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Government Issue Response To Tax Relief Petition

Government Issue Response To Tax Relief Petition

Government Issue Muted Response To Tax Relief Petition

The Government has published a response to the online petition that opposes the proposals to change the amount of tax relief on buy to let mortgages announced by the Chancellor, George Osborne, in the post election summer budget.

From April 2017 onwards landlords will only be able to claim the basic rate tax relief rather than the higher rate tax relief on buy to let mortgage payments. It is widely feared that the move will severely affect the profitability of the private rented sector (PRS).

The online petition to reverse the planned tax restrictions on individual landlords has attracted more than 23,600 signatures since being posted.

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Number of tenants Renting Property Set To Overtake Number of Home Owners By 2025


Renting To Overtake Home Ownership By 2025

According to a new prediction from the professional services network – Price Waterhouse Cooper, (PwC), the number of tenants in rented properties will outnumber the overall number of property owners with mortgages in less than a decade.

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Help To Buy Scheme Could Cause New Property Bubble

Help To Buy Scheme Could Cause New Property Bubble

Critics Warn Help To Buy Scheme Will Cause New Property Bubble

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has launched the second phase of the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme and laid out the terms of a programme that will underwrite UK residential property purchases up to the value of £600,000 (GBP) following a meeting with mortgage lenders and house-builders.

A number of groups, however, have warned that, if this scheme is allowed to drive up house prices in the UK, it will cause another property ‘bubble’ and encourage people to take on huge mortgages.

George Osborne is hopeful that the terms of the scheme will prevent another property bubble, as there are now strict income checks and other lending criteria imposed by mortgage lenders and the loan scheme will not be allowed to be used by purchasers to acquire second homes.

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It Pays To Be A Property Owning Pensioner

It Pays To Be A Property Owning Pensioner

Pensioners property worth almost £770 Billion Pounds

It has been revealed by national newspaper, The Telegraph, that Pensioners in the UK own almost £770 Billion (GBP) worth of property outright, without any form of mortgage.

It is estimated that some 4.7 million retired property owners in the UK own their residential properties outright.

The total value of OAP property ownership has increased by £1.2 Billion (GBP) over the past three months, representing almost £770 Billion (GBP) worth of property held outright, without a mortgage.

The survey was conducted in England, Scotland and Wales by advisory firm, Key Retirement Solutions, however, the survey didn’t cover properties in Northern Ireland.

The survey revealed a two-speed property market in the UK, with London seeing a significant rise in over-65s’ property wealth, however, the value of property wealth was much lower in the neighbouring South-East region.

The average value of property owned by pensioners without any form of mortgage increased by almost £12,000 (GBP) in London, but fell by £1,570 (GBP) in the South-East, the survey found.

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Interest Only Mortgages Are A Ticking Time Bomb

Interest Only Mortgages Are A Ticking Time Bomb

Over 1 million landlords and homeowners with interest only mortgages could face financial difficulties when reach the end of their tenure and they have to pay them off, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

The FCA estimates that around half of the 2.6 million or so UK property owners with interest only mortgages, which represents about a third of all UK mortgage holders, will not have savings or other funds to cover the final bill.

With these mortgage holders only paying enough to cover the monthly mortgage interest on the amount borrowed, the average shortfall is £71,000 (GBP) per person, according to FCA research.

The FCA, the successor of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) as the sector’s watchdog, commissioned research to give a clear indication of what borrowers face when mortgages mature between now and the year 2041.

Market research firm GfK NOP questioned 1,103 interest only mortgage borrowers to consider how prepared they were to repay their loans.

The study found that 37% of borrowers with an interest only mortgage faced a shortfall in their plans to pay back the lump sum of the home loan, based on their own calculations.

But the FCA believes that many people have seriously underestimated the severity of the financial problem and believe the true percentage to be around 48% of all residential property owners with interest only mortgages will face a shortfall.

The vast majority of interest only mortgages were taken out by property investors and residential homebuyers before the financial crash, according to Martin Wheatley, Chief Executive of the FCA, who stated: “It’s just that people were optimistic about the future. My advice to borrowers is not to bury their head in the sand. This report is a call to action.”

The interest-only mortgage time bomb is a serious problem for property investors without an exit strategy and potentially terrifying for homeowners who have no means in place to repay the capital of the original loan.

The media have already stirred up a fervour of anguish with overemphasised coverage on the negative aspects of taking out an interest only mortgage, almost as if they are acting in the interests of the mainstream mortgage lenders attempting to get property owners to switch to repayment mortgages immediately.

The media coverage suggests that interest-only mortgages are a disaster waiting to happen for property investors and residential homeowners with at least 60,000 borrowers facing capital repayments by 2020 without any means of being able to pay back the loan and another 260,000 facing the same financial crunch over the next 30 years.

Graham Lock of House Network said that the FCA is guilty of scaremongering, stating: “People use interest-only mortgages to get on the ladder and they can choose to switch to a repayment option at any time once it becomes affordable. Wage inflation will take care of most of this added with the fact that most of us will work until we’re 70 means there is plenty of time to switch to repayment in the future.”

Executive Director of the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA), Peter Williams, added: “By confirming that nine in every ten interest-only (IO) mortgage borrowers have a repayment strategy in place, the FCA’s research should put an end to misguided reports of a mis-selling scandal when the market boomed between 2002 and 2007. Having said that, as both the Experian report for the FCA and the GfK report shows, there are issues for the industry to deal with.”

Flipping Unsellable Properties With Assisted Sales

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They’re going to show new and experienced property investors how their students, clients and mentees are making THOUSANDS of POUNDS (GBP) on a regular basis by selling properties they don’t own.

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Shimon, Richard, & Hanif have a group of investors who are doing this on a regular basis on their patch and using this strategy also to grow their property portfolio. When we’ve spoken to these options traders their mantra is that out of every 3 properties they sell 1 property and to keep 2!

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Average Residential Property will cost

 £267,000 by 2018

Average UK Residential Property Prices Increase

Average UK Residential Property Prices Increase

Average UK residential property prices for 2014

are estimated to be 2.3% higher than in 2007

Forecasts from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) suggest that a typical residential property in the UK will cost an average of £227,000 (GBP) in 2014, overtaking the average peak price of residential property observed at the height of the housing bubble in 2007, for the first time.

The CEBR also predict that the average residential property price will be £222,000 (GBP) by the end of this year, 1.4% higher than average property prices reached in 2012.

By 2018, the CEBR expect the cost of a typical residential property in the UK to average £267,000 (GBP).

In 2014, the CEBR estimate that the Government’s Help-to-Buy scheme could raise UK property prices by up to 0.8% without having any appreciable impact on the current housing supply.

However, if the upward trend in residential property prices continues, it could lead to an additional 4,800 residential properties being built in 2015.

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New EPC Rules In Force From 9th January 2013

New EPC Rules In Force From 9th January 2013

The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) shows the energy efficiency of a property, including any recommendations for improving the energy standards of the property, and it is a legal requirement in the UK that all properties for sale or to let have this certification. 

When letting or selling a property the EPC must be commissioned before any marketing can begin and a physical copy should be obtained within 7 days of the property first being advertised. That gives landlords just a week to instruct an agent, arrange an EPC and begin marketing the property for sale or to let. 

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Optimism among residential property owners is increasing with more than one third expecting residential property prices to be higher by this time next year, despite the uncertainty surrounding the UK housing market, according to the latest survey by Rightmove.

46% of homeowners regard current residential property values to be fair and reasonable according to the consumer confidence survey, showing that the British public now have a more optimistic outlook for the UK property market, than in recent years

Concerns stated by the public in the survey include

  • Mortgage-related issues
  • Mortgage availability
  • High deposits
  • Being able to find a suitable property

The survey of 40,000+ home movers showed that some 6% worried about being able to meet mortgage payments and the same proportion were also concerned about property values changing.

Despite the slump in the UK property market over the last three years, public home ownership ambitions remain undaunted by the UK’s double dip recession.

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) have warned landlords and homeowners about ‘property hijacking’, the practice whereby fraudsters attempt to raise mortgages on empty properties that they do not own.

The FSA says it has observed a notable increase in cases of UK property hijacking.

The warning has gone out to all UK mortgage brokers, but agents and landlords should also be aware of the potential for fraud.

In its smaller firms regulation round-up for April 2012, the FSA warned UK mortgage brokers that: “There have been attempts by fraudsters to raise mortgages on unencumbered properties which they do not own – property hijacking. This demonstrates the importance of undertaking appropriate due diligence when engaging in new relationships, to ensure that you know who you are dealing with and can identify any trends or anomalies in the business being offered.”

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