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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? Continue reading
London’s housing crisis continues to worsen as the latest research suggest that the majority of housing in the least affordable areas of London is on average eight times the cost of the average UK wage, writes property developer Richard Carr.
According to eMoov, London as a whole has average house prices which succeed the average wage by 14 times!
Unsurprisingly, both London and Kensington top the list with the average property price at £1.2m. The price of property in the borough is a ridiculous 46 times the average wage of £26,624 and the nation’s biggest gap in wage to property ratio by a long way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Housing and Finance Institute (HFI) has sparked a new debate into which areas in the UK new housing should be focused upon.
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.
Despite the schemes proving popular amongst first time buyers, the initiatives haven’t helped solve the country’s growing housing crisis, which the new government led by Theresa May are keen to do.
According to one estate agent emoov.co.uk, the average house prices across half of the country’s 326 districts will exceed the Help to Buy threshold by March next year.
As a result, Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed that the scheme will close to new mortgages on 31st December 2016.
New figures indicate that average British residential property rental values rose significantly within the year to July 2016.
Many Britons are finding it increasingly hard to step onto the property ladder. According to Letting Agent Today, Tony Williams of property consultancy Building Value recently noted that at present, “the house price to earnings ratio remains around 5.5 times against a long term average of 4.25 times.”
Previous research shows that despite Brexit, the UK’s housing market remained strong in June 2016. A new study from CBRE, a leading commercial property adviser, indicates that sturdy economic fundamentals will support British house price growth throughout 2016.
Encouraging price growth
Property Wire writes that CBRE sees current British house value growth of 5.1% as encouraging. The commercial property adviser added that UK residential property prices should expand by an average of 3% in 2016. In the second quarter of 2016, house price growth was strongest in the Outer Metropolitan area (12.4%) and London (9.9%), but weakest in the North (1%), year-on-year.
Despite the many warnings and concerns that were raised ahead of the UK’s referendum in June about a possible collapse of the housing market, the industry has remained strong according to the latest analysis.