With the wealth of options out there to help people onto the property market, it is no surprise that the number of first-time buyers has steadily been increasing, with numbers currently at an 11-year high. However, outside of the government’s Help to Buy scheme, it seems that young people do not understand their other purchasing options – chiefly that of shared ownership.
We’re moving into a new decade, and so the last thing that you want is for your home to look dated. Throughout 2019 we have seen some extreme trends in interior design; from the embracing of industrial elements to the resurgence of entirely neutral spaces. We have taken a look at what to expect this year and how to get ahead with your design aesthetic, whatever your budget.
1. Colour makes a comeback One of the key trends this decade has been that of neutral spaces with a few accent pieces to liven up the décor, however this year one of the main inclinations in design will be towards colour; bolder, brighter and braver! Rebecca Breslin, Wayfair Professional design manager, is calling for an end of “Greige, grey and all neutral everything without texture or visual interest” and therefore if you are looking for a change this year then start by adding colour into your home – burnt oranges and deep blues are set to be en vogue throughout the whole year.
2. Paper set to tear up the market A feature wall has been the mainstay of every makeover show and glossy magazine before-and-after shoot since the early naughties, however 2020 is set to end this fad. Rather than a singular wall that is adorned with wallpaper, we are going to see all four walls covered with paper – in line with the brighter aesthetic of 2020. Wallpaper has seen something of a renaissance over the past decade, with designs from Gucci and Dior all the way through to stick-and-peel examples flooding the marketplace, and this isn’t set to end this year. If you want to experiment, then start with smaller spaces such as studies, toilets and guest bedrooms where patterns will seem less overwhelming.
3. Cabinet shake-up The crisp, white kitchens that have been an enduring design staple over the last decade are set to move into retirement in 2020, with colour making its way back into the heart of the home. Kitchen cabinets, more specifically, are to become a real focus in kitchen design – therefore if you are looking to stay on-trend then think about rejuvenating your cabinets. Navy blue matte cabinets with vintage gold handles will transform your aesthetic immediately and mixes the traditional and vintage visuals that are set to be all the rage this year.
4. Give art a start In these modern days of mass production and consumerism, vintage art and antiques are making a huge comeback due to the perceived one-of-a-kind nature of the objects and that they possess their own unique story. If you are looking to make small changes to your home that make it chic, then adding some select pieces of art is a great start – adding pieces to your kitchen walls will add particular interest to an otherwise utilitarian space.
5. Soften the edges Throughout the 2010s, chicness has often been related to strong lines, sharp edges and minimalism, however as we move into the next decade this is set to be turned on its head for an altogether softer look. As well as a nod to 30s glamour (think metallics such as silver and gold, as well as scalloped seating) curves and fluid shapes are set to be popular this year; from circular side tables to rounded-edge sofas.
Now that 2019 is over, it is time to look to the year ahead and what is expected to be a strong year for property. Now that there is a majority government and uncertainty around Brexit seems to be assuaged, the outlook for 2020 is strong – read on to see what’s in store.
There are some things that the British public simply cannot believe at this time of year; how cold it is, how dark it is and, above all, that it’s nearly Christmas. Nevertheless, Christmas is indeed upon us and if you are selling your home, or thinking of selling your home, you may be under the impression that it’s not the optimum time to bag a sale. Our top tips to sell your home at Christmas will show you that not only is it possible to sell your home during the festive season, it is a doddle.
There is often speculation as to when is the best time to sell your home. Sellers often wait for certain times in the year that may be construed to be better than others. If you feel like you are ready to sell, you should seek a valuation and consider whether it is the right time for you, as it may well be right now.
Data released by The Office for National Statistics states that house prices in the UK have, on average, increased by 1.3%; a strong position considering the political uncertainty sweeping the UK in 2019. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland saw an average of 3% with England averaging at 1%, with a quick comparison to last year showing an average price rise of £3,000.
Region, Region, Region Regionally, the strongest locations continue to be across North of England with a predicted rise amongst the South of the country over the next few years. London is still slightly behind in terms of price growth but is predicted to catch up over the coming years.
The effects of Brexit As the year ends, it is fair to conclude that Brexit has influenced the growth of house prices, even with this noted increase. August and September saw the same growth figures reducing further, but October saw those figures start to creep up slightly again with a 0.3% rise. This positive result and the outlook for the future of UK property seems to have been supported by current levels of employment and low borrowing costs for buyers. This appears to have offset the reduced confidence in the property market and should reinforce trust for the New Year.
New Homes surge New build houses are rising at an accelerating rate compared to the existing housing stock. This can be down to them having better features and more amenities. The current property shortfall also contributes to this with newly built homes being in high demand resulting in a higher asking price. This trend currently leaves the average price of a new build property at £316,789, with existing homes currently sitting at £245,173 according to data provided by Zoopla.
Interestingly, homes located in leave voting areas have seen an average of 9.97% overall growth since 2016, with remain voting areas growing on average of 8.13%. However, this should be viewed as a coincidence instead of a direct correlation as many other local factors contribute to this. The position of both leave and remain areas shows another positive result for price growth over these last few uncertain years. Election season Even with the General Election, the market’s continued success is some good news to hold onto over the festive season. Christmas time is usually associated with a slight slowdown in the buying and selling process, but this year sees the market slowly aligning to others as a busy period. More valuations and home improvements from sellers shows that people are choosing to use their time at Christmas to take hold of a great opportunity and get their house on the market. It’s a solid place on the Good List this Christmas for the property sector this year!
Making a good first impression is key when presenting your home for sale. Potential buyers and renters are always extra vigilant when it comes to viewing properties, from the front gate to the back garden, meaning it’s even more important to present your home in its best light from the off. But even if you’re not looking to sell up, there’s something to be said for sprucing up the front of your home.