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.

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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.

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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.

Investment

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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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Popular Help to Buy scheme scraped by the government

185,000 UK home owners had benefitted from government Help to Buy schemes, which will now be scrapped by the end of 2016, writes property developer Richard Carr.

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How will scrapping the Help to Buy scheme effect first time buyers?

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.

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UK Rents Rise Significantly in July 2016

New figures indicate that average British residential property rental values rose significantly within the year to July 2016.

Renter’s culture

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.”

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Strong Fundamentals to Support UK Property Growth

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.

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The country needs a stable planning system

The majority of property planners believe that a more stable planning system would provide greater certainty for developers and communities and help get the country building again.

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According to recent research from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) an overwhelming majority of planners blame decades of planning changes for their ability to work effectively and deliver new homes.

The Delivering the Value of Planning report showed that a massive 73% of planners believe “constant changes” to planning rules have “hindered their ability to deliver good places”. Richard Carr, a property developer in the south of England, understands the problems and believes the government needs to loosen its grip on the system and make it easier for planners to deliver new developments.

Over half of respondents said that government policy changes had provided obstacles to the delivery of new homes, whilst almost 75% said that the profession had a reduced capacity to deliver.

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Who is to blame for the UK’s housing crisis?

The finger has been pointed at many possible reasons, but who or what is responsible for the current state of the country’s housing shortage?

Planning

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Who is to blame for the housing shortage?

Poole-based property developer Richard Carr has worked in the industry for 30 years and has seen just about everything. He’s currently managing a number of high profile developments in the south of England including the £100m redevelopment of Salterns Marina in Poole.

New analysis produced by the London School of Economics has pointed the finger squarely at the government for the housing crisis, explaining that decades of planning policies that constrain the supply of houses and land and turn them into something like gold is to blame.

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Could the private and public sector team up to improve the UK’s housing market?

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBS) believes that the private and public sector could work in harmony to improve the current situation of the country’s housing sector.

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Private & Public sector – a winning partnership?

RIBS believes that housing policy along isn’t enough to solve the UK’s problem as the demand for homes continues to outstrip the supply. They believe that as one the private and public sector can promote, enable and finance new homes and improve the final quality.

Along with the crippling shortage of homes, homebuilders have come under pressure for the standard to which new homes are being produced.

RIBS’ report said that high quality design needs to be at the heart of the solution: “Without it, we’ll be solving one problem by storing up further challenges for the future,” they said.

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