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PRS Rental Prices Keep Going Up

PRS Rental Prices Keep Going Up

PRS Rents Increase 2.5% In The Past Year

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) latest Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, tenants in the UK’s private rental sector (PRS) have seen rents increase by an average of 2.5% in the 12 months up to June 2015,.

Private rental prices increased across the whole of the British isles with rents increasing by:

  • 5% in England
  • 1% in Scotland
  • 8% in Wales

PRS rents increased across all English regions during the year with rental prices increasing by 3.8% in London, while the overall Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation stood at 0% over the same period.

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Does House Price Index Data Provide A Clearer Picture Than The Newspaper Headlines Suggest?

Does House Price Index Data Provide A Clearer Picture Than The Newspaper Headlines Suggest?

Does House Price Index Data Provide A Clearer Picture Than The Newspaper Headlines Suggest?

There can be a great deal of contradiction with the rising number of published House Price Indices, (HPI), that attempt to show the general public what is happening in the UK residential property sales market.

Many Spotlight subscribers are already aware that some of the published House Price Index data provided by mortgage lenders only relate to residential property sales, whilst others relate only to property asking prices.

However, property purchasers are often told to use the official published Land Registry data as a true guide to property prices rather than rely on any house price index data, but Land Registry data is a few months out of date because the Land Registry only record actual completed residential property sales.

Consumers need to know if all the HPI data is anywhere near accurate before they decide to part with cash to purchase a property, and with some degree of disparity between different indices the information provided can be confusing.

However, one thing is becoming very clear – UK property price growth is slowing!

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Governor of the Bank of England thinks Northern Ireland's House Prices Are Not Keeping Pace With Rest Of UK

Governor of the Bank of England thinks Northern Ireland’s House Prices Are Not Keeping Pace With Rest Of UK

Northern Ireland House Prices Not Keeping Pace With Rest Of UK

Mr Carney told the Andrew Marr programme that “if you look at the UK as a whole, everywhere bar Northern Ireland – we are now seeing house prices begin to recover”

On Sunday 16th February, the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney said in a BBC interview with Andrew Marr said that Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where house prices are not recovering, stating: “If you look at the UK as a whole, everywhere bar Northern Ireland – we are now seeing house prices begin to recover, so it is a more generalised phenomenon”.

However, Mr Carney’s comments provoked a backlash from Northern Ireland’s finance minister Simon Hamilton who reckons that Mr Carney’s remarks were at odds with analysis carried out by Stormont’s Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP).

Mr Hamilton posted on his Twitter account, “Doesn’t tally with DFP analysis. Never thought I’d have to correct a governor of BoE!”

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Average PRS Rents Hit New High

Average PRS Rents Hit New High

Buy-To-Let Property Investors Benefit
From PRS Rent Increases

The average rent in the UK’s private rented sector has increased to approximately £757 (GBP) per month, the highest level ever recorded, as rental prices increase by 1.8% on the previous month.

The data is from the latest Buy-To-Let Index, published by LSL property services.

PRS rents are 2.1% higher than they were in September 2012 and tenant demand is still strong with lettings activity growing by 9.2% over the last 12 months.

Average PRS rents are now £13 (GBP) per month higher than the previous all time record set in October 2012, when monthly PRS rents averaged £744 (GBP) per month.

Nine out of 10 UK regions saw rents rise between August and September 2013 with the fastest monthly rise observed in the South East, where PRS rents are 3.3% higher than they were a month ago.

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Autumn Surge In UK Property Prices Predicted

Autumn Surge In UK Property Prices Predicted

Various residential property indices published by banks and mortgage lenders have shown that UK house prices have been increasing for some months, however the latest survey from Rightmove shows that property asking prices have actually declined over the summer although it is predicting an autumn surge in uk property prices.

The Rightmove report says that there was a summer  slowdown in residential property prices as discretionary sellers were distracted by the heat-wave and have been waiting to market their properties.

Those property vendors who were unwilling to wait had priced properties more aggressively and asked an average of £3,704 (GBP) equivalent to 1.5% less for their property in August compared with the previous month’s asking prices.

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Rightmove Doubles UK Property Values Forecast As Property Prices Increase Again

Rightmove Doubles UK Property Values Forecast As Property Prices Increase Again

UK property values increase for seventh month in a row

UK property values have reached a new five year high, according to property portal, Rightmove, who revised their forecast of UK residential property values, and now reckon that residential property prices will increase to double their previous property value forecast for 2013.

As Spotlight reported last week, residential property values have already increased by 0.3% to average £253,658 (GBP), and now Rightmove reckon property values will now climb by up to 4% this year instead of the 2% previously predicted. However, it wasn’t good news for the whole country as residential property prices in London remained unchanged, holding at a record average of £515,379 (GBP).

The economic incentives introduced by the Government and the Bank of England (BoE) to increase overall lending and credit supply has boosted the demand for residential property ownership from first time buyers.

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Which is the best residential property price index?

Which is the best residential property price index?

If you are a property investor looking to conduct thorough due diligence before purchasing property, which of the conflicting reports from different monthly house price indexes do you rely on?

Below is a quick overview of the four main index providers, provided by Quick Move Now!, along with some handy notes for how to interpret their data, and a comparison of their reporting of residential property prices during 2012 

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Lack of Data Means No Usable Statistics For UK Rental Properties

Lack of Data Means No Usable Statistics For UK Rental Properties

There is an unjustifiable lack of data relating to rental properties in the UK property market, meaning that published rental statistics are just guess work according to top UK statistician, Jil Matheson

Jil Matheson, the UK’s most senior statistician, said that the absence of an official private rental index covering the whole of the UK represents a key gap in the analysis of the property market.

She also believes that more could be done to link up official data from a wide range of bodies so that rental statistics and positive trends in the UK buy to let market can be more easily identified.

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) publishes private rental figures every quarter but these cover England only and the national statistician argues that the problem with non-official figures is that they are often not sufficiently broken down and fail to provide accurate rental statistics.

Ms Matheson suggested that a monthly UK-wide index could be created by combining the VOA figures with data from sources in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, providing a clearer picture of the state of the UK rental market as a whole.

Rental prices have continued to increase significantly over the past year as would-be homebuyers have been forced to rent property as they have struggled to get on the property ladder due to stricter qualifying criteria and higher deposits demanded by banks and mortgage lenders.

Despite the apparent slump in the UK property market, Nationwide Building Society’s gross mortgage lending figures have increased by 48% to £8.9 Billion (GBP) in the six months to September.

Despite the dwindling number of First-Time Buyers (FTB) in the UK property marketplace, Nationwide lent them more than £1.2 Billion (GBP) in the first half of this year, 3% more than last year.

Over the same period, Nationwide’s subsidiary The Mortgage Works (TMW) doubled its gross mortgage lending to £2.6 Billion (GBP).

Nationwide’s Chief Executive Graham Beale, said: “It is particularly pleasing to see a 48% increase in our gross mortgage lending, which demonstrates our commitment to supporting growth in the economy as well as meeting the needs of our borrowers”.

Nationwide also reported a 17% rise in underlying pre-tax profits to £172 Million (GBP) in the six months to the end of September 2011, compared with the same period in 2010.

Even though historically low Bank of England (BoE) interest rates are making life difficult for savers, the building society saw a 250% increase in the rate of cash deposited in its savings accounts to £1.4 Billion (GBP), making it the second largest savings provider in the UK.

Despite the positive results, Nationwide expects conditions to remain difficult until the current Eurozone crisis is resolved and the UK economy stabilises.

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