The rise and rise of private rentals

We’re living through a time of huge cultural shifts, including in the property industry. Within a few short years, there has been such a rise in the number of private renters that mortgaged home owners will soon be in the minority.

Experts predict that by 2025, just seven short years away, the number of households owned by mortgage holders will be under six million. At the same time, the number if households living in private rented accommodation will be slightly higher, at six million. Continue reading

Buy-To-Let Bounces Back in Q3 2016

Richard Carr reports on new figures which suggest that during the third quarter of 2016, British buy-to-let sector activity significant improvement on the quarter before, as buyers return in droves.

Limiting expansion

The buy-to-let sector is popular with investors, especially domestically. Figures indicate that one out of every five residential properties were owned by private landlords in 2014, with this number expected to rise to one in three by 2032. A booming buy-to-let market has exacerbated the UK’s housing shortage problem, so high demand has pushed residential prices and rents to new heights. Continue reading

UK House Prices Experience ‘Reverse Ripple’

Recent commentary from a UK-based estate agents suggest that British house prices are experiencing a ‘reverse ripple’ effect, as Central London loses its influence over the rest of the nation.

Defying convention

Traditionally, UK house price rises originate in Central London. The heart of our capital is home to some of the biggest businesses and wealthiest individuals on earth, so demand for Central London property has been high historically. This pushes up Central London residential property values, sparking a ripple which hits outer London, then South East England and finally the rest of the nation. Continue reading

UK House Price Growth Rises in August

New figures from the Office For National Statistics (ONS) indicate that average UK house price growth increased in the year to August 2016, defying expectations. Richard Carr comments.

Post-Brexit market


UK house price growth increased in the year to August 2016, defying expectations

In June 2016, the UK voted to abandon EU membership (Brexit). Many experts believed that Brexit would curtail the British residential real estate sector. ONS figures for July 2016 seemed to validate this concern. According to the agency average UK house prices expanded by 9.3% in the year to June 2016, falling to a growth rate of 8.3% in the 12 months to July 2016, but the market now seems to be picking up.

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UK’s Buy-To-let Sector Bounces Back

In April 2016, new tax measures went into effect which were designed to curtail UK buy-to-let activity, imposing higher operating costs on landlords. It appears as though reports concerning the death of the UK’s buy-to-let sector have been greatly exaggerated, new data suggests.

Housing shortage


Buy-to-let landlords are now “staging a fight back against government efforts to rein in” the market.

The introduction of specialist buy to let mortgages in 1996, made it easier for people to become private landlords. According to the Telegraph by 2014, one in five UK homes were owned by private landlords, with this figure expected to increase to one in three by 2032, exacerbating the UK’s ongoing housing shortage. The UK’s property supply is rising, with the number of new homes available climbing by 41% in August 2016, but even now, there is a strong shortage, forcing more people to rent rather than buy.

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Where Are The UK’s Next Property Hotspots?

Hometrack, a research group which analyses the UK’s property market, has released a ground-breaking new study, showing where British residential real estate values have climbed over the past year and decade. Drawing on this research, Richard Carr asks: where are the UK’s next property hotspots?

Booming market

sold-signs-richard-carrThe UK’s residential property market is going from strength to strength. Despite the UK’s recent decision to leave the EU, which many experts believed would dent market activity, the sector kept on growing. In a survey of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors members, 8% said they saw buyer enquiries increase since September 2016. In June, before the vote, 34% said that they experienced a fall in enquiries.

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UK’s Property Market experiences growth post-Brexit

Following eight months of steady progress the UK’s residential property market is picking up with prices and buyer demand rising, writes property developer Richard Carr.



Property market enjoying post Brexit growth

According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), 8% of surveyors reported an increase in buyer enquires in September 2016, which is a significant turnaround based on June when a net balance of 34% of respondents report a drop.

Despite this small positive there’s still the major use around the supply of new homes. As a result, the number of new instructions being received by agents fell once again meaning the average level of stock on estate agents books remains close to historic lows at just over 45 properties.

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First time buyers rush to take advantage of Help to Buy

Following the announcement that the government is to scrap the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee there has been a significant rise in the number of valuations for first time buyers, writes Poole-based property developer Richard Carr.


First time buyers - Richard Carr

First time buyers rush to take advantage of Help to Buy mortgage

The mortgage guarantee ends at the year and the number of first time buyers requesting valuations has rising sharply since Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement.

According to Connells Survey and Valuation, the number of valuations for first time buyers rose by 18.7% in September on an annual basis.

John Bagshaw of Connells Survey & Valuation believes that many first time buyers are aiming to use the scheme before it closes at the end of December, however he doesn’t think first time buyer activity will suddenly drop at the start of 2017.

Richard Carr hopes that the government are able to benefit first time buyers by building more homes as a result of removing the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee.

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In which areas should new housing be prioritised?

The Housing and Finance Institute (HFI) has sparked a new debate into which areas in the UK new housing should be focused upon.



Where should new housing be prioritised?

Richard Carr, a Poole-based property developer, believes that investment into new housing should be spread fairly across towns, cities and counties in the UK. The Housing and Finance Institute believes more money should be given to councils in districts that are leading the way as they are currently under resourced.

According to the Institute, large cities in the UK receive higher amounts of investment, however they are responsible for only around 30% of new homes.

The HFI’s report found that around 70% of new homes and granted planning permissions are in the district and unitary councils, who are facing resource problems.

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