definite idea of location, virtually half (48%) have a specific street or house in mind. This compares to less than one in five across Wales and the South West
  • If it’s not a specific street, then it’s most likely house hunters have an idea of what town they have in mind. A third of house hunters across the East of England, East Midlands, South East and Wales know which town or town(s) are of interest
  • With just one in sixteen prospective home hunters having no clue as to their location of choice, as an agent, knowing the ins and outs of your local area is critical
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RESIDENTIAL STAMP DUTY RECEIPTS TAKE A TUMBLE

  • The income for HM Treasury from residential stamp duty receipts fell by nearly £1 billion in 2018 compared to 2017. It is estimated £8.454 billion was collected in 2018, a fall of £926 million compared to £9.471 billion in 2017.
  • 20% of the fall is due to the devolution of the tax income to the Welsh Government. On 1st April 2018, Land Transaction Tax (LTT) replaced Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in Wales. Since April it is estimated the Welsh Revenue Authority has collected £177.9 million, from 48,140 property transactions.
  • Across England, the revenue from the 3% Higher Rate of Additional Dwellings tax (HRAD) fell by 16.6%, while the number of properties purchased eligible to pay the HRAD fell by 8.7%.
  • Nearly a quarter of a million (247,400) first-time buyers have benefited from the introduction of stamp duty relief on the 22nd November 2017, the estimated cost to the Treasury £570 million.
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LET’S DO BUSINESS

  • The UK has been crowned by Forbes, for the second year running, as the best country for business following its latest survey published in December 2018. A total of 161 countries are assessed on 15 different criteria.
  • The UK is the only country to land among the top 30 in all 15 metrics, including property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom and workforce.
  • Forbes states that although sterling plummeted 9% against the US dollar the day after the EU referendum result and remains down, the economy has ‘held up relatively well’.
  • With the official exit from the EU scheduled for this March, Forbes recognises that uncertainty remains. Some UK companies are holding off investments to see how Brexit affects trade relations, but on balance the business climate remains attractive, with a globalised economy that is more open than most in terms of trade, investments and capital flows.
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DISTANCE TENANTS MOVED TO THEIR CURRENT RENTAL HOME

  • With renting offering more flexibility than ownership, some tenants have traditionally used the sector as a way to get to know a new area before committing to buying.
  • Indeed, the majority of tenants stay within their local area when moving home.
  • In 2018, over a quarter (27%) of tenants moved within a mile of their previous rental property, and two thirds (68%) stayed within ten miles.
  • At the other end of the scale, 8.1% of tenants starting new tenancies in London in 2018 moved from overseas. Despite political and economic concerns, this is actually an increase from 7.3% in 2017.
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RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TAXATION

  • Despite tax revenue from residential property seeing its usual annual rise between July and September, total tax revenue in the first nine months of 2018 across England and Wales was 9.5% lower than a year ago, according to the latest data published this week by HMRC and the Welsh Government.
  • It is estimated that £6.3 billion has been netted by HMRC and the Welsh Government between January and September, a fall of £662 million compared to the same period in 2017.
  • The number of properties liable for the 3% Higher Rate of Additional Dwelling (HRAD) levy fell over 5% in this period. The amount collected from the HRAD 3% element was down £243 million, the equivalent of 14.3%, to £1.24 billion.
  • Since its introduction in the 2017 Autumn Budget, the government has also ‘lost’ £427 million, owing to the introduction of first-time buyer tax relief which has benefitted over 180,000 first-time buyers. That number will rise thanks to the backdating of the scheme for first-time buyers purchasing shared ownership properties, as announced this autumn. On average, first-time buyers account for just over one fifth of residential property purchases each quarter.
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