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Liberal Democrats Announce Help To Rent Scheme

Liberal Democrats Announce Help To Rent Scheme

Help To Rent Scheme To Support Young Workers 

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has announced plans for a new ‘Help to Rent’ scheme should his party get elected to power in May. The scheme is intended to support young workers who want to move out of their parents homes and rent their first property in the private rental sector (PRS).

According to some of the latest research it is thought that around two million young working adults still live with their parents because they cannot afford to move into a property of their own, either purchased or rented.

The proposals for the Help To Rent scheme will include a government loan of up to £2,000 (GBP) in London, and £1500 (GBP) in other UK regions to cover the cost of tenancy deposits, with loan repayments staged over 12 or 24 months.

To be eligible for the proposed Help To Rent scheme and secure a loan for a deposit, tenants would need to be in paid employment, aged between 18 to 30 and not be property owners or seeking a tenancy in social housing provided by local authorities. 

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New Data Reveals UK Private Rental Sector Hotspots

New Data Reveals UK Private Rental Sector Hotspots

Private Rental Sector Rents Continue To Rise
In 10 Out Of 12 UK Regions

New data published by HomeLet has revealed some UK private rental sector hotspots for property investors and portfolio landlords to consider.

In some areas of the UK PRS rents have continued to increase, despite all the doom mongering that is going on in the media, with rents increasing by the most in:

  • Leicester – PRS rents up 45% on 2013
  • Southall – PRS rents up 38% on 2013
  • Cambridge – PRS rents up 24% on 2013

Meanwhile other parts of the UK witnessed the biggest falls in rental prices in 2014 on new rental agreements with the biggest rental price falls recorded in:

  • Colchester PRS rents Down 24% on 2013 prices
  • Croydon – PRS rents down 23% on 2013
  • Brighton – PRS fall 18% lower than 2013 prices.

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UK Cities With Best and Worst Property Investment Yields

UK Cities With Best and Worst Property Investment Yields

Best And Worst UK Property Investment Hotspots

Rental returns on buy to let properties are best in cities like Southampton, Manchester and Nottingham, where as many as one in four properties are owned by landlords in the private rented sector.

Portfolio landlords and property investors are looking beyond London to identify regions where rental yields are almost three times as high as in the capital.

Rental yield is calculated by measuring the rental income against the properties cost

The latest data on buy-to-let yields provided by the HSBC bank, also shows the proportion of properties in each area that are already owned by landlords, with landlords already owning more than one in four properties in many of the top-yielding areas.

HSBC’s report draws on official data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the UK Land Registry with rental data provided by Home.co.uk.

Top Property Investment Hotspots Revealed

Top Property Investment Hotspots Revealed

  • Southampton, currently tops the list for rental returns with rental yields of 8.73% Manchester has rental yields of around 7.98%
  • Nottingham has rental yields of around 7.67%
  • Blackpool has rental yields of around 7.63%
  • Hull has rental yields of around 7.47%

In all of these areas, except Hull, private rental sector (PRS) landlords already own more than one in five properties.

These areas offer relatively low property prices and have strong demand for rental property from large student and young professional populations – the characteristics that the experts say make for excellent buy-to-let investments.

Top 10 Property Investment Hot Spots By Rental Yields

Rank

Location

Housing privately rented (%)

Average house price

Average monthly rent

Gross rental yield (%)

1 Southampton 23.42 £143,011 £1,040 8.73
2 Manchester 26.85 £104,244 £693 7.98
3 Nottingham 21.64 £86,000 £550 7.67
4 Blackpool 24.16 £77,899 £495 7.63
5 Kingston upon Hull 19.02 £68,243 £425 7.47
6 Coventry 19.02 £110,029 £650 7.09
7 Oxford 26.11 £254,514 £1,489 7.02
8 Portsmouth 22.28 £146,709 £795 6.50
9 Liverpool 21.75 £91,175 £494 6.50
10 Cambridge 23.91 £185,414 £1,001 6.48

The lowest rental yields were registered in areas such as London where recent property price rises have outpaced the growth in rental yields and in some areas like Westminster 38% of property is privately rented.

Worst 10 Property Investment Areas By Rental Yield

Location

Housing privately rented (%)

Average house price


Average monthly rent

Gross rental yield (%)

Kensington and Chelsea 33.97 £1,236,605 £2,968 2.88
Thanet 21.96 £189,362 £524 3.32
Hastings 27.19 £184,787 £520 3.38
Haringey 30.33 £425,541 £1,200 3.38
Westminster 37.56 £890,272 £2,578 3.47
Hammersmith and Fulham 30.05 £685,797 £2,004 3.51
Richmond upon Thames 20.55 £540,379 £1,699 3.77
Camden 30.46 £715,831 £2,383 3.99
Ipswich 18.75 £158,925 £546 4.12
Lincoln 19.36 £124,789 £433 4.16

Head Of Mortgages at HSBC Peter Dockar, said: “House prices in the top-yielding locations – while still out of reach among many first time buyers – are relatively affordable for landlords investing in property and the demand from young professionals has pushed up rents and driven up the returns. London is often seen as the haven of property investment with many believing the streets are paved with gold. However, while the highest rents in the country are an attractive draw for landlords, high house prices in the capital squeeze yields and limit the returns available. As a result, returns can often be far more attractive in other areas so it certainly pays for landlords to do their research.”

UK Residential Property Prices Only Increased By 0.5% Last Month

UK Residential Property Prices Only Increased By 0.5% Last Month

Residential Property Prices Only Increased By 0.5% Last Month 

New data released by Hometrack shows that residential property prices only increased by 0.5% during May 2014, less than previous price rises recorded in the three previous months, suggesting a slowdown in property sales and price growth.

The data shows that the proportion of UK regions recording property price increases during May had fallen to just 42%, down from the 50% recorded in March and April 2014.

While property prices may have continued to rise in London, there has been an overall slowing in the rate of growth, with property prices only increasing by 0.6% in May, compared to the 0.8% average increase over each of the previous six months.

The main growth in London is in lower priced areas of the capital that are perceived as offering better value for money, however, central London prices only increased by 0.2% in May. 

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CML Say Help To Buy Is Not Creating Another Property Bubble

CML Say Help To Buy Is Not Creating Another Property Bubble

Help To Buy Only Accounts For 4% Of Annual Mortgage Approvals 

New analysis of the UK residential mortgage market by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has revealed that the impact of the government’s Help To Buy scheme on the UK property market has been fairly limited.

Property pessimists have tried to claim that the Help To Buy initiative is responsible for creating another property bubble, however, official figures show that HTB has had little impact on UK property sales.

The Help To Buy scheme accounts for just 1% of all residential mortgages taken out in the six month period to March 2014.

According figures from the CML, only 4% of all UK mortgage approvals between April 2013 and March 2014 were part of the Help To Buy scheme, but 85% of those taking part in the scheme were first-time buyers.

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Land Registry Data Show Property Values Not Rising As Fast As PredictedLand Registry Data Show Property Values
Not Rising As Fast As Predicted

Data from the Land Registry’s House Price Index (HPI) in March 2014, shows that overall annual UK property values have increased by just 5.6%, taking the average UK property value to £169,124 (GBP).

The monthly change from February to March 2014 actually shows a property value decrease of 0.4%, however London saw property values increase by 12.4%, while the Eastern and North East regions experienced their greatest monthly rise, with property values rising by 1.1%.

Wales was the only UK region to experience an annual price drop of 1.6% and was also the only region that showed the most significant monthly price fall with values down 4.2%.

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New Data Shows Residential Property Prices Are Still Climbing

New Data Shows Residential Property Prices Are Still Climbing

New Data Shows Residential Property Prices
Are Still Climbing

UK property prices are continuing to increase across all UK regions, according to the latest data published by the mortgage lender, Halifax.

The latest data gathered in a survey by the Halifax for February 2014, shows that residential property prices increased by 2.4% during the month, making average property prices 7.9% higher than they were in February 2013.

The growth in UK residential property prices over the last 12 months is the fastest annual pace of increase since October 2007 and means an average residential property in the UK now costs around £179,872 (GBP).

Residential house prices are increasing because of improving economic conditions in the UK and increased demand from frustrated buyers, encouraged by the Government’s Help-To-Buy scheme offering first-time and next-step buyers cheaper mortgages.

A recent poll of 27 economists and analysts by news agency, Reuters suggested that residential property prices could increase by another 7% this year, led by activity in the London property market.

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Portfolio Buy-To-Let Landlords Are A Minority

Portfolio Buy-To-Let Landlords Are A Minority

Only 6% Of UK Buy-To-Let Landlords Own More
Than One Rental Property

New data from the latest Countrywide Residential Lettings Index shows that portfolio landlords with multiple rental properties are the minority of the UK’s private rental sector.

According to the research data, the average the size of a UK landlords’ buy-to-let portfolio tends to be small, with only 6% owning more than a single rental unit, however in London this figure reduces to just 4%.

Countrywide also report that 56% of private rented sector landlords own at least 1 rental property within 10 miles of their own residential properties.

When the data is expanded to account for buy-to-let landlords who live within 25 miles of their rental properties, the North East recorded 83%, followed by 81% in the North West and 71% in East Midlands. Landlords who live within 25 miles of their rental properties in London average just 60%.

London has the highest proportion of landlords who live more than 100 miles away from their rental properties, with over 20% of UK PRS landlords doing so, twice the UK average.

Wales and the East of England are more rural than other regions of the UK with less dense population clusters, so many landlords purchase properties in busier areas and choose to live within a commutable distances in order to keep an eye on their rental assets. The proportion of landlords living between 10 and 25 miles away in Wales and the East of England is the largest in the UK.

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House Prices Officially Rising Across The UK

House Prices Officially Rising Across The UK

UK House Prices Rising Faster Than Inflation

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has recorded year-on-year house price increases across the UK with property values increasing by:

  • 5.6% in England
  • 5.4% in Wales
  • 2.5% in Scotland
  • 3.3% in Northern Ireland

The increase in house prices and activity in the UK property market has been credited to an increase in first-time buyers (FTB) purchasing residential property using the Government’s Help-To-Buy scheme.

The ONS have revealed that annual house price growth outpaced the cost of living in November 2013, even after removing property market activity in London and the South East of England from the calculations, property prices were up by an average of 3.1%, compared with a 2.1% rate of inflation.

Property price increases in the UK are generally driven by market activity and price increases in London and its surrounding areas, although other regions have started to show accelerating property price increases.

Property prices in London were up by 11.6% in November 2013, compared with a year earlier, and property prices have also increased strongly across the whole of the UK according to official figures

Regional Property Price Increases

  • London: up 11.6%
  • South East: up 4.5%
  • West Midlands: up 4.4%
  • North East: up 4.2%
  • East: up 4.1%
  • Yorkshire and the Humber: up 3.2%
  • South West: up 3.1%
  • East Midlands: up 2%
  • North West: up 0.6%                           Source: ONS annual change, Nov 2013

UK regions are becoming far more buoyant and less reliant on activity in the London property market and the majority of buyers are having to look further afield than central locations to find affordable properties, creating a halo effect on property prices.

The annual increase in UK property prices in November follows on from the 5.5% rise observed in October 2013 and although the annual comparison did not show any acceleration, property prices were higher than the previous month increasing by 0.5% in November compared with October, with an average residential property valued at £248,000 (GBP).

The ONS house price index is based on mortgage completions, and is considered to be more comprehensive than House Price Indices (HPI) produced by mortgage lenders such as the Halifax and Nationwide whose figures are based on their own mortgage data.

Manchester Leads UK Property Boom

Manchester Leads UK Property Boom

Manchester Leads UK Property Boom

Increasing property prices are not just a phenomenon belonging to London and the South-East of England, as new data from Nationwide shows that all UK regions are now enjoying increasing property prices as the property boom continues to gather pace.

Every region across the UK saw property prices increase year-on-year, ranging from a 14.9% annual increase in London to a 1.9% uplift in the North.

Nationwide reported that property values increased by an average of 8.4% across the whole of the UK in 2013, as the market revival became increasingly broad-based, but Manchester emerged as the property boom city, with property prices up by 21% over the last year, to reach an average value of £209,627 (GBP).

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